Michael's essay on inflated fears of nuclear disaster; a documentary on euthanasia in Belgium; listener mail; our forum on "precarious" jobs and youth unemployment; an onstage interview with novelist Alistair MacLeod; Gabor Maté on toxic culture
Journalism called worst job; Painter Mary Pratt; Responses to "The Barista Generation"; A Russian banya heals; Nicholas Carr on social media and social change; Thoughts on being a Little League Umpire; Norweigan prisons; Jerry Muller on economic inequalit
Michael's Essay - a bad week for the media: Paul Rogers and Michael Zekulin on "home-grown" terror: Documentary - The Double Grind: your mail on jazz; Andrew Orchard goes to Oxford: John Helliwell on the happiness of nations; mail on PTSD: David Bezmogis.
9 tips on how to survive live burial; Explaining "boilerplate"; Listener responses to "noisy restaurants", Hyperlocal essay "Traffic"; Rights of people with disabilities; Mary Seacole vs Florence Nightingale; Doc on Margaret Thatcher
On this episode Michael writes about prisoners, a discussion on Civil Service, an essay on Foreclosure, a Doc on loud music in restaurants, a round-table on PTSD, Miriam Toews newest story for "Hyperlocal" and the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The impact of reliance on natural resources; your responses to "Tom Flanagan", why we need urban forests; "Nocturne" commemorates life of author's brother; women sues Guatemalan mining company; explorer has to abandon record Antarctic crossing.
Michael defends right to free-speech; author remembers effects of Tsunami; discussing Pope Francis; homes for the elderly; Gil Troy explains Senator's defence of Zionism; lost violin found on Titanic; your responses to "Max Ferguson"; saved by Poetry
The sting of unemployment; theologian Hans Kung on Pope Benedict and the need for reform in the Catholic Church; Canadian government muzzling scientists; Tribute to the late Max Ferguson; kashakas, the next big thing in music?; your responses to "Mary"
Michael's essay on the U.S. Republican party: Are Canadian scientists being muzzled?; your responses to "PTSD"; Sunday School on musical terms; Documentary: Where am I sitting, Mom?; your resposnes to "Marxism"; former Iceland Pres. Vidis Finbogadottir
Some good news for a change; Documentary about a Canadian chaplain's struggles with PTSD; your responses to "Knots"; Marxism on the rise; responses to "Finland's education system"; is it possible to promote religious freedom abroad?
Michael's essay on Pope Hilarius; how Finland built the world's best education system; your responses to "Chief Clarence Louie"; documentary on financial issues of First Nations; your responses to "My Antonia"; Charles Darwin's house
Michael's essay on gun control; Carl Honoré on living more slowly; Listener mail on jokes for linguists; Priya Sankaran's documentary, "The White Man's Disease"; Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault; Margaret Atwood at the Al Purdy gala; listener mail
Michael's essay on credit rating agencies; the morality of pro football; dissident priest Fr. Tony Flannery; your responses to "bail and violence"; documentary about play based on Coetzee novel; coming back to life; Sunday School on pronunciation
Michael's essay; Ben Heppner returns to sing Tristan: balancing the right to bail and protecting abused women; Canada's only watch-repair school; the U.S. economy; improving governance on First Nations reserves
Michael's essay urban wildlife; First Nations life in Canada; a Sunday School lesson on Quantitative Easing; documentary on a Canadian company in El Salvador; author defends work; Monk on self-imolations