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Culture

Arts Feature

January 2010

Young @ Heart

By Patricia Clarke

Film about a seniors' choir gives new meaning to old, familiar songs

Arts Feature

January 2010

Playing for Change

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Music documentary gives insight into far-flung cultures, despairs and desires

Arts Feature

December 2009

Skim

By Chantal Braganza

Graphic novel is not your usual coming-of-age story

Arts Feature

December 2009

Three Cups of Tea

By Trisha Elliott

Best seller's children's edition offers important lessons about cultural sensitivity, religious tolerance and the power of education

Arts Feature

December 2009

Recycling the old Scrooge story

By Chantal Braganza

Modern-day Ebenezers are far more sinful than Dickens' classic character, but their role in Christmas movies remains the same

Arts Feature

December 2009

One Peace: True Stories

By Kylie Taggart

Young activists' stories show that peace is more than the absence of war

Arts Feature

December 2009

Gwen

By Karen Stiller

Overcoming adversity is the hallmark of this historical tale about homeless children sent from England to work as domestics in Canada

Arts Feature

December 2009

The Sweetest One of All

By Sheryl Spencer

Children's book bears an important message about yearning and belonging

Arts Feature

November 2009

Fifty Dead Men Walking

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Film about Northern Ireland depicts explosive passions without indulging in brutality

Arts Feature

November 2009

My Sister’s Keeper

By Drew Halfnight

Heartfelt story spins a web of human bonds and then delicately undoes them

Arts Feature

November 2009

Food, Inc.

By Chantal Braganza

Hard-hitting documentary sets out to empower us as consumers

Arts Feature

November 2009

The Hurt Locker

By Jocelyn Bell

Tensions are high in this film about bomb experts in Iraq

Arts Feature

November 2009

Away We Go

By David Wilson

Road movie is a cross-country tour of 21st-century family dysfunction

Arts Feature

September 2009

Food movies for the soul

By Chantal Braganza

Food as an act of love, healing and personal achievement is something we can’t seem to get enough of in cinema

Arts Feature

September 2009

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir

By Chantal Braganza

Author vividly describes the horrors of imprisonment in Revolutionary Iran

Arts Feature

September 2009

Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune

By David Wilson

Former governor general embraces a Canadian physician as the true Canadian hero he was

Arts Feature

September 2009

True Patriot Love

By Lee Simpson

Liberal leader believes in the brand of patriotism expressed in our national anthem

Arts Feature

September 2009

A Memoir of Friendship

By Jocelyn Bell

The exchanges between two authors brim with the details of their everyday lives

Arts Feature

September 2009

Lester B. Pearson

By Kenneth Bagnell

Biography examines the human elements of a former PM's diplomacy

Arts Feature

July 2009

Religion on NPR podcast

By Donna Sinclair

There’s a whole new universe to explore on national public radio

Arts Feature

July 2009

The New Yorker: Fiction Podcast

By Jocelyn Bell

Podcast contains all the grit, violence and sensuality of adult fiction

Arts Feature

July 2009

Philosophy Bites Podcast

By Chantal Braganza

Top philosophers offer a surprising amount of insight in very little time

Arts Feature

July 2009

NOW on PBS Podcast

By David Wilson

Exchanges on this award-winning public affairs show are electrifying

Arts Feature

July 2009

This American Life Podcast

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Program explores global issues as well as the peculiarities of human nature

Arts Feature

June 2009

Gran Torino

By Patricia Ingold

Clint Eastwood's latest film shows audiences bigotry, banditry and the fading American way of life

Arts Feature

June 2009

The superhero psyche

By Patricia Ingold

Comic book adaptions reveal the complex human beings behind the masks

Arts Feature

June 2009

Act of God

By David Wilson

Thought-provoking documentary examines the primal role of electrical impulses on our planet and in our minds

Arts Feature

June 2009

Tyson

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Brutally honest film returns some dignity to the former heavyweight boxing champion

Arts Feature

June 2009

The Way We Get By

By Jocelyn Bell

A trio of troop greeters find joy and meaning in this documentary

Arts Feature

June 2009

Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies

By Kevin Spurgaitis

New documentary evocatively explores the upside of boredom

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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