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As you’ve probably heard, Jian Ghomeshi was recently dismissed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the producers of Q. The CBC simultaneously announced their plans to continue to produce Q while they conduct a search for Q’s next host. In the short term, hosting duties will fall  primarily to regular fill-in hosts, Piya Chattopadhyay and Tom Power. As always, Q’s talented production team will welcome exciting guests into the studio to discuss arts, culture, music and entertainment.

Q is interested in your feedback. Share your thoughts with them here.

Comments [114]

seanl

Jion didn't strike me as a genuine talk radio show host when I saw his photo. Wasn't there too regularly, either. There was once a strange silence once when a guest said he took up yoga "to meet chicks." Jion might have been thinking, "Wait. Maybe I should do that!"

Nov. 03 2014 01:16 PM
Karim

Perhaps WNYC will finally wise up and take this buffoon and his egregious show off the air once and for all. Good riddance.

Oct. 30 2014 10:59 PM
Willa Fair from New York

Does anybody follow the news? Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q, has been fired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for allegations of serial abuse of women. Some of the women worked at the CBC; others are young women he met outside of work. He reportedly either close-fist punched the women in the head, choked them to the point of not being able to breathe, or threw them on the floor and verbally abused them -- or all of the above. Just wondering how we all feel about that here in the States.

Oct. 30 2014 10:07 PM
m.s. from Manhattan

Very disappointed and hurt to learn of the charges against this host as detailed in NYT Op-Ed. Last night I couldn't sleep, felt taken in. Radio hosts feel like friends. You expect more. The program itself . . . now I really don't know. Pop culture is . . . pop culture.

Oct. 28 2014 07:09 PM
NR Davis from nashville/nyc

love jian. love q. lover brian and terry and leonard too. keep up the good work, wnyc, and thanks for letting us revel in some canada-style public radio. diversity, that's what it's all about.

Oct. 20 2014 07:27 PM
EveT

The program itself is not bad, but the name! Please! This is radio -- people listening can't tell if it's "Cue" or "Queue" or "Kyoo" or, as it turns out, "Q." And the slogan "Q has got you covered" is so trite it just grates every time I hear it.

Sep. 09 2014 09:55 AM
Richard from Montreal

Dear April from Manhattan, I'm so sorry that you are upset because you feel Canadians don't like you. I'm sure that there must be one or two that do. A lot of Canadians like Rob Ford. Go figure. On the other hand I find that most Americans are indifferent toward Canadians because most Americans don't know where Canada is. I had a waitress in Virginia say to me once "Oh, you're from Canada? That's near Detroit isn't it?" Yes dear it's near Detroit - what's left of Detroit anyway. It's also near Seattle and Boston and Russia. Canadians aren't upset by this though because they know that most Americans don't know where Washington D.C. is.

As for Jian, you might be surprised to know that a lot of Canadians don't like him either. They find him too, well, how shall I put it? . . . . American.

Before the Canada bashing begins let me say that I hold an American passport - born and raised, vote and pay taxes.

Sep. 02 2014 11:24 AM
Alan from Manhattan

A strong dissenting position: A sophomoric show. The weak link in WNYC programming. The interviews are painfully well below the glorious standards of Brian Lehrer or Terry Gross.

Aug. 12 2014 08:42 PM
Ellen from nyc

Terrific show. Love the wide range of topics and guests. Jian is a gracious interviewer and always keeps the program interesting and deep.

Aug. 11 2014 10:59 PM
Richard from New Jersey

We love Gian Gomeshi and his radio show Q.
we love it so much, we stopped watching TV.
We love it so much, we change over from a ball game.
We love it so much, we plan on returning to Montreal.
We love it so much, 10pm is always set aside.
We love it so much, we end our dates before 10.
We love it so much, we can't wait till listen in.

Thanks, RC

Aug. 09 2014 12:25 PM
Steve

Q's a great show. Great show. Thx for offering it.

May. 12 2014 10:42 PM
Judith from Brooklyn

my 2cents worth of commentary: ...So OK...I love this show. I like Jian's voice, yes, but I also like the way he interviews people and the wide wide variety of topics and interviews. I don't even mind when it is super "Canada-y " because I learn something about our neighbors to the north. I have been there and have friends there but don't really "know" a lot. So thanks, Gian...and thanks for the great show. Even the subs are good!

May. 05 2014 10:39 PM
Linda Saetre from New York City

This show is vibrant and addictive. I like how he squeezes in several guests in each show. A keeper for sure.

Mar. 11 2014 10:58 PM
liz from nyc

I am so glad that WNYC is broadcasting Q. Keep it up! I listen to this show every summer in Nova Scotia and would listen to it using the app TuneIn down here but it's great that it's actually on the radio. I think the guests and commentary are fresher and bolder than a lot of what's on down here. Sorry America!

Feb. 21 2014 10:43 PM
Paul Debraski

I just found out that MNYC is broadcasting Q with Jian. I loved Jian from Moxy Fruvous and have often enjoyed listening to Q on CBC Radio. Jian is one of the best interviewers around and Q is, simply, fantastic. Thanks for bringing him to New York.

Feb. 15 2014 08:38 AM
jaime from West Village

"Precious in tone & content" unfortunately seems spot on to me.

Feb. 10 2014 10:27 PM
TOBI KANTER from NYC—Midtown West

Last night's Q was outstanding. Jian's analysis of Canadian and American Jews, their wide array of politics, their varying attitudes towards Israel, and their differing definitions of "antisemitism" was extremely frank and accurate. I've listened to many of his programs. This was superior.

