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Crowds for hire, Parker Posey, comic artist Noelle Stevenson's Nimona 07/30/2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

'Crowds on Demand' CEO Adam Swart pulls the curtain back on a hidden PR tactic. Parker Posey on how Irrational Man soothed her disillusionment with the acting industry. Nimona and Lumberjanes creator Noelle Stevenson on crafting comics for outsiders.
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Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin, Bot vs. human poetry, profiling Cosby's accusers, Reality TV's secrets 07/28/2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ghostwriter Hilary Liftin pens faux-celebrity memoir, 'Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper'. How computers are writing convincingly human poetry. NY Mag's Noreen Malone on profiling Cosby's accusers. Former Bachelor producer taps Reality TV's secrets in UnREAL.
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Muslim comedy with Dean Obeidallah. Hip Hop easy-listening. Buckley-Vidal and political discourse. 01/27/2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Comic Dean Obeidallah on fighting the stereotype of the humourless Muslim. Why Hip Hop is taking its place among easy listening radio classics. Filmmaker Morgan Neville on how the cut-throat Buckley-Vidal debates helped shape modern debate culture.
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Ghosting: Good or bad? Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema. Old Man Luedecke performs. 07/24/2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Is it wrong to break-up by just disappearing? Patricia Rozema on her HBO documentary “The Women who Act”. Canadian folk musician Chris Luedecke, AKA Old Man Luedecke, performs songs from his new album, "Domestic Eccentric". Rachel Geiss guest hosts.
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Drugs at music festivals. q Pop culture panel. Trickster Will Sasso. Shad on Kanye West. 23/07/2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Finger wagging vs. frank discussion: Two sobering perspectives on why need to talk about party drugs. q’s Pop Culture Panel on Kanye West, The Runaways and Sharknado. Comedian Will Sasso’s fools Canada on his new show. Plus, Shad weighs in on Kanye West.
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Why awkward silences are good, Ibeyi performs, debating corporate wellness 07/22/2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Alexandra Petri, author of 'A Field Guide to Awkward Silences', says we should learn to embrace our inner awkward person. Ibeyi's self-titled debut is one you need to hear. Oprah meets Orwell. Do corporate wellness programs have a dark side?
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Food columnist Mark Bittman, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Scaachi goes Mermaid, comedian Wil Anderson. 07/21/2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Why Mark Bittman has a bone to pick with our broken food system. Jose Antonio Vargas on MTV's 'White People' and reframing the conversation about race. Scaachi Koul dives into Mermaid School. Australian comic Wil Anderson on winning over North America.
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Virtual reality movies. Rachel Sermanni's cosmic new album. The physicality of grief. 07/20/2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Félix Lajeunesse on a virtual reality experience for movie goers. Scottish musician Rachel Sermanni performs and discusses her new album Tied to the Moon. Jonathan Young and Crystal Pine mix theatre and dance to show how trauma takes hold of the body.
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Saving music in Afghanistan, Miguel performs, is U2 good or bad? 07/17/2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Meet the musician risking it all to bring music back to Afghanistan. Miguel performs from his seductive new album, Wildheart, and reflects on the line between sexy and sensational. q's patently polarizing Good or Bad debates. On trial this time: U2.
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Parks and Rec's Aziz Ansari, Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet, the internet of babies 07/16/2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Aziz Ansari on Modern Romance and why it's easier to meet but harder to connect. Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet blend scratch and strings. Plus, should we really be connecting with our babies — via Wi-Fi ? Laura June on the internet of babies.
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Calling foul on the American Dream. Healing without justice. q’s Pop Culture Panel. 07/15/2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates' letter to his son, Between the World and Me, and the concrete realities of racism. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenhiemer discusses his film The Look of Silence. q’s Pop Culture Panel takes on Harper Lee’s “new” novel, Comic-con, and Donald Trump.
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A critique of green lawns, Rickie Lee Jones, professional bridesmaids 07/14/2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Could green lawns become a symbol of selfishness? Two perspectives. Plus, Rickie Lee Jones on returning to music and why she wants to fight the darkness with her art. Bridesmaid-for-hire Jen Glantz on why it's not so crazy for brides to hire a stranger.
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China's internet rehab camps, humourist Patricia Marx, summer camp for grown ups 07/13/2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Filmmaker Shosh Shlam on Web Junkie, her documentary about a military-style internet rehab camp in China. Advice on getting less stupid from humourist Patricia Marx. Camp No Counselors founder Adam Tichauer on why adults are going to back to summer camp.
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Reggae legend Ernest Ranglin, "gay voice" explored, Asif Kapadia's Amy 07/10/2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Live: Reggae legend Ernest Ranglin returns with resplendent sound. David Thorpe's 'Do I Sound Gay?' explores a loaded question. Amy director Asif Kapadia wants nuanced Winehouse documentary to make you think. Talia Schlanger guest hosts.
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'She's Beautiful When She's Angry' doc, Jen Kirkman on dying alone, Sean Baker's Tangerine 07/09/2015

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Mary Dore on the ordinary women who fuelled early feminism. Comic Jen Kirkman on why everyone, single or married, could die alone. Sean Baker and Mya Taylor of Tangerine on why pop culture needs a trans sex worker story. Talia Schlanger guest hosts.
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Tracking down stolen treasures, q's pop culture panel, opening mystery packages 07/08/2015

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Candy Palmater guest hosts. The “modern-day Indiana Jones”, Amr Al Azm, on protecting our cultural heritage. q's pop culture panel discuss The Dukes of Hazzard, Rihanna, and Magic Mike XXL. Timothy Sullivan on the secrets of The Mystery Package Company.
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Banning kids from reality TV, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, outraged LGBT allies 07/07/2015

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Candy Palmater guest hosts. Former child star Paul Peterson says kids should be banned from reality TV. Sarah Hepola's Blackout is more than just another drinking memoir. LGBT allies shouldn't shy away from outrage and shaming, says Arthur Chu.
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Serious literature on smartphones, The Wrecking Crew, making TV in Afghanistan 07/06/2015

Monday, July 06, 2015

Candy Palmater guest hosts. Clive Thompson on how to read serious literature on smartphones. Denny Tedesco tells the story of The Wrecking Crew, unsung musicians behind major '60s hits. Trudi-Ann Tierney on the drama of making soap operas in Afghanistan.
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The Wooden Sky performs, handsome gorilla meme, filmmaker Maya Forbes, humorist C.D. Rose 07/03/2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

Talia Schlanger guest hosts. Toronto folk-rockers The Wooden Sky perform live. We probe our obsession with Japanese quirkiness. Maya Forbes mines her bittersweet childhood for “Infinitely Polar Bear”. And humorist C.D. Rose shares list of literary losers.
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Comic Greg Proops, Fun frontman Nate Ruess, laughter yoga, Redhead champ Shawn Hitchins 07/02/2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Comic/podcaster Greg Proops on things all grownups should know. Fun frontman Nate Ruess performs from Grand Romantic and talks about going solo. Scaachi Koul tried laughter yoga. Comedian Shawn Hitchins ignites red hot passion with Ginger Pride crusade.
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