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q: The Podcast

Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into -- be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre, or comedy -- q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q arts and entertainment get personal.

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Education system failing kids with special needs, say parents

A Hamilton, Ont., mother says she's finding she can't get the support her autistic son needs to succeed in his public school.

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An activist's plea for change

These days FrancesLee is fed up, and exhausted by the puritanical demands and strictures of fellow comrades.

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The future of work

Learn how to make a living in a digital future.

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Yankee Stadium girl hit by 170 km/h foul ball

A New York City councilman is renewing calls to extend the protective netting at Yankee Stadium after a young girl was hit in the face.

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Full episode: Oh Wonder, Salman Rushdie, Jan Lisiecki 09/22/17

British band Oh Wonder on their unlikely path to pop success. Author Salman Rushdie discusses his new book, The Golden House. Jan Lisiecki gives us a gateway to the music of Glenn Gould. The q This panel discuss new music from Fergie and The Killers.

Download Full episode: Oh Wonder, Salman Rushdie, Jan Lisiecki 09/22/17
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Sept. 22: Oh Wonder's unlikely route to pop success

Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West wanted to write songs for others. Instead, they became a successful group of their own.

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Sept. 22: Salman Rushdie book predicted the U.S. election better than he did

Author Salman Rushdie opens up about his latest novel, The Golden House, and how it strangely reflects the current political climate.

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Sept. 22: A musical gateway to Glenn Gould

Musician Jan Lisiecki presents a gateway to the music of Glenn Gould, a Canadian legend who would've turned 85 years old this month.

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Full episode: Chris Jericho, Liona Boyd, Ron Sexsmith 09/21/17

Pro-wrestler Chris Jericho reveals his tips for success in his new book. Musician Liona Boyd opens up about the medical condition that almost ended her career. Ron Sexsmith enters the literary world with his debut novel.

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Sept. 21: Follow Chris Jericho's tried and true principles for success

Pro-wrestler and author Chris Jericho discusses his latest book, a self-help guide called No is a Four-Letter Word.

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Sept. 21: How Liona Boyd confronted a possible career-ending diagnosis

Guitarist Liona Boyd opens up about getting diagnosed dystonia, a condition that affected the way her fingers worked, and how she overcame that to create her new album and memoir, No Remedy for Love.

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Sept. 21: Ron Sexsmith makes his debut as an author with Deer Life

Musician Ron Sexsmith is entering the world of literature for the first time with his debut novel, Deer Life. He talks about the difference between songwriting and writing a book, as well as the inspiration behind this compelling new story.

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Full episode: Murdoch Mysteries' Yannick Bisson, Sarah Davachi, Lights 09/20/17

Actor Yannick Bisson discusses the upcoming season of Murdoch Mysteries. Musician Sarah Davachi gives us a gateway into the world of deep listening. Lights opens up about her love of comic books and how that ties into her new album.

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Sept. 20: Prepare for a much darker Murdoch Mysteries: star Yannick Bisson discusses upcoming season

Actor Yannick Bisson discusses the upcoming season of Murdoch Mysteries, which promises to take a darker turn than previous seasons.

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Sept. 20: A deep dive into the world of deep listening

Calgary musician Sara Davachi presents a guide to the concept of "deep listening."

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Sept. 20: 'I went all in this time': Lights pushes boundaries on new album and comics

Lights' new album is also the soundtrack to an entire universe that she's mapped out in comic book form. She talks to Tom Power about her love of comics and why they're the most progressive medium out there.

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Full episode: Mychael Danna, Saukrates, Lido Pimienta 09/19/17

Composer Mychael Danna revisits the music of The Life of Pi movie. Toronto artist Saukrates presents a Scarborough block party. Musician Lido Pimienta talks about winning the Polaris Music Prize.

Download Full episode: Mychael Danna, Saukrates, Lido Pimienta 09/19/17
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Sept. 19: 'You're never finished': composer Mychael Danna's quest to nail a film score

Composer Mychael Danna has scored several Hollywood movies and is now revisiting the music of his award-winning compositions for the movie Life of Pi for a special Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance.

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Sept. 19: Saukrates pays tribute to Scarborough in his q Block Party playlist

When Saukrates came by our studios to talk about his recently re-released 1999 album The Underground Tapes, he took time to reminisce for our latest edition of the q block party.

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Sept. 19: Lido Pimienta's Polaris Music Prize win and success is a 'good indication of the future of music'

Artist Lido Pimienta joins Tom Power in the studio today to discuss her big win last night at the Polaris Music Prize gala.

Download Sept. 19: Lido Pimienta's Polaris Music Prize win and success is a 'good indication of the future of music'
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Full episode: Recapping the 2017 Emmys, Pierre Kwenders, Yves Bergquist, the Giller Prize long list 09/18/17

Amanda Joy and John Semley take a look at the biggest moments from last night's Emmys. Pierre Kwenders on ending the phrase 'world music.' Yves Bergquist explains why this summer's box office was one of its worst. The Giller Prize long list is revealed.

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Sept. 18: Were The Handmaid's Tale and Saturday Night Live's big Emmy wins a result of our political climate?

We take a look back at the big winners and moments from last night's Emmy Awards with our q screen panel featuring Amanda Joy and John Semley.

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Sept. 18: Pierre Kwenders is building a musical bridge between Africa and the rest of the world

Congolese-Canadian musician Pierre Kwenders talks about his latest album Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time, and why we need to stop using the term "world music."

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Sept. 18: What makes a movie a hit: good reviews or big budgets?

Yves Bergquist of the University of Southern California's comes up with some surprising insights into what actually makes for critical favourites and box office smashes.

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Sept. 18: Giller Prize juror Lynn Coady discusses this year's "diverse and exciting" long list

The Giller Prize has announced its high anticipated long list and juror, and previous winner, Lynn Coady opens up about the process behind narrowing down the list of contenders to 12 titles.

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Full episode: Bruce Cockburn, Mosha Lundström Halbert, Steve Campanelli 09/15/17

Bruce Cockburn opens up about his first album in seven years. Fashion journalist Mosha Lundström Halbert recaps this year's New York Fashion Week. Director Steve Campanelli brings Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse to the big screen.

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Sept. 15: Bruce Cockburn thought he ran out of songs but now he's back with Bone On Bone

Legendary Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn opens about the seven year period between his albums and how he thought he ran out of songs to write. His new album, Bone On Bone, comes out on Sept. 22.

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Sept. 15: What were the biggest trends from New York Fashion Week 2017?

Vogue contributor Mosha Lundström Halbert reports back from this year's New York Fashion Week to discuss the biggest trends and whether this year was its most political.

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Sept. 15: Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse shocked and inspired this director to bring it to the big screen

Director Steve Campanelli discusses his newest film, Indian Horse, which is based on the popular Richard Wagamese novel. Campanelli opens up about the Wagamese's inspiring words and working with him to bring the story to the big screen.

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Full episode: Siddhartha Khosla, Cory Bowles, Ellen Wong 09/14/17

This Is Us composer Siddhartha Khosla breaks down his writing process. Director Cory Bowles flips the power dynamic on police brutality in his new film, Black Cop. Actress Ellen Wong discusses Asian representation in film and TV.

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Sept. 14: Siddhartha Khosla is an 'invisible' but crucial character on the hit show This Is Us

Composer Siddhartha Khosla talks about the challenges of writing music for the Emmy-nominated show, This Is Us.

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Sept. 14: Black Cop flips the power dynamic on police brutality

Cory Bowles discusses his directorial debut, Black Cop, which flips the script on police brutality. Shot in Halifax, the film uses a mix of real and fake social media footage to show what facing police brutality is really like.

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Sept. 14: 'Visibility is important': why Ellen Wong is hopeful about Asian representation in film and TV

The Canadian actress, who was named a Rising Star at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, opens up about her struggles of finding roles with actual arcs in film and television.

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Sept. 13: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy bring the story of Robin Cavendish to the big screen in Breathe

Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy talk about their new film Breathe which tells the story of polio survivor and pioneering disability rights advocate Robin Cavendish.

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Sept. 13: Stars are using the 'civilizing force' of music to fight the devil

Toronto band Stars open up about their upcoming new album, There is no Love in Fluorescent Light, and creating songs of love in these politically turbulent times.

