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Last updated: Thursday, July 30 2015 06:31 AM
Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin, Bot vs. human poetry, profiling Cosby's accusers, Reality TV's secrets 07/28/2015
Tuesday, July 28 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Muslim comedy with Dean Obeidallah. Hip Hop easy-listening. Buckley-Vidal and political discourse. 01/27/2015
Monday, July 27 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Friday, July 24 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Thursday, July 23 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Wednesday, July 22 2015 05:00 AM
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?
Food columnist Mark Bittman, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Scaachi goes Mermaid, comedian Wil Anderson. 07/21/2015
Tuesday, July 21 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Monday, July 20 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Friday, July 17 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Parks and Rec's Aziz Ansari, Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet, the internet of babies 07/16/2015
Thursday, July 16 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Wednesday, July 15 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Tuesday, July 14 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Monday, July 13 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Friday, July 10 2015 05:00 AM
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.
'She's Beautiful When She's Angry' doc, Jen Kirkman on dying alone, Sean Baker's Tangerine 07/09/2015
Thursday, July 09 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Wednesday, July 08 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Tuesday, July 07 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Monday, July 06 2015 05:00 AM
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.
The Wooden Sky performs, handsome gorilla meme, filmmaker Maya Forbes, humorist C.D. Rose 07/03/2015
Friday, July 03 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Thursday, July 02 2015 05:00 AM
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.
Wednesday, July 01 2015 05:00 AM
It's a Canada Day encore bouquet! Meet daredevil Will Gadd, the man who climbed Niagara Falls. Buffy Sainte-Marie on Power in the Blood and the power of politically-charged songs. Why seasoned fangirl Sam Maggs is urging more girls to go full geek.
Tuesday, June 30 2015 05:00 AM
Ramadan fashion: Fareeha Molvi on why more brands are tailoring trends for Muslim consumers. Philosophical U.K. rapper Kate Tempest blows through studio q. Beloved writer Judy Blume on her new book and how adult secrecy fuelled her passion for frankness.
Monday, June 29 2015 05:00 AM
Adam McDowell and Ramona Pringle debate whether or not to answer the phone. Booker T. Jones on his 5 decades in the music industry. Christine Porath on the growing incivility of our workplaces.
Socalled performs, Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, Pride's apolitical vibe, LGBT ally Celina Jaitly 06/26/2015
Monday, June 29 2015 05:00 AM
Socalled jams with the hosts of As It Happens. Pride flag creator Gilbert Baker on the real meaning of the rainbow. Good or bad debate: the party vibe of the modern-day Pride parade. Bollywood star Celina Jaitly on the international fight for LGBT rights.
Death of the Grateful Dead, Sex and the City’s Candace Bushnell, U.K. comic Russell Howard 06/25/2015
Thursday, June 25 2015 05:00 AM
Peter Richardson and Carl Wilson on the Grateful Dead’s cultural impact. Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell on the difficult relationship between authors and characters. Russell Howard, one of the U.K.'s most popular comedians, crosses the pond.
Wednesday, June 24 2015 05:00 AM
Ruben Martinez and Christopher Solomon debate “glamping”. The q pop culture panel sift through the headlines, including True Detective, Obama on WTF, and Swift v. Apple. Polish photographer Karolina Jonderko on grieving with her mother’s clothing.
Tuesday, June 23 2015 05:00 AM
Alfredo Corchado on the personal cost of covering drug cartels. Adam Scott on swinger comedy The Overnight and the naked truth about male body image. Jeet Heer on Canada is so good at boring. Actor Michael Enright defends decision to fight ISIS in Syria.
Monday, June 22 2015 05:00 AM
Kaindé and Naomi Diaz perform live as Ibeyi. Sara and Ayat Najafi on elevating Iranian women's voices in No Land’s song. Comedian Jonny Harris showcases small town humour in Still Standing. Taylor Campbell on why it's time to stop shaming small penises.
San Fermin performs, Fitbit scrutinized, fine print explored, de-cluttering, Rush's female fans 06/19/2015
Friday, June 19 2015 05:00 AM
Brooklyn band San Fermin performs live. Tech writer Jill Duffy weighs pros and cons of fitness trackers. Alex Hern checks internet fine print. Erin Rooney Doland and Dominique Browning debate de-cluttering. Annie Zaleski says women do love Rush.
Thursday, June 18 2015 05:00 AM
k.d. lang and Jean Grand-Maitre on Balletlujah and breaking barriers through art. Trainwreck director Judd Apatow shares everything he knows about comedy. Neil Young, Donald Trump and the politics of campaign songs.
Wednesday, June 17 2015 05:00 AM
Carding and cop culture: sociologist Chris Murphy what it takes to change police attitudes and policies. Pop culture panel: celebrity activism, OITNB, Jagged Little anniversary. Fool Canada host Will Sasso on testing the limits of Canadian politeness.
