Debates

About the rape culture debate

When we convene Q debates, we try to address controversial topics head on. There have been a huge number of...

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...

Gawker cracks $200,000

Gawker, the U.S.-based gossip website has hit its crowdfunding goal to buy a video that its editor says shows Toronto...

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The great tipping debate

Tipping anywhere between 15% and 25% on your restaurant bill is ingrained in the culture of North America, but University...

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Should we name and shame online trolls?

This month, UK online tech magazine The Kernel is hosting Trollwatch, a campaign to put online harassment at bay by...

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Should chivalry be revived?

Emily Esfahani Smith calls for a return to chivalry because, she argues, feminists have upended the rules so thoroughly that...

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Should child actors be nominated for Oscars?

Young actress Quvenzhane Wallis is getting some huge oscar buzz for her heart-breaking performance in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild....

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What's your stance on meggings?

The men's fashion trend is said to be the next big thing, filling some with delight and others with alarm....

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Should video games be considered art?

The Museum of Modern Art is set to introduce 14 video-games into it's galleries. Pac-man and Tetris will now join...

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Do bike helmet laws discourage cycling?

With urban bike share programs gaining in popularity across North America, the value of bike helmet laws is being questioned. ...

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Should spanking be illegal?

Should parents be allowed to use force to discipline their children? Dr John Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Medical Association...

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What do you think of Reddit's rape thread?

Today on Q, the pros and cons of people who commit sexual assaults sharing their experiences anonymously online. The discussion...

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Is Magic Mike good for women?

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Are classical concerts too stuffy?

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The great locavore debate

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Is America's political rhetoric too extreme?

Does political talk in the U.S. need redesigning? Author and National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg, Slate editor David Plotz, and Cassandra Dahnke...

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Is this the end of libraries as we know them?

A heated debate is raging over a $300 million proposal to renovate the iconic Fifth Avenue branch of the...

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Homeless Hotspots: ingenious or unethical?

   The biggest story of this year's South by Southwest Festival wasn't music or film. It was a marketing campaign called...

Does gender difference in kids really matter?

Are we paying too much attention to gender differences when it comes to raising and educating boys and girls --...

Do images of breastfeeding belong on Facebook?

> Jaime Reina / AFP The debate over where, and even whether, it's appropriate for mothers to breastfeed their children...

The great monogamy debate

Q's Modern Love series wrapped up today with a bang. We convened a Q debate on the future of...

Are independent bookstores worth fighting for?

On today's show Jian talked to Farhad Manjoo of Slate.com who argues that -- loved as they are by some --...

Are you able to 'free' yourself from the internet?

Today on Q, we spoke with Fred Stutzman, the creator of the Freedom app. It's an app that cuts...

Is marriage an outdated concept? A Q debate

In the second instalment of our Modern Love series, we tackle the debate around marriage. The Secret Lives of...

Is sex addiction real? A Q Modern Love series debate

Today marks the launch of Q's Modern Love series -- a look at what's next in sex and relationships....

Are anti-bullying campaigns wrong-minded?

Author and developmental psychologist Helene Guldberg argues that the messages from the "anti-bullying industry" are "not only unhelpful and depressing,...

Canada Reads 2012 books and panellists revealed!

A TV dad, a model, a dragon, a lawyer and a hip hop star have been revealed as the debaters,...

Is there a moral obligation to come out?

This Rick Mercer rant set off a wave of strong reaction both for and against his call to gay, lesbian...

Do you want your internet provider to block porn?

That's the plan unveiled recently in the UK. The government announced that the country's largest Internet Service Providers will begin to filter...

Should Facebook take down 'rape joke' pages?

Facebook pages such as "You know she's playing hard to get when you're chasing her down an alleyway" and  "Riding...

Q Debate: Is online privacy over-rated?

Today on the show, we convened a Q Debate on privacy in the digital age. Jeff Jarvis, author of the...

Win A Baby! Contest Debate

Radio station contests usually offer prizes like a trip to Cuba or a shopping spree....but The New HOT 89.9...

Is young-adult fiction intolerant of gay characters?

Two writers of young adult fiction have caused a stir this month with an open letter calling on their...

Is "ugliness" a disability?

Today on Q, we heard from Daniel Hamermesh.  The economist's new book, Beauty Pays, is full of statistics to show...

Should hookah be exempt from anti-smoking rules?

In Vancouver, two hookah shop owners have launched a Constitutional challenge against the city bylaw that bans smoking in public places....

Is American English taking over?

Today we convened a Q debate about whether the distinctive qualities of British English are being lost as a...

Should restaurants ban young kids from dining areas?

