Episodes

  Bridging the Disconnect

July 11, 2014

Glittering glaciers, majestic mountains and illuminated icebergs. Depictions of the Canadian Arctic, a wilderness that many Canadians are disconnected from and unfamiliar with. Artist and filmmaker Cory Trépanier has a vision to change that. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay how art can bring us closer to this unique Canadian wilderness.

  Moments in Time

July 10, 2014

They are iconic images. Of nature. Of humanity. Of beauty. Of horror. For more than a century, 125 years in fact, National Geographic has been telling stories through its photographs. Reuel Golden sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to share some of those stories.

  Snapshots of Hidden Worlds

July 9, 2014

From the secretive world of the Geisha in Japan, to that of human trafficking, photographer Jodi Cobb's work has seen her traverse the globe. She's returned with documentation of many of the world's hidden cultures and practices. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss photography's role in capturing these traditions.

  Art: What is it Good For?

July 8, 2014

It can be beautiful. Emotionally evocative. Thoughtful. But, what is the point of art? What can we really find peering into a painting? Author and philosopher Alain de Botton has an answer to that question: he says art has incredible therapeutic potential. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay how to unlock that potential.

  (News)Feeding Our Addiction

July 7, 2014

We crave news. The headlines, the stories, the latest flashes of information. And it's everywhere, 24/7. But what is all of this news doing to our wellness? Author and philosopher Alain de Botton shares his ideas about what this steady stream of information is doing to our minds, and our lives.

  Uniting a Disparate Land

July 4, 2014

Author Simon Winchester was born, raised and began his career in the United Kingdom. He became an American citizen three years ago, and now calls the United States home. He sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his adopted country - the America of today - through the prism of the America of yesterday.

  The Nation Builders

July 3, 2014

They are stories of achievement. Of exploration and innovation. And of the creation of one of the world's great nations. Author Simon Winchester sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to share the stories of the men who built the United States.

  Fear of a Black Nation

July 2, 2014

While the United States was witnessing the birth of the Black Power movement in the 1960s, a burgeoning movement was emerging within Canada's borders, in Montreal. It's a topic not often touched upon in Canadian history books, but Author David Austin has chronicled the movement in his book, "Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal." He sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to detail more of this history.

  A Novel, A Nation's History

July 1, 2014

It is a tale of bloody battles and violent conflict. A tale told from three perspectives: that of Bird, Snow Falls and Christophe, in a colonized land that would later become Ontario and Quebec. It's a booked called "The Orenda." The book's author, Joseph Boyden joins Piya Chattopadhyay to reflect on his award-winning novel, and what the tale tells us about Canada's history.

  Along the Shore

June 30, 2014

Summer is a time for exploration and travel. Of trails walked and lakefronts visited. Author Jane Fairburn takes Piya Chattopadhyay to one of those lakefronts: the culturally-rich and historic communities along the shoreline of Ontario's capital city.