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Sept. 13: This artist wants to you see art in a new way by using augmented reality

Artist Alex Mayhew's new project sees paintings from the AGO's permanent collection come alive in a new, modern context by using an app that utilizes augmented reality technology.

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Full episode: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Stars, Alex Mayhew 09/13/17

Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy bring the story of Robin Cavendish to the big screen in the new film, Breathe. Stars perform and discuss their upcoming new album. Artist Alex Mayhew is making us see art in a new way using augmented reality.

Download Full episode: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Stars, Alex Mayhew 09/13/17
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Full episode: Jon Ronson, revisiting Spirit of the West's 1990 album, Esperanza Spalding 09/12/17

Writer Jon Ronson's podcast The Butterfly Effect investigates the effects of online porn. Looking back at Canadian band Spirit of the West's seminal album, Save This House. Musician Esperanza Spalding on recording her new album live on Facebook.

Download Full episode: Jon Ronson, revisiting Spirit of the West's 1990 album, Esperanza Spalding 09/12/17
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How has online porn affected us?

In his podcast The Butterfly Effect, Jon Ronson talks about the effects of online porn on the lives of those who make it and those who consume it.

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Sept. 12: Save This House: remembering Spirit of the West's seminal album

As Spirit of the West's John Mann prepares to retreat from the spotlight, we take a look at one of the group's landmark recordings.

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Sept. 12: Esperanza Spalding's improvised experiment: recording a new album live on Facebook

The acclaimed jazz musician is taking the creative process of recording her new album straight to social media.

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Full episode: Jessie Reyez, David Simon and George Pelecanos 09/11/17

Musician Jessie Reyez on her personal style of songwriting and speaking out against sexual abuse in the music industry. The Deuce co-creators David Simon and George Pelecanos discuss pornography, sex work and putting all of that on the small screen.

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Sept. 11: 'I want to make it about my experience': Jessie Reyez shines a light on the toxicity in the music industry

Toronto musician Jessie Reyez opens up about the personal experience of songwriting and exposing sexual abuse within the music industry.

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Sept. 11: Why David Simon and George Pelecanos exposed the porn industry in The Deuce

The Wire collaborators David Simon and George Pelecanos return for new HBO series The Deuce.

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Full episode: Kyle MacLachlan, a gateway to Ella Fitzgerald, Alvvays 09/08/17

Actor Kyle MacLachlan reflects on the return of David Lynch's cult TV show, Twin Peaks. Jazz historian Loren Schoenberg gives us a gateway into the music of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. Toronto band Alvvays discuss their new album, Antisocialites.

Download Full episode: Kyle MacLachlan, a gateway to Ella Fitzgerald, Alvvays 09/08/17
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Sept. 8: Kyle MacLachlan's return to Twin Peaks

With finale of Twin Peaks behind him, star Kyle MacLachlan talks to host Tom Power about how the show, and working with David Lynch, has impacted his career.

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Sept. 8: 'She transcends all boundaries': a gateway to the music of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald would have turned 100 this year. Her former collaborator Loren Schoenberg reflects on her legacy and gives us a gateway playlist for the artist.

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Sept. 8: Alvvays explain the 'separation narrative' at the heart of their new album

Toronto indie-pop band Alvvays return with their sophomore album, Antisocialites. They talk to host Tom Power about the 'separation narrative' that runs through the record and why they're not too keen on being too confessional in their music.

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The National's Matt Berninger reveals the 'soul changer' on the band's new album

The National frontman Matt Berninger discusses the band's latest album, Sleep Well Beast, recording in a barn outside of the city and the band's well-documented tensions throughout the years.

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Full episode: Lewis Black, The National's Matt Berninger, Maria Qamar, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins 09/07/17

Comedian Lewis Black on his journey to comedy and stand-up in the era of Trump. The National's Matt Berninger on their new album. Artist Maria Qamar a.k.a. Hatecopy brings us her Mississauga block party. Playwright Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins on his new play.

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Sept. 7: Is Trump good for comedy? Lewis Black says 'that's like saying a stroke is good for a nap'

Comedian Lewis Black opens up about his beginnings in theatre, his transition into comedy and performing stand-up in the Trump era.

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Sept. 7: The National's Matt Berninger reveals the 'soul changer' on the band's new album

The National lead singer Matt Berninger talks to Tom Power about the group's new album, Sleep Well Beast.

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Sept. 7: From Linkin Park to Drake: what Maria Qamar listened to growing up in Mississauga

Maria Qamar, also known as Hatecopy and the author of Trust No Aunty, spent her formative years in Mississauga, Ont. Here's the soundtrack of her youth.

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Sept. 7: Why Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins restaged the 19th-century slavery play The Octoroon

Playwright Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins talks to host Tom Power about why he is restaging Dion Boucicault's controversial 1859 play, The Octoroon.

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Full episode: Loudon Wainwright, Jess Moskaluke, Cameron Bailey 09/06/17

Musician Loudon Wainwright discusses music and family, both of which are detailed in his new memoir. Country artist Jess Moskaluke on success and female representation in the genre. TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey previews this year's film festival.

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Sept. 6: Loudon Wainwright unravels family tales in his new memoir

Musician Loudon Wainwright discusses music and his 'dysfunctional Von Trapp family,' both of which are detailed in his new memoir, Liner Notes.

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Sept. 6: How Jess Moskaluke's small-town values brought her big success

Moskaluke recently became the 1st homegrown female artist to crack the top 5 in Canadian country radio in nearly 10 years. She opens up about her small-town roots, looking up to Shania Twain and female representation in country.

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Sept. 6: What films should we look out for at TIFF this year?

TIFF starts on Sept. 7 and artistic director Cameron Bailey sits down with host Tom Power to talk about this year's festival.

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Full episode: Jason Isbell, Sonny Rollins, Tiffany 09/05/17

Musician Jason Isbell opens up about his new album, The Nashville Sound. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins looks back at his career and how the genre has changed over the years. Pop star Tiffany explains how mall tours helped launch her career.

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Sept. 5: Jason Isbell on realizing privilege and using his voice to speak up on important issues

On his new album The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell underlines his reputation as one of the finest songwriters and lyricists to come out of the American South.

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Sept. 5: 'It's a beautiful trip': living legend Sonny Rollins reflects on his jazz legacy

86-year-old jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins can no longer play his sax due to health reasons but that hasn't stopped his enthusiasm and passion for music.

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Sept. 5: How mall tours helped launch the career of pop star Tiffany

Pop star Tiffany looks back at life on the road in this instalment of the brand new q Road Story.

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Full episode: Daniel Handler, Chris Hadfield, David Conte on Nadia Boulanger, Tarique Qayumi 09/04/17

Author Daniel Handler confronts the reality of teenage sex in his new book. Chris Hadfield gives us his favourite Canadian songs. Composer David Conte on the influence of his teacher, Nadia Boulanger. Director Tarique Qayumi discusses his latest film.

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Sept. 4: 'The erotic life of youth': Daniel Handler's new book confronts the reality of teenage sex

Daniel Handler, best known as Lemony Snicket and his A Series of Unfortunate Events novels, takes a more mature turn in his new book, All the Dirty Parts.

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Sept. 4: Chris Hadfield celebrates Canada 150 with special country-wide tour

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will tour across Canada this fall, in celebration of the country's 150th birthday. We speak to him about some of his favourite Canadian songs of all time, from Neil Young to Gordon Lightfoot.

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Sept 4: How Nadia Boulanger changed the way the world sounded

Composer David Conte discusses the influence of his instructor Nadia Boulanger, who was considered the "greatest music teacher who ever lived."

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Sept. 4: Tarique Qayumi wants to heal Afghanistan through the art of storytelling

Director Tarique Qayumi discusses the dangerous conditions behind the making of his latest film Black Kite, which will premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

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Full episode: Ms. Pat, Jason King on D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, Chris de Burgh 09/01/17

Comedian Ms. Pat opens up about her dark childhood and how she found eventually discovered comedy. Jason King explains how D'Angelo's Brown Sugar changed R&B music in the '90s. Musician Chris de Burgh looks back on the success of his hit, 'Lady in Red.'