This week, a restaurant in Pennsylvania made international news because it's instituting a no children under 6 policy, and it's...

Should FIFA be banning headscarves?

             Photograph: Ali Jarekji/Reuters FIFA is in the news for their decision to ban headscarves, specifically the "snood", a tight...

Who should decide who gets circumcised?

In November, San Francisco will vote on whether to ban the practice of circumcision, prompted by the claims of some who...

What role should schools play in teaching children about sexuality and gender identity?

With the recent spate of suicides by gay teens, many educators across North America have been taking steps to make classrooms...

Q's Great Spaces Debate

  _ or _ _ ?   Today on the Best of Q, we revisited the Great Spaces Debate. We...

$89,000 just to say Go Habs Go?

Today Jian spoke to Fadl Issa. He's a Montreal restaurant owner who thought he was supporting his local team...

Does hockey need to take on homophobia?

The latest hockey controversy isn't about head hits, but about gay marriage. It began when New York Rangers forward...

Is TV too indecent?

From the baring of a buttock here to the rising number of swear words there to, yes, nipplegate, the ever-moving...

Can the word slut be empowering?

Back in January, Constable Michael Sanguinetti told a group of York University students that, "women should avoid dressing like sluts...

Is Hollywood guilty of "whitewashing"?

The film hasn't even been made yet, but controversy is surrounding the Hollywood adaptation of the popular manga series Akira....

Who deserves your vote when it comes to arts and culture?

On Q this morning, we convened a Q debate to find out what the three major political parties will do to...

Who should determine what is said about us online?

  It's not easy to control or change information about ourselves once it's on the internet. So a growing number...

Are you for or against .xxx?

As you may have heard .xxx has been approved as the newest internet domain name. And as you may be able...

Is preschool killing creativity?

  Psychologist and writer Alison Gopnik was on the show today to talk about the trend towards school-style preschool teaching....

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Is it racist to ban shark's fin soup?

That's the question being asked by some around California's move to ban shark finning. While the environmental and ethical case against...

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Q in NYC: Media panel squares off on public broadcasting

 Q took the show live to New York City last night, and convened a special Q media panel with The...

Should Facebook be used to vet potential jurors?

On today's show Jian spoke with legal reporter Brian Grow about the growing trend among lawyers of using Google...

Are animated movies for kids too adult-oriented?

It's an open secret in the entertainment world: Hollywood animated features must appeal to kids and adults alike. It's been...

How relevant is International Women's Day?

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. And today, Q's media panel responded to the deluge of International Women's...

Are bloggers for money-making publications right to demand payment?

   "Hey Arianna, can you spare a dime?" That's what writers are saying to the editor of The Huffington Post...

Who do you trust for healthy diet information?

Today on Q, Jian spoke with author Gary Taubes about his new book, Why We Get Fat: And What To Do...

Q's Great Spaces Debate

  _ or _ _ ?   Today on Q, we convened the Great Spaces Debate. We asked, after writing...

Should we be eating horsemeat?

Would you? Do you? And what are the key concerns for you on this controversial issue? It's a meat that's...

PSA Ads: To Shock or Not?

  Can you be shocked into changing your behaviour by a Public Service Announcement ad? Will bigger and scarier images...

Do toy guns lead to real gun violence?

It's a question that often gets asked in North America, particularly when we're confronted with the shock of extreme...

Oprah's Book Club: Good for Literature?

The final installment of Oprah's Book Club has been announced: two 19th century novels by Charles Dickens.  Oprah's audience screamed...

Should we eat meat? Anthony Bourdain & Jonathan Safran Foer debate

ON THE BEST OF Q TODAY: Just before Thanksgiving this fall on Q, writer, chef -- and vocal critic of vegetarianism...

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Does "Pink" Serve the Breast Cancer Cause?

ON THE BEST OF Q TODAY:...

Should teachers and students be Facebook friends?

More and more, students are friend-requesting their teachers on Facebook. But should teachers accept those friend-requests? Most school boards...

Do you support sports training for babies and toddlers?

Athletic-style training is taking off for the pre-verbal set. That includes everything from baby gyms to competitive soccer for toddlers....

Do you see a 'culture of hostility' around parenting debates?

Well, there have been many battles in the so-called mommy wars -- cloth versus disposable, to vaccinate or not,...

Do you think the Maclean's "'Too Asian'?" article is racist?

  Today on Q Jian spoke to Jeet Heer about a controversial article in the Maclean's magazine annual university ranking issue. It appears...

Is "Sarah Palin's Alaska" political?

  The TLC network is promoting its new reality series "Sarah Palin's Alaska" as a non-political, family adventure show....

