Pop Life

Pop Life

Hosted by Richard Crouse and featuring in-depth discussion and debate on pop culture and modern life, POP LIFE features sit-down interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including rock legends Sting and Meat Loaf, musicians Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman, comedian Ken Jeong, writer Fran Lebowitz, superstar jazz musician Diana Krall, stand-up comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell, actors Danny DeVito and Jay Baruchel, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Nigella Lawson, and many more.

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April 13, 2021 39 min
Last Call is a weekly podcast on the stories behind the places where everybody knows your name. This week, Harry's New York Bar in Paris, the home of the Bloody Mary! I’m Richard Crouse. I tended bar for seventeen years everywhere from hot spots to dive bars and I thought I had seen it all… In my life behind bars I witnessed everything from first dates and marriage proposals to knife fights and a woman who brought a pet monke...
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast with Richard Crouse we meet best selling author Darin Strauss. "The Queen of Tuesday," about Lucille Ball, a thrilling love story starring Hollywood’s first true media mogul, it's Strauss’s follow-up to the National Book Critics Circle Award winner "Half a Life," mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew.  Then we a...
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This week on the "Pop Life Podcast" we meet “Relax! Dammit” author and law professor Timothy Caulfield. Host Richard Crouse and Caulfield talk about life during the pandemic, how to manage stress and what advice to listen to, and which to ignore. Then the "Pop Life" panel, sleep expert Amanda Jewson and founder/ chef of 'The Nomad Cook' Travis Petersen, discuss the myths and misconceptions that cloud our de...
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast we meet Tracy Deonn, the North Carolina author of the bestselling YA novel "Legendborn." Called "a modern day twist on Arthurian legend" it follows a Black teenage girl who discovers a secret historically white magic society while attending a UNC-Chapel Hill residential pre-college program.   Then, the "Pop Life" panel, Mohawk film director and producer Tracey Deer, Publici...
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast we meet veteran music journalist Lisa Robinson, Her new book “Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls: Women, Music, and Fame,” pulls from four-and-a-half decades of interviews with music’s most famous women — from Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. In our interview Robinson reflects on her own career as a pioneering female music writer and editor of Music Sce...
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast we meet international publishing phenomenon Angie Thomas. Her debut novel "The Hate You Give" debuted at number one on The New York Times young adult best-seller list, where it remained for 50 weeks. Her new novel, "Concrete Rose," is one of the most anticipated books of the year. We discuss growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, pitching a book on Twitter and much more.   Then, the &...
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February 7, 2021 22 min
This week on the Pop Life Podcast we meet rock and roll legend and author of "Do You Feel Like I Do? A Memoir," Peter Frampton. We discuss his new book, his guitar heroes and an old friend named Dave... (that's David Bowie to you and me).  Watch "Pop Life" every Saturday at 8:30 pm on CTV NewsChannel and midnight on CTV. 
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December 21, 2020 22 min
On the Saturday December 19, 2020 episode of “Pop Life” the “Pop Life” panel, “eTalk” senior correspondent Lainey Lui, UK Correspondent for CTV News Daniele Hamamdjian and National Affairs Correspondent for CTV “National News” Omar Sachedina, look back the memorable stories from a year we’d rather forget.
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast we meet Harnarayan Singh, host the Punjabi-language broadcast of "Hockey Night in Canada" and author of a memoir called "One Game at a Time: My Journey." In this interview we talk about the FIRST memoir he wrote... when he was six years old, what it was like growing up as a Sikh kid playing hockey in rural Alberta and much more. Then, the Pop Life panel, former professional ice hoc...
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On the “Pop Life” Podcast this week Timothy Caulfield, author of Relax, Dammit! A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety joins us. His book is an Insightful, sometimes controversial, always entertaining and practical guide to getting through the day with less stress and better health. Then, the Pop Life Myths and Misconceptions panel, sleep expert Amanda Jewison and Travis Petersen - founder/ chef of The Nomad Cook join us to disc...
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November 22, 2020 33 min
Welcome to the Pop Life Podcast. This week Royal Watcher Robert Lacey, author of "Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult." We talk scandal, the rift between the brothers and whether the twio princes will ever reconcile.  Then, the Pop Life Panel, Lacey, CTV NewsChannel anchor Beverly Thomson and Chef John Higgins, who has cooked for the Queen at Buckingham Palace and on the Royal Yach...
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast we meet Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot, in a special interview shot at his home. He talks about childhood singing with the Orillia St. Paul’s United Church, writing songs and his favorite cover version of all of his songs… and you’ll never guess what it is. Then, the “Pop Life” panel, opera star Measha Brueggergosman, broadcaster Denise Donlan and filmmaker Paul Saltzman discuss what makes a legen...
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This week on the Pop Life Podcast we are discussing legacy. Jake Clemons is a solo musician, singer and songwriter who understands legacy. In 2012 he has been the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, after the death of the band's original saxophonist, his uncle Clarence Clemons. We discuss performing with his famous uncle in church, having big shoes to fill and much more.  Then the "Pop Life" panel, C...
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This week on the "Pop Life" Podcast we meet Darrell Fox, brother of Canadian icon Terry Fox and editor of "Forever Terry," a collection of letters that recounts the inspiration, dedication, and perseverance that Terry Fox embodied. We discuss Terry Fox's legacy from a personal point of view. Then the "Pop Life" panel, world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien and rock star Tom Cochrane talk about the impac...
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On this week’s podcast Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo visits virtually to talk about making new music during the pandemic and what it is like staying close to home. Then the panel, Cuddy, singer/songwriter Alexis Lynn and Jackie Dean, the co- Interim CEO/ Chief Operating Officer of Music Canada discuss the future of live music. Jim Cuddy on life as a musician during the pandemic: “We have a little place north of the city and so my wife a...
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This episode of the "Pop Life" Podcast is an in-depth look at the popularity of true crime stories. We begin with an interview with journalist Justin Ling, author of “Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto’s Queer Community” which documents the tragic and resonant story of the disappearance of eight men–the victims of serial killer Bruc...
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Happy Canada Day. Here at the House of Crouse we go big. Not satisfied to simply celebrate Canada Day on July 1, we’re honouring our home and native land for the whole week! Spend some time with us and noted patriots Brent Butt, Jay Baruchel, Jill Hennessy, Deepa Mehta, Patrick Mckenna and the most Canadian being of all, Captain Canuck. Stop by and stand on guard with us.
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One from the Vaults: Welcome to the House of Crouse. C’mon in, pull up a bean bag chair and enjoy photographer Chris Buck talking about taking portraits for his book Uneasy of everyone from President Obama and President Trump to Jay Z and Willie Nelson. Which world leader did he make spit out their gum? Listen in and find out. Then Logan star Hugh Jackman comes by to talk about finding the confidence to get up on stage in drama sch...
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June 25, 2020 42 min
One from the vault! Welcome to the House of Crouse. Howie Mandel is best known as a stand up comedian and game show host, but he also has a serious side. In our conversation he talks about “On My Way Out: the Secret Life of Nani and Popi,” a film he produced about how secrets can be harmful and then reveals how sharing a secret changed his life. It’s good stuff, so c’mon in and sit a spell.
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What to watch when you’ve already watched everything Part Fourteen! Binge worthy, not cringe worthy recommendations from Isolation Studios in the eerily quiet downtown Toronto. Three movies to stream, rent or buy from the comfort of home isolation. Today, a coming of age story, a comic playing against type and the secret history of disco. #Pariah #Drive #The SecretHistoryofDisco
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