Jan. 30 2014 08:38 AM
khadija Boyd from Brooklyn

Well, let me put it this way: every evening, when home and not on the road, I have my private "date" w/Jian at 10 pm NYC time (my hubby chucles at 10pm, when he is home from a gig & says, OK, time for your boyfriend). Brilliant show, superb re-Canada (Music/Art/etc...) k

Jan. 22 2014 10:45 PM
EI

Love this show. Hope you keep it.

Jan. 15 2014 09:03 AM
Rob from NJ

Keep the Q on. Love it!

Jan. 08 2014 10:41 PM
Claudia from New York

Really enjoy listening to the show; a nice variety of topics and nice to hear a just north of the border perspective, a very neighborly but also outside of the US, slightly international feel is refreshing listening!!

Dec. 20 2013 11:24 AM
David from Bay Ridge

I've just recently found this show -- "Q". It's a very interesting program. I'm working on a book right now and I must keep the television off as much as possible. It may sound odd that I find myself a bit addicted to the 10 O'Clock news but I really must keep the TV off. "Q" is a lively program about entertainment that keeps me working and tonight when I heard WNYC's almost ominous-sounding request for feedback on the program, I figured it might be wise to add my comments. Please... please... please... keep this magnificent gem of a program on WNYC's airwaves.

Dec. 20 2013 12:11 AM
David Deblinger from Brooklyn, NY

I just caught the end of an interview with director of Dallas Buyers Club. I appreciated the spontaneous response of Gian regarding the director that, "there are no transgender actors" It was a ridiculous, even offensive, and I have not seen his movie, I'm guessing its great! But his attitude was not, even destructive and homophobic. While I also am an actor and agree that an actor should be able to play people very different than who they are. However, I'm guessing there are many transgender actors out there, but attitudes like his will limit there opportunities.

Dec. 16 2013 10:44 PM
April from Manhattan

I spend a month mosts summers in Canada. Last August, I called the CBC to try to find his number. (An academic, my brother only has a computer in his office.) Q is a lot more anti American in Canada, an anti American country. Of course with some good reasons. For instance, he said that in America, television is right wing politics and no documentaries and that we're "xenophobic" or a similar word. Projecting?. Other Canadian friends disagree. Canadians think they're polite, but are self righteously passive aggressive. I've been going there every year since '77. They resent US. For good and bad reasons. They're jealous. Use lines like "Only in Canada" stolen from The Reader's Digest in the '50s. So I love the Robert Ford incident. The most important thing Canada could do would be to cover over the Keystone oil. Ship it nowhere. We don't want it. It blew up a town in Quebec.

Nov. 15 2013 11:01 PM
colin

great show.
trying to find a full episode/podcast of the broadcast for 11/7/2013. What is on the air does not match the official CBC or WNYC page. Even just a guest list would be great help.
thanks!

Nov. 07 2013 10:26 PM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

Just like to say thanks, Great show!

Oct. 24 2013 10:45 PM
Donald Wigal from New York, New York

To: Jian Chomeshi

I love your show. I am a musician who has memorized long works but ironically I have short term memory loss, or did I tell you that already? I especially have trouble remembering which day it is. I have long been seeing an inexpensive device which simply tells me what day it is. I am very interested in further information. Thanks.

don@smcommonbond.org.
212 683 3478

Don Wigal [ASCAP]

Oct. 09 2013 11:03 PM
Sandy Smyth from NYC

I've just been listening to Robbie Robertson on the Studio Q show talking about his new book, "Legends, Icons and Rebels". He spoke about the artists he and his collaborator included as having broken new ground musically and also historically which was interesting. BUT, Robbie Robertson was wrong when he said that Billie Holiday wrote the song, "Strange Fruit." She may have written the melody, but she did not write the lyrics. He said it was quite something for a black woman in 1939 to have written such stark words - "black fruit hangin' from the poplar trees." Well, it would indeed have been quite something and very noteworthy. Billie Holiday made the song famous, but as I heard once on WNYC / NPR, a Jewish man from the Bronx wrote the lyrics. I'm sorry I don't remember his name, but HE was quite something to have written such words at that time and also for having adopted the two sons of a couple who were executed in NY state for having been spies. I don't remember their names either. Wish I did, but I couldn't sit there and listen to Robbie Robertson say something that was simply not true. It's too bad he got that fact wrong in his book. Oh well, he'll have to correct it in his new next revised edition :)

Oct. 08 2013 11:02 PM
Bunny from Raritan, NJ

Love "Q" and Jian - what a cutie! Nice to hear a slightly different view of things, from our northern neighbors.

Oct. 01 2013 11:11 PM
shashinyc from Manhattan

Jian Ghomeshi's show is fine, nothing objectionable if not exactly brilliant...please don't take this the wrong way, I've got my liberal, anti-xenophobia papers in order, but can't New York public radio find a qualified American host or show instead of having to import one from Canada? Jian has so many Canadian guests (9/25), with upcoming shows in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto...I mean, do I care? Can we not give homegrown talent a shot? Great local radio hosts, come forth!! Apply to WNYC for a steady prime time gig!!

Sep. 25 2013 10:54 PM
Richard Cerbo from Hackensack, N.J. USA

Joni Mitchell once wrote she was looking for a river to skate away on.
We are all still looking for that river, and loved the interview with
Joni.
Please continue with lyricists from a generation ago, Cat Stevens would
be great, Ian Anderson, Robert Plant, Justin Hayward, Etc.
We love the show, keep it going.

