-- Author and philosopher ALAIN DE BOTTON talks about his new online news outlet The Philosophers' Mail, which uses global affairs and celebrity gossip news as jumping off points to discuss more profound things about human nature. He aims to bridge the division he sees in a lot of news media between what's popular and what's important.
Today on The World, an incredible conversation between Marco and the BBC's Lyse Doucet about her visit to Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus. It was built in 1948 as a refuge for Palestinians fleeing the Arab-Israeli war - now it's caught up in Syria's brutal civil war. Lyse has covered the war from the very beginning, but says she was shocked by the devastation and distress she saw in Yarmouk.
-- Humorist and author A.J. JACOBS talks about his recent descent into the world of extended family trees online… and why he thinks discovering our distant genealogical connections could make us kinder to all the strangers who might be our cousins.
The current drama in Ukraine reads like a fast-paced novel, each day's news a fresh chapter full of surprising detail. So it seems fitting to turn to Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov to get a sense of what events look like close up. He's been in and out of Maidan Square in Kiev since the beginning of the protests.
-- With the 2014 Sochi Olympics behind us, Jian convenes Q's SPORTS CULTURE PANEL to look back at the highlights of these Winter Games, and weigh in on how they will be remembered. On the panel this week are Toronto Star writer MARY ORMSBY [ORMS-bee] and Sportsnet Magazine writer STEPHEN BRUNT.