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Culture

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

Arts Feature

May 2009

Adoration

By Drew Halfnight

A new film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan reveals the fault lines of fear in our post-9/11 consciousness

Arts Feature

May 2009

The Soloist

By Drew Halfnight

New film exposes the underbelly of Los Angeles homeless life but gets carried away with its sentimental message

Arts Feature

May 2009

Water

By David Wilson

Canadian director reveals the exquisite beauty of India amidst Hindu fundamentalism

Arts Feature

May 2009

Born into Brothels

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Award-winning documentary exposes the tribulations of childhood in Calcutta

Arts Feature

May 2009

The Namesake

By Kylie Taggart

Indian film offers a study of immigrant family life and invites audiences to embrace Bengali culture

Arts Feature

May 2009

A Peck on the Cheek

By Jocelyn Bell

Marriage, identity and escape are at the heart of this classic Bollywood melodrama

Arts Feature

May 2009

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

By Drew Halfnight

Acclaimed film shows the power of faith and the pursuit of dreams against all odds

Arts Feature

April 2009

Doubt

By Drew Halfnight

Adaption of prize-winning play underscores the consequences of judging others and being wrong

Arts Feature

April 2009

The Uncertain Business of Doing Good

By Gary Kenny

New narrative explores what happens to well-intentioned interlopers in Africa

Arts Feature

April 2009

Overturning the Tables

By Kylie Taggart

How congregations can protect children from consumerism

Arts Feature

April 2009

Grown-up Sex

By Carolyn Pogue

New book stresses the importance of communication, respect and acceptance of ourselves

Arts Feature

April 2009

Postcards from the Valley

By Donna Sinclair

The United Church moderator offers his own stumbles with humility and tenderness

Arts Feature

March 2009

Milk

By Lee Simpson

New DVD offers a fascinating study of an activist-icon and the early struggle for gay rights

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part Two

By Drew Halfnight

Biopic offers many rewards but leaves out several fascinating chapters of revolutionary's life

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part One

By Drew Halfnight

Film portrays freedom fighter's life with dramatic allure but falls short of greatness

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Canada Live

By Steven Peacock

Live-on-stage works are riches to encounter and explore

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tonic

By Peter Woods

New jazz offering creates a graceful ambience that is inviting

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Drive

By Wanda Stride

Juno-winning artist peppers his program with new and exciting Canadian music

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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