NAC Podcasts


Welcome to Insights. A series of thought-provoking discussions by leaders in arts, medicine and technology recorded live at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Latest Episodes

  • Dr. Jillian Horton in Conversation with Suzette Mayr

    Mar 30, 2023 1:11:51

    Suzette Mayr’s Giller-Prize winning The Sleeping Car Porter transports us to another time and place. But how does a writer “get" there? In this conversation, we’ll talk about art as...

  • Dr. Jillian Horton in Conversation with Dr. Christine Gibson

    Mar 16, 2023 53:35

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Christine Gibson turned to TikTok to help people cope with their distress. Her videos were a sensation, and she became known as the “TikTok trauma...

  • The Last Doctor - Dr. Jillian Horton in in conversation with Dr. Jean Marmoreo

    Dec 20, 2022 51:51

    Dr. Jean Marmoreo’s new book, “The Last Doctor”, is the powerful story of her experience providing medically assisted death. This hour-long conversation will explore the psychological - and practical -...

  • Wired: Why music changes our brains, and our lives

    Jul 11, 2022 54:20

    Popular Music & Variety presents Adriana Barton in conversation with Dr. Jillian Horton as part of our Arts, Medicine & #Life series / Musique populaire et variétés présente Adriana Barton...

  • The Price of Advocacy: sowing moral courage in medicine

    Jun 03, 2022 1:02:36

    With a background in internal medicine, hematology, and molecular biology, Dr. Nancy Olivieri has worked in thalassemia, a blood disease primarily of children of emerging countries, for over 30 years,...

  • No rhyme, no reason: Poetry as sense making in a senseless world

    May 17, 2022 1:00:00

    Sue Goyette lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). She has published a novel and eight collections of poetry, including Ocean (winner of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award...

  • Healing Pages: Writing as Transformation

    Jan 26, 2022 53:36

    Darrel J. McLeod is the author of Peyakow and Mamaskatch, which received the Govenor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. He is Cree from Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before...

  • Just Be Human

    Nov 26, 2021 49:08

    Anna Mehler Paperny talks to Jillian Horton about mental health care in Canada and her own observations - both as journalist and patient. Anna Mehler Paperny is a reporter and the...

  • Let’s talk…but who goes first?

    Jun 11, 2021 1:00:34

    Clara Hughes, a dual-season Olympian, is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both the summer and winter Olympic Games. She also knows what it’s like to...

  • Just where are you taking that history?

    May 17, 2021 1:11:44

    Student doctors are taught a formulaic way of “taking” patient histories and repeating their stories. Somewhere along the way, the essence of the person - and why they are seeking...