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Last updated: Sunday, November 23 2014 07:31 AM
Author and investigative reporter Linden MacIntyre. 1980s icon Brooke Shields. Comic actor Terry Crews. Elvira Kurt's Cultural Hall of Shame. Electropop singer/songwriter Lowell performs. 11/21/2014
Friday, November 21 2014 05:00 AM
Author and investigative journalist Linden MacIntyre bids farewell to the CBC. Brooke Shields talks about her memoir and her mom. Actor Terry Crews on feminism. Plus, Elvira Kurt's Cultural Hall of Fame, and electropop sensation Lowell performs live!
Wasting Time on the Internet course, Singer-songwriter Jenn Grant, Point and Shoot documentary 11/20/2014
Thursday, November 20 2014 05:00 AM
Prof Kenneth Goldsmith on his course Wasting Time on the Internet. Jenn Grant on her record Compostela. Point and Shoot doc subject Matthew Van Dyke.
Journalist Alex Marshall on the songs of ISIS. Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. Denver Post writer Jake Browne on reviewing pot. 11/19/2014
Wednesday, November 19 2014 05:00 AM
Journalist Alex Marshall talks about how ISIS is turning traditional music into propaganda. Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. talks about his role in The Book of Negroes. Denver Post writer Jake Browne is America's first mainstream "pot critic."
Tuesday, November 18 2014 05:00 AM
Anne Rice on her return to The Vampire Chronicles. Mercury Prize winning British indie-rockers Alt-J perform live in Studio Q. Plus, indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin on her new documentary Trick or Treaty?
Monday, November 17 2014 05:00 AM
Best-selling author Adam Mansbach on his latest profane kids book. Vancouver band Mother Mother perform live. The Q Sports Culture Panel discuss FIFA's controversial ethics report and the media's shifting coverage of violence in sports.
Horror author R.L. Stine, comedian Jim Gaffigan, photographer Laurie Simmons, musician Amelia Curran 11/14/2014
Friday, November 14 2014 05:00 AM
Goosebumps author R.L. Stine on reviving the Fear Street franchise. Comedian Jim Gaffigan defends bad food and feeding your id. Photographer Laurie Simmons on her unsettling portraits of human dolls. Plus, singer-songwriter Amelia Curran performs live!
Thursday, November 13 2014 05:00 AM
Comedian and Twitter sensation Megan Amram on her über-pink parody textbook, Science ... for Her! Tony Hadley and Gary Kemp on Spandau Ballet's big split and grand reunion. Swedish director Ruben Östlund on Force Majeure and the wounded male ego.
Wednesday, November 12 2014 05:00 AM
Citizenfour director Laura Poitras on her in-person interviews with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Venus and Serena's father Richard Williams on his unflinching approach to coaching. Indigenous artist Lou-ann Neel on the fight against "fakelore".
Tuesday, November 11 2014 05:00 AM
First-time novelist Sean Michaels reflects on his 2014 Giller Prize win. Strikingly original stand-up comic Maria Bamford on finding humour in dark subjects. Best of Q: Just For Cats curator Scott Stulen on the artistic merit of cat videos.
Monday, November 10 2014 05:00 AM
New York playwright Christopher Shinn makes his case against casting able-bodied actors as disabled characters. Mega-bestselling novelist Jackie Collins on her unapologetically populist writing style. The War on Drugs performs live from Lost in the Dream.
Friday, November 07 2014 05:00 AM
Oscar-nominated actor Ed Harris on the new film Frontera and his role as a bereaved, justice-seeking Sheriff. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Balzary, better known as Flea, on his key role in the Joe Albany biopic Low Down.
Thursday, November 06 2014 05:00 AM
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock joins guest host Tom Power to discuss his recently released memoir, Possibilities, and his decades-long devotion to re-defining jazz. He also opens up about his youth, his struggles and his collaboration with Miles Davis.
Wednesday, November 05 2014 05:00 AM
Rebecca Carroll on diversity lipservice, newsroom racism and why she's leaving mainstream journalism. Jenny Slate on edgy rom-com Obvious Child and female characters that don't exist to be attractive.
Tuesday, November 04 2014 05:00 AM
Journalist Adrien Chen on the often thankless job of content moderators, who see the worst of the web. Dear White People director Justin Simien on carving out one's identity in a sea of presumptions. Plus, your ideas about the future of Q!
Monday, November 03 2014 05:00 AM
Journalist Denise Clay argues "racist media hysteria" has tainted the coverage of the Ebola outbreak in a ways that recall the early coverage of the AIDS epidemic. Award-winning biographer Walter Isaacson on the digital innovators who rebooted the world.
