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Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens talks about reuniting with his former stage co-star Dame Judi Dench in a new film adaptation of Noël Coward's comedy classic Blithe Spirit, the latest chapter in the actor's highly prolific and unpredictable career. Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe discusses the significance of her new position as Canada's parliament…
 
Listen to the long list of freebies that Medicare will provide. The goal is to catch potential medical problems before they become serious. The episode begins with a sneaky engineer who started recording earlier than usual... without warning anyone! Thanks a lot, Randy! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" …
 
Acclaimed actress and director Jodie Foster talks about her new film, The Mauritanian, and how it fits into a career full of roles that involve fighting for justice. Hollywood writer and producer Rodney Barnes discusses his graphic novel series Killadelphia — about a vampire who was once a U.S. president — and how the story weaves in the deeper the…
 
Actress Kelly Marie Tran talks about playing Disney's first princess of Southeast Asian descent in the new animated film Raya and the Last Dragon. Actor and musician Finn Wolfhard, the Canadian star of Stranger Things and It, shares a new song called Sand in My Bed by his band The Aubreys. On this week's screen panel, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Is…
 
Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G will almost always provide big monthly premium savings over regular Plan G and even over the newly promoted Plan N. Agents won't volunteer it until you demand to hear about it. Why? Because there is very little commission money in it for them! Jump to minute 14:45 unless you'd like to eavesdrop on our rand…
 
NOFX frontman Fat Mike takes us through the band's latest album, titled Single Album, and opens up about his sexuality, sobriety and the meaning of punk rock. Universal Music Canada executive Craig Mannix discusses Canada's fraught history with Black music and what still needs to be done to promote our homegrown hip-hop talent. Trainspotting author…
 
For today's episode I dig deep into the MLM Mailbag, withdrawing a stack of correspondence. I then proceed to attack this correspondence in reverse date order, answering questions and sewing seeds of confusion throughout the podcast. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a shor…
 
Actress Serinda Swan walks us through her approach to playing Dr. Jenny Cooper on the CBC crime drama Coroner, explaining what she did to accurately represent panic attacks on screen. In light of a recent wave of anti-Asian violence, Gran Torino star Bee Vang comes forward more than a decade after the film's release to talk about the damage caused …
 
Ethan Hawke discusses his fourth and latest novel, A Bright Ray of Darkness, about a famous actor who makes all the wrong choices. The stars of CBC's Pretty Hard Cases, Meredith MacNeill and Adrienne C. Moore, fill us in on the new buddy cop series. Actress-turned-filmmaker Emerald Fennell tells us why her new revenge thriller, Promising Young Woma…
 
PlayME is transforming the way we experience theatre by turning contemporary plays into bingeable audio dramas. The Governor General award-winning play, Other Side of the Game by Amanda Parris puts a spotlight on the often overlooked work of Black women who organize communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and battle institutions. This i…
 
Peace of mind or saving lots of money; how does one make the best choice? For some, the decision process is a real struggle, even though the worst-case risk is very limited. We breeze through it starting at minute 8:00. Read more in Chapter 8: The Best Kept Secret in Medicare! Welcome to Randy's first episode since getting the virus on New Years Ev…
 
Steven Yeun talks about his starring role in the new drama Minari, about a father who moves his family from California to rural Arkansas to follow his dream of starting a farm. Filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky explains why Russian audiences have had vastly differing reactions to his historical drama Dear Comrades. Actress Devery Jacobs talks about def…
 
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo discusses the band's new orchestral pop album, OK Human, and shares how Spotify algorithms aid and influence his songwriting. Writer and showrunner Russell T Davies — the award-winning creator of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot — talks about his new miniseries It's a Sin, which looks at the lives of a group of young gay men …
 
The eye candy visible from the studio windows offered a powerful distraction to this junior podcaster. Difficult as it was to stay on point, I still managed to address several items from the MLM Mailbag, starting at about minute 8:30. Note: The Wuhan Flu paid a visit to the MLM production staff in late December, shortly after this episode was recor…
 
Workin' Moms creator Catherine Reitman talks about addressing COVID-19 in Season 5, why she decided to fast forward to an imaginary post-pandemic world, and how the cast and crew dealt with the challenges of filming over the last year. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Cadence Weapon share their experience using the invite-only soci…
 
One important lesson to take away from Episode 146: If the Feds try to nail you with an IRMAA and the high income year was a fluke or one time event, grab the proper form (I can help with that) and file an appeal! In addition to the Medicare content (which starts at 6:00) I remind listeners that announcer Drew McMillin is on track to becoming a fat…
 
Actor Stanley Tucci opens up about his new film Supernova, the challenge of playing a person with early-onset dementia, and what it was like working so intimately with his close friend and co-star Colin Firth. CBC Music's Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe tells us about her brand new gig hosting The Block, a two-hour weekday radio show dedicated to music by Bl…
 