RC

Sep. 07 2013 12:05 PM
Michele

I am incensed. Are you seriously reporting on Mannings gender identity? Even as footnote, it is absolutely a non-issue in this case. This 'story' has everything to do with government secrets, the telling of them and the government not wanting them to be heard. Period. I can't think of a better way to discredit Manning than to have NPR report on a (very potentially negatively influencing) deflecting issue.

Aug. 22 2013 11:05 PM
Adam from brooklyn

@jianghomeshi: Just now finished major interview with #AiWeiwei (in Beijing). Wow. Can't wait for you to hear/see it. Will air first week of Sept on #Q.

I have been loving this program since WNYC picked it up and I am very excited for that interview to air.

Aug. 22 2013 10:26 PM
klb from Manhattan

Definitely an excellent night-time program. Always interesting. Occasionally controversial. One night there seemed to be an indication that this show is longer than what's aired on WNYC: I weigh in on the side of extending Q's time. Personally, I prefer it over a number of the other programs offered during the week between 9 and midnight. Thanks for inclusing this program in the line-up.

Jul. 22 2013 10:27 PM
Joe from East Brunswick, NJ

Guest Carl Hart was absolutely insane. He contradicts himself right off the bat when he talks about former presidents smoking pot. Very different drug from cocaine. Where exactly does he get his addiction rates from? I can understand crack being used as a scapegoat to label blacks, but to say it's not a destructive drug is to ignore countless addicts, white or black. He spends the rest of the interview babbling generalities in an inflated manner so that it sounds like he's saying something profound. I give credit to Jian for trying to keep this mess of an interview in focus, even when it spills over into 10 different subjects.

I cannot believe this man lectures at Columbia. If this is the level of discourse at an Ivy League school, then it's a sad comment on higher education.

Jul. 09 2013 11:56 PM
Claire from NYC

Q is great! I love the variety of guests and Gian's intelligent conversation with them. Please consider inviting Michele Alexanderas a follow up to the drug conversation I just heard.(7/9/13)

Thx

Jul. 09 2013 10:47 PM
Saul Cohen

What a wonderful show!! Whatever the subject or personality being interviewed the fact that Jian is so well informed is amazing. Whether I"m interested in the particular subject or person he seems to make it interesting. One of the best shows on WNYC.

Jul. 04 2013 11:12 PM
superfan from Brooklyn

guest Joe Queenan and his essay were WAY off base on wednesday and uncharacteristic of Mr. Ghomeshi's normal caliber of guests. Mr Queenan would be well served to familiarize himself with the work of Joseph Campbell and the significance of hero tales since before the time of the written word. They exist throughout the world. The Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the Journey West, the Odyssey the list goes on. Superheroes are simply modern retellings of these same themes. Mr. Queenan. seems equally ignorant of his subject matter as well (Thor is a figure in Norse Mythology) many of whom are human not superhuman and all of whom face challenges greater than themselves and struggle with virtually every form of human weakness. He came off as a bitter Mozart fan

Jun. 22 2013 12:31 AM
April from NYC

TELL JOHN MAL. THE PROBLEM IS ALL OR MOST AMERICAN ACTORS ARE TYPE CAST AND STUCK IN ONE ROLE. HUMPHREY BOGART ONLY GOT TO BE CREATIVE IN TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADREA. JOHN NICHOLSON STUCK AS THE BAD GUY UNTIL HE WAS AUTISTIC. TELL HIM TO ACT IN ENGLAND WHERE ACTORS GET A BREAK.

Jun. 07 2013 10:58 PM
April from NYC

The term you're looking for is "bourgeois bohemia". I used it at a dinner party in St John's last summer, much to the chagrin of those at the table. Except a friend on welfare, who whispered, "You're right!" I get the Globe in my inbox, but found Canadian politics deadly boring. Until I meet a person who voted for Harper, often called George Bush, (i.e. W) by my friends, as if they could blame their PM on America as well. I actually read the NDP constitution(?) and pointed out it included nothing about racism. Along with something else awful, that just isn't supposed to happen in O' Canada.

Jun. 07 2013 10:44 PM
Nikki L. from Sayreville, NJ

I love Jian's show, Q. His interviews are great, his guests are always interesting. I listen every night that I can when I am driving home from work. My ride is almost 45 minutes and his voice and interviews get me home! Keep up the great work, Jian! I don't what more I can say except I look forward to my ride home listening to you and your show.

Jun. 06 2013 10:55 PM
Karen from Long Beach NY

re: Multi racial families
If they act like a family, there's a good chance they are a family. I go by how people interact rather than how they look alike. The context!
The same goes for same sex couples.

Jun. 06 2013 10:15 PM
Ned Dragston from Minneapolis

The woman singing Chasing the Sunset on todays show, June 4: Very difficult to listen to this very unusual voice, fingers on a chalkboard. And the woman lawyer from Afganistan, why didn't the interviewer sitting in for Gyan at least ask some basic journalism questions, like who pays her? Does her husband live there with her? She mentioned him....How long as she been there. Does she live there year around?

Jun. 04 2013 05:28 PM
ed haffmans from Accord, NY

Stumbled upon Q for the first time tonite, and was very impressed!

Good to hear the positive side of Canada, and in particular BC.

I hope you will continue running the show.

