Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends. From music icons like Van Morrison and Neil Young; smart conversations with everyone from Al Gore to Barbara Walters; CNN operas; to the branding of politicians... Q brings you big names, big ideas, and those paving the way on the cultural landscape.
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Following news of Nelson Mandela's passing, Jian discusses his life and legacy with a diversity of artists and thinkers: Michaëlle Jean, Geoffrey York, Johnny Clegg, Zapiro, Dr. Cornel West, Sean Jacobs, Lance Samuels, Cameron Bailey and Richard Popla
Journalists are being kidnapped in unprecedented numbers in Syria - why aren't we hearing more about it? Plus, Lenny Cooke on going from rising basketball star to cautionary tale. More men are struggling with disordered eating, but are they getting help?
Ikea defends compliance with Russia's anti-gay laws. Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson offers riveting, critical take on being a 'meat sack'. Journalist Brand Barstein on Norway's enchantment with slow TV. Plus, Jian launches the 2013 Q top 20 countdown!
Eli Pariser, founder of Upworthy.com, on the site's rapid rise, its copycats and its critics. UK folk/punk musician Frank Turner performs from Tape Deck Heart. Canadian ultra-marathoner and philanthropist Ray Zahab on pushing human limitations.
Former trader Chris Arnade explains why it's hard to be both ethical and successful on Wall Street. Adventurer and filmmaker Bryan Smith on risking his neck to capture rare views. Swedish rockers The Hives will leave you buzzing in a special Monday Live.
Friday Live performances by Montreal's melodious Half Moon Run. Salon's Josh Eidelson on Wal-Mart protesters storming Black Friday. Q's weekly media panel. The owner of Conflict Kitchen on serving up foreign foods with a side of education.
Filmmaker Sarah McCarthy shares joys and challenges of international adoption in revealing film. Former private investigator and mother Charlotte Laws on battling 'Revenge Porn' kingpin. Fort McMoney docu-game explores complexities of oilsands debate.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny argues that the media is sensationalizing the dangers of "zombie drug" Krokodil. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan on his honest memoir Eminent Hipsters. And Jian reveals the Top 5 books for Canada Reads 2014 and their champions!
What's it really like to get an abortion? Writer Meaghan Winter shares rare and revealing stories. Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook exec and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, on navigating our wired world. The National's Bryce Dessner shares his classical side.
Researcher Antoine Nouvet on social media savvy Mexican drug cartels. Sportsnet Magazine's Stephen Brunt and ESPN's Megan Greenwell kick off Q's sports culture panel this season. Ren Bostelaar on the popular Twitter parody account @stats_canada.
NDP strategist Brad Lavigne on Jack Layton's rise, Doctor Who turns 50, Russia's gay-friendly Open Games, Winnipeg 6-piece Royal Canoe perform live
Boxing legend Mike Tyson on his Undisputed Truth. Homeland co-creator Gideon Raff is captivated by captivity. Conceptual artist Theater Gates blurs the lines between art and urban planning.
Anne Merklinger on Team Canada's Own the Podium strategy. U.K. singer Alison Moyet on today's music industry. Standup comic Jenn Tisdale on her porn debut.
Liberian journalist Rodney Sieh on his 5,000-year prison sentence for libel. Actress Mariel Hemingway on her family's dark history. New York Times economics reporter Catherine Rampell makes a case for outsourcing our lives.
Is the sports journalism industry an uneven playing field for women? Anjelica Huston on her cinematic childhood. Journalist Terry Mulcahy on introducing gay characters in video games.
Friday Live guests: Florida-based folk-rockers Twin Forks. Researcher Jennifer Harris on why fast food is getting better at ads, but not food, for kids. Q's media panel: should reporters take a stance on Rob Ford? Munk Debate Preview: Are Men Obsolete?
Canadian Cave diver and filmmaker Jill Heinerth on what drives her to explore the depths of the earth. Former Prime Minister Joe Clark on why he fears Canada has lost its way. Journalist Ryan Jacobs on why so many Icelanders believe elves are real.
Journalist Jonathan Franklin on why many of the Chilean miners rescued in 2010 are now struggling above ground. From the Best of Q: comedian Eddie Izzard, who is now touring Canada. And why an art school virgin plans to have sex publicly with his partner.
PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman on fact-checking talking heads. How a funny cartoon about women in film led Swedish movie houses to use the "Bechdel Test". Matt Johnson of The Dirties explains why he made a funny film about a school shooting plot.
From the best of Q: columnist Virginia Heffernan on why she chose to come out as a creationist. Comedian and actor Billy Crystal reflects on a life in entertainment. Duplitecture: Why has China been replicating many of the West's architectural gems?
Live performances from Paper Lions and Catherine Maclellan. Storyteller/songwriter Lennie Gallant. Q media panel: PEI edition. Actor Adam Brazier. Filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes. Potato vodka pros Arla Johnson and Julie Shore. World-changer Todd MacLean.
