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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Why Israel's considering a near-total ban of the word "Nazi" and other Third Reich symbols. Prolific music producer Giorgio Moroder on how Daft Punk helped him get his groove back. Artist Theaster Gates on blurring the line between art and urban planning.
'The Crises of Multiculturalism' author Gavan Titley on the divisive politics of pork in Europe. Visual artist Kent Monkman on reimagining Canada's colonial past. Best of Q: Tom Hiddleston on playing a moody, world-weary vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive.
What's with the uptick in films featuring religious themes? Pop culture writer Donna Bowman weigh in. Plus, Canadian author Miriam Toews on sisterhood, suicide and her latest book, All My Puny Sorrows. And The Hold Steady performs live from Teeth Dreams.
Our Easter special includes interviews with uber producer and musician Pharrell Williams, actor Viggo Mortensen and nonagenarian athlete Olga Kotelko.
Our jam-packed special includes interviews with actor Richard Dreyfuss, artist Gustavo Santaolalla, children's entertainer Raffi and marathon runner Ray Zahab. Plus, performances from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
'Not A Bug Splat' co-creator Akash Goel on humanizing the civilian victims of drone strikes. Best of Q: Jay Onrait on Anchorboy and bringing slapstick style to the sportscast. Just For Cats curator Scott Stulen defends the artist merit of cat videos.
Emily Parker on the Cuban Twitter controversy and blogging from the isolated island. Mega-bestselling novelist Jackie Collins on sex, strong women and raunchy moralism. Patrick Haggerty on re-releasing the first known gay country album, Lavender Country.
Heartbleed is just the beginning, warns New York Times tech writer Farhad Manjoo. Helen Wan on why her fictional novel, The Partner Track, seems to have struck a chord in the real world. Philadelphia band The War on Drugs bring dreamy vibe to Studio Q.
How looters are threatening the preservation of precious Egyptian artifacts. The Ultimate Warrior's death reheats questions about the dangers of the sport. Plus, odour advocate Victoria Henshaw on preserving the unique 'smellscapes' of individual cities.
The 'dead woman TV trope' and discomfort with complex female characters. Q media panel on Quebec and non-stop missing plane news. In a big month for Nirvana, we revisit Jian's chat with Krist Novoselic. Adam Beach on bringing the movies to First Nations.
Why the ear-splitting sound of extreme metal is set to rock Concordia University. Canadian theater, film and TV actor Colm Feore on looking into the abyss to play King Lear in Stratford. The National returns to Q for a special Thursday Live session.
Journalist and attorney Jordan Fletcher on the researchers risking death to document the crisis in Syria. Actress Molly Ringwald on returning to her first love to launch a career singing jazz. Alan Thicke exposes all in his new TV show, Unusually Thicke.
Journalists Brendan Kelly and Marc Cassivi on what the Quebec elections reveals about the province's culture. Bob Saget on his memoir Dirty Daddy, and where tragedy meets comedy. 20 years after the Rwandan genocide, we explore portraits of reconciliation.
Journalist Paul Solotaroff on the uncertain fate of Iraqi and Afghan translators. Filmmaker Katerina Cizek on the latest chapter of Highrise, the NFB's award-winning multimedia series. Uber co-star Judy Greer on her hilarious collection of confessions.
Master songwriter Neil Finn performs! Food writer Mark Bittman makes the case for enjoying much-maligned butter. Lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower says the media should be explicit with expletives. Amateur record reviewer Sarah O'Holla spins the tables.
From the Best of Q: Should cellphones be allowed on planes? Mariel Hemingway opens up on her struggle with depression and her family's dark secrets. British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet on The Minutes and appreciating every moment.
UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci on the bizarre context of Turkey's Twitter and Youtube ban. Innovative Quebec theatre writer, director and actor Robert Lepage on a career built on curiosity. Plus, Has Silicon Valley become the most ageist place in America?
On April Fool's Day, we ask: is it possible to anticipate when a joke won't be funny or a gag will go too far? Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino on his new record and his "salty" take on life. Italian group says mafia-themed food should be off the menu.
Genevieve Bell, Intel's house anthropologist, on the stories we tell about technology. New Yorker magazine's cartoon editor Bob Mankoff on the art and politics of cartooning. Seattle indie folk-rockers The Head and the Heart perform live!
Q LIVE at the Junos presents: Pop duo Tegan and Sara, curling champs Team Jennifer Jones, special Winnipeg media panel, musicians and humanitarians Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, Legendary rocker Randy Bachman, and winnipeg poet Katherena Vermette!
Best of Q special: Neuroscientist James Fallon explains how a brain scan changed his life. Donald Fagen on his storied career and straight-up world view. Underwater explorer Jill Heinerth on why she dives despite its dangers, and how she manages fear.
Journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis on biphobia and the "messy, complicated middle range" between gay and straight. British choreographer and art director Jonzi D on honour and hip hop. Journalist Sandra Martin on actor James Rebhorn's autobiographical obit.
