The Best of George

Over the course of 10 years, George Stroumboulopoulos interviewed legions of extraordinary people. Thought leaders, world leaders, artists, and anarchists. Take a step back in time and enjoy some of his most unforgettable conversations.

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Episodes Season 1

  • 1. Anthony Bourdain

    In 2010, the late great Anthony Bourdain sat down with George to discuss food, fatherhood and eating armadillos.

  • 2. Margaret Atwood

    George and author Margaret Atwood discusses changing literary landscape since the 1970s with book tours and festivals a sign of developing respect for writers, the gender divide and difficulties faced by female writers, her books MaddAddam and Handmaiden's Tale, travels in Eastern Europe, and a project revisiting work of Shakespeare.

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  • 3. Buffy Sainte-Marie

    What can you say about Buffy Sainte-Marie? As a singer-songwriter and composer, she's touched countless fans, and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Gemini and a Governor General's Award along the way. And as a social activist, she has fought hard for the rights of Indigenous people in the Americas, and pushed for a better education system.

  • 4. Eugene Levy

    George talks to Eugene Levy about how it feels to be a Lord... Er, a member of the Order of Canada, and getting some medical assistance from the Governor-General.

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  • 5. Carol Burnett

    Carol sits down with George for an in-depth conversation about her long career as a performer, writer, and comedian.

  • 6. Alex Trebek

    Alex and George sit down to discuss his Canadian roots, CBC and what made him finally shave his famous mustache.

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  • 7. Patti Smith

    More than any rock star, Patti embodies that dynamic - maybe you've felt it yourself... the need to break away and rediscover yourself. Growing up in South Jersey, Patti toiled in a factory job, read poetry, and plotted her escape. In New York, she became a poet herself... and when that poetry was put to music - minds were blown. Once she'd given rock & roll the shot of adrenaline it needed, Patti retired to the suburbs to raise a family with her husband, the late Fred 'Sonic' Smith from the mighty MC5. Patti has since returned to New York - and released the album 'Banga'.

  • 8. Maya Angelou

    Dr. Maya Angelou was the special guest for George's New Year's Eve 2013 episode. They talked about her life, career and fascinating encounters with people like Tupac Shakur.

  • 9. Michael Bublé

    George speaks with Michael Bublé, about his career and the grind of touring.

  • 10. Malcolm Gladwell

    Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath; Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, was in the red chair to talk about his new book, Macklemore and his youthful adventures.

  • 11. Oprah Winfrey

    George speaks with Oprah Winfrey in Vancouver about various topics including Lance Armstrong, her television network, striving to be your best and Beyonce lip-synching - even the Tragically Hip get an honorable mention!

  • 12. Idris Elba

    Idris Elba talks about acting in 'Pacific Rim', getting the chance to play the great Nelson Mandela in a biopic, and his roles in 'Luther' and 'The Wire'.

  • 13. Seth Rogen

    Seth Rogen opens up about his friend's cancer diagnosis that inspired the film 50/50, writing Superbad while in high school and doing standup as a kid.

  • 14. Angela Davis

    Former Black Panther Angela Davis likens abolishing the prison system to the end of slavery in the United States.

  • 15. Matthew McConaughey

    Actor Matthew McConaughey talks about how he got his start, preparing for his iconic role in the film 'Dazed and Confused' - and how he found an unlikely source of inspiration in rocker Jim Morrison.

  • 16. Hillary Clinton

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with George about the maternal health initiative and the importance of women having access to contraception and safe abortions. She also wished Canada would not withdraw from Afghanistan.

  • 17. Barbara Walters

    For over four decades, broadcast legend Barbara Walters has been the queen of the big-time TV interview. From Yasir Arafat to Angelina Jolie to The Dalai Lama - Walters has cracked the toughest personalities in entertainment and news. She was the first woman to ever cohost a network news program and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In recent years she's presided over the tempestuous talk show she created and co-hosts, The View. Now, she tells her own story in her very revealing memoir, "Audition."

  • 18. Michael J. Fox

    The one and only Michael J. Fox is in the red chair. Michael talks about his career as an actor, how his Parkinson's diagnosis has changed his life, and the important work of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Before revealing his diagnosis, Michael worried whether audiences could find a "sick person" funny. His appearance on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' answered that question with a big yes.

  • 19. Philip Seymour Hoffman

    In 2010, George sat down with the late American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to talk about his craft and his love of family.

  • 20. M.I.A.

    M.I.A., or Maya Arulpragasam, talks about her album 'Kala', her influences and her inspirations.

  • 21. Peter Mansbridge

    The former National anchor Peter Mansbridge was the first guest George ever interviewed when he joined the CBC. It was fitting then, that towards the end of George's ten seasons run Mansbridge would come by once again to talk about the state of media.

  • 22. Will Ferrell

    Will Ferrell is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood today. The Saturday Night Live alumnus has starred in huge comedies over the years - 'Old School', 'Elf' and 'Talladega Nights' just to name a few.

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