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q: The Podcast

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

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Metric: Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw on the band's new album Art of Doubt

Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw join Tom Power to chat about placing the guitar back at the core of their new record, and 20 years of staying power on the Canadian music scene.

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Elijah Wood, Metric and more 24/09/2018

Actor and producer Elijah Wood discusses his move into virtual reality. The q screen panel's John Semley and Tina Hassannia look at big stories happening in the film and television worlds. The Joy Luck Club stars Tamlyn Tomita, Tsai Chin and Kieu Chinh celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film. Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw talk about the band's new album Art of Doubt.

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Elijah Wood: The actor on his move into VR with psychological thriller Transference

Beyond his role in Lord of the Rings, Elijah Wood is also the creative director of a video game production company called SpectreVision. He joins Tom Power to talk about a new virtual reality game called Transference and the future of VR.

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Mumford and Sons, Khaled Hosseini and more 21/09/2018

Mumford and Sons discuss their new album and address their photo with Jordan B. Peterson. The q This music panel recaps the highlights from the Polaris Music Prize gala. Tom Power gets a preview of MOCA Toronto with executive director and CEO Heidi R?eitmaier. Bestselling author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, discusses his new book Sea Prayer.

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Khaled Hosseini: Bestselling author of The Kite Runner on his new book Sea Prayer

Khaled Hosseini reads a passage from his new book Sea Prayer and tells us what moved him to write the story.

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Mumford and Sons: The band on their new album, Delta

The band's Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall talk about their shifting sound and their new experimental fourth album, Delta. They also address their photo with Jordan B. Peterson, which made the rounds online this summer.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal: The actor on the consequences of 'starving a vibrant woman's mind'

Maggie Gyllenhaal sat down with Tom Power at TIFF to talk about her new film The Kindergarten Teacher, about a woman who becomes obsessed with one of her students who she believes is a child prodigy.

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Bert Kreischer: The comedian on balancing partying and fatherhood

Bert Kreischer talks about his family and his reputation as a partier, his new Netflix special Secret Time, and the Rolling Stone story that changed his life back in 1997.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bert Kreischer and more 20/09/2018

Maggie Gyllenhaal discusses her new film The Kindergarten Teacher and the consequences of "starving a vibrant woman's mind." DJ Spinna presents an essential guide to the music of Stevie Wonder. Comedian Bert Kreischer talks about balancing comedy, partying and fatherhood.

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Dan Fogelman: This is Us creator on writing emotional scenes, and how to get them right

Dan Fogelman sat down with Tom Power at TIFF to talk about his new film, creating art that makes people cry, and why sentimentality at the movies may not be such a bad thing in 2018.

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D'Arcy Carden: How The Good Place tackles moral philosophy

Actor and comedian D'Arcy Carden plays the mysterious Janet on the sitcom, The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. She talks about how the comedy tackles morality and ethics.

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Hozier: The Irish blues-rock sensation on his new EP of protest songs

Irish blues-rock sensation Hozier talks about why he decided to follow up his massively successful debut album with an EP of fiery protest songs.

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Dan Fogelman, Hozier, D'Arcy Carden and more 19/09/2018

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman talks about his new film, writing emotional scenes and how to get them right. Hozier tells us why he decided to follow up his massively successful debut album with an EP of fiery protest songs. Actor and comedian D'Arcy Carden discusses how The Good Place tackles morality and ethics.

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Emmys 2018 recap: Big wins, surprises and snubs from last night's ceremony

John Semley and Ishani Nath recap the best and worst moments from last night's Emmy Awards ceremony.

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'I wasn't pushing myself': Abhishek Bachchan on fame and his return to Bollywood

Bollywood megastar Abhishek Bachchan sat down with Tom Power at TIFF to discuss the pressures of fame, the beauty of Indian cinema and his first film in two years, Husband Material.

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Baroness von Sketch's Aurora Browne and Meredith MacNeill choose their own adventure

Baroness von Sketch's Aurora Browne and Meredith MacNeill join Tom Power live in the q studio for a rapid fire 'Choose Your Own Adventure' style interview, where they cover comedy, motherhood and everything in between.

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'Canada, are you listening?': Jeremy Dutcher wins Polaris Prize for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Jeremy Dutcher joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about his big win at last night's Polaris Music Prize ceremony.

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Abhishek Bachchan, Aurora Browne and Meredith MacNeill, Jeremy Dutcher and more 18/09/2018

Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan discusses the pressures of fame, the beauty of Indian cinema and his return to the big screen. The q screen panel recaps last night's Emmy Awards ceremony. Baroness von Sketch's Aurora Browne and Meredith MacNeill choose their own adventure. Jeremy Dutcher talks about taking home the Polaris Music Prize for his debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.

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Bill Hader on how HBO's Barry mirrors his own life's journey to finding his passion

In HBO's Barry, Hader plays a hitman for hire who discovers his real passion is acting. He talks about his role and directorial debut.

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

Sandra Oh talks about her role in Killing Eve, which is entering its second season.

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Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry on the perils of fame

As his star continues to rise, Brian Tyree Henry discusses the complicated nature of fame and celebrity.

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Tatiana Maslany prepares to say goodbye to her many characters on final season of Orphan Black

Tatiana Maslany talks to Tom Power about the final season of Orphan Black.

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Bill Hader, Tatiana Maslany, Brian Tyree Henry, Sandra Oh 17/09/2018

Actor, director and comedian Bill Hader discusses how HBO's Barry mirrors his own life's journey to finding his passion. Actor Tatiana Maslany talks about the final season of Orphan Black. Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry sheds some light on the complicated nature of fame and celebrity. Actor Sandra Oh discusses Killing Eve and why "being true to yourself" in Hollywood is important.

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Issa Rae says we need the 'young black female perspective' now more than ever

Insecure's Issa Rae discusses her new film The Hate U Give, which centres around a 16-year-old black girl and the issues she grapples with after witnessing her best friend being shot by a police officer.

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'I can't vote, so I used a song instead': Steven Page on how living in the U.S. inspired his new album

Steven Page performs songs from his new record, Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II, and opens up about what the last year has been like for him.

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From jukeboxes to streaming: A brief history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. We tap Silvio Pietroluongo, senior vice president of charts and data development for Billboard, to walk us through how it's changed over its 60 year history.

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Paramore's decision to retire Misery Business from live shows leaves fans divided

On this very special edition of the q This music panel, Steven Page (formerly of the Barenaked Ladies) joins Lisa Christiansen, Stuart Berman and Tom Power to break down the latest in music news.

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Issa Rae, Steven Page and more 14/09/2018

Insecure's Issa Rae tells us why we need the young black female perspective? now more than ever. Special guest Steven Page? joins the q This music panel to break down some big headlines in music news. Silvio Pietroluongo presents a brief history of the Billboard Hot 100. Steven Page performs songs from his new record and opens up about what the last year has been like for him.

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Thandie Newton on her 'upfront and uncompromising' approach to fame

Thandie Newton sat down with Tom Power at TIFF to talk about her new film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

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Kidding director Michel Gondry on reuniting with Jim Carrey

Director Michel Gondry's latest project is a Showtime series called Kidding, starring Jim Carrey. It takes a peek at the lives of children's television stars when the cameras aren't rolling.

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q fashion contributor Mosha Lundström Halbert's biggest hits from New York Fashion Week

Our fashion contributor, Mosha Lundström Halbert, fills us in on Ralph Lauren's 50th anniversary show and shares some highlights from New York Fashion Week.

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The Dirty Nil rip the roof off on Master Volume

The Dirty Nil bring their electric, kinetic tunes to the q music studio in advance of the release of their sophomore record Master Volume.

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Thandie Newton, The Dirty Nil, Michael Gondry and more 13/09/2018

Actor Thandie Newton opens up about her "upfront and uncompromising" approach to fame. Canadian rock band the Dirty Nil performs live in the q studio. Fashion contributor Mosha Lundström Halbert shares some highlights from New York Fashion Week. Director Michel Gondry talks about working with Jim Carrey on their new series Kidding.

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Bo Burnham, Jean-Michel Blais, Aminder Dhaliwal and more 12/09/2018

YouTube star, comic and director, Bo Burnham, discusses his first feature film, Eighth Grade. Canadian musician and composer, Jean-Michel Blais, tells us how and why he wanted to capture imperfection on his new album Dans ma main. Jael Richardson shares her book recommendation: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel. Canadian comics artist, Aminder Dhaliwal, talks about her popular web series and graphic novel, Woman World.

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Bo Burnham on his new film Eight Grade and creating comedy from a life of growing up online

Bo Burnham was one of the first self-made YouTube stars, which launched him into an arena-filling stand-up comedy career. But he left it all behind a few years ago to focus on writing and directing his first feature film, 8th Grade.

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Woman World: How Aminder Dhaliwal's hit web comic helped her find her voice

When Canadian cartoonist Aminder Dhaliwal created an online comic, just for the fun of it, she never expected it to turn into a professional venture. Now, she has a huge following and a graphic novel deal.

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Jael Richardson's book pick: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

Jael Richardson is q's books columnist. She drops by to fill you in on a new book to check out. Today, she'll talk about The Ensemble by first-time novelist Aja Gabel.