May. 24 2013 11:40 PM
Lise from NYC

There were many references to Your Show Of Shows throughout the recent interview on Q with Mel Brooks. And there were omissions and inaccuracies in the history presented. With a view to correcting the record and with respect for the many who contributed to that groundbreaking show to which Brooks gives importance, I offer the following. This may be information you were not aware of and may be of interest to your listeners:
Mel Tolkin was not the singular head writer of Your Show Of Shows. Lucille Kallen, one of the first women writers in television was the other head writer. The producer, Max Liebman had invited Kallen to create original material at Tamiment, a Poconos resort famous for its Saturday-night shows. It was there that she teamed with Mel Tolkin. When Liebman turned to television, he hired Kallen and Tolkin to write for the Admiral Broadway Review, marking the first time Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca worked together as a comedic team. When the Admiral Review ended, Liebman moved his team of writers and performers to a new program called Your Show Of Shows. In addition to the head writers, Kallen and Tolkin, the writing team eventually included Tony Webster, Neil Simon and a “wildly undisciplined young man named Mel Brooks”, among others. As later described by the team, the writers’ office was usually sheer bedlam. In a hectic, freewheeling atmosphere that included crumpled paper cups, half-eaten sandwiches, cigar butts, and pools of spilled coffee, the writers worked seven days a week for thirty nine weeks. Kallen, the only woman in the group, was a center of calm in the storm, taking down the material in pencil on a yellow pad as it flew by, all the time contributing her ample share. Carl Reiner later recalled that Kallen was in effect the arbiter: if she didn’t like a line, she wouldn’t write it down.”

May. 21 2013 11:01 AM
Sarah from Brooklyn

Love the show.

May. 15 2013 10:37 PM
Laura from Long Island

I love Jian!!! It's such a great show that I hurry my kids to bed so I can listen to Q at 10:00 without being disturbed. Please keep this show on WNYC!!!

May. 14 2013 10:13 AM
Sam Kovach-Orr from New Brunswick, NJ

Great show; I don't catch every episode, but if I could I would. I found Aisha Harris's thoughts about the racist undertones implied with Charles Ramsey's popularity intriguing. Although I hadn't thought of that notion, I can see where she could reach that conclusion, though I think it's hasty. She had acknowledged that someone brought up a counterargument that it was more to do with class than race, but she affirmed that while it may have to do with class, race has something to do with the popularity. I disagree; I think it has more to do with distinctly different (and possibly generally humorous) behavior. These characters (who, I should mention, are not obviously one race - for example: double-rainbow guy, chuck testa, "boom goes the dynamite" reporter are all white) are funny, unique, and most importantly different.

May. 13 2013 10:43 PM
Lynn Jelleau from Guysborough County, Nova Scotia

Jian - best interviewer on radio, TV or any other medium ! DOCNOW has a great one - "Well Fished" - worth checking out for a feature on Q!

May. 12 2013 03:52 PM
Joe Roebuck from succasunna, new jersey, usa

first time I have felt like doing this. I listen to Q as I drive to work each night. I have enjoyed the variety of guests and Jian's (sp?)interviews with them. keep it up.

May. 01 2013 11:11 PM
Joe from New York City

Q is an excellent program. Jian is one of the best interviewers on radio or TV today. Tahnk you for carrying it.

May. 01 2013 10:45 PM
Brad from Brooklyn

This is a brilliant show. Compelling interviews and content - I hope it gets picked up for wider distribution in the US.

Apr. 29 2013 10:41 PM
April from Manhattan

CAPS = BAD EYES. YOU FAIL TO MENTION WHAT THE NYTIMES SAYS, THAT OTHER PROMS IN THAT PART OF GEORGIA ARE INTEGRATED AND HAVE BEEN. IS THERE RACISM IN THE SOUTH? YES. IS THERE RACISM IN NEW YORK CITY? YES! STOP AND FRISK IS RACIST, THOUGH HERE IT'S CALLED RACIAL PROFILING. THE SAME LAW TO PREVENT VOTING BY BLACKS, LATINOS, AND THE POOR WAS CALLED BY THE TIMES, "RACIST AND JIM CROW" IN WISCONSIN, NEITHER. THE MOST SEGREGATED CITY IN THE US IS DETROIT, AND BELIEVE ME IT'S RACIST. I HAD TO TALK MY GOD DAUGHTER INTO VOTING FOR OBAMA. MILWAUKEE IS SECOND. NEW YORK OR CHICAGO SECOND. ROSA PARK'S BIOGRAPHY ENDS WITH DEALING WITH SEGREGATION IN DETROIT AFTER FLEEING IT IN THE SOUTH. AND NO ONE, BUT PERHAPS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE WILL COVER THE MANY SOUTHERN WHITES LIKE ME WHO DEMONSTRATED IN THE SOUTH AGAINST SEGREGATION. YANKEES WHITES HERE ASK, "ON WHICH SIDE?" INFURIATING! AFRICAN AMERICANS SAY, THAT'S WHY THEY CALLED IT A MOVEMENT. I HAD FRIENDS FROM MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA WHO PICKETED, MARCHED, SAT IN, SANG AT MEETINGS. MY NAME WAS APRIL WHITE; A FRIEND WAS CORDELL BLACK. WE LOCKED ARMS AND SANG "BLACK AND WHITE TOGETHER". NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT US. WHY? WHAT BOB MOSER CALLS TALKING ABOUT RACISM IN THE SOUTH AS A WAY OF NOT TALKING ABOUT RACISM IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. GOOGLE SLAVERY IN NEW YORK. SLAVERY IN NEW ENGLAND. SLAVERY IN THE NORTH. RACISM IN CANADA. IN ST JOHN'S NEWFOUNDLAND, WHERE MY BROTHER LIVES, THERE'S RACISM AGAINST NEW AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS. AND SWASTIKAS ON A SIDEWALK AND GATE. CANADIANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THAT. AT THE NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY I ASKED REV BUTTS OF THE ABYSSNINNIAN CHURCH WHETHER THERE'S STILL SEGREGATION IN NEW YORK CITY. "IN ATLANTA..." HE BEGAN. DOUBLE TAKE: "WELL YES, NOT OFFICIALLY OF COURSE. IN HOUSING. FOUR BLACK FAMILIES IN MY 220 APT BUILDING. IN SCHOOLS. IN EMPLOYMENT. IN CHURCHES. IN TRANSPORTATION. TRY GETTING A CAB IF YOU'RE BLACK. AND IN POLICING. WATCH A FILM ON ATTICA. WHERE KKK WITH NEW YAWK ACCENTS TORTURE A BLACK PRISONER.

