June 2012

This Week On Q - Jul 2-6/12

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Amy Winehouse remembered

Mitch Winehouse, the father of late Amy Winehouse, discusses his daughter's tragic death, her struggle with addiction, and the real...

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Chaz Bono on Q

Chaz Bono is currently in Toronto to film an upcoming episode of Degrassi, in which he'll play himself. The author,...

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Jian on (Canadian) Pride

In the opening essay today, Jian talks about the gains in LGBTQ rights this year, and argues that Toronto's Pride...

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Is linking illegal?

Hear Jian talk to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales about his petition to stop the extradition of U.K student Richard O'Dwyer...

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Revisiting Nora Ephron on Q

We revisit our 2010 interview with the much loved writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday at the age...

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Are you getting enough dirt?

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This Week On Q - Jun 25-29/12

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Gloria Vanderbilt on Q

Author, designer, actress, painter Gloria Vanderbilt is perhaps the epitome of the modern day Renaissance woman. Born in 1924 into...

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Who's your cool?

Today on the show, Jian spoke to University of Rochester researcher Ilan Dar-Nimrod about his study on how we define coolness today....

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Hear a brand new song by Alexi Murdoch

Scottish singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch was our Friday Live guest today, performing throughout the show in Studio Q.  Listen in to...

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The great locavore debate

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Farewell CBC's Dispatches

After 11 years of programming, CBC's Dispatches with Rick MacInnis-Rae airs its final episode today. Listen to Jian's opening essay about...

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Pam Ann touches down in Studio Q

Today, Jian spoke to celebrity air hostess Pam Ann -- the alter-ego of Australian comedian Caroline Reid. Pam Ann is...

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Marc Maron takes on American morality

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The Beach Boys on Q

All the living members of the legendary American pop group have put aside their differences and reunited to celebrate 50...

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Fran Lebowitz takes on American manners

The latest in our quest to redesign America -- author, humourist and public speaker Fran Lebowitz on American manners....

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Q Contest: Redesign manners

What's your top tip for how to improve American (or even, North American) manners?...

Glen Hansard's 'Rhythm and Repose' in Studio Q

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has built his storied career with such acts as The Frames and the Oscar-winning duo The...

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Remembering Rodney King

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This Week On Q - Jun 18-22/12

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Metric brings 'Synthetica' to Studio Q

After more than a decade of edgy electro-rock hitmaking, Canadian-American band Metric has a vibrant new album called Synthetica... a...

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Defending Generation Boomerang

People who live with their parents into their 20s and 30s are often mocked as slackers or losers. But with...

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Is America's political rhetoric too extreme?

Does political talk in the U.S. need redesigning? Author and National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg, Slate editor David Plotz, and Cassandra Dahnke...

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Dances with swans

Today on the show, Jian spoke with French choreographer Luc Petton about his new performance that puts dancers and live swans together on stage.  Listen...

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Push Girl Tiphany Adams

Today, Jian spoke to Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of Sundance Channel's new documentary TV series, Push Girls. The...

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Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson on Clockwork Angels

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of legendary Canadian rock band Rush talk about their latest studio album "Clockwork Angels". After nearly 38 years,...

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Mio on the Down-Lo: Chill...

Hunched shoulders...shallow breathing...pixels pinging your eyeballs...computers are instruments of stress so the people at the oddly named CALM.COM are offering you...

Elvis lives (as a hologram)

Hologram Tupac stole the show at this year's Coachella music festival. Now the company behind the virtual rapper has announced...

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Redesigning Uncle Sam

Sure, it may be iconic.  But the traditional image of "Uncle Sam" doesn't exactly reflect the demographics of today's United...

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This Week On Q - Jun 11-15/12

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Wagner: Can we separate the music from the man?

Wagner has never been officially played in Israel since its formation in 1948, because of the German composer's anti-Semitic views...

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Does the U.S. have an image problem?

Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Senator Pamela Wallin and public diplomacy expert Simon Anholt redesign America's international image....

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Philip Glass tells a different kind of story

Prolific and versatile American composer Philip Glass is considered one of the most important and influential forces in modern music....

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Should fashion change its models?

Ultra-thin models don't necessarily sell clothes, according to new research by Toronto academic and modelling agent Ben Barry. His PhD thesis...

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David Cronenberg on Cosmopolis

David Cronenberg reveals the secret to directing actor Robert Pattinson in his latest film, Cosmopolis and why films don't need...

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Artist in hiding speaks to Q

Iranian-born, German-based rapper Shahin Najafi has been in hiding for weeks.  One of his songs, a satire about the Iranian...

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Should there be a code of ethics for kids on reality TV?

It  was recently announced that 6-year-old Alana Thompson (AKA Honey Boo Boo of "Toddlers and Tiaras" fame) will be getting...

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Ray Romano hits the road

Comedian and actor Ray Romano's observational and self-referential comedic style made him a star on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves...

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Ryder Hesjedal dominates at Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria stunned the cycling world (and many Canadians) last week, by winning the Giro d'Italia. Along with...

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This Week On Q - Jun 4-8/12

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Hear three Lennon songs reimagined by supergroup Shine On

Shine On is a unique project by some of Canada's most renowned musicians, performing music by John Lennon arranged by...

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