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'I like the happy accidents': Jean-Michel Blais on capturing imperfection on his new album Dans ma main

Musician and composer Jean-Michel Blais performs live in the q studio and talks about recording his latest album, Dans ma main, late at night in an empty piano store.

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Natalie Portman, Wab Kinew, Sarah Feldberg, Ruth E. Carter 11/09/2018

Natalie Portman talks 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. Writer, musician and politician Wab Kinew introduces a new generation to Indigenous trailblazers in his picture book Go Show the World. Sarah Feldberg, former editor of Las Vegas Weekly, gives us a brief history of Las Vegas concert residencies. Costume designer Ruth E. Carter shares how costumes bring characters to life.

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The costume designer behind Malcolm X and Black Panther shares how costumes bring characters to life

Ruth E. Carter is an Oscar-nominated costume designer who calls herself 'the woman behind your favourite characters.' Now, there's a whole new exhibit dedicated to exploring her designs.

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Mobsters, golf carts and glitter: A brief history of Las Vegas concert residencies

Who says Las Vegas is where entertainers go to retire? Sarah Feldberg, the former editor of Las Vegas Weekly, tells us how the Las Vegas residency got its start and who made these concerts cool again.

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Wab Kinew introduces a new generation to Indigenous trailblazers in picture book Go Show the World

Writer, musician and politician Wab Kinew talks about his new children's book Go Show The World, which introduces a whole new generation of kids to some of North America's Indigenous trailblazers.

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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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Geena Davis tackles sexism on screen in new documentary This Changes Everything

Geena Davis talks to Tom Power about her new film, which takes a close look at the gender disparity in Hollywood, both on and off screen.

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Manto director Nandita Das 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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How the curated playlist has changed the way we create and consume music

YouTube Music's Tuma Basa chats with Tom Power about the massive cultural shift to music streaming, and what it means for musicians and the way fans consume the music they love.

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Which films will dominate the upcoming awards season?

Our screen panellists, John Semley and Tina Hassannia, give us their take on the best films at TIFF so far.

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Geena Davis, Nandita Das and more 10/09/2018

Geena Davis talks about tackling sexism on screen in her new documentary This Changes Everything. The q screen panel breaks down the best films at TIFF so far. YouTube's director of urban music, Tuma Basa, discusses how the curated playlist has changed music. Actor and director Nandita Das takes us into the story of one of South Asia's greatest writers.

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'Say yes to life': William Shatner shares his advice on how to live long and prosper

William Shatner joins Tom Power to impart some wisdom and discuss his new memoir Live Long and... What I Learned Along the Way, in which he reflects on a life trajectory that no one could have predicted.

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'I've always felt like an artist': Keith Urban on blending genres on his new album Graffiti U

Tom Power sits down with country music star Keith Urban to talk about his new album Graffiti U, a crossover of country and pop.

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'He was a sweet guy': Director Stephen Wallis remembers Burt Reynolds as more than his tough guy reputation

Canadian director Stephen Wallis worked with Bert Reynolds on what may be the late actor's final film.

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New music releases: looking at new albums from Paul Simon and Paul McCartney

Our music panel reviews new albums from two of music's heaviest hitters: Paul Simon and Paul McCartney. They also look at the health of Canadian country music ahead of the CCMAs.

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William Shatner, Keith Urban, Stephen Wallis and more 07/09/2018

Legendary Canadian actor William Shatner shares his advice on how to live long and prosper. The q This music panel dives into some big new music releases for the week. Country music star Keith Urban talks about blending genres on his latest album Graffiti U. Canadian director Stephen Wallis remembers the late Burt Reynolds.

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Hear q's Canadian song circle live on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House

Canadian country music artists Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel and Meghan Patrick join Tom Power on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee for an exclusive song circle.

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'I was taught to be deferential': José Olivarez on learning to give himself permission to tell his own stories

José Olivarez first encountered poetry as a high school student during a time when he had a lot of questions. What he discovered was that poetry isn't necessarily about getting answers, so much as it's about refining the questions we already have.

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What's in store for TIFF 2018

TIFF's director of programming, Kerri Craddock, discusses how the festival has adapted to changes in the film industry: the rise of streaming sites like Netflix, the increasingly competitive global film festival circuit and the #MeToo movement.

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q in Nashville, Kerri Craddock, José Olivarez 06/09/2018

Four Canadian country music artists - Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel and Meghan Patrick - join us on the stage of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House for an exclusive song circle. TIFF's director of programming, Kerri Craddock, discusses how the festival has adapted to changes in the film industry. José Olivarez talks about his debut book of poetry, Citizen Illegal, and how he learned to give himself permission to tell his own stories.

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Paul Simon doesn't want to be 'a Paul Simon cover band'

The icon talks to Tom Power about reinterpreting his music on In the Blue Light, his farewell tour and why he's not playing the hits.

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Tantoo Cardinal on getting her first starring role in a feature film

Tantoo Cardinal is one of the most recognisable and prolific Indigenous actors in Canada. Even if you don't know her by name, chances are you've seen her on screen: she's been in more than 120 films and television shows over her 40-year career.

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Eminem goes after 'mumble rappers' in his surprise new album

Buzzfeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud and WIRED's Angela Watercutter bring you up to speed on the big headlines taking over the internet right now.

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Paul Simon, Tantoo Cardinal and more 05/09/201

Paul Simon talks about reinterpreting his music on In the Blue Light, his farewell tour and why he's not playing the hits. Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Angela Watercutter bring you up to speed on the big headlines taking over the internet right now. Canadian actor Tantoo Cardinal discusses what it's like getting her first starring role in a feature film at TIFF.

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Lord of the Rings illustrator Alan Lee takes us on one final adventure through Middle-earth

Alan Lee has spent the past 25 years exploring the landscapes of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination as both an illustrator and lead concept artist for Peter Jackson's film adaptations. He tells us about his illustrations for the newly released Tolkien text, The Fall of Gondolin.

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Esi Edugyan explores history's lost voices in new book Washington Black

Esi Edugyan talks about journeying into the past, her new novel Washington Black and what she wanted to say about one of history's greatest injustices.

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Oral history of the Beatles' Hey Jude

Fifty years ago today, the promo video for Hey Jude was recorded. A few lucky fans got to see their heroes perform and play two years after the band had stopped touring. We invited two of those fans to share their memories of that day.

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Buzzy pop collective Superorganism transcends musical and geographical borders

Superorganism is a band of eight musicians from around the world with a unique origin story and sound. They stopped by q for a special performance - and brought along keyboards, samplers, balloons and even some musical apples.

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Alan Lee, Superorganism, Esi Edugyan and more 04/09/2018

Lord of the Rings illustrator Alan Lee takes us on one final adventure through Middle-earth. Indie pop band Superorganism performs live in the q studio. Marc Sinden and Joel Soroka present an oral history of the Beatles' Hey Jude?. Canadian author Esi Edugyan explores history's lost voices in her new book Washington Black.

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'Broadway seemed like the holy grail of songwriting': Bryan Adams on co-writing Pretty Woman: The 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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Narada Michael Walden on his hitmaking career with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

The Grammy award-winning producer reveals the one thing these divas all had in common that made them masters of their craft.

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How Brittany Allen uses sound and music to create fear on film

Actor and composer Brittany Allen tells us how she uses her music and acting skills to create fear in her latest film, What Keeps You Alive.

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Summer of the rom-com: With the success of Crazy Rich Asians, what's the genre's future?

Our screen panel dissects the rom-com genre and talks about a new movie from Orson Welles, which took almost 50 years to make.

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Bryan Adams,Narada Michael Walden and more 03/09/2018

Bryan Adams discusses songwriting, his friendship with Luciano Pavarotti and why scoring a Broadway musical makes a lot of sense for him. The q screen panel talks about the latest in TV and film news. Canadian actor and composer Brittany Allen tells us how she used sound to create fear in her latest film. Grammy award-winning music producer Narada Michael Walden reflects on his hitmaking career with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

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Gloria Gaynor, John Krasinski and more 31/08/2018

Gloria Gaynor reflects on her biggest hit, I Will Survive, how she pushed to make the song a success and why disco matters. The q This music panel weighs in on 2018's song of the summer. Writer Lauren Orsini walks us through how cosplay became a global phenomenon. Actor and director John Krasinski discusses A Quiet Place and his life-changing, breakthrough role on The Office.

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

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

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How cosplay became a global phenomenon

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

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John Krasinski on A Quiet Place, life after The Office and how he feels about you calling him 'Jim'

John Krasinski discusses his directorial debut and reflects on his life-changing, breakthrough role as Jim Halpert on The Office.

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What was 2018's song of the summer?

On the last day of August, the q This music panel digs into one of the biggest music questions that comes up every year: what was 2018's song of the summer?

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July 31: Dr. Jay de Soca Prince presents a gateway to soca

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

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Famed choreographer Laurieann Gibson on her new Lifetime series Beyond the Spotlight

Canadian choreographer Laurieann Gibson has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. She explains how it all started for her in her hometown of Toronto.