Apr. 29 2013 10:23 PM
Tom from Westchester

In league with Terry Gross. Even from unsurprising guests he usually draws out something surprising. Yet his guest lists are never predictable.
The Canadian attitude and perspective are refreshing.

Apr. 09 2013 10:54 PM
Floyd Schwartz from New York

I've been enjoying Q since I discovered it several weeks ago (insomnia). My only problem with the show is that it isn't Canadian enough: American guests, American issues, American 'stars' most of the time. I can get this kind of coverage 24/7 on several New York stations.

Right now I'm listening to a discussion of the legalization of marijuana in Washington State on Q. How about a discussion of commercial hemp grown by Canadian farmers.

Apr. 04 2013 10:46 PM
Eleanor-ManhattanNY

Gian is fine and the program is fine. Q is so precious in tone and content. Fine/mediocre is not what I used to expect from the previous WNYC weekly evening programs. I miss "Tell Me More" with Michele Martin.

Mar. 26 2013 10:09 PM
Jean from New jersey

Last night you had an interesting segment about an effective exercise program for the "busy" person but I didn't catch the authors name. Can anyone help? Great show!

Mar. 21 2013 08:55 AM
keb from oregon

My local NPR radio station has made this man Gnomeshi their flagship interviewer to replace Terri Gross from "Fresh Air".
I dont know too much about this man but he obviously has a considerable editorial influence over what is broadcasted on his show Q.
That all said I have to say if this is cutting edge Canadian journalistic acumen I basically want to put a bullet in my head.
Is JIAN baby (ha) learning on the job ? Will he grow into it?
Does his producer read/ research anything contemporary? Will the show always play it safe?
Will it always be beyond bland.
Are they competing with "People" magazine?
This is dread invoking bland krap, even the MUSAK he features is all vanilla coloured.
Get this man off of American airwaves and put a real journalist on !

Mar. 06 2013 03:58 AM
steve from Brooklyn Heights

I really like this guy, and his guests. I think he's got the curiosity but not the fatuous, *&%#, ego of Kurt Anderson.

Feb. 18 2013 10:48 PM
Eric Jacobson

Not good, no photos...hard to navigate site

Feb. 11 2013 10:36 PM
sara from nyc

A signature question (paraphrased below) from the host, spoken with a fervency that fully reveals his limited research on behalf of his audience:

"So, are you saying that, in order to be healthy, you agree that people should cut down on their consumption of Cinnabons???"

Please replace this program with one that is either more informative or entertaining or, preferably, both.

Feb. 07 2013 10:44 PM
sara from nyc

As with any queue, you just wait and wait and wait but unlike all the others you never get ANYTHING when you finally reach the end.

His is a puff piece, a very lightweight advertising platform. Everyone he "interviews" i.e. whose gent approved questions he intones has - if they have any current commercial content circulating - eg. a "current viral sensation!" - been allowed to blah blah blah on any number of shows you already air.

OMG - listen to THIS "interview"!!!! Its a &@%$^&# want ad!!!!!!!

signed,

the next Kristen Willig

Feb. 07 2013 10:15 PM
Hazel from Manhattan

I am not a regular listener. However, I do listen enough to say I enjoy the program when a guest interests me. The programs are eclectic and the host is charming, engaging, and remains fresh and interesting. My disappoint is that I miss "Tell Me More." I am fairly loyal to Diane Rehm (which explains why I do not regularly catch Jian. I enjoy interviews and topical discussions; therefore, "Q" deserves and chance to build an audience and loyal listeners.

Feb. 05 2013 10:37 PM

How can a L&O-SUV episode can hurt people? Come on! Get real... It is just an episode... Political correctness reaches a new level... It is ludicrous the way this woman wants to get rid of Tyson... He did his time in jail...

Feb. 05 2013 10:18 PM
Corwin from New Jersey

I get it... After "P" for "Politically Correct" comes "Q" for the next nauseating level of politically correct. Case in point: Rachel Shabi; anti-Israel, anti-American up there ripping American movies that dare to reflect, however poorly, the realities on the ground: that Iran is a fascist, totalitarian society set on genocide and that the US continues to face the threat of world jihadism. If our movies offend you and the host who gave you a soap box, you can rest assured that your pseudo-journalism does the same to us.

Jan. 17 2013 11:04 PM
Ricki from New York

Fresh and unspoiled! Q is just the kind of show I have been waiting to hear on WNYC. Your questions are more thoughtful and open to others than critical and edgy. That's a really good change from the usual NYC show.

It has become my go-to show in the evening because it is entertaining and nicely paced. Jian! I also like that you don't try to pigeon hole those you interview, even when you challenge them. While I love Terry Gross and her sharp questions in the afternoon, I definitely find your show an open palette where questions and their answers get woven.

I just read some of the previous comments, and it occurred to me that there is some hostility out in the either. I live here. It's not personal Jian. It's just the fact that life here can disempower people. Complaining about a program is easier to do that looking around one's own space and taking action to make it better. Don't take it personally or professionally. ;)

The name Q is also very cool. Looking forward to your 10th Anniversary show on WNYC!

