April 2014

Alain de Botton defends art as therapy

Jian spoke with Alain de Botton about the U.K. philosopher and author's controversial contention that the goal of art should...

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Q essay: Rio's early Sochi problems

Amid remarks by an International Olympic Committee official that Rio de Janeiro is the worst-prepared Olympics host city he's seen,...

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Bollywood's big role in India's elections

In India's political landscape, a star candidate really is a star, Sandip Roy tells Jian from Kolkata. Bollywood celebrities have...

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Filmmaker Kitty Green on exposing Femen

You can either listen to Jian's chat with Australian filmmaker Kitty Green by clicking here or on the listen button,...

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Schedule for Wednesday April 30

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. Please note that all schedules are subject to last...

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Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney on his long, tall career

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

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Q essay: E.T. and new relics of the distant past

Time is a relative thing, Jian reflects in Tuesday's opening essay. But since when did something just over 30 years...

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How TV's golden age could come to an end

If this is truly the golden age of television, as critics have proclaimed it to be, enjoy it while it...

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Eurovision 2014 as a song contest and geopolitical lens

Eurovision academic Karen Fricker offers a preview of the big stories surrounding the annual song contest this year... from which...

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Schedule for Tuesday April 29

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. Please note that all schedules are subject to last...

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Q essay: Is Comic Sans not your type?

In today's Q essay, Jian muses about the much-maligned font Comic Sans and efforts by an Australian designer to revamp...

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Q sports panel: L.A. Clippers owner and the underdog Raptors

Jian reconvenes the Q sports panel with ESPN's Megan Greenwell and Stephen Brunt to discuss the controversy surrounding remarks allegedly...

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NFL cheerleaders rise up to challenge labour woes

Jian speaks with Slate writer Amanda Hess about what she calls the "dual exploitation" of NFL cheerleaders, who often have...

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Dr. Brian Goldman decodes the secret language of doctors

You can either listen to Jian's interview with Brian Goldman by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch...

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Schedule for Monday April 28

Happy Monday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. Please note that all schedules are subject to last...

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Q Essay: Jian's love letter to Portland

Jian dedicates today's opening essay to the weird and wonderful city of Portland, Oregon. In a tribute recorded live at...

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Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein on her city's 'local specialness'

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

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Bring on the robot uprising, says Daniel H. Wilson

You can either listen to Jian's chat with Daniel H. Wilson by clicking here or on the listen button, or...

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Colin Meloy debuts 'Carolina Low' at Q live in Portland

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

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Cheryl Strayed wants Wild the movie to blaze its own trail

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

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'Diversify or die', says comedy-friendly indie music label

"Comedy is the new punk rock" -- so says Portia Sabin, president of Portland's artist-friendly indie label Kill Rock Stars....

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Would killing your own animals change your diet?

Meatlovers may not know how the sausage gets made -- but the members of the Portland Meat Collective make it...

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The Thermals get dark with Desperate Ground

Portland-based rockers The Thermals heat up our Portland live show with performances from their latest record, Desperate Ground. The record,...

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#QPortland: Highlights from the audience perspective!

Last night, Q fans packed the historic Aladdin Theater in Portland for the live taping of today's show -- and...

Q Live in Portland: Carrie Brownstein, The Thermals, Colin Meloy and more!

Last night, Jian and the Q crew presented Portland, Oregon with a jam-packed lineup full of locally-grown goodies. Today, we're...

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Best of Q: Theaster Gates on the art of urban space

From the Best of Q, celebrated artist and urban planner Theaster Gates chats with Jian about bringing out the hidden...

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Best of Q: How Giorgio Moroder got his groove back

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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Best of Q: Israel's bid to ban 'Nazi' insults sparks debate

The Israeli government is considering a bill that would ban the use of the word "Nazi" and other Third Reich...

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Schedule for Thursday April 24

Happy Thursday! Jian and the Q crew are headed to Portland, so today we present you with three of our...

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Kent Monkman on reimagining Canada's visual history

Jian speaks with Kent Monkman, one of the hottest Canadian visual artists working today, about his provocative artwork -- much...

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Tom Hiddleston draws on Hamlet to play world-weary vampire

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

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The divisive politics of pork in Europe

Whether smuggled into mosques or jammed in the shoes of worshippers, pork has reportedly been used as a means to...

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Q Essay: Does David Moyes dismissal signal the end of an era?

In today's opening essay, Jian reacts to the dismissal of Manchester United coach and manager David Moyes -- who was...

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Schedule for Wednesday April 23

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. (Please note that all schedules are subject to last...

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Episode 33: Beth Orton, Kenny Rogers and Daniel Romano

In the six years since Beth Orton's last release, the U.K. singer-songwriter has became a mother, got married, and thought...

The Hold Steady on Teeth Dreams and gritty truths

The Hold Steady's longtime vision, as described by frontman Craig Finn, was one of "smart rock that doesn't sound like...

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Miriam Toews on sisterhood, suicide and All My Puny Sorrows

Prefer to watch this conversation? Continue to the bottom of this post to find the video version Jian's interview with...