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Why Brandon Flowers says he feels 'more scared' to perform now than he did in 2004

The Killers frontman sits down with Tom Power to discuss his most personal album to date, Wonderful Wonderful.

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Kate NV takes us to Moscow, Russia

Musician Kate NV takes us to her hometown of Moscow, Russia, in this edition of the q Block Party.

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'It was a punch to the gut': Comedian Hari Kondabolu addresses The Simpsons' response to The Problem with Apu

Hari Kondabolu talks about the reaction to his documentary The Problem With Apu and how he's feeling about The Simpsons these days.

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Laurieann Gibson, Brandon Flowers, Kate NV, Hari Kondabolu 30/08/201

Canadian choreographer Laurieann Gibson discusses her new Lifetime series Beyond the Spotlight. Brandon Flowers of The Killers opens up about his wife's struggle with PTSD and his most personal album to date, Wonderful Wonderful. Musician Kate NV shares her q Block Party playlist for Moscow. Comedian Hari Kondabolu addresses The Simpsons' response to The Problem with Apu.

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Heather O'Neill's musical tribute to Montreal's Plateau

Author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O'Neill takes us on a musical tour of Montreal's Plateau.

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Kyle MacLachlan's return to Twin Peaks

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

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Author Tomi Adeyemi on why it's important to write fantasy stories with black protagonists

Tomi Adeyemi discusses her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, and talks about what it was like creating a universal fantasy story that's deeply rooted in her own Nigerian culture.

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Elton John's co-writer Bernie Taupin on 50 years of hits and what their 'perfect song' is

Songwriter Bernie Taupin looks back on 50 years of working with Elton John, and talks about some of his favourite songs off their two new tribute albums.

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Bernie Taupin, Tomi Adeyemi, Heather O'Neill, Kyle MacLachlan 29/08/2018

Songwriter Bernie Taupin looks back on 50 years of making hits with Elton John. Author Tomi Adeyemi discusses why it's important to write fantasy stories with black protagonists. Canadian author Heather O'Neill takes us on a musical tour of Montreal's Plateau. Actor Kyle MacLachlan talks about how Twin Peaks, and working with David Lynch, has impacted his career.

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How Yamantaka // Sonic Titan conceptualised a film to create their third record, Dirt

Alaska B of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan talks about the band's unlikely, but useful, approach to creating music.

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'This is going to change my life': Alexander McCall Smith looks back on The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Prolific British author Alexander McCall Smith reflects on the novel that changed his life 20 years ago and discusses his latest book, The Quiet Side of Passion.

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How Alexandra Stréliski went from internet musician to Jean-Marc Vallée's secret weapon

Alexandra Stréliski chats about working with Hollywood director Jean-Marc Vallée, and gives us a sneak preview of her latest record, Inscape.

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Full episode: Alexandra Stréliski, Alexander McCall Smith, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan 28/08/2018

Canadian pianist Alexandra Stréliski performs live in the q studio and chats about working with Hollywood director Jean-Marc Vallée. Author Alexander McCall Smith discusses his latest book, The Quiet Side of Passion, and reflects on the novel that changed his life 20 years ago. Alaska B of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan talks about the band's unlikely, but useful, approach to creating music.

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Why Saturday Night Live was a double-edged sword for Sasheer Zamata: 'The title won't leave me'

Actor and comedian Sasheer Zamata opens up about her time on Saturday Night Live, how that has affected her career, and why she's excited to show more range in her first movie-starring role.

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Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria is the next disturbing dance film to haunt your dreams

The q screen panel discusses the end of The Big Bang Theory and a new disturbing dance movie from director Luca Guadagnino.

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How Panos Cosmatos' horror-free childhood fuelled his creativity and inspired his latest thriller Mandy

Director Panos Cosmatos talks about Mandy - his new, wild, gruesome, psychedelic thriller starring Nicolas Cage - and tells guest host Ali Hassan how making the film helped him process his grief over the loss of his parents.

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John Cho on Searching, #StarringJohnCho and how his acting goals have changed

John Cho talks about the challenges of acting for a webcam, how his approach to acting has changed since his memorable cameo in American Pie, and whether or not he sees himself as a leading man.

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Full episode: John Cho, Panos Cosmatos, Tina Hassannia and Adam Nayman, Sasheer Zamata 27/08/2018

John Cho talks about his new thriller Searching and the challenges of acting for a webcam. Director Panos Cosmatos explains how his horror-free childhood fuelled his creativity and inspired his latest film. Tina Hassannia and Adam Nayman break down the latest in film and TV news. Actor and comedian Sasheer Zamata opens up about her time on Saturday Night Live.

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Grease at 40: Didi Conn presents an oral history of the classic musical film

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grease, actor Didi Conn, who played Frenchy, reminisces about all the great times she had on set with her fellow castmates.

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Pierre Kwenders is building a musical bridge between Africa and the rest of the world

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

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Drake angers fans after postponing Toronto shows

The q music panel fills us in on Drake's turbulent homecoming after the star repeatedly postponed his Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour in Toronto.

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Rose Byrne on Juliet, Naked, and her move from drama to comedy

Rose Byrne talks to Tom Power about her new film Juliet, Naked, fandom and the unexpected success of Bridesmaids.

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Full episode: Rose Byrne, Lisa Christiansen and Tabassum Siddiqui, Didi Conn, Pierre Kwenders 24/08/2018

Actor Rose Byrne talks about Juliet, Naked, her move from drama to comedy and the unexpected success of Bridesmaids. The q music panel discusses Drake's turbulent homecoming after the star repeatedly postponed his Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour in Toronto. Actor Didi Conn of Grease presents an oral history of the classic musical film. Congolese-Canadian musician Pierre Kwenders ?talks about his album Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time.

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The Hellfire Club: 10 things we learned about Jake Tapper's politically fuelled new novel

Journalist and novelist Jake Tapper talks about everything from McCarthyism to his Canadian roots.

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Three former indie-rock darlings enjoy a second life playing in cover bands

Tim Fletcher, Mike Small and Tyler Kyte each share how they went from being the 'next big thing' to playing in cover bands.

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Will the KSI vs. Logan Paul fight be the biggest event in YouTube's history?

Our online culture panel talks about a feud, a fight and a gamer.

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Can Netflix crack late-night TV?

Pop culture writer Alison Herman joins us to discuss whether or not Netflix can succeed in the comedic talk show format.

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Full episode: Alison Herman, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Angela Watercutter, Tim Fletcher, Mike Small and Tyler Kyte, Jake Tapper 23/03/2018

Pop culture writer Alison Herman discusses whether or not Netflix can succeed in the late-night television format. Our online culture panel talks about a feud, a fight and a gamer. Three former indie-rock darlings share how they went from being the 'next big thing' to enjoying a second life in cover bands. Journalist and novelist Jake Tapper talks about everything from McCarthyism to his Canadian roots.

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Former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown on Donald Trump's past and the future of magazines

Former Vanity Fair and The New Yorker editor Tina Brown reflects on her many years in media and journalism in her revealing new book, The Vanity Fair Diaries.

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Inside the surprisingly human art of BoJack Horseman illustrator Lisa Hanawalt

As a kid, Lisa Hanawalt was obsessed with horses. Years after declaring 'I want to be famous for drawing horses,' her wish came true. Hanawalt is a producer and production designer on BoJack Horseman as well as the author of a new graphic novel, Coyote Doggirl.

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Hubert Lenoir on Darlène and why it doesn't matter how he identifies

Quebecois musician Hubert Lenoir stopped by the q studio for a performance and chat with guest host Laurie Brown.

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Hayden Christensen worked in a Toronto pizza shop to prepare for his latest film Little Italy

Hayden Christensen joins guest host Laurie Brown live in the q studio to talk about his long career in action films and why he decided to venture into romantic comedy.

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Full episode: Hayden Christensen, Hubert Lenoir, Lisa Hanawalt, Tina Brown 22/08/2018

Actor Hayden Christensen talks about Star Wars and his latest film Little Italy. Quebecois musician Hubert Lenoir discusses his new album Darlène and explains why it doesn't matter how he identifies. BoJack Horseman illustrator Lisa Hanawalt takes us inside her new graphic novel Coyote Doggirl. Former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown reflects on her many years in media and journalism.

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Veteran TV writer Nell Scovell on staying sharp in the Hollywood boys' club

Scovell's credits include The Simpsons, Murphy Brown and Late Night with David Letterman. She talks about what it's like being the only woman in the writers' room.

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Daniel MacIvor's musical tribute to Sydney, Nova Scotia

This playwright, screenwriter and actor gives us a playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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Meet Redd Pepper, the voice over artist behind some of the biggest movie trailers

Voice over artist Redd Pepper talks about his decade spanning career and why the classic movie trailer phrase, 'In a world...' will never get old.

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Elisapie thanks Inuk folk-singer Willie Thrasher for inspiration on new album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl

Inuk folk-pop singer-songwriter Elisapie joins guest host Laurie Brown live in the q studio to perform a few songs off her new record and talk about how she worked through her creative block.

