This Week on Q - Sept 17-Sept 21/12

MONDAY: Humourist Rick Mercer on his book, A Nation Worth Ranting About, a collection of his trademark fast-talking, funny and impassioned rants about Canadian politics and society. Oscar winning actor Dustin Hoffman, who has gone from memorable roles in front of the camera to making his debut as a director with Quartet, a film about retired opera singers. Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper on her memoir. Listen to entire show.

TUESDAY: Guest host Brent Bambury. BBC science journalist Claudia Hammond, author of the new book Time Warped, on our enduring cultural fascination with time-travel and how better understanding our experience of time can help us. Q debate: To spank or not to spank with Dr. John Fletcher, editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and Dave Quist, executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family. Performance from former Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier on her solo album Silencio. Listen to entire show.

WEDNESDAY: Guest host Jim Brown. Former New York Times The Ethicist columnist Randy Cohen on the principles that guided him during his 12-year tenure, as explored in his new book Be Good. Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad on her recent failed attempt to swim in open water from Cuba to Florida and why it's a human impulse to push ourselves to the limit. CEO and founder Noel Biderman on

THURSDAY: English folk rockers Mumford and Sons perform from their new album, Babel. Writer Carol Blue, widow of Christopher Hitchens, talks about the journalist and commentator's just-published collection of essays Mortality.

FRIDAY: Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh. Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan on his third feature Laurence Anyways, an epic romance about an untenable love affair. Director Barry Avrich on his documentary Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky. The film looks at the dramatic rise and fall of the risk-taking Canadian theatre impresario, who is currently in prison for fraud and forgery. Elvira Kurt's Cultural Hall of Shame
Audio is available the day after the broadcast.

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