Canada gets similar redesign by partner station WNYC Radio's Studio 360 in New York 

Today, Q with host Jian Ghomeshi launches Redesigning America, a five-week series that is out to deconstruct...and reconstruct...the cultural image of our neighbours to the south. For the month of June, Q will bring together well-known personalities, from thinkers to comedians, from the U.S., Canada and around the world to discuss everything from America's international reputation, its media and entertainment industries and even its manners.

Among the series guests are Fran Lebowitz, novelist Toni Morrison, Lewis Black of The Daily Show and a special performance from Grammy winners The Civil Wars. The series culminates in a full-show finale -- Reinventing the American Dream -- on America's Independence Day, July 4th.

Q partners with WNYC Radio's Studio 360 with host Kurt Andersen, who will give Canada a similar makeover treatment. How can Canada up its game? Studio 360 will spend June answering that question leading up to their special broadcast on Canada Day, July 1st.

On Friday, May 25th, Jian is joined by Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen to launch the series on both programs. Q airs at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. Both programs are broadcast in major centres across the USA via Public Radio International (PRI).

Throughout the series, Q and Studio 360 will check in with one another, collaborate on special online features, and invite listeners and viewers on both sides of the border to weigh in on these contentious matters. Listeners can follow the discussion at

Tune in as Q tackles issues such as:

  • Redesigning American Talk: From Rush Limbaugh on the right to Michael Moore on the left...are debates in the U.S. too polarizing to be insightful, or are sharply divided debates a sign of a healthy and open democracy?
  • Redesigning the Face and Race of America:  Q debates an image makeover for Uncle Sam. Does it reflect the diverse reality of America today? What should the symbolic face of America look like?
  • Redesigning the American Personality:  Q presents a feisty and fun look into American manners. Are Americans confident and outgoing or pushy and abrasive? Are internationally held complaints about rudeness false? Which character trait should America embrace?
  • Redesigning American Morality: Puritanism vs. Libertarianism:  America is a land of moral contrasts.  Q asks what should be the moral compass that drives the American psyche?
  • Redesigning America's media and pop culture: Q examines America's media coverage and the Redesign of Hollywood and Celebrity Culture.

Q is an energetic, daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes listeners on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. With host Jian Ghomeshi's trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.

Q is also broadcast across the USA via Public Radio International (PRI) on more than 95 stations, including major centres like Chicago, Seattle, Austin, San Diego, Tampa, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Nashville. Q is broadcast across North America on Sirius 159. QTV - the televised version of Q - airs weekly on CBC Television and online at For more information and to check out the popular Q: The Podcast, visit

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 


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