Best of Q: Neo-Nazi hipsters, Belarus Free Theatre, actor Jay Abdo, Shovels and Rope perform 10/31/2014
Friday, October 31 2014 04:00 AM
Best of Q: The rise of neo-Nazi hipsters. Exiled director of the Free Belarus Theatre Natalia Kaliada. How Syrian actor Jay Abdo went from star to refugee. Shovels and Rope perform from their album Swimmin' Time.
Thursday, October 30 2014 04:00 AM
Toronto filmmaker Amar Wala on his documentary The Secret Trial 5, actor Jason Schwartzman on playing against type in Listen Up Philip, Dear Prudence advice columnist Margo Howard on her new memoir Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife.
Wednesday, October 29 2014 04:00 AM
Whitney Dow on his provocative Whiteness Project and what interviewees have said about racial identity. Hozier performs and reflects on his rapid rise with smash hit Take Me To Church. Alexander Huls says death at the movies ain't what it used to be.
Tuesday, October 28 2014 04:00 AM
Lynn Cunningham on smoker rehab and taking nicotine dependence as seriously as other addictions. Best of Q: Jake Gyllenhaal on Enemy and playing dueling doppelgängers. Photographer Candacy Taylor on the (possibly vanishing) culture of career waitresses.
Tuesday, October 28 2014 04:00 AM
Inuk Silis Hoegh shares the story of Sumé: a Greenland band that sparked a revolution. Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle on his journey from small town to Great Big Sea. Q sports culture panel discusses junior hockey's lawsuit and Steve Nash's career.
Friday, October 24 2014 04:00 AM
Hey Rosetta performs live from Second Sight. Writer Jessica Pressler on the backlash against Airbnb. The Q media panel weighs in on this week's soldier attacks in Ottawa and Quebec. Best of Q: Life Itself director Steve James on Roger Ebert's legacy.
Thursday, October 23 2014 04:00 AM
A 2-part interview with former hockey player Clint Malarchuk on his new memoir, The Crazy Game, which chronicles his battles with mental illness. Art bloggers Michael Savage and John Wyver debate whether photo-taking should be allowed in galleries.
Wednesday, October 22 2014 04:00 AM
Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau on why art and culture matters in Canada. BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer Matt Mason on the future of music distribution. Best of Q: Cave diver Jill Heinerth on exploring the planet's depths.
Tuesday, October 21 2014 04:00 AM
Game developer Brianna Wu and media critic Soraya Chemaly on Gamergate and sexism in the videogames industry. Best of Q: John Carter Cash on his father's posthumous album, Out Among the Stars. Slate's John Swansburg on the U.S. myth of the self-made man.
Monday, October 20 2014 04:00 AM
Music icon Neil Young on his new memoir, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars, in a two-part Canadian broadcast exclusive interview. MAC Cosmetics co-founder Frank Toskan on how fashion can bring about social change.
Friday, October 17 2014 04:00 AM
Zach Galifianakis on his new film, Birdman. Actor Sandra Oh reveals a secret project. Comedian Martin Short on his new memoir. Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk on the upcoming spin-off. Writer Jill Soloway on her TV show Transparent. Jenny Lewis performs.
Thursday, October 16 2014 04:00 AM
The ever-subversive John Waters shares his hitch-hiking odyssey, as chronicled in 'Carsick'. Jason Mraz performs from his life-affirming album, Yes! 'Darling, You Can't Do Both' authors Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin on work culture that works for women.
Wednesday, October 15 2014 04:00 AM
Strange Empire creator Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik and actress Cara Gee on their woman-centric take on the Wild West. The Glass Cage author Nicholas Carr warns against putting the world on autopilot. Moneypuck: James Mirtle on how stats are changing hockey.
Simon Rich's Spoiled Brats, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, why you're probably not a curator 10/14/2014
Tuesday, October 14 2014 04:00 AM
Simon Rich on his latest book, Spoiled Brats, and the harsh light in which he casts his own generation. Why Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories will not help you sleep. David Balzer on "curation" in the 21st century: has the word lost its meaning?
Monday, October 13 2014 04:00 AM
Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz on her memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. Electro-blues pioneer Beck performs from Morning Phase. Improvisational musical comedian Reggie Watts on his subversive songs about life and love.
Friday, October 10 2014 04:00 AM
Montreal's introspective indie rockers Stars return perform from No One Is Lost. William H. Macy on his directorial debut, Rudderless. This American Life producers Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder on the show's first spin-off: Serial. Plus, Elvira Kurt!
How to Speak Money, David Bezmozgis on The Betrayers, unpretentious reviewer Marilyn Hagerty 10/09/2014
Thursday, October 09 2014 04:00 AM
How to Speak Money author John Lanchester on the cultural divide created by financial jargon. Canadian author David Bezmozgis on his Giller short-listed book, The Betrayers. Restaurant reviewer Marilyn Hagerty on why she covers chains in small towns.
