-- MARC MARON is the veteran stand-up comic who turned around a troubled life and flagging career with the success of his comedy conversation podcast "WTF". He talks to Jian about how he has parlayed the podcast into a memoir, TV series, and popular performances across the continent.
-- TOM HEDLEY is one of the people behind "Flashdance The Musical" and co-writer of the original film's screenplay. He talks about the iconic 1980s film, and the challenges of adapting it to the stage.
Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul joins Marco for an assessment of the situation in Ukraine. It looks like war to him. We'll explore the implications, especially now escalating tensions have spread to the port city of Odessa. We'll hear a lot more about Odessa and its history on today's show. Writer Keith Gessen traveled there in March and has a fresh piece in the New Yorker. And our own Jason Margolis visited a few years ago and reported on a rich tradition of comedy there which he'll tell us about.
-- Moscow-based journalist ALEC LUHN unpacks a new law banning swearing in Russia, which is part of an ongoing trend of similar laws used to reign in dissenters, media and artists.
-- Toronto JUNO-nominated pop singer/songwriter ROYAL WOOD performs live from his latest record "The Burning Bright", and talks about the period of creative rediscovery he went through, 10 years into his career, to arrive at this album.
-- Journalist EVA HERSHAW discusses the benefits and drawbacks of a government program in Mexico that allows artists to pay taxes with their art. While the program provides financial support for many artists and has resulted in a treasure trove of public art... not all art is treated equally, and not all artists qualify.