Should there be a public monument to Mordecai Richler in Montreal?

Today Jian spoke with biographer Charles Foran about the campaign to honour the late Mordecai Richler with a public monument in the...

Are the Glee GQ shots inappropriate -- or subversive fun?

  Today on Q, University of Calgary professor Rebecca Sullivan debated Regina Leader Post tv blogger Gord Craig on the...

Is ballet over?

The National Ballet's Karen Kain debated former dancer and current New Republic dance critic Jennifer Homans on that question...

Is pop culture dumbing down feminism?

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was on the show today discussing Susan Faludi's provocative cover story for this months...

Is porn hijacking our sexuality?

That's the argument made by Gail Dines in her new book, Pornland. She says today's porn depicts too much violence...

Does "Pink" Serve the Breast Cancer Cause?

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Q Contest: Should we eat meat?

   Writer, chef, culinary traveller (and vocal critic of vegetarianism) Anthony Bourdain squared off on this topic on Q this morning...

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Is oil-sands oil the most ethical oil on Earth?

  Or is it the dirtiest? Today on Q, lawyer and columnist Ezra Levant faced off against environmental journalist Andrew Nikiforuk...

Does "Love The Way You Lie" glorify domestic abuse?

Today, we talked to music/cultural critics Sady Doyle and Ann Powers about rapper Eminem's newest hit "Love The Way...

Are we ready for Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs?

  On Q today, writer John McWhorter argues for the re-release of the so-called censored eleven -- eleven Looney...

Where do you stand on mixed martial arts?

This past weekend, news leaked that the Ontario provincial government would end the current ban on holding mixed martial...

Mutilation Chic?

  A columnist for The Guardian newspaper, Priyamvada Gopal, says this cover of Time magazine "comes perilously close to...

The Essence Magazine Debate

Should Essence Magazine have hired a woman of colour as its new Fashion Director? Today, Jonathan Torrens hosted a...

Do you find Dancing Auschwitz moving or offensive?

Today, Stephen talked to the artist behind the Dancing Auschwitz video that has been creating controversy for the past couple of...

Would you write off a performer for their bad personal behaviour?

(AP/Peter Morrison) Pop culture audiences seem to have high tolerance for misbehaviour. From Woody Allen to Roman Polanski, Britney Spears...

Hitchens vs. Hitchens on Q

When you hear the name Hitchens in the same sentence as God, the effect is usually subversive. But not...

Should anonymous commenting on news sites be allowed?

Are they valuable forums for free speech, or snake-pits of abuse and attack? Some news sites - including the...

Chicks and the City

Should city dwellers be allowed to raise chickens? The latest flashpoint in the great urban chicken debate is Calgary, where...

Do women need a Viagra-style pill?

On June 18th, the FDA in the United States will hold a hearing on a new drug called Flibanserin, which claims to...

Do film fests have a responsibility to include work by women directors?

Today on Q we talked about this year's Cannes film festival. Macleans film critic Brian D. Johnson noted that there are no...

What to do with "racist" kids' books?

Today we hosted a Q debate on what do with classic children's books that are deemed racist. From "Tintin...

Newsweek's gay actor debate

Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh recently wrote that it's rare for a gay actor to pull off playing a straight character....

Is information losing its power to empower?

In a recent commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia, President Obama warned graduates about the fragmented nature of the new media landscape....

Should our schools include "Male Studies"?

Today on Q we heard from anthropology professor Lionel Tiger. He's part of a new group of academics called "The...

Should stripping be banned in Canada?

Late last month, the legislature of Iceland unanimously passed a law that makes stripping illegal. Specifically, the ban makes it...

Do musicals have any cultural value?

Today's Q guest Stuart Heritage says no. He hates them with a passion and considers them a cruelty inflicted on...

Has the media been fair to Helena Guergis?

Today the Q media panel took a look at the coverage of the Helena Guergis scandal. She's the recently ejected...

Your Twin Peaks memories, and the show's TV legacy

Hi, I'm Rachel Matlow, the producer of the Twin Peaks story today. Even though I was only ten-years-old at the...

Do you find certain foods addictive?

"Twinkies As Addictive As Crack Or Smoke"... "Fatty foods are like heroin and cocaine"... On the show today, guest host...

Mio on the Down-Lo: The Dark Side of The Nintendo

Was Pink Floyd the soundtrack to your youth? Any memories you'd like to share? While you reminisce, check out...

The "David After Dentist" Viral Video: Cute or Exploitative?

Hi, I'm Rachel Matlow, the producer of the "David After Dentist" story/debate on Q today. I (like MANY of you)...

Is the local food movement creating a culinary xenophobia?

