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Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Mike White, Karyn Kusama and more

Hollywood screenwriter and Survivor contestant Mike White, Fyre director Chris Smith, Destroyer director Karyn Kusama.

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

Mike White might be best-known as a writer, actor or the man behind the critically-acclaimed HBO series Enlightened, but this year he added an unusual credit to his resume — playing himself on Survivor.

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

Director Chris Smith talks about the disastrous 2017 music festival, Fyre Festival, and looks back on the greatest party that never happened.

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

Two years ago, Nicole Kidman vowed to work with more female directors. Karyn Kusama was one of her first calls.

Monday, January 14, 2019: Kristen Roupenian, Nassim Soleimanpour and more

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

Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour on how language has the power to unite and divide us

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

Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian wants to make you feel uncomfortable

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

What will a hostless Oscars look like?

Every Monday the q Screen Panel takes a look at the biggest stories in the worlds of film, TV and streaming entertainment.

'We have to have a reckoning': Executive producer dream hampton on Surviving R. Kelly

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

20 years later, what's the legacy of Britney Spears' hit debut album?

As Britney Spears’ debut album turns 20, our music panel reflects on the legacy of the song that changed pop forever, ...Baby One More Time.

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

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

Malcolm Gladwell ventures into music on his new podcast

Malcolm Gladwell has turned his attention to music with a new podcast called Broken Record, about songs you know and the people behind them.
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The last time the Oscars were hostless, things did not go well

30 years ago, a singing Rob Lowe and Snow White, along with dancing coconuts, marked a low point for the show.

Thursday, January 10, 2019: Malcolm Gladwell, Vinnie Karetak and more

Today on q: journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell, actor Vinnie Karetak, gateway to the music of Chavela Vargas, Canada Reads host Ali Hassan.

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

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

A gateway to the music of Chavela Vargas

Catherine Gund, co-director of the documentary, Chavela, gives you an introduction to Chavela Vargas and explains why the singer was such a trailblazing figure in Latin music.

A first glimpse at Canada Reads 2019

Ali Hassan returns for a third year as the host of Canada Reads, CBC's annual battle of the books. Today, he reveals the books that made the longlist for 2019.
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The internet's hilarious responses to the Marie Kondo craze are sparking joy

The new Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is a massive hit — but not everyone is buying it
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Eye-popping new Electric Company show tackles corruption in Canadian real estate — and our complicity in it

The innovative Vancouver company's The Full Light of Day combines film and theatre, and unearths family secrets

Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Kate Gray, Kliph Nesteroff and more

Today on q: video game journalist Kate Gray, q online panel with Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Amanda Hess, New York Times reporter Michael Paulson, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff.

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

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

What's really behind the dangerous 'Bird Box challenge'?

Our online panel discusses some of the suspicions surrounding the Bird Box challenge, a viral trend inspired by the hit Netflix film Bird Box. The challenge involves participants filming themselves engaging in a series of amusing or challenging tasks, all while blindfolded.

Broadway actors refuse development work over profit-sharing dispute

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

Comedians to watch in 2019

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Simu Liu, Joseph Shabason and more

Today on q: Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu, musician Joseph Shabason, a brief history of comedy roasts, fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert.