q: The Podcast

 
 

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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Killer Mike, Jiayang Fan and more 18/01/2019 [Full episode]

Rapper Killer Mike talks about using bold and even controversial measures to try and tackle big divisions in America in his new Netflix series Trigger Warning. The q This music panel discusses the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Jennifer Benka talks about the life and legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. The New Yorker's Jiayang Fan explains how Hong Kong pop star Denise Ho went from Cantopop queen to pro-democracy activist.

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Killer Mike: The rapper and activist on his new Netflix series Trigger Warning

In Killer Mike's new Netflix show Trigger Warning, the Grammy-winning rapper uses bold and even controversial measures to try and tackle big divisions in America.

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Maggie Rogers: From viral hit to the stage of SNL

The Maryland pop phenom joins Tom Power for a chat about her first full-length album, Heard It In a Past Life, and special live performance in the q studio.

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Chris Lyons: Meet the man behind Freddie Mercury's teeth in Bohemian Rhapsody

Chris Lyons is a special effects artist who's dedicated more than 30 years to a very specific skill: making teeth. He's made teeth for everyone from Meryl Streep to Tilda Swinston, but his most daunting job to date was recreating Freddie Mercury's teeth for Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Mike Schur: The writer and producer on the power of feel-good TV

If shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The Good Place have ever put a smile on your face, then you have Mike Schur to thank. He's written for, produced and created some of the best TV comedies of the last few years.

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Weyni Mengesha: The Soulpepper artistic director on her vision for the theatre company's next chapter

Soulpepper's new artistic director Weyni Mengesha talks about leading the theatre company forward in light of sexual harassment allegations against the founding artistic director, Albert Schultz.

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Mike Schur, Maggie Rogers and more 17/01/2019 [Full episode]

Producer, writer and showrunner Mike Schur tells us what it takes to make feel-good television like The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers discusses the challenges of making her first full-length album, Heard It In a Past Life, and performs live in the q studio. Special effects artist Chris Lyons talks about designing the teeth that helped transform Rami Malek into Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Soulpepper artistic director Weyni Mengesha unveils her vision for the theatre company's next chapter.

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Corey Hart: The singer on stepping away from the spotlight and why he's now making his return

In this career-spanning interview, Corey Hart looks back on his life and achievements. This year, Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, where he will join the likes of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.

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Corey Hart, Jael Richardson and more 16/01/2019 [Full episode]

Singer-songwriter Corey Hart opens up about his 20-year hiatus and why he's now making his return to music. Jael Richardson shares her latest book recommendation: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. The New York Times' Charo Henríquez explains why a special run of Hamilton in Puerto Rico has been a lifeline to many residents affected by the devastation of Hurricane María.

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Mike White: Why the Hollywood screenwriter wanted to test his limits by competing on Survivor

Mike White might be best-known as a writer, actor or the man behind the critically-acclaimed HBO series Enlightened, but this year he added an unusual credit to his resume - playing himself on Survivor. He joined Tom Power to chat about finishing second on the most recent season of the reality TV staple, called Survivor: David vs. Goliath, and tells us why he so desperately wanted to become a castaway on the island.

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Karyn Kusama: Why the director of Destroyer embraces stories about angry, female antiheroes

Director Karyn Kusama is known for making films about women who are angry, traumatized or haunted by their mistakes. In her latest film, Destroyer, Nicole Kidman stars as a police detective who wears her grief physically. Two years ago, Kidman publicly vowed to work with more female directors and Kusama was one of her first calls. Now, Kusama is dealing with the joys and perils of becoming more well known.

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Chris Smith: The Fyre Fest filmmaker on why the infamous music festival failed

Fyre Festival took over the headlines in 2017 when affluent festival goers travelled to the Bahamas to enjoy top musical acts and party with supermodels on a private island. That's how the event was advertised at least. As you might remember, the disastrous music festival left thousands of attendees stranded without food or amenities, setting social media ablaze with its failure. The festival stood in stark contrast to the luxury event that was promised by organizers and promoted by celebrity influencers on social media. Chris Smith is the filmmaker behind Fyre, a new documentary about the ill-fated festival. He's also the director of American Movie and Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which scored an Emmy nomination. Smith has always been drawn to eccentric personalities and stranger-than-fiction stories, which is why this story - about a lavish festival descending into chaos - was irresistible to him.

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Mike White, Karyn Kusama and more 15/01/2019 [Full episode]

Hollywood screenwriter Mike White tells us why he decided to put his career on hold to go on the reality television show Survivor. Director Chris Smith discusses his new documentary about the now-infamous Fyre Festival. Director Karyn Kusama talks about exploring the darker aspects of the human experience in her latest film Destroyer.

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Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian

Kristen Roupenian is the writer behind 'Cat Person', the short story that went viral on The New Yorker website back in 2017. She's releasing her first collection of short stories called You Know You Want This.

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Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright who has put together an immersive work that looks at his life and how language has the power to unite and divide us.

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Kristen Roupenian, Nassim Soleimanpour and more 14/01/2019 [Full Episode]

Kristen Roupenian, the writer behind the short story "Cat Person," and Nassim Soleimanpour, an Iranian playwright, are on the show today.

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Executive producer dream hampton on Surviving R. Kelly

Dream Hampton executive produced Surviving R. Kelly because she believes the best way to shed light on his predatory history is through visually documenting and explaining that history

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Meet Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the artist turning your heart into thoughtful art

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian artist whose art is always changing -- because it depends on you. He makes these big, interactive installations that require you to physically do something.

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dream hampton, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, more 10/01/2019 [Full episode]

Today on q: filmmaker and journalist dream hampton, q This music panel with Tabassum Siddiqui and Lisa Christiansen, artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

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Vinnie Karetak: The actor on Kiviuq Returns and the importance of reclaiming Inuit folk legends

Actor Vinnie Karetak joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about the importance of performing traditional Inuit stories in Inuktitut to southern audiences.

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Ali Hassan: A first glimpse at Canada Reads 2019

Ali Hassan returns for a third year as the host of Canada Reads, CBC's annual battle of the books. Today, he joins Tom Power to discuss the books that made the longlist for 2019.

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Malcolm Gladwell, Vinnie Karetak and more 10/01/2019 [Full episode]

Journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell turns his attention to music with a new podcast called Broken Record. Actor Vinnie Karetak talks about his new play Kiviuq Returns and the importance of reclaiming Inuit folk legends. Director Catherine Gund presents a gateway to the music of Chavela Vargas. Canada Reads host Ali Hassan discusses the 2019 longlist for CBC's annual battle of the books.

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Kate Gray: Playing as fast as they can: Video game speedrunners and Awesome Games Done Quick

This week, hundreds of video game speedrunners are taking part in the Superbowl of video games, called Awesome Games Done Quick. Video game journalist Kate Gray unpacks what speedrunning is all about.

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Kliph Nesteroff: Comedians to watch in 2019

Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff gives us a preview of the year ahead in comedy and shares his recommendations for new voices to watch in 2019.

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Michael Paulson: Broadway actors refuse development work over profit-sharing dispute

A growing debate about compensation for theatre actors is coming to a head on Broadway as performers and stage managers strike against development projects for hit shows.

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Kate Gray, Kliph Nesteroff and more 09/01/2019 [Full episode]

Video game journalist Kate Gray explains why video game speedrunners are playing as fast as they can for Awesome Games Done Quick. Buzzfeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud and The New York Times' Amanda Hess discuss some of the suspicions surrounding the Bird Box challenge. New York Times reporter Michael Paulson unpacks why Broadway actors are refusing development work over a profit-sharing dispute. Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff shares his recommendations for comedians to watch in 2019.

Download Kate Gray, Kliph Nesteroff and more 09/01/2019 [Full episode]
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Simu Liu, Joseph Shabason and more 08/01/2019 [Full episode]

Kim's Convenience star Simu Liu tells us how his real-life relationship with his parents informs his father-son relationship on the show. Musician Joseph Shabason discusses how he turned his mother's battle with Parkinson's disease into beautiful music. Kliph Nesteroff gives us a brief history of comedy roasts. Fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert? unpacks the controversy brewing between designer Marc Jacobs and representatives for Nirvana.

Download Simu Liu, Joseph Shabason and more 08/01/2019 [Full episode]
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Mosha Lundström Halbert: Nirvana sues Marc Jacobs over iconic smiley face logo

Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert joins Tom Power live from Miami to unpack the controversy brewing between designer Marc Jacobs and representatives for Nirvana. Jacobs is celebrating the anniversary of his infamous grunge collection with a recently-reissued Redux Grunge line, which includes T-shirts that very strongly resemble the iconic band's trademarked smiley face logo. It's said that Kurt Cobain doodled the logo back in 1991 and it can still be found on official band T-shirts to this day. Now, Nirvana's surviving members are suing the designer for copyright infringement.

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Joseph Shabason: How the musician turned his mother's battle with Parkinson's into beautiful music

When Joseph Shabason's mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he decided to talk to her about her diagnosis while he recorded their conversation. He used that conversation as the inspiration - and the backbone - for his new solo album.

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Simu Liu: The Kim's Convenience star on drawing from his real life to play Jung

Ahead of the season three premiere of Kim's Convenience, Simu Liu drops by to talk about what we can expect, how his real-life relationship with his parents informs his father-son relationship on the show, and how he feels about the representation of Asian men on screen.

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q Screen Panel: Big winners, surprises and snubs from the 2019 Golden Globes

Our panellists John Semley and Tina Hassannia share their thoughts on what went down last night at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Sandra Oh: The actor on the importance of 'being true to yourself' in Hollywood

Canadian actor Sandra Oh takes on roles that tend to be complex, strong and groundbreaking characters. Typically, they challenge norms and push creative boundaries, such as the character Jade in Oh's first film, Double Happiness, or Dr. Cristina Yang, who she played for nearly a decade on Grey's Anatomy. In Oh's big comeback to television, she plays Eve Polastri, an M15 agent, on the BBC America series Killing Eve. She tells Tom Power why it was a role that was worth the wait for her, especially as someone who's had to carve out a place for herself in Hollywood.

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Mark Little and Andy Bush: The actor-comedians explore a darker side to Cavendish, PEI

Mark Little and Andy Bush have been making audiences (and each other) laugh since their early days in Halifax's esteemed comedy troupe, Picnicface. Their latest collaboration finds them riffing on the quirky little town of Cavendish, P.E.I. for a new CBC sitcom.

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Golden Globes, Sandra Oh and more 07/01/2019 [Full episode]

Arts and entertainment writers John Semley and Tina Hassannia recap the highlights from the 2019 Golden Globes. Actor-comedians Mark Little and Andy Bush discuss their new CBC sit-com Cavendish. Sandra Oh shares what diversity on screen means for her personally.

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Nijla Mu'min: The director's debut film Jinn explores the black Muslim teen experience

Nijla Mu'min grew up loving coming-of-age stories. Now, she's made her feature film debut with one of her own. The film is called Jinn and it introduces us to Summer, a 17-year-old black girl who watches her life change completely when her mother suddenly converts to Islam. It's a story about religion, family and sexuality - all things Mu'min grappled with herself growing up black and Muslim in California. She talks to guest host Ali Hassan about bringing her experience to the big screen.

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Chris Redd: The SNL cast member on establishing himself as a comedian

Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd drops by the q studio to talk about his comedy and life on SNL. Last year, he picked up the Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics. So could 2019 be better than that?

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Michael Caine, Chris Redd and more 04/01/2019 [Full episode]

Michael Caine shares some of the best advice he's received throughout his career. The q This music panel discusses 21 Savage's apology for the controversial "Jewish money" lyric that landed LeBron James in hot water. Director Nijla Mu'min talks about how her debut feature film Jinn parallels her experience growing up black and Muslim in California. Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd joins Ali Hassan live in the q studio to chat about establishing himself as a comedian.

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Robert Cooper: The showrunner explores Canada's tainted blood scandal in new miniseries Unspeakable

Unspeakable takes us inside the tainted blood scandal that shook Canada back in the '80s. Cooper was one of the people infected with hepatitis C. He joins guest host Ali Hassan to share his story and talk about the making of the show.

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Deanne Smith and K. Trevor Wilson: Can a comedian be universally funny? Netflix's Comedians of the World puts it to the test

Laughter is a universal language, but a joke that's funny in one culture may not have the same punch elsewhere. That's why the new Netflix series Comedians of the World is an intriguing experiment. It features nearly 50 comedians from around the world, all from different comedy background and cultures, and has them perform (in eight different languages) in the same lineup. Canadian comedy ambassadors Deanne Smith and K. Trevor Wilson join guest host Ali Hassan to talk about their role on the show and whether there's such thing as a national sense of humour.

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Roger Daltrey, Billy-Ray Belcourt and more 03/01/2019 [Full episode]

Roger Daltrey of The Who opens up about the excesses of fame and feeling like an outsider. Robert Cooper explores Canada's tainted blood scandal in new CBC miniseries called Unspeakable. Billy-Ray Belcourt talks about winning the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize. Comedians DeAnne Smith and K. Trevor Wilson talk about their role in Netflix's Comedians of the World and whether there's such thing as a national sense of humour.

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Sally Field, Ernie Paniccioli and more 02/01/2019 [Full episode]

Sally Field discusses her new memoir, which takes readers on a journey from her lonely childhood in Pasadena to her glittering years on Broadway and in Hollywood. Comedian Mo Amer talks about using his refugee story to make one of Netflix's most acclaimed comedy specials. Audio engineer Susan Rogers gives us a gateway to Prince's album Sign o' The Times. Hip hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli looks back on his 40-year career taking photos of icons like Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Queen Latifah, Jay-Z, Lil' Kim and more.

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Sally Field: The actor has had a long career telling other people's stories, but now she's ready to share her own

Oscar-winning actor Sally Field has written a memoir that takes readers on a journey from her lonely childhood in Pasadena to her glittering years on Broadway and in Hollywood. She tells Tom Power about her earliest roles, her greatest loves and the insecurity that has dogged her in even her most triumphant moments.

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Ernie Paniccioli: Hip hop photographer on his new book of never-before-seen photos

Legendary hip hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli looks back on his 40-year career taking photos of nearly every notable rapper, DJ or group in the '80s and '90s, including Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Queen Latifah, Jay-Z, Lil' Kim and more.

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Mo Amer: How the comedian used his refugee story to make one of Netflix's most acclaimed comedy specials

Comedian Mo Amer grew up in Houston, Texas after arriving from Kuwait as a refugee when he was just nine years old. It took him 20 years to get his citizenship, which presented more than a few challenges when he'd travel around the world to perform. Amer's comedy is deeply personal, drawing on what it's like to be Muslim in America right now. He joined guest host Ali Hassan live from Yellow Springs, Ohio to talk about why he sees comedy as an opportunity to speak about difficult moments in his life and celebrate the people he loves.

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LeVar Burton, Tanya Taylor and more 1/1/2019 [Full episode]

Best of q: LeVar Burton tells us why he wants people to take a break from their daily lives and listen to a story. Canadian fashion designer Tanya Taylor talks about why her brand is all about being inclusive.

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Isabella Rossellini, Nile Rodgers and more 31/12/2018 [Full episode]

Best of q: Isabella Rossellini talks about her love of farming and why she's gone back to school to learn about animal behaviour. Pop star Billie Eilish performs live in the q studio. Nile Rodgers talks about David Bowie, Madonna and Chic's first new album in more than 25 years. Steven Page performs Brian Wilson live in the q studio and opens up about what the last year has been like for him. We pay tribute to Aretha Franklin and Anthony Bourdain by returning to the conversations we had with the people who knew them and loved them.

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Geena Davis, Jason Mraz and more 28/12/2018 [Full episode]

Best of q: Geena Davis talks about tackling sexism on and off screen in her new documentary This Changes Everything. Jason Mraz discusses his new album and why he believes that we need positivity now more than ever. Guitarist Tom Brenneck honours his friend and collaborator, soul singer Charles Bradley. Children's entertainers Sharon and Bram perform live in the q studio and reflect on their incredible 40-year career.

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Ken Jeong, Amitava Kumar and more 27/12/2018 [Full episode]

Best of q: Ken Jeong looks back on his unexpected path from doctor to comedian on stage at JFL42. Tom Power and CBC Front Burner host Jayme Poisson play Fortnite and discuss how the video game became a cultural and economic powerhouse in 2018. Author Amitava Kumar reflects on what it means to leave your home country and throw yourself into a culture that's unfamiliar, exciting and alienating.

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Tom Power and Jayme Poisson play Fortnite: How the video game blew up in 2018

With more than 200 million registered users, Fortnite is arguably the most popular video game in the world right now. Since its launch in 2017, it's become a pop culture phenomenon, but the video game really took off this year. In 2018, Fortnite broke a record when eight million people played at the same time and it's reported to have brought in two billion dollars in profits for Epic Games. So how did a free-to-play game become such a cultural and economic powerhouse? "What Fortnite has done is break all the rules around what makes a successful video game," says Tom Power, who's a big fan of the game. He teamed up with CBC Front Burner host Jayme Poisson, a novice player, to play the game in the q studio and discuss how it became such a cultural and economic powerhouse.

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Jeff Goldblum, Lennon Stella and more 26/12/2018 [Full episode]

Best of q: Jeff Goldblum talks about making music, dodging dinosaurs and the importance of pursuing your dreams at any moment in life. Actor and musician Lennon Stella talks about starting her own music career after ABC's Nashville. The Wire's Michael K. Williams discusses his reputation as one of the most compelling tough guys on screen.

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John Irving and Trevor Noah 25/12/2018 [Full episode]

Best of q: Author John Irving reflects on The World According to Garp 40 years after its release. Trevor Noah shares his q Block Party playlist for Soweto, South Africa.

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q Live for the Holidays 24/12/2018 [Full episode]

In this special edition of q, Tom Power is joined on stage at the Great Hall in Toronto by musician Serena Ryder, singer-songwriter Jully Black, rapper Cadence Weapon, Baroness Von Sketch's Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, panellists Jael Richardson, John Semley and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, and comedian Ali Hassan.

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Chris Gethard: The actor and comedian on what it means to lose well

When Chris Gethard's long-running talk show The Chris Gethard Show got cancelled, he tried to reflect on its success rather than its failure. Now, he's released a new book called Lose Well, which also happens to be the mantra at the centre of his entire world.

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Joan Allen: The actor taps into her own experience with family illness for Broadway's The Waverly Gallery

Actor Joan Allen is best known for her work in film, including movies like Room, Nixon, The Crucible and the Bourne franchise. Now, she's returned to the stage to star in Broadway's The Waverly Gallery alongside Elaine May and Lucas Hedges. The Waverly Gallery was written by the acclaimed playwright Kenneth Lonergan. It tells the story of a busy, successful woman who has to put things on hold so she can care for her mother who is slipping further into dementia. Allen joins Tom Power live from New York to talk about relating to the story on the most personal of levels.

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Joan Allen, Chris Gethard and more 21/12/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Joan Allen talks about tapping into her own experience with family illness for Broadway's The Waverly Gallery. Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet of the band Whitehorse perform live in the q studio. The q This music panel shares their music predictions for 2019. The cast of 2001: A Space Odyssey reflect on playing apes in the iconic sci-fi film. Actor and comedian Chris Gethard tells us what it means to lose well.

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Stephan James: The If Beale Street Could Talk star on shining a light on black stories

Stephan James joins Tom Power in the q studio to talk about his whirlwind year. The Scarborough, Ont. native is nominated for his first Golden Globe and he's the lead in Barry Jenkins' highly-anticipated new film If Beale Street Could Talk.

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Tommy Chong: The comedian looks back on his career and the first joint he ever smoked

Together with his comedy partner Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong helped create a culture and conversation around marijuana before it was mainstream. He joined Tom Power to look back at his career as a comedian and marijuana activist.

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Stephan James, Tommy Chong and more 20/12/2018 [Full episode]

If Beale Street Could Talk star Stephan James discusses his whirlwind year and why he's shining a light on black stories. Comedian and marijuana activist Tommy Chong looks back on his career and the first joint he ever smoked. Theatre critic Carly Maga talks about the reaction in Paris to Robert Lepage's controversial play Kanata. David J. Dennis Jr., A. Harmony and Addi "Mindbender" Stewart unpack the history of battle rap, its evolution and some of its controversies.

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Peter Jukes: Is it too soon for a film about Brexit?

Journalist Peter Jukes joins Tom Power live from London to talk about the controversies surrounding an upcoming HBO film, Brexit: The Uncivil War, and why he believes it's too early to tell this story on screen.

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Bryan Adams: The singer-songwriter on his friendship with Pavarotti and scoring a Broadway musical

The period around 1990 remains one of the wildest chapters in Bryan Adams' life, and now he's returning to it in a surprising way. He discusses songwriting, his friendship with Pavarotti and why scoring a Broadway musical makes a lot of sense for him.

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Joel Kim Booster: How the comedian finds humour in painful memories

Joel Kim Booster was adopted from South Korea as a baby and raised by strict, white evangelicals in a quiet Chicago suburb. Those early experiences form the basis for much of his comedy, but there's also a lot of trauma in his past. When he came out as gay, his family wasn't immediately supportive. He tells us how he harnesses his pain to find the laughter.

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Bryan Adams, Joel Kim Booster and more 19/12/2018 [Full episode]

Bryan Adams discusses songwriting, his friendship with Luciano Pavarotti and scoring Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical. Jael Richardson shares her book pick: The Showrunner by Kim Moritsugu. Journalist Peter Jukes unpacks the controversies surrounding an upcoming HBO film about Brexit. Comedian Joel Kim Booster tells us how he harnesses painful memories of his complicated childhood to find the laughter.

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Geddy Lee: The Rush frontman on his new obsession with the history of the bass guitar

Geddy Lee talks about his new book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass, which includes photos of his massive bass collection, as well as interviews with fellow bass players like John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and U2's Adam Clayton.

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Geddy Lee, Mosha Lundström Halbert and more 18/12/2018 [Full episode]

Rush's Geddy Lee talks about his new obsession with the history of the bass guitar. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert recaps the biggest fashion stories of 2018. The winners of the Canadian Music Class Challenge discuss their song pick: Weighty Ghost by Wintersleep.

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Adam McKay: The Vice writer-director on finding compassion for Dick Cheney

Director Adam McKay talks to Tom Power about the challenges of making his latest film Vice, a biopic about former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney. He tells us how the process helped him find compassion for those with different political viewpoints.

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Daphne Rubin-Vega: The Broadway star on her new podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach

The hit podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach is led by Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega, best-known as one of the original cast of Rent. She reprises her role from a critically acclaimed one-woman show and examines gentrification, policing and race.

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Adam McKay, Daphne Rubin-Vega and more 17/12/2018 [Full episode]

Director Adam McKay ?talks about finding compassion for Dick Cheney in his new film. The q screen panel shares their picks for what to binge-watch this holiday season. Robin Dann of Bernice discusses her thoughts about ASMR and previews this auditory phenomenon for listeners. Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega talks about her podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach.

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Elle Mills: The Canadian YouTube star on the pressure to get views

Elle Mills is a YouTuber from Ottawa, Ont., who makes videos in the vein of John Hughes films. Her unique style caught viewers' attention and quickly made her a cult favourite on the platform. It all happened very fast, and if you ask her now, maybe a little too fast. Mills joins Tom Power to talk about how she navigates success and the dangers of YouTuber burnout.

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Ari Aster: How the director of Hereditary made the scariest film of the year

Ari Aster talks to Tom Power about the reaction to his highly-anticipated feature debut, Hereditary, which some have called the scariest movie of 2018.

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Ari Aster, Elle Mills and more 14/12/2018 [Full episode]

Hereditary director Ari Aster tells us how he made the scariest film of the year. Our q This music panellists share their personal picks for the best song, artist, album and music moment from 2018. William Prince gives us a q Block Party for the Peguis First Nation? in Manitoba. Canadian YouTuber Elle Mills talks about fast success and burnout.

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: The Olympic champions open up about their gold medal-winning Moulin Rouge performance

Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have captivated fans from across Canada and around the world with their story. Now, they're the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with three gold and two silver medals under their belts. They join guest host Ali Hassan to look back at their most memorable performances on the ice.

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Joe Reginella: Meet the New York artist known as 'the Banksy of monuments'

A mysterious statue of a longshoreman kneeling over the corpse of an alien has appeared in Manhattan's Battery Park. The man responsible for the monument is Joe Reginella. He joins guest host Ali Hassan to talk about his renegade public art projects.

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Raj Haldar: How 'the worst alphabet book ever' became a surprise hit this season

Raj Haldar (a.k.a. Philadelphia rapper Lushlife) talks about the unexpected popularity of his debut children's book, P Is for Pterodactyl, which he jokingly calls "the worst alphabet book ever."

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Joe Reginella and more 13/12/2018 [Full episode]

Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir break down their most iconic performances. Rapper and children's author Raj Haldar tells us how "the worst alphabet book ever" became a surprise hit this season. Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin shares her q Block Party playlist for Vancouver. New York artist Joe Reginella explains how he became known as "the Banksy of monuments."

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Tavi Gevinson: The Rookie Magazine founder on ending the popular online magazine

After seven years, Rookie Magazine is shutting down. Tavi Gevinson reflects on starting the popular online magazine at 15 years old, why free content isn't sustainable in the age of social media, and what's next for her.

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Snail Mail: Lindsey Jordan and her band perform live in the q studio

As the "Best of 2018" music lists are released, a keen observer will notice that the band Snail Mail is near the top of almost every tastemaker's list. Snail Mail is the project of singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan. She dropped by the q studio with her band to perform from their critically-acclaimed debut album Lush and to talk about Snail Mail's whirlwind year.

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Tavi Gevinson, Snail Mail and more 12/12/2018 [Full episode]

Tavi Gevinson reflects on the beginning and end of Rookie Magazine. Our online panel tells us why they think 2018 was the year of social media reckoning. The director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir explains the origins of Handel's Messiah. Singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan performs with her band Snail Mail live in the q studio.

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Eric McCormack: The actor on juggling his sci-fi series Travelers and the Will & Grace reboot

You may know Eric McCormack best as one half of Will & Grace, one of the most wildly successful sitcoms of the late '90s and early 2000s. McCormack recently reprised his role as Will in the 2017 revival of the show, but before that, he took on a very different project. Travelers is a sci-fi series about an FBI agent whose body is taken over by the consciousness of another person from the future. Convincing an audience to suspend that much disbelief is a pretty big challenge for an actor, but it's one that McCormack loved taking on. He sat down with Tom Power in the q studio to talk about what it takes to switch between his two series.

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Oyinkan Braithwaite: In My Sister, The Serial Killer, the debut novelist stretches the idea of unconditional love to its extreme

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a writer who's fascinated with the idea of unconditional love. Her debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer is about a woman named Korede and her younger sister Ayoola, who has an unfortunate habit of murdering her boyfriends. Every time Ayoola takes another life, Korede is there to clean things up. It's a very dark, but funny story that's already been optioned for a film by the producers of Baby Driver. Braithwaite joins Tom Power from Lagos, Nigeria to talk about her new book.

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Bob Martin: The Tony Award-winner on musical theatre as an escape from the harshness of life

Bob Martin talks about his newest musical The Prom, about a troupe of washed up Broadway stars who head to small-town Indiana to help a young lesbian couple who have been banned from attending prom.

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Eric McCormack, Oyinkan Braithwaite and more 11/12/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Eric McCormack talks about juggling his sci-fi series Travelers and the Will & Grace reboot. Tony Award-winner Bob Martin discusses his latest production The Prom and why he believes in the healing power of musical theatre. Benjamin Oberman gives a gateway to figure skating movies. Author Oyinkan Braithwaite stretches the idea of unconditional love to its extreme in her debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer.

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Phosphorescent: The singer-songwriter taps into life's big changes on new album C'est La Vie

Matthew Houck, a.k.a. Phosphorescent, shares some music off his new album C'est La Vie and discusses how marriage and fatherhood has changed his art.

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Natalie Portman: On Vox Lux, the dark side of fame, and the unique toll of being 'pop star famous'

Natalie Portman sits down with Tom Power to talk about the inspiration behind her critically-acclaimed performance in Vox Lux, and how she got into the mindset of a pop star struggling with addiction and PTSD.

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Natalie Portman, Phosphorescent and more 10/12/2018 [Full episode]

Natalie Portman discusses her new film Vox Lux, the dark side of fame, and the unique toll of being "pop star famous." The q screen panel shares their take on why it's become so difficult to find a host for the Oscars. Clifton Reddick gives us a gateway to the Toronto sound. Phosphorescent performs live in the q studio and tells us how fatherhood has changed his art.

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Dalmar Abuzeid: The Anne with an E actor on being Avonlea's first black resident

If you grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables books, you probably remember characters such as Gilbert Blythe, Anne's great love, or Diana Barry, her beloved best friend. But there's one character you've definitely never heard of: Sebastian "Bash" Lecroix. He's played by actor Dalmar Abuzeid, and was created specifically for the new season of Anne with an E. He's also the first black character to appear on the show. Abuzeid talks to us about making TV history, as well as how he got his big break on Degrassi alongside Drake.

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Steve Young: Bathtubs Over Broadway takes you into the secret world of corporate musicals you were never meant to see

Steve Young discusses his new documentary about the extravagant Broadway-style musicals that companies like Ford and McDonald's commissioned for private entertainment.

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Steve Young, Dalmar Abuzeid and more 07/12/2018 [Full episode]

Steve Young takes us into Bathtubs Over Broadway, his new documentary about the secret corporate musicals you were never meant to see. The q This music panel reacts to the 2019 Grammy nominations. Anne with an E's Dalmar Abuzeid talks about being Avonlea's first black resident.

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Boogát: The musician performs from San Cristóbal Baile Inn live in the q studio

Montreal-based, Latin-Canadian entertainer Boogát? drops by q for a special live session, performing from his latest album San Cristóbal Baile Inn. It's an album that draws inspiration from hip-hop, cumbia and punk rock and blends them together. Boogát chats with guest host Laurie Brown about his unique style and tells us why Montreal is such a hotbed for genre-bending creativity.

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Jon M. Chu: The Crazy Rich Asians director on bringing the hit novel to the big screen

Director Jon M. Chu talks about bringing Kevin Kwan's hit novel Crazy Rich Asians to the big screen, and the great expectations surrounding Hollywood's first all-Asian rom-com.

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Jason Collett: The musician on making The Al Purdy Songbook

December 30 marks the late Al Purdy's centenary birthday and a group of Canadian artists have decided to celebrate with an album called The Al Purdy Songbook. The album's co-producer Jason Collett joins guest host Laurie Brown in the q studio to tell us more about it.

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Jon M. Chu, Boogát and more 06/12/2018 [Full episode]

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu talks about bringing the hit novel to the big screen. Musician Boogát performs live in the q studio. Singer-songwriter Jason Collett discusses making The Al Purdy Songbook.

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Peter Hedges: The director explores addiction and parental love in his new film Ben Is Back

Oscar-nominated director Peter Hedges talks about the experience of coaching his 21-year-old son Lucas through his new film Ben Is Back. The film also stars Julia Roberts and tells the story of a young man struggling with drug addiction and his mother's desperate fight to save him.

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Yrsa Daley-Ward: The Instagram poet on her new memoir The Terrible

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a poet who's gained a huge online following. She's at the forefront of a new wave of poets on Instagram whose work can make you stop mindlessly scrolling and instead linger on a few perfectly chosen words. She dropped by the q studio to talk to Tom Power about her new memoir, The Terrible, which is about her childhood and experiences discovering her own sexuality.

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Peter Hedges, Yrsa Daley-Ward and more 05/12/2018 [Full episode]

Peter Hedges discusses addiction, parental love and the experience of directing his 21-year-old son through his new film Ben Is Back. Our books columnist Jael Richardson shares her 2018 holiday book picks. Journalist Tom Seymour takes us inside Chernobyl's first rave. Yrsa Daley-Ward explains why Instagram is the perfect medium for poetry.

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David McMillan and Fred Morin: The chefs show us how to survive the apocalypse in culinary style

David McMillan and Fred Morin are the chefs behind one of Canada's most-loved restaurants, Montreal's legendary Joe Beef. In their new cookbook, Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse, the two prepare for the end of the world with a collection of 150 new recipes that will help get you through the long, nuclear winter.

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Nandita Das: The director takes us into the story of one of South Asia's greatest writers

A new film is shining a spotlight on one of South Asia's greatest writers, ?Saadat Hasan Manto. Acclaimed actor and director Nandita Das joins Tom Power live in the q studio to take us deeper into Manto's story.

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Echlo: The artist formerly known as Chloe Charles gets candid about the struggles of being a musician in 2018

Chloe Charles tells us how changing her stage name to Echlo was inspired both by her disillusionment with the music industry and her renewed love for her craft. She caps off her visit with a live performance from her new album Echolocation.

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David McMillan and Fred Morin, Echlo and more 04/12/2018 [Full episode]

Chefs David McMillan and Fred Morin show us how to survive the apocalypse in culinary style. Echlo (a.k.a. Chloe Charles) gets candid about the struggles of being a musician in 2018. Comedian Ian Karmel shares what it's really like to write for a late-night TV show. Director Nandita Das t?akes us into the story of one of South Asia's greatest writers.

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Emma Stone, Dianne Reeves and more 03/12/2018 [Full episode]

Emma Stone discusses her latest role in the historical drama The Favourite. The q screen panel talks about what's next for streaming services in light of Netflix's recent price hike. Jennifer Castle performs from her new album Angels of Death. Dianne Reeves reflects on the songs that influenced her as she grew up in Denver, Colorado.

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Dianne Reeves: From Marvin Gaye to Ella Fitzgerald, the jazz singer reflects on the songs that influenced her

Five-time Grammy award-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves talks to Tom Power about the songs that shaped her, the power of music and walking in Ella Fitzgerald's shoes, literally.

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Jennifer Castle: The singer-songwriter performs live in the q studio

Jennifer Castle and her band join Tom Power in the q studio to perform some songs about a subject most people want to avoid: death. On her new record, Angels of Death, Castle stares directly into the void - and the results are beautiful.

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Emma Stone: The actor on the complexities of her latest role in The Favourite

Emma Stone talks to Tom Power about her latest role in The Favourite, a historical drama set in the 18th century courts of Queen Anne. It's the first role she took after winning her 2017 Best Actress Oscar for La La Land.

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Charlotte Cardin: The singer-songwriter performs Double Shifts live in the q studio

Charlotte Cardin returns to q two years after her first visit, but this time her career is on a whole new level. She updates us on her dazzling success and performs her latest release, Double Shifts.

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Tom Wilson, Sandi Tan and more 30/11/2018 [Full episode]

Tom Wilson talks about how he's using art to explore his new-found Indigenous roots. The q This music panel debates whether the celebrity profile is dead. Charlotte Cardin performs live in the q studio. Sandi Tan shares how a film she made at 19 was stolen and reappeared decades later.

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Tom Wilson: The musician on using painting to explore his new-found Indigenous roots

Tom Wilson was in his mid-fifties when he learned that the parents who raised him were not his birth parents and that his biological mother was a family friend from the Kahnawake reserve. Now, Wilson is exploring his Indigenous heritage through painting.

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Sandi Tan: On having her film stolen and then somehow reappear decades later

Filmmaker Sandi Tan shares her bittersweet story about losing a film she created at 19 years old, only to have it suddenly re-enter her life. Her new documentary, Shirkers, is about what it was like to lose a project that meant so much to her.

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Andrea Martin: The actor on SCTV and Canadian comedy's hilarious history

Andrea Martin stopped by the q studio on the way to celebrate her induction into Canada's Walk of Fame. She sat down with Tom Power to reminisce about her days on the set of SCTV, among Canadian stars like Eugene Levy, John Candy and Catherine O'Hara.

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Prem Singh: The actor on playing his 'dream role' as boxer Pardeep Singh Nagra in Tiger

Prem Singh is the star and co-writer of the new film Tiger, about Canadian boxer Pardeep Singh Nagra. He tells us more about Nagra's story and why he's looked up to the boxer since high school.

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nêhiyawak: The band brings their sweeping experimental rock to the q studio

nêhiyawak is one of the latest bands to break out of the indie-rock scene in Canada. They dropped by the q music studio to perform some songs off their debut EP starlight.

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Andrea Martin, Prem Singh and more 29/11/2018 [Full episode]

Andrea Martin reminisces about her days on the set of SCTV, among Canadian stars like Eugene Levy, John Candy and Catherine O'Hara. 78/52 director Alexandre O. Philippe argues why the Psycho shower scene is "probably the most iconic" moment in movie history. nêhiyawak perform songs off their debut EP starlight in the q music studio. Actor Prem Singh talks about playing his "dream role" as boxer Pardeep Singh Nagra in the film Tiger.

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John Legend: The singer-songwriter on politics, gratitude and staying positive in dark times

John Legend sits down with Tom Power to talk about being the first black man to win the EGOT, working with Kanye West, his new Christmas album and more.

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Mickalene Thomas: The artist on reclaiming the black female body in her work

Brooklyn-based visual artist Mickalene Thomas joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about her new exhibition, Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, which opens tomorrow at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She discusses her inspirations and how her powerful images make us rethink how society looks at the black female body.

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John Legend, Mickalene Thomas and more 28/11/2018 [Full episode]

John Legend talks about being the first black man to win the EGOT, working with Kanye West, his new Christmas album and more. Our online culture panel discusses the impact of family blogging on kids and whether or not chasing 'likes' online has gone too far. Tina Hassannia reviews Aziz Ansari's Toronto comedy show in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the comedian. Artist Mickalene Thomas talks about her new show at the AGO and how her work reclaims the black female body.

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Alessia Cara: The Grammy-winning Canadian singer on the power and problems that come with celebrity

Alessia Cara has been pegged as the next huge pop star for a while now, but this year seemed to make it official. The Brampton, Ont. singer-songwriter won the best new artist award at the 2018 Grammys, making her the first Canadian ever to win the honour. Now, Cara is delivering the album that will put her over the top. She talks to Tom Power about how she's feeling in advance of the release of her second album, The Pains of Growing, which drops this Friday.

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Doug Paisley: The Toronto-based musician performs live in the q studio

There's a little bar in downtown Toronto called The Cameron House. It looks unassuming from the outside, but if you go in, you're pretty much guaranteed to see amazing live music. Doug Paisley is a Toronto-based musician who performs regularly at The Cameron House and he's kept an informal residency there after his last record came out. He joined Tom Power to talk a bit more about his new record Starter Home and play a few songs live in the q studio.

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Abigail Whitney: How the U of T student juggles school, a high-profile modelling gig and directing her first play

Abigail Whitney is breaking out on a number of fronts right now. She's a theatre major at the University of Toronto, the face of a prominent cosmetics ad campaign for Sephora and she's making her directorial debut on stage with a new play called Les Frères (The Brothers), which explores her Haitian heritage. The play follows three Haitian-American brothers who return home to be with their father who is terminally ill. The show tackles themes like sibling tensions, family secrets, gentrification and the Haitian immigrant experience. Whitney stopped by the q studio to talk about what it's like to balance the responsibility of directing a show like this with everything else she's got on the go.

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Jason Mantzoukas: The actor on being confused with the shady characters he plays

Jason Mantzoukas is an actor who's best known for breathing life into shady but hilarious characters in shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation and The League. If you were driving, you'd probably think twice before picking him up from the side of the road, but that's exactly where the story begins in his new movie The Long Dumb Road. Mantzoukas plays an aimless car mechanic who gets a ride from a teenager heading off to art school, and in classic road movie style, hijinks ensue. He joined Tom Power from New York to talk about the movie and what it's like when fans confuse him with the characters he plays.

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Alessia Cara, Abigail Whitney and more 27/11/2018 [Full episode]

Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara talks about the power and problems that come with celebrity. Actor Jason Mantzoukas tells us how he feels about being confused with the shady characters he plays. Singer-songwriter Doug Paisley performs live in the q studio. University of Toronto student, model and theatre director Abigail Whitney tells us about her new play Les Frères.

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Michael Bublé : The Canadian singer on career rumours, his son's cancer recovery and a shift in mindset

Michael Bublé talks about his new album, how his perspective on life changed in an instant when his young son was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and why he's now ready to move on.

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Michael Bublé, Mosha Lundström Halbert and more 26/11/2018 [Full episode]

Michael Bublé opens up about how his perspective changed when his young son was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and why he's now ready to move on. The q screen panel discusses why Deadpool 2 is being re-released as a PG-13 version for the holiday season. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert unpacks Dolce & Gabbana's "racist" ad controversy and why it could mean disaster for the brand.

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Rufus Wainwright: The pop singer on composing operas and celebrating 20 years since his debut album

Rufus Wainwright's new opera Hadrian is inspired by the historical Roman emperor who fell deeply in love with a young Greek man named Antinous. The production just had its world premiere last month with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Opera has been a huge part of Wainwright's life for a long time. He stopped by the q studio to talk about what opera means to him, as well as his current tour, which celebrates his first two pop records. He also takes some time to perform his song In a Graveyard from his 2001 album Poses on q's grand piano.

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Faouzia: How do you balance a music career and an engineering degree? Just ask this powerhouse singer

Faouzia is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Manitoba. She'll often say she comes from Winnipeg, but if you want to get specific, she grew up in the small town of Carman. Her family moved there from Morocco when she was just a toddler. These days, Faouzia is bowling people over with her incredible voice, and when she's not writing, performing or recording new music, she's studying math, physics and chemistry in university. She sits down with Tom Power in the q studio to discuss what it's like to launch her music career while continuing to forge ahead with her studies, and performs two original songs for us on the grand piano.

