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Last updated: Sunday, December 21 2014 07:31 AM
Friday, December 19 2014 05:00 AM
Film critic Amy Nicholson says pulling Rogen/Franco comedy The Interview sets an "alarming" precedent. Sophia McClennen on Stephen Colbert's post-Report . Never Alone video game illuminates Indigenous Alaskan lore. Buck 65 performs live from Neverlove.
Thursday, December 18 2014 05:00 AM
Hip hop artist-turned-policeman Jinho "the Piper" Ferreira shares 17 perspectives on one police shooting. The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle pens debut novel, Wolf in a White Van. Israeli director Talya Lavie on her surprise hit film, Zero Motivation.
Katherine Waterston on her role in the new film Inherent Vice. Kevin Howes on the compilation album Native North America. A new radio drama about life in a refugee camp. 12/17/2014
Wednesday, December 17 2014 05:00 AM
Katherine Waterston talks about working with Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix in the new film Inherent Vice. Kevin Howes on the compilation album Native North America. Plus, Charlotte Eagar on new radio drama about life in a refugee camp.
Tuesday, December 16 2014 05:00 AM
AP editor Trish Wilson on USAID's attempt to infiltrate Cuba's hip hop music scene. Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman takes an in-depth look at hacker collective Anonymous.Tommy Avallone on his new documentary about professional Santas: I Am Santa Claus.
Monday, December 15 2014 05:00 AM
In a Canadian exclusive interview, Sir Paul McCartney talks about his first musical foray into video games. Can we separate the artist from the art? Two cultural observers debate. Plus, the Q sports panel discusses the latest headlines to make waves.
Friday, December 12 2014 05:00 AM
What the rise of the "lumbersexual" says about modern urban masculinity. Life Partners director Susanna Fogel on what happens when your best friend breaks your heart. Comic artist Steve Murray re-hatches Marvel's Howard the Duck. The Pack A.D. perform.
Advanced Style celebrates senior fashionistas, Timber Timbre performs, moving movie theatres 12/11/2014
Thursday, December 11 2014 05:00 AM
Photographer Ari Seth Cohen and model Joyce Carpati on the beauty of aging creatively. Timber Timbre perform live from their haunting new record, Hot Dreams. Film critic Brooks Barnes on why theatres are literally shaking up the movie-watching experience.
Wednesday, December 10 2014 05:00 AM
In the lead up to the Republic of Doyle finale, Allan Hawco reflects on his time as Jake Doyle. Carey Newman's Witness Blanket weaves healing and history from Residential School fragments. Bill Nye "The Science Guy" on the undeniable science of evolution.
Tuesday, December 09 2014 05:00 AM
One Rogue Reporter, Rich Peppiatt, turns the tables on British tabloids. Toronto artist Jennifer Castle performs from Pink City. High Maintenance creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld roll a tight web series about pot smokers.
Monday, December 08 2014 05:00 AM
Journalist Nikhil Sonnad on what triggered China's ban on puns and wordplay. Discussion panel: Can the dialogue around sexual assault lead to broader change? Plus, Montreal filmmaker Rémy Huberdeau on his documentary Transgender Parents.
Friday, December 05 2014 05:00 AM
Brent Butt on returning to Dog River for Corner Gas: The Movie. Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée on Wild and the beauty of imperfection. H. Jon Benjamin on giving voice to Archer and Bob Belcher. Tamara Lindeman a.k.a. The Weather Station performs live.
Thursday, December 04 2014 05:00 AM
StoryCorps founder David Isay on the power of listening and celebrating ordinary lives. Mick Fleetwood on his storied career and new memoir, Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac. Renowned architect Daniel Libeskind on designing buildings with spirit.
Wednesday, December 03 2014 05:00 AM
Should you worry about social media surveillance? Citizen Lab's Christopher Parsons weighs in. Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, performs from And The War Came. 'Banksy Does New York' director Chris Moukarbel on NYC's social scavenger hunt.
Tuesday, December 02 2014 05:00 AM
Suleiman Bakhit on how comic books can help combat extremist propaganda. World-renowned DJ David Guetta on his new album, Listen, and anthemic introspection. Dr. Scott Bonn on "celebrity monsters" and our cultural obsession with serial killers.
Monday, December 01 2014 05:00 AM
Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi on No Land's Man and life as an 'insider-outsider'. Alan Cumming on working though childhood trauma with Not My Father's Son. Writer and celebrity confidant Bob Colacello on humanizing Andy Warhol and Ronald Reagan.
Black Friday antidote, Foxcatcher dir. Bennett Miller, Death Metal Angola, Elliott Brood performs 11/28/2014
Friday, November 28 2014 05:00 AM
Sarah Lazarovic on how to stop impulse buying pretty things. Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller on his unnerving new drama. Death Metal Angola director Jeremy Xido on hardcore healing. Juno winners Elliott Brood perform four songs from Work and Love.
Thursday, November 27 2014 05:00 AM
Killer Mike of Run the Jewels on Ferguson and black skin as "scarlet letter". Former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac on Brooklyn, Ferguson and his former idol Bill Cosby. Rising actress Olivia Cheng on Marco Polo and complicating the concubine.
Wednesday, November 26 2014 05:00 AM
Jason Segel on his new children's book, Nightmares, and why saying there's "nothing to fear" is the wrong message for kids. Ryan Adams performs from his self-titled new album. Spoken word poet Shane Koyczan on turning his anti-bullying poems into opera.
Tuesday, November 25 2014 05:00 AM
William Gibson on The Peripheral and making sense of the unthinkable present through sci-fi. Polaris winner Caribou explores love, loss and fatherhood in Our Love. Writer Anna Todd on her Harry Styles erotica and the growing thirst for for fan fiction.
Monday, November 24 2014 05:00 AM
Harry Shearer on getting into Richard Nixon's skin for the new YouTube series, Nixon's the One. Martha C. Nussbaum on loving our (ageing) bodies, ourselves. Max Brooks on the troubling comparison many are making between his book World War Z and Ebola.
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.