#45: Rise of the Gender Novel

Casey Plett discusses a new and flawed literary trope: cisgender authors writing trans characters as tortured heroes

Published on March 26, 2015
#45 Rise of the Gender Novel

#44: Cultural Community

Gabrielle Scrimshaw explains how gatherings keep connections to land and people strong. From The Walrus Talks Resilience, recorded in Toronto on October 8, 2014

Published on March 13, 2015
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#43: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

“If I can work on this as much as possible, so it will be easier for future generations to deal with, I’ll do that—willingly.” Audio documentarian Lauren Crazybull and illustrator Evan Munday discuss a Canadian epidemic of crime and heartbreak

Published on February 27, 2015
Photograph by Caelie_Frampton
Caelie_Frampton / CC by-NC-ND 2.0 In Vancouver, a scene from the twenty-fifth annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March, held earlier this month.
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#42: That’s What the Girls Are Saying

“As a journalist, I knew I’d struck gold with this conversation . . . as a woman, I knew I’d made new friends.” Sally Armstrong talks about life in Afghanistan before 9/11. From The Walrus Talks: the Art of Conversation, recorded in Sackville on October 16, 2014

Published on February 19, 2015
Video still from The Walrus Talks: the Art of ConversationSally Armstrong on stage at The Walrus Talks: the Art of Conversation.

#41: Feeling Better

“I was able to eat again. I was able to interact with my family again. I was able to smile again.” Emily Landau ponders her identity after two decades on antidepressants

Published on February 12, 2015
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  • Production: Tori Allen
  • Music: “A Year” by Broke for Free; “Genetics” by Dream Youth; “Fuck It” by Broke for Free; “That’s Life” by Aretha Franklin

#40: What’s the Use?

“I’m not even here.” Jonathan Goldstein talks about existential futility. From The Walrus Talks Vice, recorded in Calgary on January 29, 2015

Published on February 5, 2015
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#39: On Trial for Rape

“They both lied to police. That became clear fairly early on.” Investigative reporter and private eye Ann Brocklehurst reflects on her exclusive courtroom series for thewalrus.ca

Published on January 30, 2015

Read Ann Brocklehurst’s complete series, On Trial for Rape:

Part 1: She Said
Part 2: Are You Sure?
Part 3: Can the Complainant Continue?
Part 4: The Facebook Test
Part 5: He Said
Part 6: “I’m Not a Rapist”
Part 7: Closing Arguments
Part 8: The Verdict


#38: Mothers and Daughters

Lisa Moore talks about trust and female desire. From The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation, recorded in Sackville on October 16, 2014

Published on January 23, 2015
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#37: Balk, Balk

“I definitely have reservations when I look at a chicken in a package . . . there is some fear.” Senior editor Sasha Chapman talks about the troubling role of antibiotics in modern farming

Published on January 16, 2015

#36: John Macfarlane

“The great thing about my career is I’ve been able to collaborate with such talented writers and photographers and art directors—people who were way smarter, way more talented than I am.” Our esteemed editor and co-publisher reflects on his life in Canadian journalism, and prepares for his impending retirement

Published on December 19, 2014
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