Wednesday, October 08 2014 04:00 AM
Canadian filmmaker John Kastner on his groundbreaking docs about mentally ill offenders. Brooklyn-based musician Sharon Van Etten performs from Are We There. Journalist Thomas Frank on the "dizzying proliferation" of awards and the pageantry of prestige.
Bill Hader on The Skeleton Twins, breaking news fact-checker, Nigeria's internet warriors 10/07/2014
Tuesday, October 07 2014 04:00 AM
Comedian Bill Hader on going subtle for The Skeleton Twins, a film co-starring Kristen Wiig. Craig Silverman of Emergent.info on his breaking news fact-checking site. Journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani on the digital battle for political power in Nigeria.
Monday, October 06 2014 04:00 AM
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on his first collection of original songs in almost a decade. Music writer Peter Kimpton on the uncertain future of the misheard song lyric. Best of Q: Tracey Davis on her famous father, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Friday, October 03 2014 04:00 AM
The Barr Brothers perform live from Sleeping Operator. The Knick co-creator Jack Amiel on his turn-of-the-century medical drama and the pain of progress. The Q media panel weighs in on the week's headlines. Best of Q: Robert Downey Jr. on The Judge.
Thursday, October 02 2014 04:00 AM
British chef Jaime Oliver on his new book, Comfort Food, and how meals can be the heartbeat of a home. Photographer Sandro Miller on his series of recreated iconic images, all featuring actor John Malkovich. Best of Q: Philippe Falardeau on The Good Lie.
Wednesday, October 01 2014 04:00 AM
Islamic State debate: Poynter's Kelly McBride on whether militant groups should be able to name themselves. Shovels and Rope performs live from Swimmin' Time in Studio Q. Netflix researcher Grant McCracken on the changing culture of spoiler alerts.
Wednesday, October 01 2014 04:00 AM
Canadian radio exclusive: Girls creator Lena Dunham on her new book 'Not That Kind of Girl' and the lessons she's "learned". U.K. comedian, writer and activist Stephen Fry on his memoir, More Fool Me and his nearly career-destroying cocaine addiction.
Monday, September 29 2014 04:00 AM
Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange joins Jian in a Canadian Broadcast Exclusive. NYT journalist on the irony of Hollywood agents courting YouTube stars. The Q sports panel on Bill Simmons' suspension, Hope Solo, and Derek Jeter's legacy.
Friday, September 26 2014 04:00 AM
Comedian Chris Rock on stand-up on the age of smart phones. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on what the media can learn from the Shonda Rhimes furor. Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes says comics never retire. Sloan performs live throughout the show.
Thursday, September 25 2014 04:00 AM
Comedian Tig Notaro on bouncing back from the lowest point in her life. The Orenda author Joseph Boyden on Winnipeg's ground-breaking ballet on Canada's dark history of residential schools. How astrology pundits in Burma are shaking up national politics.
Wednesday, September 24 2014 04:00 AM
Comic Jen Kirkman pokes fun at pressure to marry and procreate - but also stay forever young. Belgian superstar Stromae on reaching new, English-speaking audiences with his North American tour. Q debate: Should we take the guilt out of guilty pleasures?
Tuesday, September 23 2014 04:00 AM
Why Russia's Kremlin-backed broadcaster NTV is targeting critical cultural figures. British writer Caitlin Moran on her semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age novel, How to Build a Girl. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq on her 2014 Polaris Music Prize win.
Monday, September 22 2014 04:00 AM
Photographer Chris Bartlett on his portraits of former Abu Ghraib prisoners. Comedian Andrea Martin on her career highlights and hard times. Former CrossFit enthusiast Lauren McKeon and kinesiology professor Martin Gibala on the pros and cons of Crossfit.
White guys still rule late night, Q media panel, comic Cameron Esposito, Arkells perform! 09/19/2014
Friday, September 19 2014 04:00 AM
Kings of Late Night: W. Kamau Bell on the lack of diversity on nighttime TV. Q media panel on Scottish referendum, Rob Ford's cancer diagnosis. Rising comic Cameron Esposito on side mullets and socially conscious stand up. Arkells perform from High Noon.
Thursday, September 18 2014 04:00 AM
Gail Asper responds to critics of her parents' dream: the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 'Women in Clothes' editors explain their quest for the why, not how, of self-presentation. Tim Minchin on Matilda and music that just happens to be funny.
Wednesday, September 17 2014 04:00 AM
The Flipside: How Michael Loftus hopes to shake up political satire with his right-wing comedy show. Canadian broadcast exclusive: Barbra Streisand on her roots and her new record. Clickbait culture is seeping into TV and film, argues writer Brian Moylan.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 04:00 AM
Comedian and 'angry everyman' Lewis Black on his love/hate relationship with the age of Twitter. Jeanne Beker on the complex relationship between fashion and politics. Adam Cohen performs from We Go Home and reflects on the influence of his famous father.