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Full episode: Nell Scovell, Elisapie, Daniel MacIvor, Redd Pepper 21/08/2018

Veteran TV writer Nell Scovell talks about what it's like being the only woman in the writers' room. Inuk folk-pop singer-songwriter Elisapie performs live in the q studio. Canadian playwright, screenwriter and actor Daniel MacIvor shares a playlist dedicated to Sydney, N.S. Voiceover artist Redd Pepper discusses his decade spanning career and why the classic movie trailer phrase, 'In a world...' will never get old.

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

Author Salman Rushdie's latest book, The Golden House, is fiction but draws its inspiration from real-life events. The book, focusing on the wealthy Golden family, is framed by the presidency of Barack Obama and features an unconventional presidential run by a comic book supervillain.

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Vivica A. Fox shares the behind the scenes stories that made her a Hollywood success

From blockbusters like Independence Day to bloody revenge thrillers like Kill Bill, Fox has done it all. She talks to Tom Power about her new memoir in which she reveals the secrets to her success.

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Journeying through the road movie genre, from Bonnie & Clyde to Little Miss Sunshine

David Laderman, author of Driving Visions: Explore the Road Movie, gives us a gateway into the world of the road movie genre.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society follows in The Notebook's charming period-romance footsteps

The q screen panel take you through Netflix's new, much buzzed-about romantic historical drama. They also look at the decline of TV pilots and a new show from Matt Groening.

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Full episode: Salman Rushdie, Amanda Parris and Adam Nayman, David Laderman, Vivica A. Fox 20/08/2018

Author Salman Rushdie says his book The Golden House predicted the 2016 U.S. presidential election better than he did. The q screen panel breaks down the latest in film and TV news. David Laderman, author of Driving Visions: Explore the Road Movie, gives us a gateway into the world of the road movie genre. Actor Vivica A. Fox shares the behind the scenes stories that made her a Hollywood success.

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U2's With or Without You and the origin of the infinite guitar

Michael Brook talks about inventing the infinite guitar, the instrument famously heard on U2's hit song, With or Without You.

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Great Lake Swimmers acoustically evolve on The Waves, The Wake

On their new album, Great Lake Swimmers forgo an instrument they've relied upon for a decade and a half: the acoustic guitar. Today, they give a sneak preview of The Waves, The Wake live in the q studio.

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q This reflects on Aretha Franklin's life and music

Our q This music panel remembers Aretha Franklin and reflects on another musical icon who just celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday, Madonna.

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'It's about the satisfaction of a good part': Eric Roberts reflects on his prolific acting career

This year alone, Eric Roberts has appeared in 20 films and TV shows, with another 49 projects ready to hit screens - and he's filming three more right now. He joins Laurie Brown to discuss his reputation as the Hardest-Working Man in Hollywood.

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Full episode: Eric Roberts, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Jarrett Martineau, Michael Brook, Great Lake Swimmers 17/08/2018

Eric Roberts reflects on his prolific acting career and discusses his latest film, Never Saw it Coming. The q music panel remembers Aretha Franklin and looks at an icon who just celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday. Michael Brook talks about inventing the infinite guitar, the instrument famously heard on U2's hit song, With or Without You. Toronto indie-folk band Great Lake Swimmers perform live in the q studio.

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'We are happy for her to be in heaven with God': Narada Michael Walden remembers Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin's longtime friend and collaborator, Narada Michael Walden, opens up about the singer's incredible legacy and sheds some light on what she was like in the recording studio.

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Remembering Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin has died in Detroit at age 76. Franklin's longtime collaborator H.B. Barnum, author Craig Hansen Werner, Grammy-winning musicologist Rob Bowman and Juno-award-winning artist Jully Black join us to remember the undisputed Queen of Soul.

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Curator remembers famed Canadian painter Mary Pratt

Beaverbrook Gallery's Tom Smart curated Mary Pratt's breakthrough national tour in 1995. He joins Laurie Brown to talk about Pratt's life and artistic legacy.

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Full episode: Remembering Aretha Franklin and Mary Pratt 16/08/2018

We look back on Aretha Franklin's incredible legacy, her deep roots in the civil rights movements and her music. Beaverbrook Gallery's Tom Smart remembers his friend, the late Canadian artist Mary Pratt.

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Director Jon M. Chu on why you should care about Crazy Rich Asians

Director Jon M. Chu talks about bringing the 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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The Beaches on their Juno nomination and debut album Late Show

The Beaches dropped by the q studio to perform three songs from their record and discuss how the album came together.

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Wayne Kramer of the MC5 reveals the secrets of Kick Out the Jams

Guitarist Wayne Kramer breaks down exactly where the MC5's signature song came from, and what it means a half-century down the line.

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Ta'Kaiya Blaney on Kayak to Klemtu, and the power of blending art with activism

Ta'Kaiya Blaney was just 10-years-old when she started writing songs about environmental issues. Now at 17-years-old, she continues to spread that message through film as well.

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Full episode: Jon M. Chu, Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Wayne Kramer, The Beaches 15/08/2018

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu talks about bringing the hit novel to the big screen. Actor and activist Ta'Kaiya Blaney discusses the power of blending art with activism. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 reveals the secrets of Kick Out the Jams. Toronto rock band The Beaches perform three songs from their latest record and share how it all came together.

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Drake's In My Feelings challenge sparks questions about Shiggy, people behind viral fads

Our new online culture panel unpacks the story behind how things go viral online and how celebrities cash in on these fads.

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Haley Joel Osment talks The X-Files reboot, The Sixth Sense and avoiding the pitfalls of child stardom

Former child star Haley Joel Osment discusses his new role on The X-Files reboot and how he processed starring in The Sixth Sense when he was only 10 years old.

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Author Jenny Han on the Netflix adaptation of To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Jenny Han talks about the new film adaptation of her New York Times best-selling novel To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and shares why she feels representation on screen is important.

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Full episode: Jenny Han, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Angela Watercutter, Haley Joel Osment 14/08/2018

Author Jenny Han? discusses the Netflix adaptation of her best-selling novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Our new online culture panel weighs in on Drake, internet creators and how celebrities cash in on viral fads. Actor Haley Joel Osment talks The X-Files reboot, The Sixth Sense and avoiding the pitfalls of child stardom.

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Full episode: Brian Henson, screen panel, Wu Tang Clan origin story, Catherine O'Hara 13/08/2018

Director and producer of The Happytime Murders, Brian Henson, tells us why he wanted to make an R-rated puppet movie. Our screen panel's Tina Hassannia and Eli Glasner look at the Oscars' new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Rapper U-God presents a q origin story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Comedy icon Catherine O'Hara brings her musical talents to season four of Schitt's Creek.

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Rapper U-God presents a q origin story of Wu-Tang Clan

Lamont 'U-God' Hawkins takes us through the history of the legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan in this edition of the q origin story.

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Comedy icon Catherine O'Hara brings her musical talents to season four of Schitt's Creek

Catherine O'Hara, the beloved Canadian actress and comedian, talks about her long career and the new season of the CBC comedy Schitt's Creek.

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Is the Oscars' new 'popular film' category a good idea?

Our screen panel weighs in on recent changes to the Oscars, including a shorter broadcast and a new award category for outstanding achievement in popular film.

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Brian Henson on The Happy Time Murders and why he wanted to make an R-rated puppet movie

Brian Henson's The Happy Times Murders doesn't shy away from sex and drugs, which according to him, isn't far off from his father's original vision for the Muppets.

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Iain Reid on having his new suspense novel Foe optioned for a movie

Canadian author Iain Reid joins guest host Ali Hassan to discuss his latest novel, Foe, which already has a film deal with Anonymous Content.

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Vampires, romance and feminism: celebrating 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

20 years ago, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on television. Avid fans Andrea Subissati and Maxine Stoddard revisit the cult favourite show and discuss its cultural importance.

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From Miss Piggy to Yoda, Frank Oz reveals the secrets behind his famous creations

Frank Oz talks about his new documentary, Muppet Guys Talking, and gives us some insight into a few of the many characters he's played throughout his decades long career.

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Lady Gaga and Las Vegas: a match made in heaven?

Our music panel discuss Lady Gaga's new residency in Las Vegas, and look back at some of the music you may have missed in the busy summer music season.

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Full episode: Iain Reid, q music panel, celebrating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Frank Oz 10/08/2018

Canadian author Iain Reid discuss his latest novel, Foe, which already has a movie deal. The q music panel breaks down Lady Gaga's new Las Vegas residency. Buffy the Vampire Slayer super fans celebrate the series. Voice actor Frank Oz of the Muppets gives us some insight into the many beloved characters he's voiced.

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Ai Weiwei documents the human flow of the refugee crisis in his new film

World renowned artist Ai Weiwei shines a spotlight on the refugee crisis around the world in his new documentary, Human Flow.

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David Harbour on the Stranger Things phenomenon and his life-changing role

Stranger Things actor David Harbour never expected the cult following the show gained, or the doors it would open for him.

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The original voice of Siri still has no clue how she ended up on your iPhones

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, looks back on the 'unsettling' experience of finding out that her voice was being used on iPhone devices everywhere.

