2013

 

Q's Top 20: #2 - Arcade Fire

The finish line is near for Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013! Be sure to check back tomorrow to find...

Best of Q: Saul "Slash" Hudson on his horrifying new career

Iconic solo musician and Guns n' Roses guitarist Saul "Slash" Hudson joined Jian in Studio Q to chat about his...

Best of Q: Bobby Orr urges hockey parents to let kids have fun

Hockey legend Bobby Orr joined Jian on the release of his book Orr: My Story for a rare and wide-ranging...

Best of Q: Janeane Garofalo gets Studio Q laughing

Janeane Garofalo, who was in town for the Just For Laughs 42 festival, started undercutting Jian with her quick wit before he...

Q's Top 20: #3 - Patty Griffin

The #3 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 comes from Patty Griffin, one of the best American singer/songwriters...

Best of Q: Dana White on the fighting life

Choose your own adventure: Listen to the audio player for Dana White's interview in Studio Q, or watch it in...

Best of Q: John Mayer's 'Sunday morning vibe'

Choose your own adventure: Listen to the audio player for Jian's interview with John Mayer or watch it in the...

Best of Q: Should internet addiction be officially recognized?

North America's very first internet addiction rehab program opened in Pennsylvania earlier this year -- and the program has had...

Q exposed! behind-the-scenes secrets

The end of the year means it's time for another Q exposed list! It's a chance to give you a...

Q's Top 20: #4 - David Bowie

The #4 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is one that nobody saw coming. It was a rare...

Best of Q: Lil Bub's dude on rearing a celebrity cat

Cute cats have become the new celebrities of internet culture. But what about the human companions behind them?Mike Bridavsky joins...

Best of Q: Why kids should learn to lose

Ashley Merryman -- co-writer of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children -- speaks to Jian about the problems of making every...

Best of Q: Arcade Fire break new ground with Reflektor

Four albums into their career, Montreal's Arcade Fire aren't taking the easy route. The band has had enough success, commercially...

Friday December 27

Click here to be redirected to the full holiday schedule Grammy-winning Montreal band Arcade Fire are back with their much-anticipated...

Q's Top 20: #5 - Savages

We're now into the final stretch of Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013... and taking the #5 spot is Silence...

Q's Top 20: #6 - The National

Next up on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is a band that is no stranger to this show... or...

Best of Q: Lorde performs Royals and dismisses "Anti-Miley" label

As the new year approaches, Lorde's song "Royals" is popping up all over "Best of 2013" lists in magazines, including...

Best of Q: Margaret Atwood talks life after the apocalypse

Cities are collapsing. Racoon-skunks, intelligent pigs and roving psychopaths are taking over the landscape. Humanity is starting to rebuild.This is...

Best of Q: Peter Buffett on how the rich get charity wrong

Peter Buffett -- renowned composer, chairman of the NoVo Foundation and son of multi-billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett -- believes charity...

5 cases of good intentions gone wrong

The holidays are a time for goodwill and friendly feelings -- but even when you mean well, things don't always...

Thursday December 26

Click here to be redirected to the full holiday schedule Peter Buffet, the philanthropist son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett,...

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Click here to be redirected to the full holiday scheduleMerry Christmas, seasons greetings, warm salutations to all! The CBC is...

The festive forest: #TreeTweet 2013

Jian -- or @JianGhomeshi on Twitter! -- invites all you social media types to share your tree photo with the...

Q's Top 20: #7 - Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter nabs the #7 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 for his very candid latest record, The...

The Q musical Christmas cavalcade

It's a Q holiday tradition! Jian and director Sean "Sean-e" Foley sit by the hearth and spin some of their...

Q tradition: Cast of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It's a Q holiday tradition! Jian revisits his conversation with the original cast of the 1964 stop-motion animated classic, Rudolph...

'The Crash Reel' explores depths of athlete's damaged brain

Kevin Pearce was one of the best snowboarders in the world before his attempt at a "cab double cork" --...

Q essay: Take off, "eh"

In today's opening essay, Jian comments on the decline of Canada's famous two-letter exclamation: "eh". A University of Toronto linguist...

The Crash Reel | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Q musical cavalcade

Here's what we have in store for you today: Jian talks to filmmaker Lucy Walker, and her subject, Kevin Pearce,...

Is it okay to like songs by alleged offenders?

Rock critic Jim DeRogatis wants R. Kelly fans to consider the moral context when listening to the singer's music. Fifteen...

Best of Q: holiday schedule Dec 26 - Jan 1

Wednesday, Dec. 25: Merry Christmas, seasons greetings, warm salutations to all! The CBC is airing special holiday programming today, so...

Q's Top 20: #8 - Vampire Weekend

The #8 album on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is from one of the first buzz bands to break...

Has Washington became the new TV show hot spot?

Step aside, New York, NY. It seems Washington, D.C. -- also known as "America's least-favorite city" -- may be television's...

Philomena co-star Steve Coogan on odd couple's quest

U.K. writer-actor-comedian Steve Coogan speaks to Jian about his Golden Globe-nominated film Philomena. Directed by Stephen Frears, the film stars...

Q essay: The warmth inside the bitter storm

In today's opening essay, Jian highlights acts of warmth taking place in eastern Canada following a bitter ice storm that...

Is it okay to like songs by alleged offenders? | Steve Coogan on Philomena | Is Washington the new TV hot spot?

Here's what we have in store for you today: Following the publication of several revealing court documents in the Village...

Does Love, Actually count as a Christmas classic?

It's been ten years since the British feel-good romantic-comedy Love, Actually wove ten intersecting storylines into the fabric of festive...

Q's Top 20: #9 - Neko Case

Neko Case swoops into the #9 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 for her very intimate The Worse...

Friday Live: Put Choir! Choir! Choir! on repeat

Don't tell the members of this week's live act that collective singing can be a force for good. You'd be...

Parasnowboarder Tyler Mosher on getting back up

Tyler Mosher may be great at swerving down the slopes, but the parasnowboader has conquered incredible uphill battles, too. On...

Q essay: We must protect the public library

In today's opening essay, Jian congratulates the three great Canadian library systems that made Heinrich Heine University's list of best...

Choir! Choir! Choir! | Is Love, Actually a Christmas classic? | Tyler Mosher

Happy Friday. Here's what we have on tap today: A motley crew of singers -- 45 to be exact! --...

Childless women connect | Giorgio Moroder | crossword's enduring popularity

Happy Thursday! Here's what we have on tap for you today:In today's opening essay, Jian comments on Russia's recent...

Q's Top 20: #10 - Janelle Monáe

We have reached the half-way point on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013... and today the list rages on with...

Torquil's rant: What has happened to Canada?

Q's roving cultural correspondent Torquil Campbell was more than just a little upset by news that Canada Post will be...

Will Shortz on the crossword's 100th anniversary

This Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the first publication of the crossword puzzle -- and it's is no dusty...

Giorgio Moroder puts retro sound back in the mix

Giorgio Moroder has been described as one of the most influential music producers of the last 40 years. He's worked...

Christmas can be tough for the childless by circumstance

The Christmas holidays can be an especially tough time for people who want children, but can't -- for myriad reasons...

Q essay: Timely amnesty in Russia

In today's opening essay, Jian comments on Russia's recent talk of amnesty for some 20,000 people imprisoned or going through...

Q's Top 20: #11 - Daft Punk

The #11 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is from a French duo that's created one of the...

Why 'runt' goalie Grant Lawrence didn't become the next Bobby Orr

There's a cultural assumption that every child born in the great white north of Canada is imbued with a love...

Coen Brothers lead us Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, are arguably the most visionary and idiosyncratic contemporary filmmakers working today. Over the...

Afghan women's rights could be rolled back, warns watchdog

The basic rights and blossoming opportunities for Afghan women seem a world away from the repressive days of Taliban rule....

Q essay: Year-round Yule log channels

In today's opening essay, Jian muses on the surprising qualities of the "repetitive, boring, instantly forgettable" seasonal yule log channel,...

Threats to Afghan women's rights | The Coen Brothers lead us inside Llewyn Davis | Grant Lawrence bittersweet boyhood

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on tap today: In today's opening essay, Jian muses on the surprising qualities...

Episode 15: Arcade Fire, Maestro

Tonight's episode of Q: The Music -- Jian's new curatorial show on CBC Radio 2 at 7 p.m. -- will...

Q's Top 20: #12 - CHVRCHES

The breakout Scottish trio CHVRCHES nab the #12 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 for their charged debut...

Why Bad Religion made a Christmas album

Contrarian punk band Bad Religion has spent decades questioning authority, including organized religion, so when the group released a Christmas...

Q debate: Should we lower the bar on housekeeping?

Like dishes left neglected in the sink, arguments over household chores tend to pile up and become increasingly unpleasant to...

What will India's gay sex ban mean for LGBT citizens?

The Supreme Court of India has sparked outrage by overturning a 2009 judgment that decriminalized consensual gay sex. Protesters in...

Q essay: Feeding our neighbour's child

Federal Minister of Industry James Moore has apologized for remarks about feeding hungry children in a statement he later called...

India's gay sex ban | How clean should a house be? | Bad Religion's Christmas album?

Happy Tuesday. Here's what we have on tap for you today: The Supreme Court of India has sparked outrage by...

Q's Top 20: #13 - Kanye West

The #13 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 comes from a man who's done more than almost anyone...

Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée on AIDS-era drama

Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée joins Jian to chat about Dallas Buyers Club, a film that inspired a standing ovation at...

Best of Q: Do fitness programs serve schools better than sports teams?

Most students enter athletic facilities to cheer for, not play for, the home team -- and some colleges and universities...

Why would governments spy on gamers?

Ordinary gamers may not think their activities are of interest to real spy agencies, but a bonafide hunt for "bad...

Q essay: Hand The Naked Gun to Canada

As Hollywood prepares to reboot The Naked Gun trilogy of the 80s and 90s, Jian muses about how a Canadian...

Spying on gamers | Jean-Marc Vallée | Benching sports for wellness program

Happy Monday, folks. Here's what we have on tap for you today: Q essay: Hand The Naked Gun to Canada....

Q's Top 20: #14 - OMD

Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 countdown continues today with the #14 record on the list... and it's the latest...

Q essay: Ease up on the Rob Ford scrums

In today's opening essay, Jian reflects on the seemingly non-stop scrum around Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and suggests it's time...

Friday Live: Once musical stars may win your heart twice

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal, the stars of a North American touring production of Once, join Jian perform the...

'Diehard optimist' Tomson Highway on music and storytelling

Playwright and novelist Tomson Highway is one of Canada's most important storytellers. His ground-breaking plays have put Aboriginal stories on...

Q media panel: Nelson Mandela, the Black-Ford interview

The Q media panel -- Jonathan Kay of the National Post, John Cruickshank of the Toronto Star and Judy Rebick...

Silence for Sandy Hook not enough, says vocal mom's group

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 students...

Once musical | Newtown anniversary | Q media panel | Tomson Highway

Happy Friday! Here's what we have on tap for you today:  First an Oscar-winning movie, then a Tony-winning musical,...

Q's Top 20: #15 - Lorde

The youngest artist to crack Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 comes in at #15 on the list for her...

Do you really know how to eat an apple?

Forgive us in advance for sounding rude, but -- are you sure you know how to eat an apple? We're...

Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi on The Past

Have you ever set out to end a relationship, only to find yourself drawn deeper into it? Such is the...

Q debate: Should airplanes be cellphone free?

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets to debate allowing in-flight calls, we convene a Q debate on that ever-so-divisive...

Q essay: An open letter on Canada Post

In today's Q essay, Jian reacts to recent news about Canada Post and how the end of home delivery and...

Q debate on in-flight calls | Asghar Farhadi on The Past | How to eat an apple

Happy Thursday! Here's what we have on tap for you today:  As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets to debate...

Q's Top 20: #16 - Shad

The artist who claims the #16 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is one of Canada's brightest in...

Grand Theft Auto 5's 'Trevor' on polarizing game

Grand Theft Auto is one of the most polarizing -- and popular -- videogame franchises ever. The game's violent and...

Kevin Smith's Spoilers find TV home in Canada

Choose your adventure! You can either click here or on the listen button to hear Jian's chat with Kevin Smith,...

Website claims to be hub for hired assassins

Forbes journalist and author Andy Greenberg joins Jian to discuss the emergence of an alleged assassination market online. The site,...

Q essay: Gandalf banned from Russia?

Beloved actor Ian McKellen revealed in a recent interview that the British Foreign Office advised him not to go to...

Assassins for hire online? | Kevin Smith's Spoilers | Steven Ogg on GTA 5

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today:  Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg joins us to talk about...

The joy and melancholy of a Charlie Brown Christmas

As part of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, jazz drummer Jerry Granelli helped create the soundtrack for the seasonal classic,...

Episode 14: Best of Q Live

Tonight on Q: The Music we revisit some of the most memorable acts performed for a live audience while Q...

Q's Top 20: #17 - Phoenix

As our countdown of Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 soldiers on, we arrive at the next entry on the...

Neuroscientist studies the psychopath inside

James Fallon -- an award winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine -- was flipping through the brain scans...

Bleak 'Nebraska' lures Will Forte away from comedy

Nebraska, a contemporary film with a Depression-era aesthetic, follows Woody Grant as he trekks from Montana to Nebraska to collect...

Will Forte finds himself in Nebraska | The Psychopath Inside | Charlie Brown's Christmas music

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today: We talk to former SNL cast member Will...

Debate over Dutch 'Black Peter' tradition heats up

The debate over a controversial Dutch Christmas tradition has intensified into the holiday season, as protesters take aim at the...

Q's Top 20: #18 - Young Galaxy

The #18 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 comes from a band formed in Vancouver eight years ago,...

Do you hear Apple's Siri in Susan Bennett's voice?

It's a voice heard by millions every day -- whether they're asking for directions, checking the weather or asking silly...

Richard Dreyfuss on acting, activism and authenticity

Jian speaks with actor Richard Dreyfuss about his life-long commitment to authenticity and self awareness -- from his careful choice...

Q essay: Let sleeping dogs lie

In today's opening essay, Jian reflects on the plus side of killing off major, often beloved television characters. Gut-wrenching though...

'Black Peter' controversy | Richard Dreyfuss | Who is the voice of Siri?

Happy Monday! Here's what we have on tap for you today: In today's opening essay, Jian reflects on the plus...

Q special: The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Today on Q, we're devoting the entire show to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a man being remembered as a...

Q essay: Mandela's vision for humanity

Jian begins today's Nelson Mandela special with an opening essay dedicated to a man who touched so many generations from...

Nelson Mandela in music

Today on Q, we played many songs in tribute to Nelson Mandela. Here are the artists and tracks featured during...

Nelson Mandela: a life in pictures

Former South African president and anti-Apartheid hero Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at home, surrounded by family, at the age...

Q's Top 20: #19 - Drake

Our countdown of Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 continues today with #19 on the list... a record from a...

Journalist kidnappings in Syria 'unprecedented'

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Rohde speaks to Jian about the new rash of journalist kidnappings in Syria, how the...

Torquil's rave: Accept Arcade Fire's dress up invite!

"Please wear formal attire or costume," reads the website for Arcade Fire's upcoming area tour. It was a request that...

Boys and men's eating disorders still poorly understood

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that eating disorders are increasingly affecting men... with research...

How star basketball player Lenny Cooke lost his way

In 2001, Lenny Cooke was ranked the #1 high school basketball player in the United States -- but within the...

Q essay: Countdown to the robot uprising

As companies like Google scoop up robotics companies and push innovation in that field, Jian dedicates his opening essay to...

Journalist kidnappings in Syria | Lenny Cooke | Eating disorders among men

Happy Thursday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Jian dedicates his opening essay to the delivery...

Q's Top 20: #20 - Iron and Wine

Today we begin our annual countdown of Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013! All month long on air and online,...

Should Ikea have defied Russia's anti-gay laws?

A story recently featured in an Ikea lifestyle magazine was supposed to be about two young parents reinventing their small...

Could Norway's slow TV trend lurch its way to Canada?

From a 7-hour train ride and marathon knitting to sheep shearing and National Firewood Night, slow TV is the sluggish...

NFL players more than 'meat sacks' says former Bronco

Nate Jackson is on the offensive, and this time he's not taking directions from a coach.After a six-year career with...

Ikea's same sex couple controversy | Nate Jackson critiques NFL | Norway's 'slow TV' trend

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Attention music lovers! Jian has launched this year's...

Episode 13: Bjork and Grizzly Bear

Brooklyn indie rock kings Grizzly Bear dropped by studio Q to perform a special acoustic set of songs from their...

Endurance runner Ray Zahab on pushing through pain

If you're a pack-a-day smoker who isn't particularly athletic, perhaps one day you'll kick the habit and become an elite,...

Frank Turner plays from his Tape Deck Heart

Listen to Jian's interview with Frank Turner by clicking here or on the listen button, and/or watch their chat in...

Is Upworthy really the answer to information junk food?

If you think of the internet as a cesspool teeming with superficial, hateful and pornographic content -- you've likely been...

Q Essay: the merits of empowering MPs

In today's opening essay, Jian reflects on a new bill tabled by Conservative MP Michael Chong. The bill is intended...

Upworthy founder on meaningful memes | Frank Turner's Tape Deck Heart | Ultra-marathoner Ray Zahab

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Eli Pariser, founder of Upworthy.com, former executive director...

Q Essay: Can we hold the line on Cyber Monday?

In today's opening essay, Jian is critical of the parade of calendar dates now dedicated to shopping.  "It's just another...

Why Wall Street still rewards reckless success

Wall Street insiders admit that it's hard to be ethical and still get ahead in their careers. In a new...

The Hives will get you buzzing

Listen to Jian's interview with The Hives by clicking here or on the listen button, and/or watch them perform Come...

Bryan Smith and the art of filming adventure

Choose your adventure! You can either listen to Jian's chat with Bryan Smith by clicking here or on the listen...

Wall Street morality | Adventures in film-making | The Hives

Happy Monday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Q Essay: Can we hold the line on...

Marvel at Montreal's Half Moon Run

Watch Half Moon Run perform their song Full Circle live in Studio Q, or listen to all three of their...

Conflict Kitchen feeds those hungry for global awareness

The Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh serves its American customers delicious meals with a side of political awareness. Their menu has...

Q media panel: Hockey's new home, Snowden docs on G20 spying, Arctic 30

The stories that had us talking this week were diverse, ranging from the impact of a new NHL rights deal,...

