Episodes

  The Canvas of War

August 1, 2014

They are sketches from battlefields. Scenes from the trenches. Images from the front lines of the Great War. The Canadian War Museum's Laura Brandon sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss Great War art from a distinctly Canadian perspective.

  A Lens on War

July 31, 2014

They are tales of German soldiers struggling with the futility of combat. Of Canadian soldiers fighting in an ill-fated campaign. And they are stories that have helped shape our vision of the First World War. Almost a century later, what do films tell us about our understanding of the Great War? York University's Seth Feldman tells Piya Chattopadhyay.

  Aboriginal Soldiers

July 30, 2014

Despite their strained relationship with the Canadian government, cultural barriers and limited civil rights, thousands of Aboriginal Canadians fought in the Great War. Joseph Boyden shares their story with Piya Chattopadhyay.

  Old Enough to Fight

July 29, 2014

They were there for major battles like Ypres and Vimy Ridge, serving in the trenches alongside grown men. Between 15 and 20 thousand underage youths fought for Canada in the Great War. Author Dan Black shares their stories with Piya Chattopadhyay.

  Canadian Contributions

July 28, 2014

100 years ago this week, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. And so began the First World War. All this week, The Agenda in the Summer turns our attention to this historic anniversary. We begins with historian Tim Cook, and an examination of Canada's war effort.

  The Doodle Revolution

July 25, 2014

Doodlers are everywhere. Writing on notebooks, envelopes, menus or napkins. And while doodling is often seen as a sign that an individual is distracted or not paying attention, doodle expert Sunni Brown says it is actually good for you - and your brain. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay for more.

  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.