Peter Mitton

Peter Mitton is a writer, producer and correspondent at CBC Radio. His work has appeared on The Current, Ideas, and q.

Latest from Peter Mitton

'It's like a little trigger': The surprising benefits of boredom

Most people have an aversion to boredom, and try to avoid it by reaching for their smartphones, but is that doing more harm than good? Some who have studied the phenomenon think so.

Can you spot the fake bill? Take our quiz.

Another session of Parliament has just wrapped up. And we're marking the occasion with a quiz to test your knowledge on how well you know the latest crop of legislation. Can you spot a real bill, from a fake one? Find out.

deadmau5 on Q

One of the most recognizable electronic musicians in the world, Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. deadmau5 is at the top of his game. He stopped by Studio Q for a rare feature chat about his rise to stardom, sudden fame, controversial attitude and the state of electronic music.

Redesigning Uncle Sam

It may be iconic, but the traditional image of "Uncle Sam" doesn't exactly reflect the demographics of today's United States.

Q Contest: What's the craziest thing you've done to be healthy?

Immersive journalist extraordinaire A.J. Jacobs was here today to talk about his latest book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. Listen to the interview here, and let us know what outrageous lengths you've gone to be healthy in the comments.  Our favourite comment will win a copy of the book, and a Q mug!...

Rufus Wainwright on Q

Listen in as Rufus Wainwright visits Studio Q. He performs some brand new songs and sits down with Jian to talk about the loss of his mother, the birth of his daughter, and finally settling down.

How creativity works: Jonah Lehrer on Q

Want to be more creative? Jonah Lehrer says it's possible. The seriously talented young writer's new book explores the science of creativity, as well as tips and tricks that worked for thinkers like Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan

Mio on the Down-Lo: To Shave Or Not To Shave

Hmmm...on which side of the arm pit do you stand? Hair or no hair, the choice is rightfully yours as this article in ENVIRONMENTAL GRAFFITI rightly asserts. But keep in mind, maintaining the surface area of that minge protects pheromone (the active chemical in physical attraction) production. And you will need your pheromones for these PHEROMONE PARTIES. More stuff after...

"Mad Woman" Jane Maas on Q

After a 17-month-long hiatus, Mad Men is finally back. Today, Jian spoke to ad pioneer Jane Maas, who's been called the "real life Peggy Olson". She started her advertising career as a copywriter at Ogilvy and Mather in 1964, and eventually became one of the top names in the business... the brains behind many memorable campaigns, including "I Love...

Jian's essay on Saskatchewan's film and television industry

Image via mindseyepictures.comIn today's opening essay, Jian reflects on the Saskatchewan government's decision to scrap a key TV and film tax credit that brought lots of production to the province....

Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons on Q

Jian had a rare opportunity to speak with music producer Rick Rubin and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, the co-founders of the pioneering, influential - and sometimes controversial - Def Jam Recordings. The new book Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label features photos, interviews, and essays recounting how the label evolved from an NYU dormroom into...

Mio's Download Down-Lo: Lloydtube

Arthur. Footloose. Conan the Barbarian. Do we really need another movieremake? Before in-progress "reboots" like Total Recall and Mad Max hit screens maybe producers should consider this option: stick with the original but maybe re-edit here and there, change a song or two. This way we get to keep all the stuff we loved about the classic version (that...

Jian's essay on Freddie Mercury, 20 years later

In today's opening essay, Jian marks 20 years since the passing of Freddie Mercury...and reflects on how the passage of time has changed the way we understand HIV / AIDS.  Take a listen below....

Lang Lang on Q

AP Photo/Alex BrandonPiano virtuoso Lang Lang has been in Canada performing the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and meeting with promising young pianists as part of his music foundation's "101 Pianists" initiative.He dropped by Studio Q for a wide ranging chat about his evolving career, and finding an outlet for self-expression in the world of classical...

Jian makes the case for NSCAD University

NSCAD University, one of Halifax's most storied arts institutions, is facing a wide-ranging review of its existence, and its future is as yet uncertain.  In times of economic difficulty, are the arts to be regarded as a mere frill?  In the show's opening essay, Jian speaks to the importance of the arts, and of an independent and intact NSCAD U....