Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:00pm
We talk to the first blind man to summit Mount Everest about his upcoming attempt to kayak the Grand Canyon's deadliest rapids, and challenging cultural attitudes towards those with disabilities. Then, we'll shine a light on the fact that very few women hold positions of true power in the sports journalism industry. And, humorist and author AJ Jacobs talks about his descent into the world of extended family trees online -- and why he thinks discovering our distant family connections could make us kinder to all the strangers who might be our cousins.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7:00pm
George Takei talks about the new documentary "Being Takei" about his life as an actor and late-blooming activist and online hero. Nigerian-American athlete Alex Owumi on his memoir, "Qaddafi's Point Guard", which chronicles his time as a member of the Benghazi basketball team. And, Toronto writer Miriam Toews on her latest book, "All My Puny Sorrows" - a heart-wrenching story about a woman trying to decide whether to prevent or aide her sister's longtime wish to die.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00pm
We'll look at "Here Comes the Night", a new book which looks at Bert Berns -- the largely forgotten R&B producer, songwriter and record exec behind such hits as "Twist and Shout," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Make Me Your Baby" -- and his tumultuous relationship with the music industry. Nate Jackson, who played 6 seasons in the NFL, on his memoir about the everyday violence of the sport, "Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile". And, photographer Shannon Jensen -- who has taken hundreds of evocative portraits of shoes in a unique way to present the story and the journey of the thousands fleeing their homes on foot in search of safety.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:00pm
Motown icon Smokey Robinson on his new album of duets with such luminaries as Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and John Legend. We revisit Jian's Sochi interviews with gold medallists Jennifer Jones and Kaillie Humphries. And, charismatic TV rebel and Community creator Dan Harmon, subject of a new documentary called "Harmontown", after the podcast that Harmon started after being fired from his own network comedy.