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Full episode: David Harbour, Desiree Akhavan, Susan Bennett, Ai Weiwei 09/08/2018

Actor David Harbour talks about the Stranger Things phenomenon and his life-changing role on the hit Netflix series. Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan tells us why she thinks her new movie The Miseducation of Cameron Post is hitting a chord with audiences right now. Voice actor Susan Bennett reveals the origin story of Siri. Artist Ai Weiwei documents the human flow of the refugee crisis in his new film.

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Desiree Akhavan says The Miseducation of Cameron Post became her 'ode to rehab'

Director Desiree Akhavan tells us why she thinks her new Sundance award-winning film is really hitting a chord with audiences right now.

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August 8: How memoirist Tanya Marquardt made friends with her trauma to turn it into art

Tanya Marquardt talks about Stray, her new memoir and 'meta memoir punk concert' about how she ended up finding a new home in Vancouver's underground goth punk scene in the late '90s.

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Full episode: Adam Pally, Tanya Marquardt, Ronnie and Jwoww, Laurie Anderson 08/08/2018

Actor and comedian Adam Pally talks Dog Days, The Mindy Project and Happy Endings. Performer and memoirist Tanya Marquardt discusses Stray, her new memoir and "meta memoir punk concert." Ronnie and JWoww share their Jersey Shore block party. Avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson opens up about her experience of Hurricane Sandy and how it inspired her new album and book.

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Adam Pally talks Dog Days, The Mindy Project and Happy Endings

Adam Pally discusses some of his biggest roles, including Dr. Peter Prentice on The Mindy Project and Max Blum from the much-loved sitcom Happy Endings.

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Avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson finds hope in loss

Iconic avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson talks about her experience of Hurricane Sandy and how it inspired her new album and book.

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From LMFAO to Rihanna: listen to Ronnie and JWoww's Jersey Shore block party

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jenni 'JWoww' Farley dropped by the q studio to share their favourite fist pumping tunes that remind them of the Jersey Shore circa 2009 to 2012.

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Full episode: Oliver Wainwright, St. Vincent, Michael Brun, Judd Apatow 07/08/2018

Architecture and design critic, Oliver Wainwright, takes us through the colourful design aesthetic of Pyongyang, North Korea. St. Vincent drops by for a special acoustic session and talks about why the guitar has been her weapon of choice throughout her career. DJ Michael Brun presents his playlist of songs dedicated to his hometown of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Producer, writer and director Judd Apatow dives deep into the legacy of his mentor, the late Garry Shandling.

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Inside the joyful sounds of Port-au-Prince with Haitian DJ Michael Brun

Haitian DJ Michael Brun reminisces about his hometown Port-au-Prince in his edition of the q Block Party.

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'All my heroes were electric guitar players': St. Vincent on her musical inspirations and love of guitar

St. Vincent drops by the q studio for a very special acoustic session and to talk about why the guitar has been her weapon of choice throughout her career.

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Judd Apatow dives deep into the legacy of his mentor, the late Garry Shandling

Apatow talks about his latest project, a documentary about the life and legacy of the late legendary comedian Garry Shandling.

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Inside North Korea: Oliver Wainwright on the colourful design aesthetic of Pyongyang

Architecture and design critic, Oliver Wainwright, takes us through some incredible images of one of the most secretive countries in the world.

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

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

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August 6: Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden opens up about her mother's quiet influence on her life, career

Marcia Gay Harden shares some of her favourite stories about her mother, Beverly Harden, from her new memoir The Seasons of My Mother.

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How the audiobook went from a resource for the blind to a popular form of storytelling

Matthew Rubery explains the origins of the audiobook from the first recorded verse to its newly found respect.

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Jason Reynolds' writing strives to honour the 'pain of young people'

Author Jason Reynolds opens up about his entry into the world of literature, why he wants to write books that relate to young readers, and his latest novel, Long Way Down.

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Full episode: Jeremy Podeswa, Jason Reynolds, Matthew Rubery, Marcia Gay Harden 06/08/2018

Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa discusses his work on HBO's Game of Thrones. Author Jason Reynolds shares why he wants to write books that relate to young readers. Matthew Rubery explains how the audiobook went from a resource for the blind to a popular form of storytelling. Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden opens up about her mother's quiet influence on her life and career.

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New McQueen documentary looks at the man behind his famous designs

Director Ian Bonhôte sheds some light on who Lee Alexander McQueen was and looks back on everything that he achieved.

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After being exiled from Hollywood, Kathy Griffin is ready to make her comeback

Griffin talks about the continuing fallout over her controversial Trump photo and why the harrowing experience still hasn't broken her.

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How much does 2018 Lollapalooza resemble the Lollapalooza of the '90s?

Our music panel discusses how a travelling music festival called Lollapalooza shaped a decade of music in the '90s. They compare that to the stand alone festival that we know now.

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'It's not just for Trinidadians': Dr. Jay de Soca Prince on the evolution of soca music

On the eve of Toronto's annual Caribbean Carnival parade, renowned soca deejay, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, stops by q to talk about the evolution of the city's soca scene.

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Full episode: Ian Bonhôte, q music panel, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, Kathy Griffin 03/08/2018

McQueen director Ian Bonhôte sheds some light on the life and legacy of Lee Alexander McQueen. The q music panel discusses whether today's Lollapalooza resembles the Lollapalooza of the '90s. Deejay Dr. Jay de Soca Prince talks about the evolution of soca music. Comedian Kathy Griffin opens up about the continuing fallout over her controversial Trump photo.

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The National's Aaron Dessner on launching a new music streaming platform with his brother Bryce and Bon Iver

The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner teamed up with Justin Vernon, also known as Bon Iver, to launch a new streaming service called PEOPLE - and it's not the only project the brothers have on the go right now.

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Why do we call them soap operas?

Professor Robert Thompson gives us the origin story of soap operas.

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

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

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Inside the work of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak, two trailblazers of Inuit art

One of the most prominent Inuit artists working today, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, introduces us to the work of two trailblazers, Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak. A new exhibition of Ashevak and Pitsiulak's work is on display now at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Full episode: Aaron Dessner, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Sonny Rollins 02/08/2018

The National's Aaron Dessner talks about launching a new music streaming platform with his brother and Bon Iver. Professor Robert Thompson presents an origin story of the soap opera. Mask dancer and visual artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory introduces us to the work of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak. Living legend Sonny Rollins reflects on his jazz legacy.

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Immigrant, Montana: Author Amitava Kumar on the emotional odyssey of making a new home in the U.S.

Writer 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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Full episode: Todd VanDerWerff, Amitava Kumar, essential Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Karla Welch 01/08/2018

Vox culture critic, Todd VanDerWerff, unpacks director James Gunn's dismissal from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Writer Amitava Kumar discusses his new novel Immigrant, Montana. Biographer Gayle Wald takes us through an essential guide to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Top Hollywood stylist Karla Welch talks red carpet fashion.

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An essential guide to the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Biographer Gayle Wald gives us an introduction to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a guitar-playing, gospel-singing trailblazer who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Top Hollywood stylist Karla Welch talks red carpet fashion

Karla Welch talks about what it takes to get her A-list celebrity clients, such as Justin Bieber and Lorde, ready for the red carpet during awards season.

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James Gunn's dismissal from Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is about more than just offensive tweets

Vox culture critic Todd VanderWerff says James Gunn's dismissal from Guardians of the Galaxy reveals a much more nuanced story, involving a campaign from the far-right that attacks critics of Trump.

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July 31: Jason Mraz wants to make the world a better place through music

Jason Mraz is continuing to spread his spirit of love, peace and kindness with his new album, Know.

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July 31: Phoebe Robinson on 2 Dope Queens, an intersection of race, gender and pop culture

When comedian Phoebe Robinson first pitched her podcast idea to Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, it was out of a desire to see black women better represented in the podcast world.

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July 31: A new documentary about famed makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin shows us the darkness behind the glamour

Kevyn Aucoin was perhaps the most influential makeup artist ever. Now, there's a new documentary about Aucoin's life, which sheds some light on his struggles with illness, addiction and perfection.

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July 31: Murda Beatz on producing Drake's Nice for What

Canadian record producer Murda Beatz explains how playing video games with the rapper lead to one of the the biggest songs of 2018.

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Full episode: Jason Mraz, Murda Beatz, Tiffany Bartok, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, Phoebe Robinson 31/07/2018

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz talks about his new album and why he believes that we need positivity now more than ever. Canadian record producer Murda Beatz explains how he helped Drake create Nice For What in less than two hours. Director Tiffany Bartok discusses the life of famed makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. Dr. Jay de Soca Prince presents his gateway to soca music. Phoebe Robinson tells us how she knew people would listen up for her podcast turned television special, 2 Dope Queens.

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July 30: Bo Burnham on creating comedy from a life of growing up online and his new film Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham was one of the first self-made YouTube stars, which launched him into an arena-filling stand-up comedy career. But he left it all behind a few years ago to focus on writing and directing his first feature film, 8th Grade.