On Monday's program, we spoke to two leading chefs, with very different opinions about the local food movement. London-based Peter...

What's your favourite concert movie?

On Friday's show, we spoke with Academy award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme about his new Neil Young concert documentary, "Neil Young...

Did Ann Coulter hijack the Canadian media?

The visit of conservative pundit Ann Coulter to Canada became the media story of the week - and the focus...

Is it fair to judge any political figure - female or male - on their style sense?

Today we talked to Pulitizer Prize-winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan. As fashion editor for The Washington Post, she's assessed the...

Should a community be able to ban retail chains and fast-food franchises?

On Friday's show, we talked to Stephen Ashton, a district councilor for Tofino, BC -- a picturesque sea-side community on...

Do you prefer life advice from experts or from a flawed being just like yourself?

Advice columnist David Eddie was on the show today, doling out common sense from his self-declared inexpert point of view....

Should head hits be banned from our unofficial national sport?

Today, Q's sports-culture panel looked at the NHL's ongoing attempts to curb head injuries. While no one is disputing that...

Is the media doing a good job of covering issues affecting women?

This week began with International Women's Day, a day which few in Canada's media marked with any major stories. Our...

Do conspiracy theories help or hurt the quality of our news?

Pearl Harbour. Roswell. The death of Princess Diana. 9/11. For every dramatic or decisive cultural moment in history, there's a...

Does Conan O'Brien represent a new kind of man?

We spoke with Details magazine editor-at-large Jeff Gordinier today as part of Q's "Manscape" series. Jeff suggests that there's a...

Your Oscar reactions

It was a big night for The Hurt Locker, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges at the Academy Awards. What did...

The "O Canada" debate: Action or Distraction?

A surprise line in this week's Speech from the Throne has set off a cross-country debate about the national anthem,...

The "Precious" Debate

Precious enters this year's Oscar race with a total of six nominations. The film is the harrowing story of an...

Hecklers and Human Rights

Comedian Guy Earle joined us on today's show. While hosting a comedy night at a Vancouver club, Guy Earle took...

What do you think of Canada's Olympic image?

From the opening ceremony to the nightly news, Canada is front and centre on the world stage right now. What...

How is the media doing on covering climate change?

Well, you heard our opinionated Q media panel debate their media stories of the week. One of which, was the...

Is Vanity Fair too white?

The March issue of Vanity Fair has being stirring up a lot of controversy... Check it out here . Many...

Is there redeeming value in celebrity gossip?

Canadian-born celebrity journalist and gossip site editor Bonnie Fuller said on Q that she believes people's attraction to gossip is...

Should performers just stop trying to do accents?

Sure, a wonderfully done accent is something we can admire in a performance, but they are so often so poorly...

Are streakers part of the show?

Today Matt Wacowich was on the show, co-director of the documentary "Jump: the World's Greatest Streakers." He was joined by...

What Films Did The Academy Overlook

It's Kathryn here at Q. Call me crazy, or lazy, or a bad steward of popular culture, but I somehow...

Should big pharma fund obesity doc?

A new documentary about America's obesity crisis is in the works. Academy Award winning filmmaker Barry Levinson is directing... and...

Did you feel the Grammy show snubbed Leonard Cohen and Neil Young?

Last night seemed like it was going to be a big night for Canadians at the Grammys. With all the...

What did J.D. Salinger mean to you?

As you may have heard, one of the most influential and enigmatic figures of the past century -- author J.D....

What's your opinion on the coverage of Haiti's earthquake?

The first image I saw after Haiti's disastrous earthquake was of a stunned and injured young girl, just rescued from...

How Should We Help Haiti?

On Friday, Q featured a special program dedicated to relief efforts for Haiti and the Haitian people. Given that Haiti...

Is the contemporary approach to romance -- and relationships -- wrong?

If you want it then you shoulda put a ring on it ... When the book "Marry Him: The Case...

Should schools stop teaching cursive handwriting?

Today on Q we got some straight talk from English professor Anne Trubek on the state of handwriting. No, she...

The On-Screen Smoking Debate: All Smoke and No Fire?

On Wednesday's show, we featured a debate about cigarettes in films marketed to young movie-goers. This issue was reignited recently...

Are Canadians Too Moderate?

Friday on Q, Globe Columnist Margaret Wente, Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, and activist and author Judy Rebick debated the...

Can a Facebook protest become a catalyst for change?

When we talk about civic engagement I think there's an incredible amount of skepticism in the media about the lack...

What's your pick for top album of 2009?

Q has been counting down our picks for the top-20 albums of 2009. The final 5 will be revealed throughout...

Barihunks - Hot or not?