Monday, September 15 2014 04:00 AM
Jon Stewart on taking time away from The Daily Show to direct Rosewater. Former war correspondent Kelly McEvers on the difficult decision to come home. The Q Sports Panel reflects on the "bulletproof" NFL's handling of the Ray Rice controversy.
Strangers act out your texts, actress Anna Kendrick, director Philippe Falardeau, Rich Aucoin performs 09/12/2014
Friday, September 12 2014 04:00 AM
Miranda July on her Somebody app, which makes strangers your messengers. Anna Kendrick on her return to musicals for The Last Five Years. Quebec director Philippe Falardeau on his English-language debut, The Good Lie. Plus, Rich Aucoin performs live!
Thursday, September 11 2014 04:00 AM
Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke on his banner year, and memories of Robin Williams. Enterprising collector Paul Moran on how John Updike's trash became his treasure. Dr. Ildiko Tabori on the mental health of comedians and stigma around getting help.
Wednesday, September 10 2014 04:00 AM
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer on revisiting the dark legacy of Indonesia's 1965 military coup. Jake Gyllenhaal on his dark role in the noir thriller, Nightcrawler. Brett Bailey defends his controversial art project, which recalls colonial-era human zoos.
Tuesday, September 09 2014 04:00 AM
UNICEF's Adolphus Scott on how pop music is helping battle misinformation about Ebola. British actress Keira Knightley on The Imitation Game and her genre-defying career thus far. Actor Robert Downey Jr. on big questions posed in his new film, The Judge.
Monday, September 08 2014 04:00 AM
Pucks and propaganda: Gabe Polsky's 'Red Army' doc explores how the Cold War played out in hockey arenas. The New Pornographers perform from their energetic new album, 'Brill Bruisers'. Best of Q: Seniors speak frankly in 'All the Sex I've Ever Had'.
Friday, September 05 2014 04:00 AM
Bill Murray's long-time collaborator, Canadian director Ivan Reitman, on what the legend's really like. The Q media panel on today's top stories. Acclaimed British filmmaker Mike Leigh on his biopic, Mr. Turner. Bahamas (a.k.a. Afie Jurvanen) performs.
Thursday, September 04 2014 04:00 AM
Can legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser rebrand climate change? Australian rock legend Nick Cave on fact-meets-fiction film, 20,000 Days On Earth. Nev Schulman, of the documentary-turned-TV-show Catfish, on the ethics of exposing online imposters.
Wednesday, September 03 2014 04:00 AM
Thomas King, award-winning author of The Inconvenient Indian, on new novel: The Back of the Turtle. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on composing classical music. Dancer/choreographer Randy Glynn turns spotlight on seniors in Dancing in the Third Act.
Tuesday, September 02 2014 04:00 AM
Canadian film auteur Atom Egoyan on why he stands by his new film, The Captive, despite an icy reception at Cannes. Jack Antonoff, a.k.a. Bleachers, performs live from Strange Desire. Writer Mireille Silcoff unpacks the odd popularity of unboxing videos.
Monday, September 01 2014 04:00 AM
Tony and Emmy award winning actor Mandy Patinkin on the importance of staying versatile. Widely influential British musician Kate Bush on chaos and creativity. Former UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre on harnessing the power of fear.
Friday, August 29 2014 04:00 AM
Jason Mark on wi-fi in the wilderness and why he fears we're losing the ability and desire to truly get "away". NBA great Julius "Dr. J" Erving on his off-court legacy. Blue Rodeo performs from In Our Nature and reflect on Greg Keelor's hearing loss.
Thursday, August 28 2014 04:00 AM
Smokey Robinson on remixing Motown in a new collection of duets, featuring Elton John, Mary J. Blige and more. From the Best of Q on Sports: Jennifer Jones and Kaillie Humphries on unabashed ambition. Community creator Dan Harmon bares all for Harmontown.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 04:00 AM
George Takei on his role in the doc, To Be Takei, and why he gave the filmmaker "carte blanche". How Alex Owumi, a Nigerian-American basketball player, escaped from the heart of the Libyan civil war. Canadian novelist Miriam Toews on All My Puny Sorrows.
Blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer, sexism in sports journalism, AJ Jacobs' global family tree 08/25/2014
Monday, August 25 2014 04:00 AM
Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer on how to conquer the visible and invisible barriers we all face. Sports journalists Amy K. Nelson and Megan Greenwell on sexism in the industry. Author AJ Jacobs on the wild world of extended family trees.
Monday, August 25 2014 04:00 AM
Writer Euny Hong on plastic surgery culture, cookie cutter beauty and counter-trends in South Korea. Hamilton electro-pop and RB singer Jessy Lanza performs from Pull My Hair Back. Writer Alexis Madrigal on how he reverse-engineered Netflix micro-genres.