December 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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" --...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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! --...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Neuroscientist studies the psychopath inside

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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