Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani joins Jian for the entire show as Q's special house guest! He'll weigh in on the challenges of bringing Middle Easterners into mainstream entertainment, the politics of hosting Just for Laugh's "Ethnic Show," and why the World Cup has opened Americans' eyes.
We're stepping back from the Mideast conflict today to go back to basics, starting with Gaza 101. Robert Blecher of the International Crisis Group joins us to help explain the history, geography and human history attached to the Gaza Strip. He's also answering YOUR questions on our Facebook page, so bring them on!
Rhitu Chatterjee is back on the air with a series from India about that country's free school lunch program, the largest in the world.
We're leading with some dramatic immigration news today:
Protests face off in Arizona over the influx of migrants from Central America. We'll hear more about why so many Central American children are headed north to the US in the first place. And Jose Antonio Vargas, a high-profile advocate for undocumented immigrants, is detained by Border Patrol in Texas.
-- Author TIM PARKS argues our shortened attention spans are hurting serious literature. He and Globe & Mail editor JARED BLAND argue - are we facing the end of ambitious, difficult books.
-- JUNO Award-winning, hyper-articulate rapper SHAD is one of Canada's most celebrated hip hop artists. He performs from his fourth record "Flying Colours" and talks about the stories and social commentary baked into this latest release.