Download Full episode: Ms. Pat, Jason King on D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, Chris de Burgh 09/01/17
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Sept. 1: From a life of crime to comedy: how Ms. Pat got the last laugh

Comedian Ms. Pat's memoir is called Rabbit and guest host Laurie Brown talks to her about her dark childhood growing up in Atlanta and how she found her way to comedy.

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Sept. 1: Why the sweet soul of D'Angelo's classic Brown Sugar album is still relevant

D'Angelo's 1995 album Brown Sugar helped invent the term neo-soul and paved the way for artists like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Music historian and professor Jason King speaks to the album's importance.

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Sept. 1: Chris de Burgh on the enduring success of his career and 'Lady in Red'

British musician Chris de Burgh looks back at his 43-year career and why he will always be grateful for the support he's gotten in Canada.

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August 31: 'I'm trying to put the songs to work': Buffy Sainte-Marie on the healing power of music

Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about her upcoming album Medicine Songs.

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August 31: How David Bennett found Waldo in a menswear store

The creator of Where's Waldo reveals the origin story of the popular children's book series.

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August 31: Looking back at life on the road with Stan Rogers

Garnet Rogers, brother of Stan, recalls wild road stories of touring across Canada in a new memoir.

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August 31: 'These are old human themes': Margaret Atwood on the enduring power of The Handmaid's Tale

Author Margaret Atwood looks back at her 1985 novel, The Handmaid's Tale, which has recently been adapted into a new TV series starring Elizabeth Moss.

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Full episode: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Garnet Rogers, Where's Waldo origins and Margaret Atwood 08/31/17

Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about her upcoming new album. Garnet Rogers opens up about life on the road with his brother Stan. Find out how the Where's Waldo character was created. Margaret Atwood on the ongoing relevance of The Handmaid's Tale.

Download Full episode: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Garnet Rogers, Where's Waldo origins and Margaret Atwood 08/31/17
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Full episode: N.K. Jemisin, Julie Chadwick, Sting 08/30/17

Author N.K. Jemisin discusses her Broken Earth trilogy and how sci-fi literature has changed in recent years. Journalist Julie Chadwick dives into the life of Johnny Cash's manager in her new book. Musician Sting looks back on his long career.

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Aug. 30: How N.K. Jemisin creates fantasy worlds rooted in reality

Hugo Award-winning novelist N.K. Jemisin talks about how she creates fantasy worlds that centre issues of racism and oppression.

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Aug. 30: The untold story of the man behind Johnny Cash

The relationship between Johnny Cash and his manager Saul Holiff is explored in a new book by Julie Chadwick.

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Aug. 30: How Sting continues to maintain his musical DNA

Musician Sting discusses his latest album, 57th & 9th, performing in small venues, the death of his friend Alan Rickman and touring with his son now.

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Full episode: Louise Penny, the history of the Vancouver punk scene, Dave and Virginia Grohl 08/29/17

Author Louise Penny on the sad but healing process of writing her latest book Glass Houses. D.O.A.'s Joe Keithley and photographer Bev Davies detail the history of the Vancouver punk scene. Dave Grohl and his mom Virginia open up about their relationship.

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Aug. 29: Louise Penny details the sad but 'extremely healing' process of writing her latest novel

Glass Houses is the 13th book in Louise Penny's ongoing series about Inspector Armand Gamache. The Canadian author opens up about the process of writing her latest book while dealing with her husband's death.

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Aug. 29: Documenting Vancouver's punk history

D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley and photographer Bev Davies talk to q about the early days of the Vancouver punk scene.

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Aug. 29: Raising a rock star: Dave Grohl's mother on the moms behind music's biggest names

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his mom, Virginia, open up about their relationship throughout the years and how rock-star moms have supported their children.

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Full episode: Tom Perrotta, Saukrates, Laura Jane Grace 08/28/17

Author Tom Perrotta's new book Mrs. Fletcher explores sex and the suburbs. Musician Saukrates unearths Toronto hip-hop history on The Underground Tapes. Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace provides a musical tour of her life.

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Aug. 28: From Madonna to Crass: a musical tour through the life of Laura Jane Grace

Against Me! leader Laura Jane Grace takes us through her life story, from a young punk teen in Florida to her public gender transition, all chronicled in her latest book, Tranny.

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Aug. 28: How author Tom Perrotta exposes erotic life in the American suburbs

The Leftovers author continues his winning streak of novels that translate to screen with Mrs. Fletcher, already optioned as a TV drama.

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Aug. 28: Why Saukrates dug up The Underground Tapes for reissue

Toronto hip-hop veteran Saukrates talks to Tom Power about his long-running career

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Full episode: Jason Mewes, Philip Ng, Danny Boyle 08/25/17

Actor Jason Mewes opens up about his recovery from addiction and his Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast. Birth of the Dragon star Philip Ng on channelling Bruce Lee. Director Danny Boyle discusses his Trainspotting sequel.

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Aug. 25: Jay and Silent Bob grow up and get old

Jason Mewes, better known as one half of Jay and Silent Bob, talks about the podcast the duo has created around the long-running View Askewniverse characters.

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Aug. 25: 'Every punch is a piece of dialogue': Hong Kong actor Philip Ng on channelling the late Bruce Lee

A new film called Birth of the Dragon, starring Hong Kong actor Philip Ng looks at an event in Bruce Lee's life that occurred days before his death.

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Aug. 25: Director Danny Boyle credits Trainspotting's sequel to the fans

Director Danny Boyle discusses his new film, T2 Trainspotting, the high-anticipated sequel to the 1996 film based on Irvine Welsh's novel.

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Full episode: Cold Specks, Eugene Lee, Jen Sookfong Lee, Irvine Welsh 08/24/17

Musician Cold Specks opens up about her family, identity and her new album. Saturday Night Live production designer Eugene Lee takes us behind the scenes. Jen Sookfong Lee's new book explores a Gus Van Sant classic. Irvine Welsh on T2 Trainspotting.

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Aug. 24: How musician Cold Specks finally learned to embrace herself and her community

Canadian musician Cold Specks discusses her upcoming album, Fool's Paradise, how her dad inspired some of the sounds on the record and how she learned to embrace her identity and her community.

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Aug. 24: Staging Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live production designer Eugene Lee takes us behind the scenes of the long-running comedy show.

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Aug. 24: Author explores how Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho brought the marginal into the mainstream

Author Jen Sookfong Lee explores Gus Van Sant's seminal film, My Own Private Idaho, in her new book, Gentlemen of the Shade.

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Aug. 24: 'I was treated as some kind of pop star': Irvine Welsh reveals how Trainspotting changed his life

Author Irvine Welsh discusses the success of his novel-turned-film Trainspotting, and how it feels now to revisit those characters in the sequel, T2 Trainspotting.

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Full episode: Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria, Amy Jo Johnson, Taddes Korris, Feist 08/23/17

Musician Dan Auerbach and writer Gabe Soria team up for the new graphic novel, Murder Ballads. Amy Jo Johnson goes from playing a Power Ranger to directing her first film. Musician Taddes Korris on ivory and art. Feist discusses her latest album Pleasure.

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Aug. 23: How Dan Auerbach helped bring graphic novel Murder Ballads to life

Musician Dan Auerbach and author Gabe Soria talk about their collaboration on the graphic novel, Murder Ballads, and how that pushed their creative boundaries.

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Aug. 23: Why Amy Jo Johnson morphed into a filmmaker

Amy Jo Johnson, a former star of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, talks about how she made her directorial debut in her film, The Space Between.

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Aug. 23: Should ivory and art be judged separately?

Edmonton classical musician Taddes Korris explains why he thinks art should be judged outside of its use of ivory and how the ban on ivory cost him an audition for the Winnipeg Symphony.

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Aug. 23: Feist explains the 'necessary stripped back' sound of her latest album, Pleasure

Feist returns with Pleasure, her first album in six years. She opens up about the process behind her latest record.

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Full episode: Ann Powers, Suzanne Ciani, Jeff Lemire 08/22/17

NPR music critic Ann Powers explores the history between music and sexuality in her latest book. Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani reflects on her personal and commercial successes. Graphic novelist Jeff Lemire on his latest book, Roughneck.

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Aug. 22: How sex gave pop music its meaning

NPR music critic and author Ann Powers' new book, Good Booty, explores the relationship between music and sexuality in American history.

