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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Kevin Caners has an easy-to-listen to style. He reminds me a bit of Worldview's Jerome McDonnell. He asks thoughtful questions. I've enjoyed every interview that I've listened to so far.