July 2013

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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Ditch summer vacation | Phoenix | Miranda July

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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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...

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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...

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Opt-in porn | Chuck Klosterman | Sarah Neufeld

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Q the Summer: Meet your guest hosts

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Can babies teach kids empathy?

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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 --...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Cover controversy | Greg Graffin | Boycotting Ender's Game

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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"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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Complicating the Chris Brown boycott

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

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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Q essay: Winnipeg Folk Fest

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

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Rick Moranis embraces 'too Jewish'

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Rethinking 'dangerous' drugs

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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."...

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The great intern debate

Wednesday on Q, we convene a debate between Eric Glatt, the former Black Swan intern who successfully sued for back...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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