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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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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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What the backlash against DEI initiatives say about progress in our conversations on anti-racism

In 2020, widespread protests over racial injustice sparked a global conversation and had a ripple effect beyond a street movement – prompting new diversity initiatives from classrooms to boardrooms. But fast forward to today, and those Diversity, Equity and Inclusion projects are under new scrutiny in the corporate world and beyond. Ijeoma Oluo has long been recognized for leading dialogues on race and racism through her writing. Her new book, Be A Revolution examines the importance of highlighting the joys, realities and sometimes invisible nature of activism and what the new backlash against DEI projects say about this moment in antiracism discussions.


Reflecting on two years of war in Ukraine, backlash against DEI initiatives, the Republican primaries, The Sunflower Duo, and winter cities

Frontline reporter Illia Ponomarenko reflects on the early days of the war in Ukraine and how they influenced the course of the conflict in his new memoir, Ijeoma Oluo examines the backlash against Diversity, Equity and Inclusion projects and what it says about the current state of antiracism discussions, David Shribman dissects the Republican primaries, we revisit the story of a Ukrainian refugee finding home in the artistic community of St John's Newfoundland, and our Sunday Documentary explores how Canadians can learn to embrace all of winter's pleasures.


That's Puzzling! for February 2024

In the latest edition of 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 this month are challengers, Nikki Reklitis from Ottawa, ON., and the co-host of CBC Radio's As it Happens, Chris Howden.


The lastest developments in the Middle East, Thats Puzzling!, Navalny and NATO, Lara St. John

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with The Economist's Middle East correspondent Gregg Carlstrom about the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas war as Israel gears up for a major land offensive on Rafah, our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! returns, journalist Catherine Belton discusses the global impact of the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Canada's former NATO ambassador Kerry Buck explains the importance of a united NATO, and internationally acclaimed violinist Lara St. John chronicles her fight against abuse in the classical music industry. Find more at at


Why we need to talk about periods, full stop

Dr. Jen Gunter is known as the internet’s resident gynecologist for good reason. Famed for taking down those who peddle misinformation and pseudoscience, Dr. Gunter is applying her signature feminist lens to menstruation in her new book, Blood. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to break down reproductive anatomy, and why our longstanding period of menstrual shame should be replaced with science and evidenced-based research.


Canadian telecom, Dr. Jen Gunter, U.S. politics, Morgan Campbell

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with The Globe and Mail's Alexandra Posadzki about the battle to control Rogers and how telecom is being reshaped in Canada more broadly, Dr. Jen Gunter debunks menstruation myths, The Washington Post's Toluse Olorunnipa unpacks the wild week in American politics, and sports journalist Morgan Campbell recounts his experience growing up Black in Canada with a family that has deep American roots. Find more at at


Jon Ronson explores how pandemic lockdowns fuelled culture wars

Journalist Jon Ronson has made a career out of challenging orthodoxies and examining the fringes of society, from people who've been publicly shamed, to the American military’s exploration of paranormal tools, and the porn industry. In the newest season of his BBC podcast Things Fell Apart, he tackles the culture wars and how they exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Ronson joins David Common to talk about his journalistic approach, and why he thinks curiosity should trump ideology in storytelling.


Global conflicts, Jon Ronson, Alberta gender policies, Turkey-Syria earthquake, Aisha Harris

This week on The Sunday Magazine, guest host David Common speaks with Arif Lalani and Bessma Momani about the week in global conflict from the Middle East and Ukraine, podcaster Jon Ronson talks about how COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns helped fuel culture wars, Dr. Bachir Tajaldin reflects on the recovery effort one year after the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, CBC Calgary's Jason Markusoff breaks down Alberta's new gender policies for children and youth, and culture critic Aisha Harris discusses the intersection of identity and entertainment. Find more at at


'I'm out for my own fun': Ira Glass on the secret to his success

From layoffs to lack of trust, the main narrative about the news media for years now has been one of doom and gloom. But Ira Glass has bucked the trend. The host and creator of This American Life hasn't just thrived on public radio – he's also helped kick off a profit-turning age of podcasting. With his venerable show approaching its 30th anniversary, Glass speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his audio legacy, the key to good storytelling, and what he would tell aspiring journalists looking to enter the fray in these turbulent times.


