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CBC Radio’s The Sunday Magazine is a lively, wide-ranging mix of topical long-form conversations, engaging ideas and more. Each week, host Piya Chattopadhyay takes time for deep exploration, but also makes space for surprise, delight and fun.

CBC Radio’s The Sunday Magazine is a lively, wide-ranging mix of topical long-form conversations, engaging ideas and more. Each week, host Piya Chattopadhyay takes time for deep exploration, but also makes space for surprise, delight and fun.


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CBC Radio’s The Sunday Magazine is a lively, wide-ranging mix of topical long-form conversations, engaging ideas and more. Each week, host Piya Chattopadhyay takes time for deep exploration, but also makes space for surprise, delight and fun.






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MAID and mental disorders, Rick Mercer, A child's diary of war, That's Puzzling!, Pong at 50

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks Dr. Jitender Sareen about why some psychiatrists are calling for a delay to the expansion of MAID to people whose sole medical condition is a mental disorder, Rick Mercer shares his take on Canada's political discourse today, 12-year-old Yeva Skalietska describes her experience of the war in Ukraine's early days, our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! continues, and we explore how Pong changed the world of video gaming. Discover more at...


The politics behind butts are anything but peachy

Why has the human backside been at the forefront of our cultural conversations for so long? In her book Butts: A Backstory, Radiolab contributor Heather Radke examines the politics of the buttocks through the lens of race, gender and power. As she tells Piya Chattopadhyay, our complicated relationship with the beloved – and sometimes maligned – body part reveals a bigger story about our species, our histories and ourselves.


The Emergencies Act inquiry, Sort Of's Bilal Baig, Health-care and colonization, A backstory of butts

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with columnists Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney about what we've learned from the public hearing phase of the Public Order Emergency Commission's inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act, Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay explores the intersection of healthcare and colonization, Bilal Baig charts the success of their TV show Sort Of, Heather Radke shares a political backstory of butts, and Nedal Huoseh traces his unlikely journey to...


Christine Sinclair on World Cups, equal pay and valuing the journey

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has played in five World Cups, won Olympic gold, and holds the record for the most goals scored in international play. But she doesn't get a cut of her Team Canada jersey sales. And she and her teammates are still fighting for pay equity with their male counterparts. As the men's World Cup kicks off in Doha, Piya Chattopadhyay sits down with the Canadian women's soccer team captain to talk about her long and storied career, and how she – and the...


Canada's health-care crisis, Soccer star Christine Sinclair, 'Sportswashing' and the World Cup, Food politics trailblazer Marion Nestle

Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores solutions to Canada's health-care crisis with Dr. Danielle Martin, soccer star Christine Sinclair talks about equality in sports, Jules Boykoff breaks down "sportswashing" as the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, Marion Nestle looks back on her storied career in food politics, and writers unwrap their dumpling stories. Discover more at


Why El Jones believes in a world without prisons

A recent report from Canada's top prison watchdog offered a bleak picture of this country's track record when it comes to incarcerated people, particularly Black and Indigenous prisoners. It found those inmates face rampant racial discrimination, bias and stereotyping. And in many cases, it's getting worse. Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with long-time prisoner advocate, poet, professor, and activist El Jones, who believes there is a clear, if not simple, way forward: Get rid of prisons...


Abortion and the midterms, Big tech's hold on workers, A case for prison abolition, Canadian veteran remembered

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Dahlia Lithwick about how abortion rights shaped the results of the U.S. midterm elections, historian Robert C. Engen shares the story of Canadian veteran-turned-WHO director-general George Brock Chisholm, Cory Doctorow considers big tech's hold on workers and consumers, and El Jones makes the case for prison abolition. Discover more at


That's Puzzling! for November 2022

In our monthly challenge That's Puzzling!, Piya Chattopadhyay competes against one familiar voice and one clever listener in a battle of brain games devised by puzzle master Peter Brown. Playing along this week are Midland, Ont. listener Kim-Eden English and Jeff Douglas, host of CBC Radio's Halifax afternoon show, Mainstreet.


Water's role in the climate crisis, Democracy and the U.S. midterms, That's Puzzling!, Designing book covers

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with climate scientist Simon Donner about the central role water plays in the climate crisis as COP 27 kicks off, historians Sean Wilentz and Allida Black evaluate the state of American democracy, producer Pete Mitton charts Florida's shift away from swing state status, our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! continues, and we peer into the process of creating book cover art that catches the eye. Discover more at


Cynical about the art world? Critic Jerry Saltz wants to change your perspective

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for New York Magazine who sees upwards of 25 art shows per week, you might expect Jerry Saltz would embody the elitism and pretension that's often associated with the art world. But Saltz is the polar opposite. As a self-described "failed artist"-turned-long haul trucker who didn't get his start in criticism until he was in his 40s, Saltz aims to champion – and sometimes pan – art, with accessibility, humility, and humour. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to...


