The well-known Vancouver podcaster Joe Planta has an office full of books giving credence to what the famous Roman Philosopher Cicero once said – A room without books is like a body without a soul.
And Planta’s love of books led to an eclectic podcast discussing the arts, culture and current affairs with a strong focus on books and its authors discussing their latest creations.
And for a change of pace Cool Conversations has turned the tables on Planta asking him for the five books that make for great reading during the long hot summer of 2018 and to name a few of his favourite TV shows.
This marks Planta’s second appearance on Cool Conversations.
He first appeared on the show in July of last year when he talked about his podcast, the state of American And Canadian politics and why books are so important necessary for our lives.
Joe Planta’s podcast journey had its genesis in 1999 when he started writing The Joseph Planta Commentary column newsletter.’
By 2003 he created THECOMMENTARY featuring his columns and that evolved to what it is today – the podcast: Planta: On The Line.
And today this podcasting pioneer has featured more than 1,100 interviews with notable individuals in politics, journalism, and the arts.
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Planta attended Sir Charles Dickens Elementary and Sir Charles Tupper Secondary schools. He subsequently attended Langara College and the University of British Columbia.
With his tongue firmy in his cheek Planta says this about himself:
“He is a serviceable interviewer and on-air conversationalist. Off-air, he is often a curmudgeon, and sometimes outright mercurial. He has vast interests, as evidenced by his varied guests over the years, though he shows no discernible aptitude in one particular subject. He has never written a book, though he has interviewed numerous international and national prize-winning and bestselling authors.
And contrary to fact, misinformation, and/or outright deception he has not received the Order of Canada, nor has he been nominated for any notable awards. In high school, however, he did receive the Walter Matthau Award.”
But does he believe in what Ernest Hemingway once wrote?
There is no friend as loyal as a book.