Jesse Jones and former MuchMusic VJ Master T discuss their virtual concert series Tribute to the Legends of Reggae: The Bob Marley Edition, explaining why the month-long initiative is as much a celebration of reggae music as it is the legacy of Jones's mother, Canadian reggae promoter Denise Jones. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on…
 
Musician Femi Kuti talks about following in the footsteps of his late father, Nigerian music legend and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and how his own son, Made Kuti, is now doing the same. Actress, director and producer Fabienne Colas discusses her work overseeing nine Black film festivals around the world in a mission to amplify Black voices and cha…
 
Rupi Kaur talks about her new poetry collection Home Body and shares how sudden fame impacted her mental health. Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim of the band HAIM open up about sexism, sisterhood and their latest album Women in Music Pt. III. Author Walter Mosley discusses his groundbreaking novel Devil in a Blue Dress on its 30th anniversary.…
 
A large fraction of Medicare eligibles are planning to continue working into their late 60s or beyond. Eventually, it will be wise to seek advice from a Medicare expert in order to manage the transition from employer insurance to Medicare without violating any deadlines or risking continuity of coverage. The serious content starts at 4:50. Near the…
 
Actress Robin Wright talks about making her directorial debut with the film Land, her experience on House of Cards, and how she overcame her fears of being a "late bloomer." New York Times reporter Liz Day unpacks the story behind the new documentary Framing Britney Spears, which has helped renew public concern for the pop star's health and well-be…
 
Insurance salesmen have a multitude of training resources while their prospects have no one to coach them through the sales meeting. We at MLM shed some light on the process by which an agent attempts to persuade people to buy insurance. Note: The Wuhan Flu paid a visit to the MLM production staff in late December, shortly after this episode was re…
 
Director Shaka King discusses his new film Judas and the Black Messiah about the rise and fall of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, and tells us why it was important to set the record straight on the Black Panther Party's legacy. Pop superstar Harry Styles talks about experiencing a "big turning point" after leaving One Direction and releasing his…
 
Jean Schulz talks about carrying on the Peanuts legacy with The Snoopy Show on Apple TV+ and shares some fond memories of her late husband Charles Schulz. Pianist, composer and visual artist Jason Moran explains how the late acclaimed writer Toni Morrison influenced his new solo piano album, The Sound Will Tell You. Canadian singer-songwriter Dan H…
 
American Vogue's former editor-at-large André Leon Talley discusses the magic of New York City's Studio 54, how the pandemic is changing our idea of formal wear, and what he thought of the fashion on U.S. presidential inauguration day. Artist Dan Pietens talks about his detailed graphite portraits of NHL hockey players and how drawing changed his l…
 
The artistic director of the Stratford Festival, Antoni Cimolino, shares his memories of the late Christopher Plummer from both on and off the stage. On this week's screen panel, Teri Hart and Kathleen Newman-Bremang reflect on Christopher Plummer's career and also discuss the Weeknd's history-making performance at Super Bowl LV. Toronto actor and …
 
But wait, there's more! Act now I'll throw in an additional 5 scenarios (and how to handle them) for no extra cost. That is an amazing TEN scenarios for the price of none! Instruction starts at 6 minutes in. Note: The Wuhan Flu paid a visit to the MLM production staff in late December, shortly after this episode was recorded. It wreaked havoc with …
 
Musician Dave Grohl talks about the Foo Fighters' new album Medicine at Midnight, what it was like performing at U.S. President Joe Biden's inaugural celebration, and how music saved him after the death of his friend and former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Vivek Shraya discuss the backlash facing r…
 
Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station talks about her new album Ignorance, which sees her grapple with climate grief over the destruction of our environment. Canadian filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall opens up about her highly publicized experience with racial profiling and how she channelled that trauma into a new short fil…
 
Author, public speaker and humourist Fran Lebowitz talks about her decades-long writer's block, New York in the 1970s and why she chooses to live a virtually technology-free lifestyle. Montreal singer-songwriter Patrick Watson performs a few songs from his latest album, Wave, which was inspired by a long spell of melancholia. Glamour Ghoul author S…
 
Author Robert Jones Jr. talks about his new novel The Prophets and the influence James Baldwin had on his life and career. Natalia Kaliada is the co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre, she talks about the radical art coming out of Belarus and Russia. Canada Reads is just over a month a way, so Kim's Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who is defendin…
 
YouTuber Lilly Singh talks about her Canadian roots, Kamala Harris, the pressure of late-night TV and what she's learned along the way. On this week's screen panel, Ishani Nath and Kathleen Newman-Bremang take a look at three new TV series that are getting a ton of buzz: Bridgerton, Bling Empire and WandaVision. Canadian actor and dancer Brennan Cl…
 