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Aug. 22: Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani reflects on the waves of her career

Electronic musician Suzanne Ciani says she faced opposition not only because of the genre but also because she was a woman making it.

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Aug. 22: Jeff Lemire wants to expand beyond the 'idealized Canada' in his stories

Graphic novelist Jeff Lemire explains how he expanded his understanding of Canada and is now applying that to work, including his latest book, Roughneck.

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Full episode: Kelly Bishop, Yohance Maqubela on his dad Dick Gregory, Kliph Nesteroff on Jerry Lewis, Michael Lloyd 08/21/17

Actress Kelly Bishop looks back at the making of Dirty Dancing. Yohance Maqubela on the work of his dad, Dick Gregory. Kliph Nesteroff discusses the legacy of comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Music supervisor Michael Lloyd on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

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Aug. 21: Kelly Bishop reflects on 30 years of Dirty Dancing

Actress Kelly Bishop looks back at the making of Dirty Dancing as well as her famous turn as Emily Gilmore in the Gilmore Girls.

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Aug. 21: Remembering the comedy and activism of Dick Gregory

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory died this weekend. His son Yohance Maqubela discusses the work and influence of his famous father.

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Aug. 21: Exploring the many sides of comedy legend Jerry Lewis

Kliph Nesteroff discusses the legacy that comedian Jerry Lewis left behind. Lewis died on Sunday at the age of 91.

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Aug. 21: Celebrating 30 years of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack

Music supervisor Michael Lloyd on the making of the 1987 Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

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Full episode: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Ed Hamilton, Bob Mankoff 08/18/17

Songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil discuss their portrayal in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Sculptor Ed Hamilton explains why he thinks Confederate statues need to be removed. Cartoonist Bob Mankoff on the power of drawing.

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Aug. 18: How Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil make 'beautiful' music together

The husband-and-wife songwriters talk about their long career and their portrayal in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

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Aug. 18: The case for taking down Confederate monuments

Renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton talks about why he believes Confederate statues need to be removed and placed in museums.

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Aug. 18: 'Thinking through drawing': Bob Mankoff explains the power and influence of cartoons

Former cartoon editor for the New Yorker, Bob Mankoff, opens up about his years of drawing, editing and commenting on current events through the power of cartoons.

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Full episode: July Talk, Kyoko Miyake, Northern Soul Horns' Dennis P, Mary Walsh 08/17/17

July Talk discuss the importance of safe spaces at concerts. Filmmaker Kyoko Miyake focuses on the world of female Japanese teen stars in her new documentary. Dennis P gives us an introduction to Northern Soul music. Mary Walsh on her debut novel.

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Aug. 17: 'Rock 'n' roll shows can be a sanctuary': why July Talk prioritize fans' safety

July Talk is taking concrete steps to ensure its shows are free of racism, sexism, and sexual assault.

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Aug. 17: A fascinating new documentary looks into the world of female Japanese teen stars

Kyoko Miyake's documentary Tokyo Idols focuses on the life of a 19-year-old Japanese idol and her middle-aged fans.

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Aug. 17: An introduction to Northern soul music

Dennis P, who plays in the horn section of Arkells, presents a gateway to Northern soul.

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Aug. 17: Mary Walsh fulfills her dream of becoming a novelist

Actor and comedian Mary Walsh opens up about her debut novel, Crying for the Moon, and the inspirations behind this personal story.

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Full episode: Linden MacIntyre, Ross Golan, Bonnie Raitt 08/16/17

Linden MacIntyre revisits his journalism career for his latest novel. Hitmaker Ross Golan shines the spotlight on songwriters on his new podcast. Bonnie Raitt reveals how she overcame grief and loss to create again.

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Aug. 16: How hitmaker Ross Golan's podcast spotlights the writer's voice

Songwriter Ross Golan is introducing music fans to pop's biggest songwriters on his new podcast, And the Writer Is. He discusses the complexities of songwriting and how the job is akin to being a therapist.

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Aug. 16: Bonnie Raitt: 'I have no interest in retiring'

Bonnie Raitt talks to Tom Power about her inspirations and how she overcame grief and loss to create again.

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Aug. 16: Linden MacIntyre revisits his journalism career for new novel

Linden MacIntyre's new book, The Only Café, is based on the real-life events of the massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon.

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Full episode: PVRIS, FOONYAP, Matthew Kyba, Paul Feig 08/15/17

Boston band PVRIS opens up about creating a safe space for their fans. Calgary artist FOONYAP discusses her path to becoming a musician. Art curator Matthew Kyba wants to provide an alternative space for artists. Paul Feig reflects on his career.

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Aug. 15: Why Boston band PVRIS wants to create a safe space for fans at shows

Boston band PVRIS open up about dealing with depression, supporting the LGBTQ community and why it's important to create a safe space for their fans.

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Aug. 15: Calgary musician FOONYAP channels her inner child

Calgary artist FOONYAP opens up about her rigid musical upbringing and how dropping out of school and the conservatory led to her becoming a better musician.

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Aug. 15: Why is art being exhibited in a shipping container?

Matthew Kyba, co-founder of Bunker 2 in Toronto, talks to q about why artists needs to display art in alternative spaces.

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Aug. 15: Paul Feig opens up about Freaks and Geeks and Ghostbusters

Actor, director, producer and screenwriter Paul Feig dives into his long career in comedies.

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Full episode: Charlie Puth, Rush's Geddy Lee, director Reneltta Arluk, James Rhodes 08/14/17

Charlie Puth on his pop music successes. Rush's Geddy Lee looks back on his fond memories of Le Studio. Director Reneltta Arluk urges more Indigenous people to tell their own stories onstage. How classical music helped James Rhodes through dark times.

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Aug. 14: Charlie Puth learned to sing through Auto-Tune and he's not ashamed to admit it

The singer best known for collaborating with Wiz Khalifa on the hit 'See You Again' is back with a new solo album. Puth opens up about the role YouTube and Auto-Tune played in his career, fighting to sing on his hit song and embracing his stage fright.

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Aug. 14: How Geddy Lee and Rush created their own world at Le Studio

Rush front man Geddy Lee looks back at the many albums he and his band recorded at the famous Le Studio, which burned down in a fire last week.

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Aug. 14: How Reneltta Arluk spreads the importance of Indigenous storytelling

The Stratford Festival director will soon become director of Indigenous arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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Aug. 14: How classical music helped James Rhodes deal with dark times

In his new memoir, James Rhodes discusses the power and importance classical music had in helping him deal with a traumatic past.

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Full episode: The Glass Castle director Destin Daniel Cretton, poet Brian Sonia-Wallace, k.d. lang 08/11/17

Director Destin Daniel Cretton talks about adapting Jeanneatte Walls' The Glass Castle to the big screen. Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace wants to bring poetry to people's everyday lives. Musician k.d. lang looks back on her defining album, Ingénue.

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Aug. 11: How director Destin Daniel Cretton built Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle on the big screen

The Glass Castle director Destin Daniel Cretton talks about bringing Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir to the big screen.

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Aug. 11: Why Brian Sonia-Wallace brought his poetry residency to the largest mall in North America

Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace talks about working in the unlikely setting of North America's largest mall.

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Aug. 11: k.d. lang looks back on her defining album Ingénue

It's been 25 years since k.d. lang released Ingénue. Now she's revisiting her breakout work.

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Full episode: Jonathan Katz, Declan McKenna, DJ Red Robinson, Mayte Garcia 08/10/17

Jonathan Katz on reviving his Dr. Katz Professional Therapist character. Singer Declan McKenna wants to debunk stereotypes about young people. DJ Red Robinson shares stories of rock 'n' roll's greatest. Mayte Garcia reflects on her marriage to Prince.

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Aug. 10: Back on the couch: Dr. Katz will see you again

Comedian Jonathan Katz discusses the revival of his hit Dr. Katz Professional Therapist character and how he tries to extract humour from celebrities via therapy sessions.

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Aug. 10: Declan McKenna's youthful wisdom

18-year-old U.K. singer-songwriter Declan McKenna is being called the 'voice of a generation.' Hear him talk about debunking stereotypes about young people and his quick rise to fame.