Wal-Mart workers protest for better deal on Black Friday

The mega discount shopping day Black Friday, which follows on the heels of Thanksgiving in the U.S., attracts millions looking...

Q essay: Denver Post sparks dialogue with marijuana editor

In today's opening essay, Jian congratulates the Denver Post for creating the position of Marijuana Editor -- a cutting edge...

Half Moon Run | Wal-Mart workers mount Black Friday protest | Q media panel | Conflict Kitchen

Happy Friday! Here's what we have for you on Q today. This week's Friday Live guests are Half Moon Run!...

Learning to love | Fighting 'Revenge Porn' | Fort McMoney film-game hybrid

Happy Thursday! Here's what we have for you on Q today:Can love be learned? That question is at the heart...

Fort McMoney docu-game plays out complexities of oilsands

Fort McMoney looks like a documentary, plays out like a video game, and pushes the boundaries of both. Produced by...

Mother takes on 'Revenge Porn' kingpin

How do you scrub pornographic photos of your child off the web? It's a question that became all-consuming for Charlotte...

How do adopted kids grow to love their new families?

Do children who have grown up without parents struggle to feel at home with their adoptive families? If they lacked...

Q essay: What is a Made-in Canada foreign policy, anyway?

In the wake of a Iran's agreement to suspend nuclear activities, Jian questions Canada's role on the international stage.While the...

Are Krokodil fears overblown? | Donald Fagen's Eminent Hipsters | Canada Reads 2014 Top 5

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on the show today. Jian gets the skinning on the so-called "zombie drug" Krokodil,...

Meet the Canada Reads 2014 contenders

Listen to Jian's chat with this year's Canada Reads panelists by clicking on the listen button (or here), or watch...

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen writes honest 'hipster' memoir

As one of Steely Dan's principal songwriters, Donald Fagen helped rewrite the pop playbook of the early 1970s with hits...

Is the hype over krokodil 'zombie drug' itself harmful?

Scaly skin, rotting flesh, blood poisoning -- we've been warned that these horrific symptoms are on their way to North...

Q essay: What will the NHL rights deal mean for CBC?

Yesterday marked a monumental change in Canadian media. In today's Q essay, Jian reflects on what the new NHL rights...

Episode 12: Phoenix, Chvrches and Michael Kiwanuka

Episode 12 of Q: The Music -- Jian's new curatorial show on CBC Radio 2 at 7 p.m. -- will...

Talking about abortion | Randi Zuckerberg on tech-life balance | The classical side of The National's Bryce Dessner

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have for you on Q today.In a rare and revealing collection of stories, titled My...

Randi Zuckerberg on managing your online reputation

You can either listen to Jian's chat with Randi Zuckerberg by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

The National's Bryce Dessner shares his classical side

You may know Bryce Dessner as the guitarist for Brooklyn-based The National -- a lush indie rock band known for...

What's it really like to have an abortion?

Few public debates are as notoriously polarized as the one surrounding abortion. But as pro-choice and anti-abortion activists battle to...

Web-savvy drug cartels | Q's first sports culture panel | @Stats_Canada's faux factoids

Happy Monday! Here's what we have for you on Q today.Antoine Nouvet from the SecDev Foundation research organization, on how...

Satirical @Stats_Canada is 100% good fun

If you've been diligently following the Twitter account @stats_canada for the latest census data from our fair nation, you might...

Q sports panel: bullying in the NFL, UFC infighting

From concerns over locker room bullying to allegations of a Nazi salute at a World Cup game, there's plenty to...

Why Mexican drug cartels are mastering social media

"Selfie" is Oxford English Dictionaries' word of the year for 2013. The phenomenon of taking a picture of yourself and...

Q Essay: Roughriders win the Grey Cup!

Congrats, Saskatchewan! In today's opening essay, Jian talks about last night's Grey Cup, an exciting home win for the Roughriders.Whether...

Friday Live: Royal Canoe's mind-bending rock

Winnipeg rock innovators, Royal Canoe perform their song Birthday from their latest record "Today We're Believers" in Studio Q Winnipeg...

How far will Russia's Open Games push anti-gay laws?

Gay, straight, bisexual or what have you, Russia's Open Games are a celebration of athletes of any sexual orientation.Amid concerns over...

50 years of 'Doctor Who' fandom

How has a low-budget science fiction show made by a public broadcaster lasted so long? Robert Smith? has some answers....

NDP insider Brad Lavigne on Jack Layton's rise

When the late NDP leader Jack Layton rode atop the Orange Wave to bring Official Opposition status to the party...

Q Essay: What lessons can we learn from JFK?

In today's opening essay, Jian talks about the legacy of John F. Kennedy 50 years after his assassination.There's been a...

Jack Layton's career in photos

Today on Q, we present a feature interview with NDP political strategist Brad Lavigne, who was viewed as former New...

Brad Lavigne on Jack Layton's rise | Doctor Who expert Robert Smith? | Royal Canoe perform live

Happy Friday, folks! Thanks for keeping up with Q. Here's what we have on tap for you today: Political strategist...

Q Essay: Rediscovering the Biosphère via Arctic activism

Location matters -- even when it comes to political demonstrations. Take the recent news out of Montreal, for instance.In his...

Theaster Gates on the art of urban space

Chicago's Theaster Gates often blurs the lines between his celebrated art and his other career -- urban planning.Following a talk...

Mike Tyson opens old wounds in Undisputed Truth

Mike Tyson once made a living dishing out pain in the ring. But the imposing boxer, whose punishing right hook...

Homeland's Gideon Raff is captivated by captivity

Gideon Raff, the creative force behind Emmy-winning series Homeland and the Israeli TV drama that inspired it, is becoming a...

Best of Q: Catherine MacLellan performs live in PEI

Choose your own adventure: Listen to the audio player for Catherine MacLellan's performance of Raven's Sun, or watch it in...

MIKE TYSON | Homeland co-creator Gideon Raff | Conceptual artist Theaster Gates

Happy Thursday, folks! Thanks for keeping up with Q. Here's what we have on tap for you today: Former undisputed...

Torquil's rant: Look for the good around you, idiot

In an impassioned plea, Q's roving cultural correspondent Torquil Campbell argues "we are idiots" for looking towards public figures and...

Q Essay: Whither Canada's green record?

Dead last. It's not a good place to be. And yet, it's where Canada finds itself when it comes to...

Comedian Jenn Tisdale's XXX debut

As a standup comic, Jenn Tisdale is comfortable with performing before an audience. But when it came to her first...

Alison Moyet sounds off on the music biz

British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, whose bluesy voice rode the '80s New Wave charts, has been quite outspoken about her battles...

Own the Podium's CEO on why medals matter

Team Canada's stunning performance at the last Winter Games in Vancouver filled Canadians with pride, owed in part to leadership...

Best of Q: Are Men Obsolete? Watch the debate preview

Choose your adventure: Listen to the Munk Debate preview, or watch it the window embedded below! "Be it resolved that...

Anne Merklinger's 2014 Own the Podium plan | ALISON MOYET | Comic Jenn Tisdale's XXX debut

Happy Wednesday, folks! Thanks for keeping up with Q. Here's what we have on tap for you today: Jian talks...

Episode 11: Civil Wars, Iron and Wine and Joel Plaskett

Nashville's The Civil Wars stopped by Studio Q for an interview and a performance from their Grammy winning debut 'Barton...

Outsourcing: A key to happiness?

New York Times economics reporter Catherine Rampell joins Jian for a conversation about her recent article, Outsourcing Your Way to...

A Liberian journalist's 5,000-year prison sentence

Five thousand years. That's the prison sentence FrontPageAfrica editor and publisher Rodney Sieh was given earlier this year, when the...

Mariel Hemingway sheds light on a dark family history

Mariel Hemingway grew up in the spotlight, acting alongside screen icons like Woody Allen, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. But...

Q Essay: The charms (and chimes) of touch tone

Fifty years ago this week, the first touch-tone telephones debuted -- and the days of rotary dials were all but...

Best of Q: Paper Lions perform live in PEI

Choose your adventure: Listen to Paper Lions perform, or watch their performance in the window embedded below! Prince Edward Island's...

Liberian journalist Rodney Sieh | MARIEL HEMINGWAY | Outsourcing for happiness

Happy Tuesday, folks! Thanks for keeping up with Q. Here's what we have on tap for you today: Now a...

Anjelica Huston on her cinematic childhood

Anjelica Huston has played many fascinating roles on the silver screen -- Morticia in The Addams Family, Etheline in The...

Will gay characters change video games?

Does the emergence of gay characters in mainstream video games signal a sea change in an industry that has long...

Is sports journalism a man's game?

"Sports has a setting -- it's set to men." So says San Francisco sports radio host Damon Bruce, whose nine-minute...

Q Essay: 50 Years of Doctor Who

For half a century, Doctor Who has been gracing TV screens with bad special effects, peculiar science fiction narratives and...

Sports journalism's gender problem | ANJELICA HUSTON | The gaying of video games

Happy Monday, folks! Thanks for keeping up with Q. Here's what we have on tap for you today: Sports journalists...

Friday Live: Twin Forks bring you foot-stompin' folk

Hear Jian's interview with Twin Forks by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch their chat in the...

Munk Debate preview: Are men obsolete?

"Be it resolved that men are obsolete." That's the provocative motion to be argued tonight, without men, at a Munk...

Q media panel: Should reporters take a stance on Rob Ford?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to dominate headlines with a seemingly non-stop parade of admissions and apologies, threats of legal...

Fast food chains getting better ... at targeting kids

The narrative around feeding fast food to children has long been a cautionary tale -- one of dwindling nutritional content...

Q Essay: Remember the news beyond Rob Ford

With a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, sectarian violence in Iraq, the uncertain future of the Senate and a huge...

Twin Forks | Fast Food's hold on kids | Q media panel | Are men obsolete? | Elvira Kurt

Happy Friday! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Live performances throughout the show from Florida-based folk-rockers,...

Why former PM Joe Clark fears Canada has lost its way

Canada has changed a great deal since the youngest ever prime minister held office. The Right Honourable Joe Clark, who...

Why do so many Icelanders believe in elves?

You might think of elves as Santa's cute little helpers, or characters in Lord of the Rings. But in Iceland,...

Cave diver on what draws her to dangerous depths

Jill Heinerth has gone farther into deep underwater caves than any woman in history. The diver has explored icebergs in...

Q essay: Rob Ford, Celebrity Mayor?

For better of for worse, Rob Ford has been getting a lot of attention lately. In today's opening essay, Jian...

The thrill of cave diving | Why Joe Clark's worried about Canada | The Icelandic belief in elves

Happy Thursday! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Cave diver, author and filmmaker Jill Heinerth on...

Virgin art student offers insight into plans to have sex publicly

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, is taking sexual exhibitionism to new heights. He'll be losing his virginity publicly next...

Best of Q: Comedian and polyglot Eddie Izzard

Choose your adventure: you can either listen to Jian's interview with Eddie Izzard, or watch their discussion in the window...

Are the rescued Chilean miners getting shafted?

Few news stories out of 2010 were as dramatic as the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners from deep within...

Q essay: Bye-Bye Blockbuster

Well, it's official. Last Wednesday, Blockbuster -- the once mighty video and game rental chain -- announced it was shutting...

Are the rescued Chilean miners getting shafted? | Comedian Eddie Izzard | An art school virgin's first time

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today: As the Chilean miner movie is about to...

Episode 10: Trent Reznor, Lorde and Franz Ferdinand

Nine Inch Nails frontman and How to Destroy Angels founder Trent Reznor stops by Studio Q for a feature conversation...

Top 10 Canada Reads books revealed!

Gather ye bookworms! It's time for another big Canada Reads announcement. Last month, Jian revealed the theme for this year's...

The Dirties puts gripping twist on school shooting plot

You can either listen to Jian's chat with Matt Johnson by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

Bechdel test an 'eyeopener' on women's roles in film

Think of your favourite movie, and consider the following questions: can you name two or more female characters? Do they...

'PunditFact' takes on the talking heads

They're opinionated, they're persuasive, and they make a living weighing in on the politically-charged issues of the day. They are...

Q essay: Think of the Philippines this holiday season

In today's opening essay, Jian reflects on the devastation Typhoon Haiyan caused in the Philipppines, and the likelihood that the...

'PunditFact' targets talking heads | Feminist movie ratings | The Dirties rethinks school shooting genre

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today: The people behind the Pulitzer prize winning website,...

Best of Q: Virginia Heffernan, Billy Crystal, China's duplitecture

Jian and the Q Team are off for Remembrance Day. That means we're treating you with some of our most...

Monday 11 November

Happy Monday, folks. It's a day of reflection for our nation as we observe Remembrance Day 2013. Jian and the...

Q live in Charlottetown, PEI!

For the first time ever, Jian and the Q crew hit Prince Edward Island for a live taping of the...

Q live in Prince Edward Island

Today on Q: A special show taped live last night on Prince Edward Island. We've made Q history twice with...

Q's PEI adventure: Islanders share their favourite moments

We have it on good authority that islanders aren't always this rowdy, but when Q came to PEI's Confederation Centre...

Are we all a bunch of perverts?

In a provocative and wide ranging interview, guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks to author Jesse Bering about his new book...

Jay Onrait on Anchorboy and the slapstick sportscast

Jay Onrait speaks to Piya Chattopadhyay about his book Anchorboy and how he went from being a pharmacy student in...

Was 'Ford Nation' born of hoser culture?

By now you may have heard that Toronto mayor Rob Ford has no intention of stepping down after admitting that...

Ford Nation and hoser culture | Why we're all perverts | 'Anchorboy' Jay Onrait

Happy Thursday! Please note that Piya Chattopadhyay will be filling in for Jian today. Here's what we have on tap...

Hellgoing author Lynn Coady on her 'shocking' Giller win

Choose your adventure: you can either hear Jian's interview with Lynn Coady or watch it in the window embedded below....

Teen critics review Q for #kidsatwork day

The Q studio welcomed some young visitors for Take Our Kids to Work Day (#kidsatwork) this morning, and we asked...

Dexter's Michael C. Hall on his 'shadow side'

Choose your adventure: you can either listen to Jian's interview with Michael C. Hall, or watch their discussion in the...

Comedian Rob Delaney finds honest truths in rough byways

Stand-up comic and Twitter hero Rob Delaney joins Jian to discuss his autobiographical book of essays: Rob Delaney: Mother, Wife,...

Q essay: Toronto is so much more than one person

In today's opening essay, Jian weighs in on the maelstrom around Toronto's mayor and asks us to see the Rob...

Giller winner Lynn Coady | Rob Delaney's honest humour | Michael C. Hall on moving on from Dexter

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. Jian speaks with Hellgoing author Lynn Coady, the 2013...

Episode 9: Tenacious D, Colin Stetson and Of Monsters and Men

Tenacious D, a.k.a Jack Black and Kyle Gass, stop by Studio Q for a feature conversation about their thrilling comeback...

David Suzuki's personal stake in Alzheimer's research

Choose your adventure: You can either listen to Jian's chat with David Suzuki by clicking on the listen button, or...

Basketball great Julius 'Dr J' Erving on his off-court legacy

Having just released Dr. J: The Autobiography, Julius Erving opens up about life off the court. The eleven-time NBA all-star...

Should we take the 'free' out of freelance?

Artists are often faced with the dilemma of whether they should work for free. Though some publications say freelancers don't...

Q essay: The new space race

India has launched its first Mars-bound spacecraft, and today Jian dedicates his opening essay to the increasingly international effort to...

The case against freelancing for free | Basketball legend Julius Erving | David Suzuki's risk of Alzheimer's

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. Cartoonist and writer Tim Kreider explains why he...

Mortician defends 'Selfies at Funerals'

Is duck face inspired by the deceased ever okay? What about tweeting your funeral fashion? Should those who share their...

Douglas Coupland on how not to be a terrible person

Choose your adventure: you can either listen to Jian's interview with Douglas Coupland, or watch their discussion in the window...

Does #Mamming trivialize breast cancer awareness?

The viral craze #Mamming -- photographing one's clothed breasts on a flat surface and posting evidence online -- is a...

Q essay: Kraft Dinner to ditch the dye

In today's opening essay, Jian laments the loss of Kraft dinner's famously florescent hue. While he accepts the health argument...

Does #Mamming trivialize women's health? | Douglas Coupland's Worst. Person. Ever | In defense of Selfies at funerals

Happy Monday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. Mamming -- a lighthearted internet meme associated with Breast...

Blue Rodeo proves loyalty is 'In Our Nature'

This week's Friday Live guests are a group with a bond that spans decades -- so when Blue Rodeo founding...

Q essay: Deception breeds cynicism

In today's opening essay, Jian weighs in on a "remarkably disappointing week in politics" -- referencing the ongoing turmoil in...

How the Detroit-born "Roots Boys" changed Canada's clothes

Michael Budman and Don Green, affectionately known as the Roots boys, are the men behind a global brand that has...

Movie icon Jeremy Irons on acting and activism

Choose your adventure: you can either listen to Jian's interview with Jeremy Irons, or watch their discussion in the window...

Blue Rodeo | Jeremy Irons | Q media panel | Roots | Elvira Kurt

Happy Friday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: In today's opening essay, Jian weighs in on...

Q Media Panel: Rob Ford tape materializes, Cruickshank weighs in

In a bombshell announcement on Thursday, Toronto police revealed that they've recovered a video allegedly showing mayor Rob Ford smoking...

Emily Yoffe on her lightning-rod rape and drinking article

It has been a couple weeks now since Emily Yoffe's article in Slate magazine -- "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk"...

Q's Halloween playlist: What to watch at witching hour

Happy Halloween, Q fans! If you find yourself exhausted after handing out all that candy -- or if you're tuckered...

L'il Bub's 'dude' on his internet famous cat

What's it like to be the human attendant of a famous cat? Mike Bridavsky joins Jian to describe the culture...

How '12 Years a Slave' changed Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Solomon Northup in the pre-Civil War epic 12 Years a Slave, is already being called an...

Emily Yoffe responds to critics | Chiwetel Ejiofor on 12 Years a Slave | L'il Bub's 'dude' on his famous cat

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: Slate columnist Emily Yoffe on her recent, controversial...

Jian and Q are headed to Sochi

Today we're excited to announce that Jian and Q will be part of the CBC team headed to Sochi to...

