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Why David Bowie matters

Added on: November 7, 2013

Professor Ken McLeod on Bowie’s impact and influence Jenny Hall The Art Gallery of Ontario is the latest stop of the successful David Bowie exhibition that originated at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s prompted a resurgence of interest in the theatrical musician. We spoke to Professor Ken McLeod of the Faculty of Music and… MoreMore arrow

The minimum wage: good politics, bad economics?

Added on: October 25, 2013

by Paul Fraumeni  Is the minimum wage a good thing for workers?  Some say yes, but others, such as Allan O’Dette of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in a recent Toronto Star op-ed, feel increases to the minimum wage could harm jobs. In this e-mail interview, U of T economics professor Morley Gunderson, a respected… MoreMore arrow

Is marijuana dangerous? Should it be legal?

Added on: September 19, 2013

A Q&A with addiction researcher Bernard Le Foll Jenny Hall A spate of politicians recently admitted to smoking marijuana, and the public, for the most part, shrugged its shoulders. With talk of decriminalization gaining momentum, we spoke to Dr. Bernard Le Foll about pot’s effect on the body and brain, and about the complex issues… MoreMore arrow

Sochi and human rights: Is boycotting the Olympic Games the answer?

Added on: August 12, 2013

Valerie Iancovich With the Sochi Olympics just six months away, many are calling for action. Olympian, sports historian and human rights activist Professor Bruce Kidd weighs in on the possibility of a boycott and considers the relationship between human rights and the Olympic movement. What has been your reaction to recent developments out of Russia… MoreMore arrow

Can Detroit rise again?

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A Q&A with city studies researcher Zack Taylor on what happens when cities go bankrupt Jenny Hall The world is watching Detroit try to fight its way out of bankruptcy. We spoke to University of Toronto Scarborough city studies professor Zack Taylor on what happens when a city can’t pay its bills—and what the future… MoreMore arrow

Dealing with postpartum depression

Added on: August 8, 2013

Kendra Hunter Officially, what caused the deaths of Winnipeg mother Lisa Gibson and her two children are under review but there is a likely possibility that postpartum depression played a role.  Despite growing awareness, there is still a stigma around the condition, which affects approximately 13 per cent of mothers in the first 12 weeks… MoreMore arrow

Yes, you really should use sunscreen

Added on: June 6, 2013

A Q+A with dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Rosen Paul Fraumeni The days are longer, the lakes are warming up and very soon we’ll be partaking in all the joys of summer.  But watch out for that sun. It can harm your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.  There is no question about it –… MoreMore arrow

We’re running out of antibiotics. Why?

Added on: May 31, 2013

Jenny Hall A Q&A  on antibiotic resistance with Dr. Tony Mazzulli This spring the Ontario Medical Association released a report on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. And while hospital-acquired “superbugs” often make the news, drug resistant gonorrhea is spreading in the province. We spoke to Dr. Tony Mazzulli, a professor in U of T’s Department… MoreMore arrow

Preventive mastectomy: how would you decide?

Added on: May 16, 2013

Jenny Hall Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she has undergone a preventive mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer is all over the news, drawing attention to mutations in genes BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 that dramatically elevate some women’s risk for the disease. We spoke to Kelly Metcalfe, a professor at the Lawrence S.… MoreMore arrow

What is the value of a film critic?

Added on: April 26, 2013

By Paul Fraumeni A Q&A with the Director of U of T’s Cinema Studies Institute, Professor Charlie Keil When Roger Ebert died April 4, the film criticism community lost one of its most popular voices. Ebert was so well-known that his death was covered prominently on the front pages of newspapers as well as on television… MoreMore arrow