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Aug. 10: Canadian DJ Red Robinson shares stories of meeting rock 'n' roll's greatest

Red Robinson, the first DJ to play rock 'n' roll regularly on Canadian radio, shares stories from decades in the business and meeting the likes of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

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Aug. 10: Mayte Garcia reflects on her marriage to Prince, one year after his death

Prince's first wife, Mayte Garcia, reflects on her marriage to the iconic artist, his life and legacy in her latest memoir, The Most Beautiful.

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Full episode: Fleet Foxes, Anne Murray on Glen Campbell, Wendy Dio, Lilly Singh 08/09/17

Fleet Foxes on their first album in six years. Anne Murray opens up about her friendship with Glen Campbell. Wendy Dio explains her decision to transform her late husband Ronnie into a hologram. Lilly Singh discusses her latest book and being a bawse.

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Fleet Foxes have 'one more go at it' with their 1st album in 6 years

Folk band Fleet Foxes are back after a six-year hiatus. They discuss what happened in the interim years and their new record, Crack-Up.

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Aug. 9: Anne Murray on the kindness and talent of Glen Campbell: 'He nurtured me'

Musician Glen Campbell died yesterday, at the age of 81, after a battle with Alzheimer's. Artist Anne Murray opens up about her friendship with the artist and sometimes collaborator.

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Aug. 9: 'It was like he was back again': Wendy Dio on bringing her husband back onstage as a hologram

Wendy Dio explains the process behind creating a hologram of her late husband, Ronnie, who will be going on tour this year.

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Aug. 9: YouTuber Lilly Singh's secrets to becoming a bawse

YouTuber Lilly Singh, a.k.a. Superwoman, opens up about her new book, How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.

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Full episode: Dan Wilson, Jarrett Martineau, Adrian Holmes, Kelly Oxford 08/08/17

Dan Wilson opens up about writing hit songs with Adele and the Dixie Chicks. Jarrett Martineau on the Native North America compilation. Actor Adrian Holmes explains the human drama behind his cop drama, 19-2. Kelly Oxford discusses her latest book.

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Aug. 8: The man behind music's biggest hits is now putting his own spin on the songs he helped write

Songwriter and musician Dan Wilson has written songs for Adele, Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks. Now he wants you to hear his voice on his new album, Re-Covered.

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Aug. 8: Why the Native North America compilation is even more relevant today

Released in 2014, the Native North America compilation collected recordings from overlooked Indigenous artists from the '60s to the '80s. Jarrett Martineau talks about the importance of the music across generations.

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Aug. 8: Actor Adrian Holmes on the human drama behind the uniform on his cop drama 19-2

In the final season of CTV's cop drama, 19-2, actor Adrian Holmes talks about his character Nick Barron's efforts to navigate police corruption.

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Aug. 8: Kelly Oxford wants to normalize the conversations around sexual assault and anxiety

Social media influencer Kelly Oxford on her latest book of essays, writing for herself and her fight to normalize conversations surrounding sexual assault, anxiety and other taboo topics.

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Full episode: Paul Shaffer, Kelly Asbury, a guide to Bad Boy Records, Jenn Grant 08/07/17

A musical tour through the life of Paul Shaffer. Director Kelly Asbury on his latest Smurfs movie and his animation work over the years. Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie gives us a gateway to Bad Boy Records. Jenn Grant on her latest album, Paradise.

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Aug. 7: A musical tour through the life of Paul Shaffer

Musician and former Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer takes listeners through some of the songs and bands that he has inspired him throughout the years.

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Aug. 7: From Black Cauldron to the Smurfs: director Kelly Asbury on the evolution of animation

Kelly Asbury, director of Smurfs: The Lost Village, opens up about his 40 years of working in the world of animation.

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Aug. 7: An introductory guide to the world of Bad Boy Records

Songwriter and member of P. Diddy's Hitmen production team, Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie gives us a gateway into the music of Bad Boy Entertainment.

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Aug. 7: Jenn Grant embraces 'lucid dreams' to create her latest album, Paradise

Jenn Grant dreams in such vivid detail that her new album, Paradise, is inspired by her adventures in sleep.

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Full episode: London Grammar, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, Jovanka Vuckovic 08/04/17

British band London Grammar on overcoming exhaustion and moving forward with their new album. DJ Dr. Jay de Soca Prince give us the ultimate soca music gateway playlist. Director Jovanka Vuckovic on women in the horror genre.

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Aug. 4: London Grammar correct their road to success

Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic 'Dot' Major of the British band London Grammar talk about their sophomore album, Truth is a Beautiful Thing.

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Aug. 7: Dr. Jay de Soca Prince presents a gateway to soca

The veteran DJ traces important songs in the history of soca music as Toronto celebrates one of North America's largest carnivals.

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Aug. 7: Jovanka Vuckovic and other female directors are 'the next great frontier of horror cinema'

Jovana Vuckovic opens up about the new movie anthology, XX, and the importance of gender representation in the horror genre.

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Full episode: Bill Morrison, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Alex Somers, Raoul Peck 08/03/17

Director Bill Morrison discusses his latest documentary, Dawson City: Frozen Time, while composer Alex Somers explains the film's two-hour score. The women of Baroness Von Sketch Show talk about expanding to the U.S. Raoul Peck on his James Baldwin film.

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Aug. 3: Dawson City: Frozen Time documentary unearths Yukon's rich film history

Director Bill Morrison talks about discovering hundreds of silent films harbouring unknown stories and history in Yukon, which is documented in his new film, Dawson City: Frozen Time.

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Aug. 3: The women of Baroness von Sketch Show are ready to take on American audiences

Baroness von Sketch Show's Meredith MacNeill and Aurora Browne discuss their hit sketch comedy show, which made its premiere on American network IFC earlier this week.

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Aug. 3: How Alex Somers provided a soundtrack for a silent Dawson City

Sigur Ros collaborator Alex Somers talks about constructing a soundtrack for Bill Morrison's documentary, Dawson City: Frozen Time.

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Aug. 3: Raoul Peck brings James Baldwin's powerful gaze to the big screen

Director Raoul Peck discusses his latest documentary, I am Not Your Negro, which is completely based on the words of famous American writer James Baldwin.

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Full episode: Max Greenfield, Merna, S-Town host Brian Reed 08/02/17

Actor Max Greenfield discusses his latest role in the film, The Glass Castle, as well as the upcoming last season of New Girl. Toronto artist Merna on her latest album, Sans. S-Town host Brian Reed explains the podcast's 'non-fiction novel' approach.

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Aug. 2: From New Girl to The Glass Castle: Max Greenfield's career as a supporting actor

Max Greenfield, known for his Schmidt character on New Girl, is now appearing in a cinematic adaptation of Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle.

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Aug. 2: Why Merna's music draws strength from solitude

Toronto singer-songwriter Merna has worked with many high-profile collaborators but for her latest album, Sans, she decided to do everything alone.

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Aug. 2: Brian Reed crafts a fascinating 'non-fiction novel' in the hit podcast S-Town

S-Town host and producer Brian Reed on the reporting and storytelling that went into This American Life's latest hit podcast.

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Full episode: Jenny Zhang, Remembering Sam Shepard, Heather Cornell and Rick Mercer 08/01/17

Sour Heart author Jenny Zhang talks about how her book looks at immigrant life. Johnny Dark talks about his longtime friend, the late Sam Shepard. Heather Cornell provides a gateway to tap dancing. Rick Mercer on why he mixes comedy and politics.

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August 1: Author Jenny Zhang's Sour Heart powerfully interweaves immigrant experiences

Zhang's short story collection Sour Heart, focusing on the lives of Chinese-Americans, establishes her as an important literary voice.

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August 1: Remembering Sam Shepard

Tom Power speaks to Johnny Dark, one of Sam Shepard's best friends, about the life of the acclaimed playwright and actor.

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August 1: Why everything you think about tap dancing is probably wrong

Tap dancer and instructor Heather Cornell provides a gateway to tap dancing's rich and often misunderstood history.

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August 1: Rick Mercer on pursuing your passions: 'You have to love your subject matter'

CBC star Rick Mercer looks back at his years of success in the worlds of comedy and politics, and traces it all back to his Newfoundland roots.