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July 30: ABBA's Benny Andersson remembers the song that sparked his love for piano

You may know Benny Andersson as a member of pop music royalty. Once a part of the Swedish pop group ABBA, Andersson has gone from belting out "Dancing Queen" to writing and recording rock, orchestral and fiddle albums. Andersson joins Tom Power to talk about why it's important for him to keep creating and what it's like to reunite with ABBA after so many years.

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July 30: Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory's musical tribute to Iqaluit

In today's edition of the q block party, we invited mask dancer and visual artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory to share a list of songs that remind her of Iqaluit, a place where she has lived for the past 13 years.

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July 30: Why Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special Nanette is a historic moment for comedy

Just For Laughs in Montreal just wrapped up, and we've convened the q screen panel to weigh in on one of the festival's most talked about comedians.

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Full episode: Bo Burnham, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Benny Andersson 30/07/18

Today on q, with guest host Ali Hassan: YouTube star turned comic turned director Bo Burnham on his first feature film, Legendary songwriter Benny Andersson on what it's like to reunite with his former band, ABBA, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory shares the songs that remind her of Iqaluit, Tina Hassannia and DeAnne Smith of the q Screen Panel.

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July 27: A gateway to the music of Pete Seeger with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, has released a picture book about the folk singer. He takes us through the essentials of Pete Seeger's music in this q gateway.

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July 27: Alvvays explain the 'separation narrative' at the heart of their new album

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

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July 27: Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj and the dangers of getting too close to our favourite artists

Every Friday, our q music panel looks at the biggest stories in music news. Today, rapper Cadence Weapon and CBC Vancouver's Lisa Christiansen join guest host Chris dela Torre to discuss whether or not we're closer to famous artists than ever before.

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July 27: Hamilton star Daveed Diggs on comedy, race and gentrification in his new film, Blindspotting

Daveed Diggs' work on the smash hit musical Hamilton helped launch him into an impressive career away from the stage. His latest project, Blindspotting, explores racial tensions in Oakland.

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Full episode: Daveed Diggs, Alvvays, the Decemberists' Colin Meloy and more 27/07/18

Today on q: Blindspotting co-writer and star Daveed Diggs, Canadian singer-songwriter Astral Swans, q music panel with Lisa Christiansen and Cadence Weapon, gateway to Pete Seeger with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Toronto indie-pop band Alvvays.

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Full episode: Kenny Chesney, Jim Cummings, Andrew Phung, Fortune Feimster 26/07/2018

Country music star Kenny Chesney discusses rebuilding his sanctuary on his latest album. Voice actor Jim Cummings talks about the magic of voicing Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger for more than 30 years. Andrew Phung of Kim's Convenience shares his Calgary block party playlist. Comedian Fortune Feimster talks about The Mindy Project, Champions and being unabashedly herself on stage.

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July 26: Kim's Convenience star Andrew Phung's musical tribute to Calgary

Canadian actor Andrew Phung creates a playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown of Calgary, Alta.

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July 26: Comedian Fortune Feimster talks The Mindy Project, Champions and being unabashedly herself on stage

Fortune Feimster joins guest host Chris dela Torre live from Montreal, where she's taking the stage at the Just for Laughs festival this weekend.

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July 26: Jim Cummings on the magic of voicing Winnie-the-Pooh for more than 30 years

Jim Cummings, the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, talks about how he's brought these iconic characters to life for the past three decades.

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July 26: Kenny Chesney helps rebuild his sanctuary on Songs For The Saints

When Kenny Chesney's sanctuary in the U.S. Virgin Islands was left devastated by Hurricane Irma, the country music star began writing songs to pay homage to what he had lost.

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July 25: For the first time ever, a graphic novel is in the running for the Man Booker Prize

Nick Drnaso's Sabrina is the first graphic novel ever to make the Man Booker Prize longlist. Graphic novel expert, Peter Birkemoe, talks about what makes this book so special.

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July 25: How the banjo helped Kaia Kater understand her Afro-Caribbean roots

Canadian musician Kaia Kater brings her banjo into the q studio and talks about how folk music helped her figure out who she is as a musician and a person.

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July 25: Simon Pegg on toxic fandom and the reality of Hollywood success

Simon Pegg talks about his new reality as a Hollywood action star and opens up about his former struggle with depression and alcoholism.

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July 25: The impolite history of the comedy roast

Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff walks us through the fascinating, impolite and often vile history of the comedy roast.

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Full episode: Simon Pegg, Peter Birkemoe, Kliph Nesteroff, Kaia Kater 25/07/2018

Actor Simon Pegg opens up about toxic fandom and the reality of Hollywood success. Toronto's Peter Birkemoe discusses Sabrina, the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff walks us through the impolite history of the comedy roast. Canadian singer-songwriter Kaia Kater shares how the banjo helped her understand her Afro-Caribbean roots.

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July 24: Garbage's Shirley Manson takes us back to 1998 on 20th anniversary of Version 2.0

Garbage's lead singer, Shirley Manson, looks back on the making of the band's hugely popular second album, Version 2.0, and shares what it was like to be a '90s icon.

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July 24: How 24,000 horsepower helped fuel Danny Michel's latest album

Danny Michel sails to Canada's most northern parts to capture the beauty of the arctic in his latest album, Khlebnikov.

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July 24: 'You never see a dumb Asian on network television': The Good Place's Manny Jacinto on playing against type

Vancouver's own Manny Jacinto talks about getting his breakout role on The Good Place as a character who subverts expectations of Asian characters on TV.

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Full episode: Shirley Manson, Danny Michel, Manny Jacinto 24/07/2018

Garbage's Shirley Manson looks back on life as a '90s icon. Canadian musician Danny Michel explains how 24,000 horsepower helped fuel his album, Khlebnikov. The Good Place's Manny Jacinto talks about playing against type on TV.

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July 23: Author Linwood Barclay explores the fine line between benevolent mentorship and dangerous hero worship

Crime novelist Linwood Barclay's new thriller, A Noise Downstairs, follows an English professor who discovers a mentor he admires is in fact a dangerous killer.

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July 23: The Simpsons star Nancy Cartwright goes In Search of Fellini in her latest film

Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, talks about writing her semi-autobiographical film In Search of Fellini.

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July 23: Take a Chance on Me: Our screen panel weighs in on Mamma Mia, Cats, and what makes a good movie musical

What makes a movie musical worth watching? Arts writer Tina Hassannia and CBC's Amanda Parris join guest host Chris dela Torre to discuss.

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July 23: How Hariprasad Chaurasia helped George Harrison fall in love with Indian classical music

On the 50th anniversary year of the Beatles' first visit to India, Hariprasad Chaurasia talks about his life-long friendship with George Harrison, and explains just how powerful the bansuri can be.

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Full episode: Linwood Barclay, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Nancy Cartwright 23/07/2018

Crime novelist Linwood Barclay explores the fine line between benevolent mentorship and dangerous hero worship. Tina Hassannia and Amanda Parris of the q screen panel chat about what makes a good movie musical. Classical flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia discusses his life-long friendship with George Harrison. The Simpsons voice actor Nancy Cartwright talks about writing her semi-autobiographical film, In Search of Fellini.

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July 20: Robert Lepage meets with Indigenous artists to quell Kanata controversy

Montreal filmmaker Kim O'Bomsawin joins Talia Schlanger to recap last night's meeting with Robert Lepage. Montreal Gazette arts critic, T'Cha Dunlevy, sheds some more light on the controversy.

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July 20: Barenaked Ladies share a wild road story that involves a small car and a moose

Barenaked Ladies reveal one of their most memorable stories on the road.

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July 20: Comedian Gina Yashere on finding her place on the American comedy scene

Gina Yashere gambled on her hard-won success in the U.K. for a shot in the U.S. She tells Talia Schlanger why she's at her best when she's out of her comfort zone.

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July 20: Have we hit peak Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson?

Dwayne Johnson is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, but a weak opening weekend has led some to wonder: are audiences getting tired of The Rock? Amy Nicholson joins us to break down this hard-hitting topic.

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Full episode: Kim O'Bomsawin and T'Cha Dunlevy, Gina Yashere, Amy Nicholson, Barenaked Ladies 20/07/2018

Filmmaker Kim O'Bomsawin and Montreal Gazette arts critic T'Cha Dunlevy shed some light on the Robert Lepage controversy. Comedian Gina Yashere talks about finding her place on the American comedy scene. Film critic Amy Nicholson asks if we've hit peak Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Barenaked Ladies share a wild road story.

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July 19: How Jeff Daniels beat his inner critic to make music

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

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July 19: Lena Waithe hopes to bring greater representation to Chicago's black communities on TV

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

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July 19: Fortunate Ones on their musical partnership, and writing songs that offer hope in dark times

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

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July 19: 'It's an incredibly loaded show': Radiohead returns to Toronto for the first time since stage collapse

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

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Full episode: Jeff Daniels, Katie Nicholson, Fortunate Ones, Lena Waithe 19/07/2018

Actor Jeff Daniels shares how he beat his inner critic to start making music. CBC reporter Katie Nicholson unpacks Radiohead's return to Toronto for the first time since their fatal stage collapse. Newfoundland indie-folk duo Fortunate Ones open up about their musical partnership. Actor and producer Lena Waithe talks about how she wants to bring greater representation to Chicago's black communities on TV.