How hackers became today's hottest hires

Do you want your kids to have guaranteed work in a competitive field? Forget curing disease and crafting legal cases,...

Boxer George Chuvalo urges youth to respect themselves

Boxing champ George Chuvalo joins Jian to discuss his harrowing personal memoir on life, loss and a lifetime of heavyweight...

What's fueling the rise of burqa swag?

Journalist Arwa Mahdawi explores the rise of "burqa swag," her term for the way that Muslim religious attire is making...

Burqa swag | George Chuvalo | Hackers for hire

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: In today's Q essay, Jian announces some...

Episode 8: Alice Cooper, Reignwolf, YT //ST

Tonight on Q: The Music at 7 p.m. local time on CBC Radio 2Legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper stops by Studio...

Chris Hadfield offers Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, is back on terra firma after his five-month mission...

6 stellar life lessons from Chris Hadfield

Today on Q, Jian chats with recently retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who returned to terra firma earlier this year...

Les Miserables Toronto cast will leave you breathless

Brace yourself before you hear these voices. In a special two-part interview, Jian speaks to three members of the new...

Q essay: Hey Banksy - stop dissing Canada

Banksy doesn't like the look of the new One World Trade Center -- he made that clear in a recent...

Two-part Les Misérables special! | Chris Hadfield's tips for earthlings

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here's what we have on tap for you today: A special "Tuesday Live" performance from several members...

Arcade Fire blazes new path with Reflektor

Arcade Fire's fourth studio album, Reflektor, is a musical tour de force born of the Montreal band's resolve not to...

So long, Lou: Q essay and archival interview

On Sunday, music fans were dismayed to learn that multi-talented artist and longtime leader of Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, had...

Arcade Fire two-part special | So long, Lou Reed

Happy Monday, everyone. Here's what we have on tap for you today: A two-part special: Grammy-winning Montrealer band Arcade Fire...

Let Franz Ferdinand kick up your Friday

Watch Jian's interview with the members of Franz Ferdinand, or hit the listen button to enjoy it in audio form!...

'Humans of New York' blog-turned-book will seize your heart

Brandon Stanton -- a bond trader turned photographer and storyteller -- walks around doing something most people haven't done since...

Q media panel: Senate scandal and freedom of the press in Canada

Q's media panel -- Jonathan Kay of the National Post, Judy Rebick of rabble.ca and John Cruickshank of the Toronto...

Is the Obama administration clamping down on press freedom?

U.S. president Barack Obama asserts that his government is "the most transparent in history" -- but several journalists beg to...

Franz Ferdinand | Obama vs. the press | Q media panel | Humans of New York | Elvira Kurt

Happy Friday! Here's what we have on tap today: We've got live performance throughout the show from Franz Ferdinand, the...

Stephen King and son Owen King on fiction and family

Choose your adventure: you can either listen to Jian's interview with Stephen and Owen King, or watch their discussion in...

Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 revealed!

What is the one novel that could change Canada? That's the question we put to you, Canada, earlier this year....

How Mark McMorris flipped out of Canada's flattest province

Choose your adventure! You can either listen to Jian's interview with Mark McMorris or watch their chat in the window...

Are Western authors giving in to Chinese censors?

Jian speaks to New York Times Beijing correspondent Andrew Jacobs about rising number of Western authors acquiescing to the censorship...

Giving in to censors | Stephen King and son Owen | Sochi-bound Mark McMorris

Happy Thursday! Big show today. Here's what we have on tap: Hear ye, Hear ye! Jian has revealed the top...

Q debate special: Is the internet making us smarter or stupider?

On Wednesday, we convened our first ever debate show, and tackled the question: Is the internet making us smarter or...

Q Internet Debate: Your best comments and tweets

[View the story "Is the Internet making us smarter or stupider?" on Storify]...

Q debate: the reading list

Big thanks to everyone who joined in on our first-ever Q debate special: Is the internet making us smarter or...

Today on the show: a first time debate experiment!

Happy Wednesday! Today we are proud to present a special Q debate show, taped in front of a live...

Episode 7: An all-Drake special

Tonight's episode of Q: The Music -- Jian's new curatorial show on CBC Radio 2 at 7 p.m. --...

Was it a 'dream job' running Toronto's sports teams?

Many sports fans dream of running their favorite team, but Richard Peddie, the former President and CEO of Maple Leafs...

Shad's passes Studio Q with Flying Colours

Choose your adventure: hear Jian's chat with Shad by clicking the listen button, or watch it in the window embedded...

Don Newman's sage perspective on today's big stories

You can either listen to Jian's chat with Don Newman by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

Tireless storyteller Alanis Obomsawin on filming First Nations

For over forty years, Alanis Obomsawin has kept her camera focused on the lives of First Nations people in Canada....

Q essay: Elsipogtog protesters ignite needed conversation

(Photo:APTN/Ossie Michelin)There are lingering images from last week's violent conflicts in Kent County, New Brunswick. Burning police cars, protesters clashing...

Veteran journalist Don Newman | Richard Peddie's dream job | Alanis Obomsawin's powerful storytelling

Happy Tuesday! Jian's back in the chair and the Q team is ready to connect with you right here on...

Best of Q: Daniel Brühl on The Fifth Estate/Rush

Putting aside its highly prominent slot as TIFF's opening film, the WikiLeaks origin story The Fifth Estate would still...

Q debate: Do nasty book reviews have cultural value?

Do we, as a culture, need brutal book reviews to root out mediocrity -- or are these so-called hatchet jobs...

What's the deal with Myanmar's ripoff pop music?

Guest host Brent Bambury speaks with journalist Patrick Winn about Myanmar's taste for "copy tracks" -- barefaced replicas of international...

Myanmar's 'copy track' trend | Do we need nasty reviews? | Daniel Bruhl

Happy Monday! Here's what's on tap for today's show, guest hosted by Day 6's Brent Bambury:Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Nickelback..."copy...

The Sounds bring Weekend to Studio Q

Many bands rise with the guidance of a major label but today's Friday Live guests, The Sounds, have been fiercely...

Supercreator Aisha Tyler has a refreshing take on failure

Choose your adventure: Listen to Jian's chat with Aisha Tyler by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

Are 'top tier' women succeeding on the backs of the majority?

Jian talks to British academic and journalist Alison Wolf about The XX Factor, her provocative book on how the rise...

Greenpeace ramps up pressure on Russia to release 'Arctic 30'

Last week the executive director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo issued an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin offering...

The Sounds | Greenpeace's Arctic 30 | The XX Factor | Aisha Tyler

Happy Friday! Here's what's on tap for the FRIDAY LIVE show today: Live performances throughout the show from Swedish...

Help Q win a Digi for Best in Canadian Culture

Exciting news! Q with Jian Ghomeshi is nominated for a Digi Award! We're up for Best in Canadian culture, but...

'Joking judge' forced to choose between law and comedy

New Jersey municipal judge by day, stand-up comic by night. For years, this double identity was a reality for Vince...

Q essay: Awaiting justice for Canada's aboriginal peoples

While yesterday's throne speech garnered much attention, Jian highlights another statement released this week that deserves our attention, too -...

Canadian broadcast exclusive with Drake | The Joking Judge

Happy Thursday! Here's what's on tap for the show today: While yesterday's throne speech garnered much attention, Jian highlights...

'Native is not a genre' say Empire of Dirt stars

Choose your adventure. You can either listen to the interview by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

Are black actors only awarded for 'black roles'?

Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave. Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Michael B. Jordan for...

Are black actors being pigeonholed? | Shad | Empire of Dirt

Happy Wednesday! Here's what's on tap for the show today: With the release of "12 Years a Slave", Oscar...

Episode 6: City and Colour, Muse and Anna Calvi tonight on Q: the Music

For much of his career Dallas Green has juggled two successful groups, Alexisonfire and City and Colour. But in...

Bobby Orr urges hockey parents to let kids have fun

In the first live interview about his new memoir, hockey legend Bobby Orr joins Jian to discuss the highlights and...

Injured slopestyle champ Kaya Turski eyes Sochi gold

When it comes to slopestyle skiing, Montreal's Kaya Turski is a world champion - one favoured to win gold at...

John Greyson and Tarek Loubani speak out about Egypt ordeal

Filmmaker John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani share firsthand accounts of their seven-week detention without charges in Egypt, insisting that...

Q essay: Calgary, give new public art some time

The City of Calgary commissioned a public art piece from the Berlin design collective Inges Idee and received "Travelling Light"...

Tarek and John are free | Hockey legend Bobby Orr | X-games champ Kaya Turski

Happy Tuesday! Here's what's on tap for the show today: Jian speaks to filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor...

Food expert Michael Pollan | Patty Griffin | Rick Moranis

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Monday! Here's what's on tap for our Best of Q show hosted by Jian: Author and...

Thanksgiving special: Food, family and the Best of Q

Happy Monday, and Happy Thanksgiving to all our fellow Canadians! Jian and the Q team are off today - but...

Drake's done playing humble, 'happy to be here' role

In a Canadian broadcast exclusive, Jian speaks with Aubrey "Drake" Graham, the Canadian artist dubbed rap's "stylistic standard-bearer". In a...

Torquil's rave: find your Prefab Sprout

Q's roving cultural correspondent Torquil Campbell fills in for Hall of Shamer Elvira Kurt, giving his regular Wednesday segment a...

Is the Kremlin paying pro-goverment commenters?

Russia has certainly been in the spotlight lately, with international headlines on the Sochi Olympics, the controversy over the...

Eyewriter reconnects disabled graffiti artist with his art

From the Best of Q, entertainment producer and philanthropist Mick Ebeling tells Jian about his work with graffiti artist...

Q Media panel: Tarek and John, spying on Brazil and the U.S. shutdown

Q's media panel - Jonathan Kay of the National Post, Judy Rebick of rabble.ca and John Cruickshank of the Toronto...

Violinist James Ehnes on trusting his musical ideals

The pride of Brandon, Manitoba, James Ehnes has become one of the world's most in-demand concert violinists. He's performed in...

Q essay: Hockey Canada jerseys 'downright dowdy'

Nothing inspires Canadian pride like wearing your team's jersey during the Olympics - but as Jian points out in...

James Ehnes | Pro-Kremlin trolling | Eyewriter | Media Panel

Happy Friday! Here's what's on tap today on Q ... Jian takes on the not-so-loved 2014 Hockey Canada jersey in...

Nobel winner Alice Munro: "master of the contemporary short story"

Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Canadian woman to ever receive the honour....

Can you spot the paid content in newsprint?

Even if you've never heard of "native advertising," you've almost certainly encountered it. Unlike advertorials, the newest forms of paid...

Why Lorde is weary of the 'anti-Miley' label

Choose your adventure! You can either listen to Jian's chat with Lorde by clicking here or on the listen button,...

Q essay: Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate

Jian says waking up to the news that Canadian author Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature...

Debating 'Native advertising' | Lorde | Reaction to Alice Munro's Nobel

Happy Thursday! Here's what's on tap today on Q: In today's #Qessay, Jian feels joy and national pride at the...

Richard Dawkins on his 'gentle' approach to attacking religion

Famously outspoken athiest and scientist Richard Dawkins thinks he's actually been pretty gentle on religion. "I've never been the sort...

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki will blow you away

This young Canadian's musical talent became evident when he was only a boy. He has performed for adoring audiences and...

Q debate: should a law school have sway over student sex lives?

Constitutional lawyer Clayton Ruby and Don Hutchinson, legal counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, discuss the debate over the...

Q essay: Did we really need to shoot the Ottawa elk?

In his opening essay, Jian tells us the story of the Ottawa elk who caused a stir in the capital...

Code of bedroom conduct? | Richard Dawkins | Young pianist Jan Lisiecki

Happy Wednesday! Here's what's on tap today on Q: In today's #Qessay, Jian asks: Did we really need to shoot...

Episode 5: Wilco, tUnE-yArDs and Austra.

With 'The Whole Love', the boys in Wilco delivered one of the finest albums of their career. Jeff Tweedy...

Peter Buffett on how the rich get charity wrong

He is an Emmy Award-winning composer, the chairman of the NoVo Foundation and the son of one of America's...

27 legends young music lovers must hear

Canadian music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson (The Band) and artist manager Jim Guerinot...

Meet the woman behind TV's most gut-wrenching scenes

Michelle Maclaren creates the kind of television scenes that linger in your mind's eye long after you've looked away. With...

Q essay: The cost of cutting refugee health care

Last year, the federal government changed health care benefits for some refugees and cancelled coverage altogether for others. Jian commented...

Peter Buffett | Robbie Robertson | Visualizing top TV dramas

Happy Tuesday! Here's what's on tap today on Q: Peter Buffett -- philanthropist son of multi-billionaire investor Warren Buffett --...

Why kids should learn to lose

Ashley Merryman -- co-writer of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children -- joins Jian to explain why the "everyone's a winner"...

Kickstarting a culture of crowdsourcing

After years of helping worthy U.S. projects find funding, Kickstarter has opened shop in Canada. Now more musicians, film-makers, game...

Jack Johnson is much more than mellow

Listen to Jian's chat with Jack Johnson by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch him perform 'I...

Q essay: Why Canucks shouldn't be smug about the shutdown

In all the fuss over the woes in the U.S., did we forget something? The U.S. government shutdown has...

Why we should let kids lose | Jack Johnson | Kickstarter co-founder

Happy Monday! Here's what's on tap today on Q: In his opening essay, Jian says we shouldn't be so quick...

Is the internet having a chilling effect on gossip?

U.K. writer Ian Leslie joins Jian to make the case for gossip, and explain why he thinks the internet is...

Breaking the colour barrier in fashion?

American designer Rick Owens presented his spring collection in Paris last week. His clothes were not worn by professional models...

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's genre-bending sound

This week's Friday Live guests were unlike any music act we've had in studio Q. The Montreal/Toronto band electrified us...

Is this the 'golden age' of American hysteria?

The United States is facing a fourth day of disrupted services, as the shutdown of its federal government - led...

Q essay: Congrats to our artists and patrons of the arts

"In the absence of the painter, the sculptor, the poet, the author, the singer, the actor, the filmmaker, the dancer,...

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan | Beauty norms | U.S. gov shutdown | Is gossip good?

Thanks as always for listening. Please check the Q team out on Facebook, Google + and Twitter. And if you're...

Best of Q: Mary Robinson, Dallas Green, Occupy Barbie House, Mark Morris

Happy Thursday, everyone! Jian is away today after hosting the 15th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition Gala in Ottawa. We'd...

What is the one novel that could change Canada?

Jian made the big announcement this morning: Canada Reads is looking for the one novel that could change our nation....

Is there such thing as a 'sports gene'?

Are record-smashing athletes like Jamaica's Usain Bolt trained to be great? Or is their talent in their very DNA? Science...

Can Welcome to Night Vale resurrect radio drama?

The surprise-hit indie podcast Welcome to Night Vale borrows a community radio show aesthetic to serve the residents of...

Can a ban on toy guns curb gun culture?

Although North Americans may associate the term "gun culture" with the U.S., Brazil is another nation that has a fraught...

Q essay: True patriot love, in all of us command

In today's Q essay, Jian weighs in on the campaign to restore gender neutral language in the English lyrics of...

Banning toy guns | The Sports Gene | Welcome to Night Vale

Thanks as always for listening. Please check the Q team out on Facebook, Google + and Twitter. And if you're...

Episode 4: Heart, Amanda Palmer, and Savages.

Heart's sibling founders Ann and Nancy Wilson haven't lost their punch. Plus, the always engaging and controversial Amanda Palmer and...

'Our Man in Tehran' offers Canadian response to Argo

Jian speaks to Larry Weinstein, co-director of the documentary Our Man in Tehran, and its main subject, Ken Taylor --...

Who's afraid of women's sexual appetites?

Women are not sexual aggressors. They aren't as turned on by visual stimuli as men. They're usually just out to...

Brains collide to birth U.K.'s Daughter

The U.K. band Daughter has been making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic with their acclaimed debut album...

Q essay: A phone call between rivals

Jian dedicates the opening Q essay to a surprising development in U.S.-Iran relations. The longtime rivals, who used to have...

Ken Taylor | Daughter | Understanding female desire

Thanks as always for listening. Please check the Q team out on Facebook, Google + and Twitter. And if you're...

Surviving the apocalypse with Margaret Atwood

The apocalypse is old news to Margaret Atwood. In 2003, the human race was all but wiped out in Oryx...

Why Guillermo del Toro loves monsters

From the Best of Q, Mexican-American director Guillermo del Toro speaks to Jian about his much-anticipated aliens-versus-robots blockbuster, Pacific Rim....

John Densmore's fight to close The Doors on Cadillac

Choose your adventure! You can either listen to Jian's chat with John Densmore by clicking here or on the listen...

Q essay: Breaking Bad's grand finale

SPOILER ALERT! Jian dedicates the opening Q essay to one of the most memorable shows and characters in recent memory....

John Densmore of The Doors | Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam | Guillermo del Toro

Thanks, as always, for keeping up with Q! Please connect with the show on Facebook, Google + and Twitter. And...

Q Live at Pop Montreal!

Jian and the Q crew descended upon Montreal's L'Olympia last night for a live taping of today's show. Big thanks...

Q Live in Montreal: info for the live taping

UPDATE: Tickets are now sold out -- but we have held back a limited number of RUSH LINE tickets that...

An audience-eye-view of Q live at Pop Montreal

Big thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's live taping of Q live at POP Montreal. In the age of social...

The Eurovision Song Contest's highstakes tale

The Eurovision Song Contest is just the European version of American Idol, right? Dead wrong, says Brock University professor Karen...

The Moth rekindles 'campfire' storytelling

There's a certain raw energy generated by an ordinary person recounting an extraordinary experience -- a situation that they took...

Saudi Arabia's first feature film shot by female filmmaker

Guest host Gill Deacon speaks to Haifaa Al Mansour, the female director of a groundbreaking new film called Wadjda. Not...

Don't miss Q's radio geek week!

UPDATE Oct. 2: We can't resist adding Jian's interview with Night Vale Radio host Cecil Baldwin and show writer Jeffrey...

Saudi Arabia's first feature film | The Moth podcast | Eurovision Song scandal

Happy Autumnal Equinox week! Thanks as always for listening. Please check the Q team out on Facebook, Google + and...

