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Ep. #179: Long Night with Rachel Giese, Sabrina Ramnanan, Daniel Schulman, Lee Reed

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Tranzac in Toronto during the Spur Festival, Canada’s first national festival of politics, art, and ideas, on Friday April 10, 2015. Aside from Long Night sidekick James Keast and house band the Bicycles, Vish’s guests were Rachel Giese, Sabrina Ramnanan, Daniel Schulman, and Lee Reed. Rachel Giese is a National Magazine Award-nominated journalist who was a senior editor at The Walrus and a deputy editor at The Grid. She has also worked for CBC and guest hosted radio programs like Q and Day 6. Here we discuss her most recent stint hosting Q and her popular 2014 Walrus piece, “The Talk,” about the new sex education for boys. Sabrina Ramnanan is an Ontario-based author who won the 2012 Marina Nemat award via the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education Creative Writing Program and her work has appeared in journals known for presenting postcolonial and diasporic perspectives. Her debut novel is out this month via Knopf, it’s called Nothing Like Love, and here we discuss being celebrated for our difference and the action in her novel. Daniel Schulman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, a biography of the Koch family, which is coming out in paperback this May. He’s also a well-respected investigative journalist and a senior editor in the Washington, DC bureau of the left-leaning and highly reputable American magazine Mother Jones. Here, Daniel and I discuss his recent entanglement with Bill O’Reilly, the Koch Brothers, House of Cards, and the upcoming U.S. Presidential election. Lee Reed is a gifted and politically outspoken hip-hop artist from Hamilton who once fronted the amazing group, Warsawpack. He has just released his brand new album, The Butcher, The Banker, The Bitumen Tanker and here, he performs a new song called “This Microphone.”

Related links: spurfestival.ca vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #172: Long Night with Scott Thompson, Damian Rogers, Don Pyle, and Overnight

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto during the Long Winter multi-disciplinary arts festival on Friday March 13, 2015. Aside from Long Night sidekick James Keast and house band the Bicycles, Vish’s guests were Don Pyle, Damian Rogers, Scott Thompson, and Overnight. Don Pyle is a punk rock historian whose photo book, Trouble in the Camera Club, documents the rise of underground music in Toronto in the 1970s. He’s also a busy musician and producer who has overseen records by Flesh World and TV Freaks and scored shows like Queer as Folk and films like the forthcoming Portrait of a Serial Monogamist. His band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet is one of the most significant to ever call Canada home and, at some point in the future, the American label Yep Roc will be reissuing their three albums individually and in a box set. Damian Rogers is the poetry editor at both House of Anansi Press and The Walrus. She’s also a published poet herself and her new collection, Dear Leader, is celebrating its release on Coach House Books with a star-studded book launch at the Drake Underground at 7 PM on Tuesday March 24. Scott Thompson is an Emmy nominated actor, writer, and comedian who appears on the groundbreaking NBC hit, Hannibal, and was also a featured performer in my favourite television comedy program of all time, HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. He is a member of the iconic comedy troupe, the Kids in the Hall, who are touring this spring, including shows at the Danforth Music Hall on April 23, 25, and 26. Overnight is a band from Toronto featuring two members of the influential and no longer functioning Halifax pop band Plumtree. Sisters Carla and Lynette Gillis have kept themselves busy since the end of Plumtree and here, they played a song called “It Gets You Down” from their brand new album, Carry Me Home.

Related links: torontolongwinter.com vishkhanna.com

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