A new fan.

Jan. 04 2013 11:24 PM
alexander from New York City

This Show is a major waste of time.
That interview with Bill O'Reilly was embarrassing. I couldn't believe the softball questions Ghomeshi asked and then Ghomeshi never asked any follow-up questions. He's a lightweight.
O'Reilly wiped the floor up with him.
I've listened to this show for months now (only because it's between Soundcheck and New Sounds) and I haven't heard any "wit" or "spontaneity" --just a lot of somnolent droning.

Dec. 20 2012 11:55 PM

tense correction:
My somewhat prepared reaction likely saved me from the victim's fate.

Dec. 07 2012 01:09 AM

Re the Post Subway Photo
The reason many species have morbid curiosity is that morbid curiosity has survival value. By studying and contemplating others' deaths, we may learn to avoid that particular way to die.
We can learn much from the photo. I heard the victim's body was wedged between the car and the platform. Observe how the curved floor of the car would pinch his body against the platform.
He'd have been better off to be struck by the front surface of the train, suffering only impact, not the shearing and crushing between two massive objects, which would mangle a body even at low speeds.
He could have lain under the center of the train, between the rails.
He could have leaped between the columns to the next track.
There might have been room for him below the platform in some stations.
Some of these escapes can be gleaned from the photo.
Occasionally, I have been in some dangerous circumstance, similar to one that I had read about another person suffering. My somewhat prepared reaction likely save me from the victim's fate.
So I have no sympathy for the pious moralizing of those who would stifle morbid curiosity, or suppress tragic information, including photos and videos. Suppressing fatal stories can kill people.

Dec. 07 2012 01:05 AM
shash from NYC, NY

At the risk of branding myself a politically incorrect and hateful xenophobe, I wonder why NPR/WNYC decided to import a culture program originating in Canada when there must be so many talented young American radio pros who would have loved a shot at this prime time slot. Ghomeshi is competent, if not brilliant, but was a contender ever sought in the U.S.? I'm wondering how it went down. Just sayin'...

Nov. 29 2012 11:17 PM
drew from Brooklyn

Please stop playing this show. There are far too many radio shows dedicated to interviewing musicians and actors. This one is just another copy, like Alec baldwin's "this is the thing".
WKCR is upstaging WNYC with heavier visual arts and design based subject matter. WUNC's "The Story" should be added to your lineup. I know that there is great original material out there, but WNYC seams to be stuck with broadcasting the same mediocre talk.

Nov. 26 2012 10:33 PM
mary p from downtown

Good show, Jian does his homework, but it sounds like a daytime show to me.

(please WNYC, replace The Takeaway with it or get the BBC's Front Row Daily)

Nov. 20 2012 10:36 PM
Shirley Koshi from Manhattan, NY

Hey Jian
Why are you on at 10pm in NYC? i think you are terrific. I like your Jewel in the crown accent, like mine. Ofcourse, it makes people confused because your face doesnt predict the voice you utter. Perhaps you will have David Beckham on, on his 6 yrs heading a soccer club in a country where only children play it till 8years and immigrants of ex Crown countries. I predict he'll say "It was mega frustrating" I'm glad I could be the boat guy in London Olympics. T'was anything to take my mind off US Soccer"

When Brian or Leonard is on vacation, they should have you as Guest host.
I wish both you and alec Balwin would interview me, I have lots of opinions.

Nov. 20 2012 02:59 AM
Eileen Kennedy from Red Bank NJ

Wed--you are repeating Tuesday's show--we heard Sally Field last night. Thought you'd like to know

Nov. 14 2012 10:10 PM
becky from nyc

Please remind those last 2 guests debating over our crown jewel library, that a) there's a fine bar & restaurant adjacent to the western facade. Get a second of fresh air, & go there & have the breather to wash your hands before returning to the stacks or b) right across the street to the southeast the midtown branch is far more suitable for a cafe if one must. I'm sure they could find room on the 6th floor where groups gather for programs already. Or, can't a cafe experiment be launched on 33rd? Those lions are guarding something sacred.

Nov. 12 2012 10:37 PM
JodyS from NJ

Are you really going to feature Amanda Palmer without asking her how she justifies not using some of the $1.2 million she raised on Kickstarter to PAY the professional musicians she invited to join her tour? This as much a part of her instant fame story as the fact that she raised it in the first place is. To promote and celebrate her without requiring her to address this issue is irresponsible journalism, IMO. Please bring it up, I'd like to hear her address it.

Nov. 09 2012 10:35 PM

OMG!!! Long time total NPR fan & member. This show is fantastic!!! I didn't know about it, & just happened to come into it about half-way through. On Aspergers. I really, really like the tenor of this show. You got it! That perfect mix, that will appeal to all ages. It is cool but not smarmy and very interesting & thoughtful. This guy is great, & will appeal to all ages. I am 51, NYC, & called everyone. Right now I am getting emails, messages & calls from them, ages 25 - 76. All were fascinated & want more. You got a winner with this one!!!! Edith :::)))))!

Nov. 08 2012 11:05 PM
farnaz from nyc

Great addition to NPR.

Nov. 08 2012 10:45 PM
Rikki from Brooklyn

I'm listening to Paglia and though I have not read her book, it seems like she is not addressing the educational aspect of art. The common belief is that art is meant to be pretty and realistic. But the masterpieces she refers to, and how she describes "fine art" as product without utility ... my point is that all art, utilitarian in physicality or not, means to communicate something.

WOW. THEIR snobbery ... wow.