Jian and curators on what to see at 'David Bowie Is'

How would you complete this sentence: "David Bowie is ..."? An exhibition by that name made its North American debut...

Basia Bulat casts a Tall Tall Shadow

It's been nearly three years since folksinger Basia Bulat's last album, Heart of My Own but the lengthy wait has...

Watermark reunites Manufactured Landscapes team

How does water shape us, and how do we shape water? It's a question that inspired the award-winning team...

Q essay: We should care about 'over there'

The deadly standoff in Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya is over but the cost is incredible. So many lives...

Baichwal and Burtynsky's Watermark | Basia Bulat | Bowie Exhibit

Happy Autumnal Equinox week! Thanks as always for listening. Please check the Q team out on Facebook, Google + and...

Episode 3: Mumford & Sons, David Myles and Sarah Neufeld

With their album Babel, Mumford & Sons not only surpassed the success of their debut, but rocketed to worldwide superstardom....

Michael Ignatieff on soul-searching following defeat

Many Canadians know Michael Ignatieff as the Liberal leader who called on Canada to "rise up" and eject Stephen Harper...

'Godspeed You! Black Emperor' critiques their Polaris win

After much speculation, Montreal's Godspeed You! Black Emperor were named the winners of this year's Polaris Music Prize for best...

How WTF's Marc Maron attracts stars to his garage

Imagine writing this on your resume -- objective: to chat with interesting, high-profile, well respected people in the comfort of...

WTF's Marc Maron | Michael Ignatieff | Polaris Prize recap

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Radiolab is ear candy for the curious

What happens when you combine a veteran reporter and an experimental young composer in a public radio test tube?...

Matthew Good shoots Arrows of Desire in Studio Q

Vancouver singer-songwriter Matthew Good returns to Studio Q to perform from his new album, Arrows of Desire. Matthew Good, who...

UFC's Dana White shares 'ruthless' life lessons

Dana White, the famously outspoken and unapologetically "ruthless" president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, joins Jian to discuss the mainstreaming...

UFC's Dana White | Radiolab's Jad Abumrad | Matthew Good's Arrows of Desire

Happy Autumnal Equinox! Lots of great stuff for you this week, including the web launch of our Q on Sports...

KT Tunstall on 'pouring out' an album after loss

Choose your adventure. Hear Jian's chat with KT Tunstall by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch her...

Will U.S. writers ruin the Man Booker Prize?

This week in England, an announcement made by the trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation has ignited some controversy....

Rebecca Marino's off-court battle with depression

Rebecca Marino was hailed as Canada's next big tennis star, but off the court she was suffering from a debilitating...

Milos Raonic serves strong for Canada

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic passed by Studio Q in February 2013 to speak with Jian about his historic Davis...

Are your talented kids a goldmine?

Danish author, motivational speaker and former soccer player Rasmus Ankersen released his book The Goldmine Effect earlier this year, presenting...

Paul Henderson on growing up, God and game-winning goals

It was game eight of the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR, and with 34 seconds left on the clock...

NFL's Chris Kluwe sticks up for same-sex love

Chris Kluwe kicked up quite a buzz with his Deadspin piece sticking up for NFLers' right to free speech....

Georges St-Pierre fights the "bad fear"

Georges St-Pierre has come a long way from being bullied at school in his hometown of Saint-Isidore, Quebec. One of...

Hayley Wickenheiser skates toward med school

A year before heading over to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics, Canadian women's hockey captain Hayley Wickenheiser spoke to Jian...

Q media panel on Quebec values and Bangladesh

This week the Q media panel weighs in on the coverage of Quebec's controversial charter of values and proposed ban...

Janeane Garofalo on the loose in Studio Q

Janeane Garofalo's unrestrained humour takes over Studio Q - leaving Jian surrendering to the laugh-fest and wondering what just hit...

KT Tunstall | Q's media panel | Janeane Garofalo

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Mary Lambert gives voice to Macklemore's Same Love

Guest host Kevin Sylvester chats with Mary Lambert -- the voice behind the chorus of Macklemore's gay rights anthem Same...

Alan Zweig on 'When Jews Were Funny'

Alan Zweig wanted to answer a question that has intrigued him since childhood: why were all the comedians he...

Shining light on Detroit's forgotten rape kits

American prosecutor Kym Worthy has made it her mission to resolve a backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits that have...

Justice for rape victims | When Jews Were Funny | Mary Lambert

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Saul "Slash" Hudson brings terror to Studio Q

With his trademark curls and dark shades, Saul "Slash" Hudson spoke with Jian about his foray into making horror movies,...

Dexter's Michael C. Hall goes from killer to victim

One more episode. Four more days. Those words are enough to inspire heart palpitations in longtime fans of Dexter, the...

10 years of Insite and controversy

It was ten years ago that Insite, the only legal safe injection facility in North America, first opened its doors...

Q essay: Let's rally together for Tarek and John

A well-known filmmaker and a well-regarded medical doctor are still, after a month and two days, sitting in a Cairo...

10 years of Insite | Dexter's Michael C. Hall | Slash's horror films

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Let's talk about death, baby

If you've ever learned of a someone's death via Facebook, or watched an episode of Ask a Mortician on YouTube,...

Why are ad blockers letting some ads slip through?

Normal 0 false false false EN-CA X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Advertisers need the internet to reach their targets, but most...

Episode 2: Feist, Charles Bradley and Palma Violets

Tonight's episode of Q: The Music, Jian's brand new curatorial show on CBC Radio 2, will feature interviews and performances...

Iron & Wine 'chases the muse' in Ghost on Ghost

Samuel Beam, who performs under the name Iron & Wine, joins Jian to chat about and perform from his latest...

Q essay: Dropping the ball on Bangladesh

Jian shames companies who seemingly paid lip service to the victims of April's factory collapse in Bangladesh, only to shirk...

Ads versus the internet | Iron & Wine | Talking about death

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Eddie Izzard's globally-conscious comedy

Eddie Izzard is truly an entertainer for an interconnected world. The Yemen-born actor, writer and comedian was raised in Northern...

Q essay: let the blobfish blob along!

Jian congratulates the blobfish on its new position as poster child for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. The squat, pink,...

Chvrches unveil The Bones of What you Believe

For the second time in one calendar year, Scottish electropop band Chvrches delighted Jian with a live performance in Studio...

Q debate: Should internet addiction be officially recognized?

North America's very first internet addiction rehab program opened in Pennsylvania earlier this month -- and the program's founder...

Q's great internet addition debate | Eddie Izzard goes global | Chvrches returns to Q

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Is Vladimir Putin 'image scrubbing' in the western press?

John Daniszewski is one of the few Western journalists who knows what it's like to sit across from Russian president...

Khaled Hosseini on why kindness requires stamina

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini talks about his latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed, a book inspired by the...

At home with Vladimir Putin | Young Galaxy | Zoe Kazan | Khaled Hosseini

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Q debate on religious symbols | Denis Villeneuve | X Files 20 years later

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Is 'The F word' the new 'When Harry Met Sally?'

You can either listen to Jian's chat with Zoe Kazan by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

Young Galaxy brings Ultramarine to Studio Q

Montreal's Young Galaxy, this week's Friday Live guests, perform from their latest record Ultramarine -- an album they worked on...

Q LIVE in PEI

Q is heading to PEI!This special show marks our first-ever live-audience edition of Q on the Island, and we want...

Q essay: Meet the debt-saddled class of 2017

In today's opening essay, Jian introduces those that graduated over twenty years ago to the class of 2017 - a...

Villeneuve pulls one-two punch in English debut

Montreal director Denis Villeneuve has taken a bold, two-pronged approach to his English-language directorial debut. He has shot two movies...

The X-Files ex-fan says real Mulders ruined the show

If you know anything about '90s pop culture, then you know The Truth is Out There -- and that Mulder...

Q debate: should public servants wear religious symbols?

In the second Q debate this season, and in light of the Parti Québécois' proposed Charter of Quebec Values, we've...

Q essay: Quebec's hoax-like charter of values

The Parti Québécois has unveiled their Charter of Quebec Values, which seeks to bar civil servants from wearing kippas, turbans,...

Q debate: Can you fight bullying with mixed martial arts?

Yukon MP and former mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Leef runs a popular anti-bullying program that involves teaching kids as...

Vanessa Paradis makes English debut with Fading Gigolo

From the Toronto International Film Festival -- French actress and model Vanessa Paradis talks to Jian about her surprising role...

Tom Hiddleston strikes 'black key' in Only Lovers Left Alive

The ever-eloquent Tom Hiddleston employs metaphor and even recites poetry in an elegant interview with Jian. The British actor, best...

MMA for kids | Tom Hiddleston | Vanessa Paradis

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Q essay: retire the 'Redskins' moniker

Update posted Sept. 20: The Nepean Redskins football club has revealed plans to drop its controversial moniker, and will formally...

How Amanda Lindhout survived her darkest days

You likely learned of Amanda Lindhout's harrowing ordeal in Somalia from headlines and news reports. The then 27-year-old freelance reporter...

Episode 1: Jason Mraz, Serena Ryder and Chilly Gonzales.

Over the years, an impressive array of gifted performers have made their way through Studio Q. Collectively, they've created a...

Eisenberg calls The Double his most 'creatively fulfilling' project

Imagine coming face to face with a doppelgänger that is everything you're not -- while struggling with your own identity,...

The dangers of debunking miracles in India

Following the recent death of an Indian doctor known for debunking miracles, Jian speaks with his friend, another prominent Indian...

Debunking miracles in India | Jesse Eisenberg and Richard Ayoade | Amanda Lindhout

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Rap Genius will school you

Like brilliant English teachers that make sense of Shakespeare, the wordsmiths that run Rap Genius want to help you keep...

Tennis great Billie Jean King serves up social change

It's official -- Q's new season-long sports series will begin with a power serve. In the lead up to...

Filthy Gorgeous offers revealing look at pornographer's life

Filthy Gorgeous, as the title implies, is a film about contradictions. Its subject, Penthouse founder and filmmaker Bob Guccione,...

'Filthy Gorgeous' Bob Guccione | Billie Jean King | Rap Genius

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Free Tarek and John | Metz | The Fifth Estate's Daniel Bruhl

Happy Friday! Jian's back in the chair and the Q team is ready to connect with you right here on...

Q media panel on Syria, leaks and pot-smoking politicians

Convention has it that the news takes a holiday in the summer, but that definitely wasn't true of 2013. With...

Daniel Brühl takes Q inside The Fifth Estate

Putting aside its highly prominent slot as TIFF's opening film, the WikiLeaks origin story The Fifth Estate would still be...

METZ blows the roof off the CBC building

Forget your morning coffee -- put on a little METZ for a jolt that will really last. The high energy...

Elvira shames social media babies

Comedian Elvira Kurt is back for a new season of Q's Cultural Hall of Shame, a weekly roast of the...

Q essay: Preserve signs of a city's character

Jian reflects what it means to give up unique city landmarks, like Toronto's iconic Sam the Record Man sign, without...

TIFF calls attention to jailed filmmaker and doctor

The Toronto International Film Festival has begun in earnest, but notably missing from the crowd is a filmmaker John Greyson....

Creationist 'comes out' | Tahrir Square doc | Equality in the military

Happy Thursday! Welcome to a brand new season of Q. Jian's back in the chair and the Q team is...

The perils of coming out as a creationist

Yahoo technology columnist and former New York Times writer Virginia Heffernan tells Jian why she chose to come out as...

Will Manning's case help the push for equality in the U.S. forces?

After receiving a 35-year prison term for sending classified information to WikiLeaks, the American soldier  -- then known to the...

The Square reveals ground-level realities of Tahrir

Even those with a cursory understanding of the historic events unfolding in Egypt are likely familiar with Tahrir Square. The...

Sizing up the Syrian Electronic Army | Ai Weiwei | Axe Cop's childish stories

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to a brand new season of Q. Jian's back in the chair and the Q team is...

Torquil's rant: It's time to boycott the Olympic brand

Q's roving cultural correspondent Torquil Campbell is back for a new season of ranting and raving -- and this time...

Why Ai Weiwei won't stop speaking out

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of the most famous artists in the world, and he's arguably having his biggest...

Anything goes in Axe Cop's kid-style storytelling

If it seems like the creator of Axe Cop has little regard for plot and character development, keep in mind...

Can the Syrian Electronic Army do more than a hack job?

The ongoing turmoil in Syria has reached deeper into the internet, as a group of politically motivated hackers continues to...

Q essay: Why new fees for foreign acts are a mistake

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program are set to make each member of visiting bands pay steeper fees to...

Chinese blogger arrested | Neko Case | Hormones rock Thailand

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to a brand new season of Q. Jian's back in the chair and the Q team is...

Neko Case fights harder

Neko Case's powerful new record examines death, depression and loss of self, but it is also a testament to the...

Q essay: Unbottling our water

Following recent controversies involving Nestle and other multinationals that bottle fresh water, Jian proposes a return to drinking tap water...

'Hormones' teen drama rocks Thailand

You've probably seen many high school dramas starring teens who take risks and struggle with temptation. They seem to be...

Tension in China following popular blogger's arrest

You may or may not be familiar with the name Xue Manzi, but in China -- and on Chinese...

Can Al Jazeera take America? | John Mayer | R.I.P online privacy

Happy Monday! Welcome to a brand new season of Q! Jian's back in the chair and the Q team is...

John Mayer's 'Sunday morning vibe'

John Mayer has recovered from serious vocal chord injuries that forced him to cancel a tour in 2012. Now the...

You have even less privacy than you think

In the wake of the Snowden affair and revelations about Gmail privacy (or lack thereof), internet pioneer and cryptography expert...

Al Jazeera America will not concern itself with twerking

Have you ever worried that there are some answers you just can't Google? Or that you know a little too...

Q essay: Forget summer, fall for autumn

If you're feeling a little ambivalent about summer's end, don't forget about the renewing power of a new season. For...

Mel Brooks two-part interview bonanza!

If there's anyone who can carry a two-part interview special, it's comedy genius Mel Brooks. The writer, performer, composer, and...

Jane Goodall sticks up for plants and people, too

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall continues to care deeply about primates -- but also about people, plants and the entire planet....

Mel Brooks | Jane Goodall

Jian's back this week with the Best of Q! In this final week of August, he and the Q team...

Why Marina Abramović staged her own death

Marina Abramović says that turning the tragedies of her past into slapstick comedy has been better for her than years...

Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is more than a survivor

R.A. Dickey isn't a conventional athlete. From his "freak pitch" knuckleball to winning the Cy Young at age 38 to...

Michael Bolton is full of surprises

Michael Bolton the pirate, the pothead, the punk kid who'd get into fist fights to defend his long hair. If...

R.A. Dickey | Marina Abramovic | Michael Bolton

Jian's back this week with the Best of Q! In this final week of August, he and the Q team...

15 of our favourite video interviews with movie greats

You may have heard Jian's insightful conversations with the following film industry greats, but now you can sit back, relax,...

At home with Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell famously avoids the press, a tendency that has made her something of an enigma -- and so it...

Joni Mitchell three-part special

Jian's back this week with the Best of Q! In this final week of August, he and the Q team...

Bootsy Collins loves to spread the funk

Funk just wouldn't be the same without Bootsy Collins. As a member of James Brown's band, and later of George...

Mandy Patinkin on imagined worlds and Inigo Montoya

Whether you recognize Mandy Patinkin as the vengeance-seeking Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, or if you met him more...

American Apparel CEO blasts brands who use sweatshops

Dov Charney says that garment companies paying anything less than a $1 per hour, anywhere in the world, are doing...

American Apparel's Dov Charney | Mandy Patinkin | Bootsy Collins

Jian's back this week with the Best of Q! In this final week of August, he and the Q team...

Q + Patrick Watson + BRAIDS!? Holy Smokes!

We've already told you that Q is heading to POP Montréal on September 26 for a special show with Patrick...

Zach Braff trades in scrubs for monkey suit

He may be best known for his role as JD on Scrubs, but Zach Braff made a memorable move into...

GSP on 'good fear' and defeating bullies

Like many others, Georges St-Pierre faced bullying growing up in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, but overcame it by developing confidence through mixed...

Junot Diaz on why romantic men cheat

Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Junot Diaz brings back on old friend with his latest collection of short stories, This is...

Zach Braff | Georges St. Pierre | Junot Diaz

Jian's back this week with the Best of Q! In this final week of August, he and the Q team...

Ai Weiwei exclusive coming in September

Coming up in September, Q presents Jian's exclusive interview with the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. We recorded the interview...

Baz Luhrmann on great adaptations

Baz Luhrmann is known for his vibrant, highly stylized films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, reinterpreting classic stories...

The Best of Q the Summer

Want to extend the summer? Sit back, relax, and enjoy the most interesting and memorable interviews aired during Q the...

Humboldt story reveals life in 'pot town'

You might think that a small town with an economy that depends on the illegal growth and sale of marijuana...

Trent Reznor on How To Destroy Angels

Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor used to be something of a lone wolf -- but the musician and...

Baz Luhrmann | Emily Brady's pot town | Trent Reznor

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is broadcaster and...

Oxyana not 'ruin porn' says documentary maker

The documentary Oxyana portrays a bleak picture of Oceana, West Virginia -- an Appalachian town deeply affected by prescription pill...

Mohsin Hamid on The Reluctant Fundamentalist

From the Best of Q, we revisit Jian's interview with writer Mohsin Hamid. His bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which...

Nobel for Manning? | Oxyana doc | The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is broadcaster...

Laureate says Manning deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Bradley Manning -- who now goes by Chelsea -- was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for giving...

Gogol Bordello plays 'musical Tetris' in Studio Q

The worldly New York-based collective Gogol Bordello has been making genre-defying music for more than a decade. Their sound has...

Can Soylent really replace solid food?

It's not much to look at, but Rob Rheinhart insists that Soylent -- a liquid food replacement he's been using...

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg take us to The End

From the Best of Q, Jian chats with longtime friends and collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about This is...

'Soylent' liquid food | Gogol Bordello | Seth Rogen

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Zombies are no joke, warns Max Brooks

He's the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, has had gigs as an Emmy-winning writer for Saturday Night Live...

Rob Stewart urges 'save the humans' revolution

Rob Stewart has won multiple awards for his cautionary documentary Sharkwater, but in mounting his rally cry to save the...

Pete Townshend brings 'Tommy' to Stratford

Pete Townshend, guitarist and songwriter for The Who, speaks to Jian about his incredible influence both in rock music and...

