Open Your Mind

  • What the World Needs Now

    Movie + 4 extras

    Métis writer and activist Cherie Dimaline and Maria Campbell, the renowned Métis author of Halfbreed, move us to tears, laughter, and inspiration to live with intention and compassion.

  • Nature, Nurture, or Both?


    In Hidden Valley Road, award-winning journalist Robert Kolker tells the heartrending story of how an all-American family with a dozen children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia, became science’s greatest hope in understanding and treating the disease. An Oprah pick and named one of t...

  • From Dark Matter to Infinity


    Astrophysicists Katie Mack and Sara Seager explore the possibility of discovering life on another planet (an exoplanet to be precise) and how the universe — yes, the entire cosmos, known and unknown — might end. Visit strange new worlds with these fascinating authors.

  • How Our Voices Make Us Human

    Movie + 2 extras

    A master of making advanced science not only accessible but riveting, John Colapinto dives deep into auditory physics. He uncovers why babies can't use vowels; how Beyoncé “fetches us to tears;” and what makes George Clooney's voice sexy.

  • Interview: Ethan Lou

    While we hungrily await Ethan Lou‘s upcoming book Once a Bitcoin Miner, we vow to seek love and comfort akin to what he discovered in Germany via dutifully following the “rules of plague.”

    Pick up a copy of Field Notes from a Pandemic here:

  • Transcendent Yaa Gyasi


    Everyone from The Today Show book-clubber Jenna Bush Hager and Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) to Oprah Winfrey has recommended Yaa Gyasi’s tender and insightful intergenerational story of a Ghanaian family in Alabama. We concur.

  • Facing Your Very Worst Fears


    Eva Holland (Outside, Wired, Up Here) talks to fellow journalist Christina Frangou about her best-selling memoir Nerve: a Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear. Getting a handle on fear and trauma. EMDR therapy. The death of a parent. A panic attack while ice-climbing.

  • Unspeakable Acts: The Best of True Crime


    Three aficionados of the true crime genre talk blood spatter, con artists, dead blondes, doomscrolling, and the stories – and podcasts – that keep them up at night. Also, the allure of the unreliable narrator and questioning authority.

  • Apocalypse Now?


    What if the end of the world isn’t the end of the world? What the heck is a bug-out bag? How a writer’s doomsday obsession led him on a global odyssey in search of answers; from an underground survival community in South Dakota and the 1% building billionaires' bunkers in New Zealand to would-be ...

  • How to Age Successfully (Really!)


    What happens in our brains as we age? The latest insights from renown This Is Your Brain On Music neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. Including: The COACH secret: Curiosity, Openness, Associations, Conscientiousness, Healthy Lifestyle Practices. The neuro-generative wonders of mushrooms. How to’s for ...

  • Unsung Indigenous Comedy


    In conversation with Plains Cree comedian and author Dawn Dumont, Kliph Nesteroff digs deep into the untold history of Indigenous humour. The hero among many unsung heroes of this story? Comedy Store regular Charlie Hill, whose classic joke became the title of Nesteroff's book: "My people are fro...

  • How The Evil Geniuses Took Over

    Movie + 4 extras

    Kurt Andersen makes cerebral fun. From Martin Friedman to Henry Kravis, neoliberalism to the New Deal, social libertarianism to non-binary politics, the Evil Geniuses author covers the right's long-game takeover of the political economy, as well as outlining a path forward to the light.

  • Pilot Episode: Jeff VanderMeer

    Movie + 1 extra

    Our first guest in Imagine On Air's sparky new series Big Generous Brains, the author of Hummingbird Salamander, Annihilation, and Borne gives us unique insights into his creative mind — a wild, wildly intelligent place with a birdsong soundtrack.

  • Fast Cars, Hard Crowds, Big Ideas

    Movie + 1 extra

    In her new essay collection The Hard Crowd, Rachel Kushner “catalogues the star quality" of the people in her life. The Booker-prize shortlisted author brings dazzling cars and hard-rockin’ artists, writers, and escapades from her adventurous youth to a brilliant conversation with Shelley Youngbl...

  • Truth, Lies & A Disarmingly Honest Amoralman

    Movie + 15 extras

    The award-winning magician and artist transfixes audiences and now, readers, with his dazzling new memoir Amoralman. In conversation, Derek DelGaudio is characteristically deadpan and generous beyond expression — he’s made a life of turning love into transformative storytelling.

  • The Menopause Vagenda
    Movie + 4 extras

    The Menopause Vagenda

    Movie + 4 extras

    Meet the only two people on the planet who could put menopause, firmly and forever, on the conversational agenda: the world's most famous OB/GYN Dr. Jen Gunter and the indomitable E. Jean Carroll. Sit back and enjoy as they shatter the paradigm of shame, misogyny and invisibility around women's h...

  • A Very Modern Genius


    Mark Harris delights and astonishes with his new biography, a goldmine of insight into how Mike Nichols lived with and learned from his epic successes and failures — not to mention intelligently told celebrity gossip.

  • Black Like Me


    Discovering who you are and where you belong are at the heart of each of these writers' bracing and brilliant memoirs. A conversation with Eternity Martis and Tessa McWatt about multi-racial identity, battling stereotypes, and finding community.

  • A Valuable Hour with Mark Carney


    The words ‘captivating’ and ‘banker’ are rarely seen together but then Mark Carney, PhD is also a gifted writer, whose radical new book Value(s) argues for elevating human values above market values to create a better world. He and Zain Velji talk about a humane economy, politics honed at the fam...

  • Interview: Jillian Horton

    Internist, mother, writer and (to even her own surprise) master of the bounce-back no matter how disappointing the failure, Jillian Horton began writing We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing while attending burn-out rehab for doctors. Who knew that becoming a published...

  • Interview: Michael Moss

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Moss calls out food companies for getting us hooked on what’s killing us. He’s a daunting dinner guest with a love of food and conversation.

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  • Indigenous Intersections

    Movie + 4 extras

    Hosted by CBC Reads winner Joshua Whitehead, two of North America's leading figures of contemporary Indigenous writing, Billy-Ray Belcourt and Stephen Graham Jones, come together with curiosity, passion and fascinating, fresh approaches to rage, fear, and toxic masculinity.

  • Yes, She Wrote It Before COVID


    Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue shares the stories behind her brilliant, timely, instant No. 1 bestseller The Pull of Our Stars, which depicts a claustrophobic maternity ward and the women who did extraordinary things there during the 1918 pandemic.

  • Graphic Imagineers


    When you put Leanne Shapton and Seth together, things get weird, nostalgic and fascinating, fast. A double dose of originality from old friends with infinite new ideas on art and life.