Sunday Politics Panel, Ira Glass, Israel-Hamas war, Protest law and culture

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney about what awaits MPs as they return to Parliament, This American Life host Ira Glass reflects on his audio legacy, CBC News foreign correspondent Chris Brown brings us the latest on the Israel-Hamas war, law professor Richard Moon outlines the legal landscape of protest in Canada, and journalist Vincent Bevins talks about what makes street movements succeed and fail. Find more at at


Sunday Documentary: Sasha's Message

About a month after Russia's war in Ukraine began, artist Sasha Skochilenko walked into a St. Petersburg grocery store and began sticking anti-war messages on the shelves. The act of protest landed her in Russian detention and charged with spreading "false information" about the Russian military. Julia Pagel has followed her journey through the justice system during wartime with Skochilenko's loved ones, who've been advocating for the artist throughout. She shares that story in Sasha's Message, a documentary produced by CBC's Audio Doc Unit.


State of the NDP, Israeli security, Year of democracy, Anti-war protest in Russia

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with John Ibbitson, Brad Lavigne and Raisa Patel about the challenges and chances marking the road ahead for the NDP, international relations expert Guy Ziv breaks down the relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country's security community, global politics expert Yascha Mounk talks about the risks democracies will face in the coming year, and our Sunday Documentary explores crackdowns on anti-war protest in Russia. For more, visit


'Godmother of AI' on the wonder and worry of the tech she helped create

Fei Fei Li is known in scientific circles as the "Godmother of AI." The Stanford University computer science professor's groundbreaking work teaching computers to "see" and recognize vast data sets laid the groundwork for generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT that are taking the world by storm now. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to mull over the philosophy and wonder of AI, as well as the growing concerns around it... and to reflect on her journey – from growing up in tough economic circumstances in the United States after emigrating from China, to being at the forefront of a scientific revolution.


Houthi strikes, 'Godmother of AI', Genocide case against Israel, AI's use in hiring

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with the University of Ottawa's Thomas Juneau about the U.S.-U.K. strikes on Houthis in Yemen, we break down the genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, 'Godmother of AI' Fei Fei Li reflects on her groundbreaking work, and investigative journalist Hilke Schellmann unearths how AI is being used to help guide hiring decisions. For more, visit


That's Puzzling! for January 2024

In the latest edition of 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. Kicking off the new year with a brand new challenge are Bonita Moore, from Shediac, N.B., and the newly-retired host of CBC Radio's Tapestry, Mary Hynes.


Rising tensions in the Middle East, That's Puzzling!, Economic Outlook, Maya Shankar

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with The Economist's Middle East correspondent Gregg Carlstrom about rising tensions in the region, our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! returns, economist Jim Stanford forecasts Canada's economic prospects for 2024, and cognitive scientist Maya Shankar explores how we can all weather change better. For more, visit


For 100 years, this Mickey Mouse operation has thrived. Is Disney now losing its magic?

One of the biggest entertainment stories of 2023 was one the world's biggest entertainment companies turning 100. Disney has endured through the decades with its beloved characters, theme parks and technological innovations. As it caps off its centennial, The Sunday Magazine producer Pete Mitton explores how the humble animation studio came to dominate the world’s imagination… and whether the figurative castle it’s built can withstand the changing world around it for another 100 years.


The year in global affairs, Disney at 100, Susan Orlean, Ed Yong

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with political scientist Bessma Momani and former Canadian diplomat Arif Lalani about the global events that shaped 2023, The Sunday Magazine producer Pete Mitton explores Disney's hold on the world's imagination as the company turns 100, The New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean talks about what animals can teach us about being human, and Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Ed Yong reveals the wild world of animal senses.


Oliver Jeffers shares his vibrant visions of a better tomorrow

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers has inspired a fanbase of kids around the world with his books like How to Catch a Star, The Day the Crayons Quit and Lost and Found. Now, Jeffers is back with a vibrant new book for all ages, which explores the history of humankind and his dreams for a better future. It's called Begin Again, and Piya Chattopadhyay recently spoke with him about it on stage at the Toronto Reference Library's Bram and Bluma Appel Salon.


Paul Rogers, Oliver Jeffers, Marion Nestle, Yotam Ottolenghi

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Paul Rogers about prospects for peace amid global conflict, author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers shares his vibrant visions for the future, Marion Nestle talks about her pioneering role in food politics, Canadian writers unwrap the narratives folded into dumplings, and top chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad extoll the virtues of your kitchen pantry. For more, visit