The Walrus with Lloyd Robertson

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Sundays at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific: Listen for dynamic reads of thought-provoking articles from Canada’s best general interest magazine.


On this week's episode (Sunday September 10)

Leading off the show...
2017 was widely assumed to be the year in which right-wing nationalism would go viral, but right-wing populists have seen losses in Austria, the Netherlands, France, the UK, and in Canada. Instead, there has been an unexpected revival on the left, with old socialist ideas coming back into style.

Writer Ira Wells says the NDP leadership hopefuls should be trying to ride this new wave. Norma Wick reads his essay, titled Socialism is Back. Is the NDP Listening?
Ira Wells teaches at the University of Toronto and has written for American Quarterly, The New Republic, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Are concussions are killing football's favourite sons? Neurologists in Boston are asking questions that could ultimately bring down both the NFL and the CFL. But a competing lab in Toronto may produce different results. Brett Popplewell reads his own feature article, titled Head Games.
Brett Popplewell teaches at Carleton University and is the co-author of the biography The Escapist. His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Globe and Mail, and The Best American Sports Writing.
A note: In our broadcast version we are presenting this article in two halves, spread over two episodes. But our podcast version presents the full article in one file.
And finally...
Tens of thousands of young, low- to middle-income Canadians have been priced out of the housing market. One expert says they should follow the example set by their peers in other urbanized countries, and turn themselves into a nation of renters.
But writer John Lorinc points out that the rental market has its own set of problems. Norma Wick reads his article, titled Rental Breakdown.
John Lorinc is a senior editor at Spacing magazine. He has also written for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

On last week's episode (Sunday September 3)

The electric car maker Tesla plans to produce five hundred thousand vehicles next year. Other car manufacturers are also betting on an electric future. But there are 12,000 gas stations across Canada, and it will cost two or three billion dollars to replace them with charging stations. Are governments and businesses ready to make that kind of commitment? Norma Wick reads an article by Cam Sylvester titled "No Cars Go."
Cam Sylvester is a writer and teacher based in Vancouver. He has contributed to the Tyee, Canadian Business, and the Globe and Mail. Following the article, he joins AMI producer Kevin Philipupillai for an interview.
Then: The CBC's new five-year plan puts mobile devices at the heart of its broadcast strategy. Writer Tom Jokinen finds out how his former colleagues are adjusting to the brave new world of Snapchat, clickbait, and teenage YouTube stars. Cam Drynan reads this feature article, titled "What is the CBC Good For?"
Tom Jokinen is currently working on a radio documentary about urban loneliness. He contributes regularly to the Globe and Mail and CBC Radio.
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