This Week On Q - Aug 27-Aug 31/12

MONDAY: Author and commentator David Sirota and TV critic Bob Thompson on the new controversial NBC reality TV-series Stars Earn Stripes. Best of Q repeat: Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland of Coldplay on their latest bestselling album Mylo Xyloto. Listen to the entire show.

TUESDAY: Best of Q repeats: Nobel Prize-winning African-American novelist Toni Morrison on her latest, Home. Development expert Charles Kenny explains why donating food and old clothes to charity overseas may do more harm than good. E.L. James, the self-effacing Brit behind the fiction phenomenon of the year, the 50 Shades of Grey erotica novel series. Listen to the entire show.

WEDNESDAY: Rob Stewart (the award-winning documentary film Sharkwater) on his new memoir Save the Humans. Best of Q repeats: actor John Lithgow on his memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education.  A look at "bronies" -- a subculture of young men who are unironically obsessed with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Listen to the entire show.

THURSDAY: CEO Kyle Wiens on why he won't hire people who use poor grammar. Best of Q repeats: New York musician and composer Philip Glass reflects on his life, work and revival of his groundbreaking opera Einstein on the Beach. Polyglot teenager Timothy Doner, who has learned 23 languages and counting.

FRIDAY: Best of Q repeats:  Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei speaks candidly with Jian about corruption in China's judicial system, China's record on human rights and why he continues to speak out despite real personal risk. Noel Gallagher, best known as the guitarist, occasional vocalist and principal songwriter for UK rock legends Oasis, talks about High Flying Birds, the name of both his solo project and his debut solo record.

Audio is available the day after the broadcast.
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