Rob Stewart's Revolution | World War Z | Pete Townshend

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is broadcaster and...

Noam Chomsky on being watched

Following last week's revelation that the CIA had apparently been keeping tabs on Noam Chomsky, guest host Kevin Sylvester speaks...

The Lumineers light up Studio Q

'Ho Hey' -- The Lumineer's smash hit acoustic folk song -- has made its way into many a commercial, movie,...

Would you take love-enhancing drugs?

If you've ever wished you could alleviate your heartaches like you do your headaches, or that you could boost your...

Love drugs | Noam Chomsky | The Lumineers

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is broadcaster and...

Kacey Musgraves wins new fans to country music

Kacey Musgraves' latest album, Same Trailer, Different Park is full of odes to the despair, boredom, and complicated pleasures of...

Nixon 'home movies' resurface in new film

Before young people were recording their every move with smart phones, three youthful, idealistic White House aides were doing the...

At the movies with veteran critic David Thomson

Film writer David Thomson released The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies late last year, crafting a narrative that...

A softer view of Nixon | Kacey Musgraves | The future of movies

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

The real Piper on Orange is the New Black

Writer Piper Kerman joins guest host Stephen Quinn to discuss her memoir, Orange is the New Black, and how her...

What do swear words say about society?

Melissa Mohr, author of Holy S***: A Brief History of Swearing, speaks to Stephen about what curse words can tell...

Leif Vollebekk's quest for the 'perfect take'

After Leif Vollebekk's debut album Inland appeared back in 2010, there was plenty of interest in just what the Montreal...

Why we #$%@ing swear | The real Piper | Leif Vollebekk

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Robin Thicke defends Blurred Lines and being 'naughty'

Robin Thicke has been in the entertainment business for quite some time - writing songs for artists like Brandy and...

Is the Hyperloop more than hype?

This week, billionaire industrialist and Queen's University alumnus Elon Musk unveiled his plan to revolutionize inter-city transport. It's called The...

Did your high school persona stick?

Who were you in high school? The good looking passive kid? The geeky overachiever? The confident jock? Whether you accepted...

Inventing travel tubes | Robin Thicke | How High School lingers

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Judy Blume on Tiger Eyes and book bans

Judy Blume became synonymous with classic and controversial stories about childhood with novels like Are You There God? It's Me,...

Rise of the social media bots

Welcome to an online world where only 35 per cent of the average Twitter user's followers are human and...

How the media botched reporting on Iraq

It's been over a decade since the U.S. invaded Iraq -- ample time to reflect on how and why the...

How to spot a bot | Judy Blume | Reflecting on Iraq

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

Hillary Clinton biopic | Moby | Book of Negroes author

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

Hillary Clinton movies spark controversy

What's up with the hubbub over the two proposed Hillary Clinton TV movies? And why are some Democrats agreeing with...

Moby gets very Canadian with 'Innocents'

Moby's career has spanned both decades and genres, and the electronic music pioneer returns with his new album Innocents on...

Hill on the burning of 'The Book of Negroes'

Novelist Lawrence Hill says the strangest email he has ever received came from a man called Roy Groenberg. "Basically it...

Making sense of The Attack | Neil Gaiman | Hayden

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

Why Hayden laughed off rumours of his death

Toronto folk musician Hayden released his acclaimed album Us Alone earlier this year -- but some may have been surprised...

Making sense of The Attack

Lebanese-born, Paris-based director Ziad Doueiri joins guest host Stephen Quinn to talk about his latest film, The Attack, and the...

Prison architecture | Edgar Wright | Woman raised by monkeys

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

Neil Gaiman on why it's good to scare kids

Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, Anansi Boys and the Sandman comic series is known for exploring dark territory, and his...

Edgar Wright on The World's End

Director Edgar Wright returns with The World's End on August 23, reuniting the onscreen duo of Nick Frost and Simon...

Architects refusing to design solitary cells

Amnesty International calls solitary confinement an "affront to human rights" -- but corrections officials defend the practice of isolating inmates,...

The woman who was raised by monkeys

Marina Chapman was only four years old when she was abandoned in what she believes was the Colombian jungle. Her...

China ditches singing shows | Steve van Zandt | The Goldmine Effect

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

Is there a good way to pressure your kids?

Earlier this year, former soccer player and best-selling author Rasmus Ankersen released The Gold Mine Effect - a book...

How Steve van Zandt reunited the Rascals

Steve van Zandt -- guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, a mainstay on The Sopranos, and a popular radio...

Why China's banning new singing shows

China is set to turn down the volume on a wildly popular form of reality television: talent competitions. The country's...

Gay rights in Russia | Civil Wars in conflict | STFU Parents

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is award-winning broadcaster...

Why journalist Masha Gessen is leaving Putin's Russia

For years, Russian-American journalist and gay-rights activist Masha Gessen has vowed to stay in Russia and continue to fight against...

The Civil Wars' interpersonal war

With 2011's Barton Hollow, the Civil Wars had the debut that every band wants - chart-climbing success, critical acclaim and...

Are parents oversharing online?

How would you like to see baby's first poop, a placenta shake, or unsolicited parenting advice in your Facebook newsfeed?...

Shereen El-Feki | Charles Bradley | Was Shakespeare a pop star?

The Q team is off for the long weekend! We've prepared a great line-up of our favourites for you to...

Sexual taboos in the Arab world

In her book Sex and the Citadel, Shereen El Feki looks at the changing face of sexuality in the mid-spring...

Q debate: was Shakespeare a pop artist?

After more than 400 years, William Shakespeare is still a predominant cultural figure across the globe. But should he be...

Charles Bradley shares the depth of his soul

Charles Bradley, also known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," had a rough start as a boy. He was born...

Jay Z's performance art | Sociopath speaks out | Alt-J

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is broadcaster and...

Alt-J's category-defying sound

Alt-J, also known as ∆, are a Mercury Prize-winning U.K. band with a sound that is difficult to pin down....

Jay Z's 6-hour performance art experiment

Jay Z may have offended punctuation enthusiasts when he ditched the hyphen in his name, but the rapper has now...

Diagnosed sociopath shares secret world

Sociopaths are among us, hiding in plain sight -- but despite what the movies would have us believe, they are...

12 books for your summer reading list

Now that it's August, there's only one month left to tick everything off your summer to-do list - and that...

The fight for gay rights in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe continues to endorse violence against LGBT individuals, using threatening rhetoric in the lead up...

Gay rights in Zimbabwe | Ralph Nader | Thomas Frank

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Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' tribute to Michael Jackson

The whole world has to answer right now, just to tell you once again ... who's bad? The answer, of...

Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener talk A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet tells the story of a how a string quartet that has played together for 25 years begins...

Xavier Dolan on Laurence Anyways and unrequited love

Xavier Dolan made a name for himself with his debut film J'ai Tué Ma Mère (I Killed My Mother), which...

Dustin Hoffman steps behind the camera for Quartet

Dustin Hoffman has long been one of Hollywood's greats. Starring in award-winning films like The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer...

Ralph Nader hates to say he told you so

Ralph Nader, the legendary consumer advocate, activist, author and former presidential candidate, joins guest host Terry O'Reilly to reflect on the state...

Thomas Frank on Mad Men and 1960s nostalgia

If you've never watched the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men, you've probably had plenty of friends on your case to...

Does pop culture get addiction wrong?

Health and science journalist Maia Szalavitz argues that the death of Canadian actor Cory Monteith shows how dangerous the post-rehab...

Hadfield's dreamy dispatches from space

From the Best of Q, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield connects with Studio Q -- from space. But if distance alone...

David Sedaris' self-conscious storytelling

Humourist David Sedaris is known for his work on This American Life and as the author of collections like Me...

How TV gets addiction wrong | David Sedaris | Chris Hadfield

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Feminists fight back against Twitter abuse

U.K. journalist and New Statesman editor Laurie Penny joins guest host Terry O'Reilly to discuss the backlash against Caroline Criado-Perez, who recently...

'Springsteen & I' showcases fan devotion

Every Bruce Springsteen fan has their story. They choke back tears as they tell of standing on stage with The...

Battling Twitter rape threats | Springsteen and I | Ken Jeong

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Is summer vacation bad for poor kids?

Slate business correspondent Matthew Yglesias says the summer vacation model no longer makes sense. Not only do our long school...

Laughter is Ken Jeong's best medicine

His Twitter account has him listed as "the guy from that thing," but Ken Jeong is best known for his...

Ditch summer vacation | Phoenix | Miranda July

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is broadcaster and...

Miranda July sees art in your inbox

Artist and filmmaker Miranda July wants to forward you email she received from celebrities -- much of it mundane, all...

Phoenix bring "Entertainment" to Q

From the Best of Q, revisit Jian's interview with French pop-rock outfit Phoenix.They released their latest album Bankrupt! earlier...

Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels' flavourful 80s

From the Best of Q, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run DMC fame chats with Jian in his trademark unvarnished and...

The world according to Dan Savage

Over the past two decades, Dan Savage has established himself as the "go-to guy" for those in need of sex...

Sexist summer songs | Dan Savage | Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is writer and...

Is it ok to like songs you find sexist?

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke has been tearing up the pop charts, but a growing number of critics are decrying...

Should internet users "opt in" to access porn?

David Cameron has introduced measures to require British citizens to opt in to view pornography, and some want Canada to...

Opt-in porn | Chuck Klosterman | Sarah Neufeld

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is writer and...

Q the Summer: Meet your guest hosts

Normal 0 false false false EN-CA X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 TV and radio host Gill Deacon returns as guest host...

Chuck Klosterman on evil and ethics

Author and critic Chuck Klosterman is known for his astute observations on music, pop culture and sports. He's currently...

Violinist Sarah Neufeld goes solo

From the Best of Q, Canadian violinist and Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld performs in Studio Q.She also chats with...

GabiFresh: 'Every body is a bikini body'

Style blogger and InStyle Magazine's Plus Size columnist Gabi Gregg a.k.a. GabiFresh joins guest host Gill Deacon to discuss the...

Can babies teach kids empathy?

Normal 0 false false false EN-CA X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Author and educator Mary Gordon started the "Roots of Empathy"...

Are seduction guides unfairly stigmatized?

In light of Kickstarter's ban on "seduction guides", we take a look at the seduction community with author and self-described...

Seduction guides | Teaching kids empathy | Rise of the 'fatkini'

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is writer and...

Malala's mixed reviews in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was targeted by the Taliban for defending girls' right to education, delivered a widely-praised...

South African satire | Malala's mixed reviews | Flip flop fury

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is writer and...

Should we flip off the flip-flop?

Slate writer Dana Stevens speaks to guest host Gill Deacon about her recent piece decrying the urban flip-flop --...

Loyiso Gola satirizes South Africa

Loyiso Gola emerged from Johannesburg's stand-up scene amidst a group of young comedians that weren't afraid to tackle sensitive subject...

Rolling Stone's cover controversy

Is the controversial Rolling Stone cover featuring bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev exploitative or brilliant? University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Jamieson...

Remembering Helen Thomas (1920 - 2013)

Helen Thomas, a trailblazing, accountability-seeking White House correspondent who grilled 10 presidents, died over the weekend at the age 92....

A rocky start for Ender's Game

Beloved sci-fi novel Ender's Game will be hitting the big screen this fall, but Geeks OUT! writer Jono Jarrett is...

Cover controversy | Greg Graffin | Boycotting Ender's Game

Please note that Jian is away until the week of August 26th. Our guest host this week is writer...

Greg Graffin keeps faith with Bad Religion

From the Best of Q, Bad Religion frontman and zoologist Greg Graffin challenges assumptions about everything from punk rock to...

Critiquing Jenny McCarthy | Michael Cera | Preserving 'wildness'

The New Yorker's Michael Specter on why he thinks it's shameful that ABC appointed anti-vaccine advocate Jenny McCarthy to be...

A critical view of Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy, the latest addition to ABC's The View, is not the first opinionated, polarizing woman to host the flagship...

Michael Cera's trip in Crystal Fairy

Brampton-born Michael Cera made his way into viewers' hearts as George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, before appearing in movies...

Q essay: Unplug and be present

Jian reflects on the benefits of putting your smartphone away and enjoying events without feeling the need to document them....

The absurdity of preserving wildness

"It's come to this on Planet Earth: men dressed like birds, teaching birds to fly." So writes New York Times...

Sasha Blake | Nicolas Refn | Thomas Vinterberg

Bestselling British author Anna Maxted -- a.k.a. Sasha Blake -- weighs in on J.K. Rowling's use of a pen name,...

Q essay: Is the payphone obsolete?

In today's Q essay, Jian asks: who will speak for the payphone? Earlier this week, the CRTC quashed proposals to...

Vinterberg's The Hunt complicates assault

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg rose to acclaim alongside Lars von Trier as part of the Dogme 95 movement, celebrating...

Only God Forgives meant to polarize

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn started his career with the film Pusher, but became a household name in North America...

David Rakoff remembered | Ivan Reitman | Whitehorse

With the posthumous release of David Rakoff's novel, Love, Dishonour, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, Jian talks to the late author's book...

"Sasha Blake" defends the pen name

U.K. novelist Anna Maxted began writing under the nom de plume Sasha Blake after constant pressure from publishers, readers...

Polaris nominees Whitehorse on Q

Hamilton-based husband and wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland put their solo careers on hold a few years...

Celebrating Alex Colville (1920 - 2013)

In today's Q essay, Jian reflects on the life and art of renowned Canadian artist Alex Colville, who died at...

How Ivan Reitman's Animal House changed comedy

Canadian director/producer Ivan Reitman joins Jian live in Studio Q to reflect on his life and career. Reitman is in...

The life and legacy of David Rakoff

A multi-talented writer and performer, David Rakoff garnered a loyal following for his cynical-yet-optimistic brand of humour. A self-described "gay Jewish...

Chris Brown boycott | Timothy Olyphant | Winehouse exhibit

We talk El Jones, poet laureate of Halifax and women's studies prof at Acadia University about the controversy that has...

Boycotting Chris Brown

El Jones, poet laureate of Halifax and Women's Studies professor at Acadia University, joins Jian to express a more nuanced...

A 'gentle' take on Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse the loyal friend, the avid reader, the family-oriented Jewish woman. If these descriptions of the late singer seem...

Polaris Music Prize shortlist revealed

The short-list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize was unveiled today in Toronto. The award is presented annually for the...

Q essay: Was #Shuffle13 merely marketing?

Jian reflects on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to tweet yesterday's cabinet shuffle.@pmharper seemed "pleased to name" some new faces...

Timothy Olyphant is okay with being a badass

From the Best of Q, we re-air Jian's interview with the Justified star who's played charming bad guys and complicated heroes. ...

Venus and Serena doc | Cory Monteith | Tig Notaro

Michelle Major, director of "Venus and Serena", on her new documentary about the lives and careers of tennis's greatest sister...

Q archives: Cory Monteith's leap from 'long shot'

Friends and fans of Cory Monteith are reeling after the 31 year old was found dead in a Vancouver hotel...

Tig Notaro on tension and fear in comedy

Comedian Tig Notaro stepped into the spotlight after turning a cancer diagnosis, the death of her mother, and a failed...

Have Venus and Serena transformed tennis?

You need not know much about tennis to recognize the sport's record-smashing sisters, Venus and Serena Williams. Their rivalries and...

Q essay: Justice and Trayvon Martin

Jian reflects on the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, and why...

Austra | NFL star Chris Kluwe | Controversial tech

Toronto electronic pop band Austra returns to Q to perform live from their brand new record Olympia, a more collaborative, dance-focused...

Chris Kluwe is no "knuckle-dragging troglodyte"

NFL kicker and outspoken gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe talks to Jian about his book Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons,...

Who's afraid of Google glass?

From the Best of Q, Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur considers the privacy implication's of Google's new wearable computer, Google Glass....

Q essay: Hinterland's Who's Who

Jian wishes a happy 50th to Hinterland Who's Who, a long-running series by the Canadian Wildlife Service that profiles national...

Morgan Neville | OMD | Michael W. Twitty

Morgan Neville, director of 20 Feet from Stardom, a hot new documentary about the hidden world of back-up singers that...

Austra invigorates with Olympia

Toronto electro-pop band Austra returns to Studio Q to perform live from their brand new record Olympia, a collaborative, dance-focused...

Q essay: Winnipeg Folk Fest

Jian reflects on the magic of Winnipeg's folk fest and shares a secret that only concert-goers know. ...

Whitewashing Southern cooking

In light of the Paula Deen controversy, food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty spoke to Jian about how systemic racism...

The ageless sound of OMD

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark set out to define the future of sound back in 1978. Now, 35 years later,...

The unsung brilliance of backup singers

Award-winning director Morgan Neville joins Jian to discuss his hot new documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom, which reveals the untold stories of...

Lac-Mégantic | Rick Moranis | Indigo Girls

Le Devoir journalist Marie-Andree Chouinard on covering the aftermath of the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Que., and how the little town...

Rick Moranis embraces 'too Jewish'

There was a time when funny man Rick Moranis avoided jokes that were "too Jewish" - but now one of...

Rick Moranis wary of Ghostbusters 3

In an interview with CBC Radio's Q, actor and comedian Rick Moranis - who stepped away from making movies in...

Indigo Girls keep it 'righteous'

From the Best of Q: we revisit our interview with the Indigo Girls where they reflected on decades of pushing...

Reporting Lac-Mégantic with empathy

Le Devoir reporter Marie-Andree Chouinard discusses the complexities of covering the devastating explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Que., and why so many people...

Women's visual desires | Scientist Carl Hart | Bruce McCulloch

Former Playgirl editor Ronnie Koenig, plus author Daniel Bergner of the book What Do Women Want? on new findings about visual stimulus and what...

Rethinking 'dangerous' drugs

Neuroscientist Carl Hart says its time to rethink drugs and the war against them, an argument he develops in his new...

Q essay: recovering together

In Tuesday's opening essay, Jian reflects on the devastation in Lac-Mégantic, Que., as well as floods in the Calgary area...

Bruce McCulloch on staying Canadian

Today from the Best of Q, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall fame insists he still wants in on...

Demystifying female desire

Daniel Bergner, author of What Do Women Want?, and former Playgirl editor Ronnie Koenig challenge assumptions and bust myths about female desire. Koenig...