Nov. 08 2012 10:37 PM
sbg from nyc

Why have you scheduled this affect-less interviewer, wit his affect-less pursuit of unchallenged responses to his own uninteresting questions? Do transplanted Canadians - or their equivalents in the form of Southern California teenagers - really represent that much monetary value as a potential donor base?

Oct. 25 2012 10:32 PM
Ellen from Manhattan (NYC)

I love the interviews on Q. The host obviously is well prepared and asks excellent, thoughtful questions. I think this is a great addition to WNYC's progams.
Thank you for bringing it to us!

Oct. 25 2012 09:10 PM
mary from New Jersey

Bland. Soft. Better interviews from Dave Davies on Fresh Air. I here the same stuff from some celebrities in their Lopate interviews. some stuff about Canada I would not othwrwise know, but kind of soft. Used to little more sharp edge. I guess i need to learn more about Iowa.

Oct. 12 2012 10:50 PM

I'd like to like this show. I like Canada and Canadians in general, but I can not really get a grasp of this show. Rambling interviews of rambling musicians. It all sounds bland and unremarkable. I am sorry that WNYC got rid on the FM band of On Point . For sure Tom Ashbrook was less pretentious and more incisive than Jian Ghomeshi. I do not like to criticize someone on a public forum, but I wanted to express my disappointment. Interviews in Q are nothing close to some of Leonard Lopate or of Fresh Air's Terry Gross that at times make me stop everything to follow attentively. Jian sounds narcissist, laughs at his own questions, he tries too hard to be "cool" I agree with previous commenter Karim.

Q tries to be hip but to me sounds like background radio.

Oct. 02 2012 10:42 PM
Lynn from Queens

Thank you for adding Q to our cultural mix. On vacation in Canada a few weeks ago, I listened to a few other hosts for other iterations of Q. Gian tops them all with his great voice and thoughtful and informed interviews.

Oct. 01 2012 10:39 PM
Simla from NJ

I will be a full time member of WNYC to keep this show on air. This is such a great addition!

Sep. 29 2012 01:02 AM
Aaron from Brooklyn, NY

what a great show, utter wizards.

Sep. 21 2012 10:38 PM
shellib from west orange, nj

Great show!Not only do I love the hosts' name, (what great spelling!) but he's doing a terrific job interviewing fascinating people. I'm about to email the interiew with Dustin Hoofman (the dancing director) as a pre-wedding gift to my opera singing friend. It's a bit hard because the interview with Cindy Lauper is so compelling. Thanks WNYC! Great show! and yeah Canada!

Sep. 17 2012 10:54 PM
art from nyc

Are the air dates on the CBC the same as those on WNYC? I heard some music that sounded like 80s goth closing the 14th of September but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the CBC-listed guests, Stars.

Sep. 15 2012 09:42 PM
Mary Ann Willoughby from NYC

I love this show, I am always happy when I listen and hear great music, I was turned on to Feist and love it! i also just listened to 2 excellent interviews with Deepa Mehta and Rushdie, followed by Angela Davis. I am picky about interviews and I was quite impressed with the questions asked, Bravo! Thank you for keeping us up to date with music and culture in Canada. I used to live in Toronto and so I appreciate bridging this gap for most uneducated Americans. Good job!

Sep. 12 2012 11:07 PM
Steven from Hoboken

To the Point was one of the best news/analysis shows on WNYC. Now, there is more and more covrerage of pop culture (including Q and on the NPR news shows). I suppose that attracts a younger, wider audience. But, the listeners are ill served by reducing useful news and analysis, especially the very high quality work of Warren Olney. He will be missed at 10!

Sep. 10 2012 09:51 AM
Karim from New York

Please take this show off the air. Is WNYC so desperate that it needs to import subpar programming from Canada? Most of the interviews are so bad that they're embarrassing to listen to. Q tries hard to be hip but comes off as bland and homogenous. The musical guests are often the same boring, established "underground" acts that one can find on mainstream, late night television talk shows. Something with a more local flavor would be more suitable and much appreciated.

Aug. 22 2012 07:50 PM
Layne from Berlin, Germany

Please make this show a regular feature on WNYC! I've just listened to the interview with Phyllis Diller - I've rarely heard such a passionate, sensitive, good-humored interviewer. Simply great radio.

Aug. 21 2012 11:22 PM
If I were a lotus from NYC

Enjoyed Best of Q interview with Swedish pr representative of campaign challenging dictatorial rule in Belarus(?) of Ludychenko. Beyond refreshing to hear topic addressed, humor, level of discourse is main inspiration for my response since increasingly I find so much of even public radio to be conducted at despairingly low level. Also Khoneshi interview with Buddy Guy was able to reflect and radiate Buddy Guys' quality as a human being which is so obviously manifest in his music. I have listened to him for years but hearing him reflect his quality as a human being first, his history, his innate humility was touching, really terrific. I turned to the program tonight after choosing to not listen to another program of political analysis which seems to go nowhere if you get right down to it. What are all these analysts talking about anyhow that makes a real difference, enhances the human situation? Good luck with the program and kudos to you for what you do trying to be more "real".

Aug. 20 2012 10:57 PM
James Nova from Harlem USA

This program is even worse than Sound Check, in that it is not only boring and populated with irritating guests, but the host is aggravatingly glib and superficial. At least John Schaefer has a broad knowledge of his subject matter and keeps his program focused on the subject, not himself.

Aug. 15 2012 10:08 PM
olaf from queens

Please stop playing this. We don't need another show that interviews actors and musicians.

A good replacement would be "The Story with Dick Gordon". They have interesting guests not involved with show biz.