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Rufus Wainwright, Faouzia and more 23/11/2018 [Full episode]

Rufus Wainwright talks about composing operas and looks back on 20 years since his debut album. The q This music panel makes the case that Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak is the most influential album of the last decade. Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman tells us what goes into making the show's great songs. Powerhouse singer Faouzia discusses balancing a music career and an engineering degree.

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Julian Schnabel: The At Eternity's Gate director on creating a portrait of Van Gogh on film

In the late 19th century, Vincent van Gogh was roaming the French countryside, creating wild and vivid paintings that his contemporaries couldn't understand. He was lonely, poor and spent miserable periods of his life in and out of asylums. Nobody would think that he'd one day be celebrated as a great artist. Julian Schnabel is not the first filmmaker to play out Van Gogh's life and tragedy on the big screen, but as an artist and painter himself, he does bring a new perspective to the story. The film is called At Eternity's Gate and it's a portrait of Van Gogh in his final years. Schnabel joined guest host Saroja Coelho in the q studio to talk about his new film and what makes it different from all the other films about Van Gogh's life.

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Steven Caple Jr: The Creed II director on putting his mark on the Rocky franchise

Steven Caple Jr. knows a thing or two about being the underdog. With just one feature film under his belt, he was offered the chance to direct Creed II, the latest instalment in the Rocky franchise. The cast includes Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, and the story sees the return of Rocky's most notorious adversary, Ivan Drago. To say the stakes are high for Caple Jr. would be something of an understatement. He talks to guest host Saroja Coelho about what it was like to step into the ring with those big expectations.

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Julian Schnabel, Steven Caple Jr. and more 22/11/2018 [Full episode]

At Eternity's Gate director Julian Schnabel talks about creating a portrait of Vincent van Gogh on film. Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. discusses putting his mark on the Rocky franchise. Myles McNutt breaks down the controversy surrounding George R. R. Martin's latest book.

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Isla Fisher: The actor on her children's book series and why she prefers writing for kids

Isla Fisher is one of the most talented slapstick actors working today. You may remember her from Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby or Confessions of a Shopaholic, but Fisher is also the author of a series of children's books, called Marge in Charge. Fisher opens up to guest host Saroja Coelho about applying her humour to writing children's books, going to clown school and why she's more than just "Borat's wife."

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Brad Bird: The Incredibles 2 director on his inspiration for the film

Brad Bird is the Oscar-winning director and writer behind animated hits such as The Iron Giant, Ratatouille and, most recently, Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2. The long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles has been 14 years in the making, but it picks up right where the first movie left off: following the Parr family as they balance real life with superhero life. Bird sits down with Tom Power to talk about how his upbringing and parenting experience inspired Incredibles 2, as well as how "a gumbo of spy movies, superhero things and action movies" shaped his fascination with the magic of animation.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Why the author doesn't hide the hard truths about addiction from kids

Jarrett J. Krosoczka's work as a graphic novelist has reached huge audiences of kids, especially through the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series. So when Krosoczka started to open up publicly about his circumstances growing up, the ears of parents and educators perked up. His new graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo, is his memoir about growing up as the son of a heroin addict. Krosoczka joined guest host Saroja Coelho from Houston to talk about his early life, how art became a refuge and how he knows what young readers can handle.

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Isla Fisher, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and more 21/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Isla Fisher talks about her children's book series and why she prefers writing for kids. Graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka tells us why he doesn't hide the hard truths about addiction from kids. Director and animator Brad Bird shares how his childhood and parenting experiences inspired Incredibles 2.

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: Why the author of Friday Black thinks his book is the dystopian satire we need

The New York Times has called Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection of stories "powerful and important and strange and beautiful." His writing is being compared to George Saunders, one of the most acclaimed fiction writers alive, and Roxanne Gay, who's easily one of the most powerful voices of her generation. Gay's review can be summed up in a three-word quote: "read this book." The book in question is called Friday Black and it's about race, class and code-switching. It also asks us to think about consumerism, justice and the kind of world we want to create, as well as love and the reckoning that comes with our life decisions. Adjei-Brenyah spoke with guest host Saroja Coelho to chat about his sudden rise, the themes in his work and how he categorizes a book as far-reaching as Friday Black.

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Liana Finck: The cartoonist on her new graphic memoir Passing for Human

You may recognize Liana Finck's cartoons from her work in The New Yorker, but Finck has also made a name for herself on Instagram, where her cartoons explore themes like relationships, gender dynamics, anxiety, politics and the things that weigh us down. Finck joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about her new graphic memoir Passing for Human, how drawing changed her life and why less can be more when it comes to her work.

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Esi Edugyan: The author on winning her second Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in Canada. Last night in Toronto, Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan was announced as the winner of the $100,000 prize for her novel Washington Black. Remarkably, this is not her first time taking the honour. Her 2011 novel Half-Blood Blues also won the prize, which makes Edugyan the third author to win the Giller Prize twice. She joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about her big win.

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Esi Edugyan, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and more 20/11/2018 [Full episode]

Esi Edugyan discusses winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book Washington Black. Cartoonist Liana Finck talks about her new graphic memoir Passing for Human. Cadence Weapon pays tribute to Edmonton in his q block party. Author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah tells us why his new book is the dystopian satire we need right now.

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John C. Reilly, Karina Longworth and more 19/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor John C. Reilly talks about his return as Ralph in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet. The q screen panel discusses what exactly draws us into reality dating shows. Cary Elwes reveals secrets from the set of The Princess Bride. You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth traces sexism in Hollywood back to Howard Hughes.

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Karina Longworth: The You Must Remember This host on sexism in Howard Hughes' Hollywood

Karina Longworth is a film critic and the host of the popular movie podcast You Must Remember This. It's been downloaded millions of times and has become something of a bible for film lovers everywhere. Longworth drops by the q studio to talk about her latest book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood. She talks to guest host Saroja Coelho about the objectification female actors faced in the film industry of the '30s and '40s.

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John C. Reilly: The actor on his return as Ralph in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet

In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the new sequel to Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, the internet is a physical destination where heart-shaped Instagram likes fill the air like confetti and birds tweet endlessly on the branches of pixelated trees. John C. Reilly is Ralph, the well-meaning video game bad guy at the centre of the movie. Reilly knows that in reality, the internet isn't all fun and games, but he also feels a sense of responsibility to meet the kids who are going to see this movie in the digital world they're growing up in. He joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about reuniting with cast member Sarah Silverman and why the character of Ralph is close to his heart.

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Susan Harris, Classified and more 16/11/2018 [Full episode]

Susan Harris, creator of The Golden Girls, talks about how she pushed the boundaries of the sitcom. East Coast rapper Classified joins Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes to perform a special medley live in the q studio. Classified sticks around for the q This music panel with Lisa Christiansen and Tabassum Siddiqui. Sarah Feldberg shares a brief history of Las Vegas residencies. Classified chats about his latest record and the power of lifting people up through music.

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Classified: The East Coast rapper on the power of lifting people up through music

Classified drops by the q studio to chat about his latest record, Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.

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Classified, Choclair, Maestro Fresh Wes: A special LIVE performance in the q studio

Luke Boyd, otherwise known as Classified, is on the road right now playing shows across Canada in support of his new album Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change?. For the entire tour, he's had two titans of Canadian hip-hop by his side, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes. Today, all three of them perform a very special medley live in the q studio.

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Susan Harris: The Golden Girls creator on pushing the boundaries of the sitcom

Susan Harris talks about The Golden Girls' enduring popularity and how the show broke down walls in the sitcom genre.

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Michael K. Williams: The Wire actor on his reputation as one of the most compelling tough guys on screen

For actor Michael K. Williams, the role of Omar Little on The Wire was life-changing. It paved the way for similarly astounding performances on Boardwalk Empire and The Night Of. Williams joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about defining himself as an actor and redefining himself as an activist and advocate.

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Neon Dreams: On their new music and leaving the Hedley tour

Neon Dreams is one of Canada's most buzzed-about bands. With new music out and their debut album on the way, they joined Tom Power for a performance and chat about their rise, and why having tough conversations about sexual misconduct in the music industry is important to them.

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Carol Off: The CBC host reflects on As It Happens on its 50th anniversary

This year As It Happens celebrates its 50th anniversary. In tribute, Carol Off dropped by the q studio to reflect on what the show means to Canadians and share her memories of London, Ont., in a special live edition of the q Block Party.

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Carol Off, Michael K. Williams and more 15/11/2018 [Full episode]

CBC's Carol Off reflects on As It Happens on its 50th anniversary. The Wire's Michael K. Williams discusses his reputation as one of the most compelling tough guys on screen. Neon Dreams open up about leaving the Hedley tour and why having tough conversations about sexual misconduct is important to them.