Egypt check-in | Debbie Reynolds | Hugh Dillon

Mahmoud Salem, a.k.a "Sandmonkey", the Egyptian blogger and former parliamentary candidate weighs in on the current crisis and political culture...

Debbie Reynolds is still "Singin' in the Rain"

Debbie Reynolds became "America's Sweetheart" and joined the ranks of Hollywood's elite after starring in Singin' in the Rain. She...

Q essay: Climate change isn't cool

In Monday's opening essay, Jian proposes that the quintessentially Canadian question "hot enough for ya?" has a chilling answer: yes,...

Hugh Dillon on death, Love + Fury

Actor, rocker, and front man of The Headstones, Hugh Dillon, stopped by Studio Q to chat about his band's new...

'Sandmonkey' tweets Egypt's turmoil

On Monday, Jian speaks to Egyptian writer and activist Mahmoud Salem, who tweets and blogs under the name Sandmonkey. The formerly...

Mayoral hopeful Morris pledges to nap

Update: Morris, a pet cat owned by disillusioned voters in Mexico, appears to have left his mark on roughly half of...

Morris El Candigato | Rachel Zeffira | Hiphop sign language interpreter | Elvira Kurt

Morris "El Candigato" has become the most famous local election candidate in Mexico. Too bad he's a cat. Journalist Jo Tuckman...

Elvira Kurt shames 'Pillow Talk'

Elvira Kurt's final inductee into the Cultural Hall of Shame this season is none other than "internet-enabled" cushions, or Pillow Talk, which connect...

Holly Maniatty's 'dope' sign language

Sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty specializes in hip-hop translation for music festival audiences.Jian spoke to her about her craft, which...

Rachel Zeffira's surprising life and art

Today on the Best of Q, we do a double-take on the unpredictable life and career of multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. The...

'Patron Saint of Destruction' Michael Landy

On Thursday, Jian speaks to UK visual artist Michael Landy, whose exhibition at London's National Gallery this summer features kinetic...

Westboro defectors | Female reporter stereotypes | Torquil Campbell | Michael Landy

Two recent defectors from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper. Also, the Canadian who helped them change...

House of Cards overheats reporters

Today on the Best of Q, we shuffle back to revisit seductress stereotypes on the Netflix drama House of Cards. GQ political...

Westboro Baptist Church defectors speak

Today on the Best of Q, we revisit a Twitter fight-turned-friendship that ultimately led two young Westboro Baptist Church members to defect from...

Torquil is tired of Canada Day

Q's roving cultural correspondent Torquil Campbell took a calculated risk on a week featuring both Canada Day and the Fourth...

Gay athletes in Sochi | Should internships be paid?

Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games on gay athletes heading to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next...

Will LGBT athletes feel the chill in Sochi?

Jian speaks to Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games, who worries that Russia's "broad and vague" anti-gay laws...

Afrobeat torchbearer Femi Kuti carves his own path

Afrobeat heir Femi Kuti stopped by studio Q today to talk about his latest album "No Place for My Dream."...

The great intern debate

Wednesday on Q, we convene a debate between Eric Glatt, the former Black Swan intern who successfully sued for back...

Interns share behind-the-scenes stories

To complement Wednesday's Q debate on unpaid internships, our own intern Reyhana Heatherington has scoured social media for the best...

Tatiana Maslany | Patty Griffin | David France

Regina-born actress Tatiana Maslany on her critically applauded roles in the science fiction series Orphan Black. American folk-roots singer-songwriter Patty...

Patty Griffin on American Kid

Jian speaks to Patty Griffin, the American folk-roots singer/songwriter who, after a long period of gestation, has released a highly-anticipated,...

Tatiana Maslany talks Orphan Black

On today's show, Jian speaks to Regina-born actress Tatiana Maslany, who took home the trophy for Best Actress in a...

Paul Anka | k.d lang | Kelly Oxford

Canada Day Best of Q show. Singer-songwriter and original teen idol Paul Anka on his memoir, My Way. Breathtaking performance...

How To Survive a Plague | Kim Cattrall | Savages

Best of Q! Award-winning journalist David France is the director and co-writer of the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague,...

Q's favourite musical performances

We're in a bit of a nostalgic mood here at Q, and in the spirit of looking back fondly, we've...

Savages stun with "Silence Yourself"

Today on the Best of Q, we revisit a conversation and performances with the breakout UK post-punk quartet Savages. The...

Guantánamo memoir | Eddie Huang | Rebecca Marino

Best of Q! With the U.S. government having finally revealed its list of 48 indefinite detainees being held in Guantanamo Bay,...

Chef Eddie Huang fights back

Today on the Best of Q, we revisit our conversation with chef Eddie Huang, who's memoir Fresh Off the Boat details his...

Q Live at POP Montreal...with Patrick Watson!

We are very happy to announce that the incredible Patrick Watson is our first musical guest for Q Live at POP...

Rabbi Silverman | Angela Davis | MILF debate

Best of Q! In light of the recent court decision allowing women to now pray freely at the Western Wall...

Is the term MILF appreciation or an insult?

Today on the Best of Q, we revisit Q's "MILF debate". Can it be reclaimed as a term of empowerment... or...

Sandra Bernhard | Sheryl Sandberg | James Lasdun

Best of Q!  Jian talks to comic, singer and actress Sandra Bernhard. Known for her one-woman Broadway shows, and recognized through...

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg responds to critics

Today on the Best of Q, we revisit our conversation with Facebook's second in command, Sheryl Sandberg. Jian spoke to...

Naomi Wolf | Billy Corgan | Chris Nilan

Best of Q! Writer, critic, and activist Naomi Wolf on her latest controversial book, Vagina: A New Biography, which details...

Billy Corgan and the legacy of The Smashing Pumpkins

Today on the Best of Q, we revisit a conversation with The Smashing Pumpkins front man and rock icon Billy...

Maestro Fresh Wes | James Gandolfini's legacy | Actor Billy Crystal | Q's Media Panel | Elvira Kurt

The Godfather of Canadian hip hop Maestro Fresh Wes on his new album after more than a decade, Orchestrated Noise....

Billy Crystal's Monster success

Comedian Billy Crystal on getting bumped on the very first episode of Saturday Night Live, playing one of the first...

Muppets address issue of parents in jail | A Tribe Called Red | Mark Morris

Why TV's Sesame Street has now included a Muppet character whose father is in jail. A Tribe Called Red, who...

Pow wow-step with A Tribe Called Red

Ottawa's A Tribe Called Red are fresh off their 2nd Polaris long list nomination in as many years. They stopped...

Superhero saturation? | Guillermo del Toro | The end of room service?

Film writer Joe Queenan says, despite the box office titan that is Man of Steel, that we have now reached...

Guillermo Del Toro's Monsters

The award-winning director, writer and producer stopped by Studio Q to chat about his upcoming summer blockbuster Pacific Rim. While it might...

From preacher to atheist | The history of disco | Sebastian Junger

Jerry DeWitt, the author of Hope After Faith, on his conversion from preacher to atheist. Filmmaker Jamie Kastner on his...

From preacher to atheist

Jerry DeWitt represents a new direction for the atheist movement in the U.S. A  preacher for 25 years before realising he...

Iranian election | The National | Christian Louboutin

Amir Soltani, the activist and graphic novelist behind Zahra, a virtual candidate who fictionally competed online as a contender in last...

The National performs live in studio Q

Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred indie rock giants The National return to studio, this time to perform songs from their acclaimed sixth record Trouble...

The Secret Disco Revolution?

When you think of the Disco era, do you fondly recall a progressive time of racial, social, and even sexual...

Reignwolf | Will Arnett | Mary Robinson | Jackie Chan | Elvira Kurt

Canadian rocker Reignwolf performs lives. Canadian comedic actor Will Arnett. Former Irish president and UN Commissioner of Human Rights Mary...

Christian Louboutin takes heels to new heights

Christian Louboutin's shoes have become synonymous with luxury and status. The Parisian designer is a cult favourite of celebrities like...

Reignwolf decimates Studio Q

Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf brought the house down at Studio Q. His unique blend of blues/grunge/rock mixed with a dash...

Ireland's first female President Mary Robinson

As a constitutional lawyer, Ireland's first female President, and the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson built...

Will Arnett on playing cocky and dumb

Canadian comic actor Will Arnett on returning to his breakout role on Arrested Development, playing Jason Bateman's arrogant older brother....

Action star Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan became a global phenomenon with his breakout hit, Rumble in the Bronx. In this extended version of the...

End revenge porn | Khaled Hosseini | Ian MacKaye

One woman's legal fight against the unauthorized uploading of personal sexual images, aka revenge porn. Afghan-American writer and physician Khaled Hosseini...

End revenge porn

Holly Jacobs is the founder of End Revenge Porn, a campaign that aims to criminalize the unauthorized posting of a former lover's...

Ian Mackaye does it himself (again)

The singer and guitarist for Fugazi, The Evens, and Minor Threat is currently in the midst of a monumental project...

Khaled Hosseini on family, sacrifice and Afghanistan

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini talks about his latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed, a book inspired by the...

Gay rights in Russia | Marina Abramovic | Mick Ebeling

Russian gay-rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev on the passing of a bill banning "homosexual propaganda." Performance artist extraordinaire Marina Abramovic on her latest...

Marina Abramović is not dead

Marina Abramović is not dead. But that doesn't mean she isn't preparing. In a new work starring the legend of...

Russia's "homosexual propaganda" bill

The Russian parliament passed a bill that bans "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations". The bill is seen as a major...

Joni Mitchell

An hour-long special with singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Jian interviewed the music legend at her home in Los Angeles and the...

Joni Mitchell: Portrait of an Artist

Click the "Listen" button on the right to hear the full 1-hour interview with Joni Mitchell. She will be in...

Jian on Joni Mitchell

A couple of years ago on this program the legendary performer Tony Bennett confessed to me that he still gets...

The art of Joni Mitchell

We devote the entire program on Tuesday to an in-depth, and very revealing interview with Joni Mitchell. She will be...

Authenticity and politicians | Willem Dafoe | Henry Morgentaler's son

Journalist Andrew Potter on the appeal of authenticity to the voting public and why populist politicians are not necessarily authentic....

Politics of authenticity

Author of The Authenticity Hoax, Andrew Potter, weighs in on our love affair with authenticity within the political realm -- from...

Willem Dafoe on stage and screen

Willem Dafoe has acted in everything from blockbusters like Spider-Man to art house films like Antichrist and Wild At Heart....

Born Ruffians | Nigerian online scams affect locals | John Malkovich | Q's Media Panel | Elvira Kurt

Friday Live: Canadian indie-rockers Born Ruffians perform from their album Birthmarks. Nigerian-based journalist Monica Mark on how Nigerian online scams affect...

The media vs Rob Ford

Why have media reports about the Rob Ford crack video done so little to shift public support for Toronto's mayor?...

John Malkovich as Casanova

Legendary actor, director, writer and fashion designer John Malkovich stopped by Studio Q to talk about his latest artistic exploration......

Controversial Cheerios ad | Michael Pollan | Christopher Doyle | Torquil Campbell

A Cheerios ad depicting a mixed race family prompted an online backlash of racist comments. We talk to Jezebel.com contributor...

Michael Pollan on reclaiming cooking

Choose your adventure: you can either listen to Jian's interview with Michael Pollan, or watch it in the window embedded...

Q live at POP Montreal on September 26!

UPDATE: Tickets are now sold out -- but we have held back a limited number of RUSH LINE tickets that...

Does photojournalism still matter? | Paul Émile d'Entremont | Maintaining Everest

Gill Deacon guest hosts. The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off their entire team of photographers. Photographer Alex Garcia and photo agency director Neil...

Joni Mitchell in focus

Next week on Q, we present a feature interview with Canadian folk icon Joni Mitchell. Jian travelled to Los Angeles...

Last Chance for LGBT refugees

Director Paul Emile d'Entremont stopped by Studio Q to chat about his new documentary Last Chance along with Trudi, one...

The problems on Mount Everest

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing...

American lawyer in Afghanistan | Imaginary Cities | Slum Tourism

Gill Deacon guest hosts. Kimberley Motley, the only foreign defence lawyer currently working in Afghanistan, on how she's trying to...

The ethics of slum tourism

Is slum tourism ethical? Or is it voyeurism? Ko Koens -- co-editor of the book "Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power...

Imaginary Cities bring Fall of Romance to Q

Imaginary Cities -- the Winnipeg indie pop band founded by Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas -- drop by studio Q...

Jian's essay on Stan Rogers

Thirty years ago, a fire broke out onboard an Air Canada flight travelling between Dallas and Toronto that killed 23...

Selling Detroit's art collection | Dov Charney | Q's Sports Culture panel

The Detroit Art Institute is one of the top art museums in the U.S. But the economically-troubled city is now...

Should Detroit sell art to relieve debt?

Riddled by debt, Detroit is mulling whether the city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts could be considered an asset...

Dov Charney shames the fashion industry

Since the factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers, the controversial CEO of American Apparel has been...

Michael Kaeshammer | Mainstreaming "Queer Cinema" | The Way, Way Back writers | Seeking Arrangement

Gill Deacon guest hosts. Live performances throughout the show from pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer.  Film critic B. Ruby Rich...

Sugar Dating Dilemmas

SeekingArrangement.com claims to be the world's "Number One Sugar Daddy Dating Site." But is it dating, or something more...

Michael Kaeshammer brings the boogie-woogie

For his new album With You in Mind, jazz/blues/boogie-woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer looked to one of his greatest influences -...

Jim Rash and Nat Faxon on The Way Way Back

The Oscar winning screenwriters dropped by Studio Q to chat with guest host Gill Deacon about their upcoming film The...

Pussy Riot update | Lionel Shriver | Fan fiction and Amazon

Gill Deacons guest hosts. Russian journalist Masha Gessen on the situation of jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina, who has...

Lionel Shriver on fat and fiction

Lionel Shriver is known for her provocative fiction that explores the darkest corners of the zeitgeist. Her previous novel, We...

Barenaked Ladies | Strongbox | Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Melodic popsters Barenaked Ladies perform from their new album, Grinning Streak. It marks their 25th anniversary as a band. Kevin...

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on friendship

The comedy team's new film, This is the End, is, like much of their work, centered around a struggling friendship. Seth Rogen and...

Barenaked Ladies are on a Grinning Streak

It may be hard to believe but it's been 25 years since the Barenaked Ladies emerged from their suburban basements...

Everyday Sexism | "Crackstarter" debate | End of evangelicals?

U.K. writer Laura Bates, founder of the site Everyday Sexism -- which gives women from around the world a place...

Gawker cracks $200,000

Gawker, the U.S.-based gossip website has hit its crowdfunding goal to buy a video that its editor says shows Toronto...

City and Colour | Occupy Barbie-Dreamhouse | Milos Raonic

City and Colour, AKA Dallas Green, performs a preview from his new album, The Hurry and the Harm. Michael Koschitzki...

Dallas Green goes solo with City and Colour

For much of his career Dallas Green has had to manage being a member of two successful groups, Alexisonfire and...

Jian's essay in defense of Toronto

In light of the recent Rob Ford controversy, Jian discusses the animosity felt towards Toronto....

Kathryn Calder | Robert Bateman | Carolyn Mark | Andrew Weaver | Simon Whitfield

A special Q show, recorded live in front of an audience earlier this week at the Royal Theatre in Victoria...

Q Live from the Royal Theatre in Victoria

The Q team touched down at the gorgeous Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C on Wednesday night. Now you can listen...

Jason Russell | Michael C. Hall | Nigella lLawson

Attempting to draw attention to Joseph Kony's war crimes in Uganda, American Jason Russell's activist video Kony 2012 became the...

Q Live from Victoria airs Friday

The Q team touched down at the sold out Royal Theatre in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia last night. Tune in...

Conrad Black | Netflix CEO

From corporate giant to convicted felon, provocative historian to outspoken columnist, and now a soon-to-be TV talk show co-host, Conrad...

Conrad Black's next chapter

Conrad Black has been back in Canada for a little over a year, after his lengthy legal fight in the...

Predicting movie success | David Sedaris | Burial of "ugliest woman"

Vinnie Bruzzese, a statistician whose company advises Hollywood studios and producers on how to hit the sweet spot with audiences,...

Humourist David Sedaris

Writer and performer David Sedaris stopped by Studio Q to chat about his new book of humourous essays, Let's Explore...

The numbers behind hit movies

Former stats professor Vinnie Bruzzese applies numbers analysis to movie scripts in-progress. He says his methods can lead to box...

Wheat debate | Ben Caplan | Dave Grohl

Best of Q VICTORIA DAY ShowWe convene a wheat-free diet debate with Dr. William Davis, author of the runaway best-seller...

Cast of Tommy | Des McAnuff | Pete Townshend | Chloé Robichaux | Elvira Kurt

Live performance throughout the show from the cast of Tommy, a modern remount of the "pinball wizard" rock musical by...

Pete Townshend on "Tommy"

The Who's iconic guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend on his 1969 "rock opera" Tommy, overcoming abuse as a child and...

Des McAnuff and the cast of Tommy

Later this month, the Who's rock-opera Tommy opens at the Stratford festival. Today on Q, we featured an interview with...

Chloe Robichaud from Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival is underway in the south of France, and lone Canadian to make the official selection is...

Mel Brooks | Pop duo Boy

A special two-part interview with comedy genius Mel Brooks. The writer, performer, composer and film director is the subject of...

Mel Brooks on a life in comedy

A special one-hour interview with comedy genius Mel Brooks - writer, performer, composer, and film director -- creator of films...

Feminist vs. women-positive | Dan Brown | Ken Jeong

Is it problematic or a viable personal choice that more female public figures are declaring themselves women-positive, but hesitate to identify...

Dan Brown's bizarre rituals

Mega-selling author Dan Brown's new novel is called Inferno. He spoke to Jian about writing for a mass audience, his fidelity...

Does the "feminist" label matter?

Katy Perry says that while she believes in "the strength of women," she does not identify as a "feminist".  And...

Doctor turned funnyman Ken Jeong

Comedic actor Ken Jeong from NBC's Community and The Hangover film series is back with the latest and final edition...

Abba's Björn Ulvaeus | The National | The cost of college athletics

Abba's Björn Ulvaeus on the opening of a new museum honouring the celebrated group in Stockholm, Sweden. Indie heroes The National...

Battle of the Heys!