Aug. 08 2012 10:56 PM
Sue from Westchester County

Love the show!

Aug. 08 2012 07:15 AM
annie from Brooklyn, NY

Will we ever be open enough in America to accept the fact that sometimes we don't need to talk about everything? Sometimes people are unfaithful sexually - but it stays behind closed doors and no one suffers. That is actually possible.

We talk so much about everything here that is almost desensitizes the issue - and what is sexier than sensibility and sensitivity? Nothing in life is certain, and I know that I am not alone is saying that if my longterm partner slipped up every once in a while and didn't give me any diseases or father another family, I'd rather not know or ever discuss "what it means."

Aug. 06 2012 10:54 PM
peter from Lower East Side

Q has been a great surprise. Even with their guest host a few weeks back. I find this show to be more open and worldly. NPR has had to self censor itself over they years and allow some real BS get through the gates, to appease the reactionary chopping block that's been threatening it for decades now.
To be able to have a balance of art and culture and at times going out on a limb with both, is commendable. I'm listening right now to a debate, where the people totally disagree with each other and it's obvious, and it's refreshing as hell to see this guy bring them through their paces.
World class radio show. I might even donate again.

Aug. 06 2012 10:54 PM
Scott from Brooklyn

I have really enjoyed "Q." Intelligent, engaging, and entertaining. I hope you are able to find an evening time slot for the show on a permanent basis.

Aug. 06 2012 10:52 PM
Stella from Manhattan

I can't get enough: Q is one of the best shows on radio, Jian Ghomeshi is a great conversationalist, he actually listens and takes his cues from his guests. Just swooned over the xx, am loving Jian's interview with Guillermo Del Toro. More, please. This show can only get better.

Jul. 27 2012 10:57 PM
Tonero Williams from Brooklyn

Mr. Jian Ghomeshi is one of the best new things in my radio listening life.
What Jian does that is so fulfilling, is let his guest finish their thoughts, while he
keeps a steady hand on the wheel, not ignoring the bumps in the conversation.
Taking in, with us, the insightfulness of his guest on any given, diverse subject.
His interview with Bobby Womack is a great example of his skill...

Jul. 23 2012 11:10 PM
Mark R. from New York City

Love Q!!! So glad it's on WNYC. I lived in Montreal for 9 years and listened to the show all the time. Jian is a great host and interviewer. Hope it stays on for years to come.

Jul. 19 2012 11:20 PM
Ethelyn Honig from New York City

Love this new intelligent show. Q at 10 PM. Right up there with Terry Gross............ Never would be on a par with Leanard Lopate who I adore. Thank you for the addition.

I have weird feeling about too much New Sounds and we need more variation on Saturdays.

Can we do "anything about no comments about the Visual Arts without affectation. No English accents please.

I miss Christa Tibbit , We need an ethicist.

Jul. 18 2012 10:56 PM
Frances Johnson

The guest tonight (Dead Mouse, electronic music/tech artist) appears to be authentic and original, that is not concerned about the superficial opinions of others. Let us celebrate an artist who can stay on his own path.

Jul. 17 2012 11:08 PM

Excellent addition to WNYC!! Look forward to the show every night.

Jul. 11 2012 10:57 AM
Buddy from Somewhere In Arizona

I've been listening to Jian since 2007 on the internet. Jian is authentic,
and the most incisive questioner you will ever hear. He does his homework
and therefore encourages his guests to reveal themselves. He is a riveting
radio host. Thank you, NPR, for allowing Jian's brilliance to contribute
to American radio.

Jul. 06 2012 10:31 PM
Madeleine from Westchester, NY

I had to turn off NPR last night for the first time ever. I am not a violent person by any stretch, but I truly wanted to bludgeon that idiot who was saying "Like, hunting, is, like, soooo, like, empowering..." Expressing compassion by not eating or wearing animals - now THAT'S empowering.

Jul. 06 2012 10:27 AM
Sara B. from NYC

An interview with someone named Nimrod about his (funded???) research re. what is "cool"?

How could this particular nimrod not dig that James Dean a.k.a. James Dean's character in "Rebel Without A Cause," was "edgy" because he was, in fact, "nicer" i.e. more generous & inclusive where other people were concerned, than his parents and their generation. .

The Sound of Young America continues - on behalf of advertising / marketing - and it sounds more and more like a funeral dirge, America-wise.

Jun. 25 2012 10:43 PM
Geoff from Yonkers

As a musician, I often looked forward to Sound Check, but Q is, so far, pretty good.

Jun. 22 2012 10:47 AM
Christopher from Woodland Park NJ

Please keep this if at all possible.

Jun. 15 2012 04:44 PM
Melissa from Brooklyn, NY

I'm a long-ago fan of Moxy Fruvous, and was thrilled to hear Jian's voice speaking to me again last night via WNYC! I missed you, Jian! Welcome back! (now you eat humble pie?)

Jun. 14 2012 03:30 PM
Garth from Jersey City, NJ

Enjoyed the new show last night at 10:00. The long form interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson was great - it allowed for them to get as nerdy as you need to get to appreciate Rush's music. Keep Q with Jian Gomeshi; it's a good addition to the line-up.

Jun. 13 2012 10:05 AM
Grek from Westchester county

Really love the 'Q', interesting stories and, after hearing part of the theme music, thought to myself - "you can take the man out of Fruvous, but you apparently can't take the Fruvous out of the man"
Looking forward to future broadcasts!

Jun. 12 2012 10:52 PM
Judith from Brooklyn, NY

enjoying this new addition...looking forward to hearing more...welcome to Jian!!

Jun. 12 2012 10:34 PM

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