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Full episode: Colm Feore, Spoon, Irene Taylor Brodsky 07/31/17

Colm Feore on his villainous role in new soccer drama 21 Thunder. Spoon’s hot thoughts help the band stay fresh. Ali Hassan pays musical tribute to his Brossard, Que. hometown. Beware the Slenderman director Irene Taylor Brodsky delves into dark memes.

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July 31: Why Colm Feore gets a kick out of playing villains

Colm Feore talks about his new role as a villain in the new CBC soccer drama 21 Thunder.

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July 31: How Spoon's hot thoughts fuel longevity and relevance

Spoon's Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel talk about keeping their sound innovative after over 20 years and nine albums.

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July 31: Ali Hassan's musical tribute to Brossard, Que.

Ali Hassan gives us a musical playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown of Brossard, Que.

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July 31: Irene Taylor Brodsky explores the faceless power of the Slenderman

Documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky delves into the internet meme's dark world and examines its connection to a 2014 stabbing in her documentary Beware the Slenderman.

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Full episode: Kyle Mooney, Step documentary, Tragically Hip art, Holly Maniatty 07/28/17

Kyle Mooney finds truth in nostalgia in new movie Brigsby Bear. Blessin Giraldo finds her feet in the documentary Step. That Night in Toronto celebrates Tragically Hip-inspired art. Sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty keeps live music accessible.

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July 28: How sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty keeps music accessible

American Sign Language interpreter Holly Maniatty explains the art and science of 'performance interpreting' for deaf people at concerts and music festivals.

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July 28: How Kyle Mooney's Brigsby Bear searches for truth in nostalgia

The Saturday Night Live cast member's latest film is Brigsby Bear.

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July 28: Step documentary goes feet first into lives of young Baltimore women

Blessin Giraldo and step coach Gari McIntyre talk to q guest host Ali Hassan about the documentary Step.

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July 28: That Night in Toronto exhibit showcases Tragically Hip-inspired art

Artists Jay Dart and Annyen Lam talk about why they find so much creative inspiration from Hip songs.

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Full episode: Maz Jobrani, Tanzania Albinism Collective, Mohsin Hamid 07/27/17

Maz Jobrani's comedy special Immigrant is directly inspired by the Trump era. John Semley and Amanda Joy discuss television shows. Tanzania Albinism Collective's music gives voice to the shunned Mohsin Hamid talks his Booker-longlisted novel Exit West

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July 27: Maz Jobrani's comedy brings the Muslim-American experience to the Trump era

Comedian Maz Jobrani talks about his new Netflix special Immigrant

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July 27: Tanzania Albinism Collective gives voice to a shunned community

Ian Brennan talks about the process of recording the Tanzania Albinism Collective album.

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July 27: Mohsin Hamid questions the 'migration apocalypse' in his Man Booker longlisted book, Exit West

Mohsin Hamid discusses how his new book, Exit West, uses magic realism as a powerful storytelling tool to help reignite empathy for refugees.

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Full episode: Jay Baruchel, Jamie Morton, Thundercat 07/26/17

Actor Jay Baruchel talks Captain Canuck and Canadian comics. My Dad Wrote A Porno podcaster Jamie Morton on his father's bad erotic writing. Maverick bassist Thundercat talks in-depth about Frank Zappa and his own latest album Drunk.

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July 26: Can Jay Baruchel save Canadian comic book superheroes?

Jay Baruchel is on a mission to create and revive Canadian comic book heroes in his new role at Chapterhouse Comics.

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July 26: His father wrote a porno, he made a podcast about it

We speak to My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast creator Jamie Morton about critiquing his own father's erotic writings.

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July 26: Thundercat is feeling drunk on his latest album

Kendrick Lamar collaborator Thundercat discusses his latest solo album, Drunk, and what that title means to him.

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Full episode: Star Jones, Adaline, Anna Kendrick 07/25/17

TV personality Star Jones talks about her book, Satan's Sisters, which has been turned into a new TV show. Musician Adaline on her getting her music into film and TV. Actress Anna Kendrick opens up about her life in her latest memoir.

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July 25: How Star Jones turned her daytime drama into nighttime TV

Star Jones talks about Daytime Divas, her new television show inspired by her experiences on The View.

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July 25: Adaline wants her voice to be heard beyond your favourite TV moments

Adaline's voice will be familiar to you if you watch TV or go to the movies. Now she wants you to know her name.

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July 25: Anna Kendrick: 'I don't put a lot of stock in nice'

Anna Kendrick opens up about the dangers of being nice, following her own rules and dealing with fame in her new book, Scrappy Little Nobody.

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Full episode: Keegan-Michael Key, 36 Questions podcast, The New Pornographers 07/24/17

Actor Keegan-Michael Key on his love of comedy and drama, and what he plans to do next. 36 Questions’ Ellen Winter and Chris Littler on bringing a musical into the world of podcasts. The New Pornographers perform songs from their latest album.

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July 24: Keegan-Michael Key's next career move may surprise you

After ending Key & Peele in 2015, actor Keegan-Michael Key has found himself at a crossroads between comedy and drama. Today, he talks about his latest projects, the Netflix's Friends From College, and his onstage role in a New York production of Hamlet.

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July 24: What is a podcast musical? 36 Questions merges two unlikely mediums together

36 Questions' Ellen Winter and Chris Littler discusses their new podcast musical 36 Questions, which tells the story of a couple trying to save their marriage.

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July 24: The New Pornographers' greatest weakness may also be its greatest strength

The New Pornographers perform songs from their new album, Whiteout Conditions, and discuss politics and how this band came to be Carl Newman's career.

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Full episode: Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa, looking at the life of Chester Bennington, Neil Mendoza, Nelly Furtado 07/21/17

Director Jeremy Podeswa gives us a behind-the-scenes look at HBO's Game of Thrones. Journalist Liisa Ladouceur discusses the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Neil Mendoza merges art and technology. Nelly Furtado reflects on her career.

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July 21: Game of Thrones' Jeremy Podeswa reveals what it takes to direct an epic TV series

Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa discusses his work on the latest season of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.

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July 21: On the life and music of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington

Music journalist Liisa Ladouceur discusses the life and music of artist Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, who died from an apparent suicide yesterday.

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July 21: This artist thinks we've taken technology for granted — so he's turning it into art

San Francisco artist Neil Mendoza explains his art, which merges technology and art together into absurd but thoughtful pieces.

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July 21: 'I'm way wiser now': Nelly Furtado reflects on her wild ride in the music industry

Canadian artist Nelly Furtado looks back on her biggest hits over the years and discusses her latest album, The Ride.

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Full episode: A Ghost Story director David Lowery, Jake Clemons, George Saunders 07/20/17

Director David Lowery says his film A Ghost Story may appear silly, but it's a serious look at death and time. Clarence Clemons' nephew Jake on performing in the E Street Band and going solo. George Saunders discusses his latest book Lincoln in the Bardo.

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July 20: David Lowery's A Ghost Story puts a new twist on a haunting genre

Director David Lowery discusses his latest film, A Ghost Story, a somber meditation on death and the afterlife starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

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July 20: Jake Clemons on replacing his late uncle Clarence in Bruce Springsteen's band and going solo

Jake Clemons, nephew of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, opens up about taking his uncle's place in the band after his death and pursuing a solo career.

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July 20: George Saunders on Lincoln in the Bardo and creating art in a divided America

The New York Times bestselling author talks about his latest novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, and how he creates art with empathy in mind.

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Full episode: Kliph Nesteroff, Jim DeRogatis, Tracy Fullerton, Lizzo 07/19/17

Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff on what comedy's past can teach us about stand-up today. Journalist Jim DeRogatis discusses his latest reports on R. Kelly. Tracy Fullerton transforms a Henry David Thoreau book into a video game. Lizzo on body positivity.

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July 19: What looking at comedy's past can teach us about stand-up today

Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff shares what he has learned from performing comedy, writing about comedy and now hosting a podcast and a Viceland TV show about the art of stand-up.

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July 19: Journalist who uncovered R Kelly sex 'cult' says media 'has not done its job'

Reporter Jim DeRogatis, a reporter who has worked over the years to expose R&B singer R. Kelly for his alleged predatory behaviour, talks about the latest allegations of the artist's 'cult' and his abuse of young women.

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July 19: Transforming literature into a video game

Tracy Fullerton, the director of the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, explains why she wanted to transform a 163-year old book into a video game.

