The Sunday Edition

The Sunday Edition for July 14, 2019

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Gillian Findlay.
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History of paternity testing: Before DNA could identify fathers definitively, people resorted to all kinds of techniques, including measuring the shape of ears. The results could shape - or end - lives. Nara Milanich is a professor at Barnard College who has investigated what she calls "the elusive quest for the father."

A cat dies, a community is born: all hail Sir Hamish! Paula Hudson Lunn's grief over the death of Sir Hamish, her tough old orange tabby cat, was eased when she discovered he had been much loved by her neighbours and friends as well.

Thousands of farm animals die in barn fires, and no one seems to care: Vicki Fecteau, director of the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, talks about the vast number of animals that die in barn fires in Canada and what should be done to prevent such fires.

The forgotten real-life story behind Lolita: In 1948, an 11-year-old girl named Sally Horner was kidnapped by a convicted rapist who made her pretend to be his daughter. Her ordeal inspired Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita — but Sally's story has been forgotten, and she died before she had a chance to tell it herself.

Ontario man with dementia on crusade to plan his own death: A London, Ont., man in the early stages of dementia wants the right to end his life with medical assistance when his condition gets worse. But current laws make no provision for advance requests — effectively excluding people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

We need to rethink our obsession with being more productive: The gospel of productivity would have us believe that, through better time management, we'll be able to accomplish more and be happier and more successful as a result. Brad Aeon, who specializes in time management at Concordia University, says we should think again.