If you're heading to a night at the opera, you may be pleasantly surprised to see a barihunk or two...

Do you miss emotional honesty in Hollywood acting?

On today's show, film critic David Thomson argued that the trend in Hollywood acting is "pretending", as opposed to the...

Are there some prejudices that are acceptable on TV?

I'm Rachel Matlow, producer of the "Jersey Shore" story on Q. The MTV reality show first captured our attention here...

Have you ever witnessed -- or had -- stage rage?

On today's show, we touched down on the recent incidents of "stage rage" -- actors taking direct action to deal...

Should The Nutcracker be retired?

Today on Q, Washington Post dance critic Sarah Kaufman argued that The Nutcracker is an over-roasted old chesnut that needs...

Are mental-health issues the last workplace taboo?

Today on the show, comedian and television host Howie Mandel talked about his life-long struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD....

Is there a Wikipedia exodus underway - and does it matter to you?

On today's show we checked in on reports that volunteer writers and editors behind the collaborative online encyclopedia are walking...

Is TV profanity going too far or does it reflect our changing values?

The epithet "douche" has recently surfaced a number of times on prime time network TV shows (actually, exactly 76 times...

Can a person's extreme political or social beliefs be separated from their ideas?

On today's show, writers Carlin Romano and Damon Linker debated whether or not the German philosopher Heidegger's work should be...

Does the VANOC clause unduly restrict artists' freedom of speech?

That clause demands that as a condition of participating at the Olympics all artists must refrain from making any negative...

What do you think about what David Suzuki and Al Gore have to say?

Today's show featured two of the world's most prominent environmental advocates: Canadian scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki and former U.S....

What's your take on the great TV battle?

You've seen the commercials. You've heard the various parties slug it out in front of the CRTC. It's time for...

Do concert tix need "Lip Synch Disclaimers"?

Today on Q, we picked up on a debate sparked by some recent Britney Spears concerts in Australia. Her dance-heavy...

Does the Internet Need a Dot Gay Domain?

Today on Q, Joe Dolce of the Dot Gay Alliance explained his quest to bring ".gay" online as a new...

What would you name as the most significant event of the last 50 years?

The gates between East and West opened on this day two decades ago. Some say it was the most significant...

Is the Internet making us stupid?

Author and journalist Nick Carr has been working on that question that seems to be on everyone's mind. And he's...

Should able-bodied actors play physically challenged characters?

The casting of 13-year-old Abigail Breslin (of Little Miss Sunshine fame) in the role of Helen Keller in an upcoming...

Are Canadian comics betraying the arts scene by going to write for American shows?

The list of Canadian comics who have defected to the U.S. is no joke. And it's happening all over again...

Is Blackface Back?

The spectre of blackface has been raised several times lately. The latest issue of French Vogue includes a 14-page photo...

Do you want to see this baby?

Nooooo baby! Calgary Transit has rejected advertising from the city's Glenbow Museum, citing "community standards." The bus ads would have...

Sports Concussions: More than just a headache?

On Monday Q's sports-culture panel tackled the damage caused by concussions. Athletes can sustain a lot of physical punishment...especially in...

But who gets the money...

Chris Rock was on Q this week to talk about his new docu-comedy, "Good Hair." According to the film, black...

Oh Canada, how can you spice up your vanilla-custard brand?

Canada fell from 4th place to 7th place in this year's Nation Brand Index. The policy consultant behind the rankings,...

Which party leader would win Parliamentary Idol?

On Saturday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised audiences at a National Arts Centre gala in Ottawa by belting out a...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Walking on the Moon

MJ might be remembered (and rightly so) for his music but there's people moonwalking in his memory all over...

Is the "digi-novel" the future of entertainment? (And do you want it to be?)

Anthony Zuiker created one of the world's most successful television franchises ever -- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Now, he's invented...

Should we look to the super-rich to save us?

Consumer advocate, political advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader believes that the super-rich can play a bigger role in...

What do you think of the Conservative government's arts strategy?

On the show today, we talked to James Moore, the Conservative Minister of Canadian Heritage, about the future of Canada's...

Would you want to be called a Cougar?

Tonight marks the debut of Courtney Cox's much-hyped TV comedy "Cougar Town" in which she plays a divorced older woman...

Should we embrace brain-boosting drugs?

They're out there and their use is growing -- and not only among university students. Some experts are predicting that...

Where do intersex athletes fit in competitive sports?

Q's sports panel has waded into the ongoing story of South African runner Caster Semenya. Following her victory in the...

When robots replace people...

Our interview with filmmaker Adam Yamaguchi this morning about his doc Japan: Robot Nation was a little spooky (robots getting...