Tuesday, June 16 2015 05:00 AM
Humourist Henry Alford on the rise of aspirational RSVPing. The Office's Phyllis Smith on Inside Out and learning from Sadness. Fresh Dressed director Sacha Jenkins on the history of hip hop fashion. Scaachi Koul defends the adult colouring book.
Monday, June 15 2015 05:00 AM
Why the Iranian government has entered the online dating game. Life/music partners Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld marry magic of violin and saxophone. This American Life's Starlee Kine's Mystery on why she's committed to cracking tiny cases.
Friday, June 12 2015 05:00 AM
Atlanta three-piece Algiers perform live. Meet the yuccies: how to spot a hipster-yuppie hybrid. John Colapinto on his intentionally provocative novel, Undone. The Wolfpack blows open the world of six shut-in cinephile brothers.
Thursday, June 11 2015 05:00 AM
Meet Jack Horner, the real scientist behind Jurassic World. Josh Groban geeks out on musical theatre in Stages. q sports panel on the Women's World Cup, LeBron James and the Pan Am Games. Shad on why we fight for the things we loved as kids.
Wednesday, June 10 2015 05:00 AM
Choosing disability: Two perspectives on what it means to be transabled. Pop culture panel: Degrassi goes Netflix, funny while female, Jaws returns. Trolls for hire: Adrian Chen on why Russians being paid to wreak havoc online.
Tuesday, June 09 2015 05:00 AM
Clickbait. Meme. Emoji. Two perspectives on how language sticklers should react to the latest dictionary words. British electronic music troupe Hot Chip perform stripped down tracks. Jeet This Week: The cultural impact of Annie Leibovitz's mighty lens.
Monday, June 08 2015 05:00 AM
Soul legend Lee Fields and The Expressions perform from live from Emma Jean. Why can't God be a woman? We hear two perspectives on the push for She. Why Yale professor Robyn Creswell recommends reading the poetry of Jihad.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs, FIFA's biopic United Passions, Wednesday Martin's book Primates of Park Avenue, and Nicolas Cage: is he good?
Friday, June 05 2015 05:00 AM
Film critic Ashley Clark on the FIFA biopic United Passion. New Zealand-American trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live. Writer Wednesday Martin on the Primates of Park Avenue. Film critics Kyle Smith and Nathan Rabin on Nicolas Cage.
Thursday, June 04 2015 05:00 AM
The New Republic's Esther Breger on why the new reality show The Briefcase thrives on humiliating poor people. Playwright Young Jean Lee's latest play, Straight White Men. The q media panel on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission, pop culture panel on Caitlyn Jenner, and the man who climbed Niagara Falls
Wednesday, June 03 2015 05:00 AM
Aboriginal artists on the residential schools investigation. The pop culture panel on Ciatlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover. Will Gadd, the daredevil who climbed - yes, climbed - Niagara Falls.
Tuesday, June 02 2015 05:00 AM
Musician Brandi Carlile performs from her album The Firewatch's Daughter. Maxim's first female editor Kate Lanphear redefines the Hot 100's conventions of beauty. Researcher John Richardson on the rise of teens' elaborate "promposals."
Monday, June 01 2015 05:00 AM
Singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman performs live in studio q. Are Action Bronson's lyrics hate speech? Ryan Gattis on his acclaimed new novel All Involved. Tracey Lindberg on her debut novel Birdie
Friday, May 29 2015 05:00 AM
Lively pop quartet the Elwins perform live from Play for Keeps. China's Canadian star Dashan on spreading stand-up comedy. Sinner in Mecca chronicles gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma's audacious act. Miriam Toews-inspired song 'Beautiful Scars' debuts on q.
Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson, q sports panel on FIFA, Celebrated dancer Louise LeCavalier 05/28/2015
Thursday, May 28 2015 05:00 AM
Former Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman on his trouble-making heroes and 'stache-free life after Ron Swanson. q sports panel on FIFA corruption allegations rocking the world of soccer. Celebrated dancer Louise LeCavalier on thinking with your body.
Wednesday, May 27 2015 05:00 AM
Why David Suzuki admires "informed" celebrity activism. q pop culture panel on the Duggar allegations, Game of Thrones rape scene and Jay Z vs. Marina Abramovic. Film critic Karina Longworth on why you should care about old Hollywood.
Tuesday, May 26 2015 05:00 AM
What counts as self-sabotage in the age of social media? A panel discussion. Greg Proops on The Smartest Book in the World and things all adults should know. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on Pakistan's answer to Pixar and the subversive power of children's films.
Barenaked Ladies, quitting makeup, Russell Smith on secret lives, Roar's crazy wild story 05/25/2015
Monday, May 25 2015 05:00 AM
Barenaked Ladies perform live from their new record Silverball. q contributor Scaachi Koul goes a week without makeup. Canadian author Russell Smith on why everyone has something to hide. John Marshall on the shockingly dangerous making of '70s film Roar.