Tech journalist Clive Thompson on new social media that spreads unverified stories from anonymous sources. U.S. Indie pop band Foster the People perform from Supermodel. Darren Aronofsky on adapting the story of Noah's arc in his controversial film, Noah.
Q debate: Do we really live in a 'rape culture'? A researcher and Women's Studies prof debate; U.S. journalist and former hostage Shane Bauer on his memoir, A Sliver Of Light; Reporter Jeyup S. Kwaak offers insight into South Korea's online eating trend.
Vancouver's Bend Sinister performs. Author Diane Francis pitches a Canada/U.S. merger. Actress Glenn Close talks mental health. Photographer Graham MacIndoe shares self portraits shot on heroin. Smiley guy Scott Fahlman traces the emoticon's evolution.
Renowned pianist Gabriela Montero urges artists to speak up on the crisis in Venezuela. American jazz and bebop legend Sheila Jordan shares her incredible story. Photographer Shannon Jensen on how the shoes of Sudanese refugees may touch hardened hearts.
Ex-junior hockey player Gregg Sutch on what we can learn from the Terry Trafford tragedy. New York Times style writer Allen Salkin defends his eyebrow-raising monocle trend piece. Best of Q: John Leguizamo on his HBO-bound, one-man show Ghetto Klown.
Between Two Ferns co-creator Scott Aukerman on directing U.S. president Barack Obama. Boy George on his new album and why he's not apologizing for his past. Craig Silverman on missing flight MH370 and why journalists should say less until they know more.
Writer Aimee Phan argues that mainstream media outlets are pushing writers of colour to the margins. Graphic design legend Milton Glaser shares his spin on season 7 of Mad Men. Q sport panel, with Stephen Brunt and Dave Bidini, reflect on the paralympics.
Actor and model Lily Cole on her "impossible" gift economy website. Q media panel on Quebec's polarizing politics. Best of Q with the Coen brothers. The rise of birth photography. Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew performs from his solo album, Darlings.
Jian checks up on freedom of expression in India, where some say the creative class is being muzzled. Coeur de pirate (Beatrice Martin) performs live from her first English-language album, Trauma. Are the children of celebrities fair game for paparazzi?
Foreign Policy editor Christian Caryl on the "strange" coverage of the Ukraine in Russian media. John Carter Cash on finding lost sessions recorded by his famous father, Johnny Cash. Director Malcolm Clarke share the incredible story of Alice Herz-Sommer.
L'actualite blogger Jerome Lussier on why Quebec's language laws may harm French language and culture. 'Orange is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling on her new film, Stay. Artist Suzanne Heintz on her 14-year family photo project starring mannequins.
The creators of a song mocking Pakistan's YouTube ban explain the serious message behind their viral hit. Broken Bells perform live from their latest record, "After the Disco". Dr. Patrick O'Connor on comic book therapy and the healing power of heroes.
Team Orenda - Wab Kinew and Joseph Boyden - reflect on winning Canada Reads 2014. Chloe Sevigny on the complex avenger she plays in Those Who Kill. Actor/comedian Dave Foley on his new series, Spun Out. Tokyo Police Club activates Forcefield in Studio Q.
Are the on-the-ground makers of TV's most thrilling shows at too much risk? As select restaurants serve up wilder items - like squirrel, beaver, hare - Chef David McMillan and 'Anything That Moves' author Dana Goodyear offer insight on changing appetite
Artist David Byrne and writer Chris Ruen of the Content Creators Coalition explain how the free content norm is hurting artists and threatening creativity. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal on his new film, Enemy, and exploring the unconscious mind.
Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy on his latest one-man show, Dear Epson, and the art of writing a complaint letter. Michael Lannan, co-creator and co-writer of HBO's Looking, on complicating gay characters and why it matters in 2014.
Q's Oscar panel -- Johanna Schneller, Brian D. Johnston, and Katherine Monk -- do a lively post-mortem on the 86th Academy Awards. Writer and advocate Janet Mock speaks on her memoir, Redefining Realness, and transgender issues in the media.
Wake Owl, a band that blends folk with retro atmospherics, performs throughout the show! Can celebrities declare themselves 'unfamous'? Q medial panel on this week's top stories. Comedian Victoria Melody on how beauty pageants are just like dog shows.
Awaiting justice for jailed Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt. Musician and activist Angélique Kidjo on her recent memoir, Spirit Rising, and the power of speaking for oneself. Project Runway's Tim Gunn on self-love and the meaning of mentorship.
Gay rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera on Uganda's severe new anti-gay laws. Alain de Botton's site, The Philosophers' Mail, adds texture to the tabloids. LeanIn.org editor Jessica Bennett on updating stock photos of women with Getty Images.