Is Michael Moore right?

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says the widening income divide in America, the financial meltdown and resulting housing foreclosures has...

Weigh in on the Toronto International Film Fest Controversy

A political and artistic debate is being waged at this year's Toronto Film Festival. An open letter of protest from...

Is lying getting more common in our day-to-day lives?

Matt Damon was Guest #1 on Q's season premier today. His new film "The Informant!" is about the highest-ranking corporate...

Should Online Attacks be Considered Defamation?

Canadian model Liskula Cohen won her recent lawsuit against Google, forcing Google to reveal the name of an anonymous blogger...

Whatever Happened to the Great American Film Director?

On Monday, we talked to UK film writer Kaleem Aftab about the new Quentin Tarantino film, Inglorious Basterds. Aftab thinks...

Should the arts come with a money-back guarantee?

On Wednesday, we heard about a theatre company in Chicago that offered patrons refunds to one of its productions. At...

Can You Manufacture Authenticity?

On Thursday's show, Q featured a discussion about a new coffee shop that recently opened in Seattle called 15th Avenue...

Women can't write about sex....?

Kate Copstick, the new owner of the British literary magazine Erotic Review says women can't write about sex. "I think...

On the case for having no kids...

Today on Q, we talked to Corinne Maier, author of "No Kids: 40 Reasons Not to Have Children." She's a...

Should Fruits and Veggies Be Hot or Not?

For the first time in 20 years, this month has marked the return of 'irregular' produce to European and British...

Could electronic books usher in a new age of literary censorship?

Amazon recently deleted hundreds of copies of George Orwell's "1984" that had already been downloaded by Kindle owners, raising new...

Will the recession spell the end of male dominance?

On today's Q, guest Reihan Salam said that the erosion of male dominance in society is a long-term trend that's...

Does comedy need to be a little offensive to be good?

On Q today, Monty Python's John Cleese did the math on where to draw the line in comedy. He says...

Is the Michael Jackson memorial meaningful or mere spectacle?

It's been 12 days since Michael Jackson's death shocked the world. Today, millions will watch his memorial in Los Angeles,...

Is viral culture good for us?

From the latest celebrity news to the freshest YouTube video, our accelerated culture is constantly churning out new online stories....

Where's the line when it comes to videogame violence?

Today on Q, we hosted a debate over two videogames featuring first-person challenges that involve sexual violence and rape. While...

Would you like to see our cities go car-free?

Cities across this country and around the world have been taking baby steps lately toward dropping their dependence on the...

Celebrities and international adoption

Pop star Madonna's legal appeal to adopt a second Malawian child was granted last week, despite the fact that she...

Do infomercials work on you?

They are a bafflingly mesmerizing pop cultural beast -- half show, half commercial, prowling the remotest regions of the TV...

Is Hollywood going to the kids?

Well, the summer movie season is upon us. We've already seen Pixar's"Up" rise to the top. Many critics have hailed...

Do you trust celebrity health advice?

Oprah has recently come under fire for endorsing dubious "junk science" on her show. (Think Jenny McCarthy on "curing" autism.)...

Does Canada need a Pirate Party?

This weekend, Sweden's Pirate Party took 7.3 of the vote in the European Parliamentary elections, guaranteeing them a seat in...

Are the rich responsible for this recession or are they simply being used as scapegoats by the media?

Our collective attitudes toward the rich today have changed dramatically. Last month, Harpers magazine reprinted a letter written to subscribers...

How relevant are the Ten Commandments today?

Today on Q, writer, provocateur and anti-theist Christopher Hitchens questioned what he calls the "vague pre-Christian desert morality" of the...

Is North American reality TV ready for a gay icon?

Nigel Lythgoe, a producer and a judge of "So You Think You Can Dance", recently said a same-sex ballroom dance...

Do we focus too much on "fat" when it comes to our health?

The stigma around "fat" in our culture is stronger than ever - fat is associated with all sorts of negative...

What makes a great broadcast interviewer?

Larry King's radio and then TV shows have taken the pulse of a nation for half a century. But today...

Are we forgetting how to pay attention?

More multi-tasking and less concentration are earmarks of contemporary society. On Q today, Rapt author Winifred Gallagher talked about the...

Anti-Semitism or artistic chill?

Today on Q, Jewish academic and artist b.h. Yael argued that Jewish advocacy groups like B'nai Brith Canada have gone...

Has Yoga Culture Become Too Commercialized?

Q recently talked to 'Yoga Inc." author John Philp, and to Ted Grand, owner of the national Moksha Yoga studio...

Is the sequel-prequel phenomenon movie goers' fault?