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Tim Blake Nelson, Christine and the Queens and more 14/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Tim Blake Nelson tells us why his role in the Coen brothers' new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the toughest he's ever had. The q online culture panel discusses YouTuber Lilly Singh's break from making videos. Novelist Erwan Larher remembers surviving the Paris Bataclan attack in his new memoir The Book I Didn't Want to Write. Singer-songwriter Christine and the Queens talks about her new album and reinventing herself as Chris.

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Christine and the Queens: The singer-songwriter on reinventing herself as Chris

Hélöise Letissier, better known as Christine and the Queens, talks about the latest evolution of her on-stage persona: Chris. She tells us exactly who Chris is and where her need for reinvention comes from.

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Erwan Larher: The novelist remembers surviving the Paris Bataclan attack in new memoir

Three years ago, terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 people dead, 90 of which were killed at the Bataclan theatre. Erwan Larher was there on that terrible night, and he's released what he describes as a "non-fiction novel" based on his experiences. The English translation is out now.

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Tim Blake Nelson: The actor on reuniting with the Coen brothers for Netflix's The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Nearly two decades after O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Nelson has reunited with the Coen brothers to play the title character in their new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He tells us why it's one of the toughest roles he's ever had.

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Jim Zub: On Stan Lee's legacy in comics and storytelling

Comic book creator Jim Zub has been a fan of Stan Lee's writing and vision for superheroes since he was a kid. He discusses how the Marvel Comics icon turned the industry on its head, and why his characters have had such a real and lasting impact.

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Alicia Rodis: Meet HBO's new 'intimacy co-ordinator' who's making sex scenes safer for actors

Alicia Rodis is a former actor who was hired by HBO to advocate for actors on set, which involves everything from reviewing their scripts to providing knee pads and flesh-coloured thongs.

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Jason Reitman, Alicia Rodis and more 13/11/2018 [Full episode]

Director Jason Reitman tells us how his timely new film The Front Runner tackles morality in the media and politics. Comic book creator Jim Zub discusses Stan Lee's legacy and lasting impact on storytelling. Film critic Adam Nayman shares a q gateway to the Coen brothers. HBO's intimacy co-ordinator Alicia Rodis talks about her unique role advocating for actors on set.

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Jason Reitman: The Front Runner director on how his timely new film tackles morality in media and politics

Jason Reitman's new film The Front Runner tells the story of Senator Gary Hart, whose affair brought down his presidential candidacy in 1988.

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Lennon Stella: After ABC's Nashville, Lennon Stella is ready for a music career of her own

Lennon Stella might be best-recognized for playing the daughter of a country music star on Nashville, but she's been immersed in music all throughout her life. Now, at only 19 years old, the Oshawa-raised actor and musician is transitioning into the pop world with a huge new single and debut EP.

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John Irving, Lennon Stella and more 12/11/2018 [Full episode]

John Irving reflects on The World According to Garp 40 years after its release. The q screen panel shares their take on a once-lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay called Burning Secret. Actor and musician Lennon Stella talks about starting her own music career.

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John Irving: The World According to Garp author on why the book is more relevant now than ever

Author John Irving reflects on The World According to Garp 40 years after its release. He tells us why he believes the book's themes are still relevant today, despite thinking it would be dated by the time it was released in 1978.

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Sharon and Bram: The iconic children's entertainers perform and look back on their incredible 40-year career

Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison are embarking on their farewell tour after four decades of entertaining kids around the world. They drop by the q studio for a very special performance and to reflect on their legacy and memories of founding member Lois Lilienstein.

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Elizabeth Reaser: The Haunting of Hill House star on how the show explores grief and family trauma

Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House is the latest adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel. It's being praised for its scares and compelling exploration of a family torn apart by trauma. Actor Elizabeth Reaser talks to Tom Power about her leading role as Shirley Crain on the show and why critics have been calling it This Is Us for horror fans.

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Elizabeth Reaser, Sharon and Bram and more 09/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Elizabeth Reaser talks about how Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House explores grief and family trauma. The q This music panel discusses the power of pop superfans in the social media era. Documentary maker Doug Knutson charts Trenton, Ont.'s rise and fall as "Hollywood North." Children's entertainers Sharon and Bram perform live in the q studio and reflect on their incredible 40-year career.

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Raghav: On the evolution of his sound and navigating fame on two continents

Raghav burst out of Calgary to have huge success in the U.K. and India, and for the last 10 years he's been navigating that dynamic. After taking some time away from making music, the singer-songwriter talks about his brand new single and an upcoming album.

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Isabella Rossellini: The actor on the link between curiosity and joyfulness

In this wide-ranging interview, famed Italian actor Isabella Rossellini talks about her love of farming and why she's gone back to school to learn about animal behaviour.

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Isabella Rossellini, Raghav, Billie Eilish and more 08/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Isabella Rossellini talks about her love of farming and why she's gone back to school to learn about animal behaviour. Singer-songwriter Raghav discusses the evolution of his sound and navigating fame on two continents. Guitarist Tom Brenneck honours his friend and collaborator, soul singer Charles Bradley. Pop star and burgeoning fashion icon Billie Eilish shares her perspective on success, social media and fame.

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Kris Wu, Good Charlotte and more 07/11/2018 [Full episode]

Chinese-Canadian superstar Kris Wu opens up about leaving K-pop behind and breaking into the U.S. hip-hop market. Our books columnist Jael Richardson talks about Songs for the Cold of Heart by Giller Prize nominee Eric Dupont. Benji Madden of Good Charlotte discusses the band's longevity and their seventh album Generation Rx. New York Times arts reporter Michael Cooper breaks down why Hungary's far-right populist government is supporting the Hungarian State Opera. Famous Joni Mitchell fans pay tribute to the Canadian icon on her 75th birthday.

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Good Charlotte: Benji Madden on how the band made it through the pop-punk boom and bust

Benji Madden of Good Charlotte talks about the band's seventh album, Generation Rx, and how they've managed to stay the course for two decades.

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Kris Wu: The Chinese-Canadian superstar on leaving K-pop behind and breaking into the U.S. hip-hop market

Kris Wu opens up about why he left the massively popular K-pop band EXO in 2014, and discusses what he's doing now to fulfill his mission of being the first Chinese rapper to bridge the gap between "the east and the west."

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Rick Mercer: The Canadian comedy legend reflects on his greatest rants - and scoring pot for Pierre Berton

The king of the rant, Rick Mercer, returns to the q studio to talk about his newly published collection of essays and greatest rants. Mercer joins Tom Power to reflect on the art of ranting and what he took away from 15 seasons of railing against the world on the Rick Mercer Report.

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Sarah Brightman: The best-selling soprano on her new album

The world's best-selling soprano of all-time, Sarah Brightman, reflects on how music helped her feel whole again after her highly-publicized 10-day trip to space had to be abandoned.

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Chris Tolley and Laura Mullins: PlayME podcast takes listeners into the world of theatre without visuals

Expect Theatre's Chris Tolley and Laura Mullins discuss PlayME, a new radio drama podcast that lets you experience Canadian plays right through your headphones.

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Namrata Singh Gujral: On casting India's third gender and the backlash to her rom-com 5 Weddings

Indian-American director Namrata Singh Gujral talks about the threats she received for making her latest film, and casting first-time actors from India's third gender.

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Rick Mercer, Sarah Brightman and more 06/11/2018 [Full episode]

Canadian comedy legend Rick Mercer reflects on his greatest rants - and scoring pot for Pierre Berton. Director Namrata Singh Gujral opens up about the backlash to her rom-com 5 Weddings, and casting India's third gender. Expect Theatre's Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley discuss PlayME, a new radio drama podcast that lets you experience Canadian plays right through your headphones. Soprano Sarah Brightman tells us how music helped her feel whole again after her highly-publicized trip to space had to be cancelled.

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Abbi Jacobson: On hitting the road, her new book and the decision to end Broad City

Heartbroken and on a mission, the Broad City star hit the road to discover who she was outside of her character. Her new book I Might Regret This chronicles her journey.

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Brothers Osborne: On pot, politics and the stigma around country music

The Brothers Osborne joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about their new album Port Saint Joe, and the value of easy-going music in tough times.

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Abbi Jacobson, Brothers Osborne and more 05/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor and comedian Abbi Jacobson opens up about her new book and the decision to end Broad City. The q screen panel reviews the final season of House of Cards. Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken presents a short oral history of the show. Brothers Osborne talk about pot, politics and the stigma around country music.

