This week on Q - Dec 10-14/12

MONDAY: Robert Sitler on the persistent myth that December 21, 2012 could mark the end of the world, despite being a complete misreading of the Maya Long calendar. Witty journalist and author Caitlin Moran on her new collection of music and pop culture essays, Moranthology. Sexist, violent, and old school, but a hit at 50...A look at the enduring appeal of James Bond with ex-Bond director John Glen, whose oeuvre includes For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. Plus, Jian kicks off Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012. LISTEN.

TUESDAY: Colombia's Ingrid Betancourt was a presidential candidate in 2002 when she was kidnapped by revolutionaries and held in the jungle for nearly 7 years. Since her release four years ago, she's used her harrowing personal story to bring attention to other hostages and victims of terrorism around the world. Slate's Will Oremus explains how a democratic user vote on changes to Facebook's polarizing privacy policy has resulted in even greater control for the social networking site. A look at a new double album called 'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah featuring Hanukkah and Christmas music sung and written by Jews. Plus album #19 in Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012. LISTEN

WEDNESDAY: Austin Wintory, composer of the music for the Playstation game, Journey. It is the first video game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy award. Activist and punk musician Kathleen Hanna of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. She's credited with helping inspire the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s. Stage and screen actress Miriam Margolyes, best-known for her turn as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter series, on her one-woman show, Dickens' Women. Plus album #18 in Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012. LISTEN

THURSDAY: MoMA's inclusion of 10 video games has sparked a debate about whether they can be considered art. Michael C. Hall, star of the popular Showtime series Dexter, on portraying one of TV's most compelling and morally ambivalent characters, forensic analyst and serial killer Dexter Morgan. Nanette Vonnegut, daughter of the late American author Kurt Vonnegut, on her father as a man and a writer. She wrote the foreword to a new collection of his fiction, We Are What We Pretend To Be: The First and Last Works. Plus Q's Top 20: album #17. LISTEN


FRIDAY: Singer-songwriter Jason Collett is joined by musician Bahamas and duo Snowblink for a special collaborative Friday Live, playing together from each of their recent albums. Style writer Karen von Hahn on the mysterious fashion trend that is "meggings" (that is, leggings for men). Celebrity photographer Idrani Pal-Chaudhuri on creating iconic images of stars such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, David Bowie and Lady Gaga. Judith Martin (aka Miss Manners) on the decline of the dinner party. Elvira Kurt's Cultural Hall of Shame.  

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