It's just like the movie you saw last summer! Today on Q, film critic David Edelstein argued that our preoccupation...

Should politics and performance mix?

Today on Q we explored the controversy around Krystian Zimerman, the acclaimed pianist from Poland, who used a Los Angeles...

Which artists do you think should retire?

In a recent BBC interview, Dame Margaret Drabble - the acclaimed British author, age 69 - said it may be...

Why do we hate our bodies?

And what can be done about it? Author and psychotherapist Susie Orbach argues in her new book, Bodies, that our...

Raising celebrity kids in the limelight: unfair or unavoidable?

Actress Tori Spelling talked to Q about her Hollywood mothering memoir Mommywood, and her decision to feature her children and...

Should Leonard Cohen retire "Hallelujah"?

In today's feature interview with the master of song, Leonard Cohen suggests that perhaps it's time for us all to...

Are soap operas still relevant?

Last week, CBS announced the cancellation of "Guiding Light" - the longest-running soap opera on television and, at 72 years...

Does politically charged music still have the potential to effect change?

This week, Q featured interviews with two outspoken musician activists - Yoko Ono and Bruce Cockburn. (You can have a...

Will the Olympics Pump Up Canadian Culture?

While Q was in Vancouver, we looked at the effect of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics on the city's entertainment...

How far is "too far" when it comes to reality-TV subject matter?

British reality-TV star Jade Goody died yesterday of cervical cancer at the age of 27. Her decision to share the...

Does ideology belong in books for children?

Some of the fiercest literary battles in recent years have taken place over what's appropriate in literature for children. Some...

Would you support mandatory civic service?

What about mandatory voting? Q guest and political commentator Rudyard Griffiths has a new book out in which he describes...

How sexy is too sexy when it comes to kids' toys?

Barbie may have turned 50 yesterday, but she's still generating lots of debate over her curvy plastic body and its...

What Is Facebook Doing For You?

It takes effort to maintain a friendship. We all know that. But the rise of online networks like Facebook and...

Should newspapers be subsidized?

It's not just hype - newspapers are truly under threat. Ad revenues are drying up. Venerable news institutions are facing...

Is speculative fiction the last great fiction of ideas?

Mystery, horror, fantasy novels: all popular with readers, but hardly taken seriously when it comes to most book critics or...

Do blog comments make news sources better?

Yes, meta doesn't scare us! It's a blog on blogging! Or, on online postings anyway... In light of recent debates...

Will you mourn the death of Muzak?

On the occasion of Muzak filing for bankruptcy protection... Music expert Joseph Lanza argued on Q today that Muzak is...

Is "immersion journalism" ethical?

Today we talked to best-selling writer Norah Vincent, who exaggerated her mental-health problems in order to gain access to care...

Is the sports figure over as a cultural hero?

Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Chris Jericho. This week our role models of sport have less to do with...

Does ad-o-tainment cross an ethical line?

Last weekend, Saturday Night Live premiered what looked like another in their long tradition of parody TV commercials ... except...

Is Our Culture Getting More Narcissistic?

This blog is all about you! Award-winning journalists Lianne George and Steve Maich were on the show today talking about...

Bringing the Montreal Massacre to the big screen: Crass or cathartic?

Today on Q we heard both sides of the debate swirling around Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve's new film Polytechnique, which...

Are you happy with the new budget when it comes to arts and culture?

Q's commentators were cautiously optimistic about the federal government's attention to arts and culture in the 2009 budget. How are...

Did American Apparel Cross the Line?

On January 23rd, we talked to Vancouver mom Trina Campbell, who lodged a complaint against a West Vancouver American Apparel...

Are the Conservatives the New Party for Arts and Culture?

In Q's feature interview with the Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore, he suggested that the Conservative party has an...

Wikipedia: replacement for the library or library of misinformation?

Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia, turned eight years old today. Jian talked with the site's founder Jimmy Wales about the...

Do You Believe in Atheism?

On Monday's show we talked with journalist and comedy writer Ariane Sherine about the Atheist Bus Campaign. Across England, 800...

Where Do You Stand On Illegal Movie Downloading?

On Friday's show we talked about the mysterious figure known as "aXXo," a movie pirate who makes illegal film downloads...

Burger King's New Ad Campaign: Innovative or Exploitive?

Burger King's new documentary-style "Whopper Virgins" campaign features villagers from remote parts of the world who have supposedly never tasted...

Should teasing die?

There's something truly invigorating about a great tease, that amazing co-mingling of affection and mockery, cutting insight couched in care,...

When Does Artistic Appropriation Become Copyright Infringement?

Earlier this month, iconic UK art star Damien Hirst went after Cartrain, a 16-year-old artist who was selling collages containing...