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July 19: 'I will fight for the right to be you': Lizzo on body positivity and activism

The Minneapolis artist discusses feel-good anthems and how social media and activism has helped her music and body positive messages.

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Full episode: Billy Bragg, Doctor Who Society of Canada's Cindy Peters, Allie, Gabourey Sidibe 07/18/17

Billy Bragg gives us a history lesson in Skiffle music. Doctor Who Society of Canada co-founder Cindy Peters reacts to the latest casting news. Musician Allie on her debut album. Gabourey Sidibe reflects on her path to Hollywood.

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July 18: Billy Bragg wants to tell you all about the history of Skiffle music

Bill Bragg discusses his latest project, a book called Roots, Radicals and Rockers, which details the history and importance of the Skiffle music scene in the UK.

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July 18: Doctor Who's first female star is inspiring some fans and angering others

Doctor Who Society of Canada co-founder Cindy Peters reacts to the latest Doctor Who casting news.

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July 18: Musician Allie's debut album is a 'family affair' with Toronto's up-and-coming talents

Toronto singer Allie is ready to take her place among Toronto's most buzzed about artists with the release of her debut album Nightshade.

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July 18: Being a sex phone operator helped Gabourey Sidibe prepare for Hollywood

Actress Gabourey Sidibe opens up about her unique rise to fame in her memoir, This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

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Full episode: Lisa LeBlanc, George A. Romero's zombie legacy, Jonny Sun, Paula Hawkins 07/17/17

Musician Lisa LeBlanc on how she came to love bluegrass. Screenwriter Tony Burgess talks about the influence of George A. Romero. Twitter personality Jonny Sun finds meaning in minimal messages. Paula Hawkins on her follow-up to The Girl on the Train.

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July 17: How Lisa LeBlanc stopped hating bluegrass and learned to blend genres

Polaris Music Prize short list nominee Lisa LeBlanc stops by the q studios to discuss her genre-mashing style, how she came around to loving bluegrass and her direct songwriting style.

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July 17: George A. Romero's zombie legacy

Canadian novelist and screenwriter Tony Burgess discusses the influence of director George A. Romero, who died yesterday at the age of 77.

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July 17: Twitter virtuoso Jonny Sun finds meaning in the 'consciously simple'

Author and Twitter personality Jonathan Sun, a.k.a. Jonny Sun, breaks down his minimal style of writing and comedy, and how that all came together in his book, Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book.

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July 17: Paula Hawkins plumbs emotional depths in her new book Into the Water

Bestselling author Paula Hawkins talks to q guest host Ali Hassan about her new book Into the Water.

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Full episode: Billy Bishop Goes to War, UBC professor Robert Rouse, Anna Chlumsky 07/14/17

Billy Bishop Goes to War's Eric Peterson and John MacLachlan Gray discuss the stage classic almost 40 years later. Professor Robert Rouse on his Game of Thrones-inspired class. Anna Chlumsky opens up about being a child actor and Veep.

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July 14: A stage classic about Billy Bishop is still essential viewing almost 40 years later

Actor Eric Peterson and composer John MacLachlan Gray discuss their play, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and why it's still relevant almost 40 years after it first premiered onstage.

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July 14: What can we learn from Game of Thrones? Find out in this exciting university class

University of British Columbia professor Robert Rouse explains his Game of Thrones course and why the TV show is relevant today even though it's set in a fantastical medieval time.

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July 14: 'It gave me a sense of self': Veep star Anna Chlumsky on being a child actor and deciding to leave Hollywood

Veep star Anna Chlumsky talks about the shows sixth season, the reality of being a child actor, her decision to leave show business and why she returned.

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Full episode: Gin Phillips, Mark Forward, Sarathy Korwar, Bebe Rexha 07/13/17

Author Gin Phillips talks about her novel Fierce Kingdom. Comedian Mark Forward talks about the Canadian scene. Sarathy Korwar gives sonic tour of his London neighbourhood and Bebe Rexha talks about the road to her solo career.

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July 13: Gin Phillips tests the limits of motherhood in new novel Fierce Kingdom

Phillips talks to q guest host Gill Deacon about her new book Fierce Kingdom.

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July 13: Why Mark Forward believes Canadian comics should not move to the U.S.

Forward believes the Canadian comedy scene will improve if people start taking initiative and believing in homegrown talent.

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July 13: Sarathy Korwar brings the thriving jazz soundtrack of London's Dalston district to life

Sarathy Korwar takes us on a sonic guide to the North London district of Dalston in this q block party.

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July 13: Bebe Rexha looking to be the 'female version of Jay-Z'

Bebe Rexha's success in songwriting for Eminem, Rihanna and David Guetta has led her to release her first album, but she has even bigger things planned.

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Full episode: The Philosopher Kings, a history of lip syncing, Degrassi 30th anniversary 07/12/17

The Philosopher Kings discuss their reunion. Rich Juzwiak narrates a history of lip syncing. Degrassi Junior High actors celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show.

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July 12: Why the Philosopher Kings have returned to rule

After a decade long hiatus, The Philosopher Kings are back with a new single and a new album on the way.

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July 12: A brief history of lip syncing

Britney Spears' recent lip-syncing controversy prompted us to take a closer look at the history of the practice.

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July 12: Celebrating 30 years of Degrassi Junior High with Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn

Degrassi Junior High stars Pat Mastoianni and Stacie Mistysyn stop by q to discuss the iconic Canadian teen show and how the experience changed their lives.

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Full episode: Chris Colfer, music supervisor Michael Perlmutter, Stuart Semple, Lido Pimienta 07/11/17

Chris Colfer discusses his bestselling book series, The Land of Stories. Music supervisor Michael Perlmutter explains the importance of his job. We check in with artist Stuart Semple on his feud with Anish Kapoor. Lido Pimienta opens up about her music.

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July 11: How Chris Colfer created his Land of Stories

Chris Colfer talks about his move from being an award-winning actor to the successful bestselling author of the Land of the Stories book series.

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July 11: The Handmaid's Tale's Michael Perlmutter on the rise of the music supervisor

The Handmaid's Tale music supervisor Michael Perlmutter talks about the growing respect for the role of the music supervisor on television shows.

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July 11: Paint wars: can an artist claim ownership of a colour?

Stuart Semple talks about the creation of his latest paint, which he is not letting one particular artist use.

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July 11: How Lido Pimienta found freedom in music

From Colombia to Toronto, Lido Pimienta has always remained political in art. Last year, she released her second album, La Pepessa.

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Full episode: Real life GLOW star Lauri S. Thompson, Lila Downs, Jordan Peele 07/10/17

Real-life GLOW star Lauri S. Thompson opens up about her experiences and the new Netflix series. Lila Downs on breaking down borders with her music. Jordan Peele discusses his latest social thriller, Get Out.

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July 10: How GLOW is bringing the stories of real women wrestlers out of the dark

Lauri S. Thompson, a.k.a. female wrestler Susie Spirit, talks to q about her real-life experiences in the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling circuit.

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July 10: Lila Downs wants to break down borders with her music

Lila Downs explains how she tries to break down the barriers between Mexico and the U.S. through her music.

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Jordan Peele's Get Out is a 'social thriller' that tackles a timely issue

Jordan Peele's new movie, Get Out, is a horror film that takes on issues of racism.

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Full episode: Andy Samberg, Queer Songbook Orchestra, Ambur Braid 07/07/17

Comedian Andy Samberg discusses his latest mockumentary, Tour de Pharmacy. Queer Songbook Orchestra on building an archive of music that relates to LGBTQ experiences. Opera singer Ambur Braid discusses the pressures of performing in The Magic Flute.

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July 7: 'If something makes us laugh, we just go with it': Andy Samberg on his comedy writing instincts

Comedian and actor Andy Samberg talks about his latest project, a mockumentary for HBO called Tour de Pharmacy.

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July 7: How the Queer Songbook orchestra brings voice to LGBTQ experiences

Members of the Queer Songbook Orchestra talk about how their chamber ensemble wants to make you change the way you think about pop music.

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July 7: How soprano Ambur Braid hits the high notes in her new performance

The coloratura soprano talks about the pressures of performing as Queen of the Night in the Canadian Opera Company's production of The Magic Flute.