Canada's precarious economy, Author Orhan Pamuk, Art critic Jerry Saltz, Mental illness narratives

Host Piya Chattopadhyay takes stock of Canada's precarious economy with economists Benjamin Tal and Sheila Block, Orhan Pamuk discusses his latest book Nights of Plague, Jerry Saltz reflects on his 20-plus years of art criticism, writer Rachel Aviv interrogates mental illness narratives, and R.L. Stine marks 30 years of Goosebumps. Discover more at


Yuval Noah Harari helps kids tackle life’s big questions

Historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari has sold more than 40 million books in 65 different languages, making him one of our best-known, modern-day public intellectuals. His new book, Unstoppable Us: How Humans Took Over the World, turns his attention to a younger audience. He says it's important to cover big issues in order for kids to become critical thinkers and participate in the current-day discourse. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to share his thoughts on the war in Ukraine, climate...


The week in politics, historian Yuval Noah Harari, author George Saunders, and the future of the Iranian regime

Host Piya Chattopadhyay unpacks the convoy hearings, Chrystia Freeland's rhetoric on the economy and 'friend-shoring,' and Liz Truss's resignation as British prime minister with our Sunday Politics Panel; historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari explains why he's covering life's big questions for kids; we take stock of the domestic and international scrutiny facing Iran; George Saunders holds a funhouse mirror up to our current moment with his new collection of short stories; and we look...


John Irving explains why The Last Chairlift will be his last long novel

John Irving is the acclaimed author of novels including The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp and In One Person. He joins David Common to talk about his latest book The Last Chairlift, why he's drawn to stories about LGBTQ characters and women's rights, and why he can't stop picking on his native United States – even after permanently relocating to Canada and acquiring Canadian citizenship.


What's next for the war in Ukraine, Reporter Maggie Haberman, Author John Irving, Memes and democracy

Guest host David Common dissects the next phase of the war in Ukraine with global affairs analyst Michael Bociurkiw, researchers Joan Donovan and Emily Dreyfuss reveal how internet memes can disrupt democracy, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman ruminates on the making of Donald Trump, and author John Irving discusses why he's drawn to stories about LGBTQ characters and women's rights. Discover more at


The fiction of finding closure and other lessons from Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan's new novel Lessons follows the life of one man over several decades and asks how we value our experiences, how we understand trauma – and how all of it changes over time. The Booker Prize-winning author joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss how we tell our own stories, and why he took a page from his own life and family experience to craft this one.


Scandal at Hockey Canada, Uncovering Inuit history, Canada's delegation to Taiwan, and author Ian McEwan

Host Piya Chattopadhyay is joined by sports journalists Shireen Ahmed and Dan Robson to discuss the future of Hockey Canada, Inuk writer and scholar Norma Dunning explores the "disc system" that disrupted Inuit culture, political science professor Lynette Ong breaks down the shifting geopolitical landscape in Taiwan, and Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan interrogates how we tell our own stories with his new novel Lessons. Discover more at


The Sunday Magazine introduces: That's Puzzling!

Set aside your crossword, Wordle, Spelling Bee, or whatever your Sunday diversion... because The Sunday Magazine is starting a challenge of its own: That's Puzzling! Each month, Piya Chattopadhyay will compete against one familiar voice and one clever listener in a battle of brain games devised by puzzle master Peter Brown, a writer, performer and former CBC host and producer. Playing along this week are Mississauga, Ont. listener Ashis Basu and Ify Chiwetelu of CBC's Now or Never.

Looking ahead to the Quebec provincial election, Confronting complicated questions about MAiD, Kent Monkman reframes the role of museums, The Sunday Magazine introduces: Thats Puzzling

Host Piya Chattopadhyay breaks down the ballot box questions ahead of Quebec's provincial election with columnists Yves Boisvert and Emilie Nicolas, Kent Monkman questions the canon of Candian art, Dr. Jean Marmoreo and journalist Johanna Schneller navigate the complexity of MAID, and we launch our new brain game: That's Puzzling! Discover more at


Finding home, through a father-daughter adventure story

Winnipeg's David A. Robertson is best known for his acclaimed kids' books that tell stories related to the history of residential schools in Canada. But now, the award-winning Indigenous writer is releasing a work of adult literary fiction inspired by his own life story, called "The Theory of Crows". He joins Chattopadhyay just ahead of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to talk about the importance of personal histories and why storytelling is critical on the journey to...