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Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government's support of the Site C dam is facing criticism. The dam is opposed by First Nation leaders, the Royal Society of Canada and Amnesty International.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Dam betrays Trudeau's pledge to First Nations, say critics
Well-liked and versatile actor Taran Killam reflects on life after his six season run with Saturday Night Live.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: 'Some relief': Taran Killam's SNL ax
What impact do assisted deaths take on the doctors involved? Dr. Jeff Blackmer says some doctors will struggle, and Canada needs a framework to support them.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Toll of assisted deaths on doctors
A B.C. conservation officer says Revelstoke residents' carelessness with their food and trash led to the euthanization of nine bears there last week. Guest host Laura Lynch interviews Dan Bartol.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Conservation officer kills 9 bears in 'most difficult week'
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Gordon Lish & Eric Newby
From 1991, Eleanor speaks with two unique voices: one of the most influential men in American fiction - editor, writer and teacher, Gordon Lish. Also, the witty, entertaining English travel writer, Eric Newby.
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Ryszard Kapuscinski Interview
From the archives, a look back at the extraordinary, international Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski. He chronicled 20th century war and revolution - and survived four death sentences. Eleanor spoke with the master of literary reportage in 1994.
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Tim O'Brien Interview
From 1995, an intimate interview with novelist Tim O'Brien. Described as "the best American writer of his generation," O'Brien writes powerful books about the Vietnam War - drawing from his own experience as a young soldier in 1969.
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Moacyr Scliar Interview
From Brazil, the magical world of Moacyr Scliar - author of more than 60 books, including "Max and the Cats" and "The Centaur in the Garden". In 2004, Eleanor spoke with the writer and physician about fantasy, identity, and Brazil's Jewish diaspora.
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Grace Paley & Adrienne Rich
From the archives, two unique American voices. From 1993, Eleanor speaks with a master of the short story -- writer and activist, Grace Paley. And from 1994, the influential poet and essayist, Adrienne Rich.
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Chinua Achebe Interview
From the Writers & Company archives, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. A look back at the inspiring writer, thinker and politician -- and the father of the African novel in English. Eleanor spoke with the author of "Things Fall Apart" in 1994.
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William Trevor Interview
A master of the short story and the novel, Irish writer William Trevor. In this interview from 1994, Eleanor speaks with the celebrated author about his autobiographical collection, "Excursions in the Real World."
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Alice Munro Interview
In celebration of Alice Munro's 85th birthday, a rare conversation with Canada’s first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In this interview from 2004, Eleanor speaks with Munro about her Giller Prize-winning collection of short stories, "Runaway."
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Jenny Diski Interview
A look back at Eleanor's conversation with English writer Jenny Diski in 2005. The author of "Skating to Antarctica" and "Stranger on a Train" died in April at the age of 68.
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This week - the art of the memoir. What to tell? Who to implicate? And how to deal with the consequences. Eleanor speaks with American memoir writers Vivian Gornick and Kathryn Harrison, and England's Ferdinand Mount.
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Don DeLillo Interview
Eleanor speaks with American novelist Don DeLillo. The award-winning author of 'White Noise,' 'Underworld' and 'Libra' has a new book called 'Zero K.' Set in a secret cryonic freezing facility, the novel explores themes of science, religion and mortality.
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Jonathan Lee Interview
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with English novelist Jonathan Lee about his new book, 'High Dive.' The novel reimagines the 1984 assassination attempt of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, known as "the Brighton bombing."
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Julian Barnes Podcast
Eleanor speaks with England's Julian Barnes on stage at the Bluma Appel Salon in Toronto. The Booker prize-winning novelist, essayist and art critic talks about his latest book, 'The Noise of Time' - about beloved Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
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Tracy K. Smith Interview
Eleanor speaks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Tracy K. Smith about her memoir, 'Ordinary Light' - named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. Tracy K. talks to Eleanor about race, faith, and the elegiac power of poetry.
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Alan Bennett Podcast (encore 1995)
From 1995, Eleanor speaks with English writer and national treasure, Alan Bennett. Bennett is known for his wit, his award-winning plays, and most recently, his screenplay adaptation of his book and play "The Lady in the Van," starring Maggie Smith.
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Edna O'Brien Podcast
From London, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Irish writer Edna O'Brien about her new novel, 'The Little Red Chairs.' In this candid interview, the 85-year-old author explores the themes of pain, loss and love that have preoccupied her work and life.
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Anne Carson Interview
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Canadian poet, essayist, Greek and Latin scholar, and librettist, Anne Carson - on stage at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Festival.
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Alina Bronsky & Zafer Senocak Podcast
To wrap up the special series "At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany", Eleanor talks with novelist Alina Bronsky, from the former Soviet Union; and Turkish-German poet and essayist, Zafer Senocak.
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From Cologne, the novelist, essayist and Islam scholar, Navid Kermani - one of Germany's most important writers and thinkers. He talks to Eleanor about Islam, current political and cultural issues in Germany, and his passion for the music of Neil Young.
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Reinhard Kleist Podcast
From Berlin, more in the series 'At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany' with award-winning comic book artist Reinhard Kleist. Known for his graphic biographies, Kleist talks to Eleanor about tackling complex characters through striking artistry.
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Margarethe von Trotta Podcast
From Munich, to launch Writers & Company's special four-part series on Germany, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta about the historical, political and personal stories that have inspired her work.
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'The Face' Panel Podcast
Eleanor speaks with three writers - Chris Abani, Tash Aw and Ruth Ozeki - about how our faces affect questions of identity and belonging.
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John Updike Podcast
From the Writers & Company archives, Eleanor speaks with one of America's most successful, most elegant, and most accomplished writers – John Updike, a rare conversation.
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Jim Harrison Interview
From the archives, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with American novelist, poet, and screenwriter, Jim Harrison. The author of 'Wolf' and 'Legends of the Fall' talks about how nature, Buddhism, and cooking have shaped his work.
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Claire Harman on Charlotte Brontë
To mark the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with British biographer, Claire Harman. Harman's latest book, "Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart," retells the fascinating life story behind the author of the beloved novel, 'Jane Eyre.'
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Margaret Forster Interview
From the archives, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with English writer Margaret Forster in 1997. Best known for her novel 'Georgy Girl,' which was adapted into the 1966 film starring Lynn Redgrave, Forster’s central preoccupation was the role of women in society.
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