Episodes

  Today's Twain

July 24, 2014

The Bohemian satirists of the 19th century targeted - among other things - class structure, government, and of course, religion. But today's satire in many ways seems best suited to television screens. Is the golden age of television fuelling a new form of American literature? Author Ben Tarnoff shares his thoughts with Piya Chattopadhyay.

  Bay City Bohemians

July 23, 2014

San Francisco has always had a reputation as being a counter-cultural haven. And it was no different in the mid-1800s when Mark Twain arrived in the Bay City. And it was the boisterous nature and bohemian lifestyle of San Fran that author Ben Tarnoff said shaped the writing style of not only Twain, but other American literati as well. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay for more.

  The German Front, 100 Years Later

July 22, 2014

We know the stories of Canada's contributions to the Great War. Our battles. Our successes. Our failures. But what about those that we were fighting against? York University's Deborah Neill tells Piya Chattopadhyay about the German perspective on the First World War.

  Writing from Experience

July 21, 2014

42 years ago, Ugandan president Idi Amin expelled the country's Indian and Pakistani minorities, giving them 90 days to leave the African nation. Tasneem Jamal's family was among those caught in the expulsion. They fled to Canada along with thousands of other families, an experience she chronicles in her novel "Where the Air is Sweet." Tasneem Jamal shares her family's story with Piya Chattopadhyay.

  Putting the Citizen in the City

July 18, 2014

We might be in the middle of summer now, but in only a few months, autumn will be upon us. And with it, municipal elections across the province. Perhaps now more than ever, cities are facing a litany of problems and challenges. To be sure, citizens notice. So they go and vote and wait for change. But Adil Dhalla says voting just doesn't cut it anymore. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay why it's time to up our game and own our civic responsibility.

  Urban Plight

July 17, 2014

Globally, more and more people are moving to cities. But with that influx comes problems associated with poverty and economic disparity. Author Benjamin Barber sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to detail what cities can do to improve the lives of citizens.

  Democracy's Greatest Hope?

July 16, 2014

Cities can save democracy. It sounds revolutionary, utopian even. But Benjamin Barber says cities offer the perfect breeding ground for the local connections and cooperation that can lead to great things. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay why the women and men that govern those cities - mayors - are democracy's greatest hope.

  Canada, Summer 1914

July 15, 2014

Canada was a nascent country, under the tutelage of the British Empire, when war befell the world in the summer of 1914. By the end of the Great War, Canada had emerged a new nation, both outside and inside our borders. Piya Chattopadhyay looks back at the Canada of a century ago with author and historian Charlotte Gray.

  The City Nobody Knows

July 14, 2014

It's been immortalized in song and film. The Big Apple. If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. Over 8 million people call New York City home, and with those individuals come many stories. CUNY Professor William Helmreich walked the streets of that city, exploring those stories. He shares them with Piya Chattopadhyay.

  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.