Happy Thursday! Jian and the Q crew are headed to Portland, so today we present you with three of our favourite interviews from the Best of Q.
- There has been public debate in Israel over a government bill that would ban the use of the word "Nazi" and other Third Reich imagery and language outside of a historical or educational context. Jian speaks to Shimon Ohayon, the Israeli politician who introduced the bill, who says symbols like the swastika and Star of David lose their meaning when they are casually thrown around or are appropriated for political reasons.He also speaks with Haaretz journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer, who offers insight on the heated public discussion sparked by the bill. [FULL POST]
- Jian speaks with Giorgio Moroder, one of the most influential music producers of the last 40 years. He's worked with the likes of David Bowie and Donna Summer, shaped the soundtracks of beloved films like Midnight Express and Flashdance, and won several Grammys and Oscars. And after keeping a low profile for years, Moroder is back in the mix with projects that include Daft Punk's latest record, a Google game soundtrack, and a celebrated remix of the indie group Haim. [FULL POST]
- Jian speaks to artist Theaster Gates, who blurs the lines between art and his other career -- urban planning. Much of his work involves re-purposing abandoned buildings in order to help others "understand the beauty that's embedded in [them]." His celebrated series, the Dorchester Projects, brings back community interaction to abandoned buildings in Chicago's South Side. [FULL POST]