As we celebrate today's release of Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and we bask in the glow of...

Jian's essay on Commander Chris Hadfield

Jian discusses Commander Chris Hadfield's incredible space oydessy....

Bjorn Ulvaeus on ABBA's enduring appeal

This past week marked the opening of ABBA: The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden -- a new permanent exhibition devoted to...

The National on "Trouble Will Find Me"

For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band The National have taken their mix of raw talent and classical training,...

The racial politics of memes | Bootsy Collins | Eve Ensler

Slate's Aisha Harris on the meme-ification of Charles Ramsey and our cultural fascination with the "hilarious black neighbour." Funk pioneer Bootsy...

Eve Ensler on her "cancer conversion"

Today, Jian spoke to Eve Ensler, the award-winning playwright and best-selling author behind The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body and...

Bootsy Collins has no regrets

As a member of James Brown's band, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, bassist and song-writer Bootsy Collins played a major role...

David Francey | Richard Hell | Media Panel | Gilbert Hernandez | Elivra Kurt

Live performances throughout the show from three-time JUNO winner David Francey whose brand new album So Say We All explores...

Musician David Francey on depression

David Francey didn't begin his musical career until the tender age of 45. Since then, he has won three Junos...

Legendary cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez

Alt-cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez is the co-creator, along with his brothers Jaime and Mario, of the long-standing and revolutionary comic Love...

Jian's essay on the so-called CBC crisis

In his essay today, Jian addressed the most recent revival of the "is the CBC in crisis?" debate....

Armando Iannucci | The Lumineers | Todd Bieber

Veep creator Armando Iannucci talks about his hit HBO TV series starring Julie Louis-Dreyfus in the role of fictitious US...

The Lumineers soar through simplicity

Denver-based acoustic folk band The Lumineers broke out in a big way last year when their hit song "Ho Hey"...

Armando Iannucci on pointless political speech

British TV comedy legend Armando Iannucci is reaching audiences in North America with his latest program Veep. The show skewers the emptiness...

Guantanamo memoir | Why Men Fake It | David Suzuki

Larry Siems of PEN talks about a newly declassified memoir by Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It's a harrowing, first-person...

David Suzuki on helicopter parenting

CBC host and environmental advocate David Suzuki explains why overprotective parents and the lure of technology are resulting in...

A detainee's first-hand account of Gitmo

Director of PEN's Freedom To Write program, Larry Siems, spoke to Jian about an eye-opening memoir by Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould...

Why men fake it: the truth about men's sexuality

Harvard professor Dr. Abraham Morgentaler's new book, Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex, is...

Yelp! "prison reviews" | Morning TV wars | Maylee Todd

Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey on "prison reviews" appearing on the popular restaurant review website Yelp! -- everything from comments on...

Brian Stelter on toxic morning TV culture

New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter discusses his new book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World...

Maylee Todd turns up the funk

Toronto musician Maylee Todd's new album is called Escapology, a record that Exclaim! called "a freaky funk soul disco party." She and...

Mary Gordon on developing empathy

Are we facing a crisis of empathy in society? Author and educator Mary Gordon talks about "Roots of Empathy," her program...

Mary Gordon | Sex and the Citadel | Sports Culture Panel

Mary Gordon discusses her program Roots of Empathy, which teaches empathy to school age children by having them interact with...

Shereen El Feki on sex in the Middle East

Journalist and academic Shereen El-Feki spoke to Jian about her new book, Sex and the Citadel, in which she explores...

James Cromwell on Still Mine

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell on Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" and the relationship between his "radical progressive" politics and his critically-acclaimed...

Winnipeg-born comedy legend David Steinberg

The New York Times has called David Steinberg "a cross between Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce" and "a comic institution...

Billy Bragg | New Mariinsky Theatre | James Cromwell | David Steinberg | Elvira Kurt

Friday Live performance from UK folk-rocker and activist Billy Bragg from his latest album, Tooth & Nail. Architect Gary McCluskie on the complicated and controversial...

Musician Billy Bragg talks politics

Hear U.K. singer-songwriter Billy Bragg perform from his new album, Tooth and Nail. He also sat down with Jian to chat...

"The War Room" | Don Cheadle | STFU Parents

Documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on the 20th anniversary of their landmark documentary on American politics, The War...

Jian's essay on the Ontario Music Fund

Jian pays tribute to people behind the Ontario Music Fund: a three-year, $45-million commitment by the Ontario provincial government to...

Don Cheadle on real and fictional violence

Don Cheadle explores the relationship between fictitious and real life conflict, between Hollywood blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and the...

STFU, parents

Blair Koenig takes on a major big new-millennium trend with her blog,  STFU, Parents. It chronicles the worst examples of...

Sebastião Salgado | Rachel Zeffira | Sneaker culture

Acclaimed Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado on his journey to the ends of the earth to find the world's most...

Rachel Zeffira's fortune and flourish

Rachel Zeffira has a thing for lucky (or, perhaps unlucky) breaks. Born-and-raised in The Kootenays, BC, the classically-trained singer and...

To the ends of the earth

Documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado travelled to some of the world's most remote places to capture pristine landscapes and the traditional...

Is Canadian bilingualism still relevant? | Rasmus Ankersen | Jonathan Hobin

Has the time for French/English billingualism passed? Is multillingualism more reflective of our Canadian present and future? A Q debate,...

Jonathan Hobin's In the Playroom

Ottawa-based photographer Jonathan Hobin has made headlines and sparked criticism with his photo series In the Playroom, which features children re-enacting...

The great bilingualism debate

We convene a Q debate between Graham Fraser, Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages and indigenous rights activist Ellen Gabriel. They're...

How hard should parents push their children?

In his new book, The Goldmine Effect, former professional soccer player turned motivational speaker Rasmus Andersen travels around the world...

In 2013, Wilcox County High School had its first integrated prom

On Saturday night in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia, history was made by students at Wilcox County High School....

Integrated Prom | Trent Reznor | Q's Sports Culture Panel

Georgia locals Harriet Hollis and Edward Dubose on Wilcox County High School's first integrated prom this past weekend, meaning black students and...

Trent Reznor on success, artistic integrity, and David Bowie

Legendary artist and musician (not to mention Grammy and Academy Award winner) Trent Reznor is back in the spotlight with...

Zain Mahmood | David Myles | Media Panel | Marina Chapman | Elvira Kurt

Award-winning singer-songwriter David Myles performs from his new disc In The Nighttime throughout the show. Has anything changed? Just a...

Jian's essay on the Experimental Lakes Area

Jian discusses the reprieve for the world-renowned research facilities in Northern Ontario known as the Experimental Lakes Area. Last year,...

George Jones (1931-2013)

Legendary country singer George Jones has died at the age of 81. Known for his signature baritone, the hard-living...

The incredible tale of a girl who lived with monkeys

Marina Chapman's life story is equal parts fascinating and unbelievable. Kidnapped at the age of 4, she was left in...

Are western consumers responsible for the disaster in Bangladesh?

Dhaka-based investigative reporter Syed-Zain al-Mahmoud discusses Wednesday's collapse of a garment factory in the suburbs of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The number...

The Manor | Jane Goodall | Afghan historian

Guelph strip club manager-turned filmmaker Shawney Cohen talks about his debut feature documentary The Manor, which kicks off the Hot...

Jian's essay on the factory disaster in Bangladesh

Jian reflects on the disaster at a garment factory in Bangladesh. The building collapsed on Wednesday, killing more than 200...

Jane Goodall's tireless trek

Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall travels about 300 days a year spreading her message of conservation and hope. Hear her...

Mohsin Hamid | Pop culture vs. high art | Katie Roiphe

Writer Mohsin Hamid, whose breakthrough novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, about a Pakistani man working on Wall Street, is now a...

Author Mohsin Hamid on extremism

Following the bombings in Boston, President Obama asked, "why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of...

Was Shakespeare a pop artist?

Q marks the 449th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a debate about the source of the Bard's...

30th anniversary of JFL | Steve Earle | Gaybros

Jian is back. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, Bruce Hills, longtime CEO of Just for Laughs, reflects on...

Steve Earle's hard road

On his 15th studio record The Low Highway, country rock troubadour Steve Earle looks at hard times from a perspective...

The "Gaybro" subculture

"Gaybros" is an online community of gay men who share interests in things like pool, football, videogames, barbequing and tech...

Profile of Anonymous | John Douglas | Erin Costelo

Terry O'Reilly guest hosts. An exploration of the changing public profile of the hacktivist organization Anonymous, most recently in the...

Erin Costelo's old soul

Halifax musician, composer and arranger Erin Costelo's latest record -- We Can Get Over -- finds the jazz-trained singer/songwriter channelling soul and...

Has Anonymous become mainstream?

Anonymous, the online activist network have received kudos recently for Operation Justice for Rehtaeh, their effort to get the RCMP to re-open...

Dragonette | Regina's arts scene | k.d. lang | Bahamas | Tom Cochrane | Juno Cup hockey rivals | Corb Lund

Q live at the Junos in Regina! k.d. lang, the JUNO and Grammy winner is the 2013 inductee into the...

Q's Juno special live in Regina!

You can now stream Q's Juno special from the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina on Thursday night. Featuring interviews and performances from k.d....

Lloyd Axworthy | Ken Burns | Rush

With news that the National Arts Centre Orchestra will be touring China, former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy reflects on...

Q exposed: the 6th anniversary edition

It's our 6th anniversary at Q, and we're celebrating with another Q exposed list! Click on the link to discover the identity...

Doc-maker Ken Burns

Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the man behind epics like The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball, has co-directed a film with his...

Rush makes the Hall of Fame

After years of lobbying by fans, Rush is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On...

Sebastian Junger | Sarah Brightman | Remembering Rita MacNeil

Writer and filmmaker Sebastian Junger on Which Way Is the Front Line From Here?: The Life and Time of...

Q LIVE in Victoria

Q is heading to Victoria, British Columbia!The show will take place Wednesday, May 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the...

Remembering Rita MacNeil

Upon word of the death of Rita MacNeil, we present a tribute to the great Cape Breton singer. Jian speaks...

Lawrence Hill | Paul Anka | Jimmy Fallon | Russell Brand | Adele

Award-winning author Lawrence Hill on his latest book, Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book, a nonfiction account of the...

Canada's original teen idol Paul Anka

Legendary singer and song-writer Paul Anka has just released a new album called Duets and a new memoir, titled My...

Q's 6th anniversary

Today is Q's 6th anniversary and we're marking the occasion this week by revisiting some of our favourite interviews from...

Jian's essay on the Boston marathon bombings

As Boston wakes up to the morning after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston marathon,...

Arab women directors | R.A. Dickey | Ornette Coleman | Tom Waits

Program Director at the Birds Eye View Film Festival, Elhum Shakerifar, on why women in Arab countries are taking up...

Blue Jays ace R.A. Dickey on tragedy and redemption

Expectations this season for the Toronto Blue Jays are sky high, but if there is anyone who could handle those...

Rise of Arab Women Filmmakers

Jian spoke to Elhum Shakerifar, the program director of The Birds Eye View Film Festival. This year, the festival solely...

Ruth Moody | Searchlight finale | Jason Priestley | Media Panel | Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

Friday live musical guest JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Ruth Moody performs from her new album, These Wilder Things. The finale of...

"I've still got The Priestley in my mouth!"

Jason Priestley stopped by Studio Q to talk about his role in the new Canadian Stage production of David Mamet's...

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels on hip hop in the '80s

Run DMC --  founded in 1981 by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels --...

Searchlight's Big Winner!

The people have chosen their winner in CBC Music's Searchlight competition to determine the best new musical act in the...

Jason Priestley takes on Mamet

Jason Priestley, the star of Call Me Fitz is appearing in a new production of RACE, by Pulitzer Prize-winning American...

Seeking Asian Female | Muse | Ken Campbell

Debbie Lum, the filmmaker behind the new documentary, Seeking Asian Female, which looks at the cultural phenomenon of immigrant Asian...

Seeking Asian Female

As a woman of Chinese heritage born and raised in America, filmmaker Debbie Lum is no stranger to the idealization...

The prog-rock orchestra of Muse

There is nothing small about UK rockers Muse. The Grammy winning, prog-rock trio are known around the world for their...

Jose Antonio Vargas | Kelly Oxford | North Korean film characters

Jose Antonio Vargas, a high-level journalist in the U.S. who revealed himself to be an undocumented resident, reflects on the...

Jose Antonio Vargas on Q

Last week the Associated Press made a major change to their style book; they will stop using the term "illegal...

Twitter star Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford, the former Calgary stay-at-home mom turned author and Hollywood screenwriter talks internet fame, parental over-share and her new...

Controversial "Jew in a box" exhibit

Michal Friedlander is one of the curators of a controversial new exhibit at Berlin's Jewish Museum that's being nicknamed Jew in...

Debbie Reynolds | Georges St. Pierre | "Jew in a box"

Actress, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds -- who starred in dozens of classic Hollywood musicals, including Singin' in the Rain...

GSP on Q

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has a new book, The Way of the Fight, which tracks his childhood in St....

Debbie Reynolds is truly "Unsinkable"

Veteran actor Debbie Reynolds became "America's Sweetheart" and joined Hollywood's elite after starring in Singin' in the Rain. Her career in...

Porn literacy | Rob Thomas | Rene Redzepi

Sex educator Marty Klein argues that we need to deal with the reality of the online age and teach porn...

Searchlight's Winner

Friday on the show, we will reveal the winner in CBC Music's Searchlight competition to determine the best new musical act...

Do you support porn literacy for teens?

For teens today, porn is only a click away, and even the most modest estimates say about half of all teens...

Kickstarting Veronica Mars

With just a few days left in the Kickstarter campaign for a new Veronica Mars movie, Jian talks to Rob...

Film critic Roger Ebert | Film critics on Ebert's legacy | Showrunner Glen Mazzara | Actor Jessica Paré

We remember acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert with an inspiring interview he did in Studio Q in 2011. Also, film critics Johanna Schneller...

Jason Priestley | Media Panel

Actor Jason Priestley talks about his challenging role in the Toronto production of David Mamet's controversial play, Race, about a...

Glen Mazzara and The Walking Dead

Glen Mazzara has been the brains behind AMC's hit series The Walking Dead for the past season and a half....

Jessica Paré on the return of Mad Men

This Sunday  evening, the 6th season of Man Men premieres -- a special two-hour episode called "The Doorway".  Today, Canadian...

Mark Kleiman and drug policy | Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber | Does Quebec TV need more Anglophones? | Torquil Campbell

Mark Kleiman, an academic who has made drug-policy his speciality, on the challenges he'll face as the newly-appointed lead on...

Remembering Roger Ebert

We pay tribute today to film critic Roger Ebert, who died yesterday at the age of 70. For 46 years, he...

Meet the man who's legalizing it

Washington state voted to legalize recreational marijuana last fall, but no one really knew what a legal pot economy would...

Andrew Lloyd Webber does what he wants

The enormously successful composer was in Studio Q today for a chat about his entire career -- from Jesus Christ...

The oil economy and Canadian democracy | Punk band Billy Talent | The genius of rapper Lil Wayne

Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon argues that Canada's dependence on the oil sands is eroding Canadian democracy. Canadian punk-rockers Billy Talent on...

Is the oil sands industry undermining Canadian democracy?

Today Jian spoke to academic and author Thomas Homer-Dixon about his controversial recent New York Times op-ed "The Tar Sands...

Billy Talent get loud

It's hard to believe Canadian rockers Billy Talent are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this summer. During those...

The practice of "Duplitecture" | Women and car culture | Brooklyn the global brand

A look at what's behind the rising Chinese practice of "duplitecture", where global cities and towns -- including places in...

Searchlight Top 2!

Tjhis Monday, we will announce, live on the show, the top 2 acts still remaining in CBC Music's Searchlight competition to...

What does China's "duplitecture" mean?

For the past few decades, China has been replicating many of the West's architectural gems.  Think an entire alpine village,...

Does car culture still exclude women?

Thankfully we've moved beyond a car culture that actively casts women as aliens behind the wheel (see below!). But journalist Libby...

South African Comedy | Explorer Robert Ballard | Indie rockers Tegan and Sara

Best of Q. A look at the burgeoning comedy scene in South Africa, where race is on the agenda, along...

Cyndi Lauper | Vampire Weekend | Alan Alda | David Cross | Media Panel

Q in New York City, recorded live before an audience of 600 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in Manhattan, Thursday...

Sheryl Sandberg | Charles Bradley | Chivalry debate

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg talks about the reaction to her book about women pushing themselves harder in the workplace, Lean In....

Watch Q LIVE in New York City

It was a raucous evening on Thursday night for Q in New York City! Vampire Weekend, performed from their forthcoming...

The Screaming Eagle of Soul lands in Q

Charles Bradley spent most of his life working odd jobs and living in poverty. But those years of hardship birthed...

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on women, leadership and her own self-confidence

Jian spoke to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most powerful women in the corporate world. Her controversial book, Lean...

Benefits of hazing? | Alt-J | Summly app

In the wake of the Ryerson University Youtube hazing video, Andrew Potter talks about the "substantial virtues" of hazing. 2012...

Alt-J bring their one of a kind sound to Studio Q

Alt-J stopped by Studio Q on the heels of their hit debut record An Awesome Wave. That album took the...

Are there "substantial virtues" to hazing?

While many were shocked and angered over a recent Youtube "hazing" video, featuring engineering students in Toronto crawling through slush...

Liberal academia | Phoenix | Rise of the #

Sociologist Neil Gross puts empirical study behind the conservative accusation that higher education is a liberal haven. French alt-dance band...

Phoenix live on Q

The French band Phoenix first broke out in a big way with their 2009 record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. After a long...

Is the hashtag #ruiningenglish?

Linguist Ben Zimmer was on the show today to talk about hashtag mania, its popularity, usage, and future. Whether you're...

Q LIVE in New York City: tickets available!

UPDATE: There are no more tickets available. A limited number of tickets have become available for Q LIVE in New...

Pound Foolish | Heart | Sports Culture Panel

Journalist Helaine Olen discusses her book Pound Foolish, which questions the personal finance industry. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson from...

Was Kaetlyn Osmond's Globe cover shot offensive?

On today's Sports Culture Panel, Stephen Brunt and Scott Russell discussed 17-year-old Kaetlyn Osmond's breakthrough performance at the world figure...

