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60 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
Ben Lerner - 10:04, A Novel on the Very Edge of Fiction
An interview with poet and award-winning novelist Ben Lerner about his gripping new book 10:04. On anxiety for the future, the importance of imagination, and why the line between fiction and reality is blurrier than we might suppose.
25 minutes | Jan 15, 2015
Noam Chomsky talks Climate Change & His Message to the Future
A new interview with world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky. In this conversation Chomsky reflects on the challenge to humanity posed by climate change, what ordinary citizens can do to combat it, and shares some of the lessons he's gleaned from his life including what his advice would be for present and future generations concerned about the fate of the planet."It’s urgent for those who have the most privilege, the most opportunity, the greatest advantages, to be in the forefront instead of in the rear in trying to impede what is likely to be a serious catastrophe”
57 minutes | Nov 3, 2014
Michael Crummey, Exploring A Changing Way of Life in Newfoundland
Award-winning Canadian author Michael Crummey has just come out with his latest novel 'Sweetland' which tells the story of one man's response to the resettlement of his small struggling Newfoundland community. What results is a fascinating meditation on death, resilience, and a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. In this wide-ranging conversation with Michael Crummey, we talk about the birth of his new novel, the complicated changes Newfoundland society is going through, and what the idea of 'home' means in the 21st century.
58 minutes | Oct 5, 2014
David Carr: on Journalism, Addiction, and the Changing Media Landscape
New York Times columnist David Carr has become one of the most insightful reporters of what is happening within the world of media and journalism today. From Glenn Greenwald and the NSA revelations, to the struggles of mid-size newspapers, to his own turbulent past with addiction, our wide-ranging conversation with David Carr.
56 minutes | Oct 21, 2013
The Public - Alexander Maksik, 'A Marker to Measure Drift'
Author Alexander Maksik has recently released his second novel called A Marker to Measure Drift. It tells the story of Jacqueline, a young liberian woman who has fled the civil war engulfing her country, and is now haunted by the memory of the trauma in her recent past. Alexander Maksik has written for publications including Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate, we speak about isolation, facing reality, and how one deals with trauma.
58 minutes | Sep 20, 2013
The Public - David Suzuki, A Life Spent Communicating Science
David Suzuki is not only one of Canada's best known environmentalists and scientists, he is also one of this country's most distinguished broadcasters. The longtime host of The Nature Of Things speaks about his life, his early days as a scientist, the importance of public broadcasting, and why communicating science to the general public is so essential.
39 minutes | Aug 21, 2013
The Public - Ralph Nader, Life as an Outspoken Citizen
This week a conversation with renowned progressive political icon Ralph Nader. In the interview Nader reflects on the four decades he's spent working as a consumer advocate and outspoken public figure, the current state of American democracy (including why things were better under Nixon than they are under Obama), and speaks to the challenges facing our society moving forward.
45 minutes | Aug 6, 2013
The Public - Filmmaker Alan Zweig reflects on the art of living in '15 Reasons To Live'
This week, a conversation with Toronto Filmmaker Alan Zweig about his new documentary 15 Reasons To Live, in which through fifteen separate chapters and personal portraits he reflects on the various facets of the human experience that make life worth living, from Love and Work to Humour and Friendship. A touching meditation on the art of living, and the aspects of the human experience that our lives meaning.
61 minutes | Jul 12, 2013
The Public - Finding brotherly love on tour with The National in "Mistaken For Strangers"
In 2010, indie rockers The National are about to embark on their biggest international tour yet when lead singer Matt Berninger invites his younger at times floundering brother Tom along to be part of the tour crew. Tom agrees, and brings his camera with him to document the journey. What follows is anything but smooth sailing. From Tom's highs to lows, the ensuing film "Mistaken For Strangers" is a entertaining meditation on success, failure, redemption, and brotherly love.
48 minutes | Jun 26, 2013
The Public - Filmmaker Cullen Hoback, With Online Privacy 'Terms And Conditions May Apply'
We have all clicked agree to lengthy "Terms and Conditions" documents in order to use of everything from iTunes to Facebook and Gmail. But exacty what does it say in these documents? And what does it mean for our right to privacy and the use of our data? Now the new documentary film 'Terms And Conditions May Apply' takes a look at these questions, and examines what exactly we've signed away when we click "I Agree."
40 minutes | Jun 10, 2013
The Public - Humorist David Sedaris
A conversation with humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris on writing, his public/private persona, and finding humour in the painful. His latest collection of essays is called "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls."
61 minutes | Jun 3, 2013
The Public - Documentary Films - Tiny: A Story About Living Small & Caucus
This week a look at two new documentary films 1) Tiny: A story about living small, examines the new trend of people opting to downsize and live in extremely tiny houses and 2) Caucus, is a behind-the-scenes look back at the 2012 republican primary battle in Iowa
61 minutes | May 24, 2013
The Public - Filmmaker Matt Anderson, "Fall & Winter"
A conversation with filmmaker Matt Anderson on his stunning new documentary Fall & Winter. The film, which played to sold out theatres at the SXSW and Hot Docs film festivals, is a journey into the root causes behind the global environmental crises currently facing humanity, and a call to reimage the relationship we have as humans with the natural world. To find out more about the film visit www.fallwintermovie.com
76 minutes | May 13, 2013
The Public - Fred Penner
Fred Penner, the renowned Canadian children's performer and beloved television peresonality speaks about his life growing up in Winnipeg, the TV show that endeared him to a generation, and his belief in the transformative power of music.
73 minutes | Apr 13, 2013
The Public - Carl Honoré on The Slow Fix
An interview with award-winning journalist Carl Honore on his new book The Slow Fix - why In a culture obsessed with speed, the way to deal with our complex problems might just be to take our time.
68 minutes | Mar 25, 2013
The Public - Lewis Lapham
Lewis Lapham, the founder of Lapham's Quarterly, and acclaimed editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine speaks about his days growing up in San Francisco and his time at Yale, as well as shares his reflections on history, journalism, and the state of American society today.
38 minutes | Mar 13, 2013
The Public - Noam Chomsky
An interview with Noam Chomsky, the world renowned public intellectual and outspoken activist, on everything from his resistance during the Vietnam War, and early years in activism, to confronting the challenges that face humanity today, and the importance of speaking out
62 minutes | Mar 1, 2013
The Public - Thomas Frank
This week, Thomas Frank, journalist, writer, and columnist for Harper's Magazine, shares his thoughts on election 2012, Obama's second term, as well as a conversation about his own life and background - how he became the writer and cultural thinker he is today.
61 minutes | Feb 19, 2013
The Public - Jean Vanier, Liz Marshall
We're back from our break! This week on The Public we speak to Canadian philosopher, author and humanitarian, Jean Vanier, on spirituality, community, and his philosophy of becoming human. In the second half, award-winning documentary filmmaker Liz Marshall on her upcoming film The Ghosts in our Machine which examines how we treat animals in our modern industrial society.
61 minutes | Oct 12, 2012
The Public - Doug Saunders
This week, an interview with Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders on his latest book 'The Myth of the Muslim Tide', which challenges the notion that Western values are being threatened by a wave of Muslim immigration.
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