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Is 2014 the year of the biblical movie?

If Christian movie lovers have been hoping for more selection at mainstream theatres, it appears their prayers are being answered....

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Q Essay: So this is Earth Day, and what have we done?

Jian dedicates today's opening essay to Earth Day 2014 -- whether or not the day is circled on most calendars....

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Schedule for Tuesday April 22

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have on tap for you today. (Please note that all schedules are subject to last...

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Best of Q: Easter Monday special ft. Pharrell, Viggo Mortensen and Olga Kotelko

Jian and the Q crew are off for Easter Monday, but we've got a jam-packed show filled with Best of...

Schedule for Monday April 21

Jian and the Q crew are off for Easter Monday, but we've got a jam-packed show filled with Best of...

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Best of Q: Good Friday special ft. Raffi, Richard Dreyfuss and more

Jian and the Q crew are off for Good Friday, but we've got a jam-packed show filled with Best of...

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Best of Q: Jay Onrait on Anchorboy and the slapstick sportscast

From the Best of Q, Piya Chattopadhyay speaks to Jay Onrait about his book Anchorboy and how he went from...

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Defending the artistic merit of cat videos

The world's first Internet Cat Video Festival was a massive success at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, where thousands...

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'Not A Bug Splat' co-creator on humanizing drone victims

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Akash Goel of the Not a Bug Splat art installation campaign. The artist collective...

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Schedule for Thursday April 17

UPDATE: French-born classical pianist Hélène Grimaud had to cancel today due to illness. We'll be airing an encore presentation...

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Country music's not for bigots, says Lavender Country frontman

Lavender Country, the first known country album about gay love, has been re-released for a new generation 40 years after...

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Jackie Collins on sex, strong women and 'raunchy moralism'

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with mega-bestselling novelist and larger-than-life character, Jackie Collins. The longtime author shares the source of...

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Cuban Twitter controversy: What spurred the U.S. to create ZunZuneo?

Reports that the U.S. government tried to set up a Twitter-style service in Cuba to stir dissent have added a...

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Schedule for Wednesday April 16

Jian is away this week. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay will be filling in until Friday. Please note that all...

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Episode 32: The Black Keys, Alt-J and Yuna

This week on Q: The Music a feature conversation with Akron, Ohio's The Black Keys. Dan and Patrick stopped by...

The War on Drugs bring dreamy vibe to Q

The War on Drugs are attracting much attention with their new album, Lost in the Dream. It offers a smeared,...

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Helen Wan's 'bamboo ceiling' strikes a chord

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with novelist Helen Wan, whose novel The Partner Track has sparked a real-world discussion about...

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Is Heartbleed a harbinger of things to come?

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with New York Times technology writer, Farhad Manjoo, who believes that the Heartbleed bug is...

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Schedule for Tuesday April 15

Jian is away this week. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay is filling in. Please note that all schedules are subject to...

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Have you explored your local smellscape?

Guest host Brent Bambury speaks with Victoria Henshaw, a U.K. author, academic and advocate for the preservation of distinct odours...

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Wrestlers who die young: Has enough been done to stem the tide?

The sudden death of WWE hall-of-famer James Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior, shocked the wrestling community Tuesday. The...

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How to stop the looting of Egyptian history

What comes to mind when you think of Egypt's archeological history? The mask of King Tut? Representations of Nerfititi? Ornate...

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Schedule for Monday April 14

Jian is away this week. Guest host Brent Bambury fills in today. Please note that all schedules are subject to...

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Q Essay: It's time to defend public broadcasting

Hear the full essay by clicking here or on the listen button.Following news of a $130 million cut to CBC/Radio...

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Adam Beach on the political power of pop-up theatres

What do pow wows and pop-up theatres have in common? They're both spaces of community, and of celebration says Adam...

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Best of Q: Novoselic on the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

Kurt Cobain's raging, disaffected lyrics in Nirvana's Nevermind was a cultural game changer in 1991 -- an album that gave...

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Q Media Panel on Quebec elections and 24/7 missing plane news

The Q media panel reconvenes to reflect on the surprising results of this week's provincial election in Quebec, which saw...

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The dead woman TV trope vs. complex female anti-heroes

It's been 25 years since the launch of breakthrough TV drama, Twin Peaks -- the David Lynch-created show centered on...

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Schedule for Friday April 11

Please note that schedules are always subject to last minute changes. Here's what we have on tap for you today:...

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The National make trouble in Studio Q

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

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Colm Feore descends into the dark world of King Lear

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

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Grimposium rocks the ivory tower with extreme metal

Thrash metal, death metal, black metal, doom metal: they're all niches in the larger genre known as "extreme" metal...

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Q Essay: PEI's Queen of the Crows flying to Cannes

Jian dedicates his opening essay to Queen of Crows, the little PEI film that grew, and will soon be heading...

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Schedule for Thursday April 10

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Alan Thicke reveals all in Unusually Thicke

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

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Molly Ringwald returns to her first love

Molly Ringwald, the teen star of classics like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, has grown up and found her...