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July 18: In a new documentary, Elvis is a metaphor for the American Dream

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

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July 18: Zaki Ibrahim on the inspiration for her album The Secret Life of Planets

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

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July 18: Desirée Dawson performs her new single Just Fine live in studio q

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

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Full episode: Gus Van Sant, Eugene Jarecki, Lauren Orsini, Zaki Ibrahim 18/07/2018

Director Gus Van Sant discusses casting Joaquin Phoenix as a disabled person and carrying out Robin Williams' vision. Singer Desirée Dawson performs new music live in the q studio. Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki traces Elvis' meteoric rise and fall and shows how it figures into our readings of the American Dream. Writer Lauren Orsini walks us through how cosplay became a global phenomenon. Singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim shares the inspiration for her album The Secret Life of Planets.

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July 18: How cosplay became a global phenomenon

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

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July 18: Gus Van Sant on casting Joaquin Phoenix as a disabled person and carrying out Robin Williams' vision

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

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July 17: Tina Sinatra on her father Frank Sinatra, and a new compilation of his songs

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

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July 17: Skratch Bastid's musical ode to Bedford, Nova Scotia

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

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July 17: Randall Okita's film The Lockpicker shows a different side of the teenage experience

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

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July 17: Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand is a thriller about female ambition and extreme PMS

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

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Full episode: Megan Abbott, Randall Okita, Skratch Bastid, Tina Sinatra 17/07/2018

Best-selling thriller author Megan Abbott discusses her latest novel Give Me Your Hand. Canadian filmmaker Randall Okita on his new film The Lockpicker. Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid shares a playlist of songs that remind him of Bedford, N.S. Frank Sinatra's daughter, Tina Sinatra, talks about why she curated a new album of her father's music aimed at children and parents.

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Full episode: Courtney Barnett, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, Jen Sookfong Lee, Josh Gondelman 16/07/2018

Ivan Decker, Tina Hassannia and Amanda Parris dig into the relevance of Sacha Baron Cohen's new show, Who Is America? Canadian author Wendy McLeod MacKnight discusses her new children's book, The Frame-Up. Canadian author Jen Sookfong Lee explores how Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho brought the marginal into the mainstream. Author and comedian Josh Gondelman picks a comedy album that will serve as the perfect gateway for people interested in stand-up. Singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett performs live from her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel.

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July 16: Josh Gondelman's gateway comedy album for stand-up newbies

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

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July 16: Jen Sookfong Lee explores how Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho brought the marginal into the mainstream

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

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July 16: Courtney Barnett performs live from her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel

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

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July 16: Paintings come to life in Wendy McLeod MacKnight's new book The Frame-Up

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

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July 16: Is the new Sacha Baron Cohen series satire, or a cringeworthy prank show?

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

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July 13: In Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid is all grown-up and owns a car dealership

Ralph Macchio, the original Karate Kid, is back as a grown-up version of Danny LaRusso in the new series Cobra Kai.

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July 13: Sandra Oh on the importance of 'being true to yourself' in Hollywood

Sandra Oh talks about her role in Killing Eve, which is entering its second season.

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July 13: Is Drake bigger than the Beatles?

Drake has seven singles in Billboard's Top 10. That's enough to topple the Beatles' record of five Top 10 singles. So is Drake now more popular than the Beatles ever were? Not quite.

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July 13: Artist Rebecca Belmore on why she uses her body to make a statement in her artwork

Rebecca Belmore discusses the use of her own body and voice in her performance pieces and the significance of using everyday objects in her art.

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Full episode: Ralph Macchio, Rebecca Belmore, Sandra Oh 13/07/2018

Actor Ralph Macchio reprises his role as the Karate Kid in the new web series Cobra Kai. Jarrett Martineau and Lisa Christiansen of the q music panel discuss Drake beating the Beatles' historic Billboard record. Artist Rebecca Belmore explains why she uses her body to make a statement in her artwork. Actor Sandra Oh talks about what diversity on screen means for her personally.

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July 12: Billboard art project showcases female Indigenous artists coast to coast

The Resilience Project displays work by 50 female Indigenous artists on more than 160 billboards across the country.

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July 12: Quilts and documentaries? It's all interwoven for filmmaker Ken Burns

Ken Burns talks to Tom Power about the many interesting quilts he's collected throughout his life and how, in a funny way, they have a lot to do with his success as a filmmaker.

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July 12: Gin Phillips tests the limits of motherhood in new novel Fierce Kingdom

Phillips talks to q guest host Gill Deacon about Fierce Kingdom's themes of random violence, motherhood, survival instincts and how being the mother of a young child herself affected her writing.

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July 12: The Sorority is an all-female rap crew that just want room to be great

Get to know the Toronto-based rap group who just dropped their debut record, The Pledge.

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Full episode: Gin Phillips, Lee-Ann Martin, The Sorority, Ken Burns 12/07/2018

Author Gin Phillips tests the limits of motherhood in her novel Fierce Kingdom. Curator Lee-Ann Martin discusses a new billboard art project that showcases female Indigenous artists from coast to coast. All-female rap crew The Sorority tell you why female rappers just need space to be great. Director Ken Burns explains how his passion for quilts has influenced his success as a filmmaker.

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July 11: 'Let's be daring and risk-taking': CBC president Catherine Tait on her vision for the public broadcaster

The new president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada discusses her vision for the public broadcaster and shares how her experience in the arts plays a role in that.

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July 11: Charley Pride on defying expectations: 'I'm a traditional country singer, just like anybody else'

Charley Pride is one of the most successful country singers of all time, but his achievements reach far beyond that.

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July 11: The top 3 style trends at World Cup 2018

With the World Cup hurtling towards its dramatic conclusion, Simon Doonan joins Tom Power to explore the most popular sport in the world through the lens of style.

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July 11: Jael Richardson's book pick: We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed

Jael Richardson discusses her summer read recommendation and it's all about the Tour de France: We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed.

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Full episode: Catherine Tait, Jael Richardson, Simon Doonan, Charley Pride 11/07/2018

Catherine Tait, the new president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, shares her vision for the public broadcaster. Book contributor Jael Richardson fills us in on her summer read recommendation. Simon Doonan, creative ambassador for Barneys New York, talks about World Cup soccer style. Country singer Charley Pride reflects on his incredible career and shares how he's managed to defy expectations.

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July 10: Robbie Robertson shares his favourite memories from recording Music From Big Pink

On the 50th anniversary of The Band's debut album Music From Big Pink, Robbie Robertson discusses the album's legacy, its iconic songs and the musical landscape of the late 60s.

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July 10: How a tumour in her throat helped spoken word poet Sabrina Benaim find her voice

Spoken word poetry was more than a coping mechanism for Sabrina Benaim - it was a platform to discuss her deepest insecurities, depression and anxiety.

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July 10: Ben Kunder performs live from his new album Better Human

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ben Kunder drops by the q studio to play a song from his new record, Better Human.

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July 10: The story behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bold campaign design

Two designers responsible for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's unique campaign posters tell us how they brought the design to life.

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July 10: Director Boots Riley on race and class struggle in his debut film Sorry To Bother You

Sorry To Bother You takes a comedic look at race and class in America through the experience of a telemarketer.

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Full episode: Robbie Robertson, Boots Riley, Ben Kunder, Sabrina Benaim 10/07/2018

Canadian music legend Robbie Robertson shares his favourite memories from recording Music From Big Pink. Filmmaker and hip-hop artist Boots Riley talks about race and class struggle in his debut film Sorry To Bother You. The team behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bold campaign design explain how they created the unique look. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ben Kunder performs live in the q studio. Sabrina Benaim talks about how spoken word poetry helped her find her voice.

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July 9: Should Scarlett Johansson - or any non-trans actor - play trans characters on screen?

Our q screen panel discuss the backlash facing Scarlett Johansson for signing on to play a trans man in an upcoming film called Rub & Tug.

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July 9: Jack White is more than his reputation: 'I'm just not that guy'

White talks about his new album and tells us why he was eager to push against his reputation for being an old-fashioned analog guy who resists the digital world.

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July 9: Caitlin Moran on fame, sexual shame and the MeToo era

After years of working with famous people as a music journalist, Caitlin Moran has written a new novel inspired by her experience, called How To Be Famous.

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July 9: Three songs that went from pop hits to soccer chants

We asked Max Jack, who studies soccer chants at UC Santa Barbara, to tell us about three pop songs that have gone from pop hits to soccer stadium chants.

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Full episode: Jack White, World Cup soccer chants, Caitlin Moran 09/07/2018

Musician Jack White explains why he's pushing against his reputation for being an old-fashioned guy who resists the digital world. Our screen panel discusses whether or not Scarlett Johansson should play a trans character in her upcoming movie. We take you through three pop songs that have gone from pop hits to soccer stadium chants. Music journalist and author Caitlin Moran talks about her new novel How To Be Famous.

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July 6: Whitney Houston doc director on MeToo and bringing molestation allegations to light

Kevin Macdonald discusses disturbing allegations unveiled in his new documentary about Whitney Houston.

