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Thursday, July 19, 2018: Jeff Daniels, Lena Waithe and more

Today on q: actor and musician Jeff Daniels, Newfoundland indie-folk duo Fortunate Ones, CBC reporter Katie Nicholson on Radiohead's return to Toronto, actor and producer Lena Waithe.

How Jeff Daniels beat his inner critic to make music

Jeff Daniels looks back on when and where his love of music began, back before his acting career even got off the ground.

'It's an incredibly loaded show': Radiohead returns to Toronto for the first time since stage collapse

Six years ago, Radiohead's drum technician Scott Johnson died when their stage collapsed before a show at Downsview Park in Toronto. Today, Radiohead will perform in Toronto for the first time since then.

Fortunate Ones on their musical partnership, and writing songs that offer hope in dark times

Newfoundland indie-folk duo Catherine Allan and Andrew James O'Brien, also known as Fortunate Ones, talk about their musical chemistry and perform a few songs live.

Lena Waithe hopes to bring greater representation to Chicago's black communities on TV

Waithe hopes her new Showtime series The Chi will bring humanity and perspective to a city that usually makes headlines for gangs and gun violence.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018: Gus Van Sant, Zaki Ibrahim and more

Today on q: director Gus Van Sant, singer Desirée Dawson, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, cosplay origin story with journalist Lauren Orsini, singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim.

Gus Van Sant on casting Joaquin Phoenix as a disabled person and carrying out Robin Williams' vision

Gus Van Sant is best known for Good Will Hunting and Milk, but he's also earned cult followings with films like My Own Private Idaho. His latest film is something in between.

In a new documentary, Elvis is a metaphor for the American Dream

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki traces Elvis Presley's meteoric rise and tragic fall in his new documentary, The King.

Desirée Dawson performs her new single Just Fine live in studio q

Desirée Dawson was the winner of CBC Music's 2016 Searchlight competition. Now she's back with some brand new music.

How cosplay became a global phenomenon

Wrriter Lauren Orsini walks us through what it's like to take part in Comic-Con, one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world.

Zaki Ibrahim on the inspiration for her new album The Secret Life of Planets

Zaki Ibrahim's latest project was inspired by the birth of her son, the loss of her father and the cosmic energy that binds us all together.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018: Megan Abbott, Tina Sinatra and more

Today on q: best-selling thriller author Megan Abbott, Canadian filmmaker Randall Okita, Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid, singer Tina Sinatra.

Metric announce new album, premiere video for Dark Saturday

The Canadian rock group will be releasing its 7th album in the fall.

Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand is a thriller about female ambition and extreme PMS

Best-selling author Megan Abbott explores the dramatic potential of a heavy, painful secret in her chilling new novel, Give Me Your Hand.

Randall Okita's film The Lockpicker shows a different side of the teenage experience

The Lockpicker explores the complexity of adolescence by giving a chilling look at what happens when a teenager falls into a cycle of violence he can't escape from.

Skratch Bastid's musical ode to Bedford, Nova Scotia

Toronto DJ Scratch Bastid shares a playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown of Bedford, N.S.

Tina Sinatra on her father Frank Sinatra, and a new compilation of his songs

Frank Sinatra's daughter, Tina, talks about why she curated a new album of her father's music aimed at children and parents.

Monday, July 16, 2018: Courtney Barnett, Wendy McLeod MacKnight and more

Today on q: the q screen panel on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America?, Canadian author Wendy McLeod MacKnight, Canadian author Jen Sookfong Lee, author and comedian Josh Gondelman, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett.

Is the new Sacha Baron Cohen series satire, or a cringeworthy prank show?

Our screen panel discusses the relevance of Sacha Baron Cohen's new show, Who Is America?, in 2018.

Courtney Barnett performs live from her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett joins Tom Power for a short introduction and a rare stripped-down solo acoustic set of songs from her critically-acclaimed new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Paintings come to life in Wendy McLeod MacKnight's new book The Frame-Up

Wendy McLeod MacKnight discusses her new children's book, The Frame-Up, about paintings in Fredericton's Beaverbrook Gallery that are secretly alive.

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 in her new book Gentlemen of the Shade.

Josh Gondelman's gateway comedy album for stand-up newbies

Josh Gondelman picks a comedy album that will serve as the perfect gateway for people interested in stand-up.

Friday, July 13, 2018: Ralph Macchio, Sandra Oh and more

Today on q: actor Ralph Macchio on the new Karate Kid series, q music panel with Jarrett Martineau and Lisa Christiansen, artist Rebecca Belmore, actor Sandra Oh.
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Sacha Baron Cohen reveals the character who has been fooling prominent U.S. political figures

His new show, Who is America?, is said to feature feature Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Bernie Sanders and others