#27: Stand Down

“The cops are yelling at him, ‘Stop! Stop! Or we’ll shoot!’ He’s clearly not taking any of this in.” John Lorinc discusses his feature story about police shootings of people with mental illnesses—and explains how some authorities are working to solve the problem

Published on June 18, 2014
Illustration by Adrienne KammererAdrienne Kammerer

#26: Outcasts

“There was this omerta of silence. You did not out another gay person...you could lose them their job, their livelihood, and even their freedom.” Historian Hugh Brewster revisits the early years of Canada’s gay rights revolution

Published on May 27, 2014
Illustration by Alain PilonAlain Pilon

#25: Facing Difference

“Instead of thinking of them as would-be visitors to our world, I think it would help us if we thought of ourselves as potential visitors to theirs.” Photographer Jaime Hogge and writer Ian Brown discuss life with Down syndrome and other chromosomal anomalies

Published on April 28, 2014
Photography by Jaime HoggeJaime Hogge Rachel, six, has Down syndrome. She takes music lessons and is integrated with other children at her public school.

#24: How to Teach Boys About Sex

“Much of pornography is as relevant to what people actually do [sexually] as The Fast and the Furious is for how people actually drive.” Rachel Giese discusses the new sexual education for young men

Published on March 31, 2014
Photograph by Raina Kirn and Wilson BarryRaina Kirn and Wilson Barry

#23: Mackenzie River

“It’s like a lake moving northward. It’s one of those majestic things that Canadians should be very proud of.” Writers Tim Querengesser and Chris Wood discuss the health and welfare of the one of the world’s great water arteries

Published on March 13, 2014
Photograph by Garth Lenz
Garth Lenz Confluence of the Carcajou and Mackenzie rivers, Northwest Territories, August 2005.

Research for this podcast provided by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation.

#22: Sledgehammer

“You use everything you have in these sports.” Disability scholar and former Paralympian Danielle Peers joins senior editor Drew Nelles to discuss the latter’s story about sledge hockey, Oscar Pistorius, and how society views athletes with disabilities

Published on March 7, 2014
Photograph by Benoit AquinBenoit AquinDominic Larocque, twenty-six, was wounded in Afghanistan. He made the Canadian sledge hockey team just nine months after he took up the sport.

#21: Inside the Story behind the Rob Ford Story

“If the choice is between giving readers pause and not telling the story at all, I think you’ve got to tell the story.” Ivor Tossell on the legal challenges of reporting Toronto’s ultimate political scandal

Published on February 18, 2014
Illustration by Graham RoumieuGraham Roumieu

#20: Electric Powwow

“It always starts with that basic, straight-forward drum beat, which...is supposed to symbolize the heartbeat of Mother Earth.” Waubgeshig Rice discusses his profile of Aboriginal DJs A Tribe Called Red

Published on December 20, 2013
Photograph by Pat Bolduc
Pat Bolduc Old beat, new drums From left, DJs Bear Witness, Shub, and NDN near the ByWard Market in Ottawa.

#19: Boy Next Door

“You want to be able to relay...how horrible it actually was, while still maintaining your respect for the people who endured it.” Stacey May Fowles discusses her challenging memoir about growing up in the shadow of Paul Bernardo

Published on December 9, 2013
Photograph by Fabrice StrippoliFabrice Strippoli

#18: Eleanor Catton

An interview with the winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Co-produced by the Canada Council for the Arts

Published on November 27, 2013
Photograph by Robert CattoRobert Catto

#17: Forgotten Woman

Marian Botsford Fraser discusses the crimes and punishment of dangerous offender Renée Acoby

Published on November 20, 2013
Illustration by Stephen Appleby-BarrStephen Appleby-BarrRenée Acoby.

#16: Big Mac

On oil sands, SUVs, and sustainability: Taras Grescoe recounts his visit to Alberta boom town Fort McMurray

Published on November 11, 2013
Photograph by Naomi Harris
Naomi Harris Genna Sharp washes a truck in the new subdivision of Eagle Ridge.

#15: Return to Afghanistan

Five years ago, reporter Mellissa Fung was kidnapped, stabbed, and held outside of Kabul. Now, she explains why she had to go back

Published on October 11, 2013
Photograph by Lana ŠlezićLana ŠlezićA woman rests at Chaman Babrak, a settlement for internally displaced persons in northern Kabul. From the photographer’s Forsaken series.

#14: Judging the GGLAs

Produced in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts: jurors Mahtab Narsimhan and Thomas Wharton talk about judging one of the country’s premier literary awards

Published on October 9, 2013
The Governor General's Literary Awards

#13: Water

Artist Edward Burtynsky discusses his stunning visual essay for the magazine’s anniversary issue

Published on October 7, 2013
Photograph by Edward BurtynskyEdward Burtynsky