Should Westerners and/or Non-Muslims be involved in the redesign of Mecca?

A week ago today, nearly 3 million Muslims flooded into the holy city of Mecca on an annual pilgrimage of...

Is Torture in the Virtual World Acceptable?

The latest World of Warcraft expansion pack includes a torture quest. Q guest and video-game pioneer, Richard Bartle contends that...

Hottie or nottie - Can only the cute survive in the world of comedy today?

With Tina Fey busting out all over newsstands, Q asks if the hottie imperative is still alive and well for...

When Is Talking Sex Sensationalist?

We live in a culture steeped in representations of sex. Whole industries are built around selling it, and North Americans...

Is TV enriching the English language?

The Collins dictionary recently announced that they'll be adding a new word to their next edition: meh. As in, 'Oh,...

Do musicians owe it to fans to play their hits?

The Smashing Pumpkins latest tour is being held to the heat by critics and fans who say the band is...

Is Gene Simmons right about Canadians?

Gene Simmons told Q listeners today that Canadians still suffer from an inferiority complex. That's why so many talented artists...

Should Theatre Be More Conservative?

Given the number of artists involved, the variety of cultural perspectives and the different subject matter, it seems like there's...

Has Virginity Become a Pop Culture Marketing Tool?

22-year-old Sacramento State college grad Natalie Dylan who has recently chosen to auction off her virginity through the Moonlight Bunny...

Should Canada Have a National Portrait Gallery?

Last Friday, the Canadian government announced that it had scrapped plans for a National Portrait Gallery. There were more than...

Are Public Figures Fair Game for Punking?

Earlier this week Q talked to Masked Avenger Marc-Antoine Audette, the Montreal radio DJ and comedian who managed to convince...

Cats or dogs?

That's right, it's a Q smackdown in the making. Cats vs dogs. Today on the show we took a look...

Where does artistic licence end and copyright begin?

Could trademark law curb artists who criticize the Vancouver Olympics? On today's show we checked in on the tension that's...

Is Toronto Canada's cultural leader?

Well, in the news today ... according to Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy magazine Toronto ranks as the 4th best city...

Are the High Arts Still Too White?

Are the high arts in Canada still too white? And is that a valid question or an offensive one? We...

Did arts and culture matter this election?

Arts and culture were on the agenda this election like never before - until the economy stole the spotlight, anyway....

Mio on the Down-Lo: Open Relationships

Okay...that was a little embarrassing. I was describing my web pick today, NOTYOURMOTHERSPLAYGROUND, as a thoughtful meditation on, and...

Is home-design culture commercializing our personal style in the name of "good taste"?

When it comes to high style in the home, we LOVE to watch. There's something just so satisfying about seeing...

Is The Catcher in the Rye Outdated?

Or is it an untouchable classic? Check out our debate on the subject here. Do you have another suggestion for...

Are the Arts Elitist?

In the words of Prime Minister Harper: "I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and...

Poor Taste

There's a debate raging -- sparked by a photo spread in the August issue of Vogue India. Picture an elderly...

Arts Cuts and You

Today on the show we're continuing our series about the cuts to arts and culture funding with a panel from...

Do Artists Have Anything To Teach Doctors?

Ah, the two solitudes of art and science. Never the twain shall meet. Sure, there are some miraculous cross-overs here...

The Athletes and the Artists

Jian blogs: It's the water-cooler chat of the day -- How 'bout them Olympics? Did we lose any more medals...

The Dumbest Generation? Jesse Wente guest blog

On Friday's show we had a very lively debate between the author of the new book "The Dumbest Generation" and...

Batman's Online Mob

Q guest host Nora Young: Journalists, and especially critics, have long been on the receiving end of irate letters from...

Are Cruel Jokes the Funniest?

Canadians like to think of themselves as funny....AND nice. But can we have it both ways? Does comedy have to...

Cultural Solitudes?

Just last month, the Bouchard-Taylor commission released its report on the changing face of Quebec and took English Canadian media...

You Guys Sold Out

In the world of pop music, is there anything more final, devastating or dismissive than being labeled a "sellout"? In...

Blockbuster Boys' Club

Summer blockbuster season is here. And while this weekend marks the world release of one of a rare gender genre...

The "Real Beauty" Myth?

There's been a recent interest, in the mainstream media at least, in the manner in which the "dark side" of...

Torture Fashion

Fashion mogul John Galliano's most recent men's collection used as its muse ... torture. Models wore loose-fitting black hoods. Their...

Is Appropriation Ever Appropriate?

On December 21, we aired a story that really touched a nerve. It centered around appropriation art, the use of...
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