Connecting Ford Nation and hoser culture - are we more forgiving of boorish chumps, these days? Psychologist and writer Jesse Bering on his book, Perv: The Suprising Science of Sexual Deviance. Slapstick sportscaster Jay Onrait on his book Anchorboy.
Hellgoing author Lynn Coady on her Giller and the power of short stories. Comedian and Twitter king Rob Delaney on humour and honesty inspired by hard times. And from the Best of Q: Michael C. Hall on his role in the Beat-era drama, Kill Your Darlings.
Cartoonist and writer Tim Kreider argues that creative types should stop giving away their work for free in the name of "exposure". Basketball legend Julius Erving on his on and off-court legacy. David Suzuki on his personal stake in Alzheimer's research.
Does #Mamming - laying breasts on flat surfaces to promote mammograms - trivialize breast cancer awareness? Douglas Coupland on his book Worst. Person. Ever., and why he loves his unlikable character. Are 'selfies at funerals' progressive or indefensible?
Friday Live guests Blue Rodeo perform from In Our Nature. The Star's John Cruikshank weighs in on the Rob Ford tape. Movie icon Jeremy Irons on acting and activism. Roots Detroit-born founders on 40 years of Canuck style. Elvira Kurt's hall of shame!
Slate columnist Emily Yoffe on her lightning-rod article on binge drinking and rape in college. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor on how his role in 12 Years a Slave changed him. L'il Bub's "dude" Mike Bridavsky shares what it's like to have an internet famous pet.
Journalist Arwa Mahdawi explores the rise of "burqa swag" - is the trend avant-garde or mere appropriation? Boxer George Chuvalo opens up in a heart-wrenching interview about his lifelong fight. David Kushner explains why hackers are today's hot hires.
Three members of the Toronto production of Les Miserables - Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean), Melissa O'Neil (Eponine) and Earl Carpenter (Javert) - floor Jian. And Chris Hadfield shares life advice for earthlings after gaining the perspective from space.
Jian dedicates his opening essay to musical pioneer Lou Reed, who died Sunday. Plus, we bring their raw, unhurried 2010 interview back from the archives. A 2-part special with Grammy-winners Arcade Fire, back with their much-anticipated album, Reflektor.
Franz Ferdinand thrill us as today's Friday Live guests. Joel Simon on the CPJ's damning report on U.S. press freedom. Q's media panel on the Senate scandal and press freedom in Canada. Brandon Stanton on his touching blog-turned-book: Humans of New York.
New York Times Beijing correspondent Andrew Jacobs on Western authors acquiescing to Chinese censorship. Master of horror Stephen King and his son, Owen, on fiction and family. Saskatchewan Snowboarder Mark McMorris gears up to bring slopestyle to Sochi.
Q's first ever debate show examines how the internet is affecting our memories, our ability to focus and decision-making process. Tech writer and journalist Clive Thompson and UofT computer science professor Steve Easterbrook square off.
Longtime political journalist Don Newman on his memoir Welcome to the Broadcast. Former Maple Leaf sports head Richard Peddie on how he went from blue collar kid to big-shot CEO. Documentarian Alanis Obomsawin on social change and learning to listen.
Journalist Patrick Winn reports on the pop plagiarism trend in Burma. Book reviewers Lee Siegel and Fleur Macdonald debate the cultural value of negative book reviews. Best of Q: Actor Daniel Brühl on his films The Fifth Estate and Rush.
Live performances from Swedish indie rockers The Sounds. Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo on the plight of the Arctic 30. Alison Wolf on her provocative book on career women, The XX Factor. Multi-talented entertainer Aisha Tyler.
Canadian broadcast exclusive: Jian's two-part interview with hiphop mega-star Drake, now touring his latest album, Nothing Was the Same. Plus, "joking judge" Vince August on being forced to choose between law and comedy.
Is this really a banner year for black actors, or are they only being recognized for roles white actors can't play? Hyper-articulate rapper Shad brings Flying Colours to Q. Jennifer Podemski and Cara Gee on Empire of Dirt and why Native is not a genre.
Filmmaker John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani on their seven-week ordeal in Egypt. Hockey legend and former Bruin Bobby Orr on his storied life and legacy. Slopestyle skier and 3-time X Games gold medalist Kaya Turski on her sport's debut in Sochi.
Food expert and Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan author makes the case for home cooking. American folk-roots singer/songwriter, Patty Griffin, brings American Kid to studio Q. Comic Rick Moranis on "My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs."
Multiple Juno-winning violinist James Ehnes is our Friday Live guest. Reporter Olga Khazan tracks pro-Kremlin online trolling. Q's media panel reviews the top stories of the week. From the Best of Q, Mick Ebeling on the EyeWriter. And Torquil Campbell!
