This American Life host Ira Glass remembers his friend David Rakoff, and shares his personal iPhone footage of David recording the audio book of his posthumously published Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.

The author of The Slow Fix talks about the impact of the 2007-2008 financial crisis on the way we think about work, money, and what we want out of life.

The author of Born Weird on how families both make you and mess you up.

During a recent visit to Toronto, Roddy Doyle spoke with Pagelicker host Robert Dayton about John Ford’s film The Quiet Man, “stage paddyism”, and what it means to be Irish today.

In the second part of their chat over a pint of milk, host Robert Dayton asks Roddy Doyle about writing women characters and the protagonist of The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.

Host Robert Dayton invites Miriam Toews into his garden for a chat about escaping small towns, road trips and losing faith. Then Robert brings up one slice of Canadiana Miriam would rather forget.

On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Alex von Tunzelmann (author of Red Heat) talks about Ian Fleming’s crazy idea and attempts at American sabotage in Cuba. 

On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis, Alex von Tunzelmann (author of Red Heat) talks about the failed, U.S.-backed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.

On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Alex von Tunzelmann (author of Red Heat) talks about the dramatic thirteen-day stand-off during which the world came the closest it ever has to nuclear conflict.

On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Alex von Tunzelmann (author of Red Heat) talks about how the secret machinations of the United States and the Soviet Union played out in the Caribbean.

Host Robert Dayton speaks with Emily Schultz, author most recently of The Blondes—a novel about a plague in New York city that turns blonde women rabid.

Emily Schultz visits the locations of her bestselling novel The Blondes, the story of New York grad student Hazel Hayes, who witnesses the beginnings of a rabies-like plague that only affects blonde women. 

Irvine Welsh talks with Pagelicker host Robert Dayton about the cultural influence of American author and reformed pimp, Iceberg Slim.

A short film by Sarah Goodman, inspired by the book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. Music by Jim Guthrie.  ...

Irvine Welsh drinks a Lowenbrau. Interviewer Robert Dayton’s suit matches the salt lamp. Discussed: raves, the recently published Trainspotting-prequel Skagboys, and whether Canadians are boring. Directed by Scott Cudmore. This is the first episode of Pagelicker, Hazlitt’s film interview series. Minor language advisory.

Teju Cole, author of Open City, talks about his Nigerian upbringing, the inventions of memory, and life in New York.
Irving Layton in 1979 on Toronto vs. Montreal, poet-prophets and how a city defines his writing.
In this vintage CBC clip, urbanist and author Jacobs surveys Toronto and Montreal—how they were planned, built, and lived in at the time.