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LeVar Burton: On the value of stories and storytelling

The Star Trek, Reading Rainbow and Roots actor tells us why he wants people to take a break from their daily lives and listen to a story on his new podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

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Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese: The House of Cards showrunners on finishing the series without Kevin Spacey

Executive producers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese open up about beating the clock to finish the series after Netflix cut ties with Spacey earlier last year.

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LeVar Burton, Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese and more 02/11/2018 [Full episode]

Actor LeVar Burton talks about the value of stories and storytelling. The q This music panel covers rockers turned film composers and new music from Tenacious D. Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis of the Aga Khan discusses what the reopening of Syria's National Museum means for the country. House of Cards showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese open up about finishing the series without Kevin Spacey.

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Renée Fleming: The opera singer on lending her voice to Julianne Moore in Bel Canto

Fleming discusses recording the singing parts for Julianne Moore's character in Bel Canto, and how the actor studied her mouth, movement and breath in the film.

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Steven Yeun: On the freedom of filming Lee Chang-dong's Burning in Korea

The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun sat down with Tom Power at TIFF to talk about his starring role in the Korean film Burning, and the intimidation he felt working with his hero, director Lee Chang-dong.

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Renée Fleming, Steven Yeun and more 01/11/2018 [Full episode]

Opera singer Renée Fleming discusses lending her singing voice to Julianne Moore in Bel Canto. Theatre critic Carly Maga debriefs us on her immersive theatre experience following her return from The Curious Voyage. Hip-Hop Evolution host Shad, head writer Rodrigo Bascuñán and director Darby Wheeler share their most memorable interviews from the series. Actor Steven Yeun talks about representation and the freedom of shooting in Korea for his latest film Burning.

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Michael Caine, Philip Spedding , Julia Michaels and more 31/10/2018 [Full episode]

Michael Caine shares some of the best advice he's received throughout his career. Our online culture panel dives into creepypasta and r/NoSleep. Philip Spedding talks about discovering Bram Stoker's reference materials for Dracula at the London Library. Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels discusses the kind of discipline required to write quality songs.

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Julia Michaels: From songwriter to pop superstar

She's written for the likes of Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, but now, Julia Michaels is writing more pop songs for herself.

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Philip Spedding: On discovering Bram Stoker's reference materials for Dracula at the London Library

The London Library's Philip Spedding gives us some insight into the creative mind behind Dracula, after discovering 26 books that author Bram Stoker used to research his most famous novel.

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Michael Caine: Don't wear suede shoes and other life lessons from the actor

In a new memoir called Blowing The Bloody Doors Off, Caine tells his story of six decades in film and shares some of the best advice he's received throughout his career.

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Bruce McCulloch and Paul Myers: On the enduring relevance of The Kids in the Hall

Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall and Paul Myers, the author of the first authorized book about the comedy troupe, share some stories about The Kids in the Hall's most beloved sketches.

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Sarah Henstra: On her Governor General's Literary Award winning book The Red Word

The 2018 winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction, Sarah Henstra, talks about her book and her big win.

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Nile Rodgers: On Bowie, Madonna and Chic's first new album in more than 25 years

The musical mastermind discusses some iconic moments in music history and what it was like creating Chic's new album, It's About Time.

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Bruce McCulloch and Paul Myers, Nile Rodgers, Sarah Henstra and more 30/20/2018 [Full episode]

Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall and author Paul Myers discuss the comedy troupe's enduring relevance. Legendary producer Nile Rodgers talks about David Bowie, Madonna and Chic's first new album in more than 25 years. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 reveals the secrets of Kick Out the Jams. Sarah Henstra talks about winning the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

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Jay Baruchel: How his love for the Habs helped him through hard times

Baruchel's new book, Born Into It: A Fan's Life, goes deep into the highs and lows of being a diehard hockey fan, how your upbringing shapes you and what your obsessions say about you.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie and Andrea Warner: On the importance of telling our own stories

Buffy Sainte-Marie and her official biographer Andrea Warner talk about collaborating on the Canadian folk icon's only authorized biography.

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Jay Baruchel, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more 29/10/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Jay Baruchel on why he'll always love the Montreal Canadiens. The q screen panel takes a look at TV characters who have met an untimely end. Open Source Podcast's Christopher Lydon and "media hacker" Dave Winer recall the origins of podcasting. Canadian folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie and music writer Andrea Warner on the importance of telling our own stories.

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Beastie Boys: Ad-Rock and Mike D on the band's legacy and missing Adam Yauch

The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock and Mike D reflect on their journey from teenage punk rockers to hip-hop pioneers, and open up about life after the passing of their friend, Adam Yauch.

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Safia Nolin: On how her new music transcends the language divide

Safia Nolin's haunting new ballads tell stories of anxiety, body shaming and unrequited love.

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Beastie Boys, Safia Nolin and more 26/10/2018 [Full episode]

The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock and Mike D reflect on the group's legacy and life after the passing of Adam Yauch. The q This music panel discusses whether or not album reviews still matter. Canadian violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown talks about the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's first concert to feature 3D-printed string instruments. French Canadian singer-songwriter Safia Nolin performs and opens up about her new album of haunting ballads.

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Ian Rankin: How a fictional detective became a tour guide for Edinburgh

Author Ian Rankin explains how his flawed and beloved character, Inspector Rebus, has become a tour guide for the realities of gritty, complicated Edinburgh.

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Katherena Vermette: How the author's latest book explores Indigenous identity through sci-fi

Katherena Vermette's work explores themes of Indigenous youth and identity. But her new work, Pemmican Wars, frames these themes using an entirely different medium - a sci-fi graphic novel.

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Scott Storch: The rise, fall and rebirth of the legendary music producer

Pop and hip-hop producer Scott Storch had massive hits and millions of dollars. Then he lost it all. Now he's making his comeback and sharing his story.

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Ian Rankin, Scott Storch and Katherena Vermette 25/10/2018 [Full episode]

Author Ian Rankin explains how his character, Inspector Rebus, has become a tour guide for the realities of gritty, complicated Edinburgh. Legendary hip-hop and pop producer Scott Storch shares the story behind his rise, fall and comeback. Author and poet Katherena Vermette talks about her latest book Pemmican Wars.

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Roger Daltrey: The Who frontman on the excesses of fame and growing up fast

The Who's Roger Daltrey tells the story of how he went from being a high school drop-out and part-time worker in a sheet metal factory to being one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

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Sheila Heti: The Canadian author on raising the 'Motherhood' question

In Heti's latest book Motherhood, the author confronts one of life's biggest questions: whether or not to create another human.

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Kwame Alexander: A performance and interview about his new YA book Swing

Kwame Alexander performs some pieces from his new YA book Swing, a coming-of-age story told entirely through poetry.

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Roger Daltrey, Sheila Heti, Kwame Alexander and more 24/10/2018 [Full episode]

Roger Daltrey of The Who opens up about feeling like an outsider and the excesses of fame. Our books columnist Jael Richardson shares her recommendation. Author Sheila Heti confronts one of life's biggest questions: whether or not to become a mother. Poet Kwame Alexander talks about his new YA book Swing, and performs a few pieces from it.

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Jeff Goldblum: On his debut album and the importance of pursuing your dreams at any moment

Long before his adventures with dinosaurs, Jeff Goldblum started out as a jazz pianist.

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Jason Moran: The musician on his need to push boundaries in his music and art

Jason Moran has blended jazz with stand-up comedy, live painters, dance shows and even skateboarding.

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Tanya Taylor: The Canadian fashion designer on why her brand is all about being inclusive

Why it's important to connect with and celebrate women who don't feel included in the world of fashion.

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Jeff Goldblum, Tanya Taylor, Jason Moran and more 23/10/2018 [Full episode]

Jeff Goldblum talks about making music, dodging dinosaurs and pursuing dreams at any moment in life. Canadian fashion designer Tanya Taylor on why her brand is all about being inclusive. Theatre critic Carly Maga tells us about a new play that transports its audience from Barrie to England - literally. Musician Jason Moran opens up about his need to push boundaries in his music and art.

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Shad returns to q with A Short Story About a War

Hip-hop polymath Shad makes his return to q, his first since he hosted the show. He brings with him his brand new album A Short Story About War, a concept record exploring humanity and violence.

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Hilary Swank, Shad and more 22/10/2018 [Full episode]

Actor Hilary Swank, Canadian rap sensation Shad.

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Hilary Swank on her new film What They Had

Hilary Swank looks back on her career, starting with Boys Don't Cry, and talks about her new film.

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