Apr 22, 2014 | 20:08Q Miriam Toews brings "All My Puny Sorrows" to Studio Q Video
Q Miriam Toews brings "All My Puny Sorrows" to Studio Q Apr 22, 2014 | 20:08Jian speaks to Manitoba writer, Miriam Toews about the life and death conflict at the heart of her new book, "All My Puny Sorrows", the anguish of grappling with a loved one's desire to die, and why she chose to mirror elements of her personal tragedies in the novel.
Apr 16, 2014 | 32:54Q Veteran broadcaster Don Newman Video
Q Veteran broadcaster Don Newman Apr 16, 2014 | 32:54Jian speaks to retired reporter, Don Newman, about his new memoir "Welcome to the Broadcast" but also gets his discerning opinion on today's big stories and major players. In a wide-ranging conversation, Newman weighs in on the rise of political apathy, the often-thorny relationship between the press and politicians, and whether today's lightning-quick news cycle is hurting society.
Apr 14, 2014 | 32:23Q Marc Maron in Studio Q Video
Q Marc Maron in Studio Q Apr 14, 2014 | 32:23Stand-up comedian and cat rancher Marc Maron is host of the wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron, on which he interviews top comedy figures from Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman and Louis CK to Dave Foley, Patton Oswalt and Judd Apatow. He speas with Jian about his past, the art of conversation and the figure of the comedian.
Apr 8, 2014 | 19:27Q Where do you know Judy Greer from? Video
Q Where do you know Judy Greer from? Apr 8, 2014 | 19:27Despite Judy Greer's expansive resume, or perhaps because of it, strangers are prone to squinting at her and asking: "What do I know you from?" The actress has plenty of possible answers. She's played the best friend in romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner and 27 Dresses; has proved her dramatic chops in films like The Descendants and Adaptation; and has crossed over into television with roles in Arrested Development and the animated series Archer. The FAQ partly inspired Greer's hilarious new collection of essays "I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star". She joins Jian to discuss her 15-year career in Hollywood, what she's learned from sharing bathrooms with Hollywood's biggest stars, and why she still sees herself as a pretty average person ... who happens to have over 90 credits in movies and television to her name.
Apr 8, 2014 | 37:16Q Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff Video
Q Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff Apr 8, 2014 | 37:16Many Canadians know Michael Ignatieff as the Liberal leader who called on Canada to "rise up" and eject Stephen Harper from office in the 2011 federal election. But rise they did not. As political watchers will recall, the number of Liberal seats in the house of commons plummeted to unprecedented lows. Canada's "natural governing party" fell to third-party status. And Ignatieff didn't even win a seat in his own riding. Such a public defeat would be difficult for anyone to swallow -- but the failure stood in especially stark contrast to Ignatieff's previous successes as a popular public intellectual, an award-winning author and a Harvard professor. Following a long period of soul-searching and a return to teaching, Ignatieff joins Jian to talk about his candid, defiant, and deeply self-critical account of his rise and fall: "Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Canadian Politics". He opens up on whether the book was painful to write, what it was like to be the target of effective attack ads, and what he's ultimately learned from his crushing defeat.
Mar 19, 2014 | 23:50Q NDP insider Brad Lavigne Video
Q NDP insider Brad Lavigne Mar 19, 2014 | 23:50When the late NDP leader Jack Layton rode atop the Orange Wave to bring Official Opposition status to the party in 2011, Brad Lavigne was the chief operative who helped set it into motion. The New Democratic Party's rise over the last decade to 99 seats in the House of Commons from a mere 12 was a remarkable political accomplishment. Lavigne, one of the key architects of the transformation, was Layton's right-hand man. Now, Layton's former campaign manager has published his account of the party's success story. He speaks with Jian about his book, "Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP", and gives his sense of the state of the NDP in 2002 compared to now.
Mar 17, 2014 | 13:55Q Grant Lawrence brings "The Lonely End of the Rink" to Studio Q Video
Q Grant Lawrence brings "The Lonely End of the Rink" to Studio Q Mar 17, 2014 | 13:55There's a cultural assumption that every child born in the great white north of Canada is imbued with a love and devotion for hockey. And if those kids are born to highly competitive sports-fans, the pressure only mounts. Grant Lawrence, a musician and host of CBC Radio 3, was among those ushered onto the ice at a young age. He chronicles his early ambivalence toward the sport in a new memoir "The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie". Lawrence recalls the contrast between the hockey heroes on television and the bullying teammates who liked to pick on the "runt" goalie with big glasses. "I had a big struggle with that polarity," he admits.
Mar 12, 2014 | 20:43Q Olivia Chow reflects on her Journey Video
Q Olivia Chow reflects on her Journey Mar 12, 2014 | 20:43Politician Olivia Chow is about to run for mayor of the city of Toronto, against Rob Ford and others. There is speculation that her own past as an immigrant to the city will be part of her attempt to appeal to working-class and suburban communities in the city. Here she talks about her memoir, My Journey, which touches on those aspects of her past.
Mar 12, 2014 | 17:43Q John Carter Cash on his father's legacy Video
Q John Carter Cash on his father's legacy Mar 12, 2014 | 17:43While digging through his late father's old recordings, John Carter Cash stumbled upon an unreleased album from legendary country singer Johnny Cash. Originally ignored by Columbia records during a rough patch in his career, the album has been touched up and is set to be released on March 25th. Cash joins Jian to discuss his amazing discovery. As he explains, the album, titled "Out Among the Stars", bridges the gap between his father's early boisterous days and the melancholy sounds of his late recordings. The son of the influential music icon also reflects on his famous father's legacy and the side of his family he hopes to reveal in his recent book "House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash".
Mar 11, 2014 | 18:12Q A chat with 94-year-old track star Olga Kotelko and her biographer Bruce Grierson Video
Q A chat with 94-year-old track star Olga Kotelko and her biographer Bruce Grierson Mar 11, 2014 | 18:12If you think it's too late to take up track and field, consider the amazing case of Olga Kotelko. The retired Vancouver school teacher attended her first "masters" track and field competition in her late 70s -- and shocked her competitors by taking home the gold. Now, at the age of 94, Kotelko holds 26 world records and is the female nonagenarian still long-jumping and high- jumping competitively. Jian speaks to the athlete as well as Bruce Grierson, an award-winning journalist who's written a book about her journey and the science of aging: What Makes Olga Run?