Venezuela-based journalist Phil Gunson offers insight on the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela. Humorist and author AJ Jacobs on his new obsession with "turbocharged" family trees. Director Ilinca Calugareanu on her documentary, Chuck Norris versus Communism
Ron Deibert on human rights abuses online, and winning Canada's first MacArthur Foundation award. Q's sports panel looks back at highlights and historic moments from Sochi 2014. Best of Q: How '12 Years a Slave' changed Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Canada's Kaillie Humphries on defending bobsled gold. Q media panel's final thoughts on Sochi 2014. Confessions of an unlikely figure skating fan. Ukrainian Olympian on withdrawing from the games. Friday Live performances from Danish artist Agnes Obel.
Canada's skating showstoppers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on making peace with second place. Artist Kehinde Wiley on modern portraiture and making ordinary people visible. Canada's two-time medallist Dominique Maltais on braving the snowboard cross.
Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison expresses gratitude to teammate who stepped down for him. David Finkel on the "afterwar" faced by veterans. Jian visits a residential neighbourhood in Sochi to speak to ordinary Russians about the impact of the games
Update on the latest Pussy Riot arrest from member's spouse. How surveillance in Sochi is prompting self-censorship. A chat with Canada's curling champ, Jennifer Jones. AP photographer on saving the art of Samuel Fosso. Archival chat with Mavis Gallant.
Q sports panel (Sochi ed.) examines Canada's 'storybook' Olympics. Journalist Oliver Bullough and professor Mark Lawrence Schrad on Russia's complex relationship with vodka. Quebec singer Roch Voisine on rocking Sochi and writing Canada's Olympic anthem
Chamber-pop musical collective San Fermin perform! A special Sochi edition of the Q Media Panel. Canada's mogul-dominating sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe on their Gold/Silver win. Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad on Palestinian film.
Nina Khrushcheva, grand-daughter of late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, on Russia's 'outdated' image of greatness. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul on changing gears to play the hero. Own The Podium's Cathy Priestner-Allinger on helping Russians go for gold.
CBC's Don Cherry says it's gold or bust for Canada's hockey teams at Sochi 2014. Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi Olympic Organizing committee, fires back at critics of the games. Performance artist Heather Cassils on defying gender norms.
Indian luger Shiva Keshavan on competing at the Winter Olympics without his flag. Reporter Gabriel Sherman on his unauthorized bio of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. David Hallberg on living in Russia as the first American principal dancer at the famed Bolshoi.
Olympic champ Brian Boitano on standing for gay rights as part of the U.S. delegation to Sochi. Hollywood film producer Bruce Cohen on screening 'Milk' in St. Petersburg, and pushing for LGBT rights in Russia. A special Sochi version of Q's sports panel.
Folk-rocker Del Barber plays from his Prairieography. Hayley Wickenheiser on her role as Canada's flag-bearer. NYT culture editor Adam Sternbergh on his thriller, Shovel Ready. Vancouver's Sochi rep Tim Stevenson on pushing for gay rights in Russia.
Jian joins us from Russia to share early thoughts on the Sochi Olympics. Daniel Jones, editor of NYT's Modern Love, on what he's learned from his decade-long relationship with the column. Former pastor Ryan Bell on living as an atheist for a year.
Unpacking Pakistan's Taliban attempts to curry favour through public relations. 'Genius grant' recipient Kyle Abraham on dance,'mix tape' choreography and post modern gumbo. Emer O'Toole on her hope that 2014 will be the year women re-embrace body hair.
Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum shares her concerns about data brokers and the lists they've put us on. Jessica Lamb-Shapiro on her quest to understand self-help culture as an open-minded skeptic. B.J. Novak on storytelling and filtering bad ideas.
Journalist Joe Concha on Justin Bieber and surprising benefits of behaving badly. Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle on the Rob Ford saga and her new book, Crazy Town. Photography editor Reuel Golden on curating 125 years of National Geographic photos.
Pharrell Williams, artist and uber producer, on the art of collaboration and ego-free creativity. Writer Gary Shteyngart on fitting in and his hilarious memoir, Little Failure. Malaysia's Yuna, a 'refreshing' voice in Western pop scene, performs live.
Beloved children's entertainer Raffi Cavoukian on keeping kids safe on the internet. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash performs from The River And The Thread. Canadian bassbaritone Daniel Okulitch on Brokeback Mountain, the Opera.
Q panel: Can polarized opinions on Israel give way to productive dialogue? Film critic Karina Longworth on her extensive profile and feminist analysis of Meryl Streep. Journalist Sarah Weinman on detective convicted murderer-turned-novelist, Alaric Hunt.
Slopestyle champ Kaya Turski on her fourth X games gold and her hopes for Sochi. Argentina's acclaimed musical shapeshifter Gustavo Santaolalla on Arrabel and theatrical tango. Aviation expert Mark Gerchick on the colourful history the Mile High Club.
Two reporters investigating animal welfare in film and TV share troubling stories. Basketball player Alex Owumi on his harrowing tale of getting caught up in Libya's war. Former Olympians Adam van Koeverden and Clara Hughes on sports cliches and Sochi.