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Researchers risking death to document Syria's crisis

The conflict in Syria is now entering its third year, still with no end in sight. For most Syrians any...

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Schedule for Wednesday April 9

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Episode 31: The xx, A Tribe Called Red and Billy Talent

This week on Q: the Music we revisit a performance and conversation with the UK's The xx. They brought their...

Q will be live at Toronto's Luminato Festival in June!

Looking for the latest info? Check the most recent post for details.Over the years, Jian and the Q crew have sold...

Portraits of forgiveness 20 years after the Rwandan genocide

Continue to the bottom of this post to see a selection of images from the Rwanda 20 Years: Portraits of...

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'Dirty Daddy' Bob Saget on where hurt and humour meet

For over three decades, Bob Saget has made a career on a certain kind of duality. On one hand:...

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What Quebec's election results mean for identity, culture

Voters delivered a stunning upset last night in Quebec, handing a resounding majority to Philippe Couillad's initially lagging Liberal party,...

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Q Essay: Game of Thrones crash proves fans still love events

Although some say the reign of "appointment television" is over, Jian points to major premiers -- like season 4 of...

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Schedule for Tuesday April 8

As Jian announced on air today, Q's next live event will be right in our very own city! Learn more...

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Uber co-star Judy Greer doesn't know what you know her from

You can either hear Jian's interview with Judy by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch it in...

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NFB's Highrise project pushes doc-making to new heights

The latest chapter of the NFB's Highrise project is a collaboration with The New York Times. Click here to watch...

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Paul Solotaroff on the plight of Afghan interpreters

Canada wrapped up its formal military involvement in Afghanistan last month, and the American military is planning to follow suit...

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Q Essay: We need another dose of inconvenient truth

Nearly a decade since Al Gore became the face of the original smash hit documentary An Inconvenient Truth, it seems...

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Schedule for Monday April 7

Please note that schedules are always subject to last minute changes. Here's what we have on tap for you today:...

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Friday Live: Neil Finn takes us to Dizzy Heights

Master songwriter Neil Finn, one of the most influential in pop music over the past few decades, joins Jian...

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Is it ever okay to print the F word?

The media has not come to a consensus about society's most notorious four-letter words. Some cover up the offending letters...

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What one librarian does with her husband's 'stupid' records

Sarah O'Holla admits she has never been ahead of the curve with music, but her funny, plain-spoken record reviews have...

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Mark Bittman wants to butter you up

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman joins Jian to make the case for butter, margarine's much-maligned predecessor and -- he would argue...

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Q Essay: Grounding Nigella Lawson

In today's opening essay, Jian comments on the rules restricting Nigella Lawson's travel. The celebrity chef, who admitted to using...

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Schedule for Friday, April 4

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Best of Q: Should cellphones be allowed on airplanes?

If cellphones can be safely used on planes, are the rules against it outdated and restrictive? Or should airspace remain...

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Best of Q: Mariel Hemingway on mental health and family demons

Mariel Hemingway is open about the demons she has battled -- some her own, many inherited from family members. Her...

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Best of Q: Alison Moyet on defending artistic freedom

British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, whose bluesy voice rode the 1980s New Wave charts, has been quite outspoken about her battles...

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Schedule for Thursday, April 3

Please note that today's show features archival interviews from the Best of Q. Here's what we have on tap...

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Is Silicon Valley the most ageist place in America?

If asked to name a major hub of American youth culture -- where botox injections and laser treatments abound, one...

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Robert Lepage on ditching the plan and embracing imperfection

There is no easy way to summarize the contribution Quebec-born Robert Lepage has made to the arts, and no single...

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Can anyone really stop Turkey from tweeting?

In the wake of Turkey's shutdown of Twitter and Youtube, Jian speaks with UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci about the bizarre...

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Q Essay: Happy 15th Birthday, Nunavut

In today's opening essay, Jian wishes Nunavut a happy 15th birthday. Chances are you failed to mark the occasion...

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Schedule for Wednesday, April 2

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Episode 30: At home with Joni Mitchell

Jian travelled to the 8-time Grammy winner's home in Los Angeles in June of 2013 for a very special interview...

Q Live at the Junos: now available in video!

This post features the video version of Q Live at the Junos, in four parts. You'll also find a selection...

Torquil's rave: 'Let It Go' warms Torq's cold heart

Listen to Disney's smash hit song Let It Go (from Frozen) in the window below, then hear why Torquil Campbell...

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Are Mafia-themed foods in bad taste?

One of the Italy's largest agricultural organizations wants mafia-themed food -- like Al Capone pasta and Chilli Mafia peanuts --...

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Childish Gambino says forget revenge, prove them wrong

Want to watch Childish Gambino perform Shadows in Studio Q? Continue to the bottom of this post. Jian speaks...

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When does a gag go too far?

April 1st has become an unofficial day of celebration for pranksters -- and of dread for the paranoid. Practical jokes,...

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Q Essay: We know how you met Mother -- now what?

Jian bids farewell to the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother in today's opening essay. From its sharp and...

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Schedule for Tuesday, April 1

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