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Culture

Arts Feature

January 2010

Wars, Guns and Votes

By Kenneth Bagnell

New book links honest democratic elections to rising incomes

Arts Feature

January 2010

No Direction Home

By David Wilson

Famed folk singer's musical expedition is retraced in Scorcese film

Arts Feature

January 2010

We Are Together

By Jocelyn Bell

Documentary shows the joy, sadness and hope of an orphaned South African girl

Arts Feature

January 2010

War Dance

By Karen Stiller

Directors shine a light on the musical talents of Ugandan students amid war and poverty.

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

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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