Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:00pm
Jian is away this week. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay will be filling in until Friday. Piya talks to New York Times tech writer, Farhad Manjoo who believes that the Heartbleed bug is a warning that the personal information we store on phones, iPads and computers is increasingly at risk because the tech world lacks a "safety culture" and users don't want to be inconvenienced. Piya talks to novelist Helen Wan, whose novel "The Partner Track," has generated a real-life discussion about "the bamboo ceiling" faced by Asian-Americans in corporate culture. A lawyer herself, Wan is writing from what she's observed and her depiction is resonating with many readers. Philadelphia band The War on Drugs have drawn huge attention for their new album, "Lost in the Dream," which provides a smeared, hazy take on 80s anthemic rock titans like Dire Straits, Tom Petty, and Don Henley.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00pm
Jian is away this week. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay will be filling in until Friday. Piya talks to mega-bestselling novelist and larger-than-life character, Jackie Collins. Sex, scandal, and Hollywood are at the heart of her unabashedly entertaining fiction, as well as vivid female protagonists. 40 years ago, Patrick Haggerty released what is the considered the first openly gay country record, "Lavender Country," full of an in your of face, punk ethos. With the album being re-released to great acclaim, Piya checks in with Patrick Haggerty about what songs mean in today's context.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00pm
Jian is away this week. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay will be filling in until Friday. Piya talks to Akash Goel of the "Not a Bug Splat" art installation campaign .The artist collective recently unrolled a portrait of a young girl -- whose parents were reportedly killed in a drone strike -- on a field in Pakistan to bring attention to the casualties of drone strikes. Piya talks to French-born classical pianist Hélène Grimaud performs. An acclaimed concert performer with a remarkable sense relationship to music, she is also known as a wolf conservationist. Her latest album is 'Brahms Concertos.' The world's first Cat Video Festival was a huge hit with the public at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. Now, it's coming to cities across Canada. Piya talks to Scott Stulen -- the curator behind the fest -- about the artistic value of cat videos and why they belong at art museums and cinematheques.
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00pm
It's the Best of Q! Jian hosts retro r 'n b greats Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who play from their aptly titled album, "Give the People What They Want" -- complete with hard-charging brass section, air-tight percussion, and commanding grooves. Last year, the Brooklyn band shared the news that their lead was facing stage-2 pancreatic cancer. Bald, bold, and driven after her treatment, they've found their way back on the road. Actor Richard Dreyfuss. Jian speaks with the Oscar-winner about his roles in movies from "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to "Mr Holland's Opus", and now, "Caz and Dylan". He also talks about his personal experience of being bipolar, and his commitment to mental health education. Gustavo Santaolalla. The Argentinean musician -- the former frontman for several influential bands -- is the Oscar-winning film composer behind "Brokeback Mountain", "Biutiful", and "August: Osage County". Santaolalla joins Jian to discuss his first foray into musical theatre, "Arrabal"; and his upcoming projects, including a musical adaptation of "Pan's Labyrinth". Children's performer Raffi talks about his book, "Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Be4 It Re-Forms Us". Long distance runner Ray Zahab. The formerly non-athletic pack-a-day smoker has crossed Antarctica on foot and snowshoes, run across the Sahara and the Gobi deserts. He's also the founder of the Impossible2Possible foundation, which takes young people on expedition treks around the world.