#33: “Light It Up and Boom”

“Smoking for fifty years is extreme. For me, [quitting] required an extreme response.” Author Lynn Cunningham relives her personal experience of intensive rehab for smokers

Published on October 22, 2014
Illustration by Alëna SkarinaAlëna Skarina

#32: The Expos Are Dead; Long Live the Expos

“I hate to be pessimistic about the chances of the Expos coming back to Montreal, because nothing would make me happier. I would walk up barefoot to get to the stadium for opening day.” Adam Gopnik recalls his young love of baseball’s Montreal Expos—and contemplates the team’s rumoured return

Published on September 29, 2014
Illustration by Bruce McCallBruce McCall

#31: The Secret Life of Max Stern

“He orchestrated his own demise....There was no choice [for] him but to do that.” Sara Angel discusses the Jewish art dealer who became one of Canada’s foremost gallery owners after he escaped Nazi Germany—and whose life has made a lasting impact on the rules of restitution

Published on September 17, 2014
Photograph by Yousuf KarshCourtesy of the National Gallery of CanadaYousuf Karsh, Portrait of Max Stern

#30: John Hartman, Map-Maker

“My sense of scale...my sense of colour, my sense of light: I can experience other landscapes, but this is what I compare them all to, unconsciously.” The artist describes his personal take on Georgian Bay

Published on September 5, 2014
Artwork by John HartmanJohn Hartman

#29: Just Do It

“Maybe [this research] will help one person get it on a little bit more often, in their marriage bed. That would be a success.” Micah Toub discusses his feature story about the Canadian sex researchers who are finding new ways to keep the spark alive

Published on August 18, 2014
Photograph by Guillaume SimoneauGuillaume Simoneau
  • Sound editing: J. P. Davidson
  • Chorus: Katii Capern, Tynan Grierson, Lisa Liskovoi, Andrew Norton, Laura-Louise Tobin

Celebrating Ten Years of Aboriginal Arts & Stories

“That’s the wonderful thing about storytelling: you tell yours, and someone else suddenly wants to tell theirs, and has the courage to tell theirs.” In this special episode, authors Shaneen Robinson and Stephanie Wood—past winners of the Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition—discuss their words and work with guest host Mick Gzowski

Published on August 6, 2014
Aboriginal Arts & Stories


#28: The Trials of Philip Halliday

“After a few days, a ton and a half of cocaine was found on-board.” Noah Richler discusses the life and alleged crimes of Philip Halliday, an out-of-work fisherman from Digby accused of smuggling drugs into Spain

Published on July 30, 2014
Illustration by Min Gyo ChungMin Gyo Chung

#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.