Friday, May 22 2015 05:00 AM
Nova Scotian wonder Joel Plaskett performs from his new solo album. Why late base jumper Dean Potter lived to risk his life. Actor and 1950s teen heartthrob Tab Hunter on playing straight on screen. the q media panel reviews the top stories of the week.
Thursday, May 21 2015 05:00 AM
Filmmaker Gillian Laub on fragile racial relations and her new HBO doc, Southern Rites. Welcome to Me director Shira Piven on the edgy but empathetic humour in the new Kirsten Wiig film. Anson Montgomery's Choose Your Own Adventure is back.
Wednesday, May 20 2015 05:00 AM
Longtime Letterman staff writer Tom Ruprecht takes us into the writer's room. Made In China: Rooting out Doug Fishburn's replica. California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids perform live. Michael McGowan wipes out all adults in new Netflix drama, Between.
Tuesday, May 19 2015 05:00 AM
Popular podcast comedy duo Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster on the best of The Best Show. q's pop culture panel on Kim Kardashian's selfie book, Mad Men's end, etc. How to avoid saying the wrong thing to a sick friend. What to watch for in Eurovision 2015.
Monday, May 18 2015 05:00 AM
From the q vault: Notoriously disruptive comedian Norm Macdonald swings through studio q. Seasoned Canadian singer/songwriter Alan Doyle performs from So Let's Go. Filmmaker, artist and author Miranda July on her debut novel, The First Bad Man.
B.B. King tribute, Orange O'Clock, UFC's Ronda Rousey, q sports panel, Drawn & Quarterly founder, Faith Healer performs
Friday, May 15 2015 05:00 AM
Remembering B.B. King. Searchlight 2015 winner Orange O'Clock. Undefeated UFC champ Ronda Rousey. q sports panel on Steve Montador suit, Bill Simmons and Deflategate. Drawn & Quarterly's Chris Oliveros. Faith Healer performs live from Cosmic Troubles.
Thursday, May 14 2015 05:00 AM
The L-word in Sex Ed: should love be part of the lesson? Plus, German novelist Timur Vermes plays Hitler for laughs. Jerry Saltz remembers extreme conceptual artist Chris Burden. Poet Kathleen Ossip on what celebrity deaths can teach us about grief.
Wednesday, May 13 2015 05:00 AM
Why Vladimir Putin is recruiting American action heroes like Steven Seagal. Jeremy Woodcock on SNL's alleged ripoff of his Prophet Muhammad sketch. Buffy Sainte Marie unleashes Power in the Blood. Sam Maggs on why girls needs to geek out without apology.
Tuesday, May 12 2015 05:00 AM
David Byrne (of Talking Heads) on Contemporary Color, his upcoming performance piece at the Luminato Festival. Filmmaker Mike Attie and Iraq war veteran Lucien "Doc" Darensburg on war re-enactment therapy. Plus, we reveal Searchlight 2015's top four acts.
Monday, May 11 2015 05:00 AM
Classical meets hip hop as the Afira Quartet and Skratch Bastid perform live. Mellow country superstar Willie Nelson sheds light on his formative years. Comedian and writer Monica Heisey offers delightful, if "dubious", advice to fellow women.
Friday, May 08 2015 05:00 AM
Pop sensation Ryn Weaver (Octahate) performs from The Fool. Nicolas Laverdière of Quebec art collective BGL on playful art. Cartoonist Lynda Barry on teaching creativity to non-artists. q media panel convenes. Writer Semi Chellas on 7 years of Mad Men.
Style icon Iris Apfel, Mad Max director George Miller, Lynn Crosbie resurrects Kurt Cobain 06/07/2015
Thursday, May 07 2015 05:00 AM
Fashion icon Iris Apfel on why beauty and style have nothing to do with each other. Director George Miller on returning — 30 years later — to the world of Mad Max. Provocative Canadian writer Lynn Crosbie on her "haute fan fiction" about Kurt Cobain.
Wednesday, May 06 2015 05:00 AM
99% Invisible host Roman Mars on the fascinating, often hidden parts of our designed world. Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men perform acoustic version of Beneath the Skin songs. The Kroll Show's Nick Kroll on his new comedy, Adult Beginners.
Tuesday, May 05 2015 05:00 AM
Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley on his new TV drama, American Crime. Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame on his 2nd solo album, Chasing Yesterday. Damian Abraham's More Than Music column. Author Heather O'Neill on how categories limit women's identities.
Monday, May 04 2015 05:00 AM
Ontario folk trio The Good Lovelies perform from their upcoming album, Burn the Plan. PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman on Email Debt Forgiveness Day. Canadian playwright George F Walker on his latest double-bill about troubled parents and stressed out teachers.
Leon Bridges performs, Domhnall Gleeson on Ex Machina, q sports panel, OITNB's Kate Mulgrew 05/01/2015
Friday, May 01 2015 05:00 AM
Soul sensation Leon Bridges performs live. Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson on his starring role in the new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. The q Sports Panel reconvenes. Kate Mulgrew — of Star Trek and Orange Is The New Black fame — shares her personal story.