The Great Porn Debate

By Jonathon Van Maren On Monday, I joined Dr. Annalise Trudell of Anova on the Andrew Lawton Show to debate the question: “Is pornography inherently harmful to society?” Dr. Trudell, who lists her research interests as gender issues, youth engagement, feminist poststructuralism, feminist praxis in community, and queer issues, was planning to make a single…


The Truth About Obama: A Conversation with Dr. David Garrow

In “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow successfully upends the entire narrative of Obama’s life, calling his memoirs “historical fiction” and explaining, through hundreds of interviews, how Obama created a narrative in order to win political power. He joined Jonathon Van Maren to discuss that fascinating story.

The conservative undercurrent in Canadian storytelling

By Jonathon Van Maren Ever since Margaret Atwood’s novel A Handmaid’s Tale has been turned into a much-acclaimed TV miniseries depicting a dystopia run by “Christians” who obviously know nothing about Christianity (which doesn’t get noticed, because TV critics know nothing about Christianity, either), Canadian literature has suddenly been a far hotter topic than usual.…