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Full episode: Whitehorse, Lizzy Goodman, Beach Boys archivist Alan Boyd, Roxane Gay 07/06/17

Whitehorse open up about their new album. Author Lizzy Goodman takes us through the early 2000s rock scene in New York City. Beach Boys archivist Alan Boyd explains the merits of the band's lesser known work. Roxane Gay on embracing difficult women.

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July 6: Whitehorse's new album is a 'glitter bomb' with dark underlying themes

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland talk about their new Whitehorse album, Panther in the Dollhouse. They also perform songs from the album live in the q studio.

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July 6: Exploring the rock 'n roll of New York City in the early 2000s with Lizzy Goodman

Author Lizzy Goodman gives us an insight into the music, sounds and mood of New York City's rock scene in the early 2000s.

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July 6: How a Beach Boys fan ended up being a guardian of their legacy

Beach Boys archivist Alan Boyd talks to q about working with his idols and reconsidering some of their overlooked work.

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July 6: Roxane Gay encourages women to embrace being difficult

Writer Roxane Gay discusses her latest book of fiction, Difficult Women.

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Full episode: Pamela Paul, Amanda Joy, Regina Bradley, Matthew McConaughey 07/05/17

New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul opens up about her new memoir. Second Jen's Amanda Joy discusses the latest Hawaii Five-0 controversy. An introductory guide to the music of Outkast. Matthew McConaughey reveals his acting process.

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July 5: What Pamela Paul learned from keeping a list of every book she has ever read

q guest host Ali Hassan talks to the New York Times Book Review editor about why she decided to make the private journal of her reading life available to the public.

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July 5: The fight for equal pay in Hollywood continues with Hawaii Five-0's latest controversy

Second Jen creator Amanda Joy discusses the latest controversy surrounding Asian actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park's exit from CBS's hit show, Hawaii Five-0.

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July 5: An introductory guide to the music of Outkast

Professor Regina Bradley gives us the essential tracks we need to check out by Atlanta hip-hop group, Outkast.

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July 5: Matthew McConaughey looks to his dad for inspiration for new film Gold

Actor Matthew McConaughey breaks down the process behind playing a real life character and how he goes about choosing roles now.

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Full episode: Wonder Woman's Eugene Brave Rock, Gloria Gaynor, Phil Elverum 07/04/17

Actor Eugene Brave Rock discusses the importance of maintaining his Indigenous roots in Hollywood. Gloria Gaynor looks back at one of her biggest hits, 'I Will Survive.' Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum opens up about his heartbreaking new album.

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July 4: Actor Eugene Brave Rock jumps from being a stuntman to the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman

Canadian actor Eugene Brave Rock talks about his Wonder Woman role and holding on to his Indigenous roots.

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July 4: 'It celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit': Gloria Gaynor on her hit, 'I Will Survive'

Gloria Gaynor reflects on her biggest hit, 'I Will Survive,' how she pushed to make the song a success and why disco matters.

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July 4: How music helped Phil Elverum grieve his wife's death

Phil Elverum talks about how he wrote the album A Crow Looked At Me shortly after his wife Genevieve Castrée died of cancer.

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Full episode: Mandy Moore, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Trevor Noah 07/03/17

Mandy Moore opens up about how her hit TV series This Is Us reignited her passion for acting. Revisit our live chat with Buffy Sainte-Marie at this year's Juno Awards. Trevor Noah pays tribute to his hometown of Soweto, South Africa.

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July 3: Mandy Moore on how This is Us reignited her passion for acting

Actress and singer Mandy Moore opens up about how the new hit TV series, This is Us, challenges her to 'find common ground' with foreign experiences.

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July 3: Buffy Sainte-Marie on love songs, activism and being recognized for her humanitarian work

Legendary Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about receiving the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at this year's Junos.

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July 3: Trevor Noah's musical tribute to Soweto, South Africa

The comedian and Daily Show host gives us a playlist of songs that remind him of his neighbourhood of Soweto, South Africa.

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Full episode: John Grisham, A-Trak, Eric Braeden 06/30/17

Author John Grisham opens up about the enjoyable experience of writing his new book. A-Trak lists the remixes that inspired him to become a DJ and producer. The Young and the Restless star Eric Braeden reflects on his life and career in his new memoir.

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June 30: How John Grisham wrote his own ticket to success

John Grisham talks to q guest host Laurie Brown about his latest book, Camino Island, and his successful publishing career.

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June 30: 4 remixes that inspired A-Trak to become the DJ and producer he is today

Montreal DJ and producer A-Trak looks back at the remixes that influenced him the most throughout the years.

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June 30: Eric Braeden calls soap operas the 'hardest working industry in our business'

Actor Eric Braeden reflects on his life, from growing up in Germany to starring on The Young and the Restless for over three decades, in his new memoir. We also take a look at the origin story of soap operas.

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Full episode: W. Kamau Bell, Shabaka Hutchings, Mike Myers 06/29/17

Comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses his new memoir and why it's important to 'lean into' awkward situations. Jazz artist Shabaka Hutchings opens up about his experience playing with musicians in South Africa. Mike Myers pays tribute to Canada in his book.

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June 29: Why W. Kamau Bell believes awkwardness makes change

Comedian W. Kamau Bell talks about his new memoir, his CNN television show and why he wants us to 'lean into' awkward situations.

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June 29: Shabaka and the Ancestors push jazz into the future

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his band of South African musicians are charting an exciting new path in jazz.

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June 29: What does Canada mean to Mike Myers?

In Mike Myers's new book, Canada, the actor explores his roots and tries to answer the question of who we are as a nation.

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Full episode: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, Todd Barry, Kent Monkman 06/28/17

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon open up about bringing their love story to the big screen. Comedian Todd Barry on the joys of performing in small towns. Kent Monkman brings Indigenous resilience to the fore in his latest exhibition.

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June 28: How The Big Sick got to the big screen

Husband-and-wife team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon talk about bringing their critically acclaimed romantic comedy to the big screen.

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June 28: Comedian Todd Barry's new book is a laugh track across America

Comedian Todd Barry opens up about his experience performing stand-up in small towns across America in his new book, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg.

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June 28: Kent Monkman's art brings Indigenous resilience to the fore

Monkman talks with Tom Power about his art and how his latest exhibit is a response to Canada's 150th birthday celebrations.

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Full episode: Ralph, Simon and Ruth Fitzmaurice, Gordon Pinsent 06/27/17

Musician Ralph opens up about embracing pop music and seeing herself on a big billboard. Simon and Ruth Fitzmaurice explain how Simon's ALS diagnosis motivated them to seize their creativity. Gordon Pinsent reflects on seven decades of acting.

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June 27: Why we should believe the hype about Ralph

Ralph talks to q host Tom Power about '80s music, her visual aesthetic and the music on her critically acclaimed debut EP.

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June 27: How Simon Fitzmaurice seized his creativity after being diagnosed with ALS

Simon Fitzmaurice is the first person with ALS ever to direct a feature film. He and his wife, Ruth, talk to Tom Power about seizing creativity as a result of Simon's diagnosis.

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June 27: Gordon Pinsent on acting: 'I couldn't imagine anything else'

Gordon Pinsent talks to Tom Power about a new documentary that traces the Canadian actor's life and career.

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Full episode: Zadie Smith, Jared Keeso, Justin Hurwitz, Patrick Haggerty 06/26/17

Author Zadie Smith discusses her latest book, Swing Time. Jared Keeso on his small-town comedy, Letterkenny. La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz gives us a gateway to musicals. Country singer Patrick Haggerty on his groundbreaking album, Lavender Country.

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June 26: Why Zadie Smith used dance to tell her new story Swing Time

The author opens up about her new book and why she used the backdrop of dance to tell this story.

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June 26: 'Our show has teeth': Jared Keeso says Letterkenny's comedy isn't safe

Letterkenny co-creator and star Jared Keeso draws inspiration from his small town Ontario upbringing to make the hit TV series.

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June 26: Justin Hurwitz's picks for musical newbies

La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz provides listeners with a gateway into the world of musicals.

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June 26: Patrick Haggerty finds new hope in the re-release of his groundbreaking album

Patrick Haggerty explains how the re-release of Lavender Country, the first gay country album, means that it has finally found its place.

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