Can you spot the paid content in newsprint? Cathrin Bradbury and Jeff Jarvis debate "native advertising." A performance and conversation with New Zealand's young chart topper, Lorde. Reaction to Alice Munro's historic 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Should a Christian law school be able to require students to promise not to have gay sex? A Q debate! Plus, author and scientist Richard Dawkins on his memoir, An Appetite for Wonder. And our favourite young pianist from Calgary, 18 year old Jan Lisiecki.
Warren Buffett's son Peter speaks on how the rich get charity wrong. Rock legend Robbie Robertson and artist manager Jim Guerinot list 27 music legends that every young person should know. Meet the Canadian woman behind TV's most gut-wrenching scenes.
Nurtureshock author Ashley Merryman on why the "everyone's a winner" philosophy is bad for kids. Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson brings "From Here to Now to You" to studio Q. Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler on the culture of crowd-sourcing.
Montreal's genre-bending YT // ST. Did Rick Owens "real women" fashion show stomp beauty norms? Historian Jeff Shesol weighs in on the "perpetual outrage machine" in Washington. U.K. writer Ian Leslie argues gossip is good. And Elvira Kurt!
A Best of Q special! Former Irish president and UN Commissioner of Human Rights Mary Robinson; City and Colour, a.k.a Dallas Green; the leader of Occupy Barbie's Dream House in Berlin; New York choreographer and dancer Mark Morris.
Why is Brasilia cracking down on toy guns? From Q on Sports, David Epstein explains the latest science on the so-called sports gene. Can the smash hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale revive the art of the radio drama? And: announcing this year's Canada Read
Filmmaker Larry Weinstein and former Canadian diplomat Ken Taylor on Our Man in Tehran - the Canadian response to Argo. London-based trio Daughter perform from their debut album, If You Leave. From the Best of Q: what science says about female desire.
The Doors' drummer John Densmore on battling his former band mates in court. The ever-prescient Margaret Atwood on the third book in her dystopian trilogy, Maddaddam; and from the Best of Q, Mexican-American director Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim.
Don't miss this special six-act show, including the musical talents of Patrick Watson and BRAIDS; award-winning comic Sugar Sammy; best-selling novelist Louise Penny; Louis Cyr star Antoine Bertrand; and special Montreal media panel!
Guest host Gill Deacon talks to Haifaa Al Mansour, the groundbreaking female director of Wadjda; Adam Gopnik and Catherine Burns explain the lasting power of The Moth's live storytelling; Why Eurovision is much more than a song contest.
Manufactured Landscapes collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky on how we shape and are shaped by water; Folksinger Basia Bulat on Tall Tall Shadow; Jian speaks to the AGO curators of "David Bowie Is," a travelling exhibition about the icon.
Veteran entertainer and popular podcaster Marc Maron explains why he brings stars to his garage; former Liberal party leader Michael Ignatieff reflects on his historic loss; Jian on the Polaris Prize Gala and Godspeed You! Black Emperor's win.
Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, defends mixed martial arts and his straightup style; Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad on bringing curiosity to life on the airwaves; Vancouver's own Matthew Good performs from Arrows of Desire.
Man Booker goes global, KT Tunstall performs from Invisible Empire Crescent Moon, Q's media panel looks at Quebec values and Bangladesh, and comedian Janeane Garofalo makes a memorable escape from Studio Q.
Why U.S. prosecutor Kym Worthy set out to test 11,000 neglected rape kit in Detroit, Filmmaker Alan Zweig on the changing nature of Jewish humour, Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert on her role in Macklemore's hit Same Love.
10 years after Vancouver's safe injection site opened its doors, is Insite still before its time? Dexter's Michael C. Hall goes from murderer to murdered in Kill Your Darlings. Slash brings the horror to Studio Q.
How did ad blockers become bouncers at our online party? And why are they letting some ads through? Indie music icon Iron and Wine a.k.a. Samuel Beam performs; How is social media changing our conversations about death?
Q debate: Should internet addiction be officially recognized in mental health manuals? U.K. comic Eddie Izzard on touring the world with Force Majeure, Scottish electropop band Chvches returns to Studio Q with their The Bones of What You Believe.
John Daniszewski's on his rare interview with Russia's leader, Zoe Kazan on the F Word and more realistic rom-coms, Polaris Prize-nominated indie pop band Young Galaxy performs, Khaled Hosseini on 'And the Mountains Echoed'
Quebec-inspired Q debate: Should public servants wear overt religious symbols? Montreal director Denis Villeneuve's on his buzzworthy TIFF films, Prisoners and Enemy. TV critic Inkoo Kang falls out of love with the X-Files.
The first Q debate of the season: can you fight bullying with mixed martial arts? British actor Tom Hiddleston on playing a vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive, and French actress Vanessa Paradis makes her English film debut with Fading Gigolo.
Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku on why its dangerous but crucial to challenge superstition in India, actor Jesse Eisenberg and writer/director Richard Ayoade on TIFF film The Double, How Amanda Lindhout survived 15 months as a captive in Somalia.