October 2013

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...

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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"...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 -...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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"...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 --...

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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"...

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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...

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Jack Johnson is much more than mellow

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson may be known for his acoustic ear worms, but there's much more to the ex-surfer than clean...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 --...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Ken Taylor | Daughter | Understanding female desire

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