Aug 4, 2014 | 12:28Q Tomson Highway on music and storytelling Video
Q Tomson Highway on music and storytelling Aug 4, 2014 | 12:28Playwright and novelist Tomson Highway is one of Canada's most important storytellers. His ground-breaking plays have put Aboriginal stories on the international stage. He's won numerous awards for his multifaceted works. And he was the first Aboriginal writer to be named to the Order of Canada.
Jun 27, 2014 | 17:29Q Masha Gessen on defiance and exile Video
Q Masha Gessen on defiance and exile Jun 27, 2014 | 17:29Russian journalist and writer-in-exile Masha Gessen joins Jian in person for the first time since leaving her home country -- a difficult decision she made on account of that country's homosexual propaganda laws and the threats brought against her family. Gessen -- author of "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot", and a sharp critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- reflects on the repercussions of the anti-gay legislation, and the narratives that are missing from mainstream news coverage.
Jun 18, 2014 | 21:55Q Jason Priestley's memoir in Studio Q Video
Q Jason Priestley's memoir in Studio Q Jun 18, 2014 | 21:55Since rising to fame as Brandon Walsh on "Beverly Hills 90210", Jason Priestley has continued to build his career as a fine actor on both stage and screen -- including his current role on the HBO Canada show "Call Me Fitz". He's also a director, a writer, and now the author of a new memoir about his life called "Jason Priestley: A Memoir".
Jun 16, 2014 | 29:50Q Rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith Video
Q Rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith Jun 16, 2014 | 29:50Jian speaks with Lynn Goldsmith, an all-access photographer who has spent decades shooting compelling portraits, high-powered action shots and revealing backstage images of stars like Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Patti Smith -- to name only a few. Goldsmith shares lively anecdotes from her new collection, Rock and Roll Stories, explains why she's "not anybody's fan", and notes that she doesn't take pictures -- she makes pictures.
May 28, 2014 | 10:41Q Raffi explores "Lightweb Darkweb" in Studio Q Video
Q Raffi explores "Lightweb Darkweb" in Studio Q May 28, 2014 | 10:41Raffi Cavoukian has created the soundtrack for many a childhood -- but as kids go from Bananaphones to smartphones, the children's entertainer wants to make sure they stay safe. The Canadian singer/songwriter joins Jian to discuss how social media is changing childhood, why he argues younger kids should focus on the real world and why he sees the internet as highway with no speed limits.
May 20, 2014 | 17:12Q Dr. Brian Goldman decodes "The Secret Language of Doctors" Video
Q Dr. Brian Goldman decodes "The Secret Language of Doctors" May 20, 2014 | 17:12Jian speaks with emergency room doctor and broadcaster Dr. Brian Goldman about his new book, "The Secret Language of Doctors". His book is a look into the slang words and secret phrases that members of the medical profession use amongst themselves, and what it says about our current medical culture.
May 9, 2014 | 32:43Q "Persona Non Grata" author Tom Flanagan Video
Q "Persona Non Grata" author Tom Flanagan May 9, 2014 | 32:43Tom Flanagan, once a senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and regular CBC commentator, took a considerable hit to his career following his remarks on child pornography. The longtime academic was widely pilloried in both social and professional media and denounced by some of his closest political allies. Flanagan reviews what he said in a now infamous video and why he chose to backtrack on initial apologies to defend himself in his new book, Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age.
May 1, 2014 | 13:05Q Daniel H. Wilson on "Robot Uprisings" live in Portland Video
Q Daniel H. Wilson on "Robot Uprisings" live in Portland May 1, 2014 | 13:05Engineer, author, and overall expert on all things robotic Daniel H. Wilson sits down with Jian on stage at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Oregon to discuss his latest book, Robot Uprisings -- an anthology that includes stories from some of today's best science fiction writers.
Apr 29, 2014 | 14:22Q "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed live in Portland Video
Q "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed live in Portland Apr 29, 2014 | 14:22Cheryl Strayed, the American novelist who penned the smash-hit book Wild, is ready to see a fictionalized version of herself hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Her deeply personal book -- which chronicles her struggles with heroin, divorce and other demons -- has sold 1.3 million copies worldwide. Now her story is set to make its big screen debut as a film starring Reese Witherspoon. The Portland-based writer (Torch, Tiny Beautiful Things) tells Jian that she sees the movie as its own entity (one that she hopes will "stand on its own legs") and shares the film-making moment that brought her to tears.
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 | 20:08Miriam Toews speaks to Jian 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.