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July 6: Spice Girls' debut album Spice: 20 years later

We host a listening party with three former die-hard fans to discuss the album's fun, empowering and downright problematic sides.

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July 6: Zadie Smith on staying open to art, and 'feeling free' to change her mind

Author and essayist Zadie Smith talks about her non-fiction writing and what it's taught her about the act of trying to make sense of a chaotic world.

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July 6: What are the greatest songs of the 21st century (so far)?

Our music panel ponders the health and well-being of the great North American music festival and examine Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest songs of the century.

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Full episode: Kevin Macdonald, q music panel, Spice Girls listening party, Zadie Smith 06/07/2018

Whitney Houston documentary director, Kevin Macdonald, on MeToo and bringing molestation allegations to light. q music panel with Danko Jones and Lisa Christiansen. Spice Girls listening party with three former die-hard fans. Author and essayist Zadie Smith on staying open to art, and 'feeling free' to change her mind.

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Full episode: Aaron Sorkin, Pierre Kwenders, Debra Granik, Benjamin Booker 05/07/2018

Today on q, with Tom Power: screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on how he composes dialogue like music. Canadian musician Pierre Kwenders on the problem with SL?V, the cancelled 'slave song' production. Winter's Bone director Debra Granik on her new film Leave No Trace. Musician Benjamin Booker opens up about the writing process behind his album, Witness.

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July 5: 'I decided to be active': why Benjamin Booker is not covering up his feelings anymore

Musician Benjamin Booker opens up about the writing process behind his latest album, Witness.

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July 5: Pierre Kwenders on the problem with SLAV, the cancelled 'slave song' production

Crowds at the Montreal Jazz Festival have been protesting a new play called SLAV, which was billed as 'a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs.'

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July 5: Winter's Bone director Debra Granik on her new film Leave No Trace

Debra Granik talks to Tom about her new film, Leave No Trace, and what draws her to stories about forgotten places and people in America.

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July 5: How writer Aaron Sorkin composes dialogue like music

Acclaimed screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, explains how he scripts every sound in his movies, and he tells the story behind how he used to deliver singing telegrams in his college days.

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July 4: Jean-Marc Vallée on directing Sharp Objects and women-driven stories

Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée cultivates characters who are often complicated, strong but also broken. He talks to Tom Power about his latest TV series, Sharp Objects.

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July 4: Terra Lightfoot on her latest album New Mistakes

Terra Lightfoot discusses her latest album New Mistakes and joins us in the q music studio for a special stripped down performance with just her voice and her guitar.

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July 4: Thea Lim's debut novel An Ocean of Minutes is a 'hidden autobiography'

Author Thea Lim explores time travel in a dystopian world wracked by pandemic in her first novel, An Ocean of Minutes. Lim talks to Tom Power about drawing on her own experience of growing up in Canada and Singapore to create this parable about immigration.

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July 4: Hank Shocklee looks back at Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on 30th anniversary

Hank Shocklee of the legendary production team The Bomb Squad celebrates the 30th anniversary of Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back with a look back at the songs off that seminal album.

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Full episode: Jean-Marc Vallée, Thea Lim, Hank Shocklee, Terra Lightfoot 04/07/2018

Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée discusses his latest TV series, Sharp Objects. Author Thea Lim explains what makes her debut novel An Ocean of Minutes a "hidden autobiography." Musician Hank Shocklee looks back at Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on its 30th anniversary. Canadian musician Terra Lightfoot talks about her latest album, New Mistakes, and gives a special stripped down performance.

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July 3: Ice Cube on his Big3 basketball league and the current state of mainstream hip-hop

Legendary rapper turned actor, Ice Cube, is now also a pro basketball league owner. He chats with Tom Power about his rap legacy and his love of hoops.

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July 3: 'Visibility is important': why Ellen Wong is hopeful about Asian representation in film and TV

Canadian actor Ellen Wong has been named a Rising Star at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

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July 3: Jan Lisiecki's musical gateway to Glenn Gould

Jan Lisiecki presents a gateway to the music of Glenn Gould.

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July 3: Yrsa Daley-Ward on Instagram poetry and her new memoir, The Terrible

Yrsa Daley-Ward explains why Instagram is the perfect medium for poetry and discusses her new memoir, The Terrible.

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Full episode: Ice Cube, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Gateway to Glenn Gould with Jan Lisiecki, Ellen Wong 03/07/2018

Rapper, actor and now pro basketball league owner Ice Cube talks about his rap legacy and his love of hoops. Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward discusses her new memoir, The Terrible. Jan Lisiecki's gateway to Glenn Gould. Canadian actor Ellen Wong talks grappling with identity and typecasting throughout her career.

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July 2: Kim's Convenience combats the idea that 'anybody non-white' can't play a significant role on screen

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon talk about the second season of Kim's Convenience.

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July 2: Musician Jeremy Dutcher preserves his language and reimagines ancestral songs on debut album

Jeremy Dutcher's debut album is as much about saving the Indigenous Wolostoq language from extinction as it is about reimagining the songs performed by his ancestors.

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July 2: 'Will you accept this rose?': a gateway to The Bachelor

Writer Suzannah Showler talks about what the show tells us about our ideas on dating, romance and North American identity.

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July 2: Jim Cuddy talks loss, the joy of touring and his new solo music

Canadian singer-songwriter and Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy is back with a new solo album called Constellation.

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Full episode: Jim Cuddy, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon, Suzannah Showler, Jeremy Dutcher 02/07/2018

Canadian singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy opens up about loss, the joy of touring and his new solo music. Kim's Convenience stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon talk about the show's second season. Writer Suzannah Showler presents a gateway to The Bachelor. Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Dutcher discusses how his debut album helps preserve his language.

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June 29: Sandra Oh on the importance of 'being true to yourself' in Hollywood

Sandra Oh talks about her role in Killing Eve, which is entering its second season.

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June 29: Taggart and Torrens share their favourite Canadian summer jams

In advance of the Canada Day long weekend, Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens share their playlist of classic Canadian summer songs.

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June 29: Michael Greyeyes on what it's like to play your hero on screen

Canadian actor Michael Greyeyes discusses his role as Sitting Bull in the new historical drama, Woman Walks Ahead.

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June 29: Everything we know - or want to know - about Drake's new album Scorpion

CBC's Jarrett Martineau and Lisa Christiansen discuss Drake's brand new record, which might just be one of the biggest Canadian releases of the year.

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Full episode: Sandra Oh, Michael Greyeyes, Taggart and Torrens 29/06/2018

Canadian actor Sandra Oh talks about her new role in the series Killing Eve. CBC's Jarrett Martineau and Lisa Christiansen weigh in on Drake's brand new album Scorpion. Canadian actor Michael Greyeyes discusses playing the Indigenous leader Sitting Bull in the new historical drama Woman Walks Ahead. Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens share their favourite Canadian summer jams.

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June 28: Kyrie Irving on becoming an actor in new comedy Uncle Drew

NBA star Kyrie Irving takes his talents to the silver screen in the new film Uncle Drew, about a retiree basketball super team.

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June 28: Stage veteran Seana McKenna: Lear is no more and no less flawed for being female

Actor Seana McKenna discusses her starring role in a new production of William Shakespeare's King Lear.

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June 28: A deep dive into the world of deep listening

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

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June 28: 'Fear of Margaret Atwood is a powerful thing': how Sarah Polley turned Alias Grace into a TV series

Canadian writer and director Sarah Polley discusses her latest project, adapting Margaret Atwood's book, Alias Grace, into a TV series.

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Full episode: Sarah Polley, Kyrie Irving, Sarah Davachi, Seana McKenna 28/06/2018

Canadian writer and director Sarah Polley discusses how she adapted Margaret Atwood's book, Alias Grace, into a TV series. Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving on becoming an actor in the comedy film Uncle Drew. Calgary musician Sarah Davachi presents a gateway to deep listening. Stage actor Seana McKenna talks about her starring role as Queen Lear in a new production of William Shakespeare's Lear.

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June 27: Why Amber Tamblyn wants to resensitize the conversation around sexual assault with her new book Any Man

Actor Amber Tamblyn's debut novel, Any Man, tells the story of six men who have fallen prey to the violence of a female serial rapist.

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Full episode: Amber Tamblyn, Jael Richardson, Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens, Ben Caplan 27/06/2018

Actor and author Amber Tamblyn explains why she decided to tell the stories of male survivors of sexual assault in her debut novel. Book contributor Jael Richardson shares her reading list recommendation. Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens challenge Tom Power to a game of "Lyric or Lie." Canadian musician Ben Caplan questions the idea of "old stock" Canadians on new album.

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June 27: Ben Caplan questions the idea of 'old stock' Canadians on new album

Musician Ben Caplan talks about his new album, and how a Romanian-Canadian refugee story has resonated with so many audiences.

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June 27: Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens challenge Tom Power to a game of 'Lyric or Lie'

The hosts of the Taggart and Torrens podcast partake in a friendly game of Lyric or Lie with Tom Power.

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June 27: Jael Richardson's book pick: The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Jael Richardson discusses her book recommendation, The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir.

Download June 27: Jael Richardson's book pick: The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
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