Searchlight's Top 4 Tuesday

On Tuesday, we'll announce the top 4 acts remaining in CBC Music's Searchlight competition to find the best new musical act...

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart stopped by Studio Q to chat about their very busy year. 2012 saw them...

Post-punk band Savages | Misuse of "bully" | Comedian Sandra Bernhard | Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki | Elvira Kurt

All-female, post-punk band Savages from London England preview their forthcoming album, Silence Yourselves. Sticks and Stones author Emily Bazelon on the misuse...

Savages on Q

The exciting new U.K. post-punk quartet Savages are in Studio Q for their North American broadcast debut....

Sandra Bernhard dishes on Madonna

Sandra Bernhard talks about her outspoken and outlandish celebrity outsider status and whether that voice both created and undermined her...

Jian's opening essay on Library and Archives Canada

Jian's take on the controversial new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada....

Steubenville coverage and rape culture | Scottish band CHVRCHES | Photographer Indrani | Torquil Campbell

Journalist and The Walrus senior editor Rachel Giese on the tremendous public backlash to media coverage of the Steubenville rape...

Believe the hype! Chvrches on Q

Scottish rising stars Chvrches stopped by Studio Q fresh off a triumphant run at the always competitive SXSW Music Festival....

What the Steubenville rape case coverage got wrong

The media has come under fire for its coverage of the rape trial that concluded earlier this week in Steubenville, Ohio. In...

Iraq anniversary | Kony2012's Jason Russell | Fitness guru Harley Pasternak

Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, award-winning journalist Jonathan Landay on the media failures leading up to the war, and...

Norooz Pirooz!

Jian's opening essay marking Persian New Year....

New additions to the Q at the JUNOs lineup

We're heading to Regina for a special live-audience edition of Q as part of this year's JUNOfest! The lineup includes a...

Kony 2012, one year later

One year ago, a little video called Kony 2012 became the most viral in history. The goal behind the video...

Decline of the alt-weekly | Westboro defectors | Young people leaving Facebook

Gawker.com writer Camille Dodero on the end of the pioneering alternative newspaper the Boston Phoenix. David Abitbol, the organizer of the...

Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is known for their controversial protests warning America about the wrath of God. They have often...

Has Facebook lost its cool?

As the popularity of Twitter and Tumblr have soared, younger users are flooding to those sites as alternatives to Facebook....

Seductress reporter stereotypes | MMA's Fallon Fox | Inventing new words

Journalist Marin Cogan on the stereotypical depiction of female political reporters as seductresses in the Netflix original drama House of...

Should we just make up words?

Writer Andrew Kaufman makes the case that our current English vocabulary is insufficient and we should all feel free to...

MMA fighter Fallon Fox

MMA fighter Fallon Fox sparked controversy when she recently revealed that she was born male, making her the first transgender...

Searchlight

On Monday we will reveal, live on the show, the remaining 8 finalists in CBC Music's Searchlight...their competition to determine the best...

The real House of Cards

If you watch House of Cards, the acclaimed new Netflix drama, you might get the idea that it's common for...

Should we worry about 3-D printers and wearable computers?

We look at two controversial technologies from this year's SXSW Interactive Festival. Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur considers the privacy...

Trio Fibonacci performs live

Over the past 15 years, Montreal chamber ensemble Trio Fibonacci (named after the mathematician) has devoted itself to the exploration...

Canadian 70s rock anthem winner announced

The long wait is finally over. Inspired by the passionate fight going on in Massachusetts right now over which song...

Trio Fibonacci | Google Glass | Media Panel

Friday Live performance -- Violinist Julie-Anne Derome, cellist Gabriel Prynn and pianist Wonny Song are Quebec's Trio Fibonacci, a chamber...

How would you deal with being stalked online?

In his novels, writer James Lasdun often explores the dark world of paranoia and inner torment. That's also the case...

Love drugs | Writer James Lasdun | Secret menus | Torquil Campbell

Oxford ethicist Brian Earp on his research into the therapeutic use of anti-love and love drugs. Writer James Lasdun, author...

Justified's Timothy Olyphant - from bad guy to hero

Timothy Olyphant has played a variety of roles throughout his career, many of them bad guys. His latest turn is as the...

Berlin Wall controversy | Actor Timothy Olyphant | Lego artist

A look at the controversy and demonstrations in Berlin over the demolition of a remaining portion of the Berlin Wall....

Lego Artist Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya raised a few eyebrows when he decided to quit his high-paying law career and become a Lego artist....

Q taste tests the Land, Sea and Air Burger!

Leading up to Jian's conversation with HiddenMenu.com's Kathrina Manalac on the rise of secret menus, particularly in fast food joints,...

More guests: Q LIVE in New York City

Q is headed back to New York City for a sold-out live audience show. Additional guests now confirmed: pop icon...

Diversity and The Bachelorette | Hayden | Massachusetts rock song contest

Misee Harris on why she wants to become the first African-American candidate on mainstream reality show The Bachelorette, followed by...

Hayden's not dead!

Toronto folk-veteran Hayden was surprised to find out his Wikipedia page listed him as dead. However, he was just off...

Nominate your choice for Canada's official rock anthem!

Massachusetts is currently slugging it out over whether Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" and Aerosmith's "Dream On" should be the State's official...

Q's heading to Regina for the JUNOs!

We're heading to Regina for a special live-audience edition of Q as part of this year's JUNOfest! The show will...

This Week On Q

This week on Q Monday Kate Nash Tuesday Hayden Wednesday Timothy Olyphant Thursday Love Drugs Friday Media Panel See the...

Too high to drive? | Singer Kate Nash | Sports Culture Panel

As several states legalize marijuana, Mother Jones writer Josh Harkinson looks at the question of how high is too high...

How high is too high to drive?

As more US states consider the legalization of marijuana, Mother Jones staff writer Josh Harkinson explores the increasingly hazy debate...

Kate Nash on 'Girl Talk' and girl power in Studio Q

UK songstress Kate Nash stopped by Studio Q to play a couple songs from her brand new album Girl Talk....

Searchlight & Q

We're big supporters of great new Canadian music here at Q. And that's why we're excited to be part of Searchlight,...

Bruce McCulloch grows up

Bruce McCulloch, of Kids in the Hall fame, reflects on his journey from young drunk punk in Alberta to pajama-clad dad in the...

Jian's tribute to Stompin' Tom

We had so many requests for this morning's opening essay on Stompin' Tom Connors, we've decided to post the text...

Zach Braff travels to Oz

Actor/writer/director Zach Braff stopped by Studio Q to chat about his career, his love of the theatre and his exciting...

Remembering Stompin' Tom

With the news that Stompin' Tom Connors has died, we present a special tribute on Q, with some of the...

Mandy Patinkin will inspire you

With a career spanning four decades, versatile actor and singer Mandy Patinkin has earned countless accolades for his roles on...

Chef Eddie Huang on Q

Eddie Huang is a chef and owner of Baohaus restaurant in New York City, and the host of a food...

Should we tax violent video games?

In the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, the state government in Connecticut is considering...

Andy Carvin, NPR's Chief Twitterer

Andy Carvin is NPR's Senior Strategist, which means he spends a lot of time on twitter. He's been known to...

This week on Q - March 4-March 8/13

MONDAY: Journalist and NPR social media strategist Andy Carvin. He's been called a "living, breathing, real-time verification system" for his...

David Bowie vs. The Wallflowers

Jian and CBC Radio 2 host Tom Power go head to head over Tom's claim that The Wallflowers version of...

Rabbi Susan Silverman on her "balls-out civil disobedience"

A few weeks back, Rabbi Susan Silverman was one of 10 women detained by police at the Western Wall for...

Kim Nguyen's 'War Witch' captures child soldier's strife

Canadian director Kim Nguyen tells the haunting tale of a 12-year-old Komona -- a girl kidnapped by a rebel army...

Martin Short on the Canadian Screen Awards

Martin Short on Seth MacFarlane, the Oscars and his role promoting Canadian talent as the host of the first ever...

Rebecca Marino on tennis and depression

Rebecca Marino was hailed as Canada's next big tennis star, but off the court she was suffering from a debilitating...

Josh Groban on Q

Jian talks to Josh Groban about his new album "All That Echoes" and his increasingly expanding career as an actor....

Oscar night... the morning after

The 85th annual Academy Awards took place yesterday evening. On the morning after, Q's illustrious Oscar Panel  -- Johanna Schneller,...

This week on Q - Feb 25-March 1/13

MONDAY: Guardian journalist, James Ball, on a newly discovered software that is drawing the ire of civil liberty groups, Rapid...

Do final tweets honour the dead?

The Tweet Hereafter is a website that compiles the last social media postings of people notable in life or in...

Will the real Michael Bolton please stand up?

Michael Bolton, the aching-heart balladeer, surprised everyone a couple of years ago with an addictive comedic collaboration with The Lonely Island...

Indigo Girls on 30 years of music, activism and politics

Indigo Girls, the Grammy-winning folk rock icons, stop by Studio Q for a feature chat and performance. They had their...

This week on Q - Feb 18-22/13

MONDAY: Best of Q! Are North American children's playgrounds too safe? European playground manufacturer Harry Harbottle explains why Europe takes...

Tim McGraw returns

Country music superstar Tim McGraw on his new hit album Two Lanes of Freedom and how his life changed at...

Josh Ritter's beast

Over the last 15 years, Josh Ritter has become one of the most respected songwriters in the Americana genre. And...

Nigella Lawson all'Italiana

Between her best-selling cookbooks, TV specials, apps, cookware line and online community, British food maven Nigella Lawson has built something...

Best of Q: Kathleen Hanna

It's a holiday in much of Canada, so we present a special Best of Q episode. Jian talks to Kathleen...

Canada Reads winners Lisa Moore and Trent McClellan

After a week of passionate debate, the winner of Canada Reads 2013: Turf Wars has been crowned....

Internet dating, fake girlfriends, Josey Vogels

Writer and comedian Josh Gondelman on his adventures buying fake online girlfriends. A Q debate: is internet dating replacing commitment...

Love is on the air

Listen to our special, Valentine's edition of the show with guest host Jann Arden. Is online dating bad for relationships?...

Jill Barber performs from Chansons

Canadian chanteuse Jill Barber has set her sights on the language of love with a new album of classic French...

Gold medallist Ross Rebagliati and his marijuana dispensary

It's been 15 years since Ross Rebagliati won the first ever gold medal in Olympic Snowboarding. He also became the...

Is it time to rethink the 40-hour work week?

Anna Cootes, the head of Social Policy at The New Economics Foundation, makes the case for the 4-day work week....

This week on Q - Feb 11-15/13

MONDAY: Terry O'Reilly guest hosts! Anna Cootes, of the UK-based think tank The New Economics Foundation, on why fewer working...

Chloe Charles breaks through the noise

Toronto-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Chloe Charles has earned acclaim in Europe for her classical guitar stylings, orchestral-meets-folk pop sound...

The wild world of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom -- the New Zealand-based founder of Megaupload -- is facing extradition to the United States and 50 years...

Song from space

Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut and Ed Robertson have been involved in a unique musical collaboration. They've written a song...

Will the Boy Scouts of America soon welcome gay youth and leaders?

This past Wednesday, Boy Scouts of America was expected to make a decision whether or not to end a ban...

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic on climbing the ranks

Jian talks to Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic about his Davis Cup win, and becoming the highest ranked Canadian...

Are wheat-free diets a fad?

Dr. William Davis, author of the runaway best-seller, Wheat Belly, argues that far from being a "healthy whole grain", wheat...

Robert Lantos & the all-Canadian movie channel

Legendary Canadian movie producer, Robert Lantos talks about Starlight - the all-Canadian TV network he's proposing to the CRTC....

Buke and Gase build from the ground up

Buke and Gase is the musical brainchild of New York's Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez. Their name derives from the...

Q LIVE in New York

UPDATE: This show is now SOLD OUT. Thanks to all who bought tickets! There will be a rush line. Keep...

Dave Grohl and Sound City

Legendary drummer of Nirvana and Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl, has turned director. His first film Sound City examines one of...

Should Mike Tyson be on Law & Order: SVU?

Tomorrow, former boxer Mike Tyson will guest star on the NBC crime drama Law & Order: SVU (Special Victim's Unit)....

Remembering Whitney Houston

Cissy Houston, the Grammy-winning soul and gospel singer speaks to Jian one year after the death of her daughter, Whitney...

This week on Q - Feb 4-8/13

MONDAY: Canadian women's hockey captain Hayley Wickenheiser on heading toward the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia...one year from this week....

Listen & watch Q Live in Hamilton

Q taped a special live audience show at a packed McIntyre Performing Arts Centre in Hamilton, Ontario Thursday night.  Hamilton's...

Bad Religion's Greg Graffin on Q

Veteran punk rockers Bad Religion have just released their 16th full length album, "True North."  Front man Greg Graffin stopped...

Goodbye 30 Rock!

Tomorrow night, after seven seasons of mocking pop culture, 30 Rock will come to an end. It's been a good...

k-os on appropriating rock music

Canadian hip hop artist k-os on his new double-album, "Black on Blonde" and how rock music feeds his new sound....

k-os on appropriating rock music

Canadian hip hop artist k-os on his new double-album, "Black on Blonde" and how rock music feeds his new sound....

Tegan and Sara get a little bit closer

Tegan and Sara on their decision to leave the quiet, heartbroken songs behind to make their brand new dance-pop-inspired album,...

The great tipping debate

Tipping anywhere between 15% and 25% on your restaurant bill is ingrained in the culture of North America, but University...

Palma Violets' North American debut on Q

They formed just over a year ago, but London UK band Palma Violets are ready for big things. Their 2012...

This week on Q - Jan 28-Feb 1/2013

MONDAY: Professor and author Karima Bennoune on the devastating effects the fundamentalist takeover of Northern Mali has had on the...

Ken Campbell on the downside of the NHL dream

On today's show, writer/columnist Ken Campbell talked about his new book "Selling The Dream: How Hockey Parents and their Kids...

Chris Hadfield connects from space [VIDEO]

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield joins Jian from the final frontier. He's currently serving on board the International Space Station. Throughout...

In praise of imperfection

Following news that Beyonce had lip-synched her perfect performance at the presidential inauguration, Jian opened today's show with an essay...

Judgments artist Rosea Lake

Vancouver artist and student Rosea Lake on her viral image, "Judgments."...

Self-help author Timothy Ferriss

Popular self-help author Timothy Ferriss tackles a new topic with his 4-hour philosophy in his latest book "The 4-Hour Chef." Hear him...

Ben Caplan performs live on Q

Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers turn in two rousing performances, live in Studio Q....

Is the term MILF a compliment or an insult?

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Life of Pi composer Mychael Danna

Toronto's Mychael Danna has been composing for film for over 25 years. But his latest work in Ang Lee's Life...

Sarah Polley on "Stories We Tell"

Jian talks to Sarah Polley about her decision to explore the nature of storytelling by exposing one of her most...

This week on Q - Jan 21-Jan 25/2013

MONDAY: Q's sports culture panel, today with Mary Ormsby and Dave Bidini, reacts to the Lance Armstrong interview fallout, the strange case...

Lance vs Oprah

Jian's opening essay on Lance Armstrong's doping confession in an interview with Oprah Winfrey....

Flamenco Guitar Legend Paco Peña

Flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco Peña dropped by studio Q today as our Friday Live guest. The internationally renowned guitarist is...

Should we name and shame online trolls?

This month, UK online tech magazine The Kernel is hosting Trollwatch, a campaign to put online harassment at bay by...

Should chivalry be revived?

Emily Esfahani Smith calls for a return to chivalry because, she argues, feminists have upended the rules so thoroughly that...

Why do stars think it's O.K. to sell soda?

Food writer Mark Bittman objects to Beyonce's new $50-million deal with Pepsi....

Is technology making us lonelier?

Would we be better off if we disconnected from our devices and re-connected with real-world human beings? Or do you...

Katie Roiphe praises the messy life

Cultural critic Katie Roiphe takes aim at the overly safe, overly conventional ways we live our lives today in her...

This week on Q - Jan 14-Jan 18/2013

MONDAY: Essayist Katie Roiphe on her collection In Praise of Messy Lives, a critique of what she sees as the...

Afghan-Canadian Oscar nominee Ariel Nasr

Buzkashi Boys is one of the hidden gems in this year's Oscar race, nominated for Best Short Film (Live...

Has coffee culture jumped the shark?

Do you really need to home roast your beans? How about hand-grind them? Is foam art really necessary? There's a growing...

Whitehorse perform live

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland are the husband and wife duo who make up the band Whitehorse. Their off-stage chemistry shines...

And the Oscar might go to...

Our Oscar panel -- Brian D. Johnson of Maclean's, Johanna Schneller of the Globe and Mail, and Katherine Monk of Postmedia...

Dreaming of a Persian Pink Panther?

Described as a "Middle Eastern Pink Panther," Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero is a new film project from Iranian-American comedian Maz...

How to Survive a Plague

In his powerful debut documentary How to Survive a Plague, award-winning journalist David France captures HIV/AIDS -- the epidemic he's...

David Bowie at 66: Jian's essay

Jian's tribute to David Bowie, who continues to surprise, with a new single on his 66th birthday....

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister on the rules for happiness

Acclaimed graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is touring a new exhibition, "The Happy Show", which features his rules for happiness. From "Starting...

Should child actors be nominated for Oscars?

Young actress Quvenzhane Wallis is getting some huge oscar buzz for her heart-breaking performance in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild....

This week on Q - Jan 7-Jan 11/13

MONDAY: Can young kids really be considered actors? With a potential Oscar nomination on the horizon for Quvenzhané Wallis, who...

Is food the new art?

Essayist Bill Deresiewicz recently made the case that food is replacing art as "High Culture" today, and that might be...

Why walls don't work

They are the go-to solution for governments the world over, and their numbers have only increased since the Berlin Wall came...

Q's Top 20: #1 - Grizzly Bear

After a year of kick-ass music, and a month of counting down our favourite releases, we've arrived at #1 on...

Divine Fits perform

Divine Fits may be comprised of members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and New Bomb Turks, but they're quick...

J.K. Rowling on writing for adults

In a Canadian exclusive, British author J.K. Rowling, the wildly successful woman behind the Harry Potter book series, opens up...

Country legend Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers stopped by Studio Q for a feature chat about his new memoir, Luck or Something Like It. It...
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