By Kevin Caners
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The Public is a program exploring arts & contemporary society through in-depth conversations with today’s most compelling thinkers, writers, artists and public personalities. Hosted by Kevin Caners for CIUT 89.5 FM, out of The University of Toronto.
||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.||3/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||1/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||11/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||10/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||10/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||9/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||8/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||8/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||7/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||6/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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."||6/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||6/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||5/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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.||5/13/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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.||4/13/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||3/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||3/13/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||3/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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...||2/19/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||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.||10/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Chris Hedges||Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and outspoken public intellectual Chris Hedges on his latest book Days of Destruction Days of Revolt, and on his life spent fighting for political and social justice.||10/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Sook-Yin Lee||An in-depth interview with host of CBC's Definitely Not The Opera, and all around Canadian rennasaince woman, Sook-Yin Lee||9/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Bernie Finkelstein||Founder of True North Records and iconic figure of the Canadian music industry Bernie Finkelstein on his beginnings as a producer, the Toronto Yorkville scene of the 1960s, and his life spent celebrating and fighting for homegrown Canadian music and...||9/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - David Miller||A feature conversation with former mayor of Toronto David Miller on his childhood growing up in Britain and Canada, his life in politics and his ongoing efforts to make our cities more sustainable.||9/13/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Mark Kingwell||Writer and Professor of Philosophy Mark Kingwell reflects on modern society, valuing the intrinsic, and some of his early influences that turned him on to the world of philosophy and literature.||9/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Sean Wainsteim||Sean Wainsteim is a Toronto-based filmmaker and director. He also happens to be the creative and award-winning mind behind some of the most imaginative music videos to come out of Canada in the past few years. Working with the likes of Tokyo Police...||8/30/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Lindsay Zier-Vogel & Jeremy Fisher||Writer and artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel speaks about her unique community art initiative The Love Lettering Project, and Juno nominated musician Jeremy Fisher on his latest album Mint Juleps and the virtues of the simple life.||8/24/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Linda McQuaig||Journalist and author Linda McQuaig, on her latest book The Trouble with Billionaires, and her early political influences, including the time spent as co-editor of The Varsity, the campus newspaper at the University of Toronto.||8/16/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Jonathan Goldstein||An interview with Jonathan Goldstein, the host of CBC's Wiretap and an contributing editor for This American Life, on his life as a writer and his journey in public radio.||8/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - John Ralston Saul||A full-hour interview with writer and public thinker John Ralston Saul- On citizenship, corportism, and the experiences that influenced him as a young man.||8/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public - Daniel Cross and Rick Salutin||Filmmaker Daniel Cross speaks about the recent culture cuts by the federal government and what it means for the future of documentary filmmaking and Rick Salutin shares his thoughts on democratic renewal||8/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Public -01- Judy Rebick||In this episode writer, activist and feminist Judy Rebick speaks about occupy, social movements, and the formative years she spent traveling around the world.||8/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
My new favourite podcast!
Give us more.
Very enlightening & thought provoking conversations! Thank-you.
Really great longform interviews with amazing people
Kevin is great with the guests and asks insightful questions. It's great to hear a more personal side of the people we know mostly, or only, through their work. Also love the long format as opposed to the soundbites we usually hear. Awesome work, keep it up!