Canadian actor brother duo Stephan James and Shamier Anderson talk about launching The Black Academy to support, empower and celebrate emerging Black talent across Canada. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Vivek Shraya discuss how Adele's record-smashing album 21 has held up 10 years after its release. Colin Meloy of The Decemberist…
 
The X-Files and Californication actor David Duchovny talks about his fourth novel Truly Like Lightning, his new single Layin' on the Tracks and his thoughts about art as religion. Poet, musician and visual artist Ian Kamau discusses the essential role of artists as explored in his latest spoken word piece Non Essential. Married songwriting duo Kris…
 
Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani discusses his latest film, The White Tiger, and explains why he's drawn to stories about the ambition of the underdog in the face of crushing poverty. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new novel to check out: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones. Comedian Ali Hassan shares a playlist o…
 
Stage and screen legend Cicely Tyson reflects on how she helped pave the way for more complex and layered Black storytelling in Hollywood. Grammy Award-winning Canadian drummer Larnell Lewis talks about revisiting a selection of tracks off his debut album In the Moment, and shares how his family lineage has informed his musical journey. Mohawk actr…
 
Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis discusses his latest album The Democracy! Suite, and shares why he thinks jazz is the perfect metaphor for democracy. Playwright and performer Yulissa Campos, the founder of Saskatoon's Ay, Caramba! Theatre, talks about her new play I, Frida, and how it was inspired by her life and th…
 
Dakota Johnson discusses her intense role in the new comedy-drama film Our Friend, and talks about why, as a third-generation actress, the only career that ever occurred to her was acting. Children's author Wesley King talks about collaborating with the late Kobe Bryant on The Wizenard Series, about the ups and downs of youth basketball, and what's…
 
American comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, the hosts of the political comedy podcast Politically Re-Active, share what they're thinking now that Joe Biden is their president. Black Buck author Mateo Askaripour tells us how writing his debut novel with Black readers in mind gave him freedom in his craft, and shares how his own experiences …
 
Comedian Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar comment on Inauguration Day and share some of the stories they write about in their new book, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak explains why a group of TikTok content creators are facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles la…
 
Kim's Convenience star Andrew Phung reflects on the wild success of the hit Canadian comedy sitcom and why it represents "more than just tokenism." Singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer talks about Puscifer's new album Existential Reckoning, his storied career and his battle with COVID-19. Actress Tippi Hedren opens up …
 
Country music star Morgan Wallen reflects on the pitfalls of fame, his Saturday Night Live debacle and his new hit record, Dangerous: The Double Album. Toronto-based R&B singer-songwriter Savannah Ré talks about her debut EP Opia, a collection of nine songs that speak to the complexities of love, connection and vulnerability. Playwright and directo…
 
Author Angie Thomas talks about Concrete Rose, the prequel to her bestselling novel The Hate U Give, and why this time she wanted to tell a story through the eyes of a young Black man. On this week's q This music panel, Vivek Shraya and Maura Johnston look ahead to some of the big albums that will be coming out in 2021, including releases from Drak…
 
Colour specialist Leatrice Eiseman reveals why Pantone broke tradition and settled for two colours of the year in 2021. All five of this year's Canada Reads panellists — Roger Mooking, Devery Jacobs, Rosey Edeh, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Scott Helman — introduce us to the books they're championing. CBC Podcast Playlist host Elamin Abdelmahmoud shares …
 
Soul co-director and screenwriter Kemp Powers talks about the new Pixar animated film, its groundbreaking portrayal of African American identity, and how it helps dismantle the distinction between "winners and losers." Drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys looks back at 10 years of Brothers, unlikely success and the band's lasting influence. Our…
 
On the eve of her sixth season hosting the late-night satirical news show Full Frontal, Toronto-born comedian Samantha Bee reflects on covering what's arguably been the most tumultuous period in American political history. Playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero tells us how her latest work, The Whip, presents a different discussion around the slave trade.…
 
Chris Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, looks back at her late husband's life and legacy, sharing why she thinks the music industry needs to do more to support artists with their mental health. On this week's screen panel, Ishani Nath and Teri Hart discuss Netflix's powerful new drama Pieces of a Woman, and how it's pushing the conversation about misc…
 
Actress, screenwriter and director Emerald Fennell tells us why she thinks her new film Promising Young Woman has struck a nerve with its take on toxic masculinity and rape culture. On this week's q This music panel, Lisa Christiansen and Vivek Shraya discuss this year's postponed Grammy Awards and why legacy artists like Neil Young are selling off…
 
Canadian rap pioneer Michie Mee talks about her experience as a woman in hip-hop, her journey to being taken seriously as an artist in the music industry, and her first album in 20 years. Superstar classical pianist Lang Lang discusses the making of his newly-released rendition of Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations. Filmmaker Ken Burns reads a poem …
 
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