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Friday, April 26, 2019: Sally Rooney, Rick Mercer and more

Today on q: novelist Sally Rooney, q This music panel with A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, comedian Rick Mercer.

'I'm doomed to keep telling these stories': Sally Rooney on being called the first great millennial author

At just 28 years old, Irish novelist Sally Rooney has already been heralded as the voice of her generation. She joined us to reflect on her rapid rise to the rank of literary sensation.

Rick Mercer reflects on his greatest rants — and scoring pot for Pierre Berton

Mercer returns to the q studio to talk about his newly published collection of essays, and to look back on his greatest rants from 15 seasons of the Rick Mercer Report.

Thursday, April 25, 2019: Nia Vardalos, Najwa Zebian and more

Today on q: actor, screenwriter and producer Nia Vardalos, poet Najwa Zebian, rapper and poet Cadence Weapon, musicologist Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle on Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit.

Leonard Cohen on how a 'sleazy' Toronto hotel helps him write poetry

In this 1963 interview from CBC Radio's Assignment, Cohen shares his writing process.

Nia Vardalos on Tiny Beautiful Things, adapting an advice column for the stage and the advice she took away

Nia Vardalos is best known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but her latest project is unlike anything she's done before.

How Najwa Zebian uses poetry to connect with herself, her students and nearly one million Instagram followers

Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian poet whose words have been widely shared across social media and have even been turned into tattoos.

Hear Cadence Weapon read his new poem, Searching

Rapper and poet Rollie Pemberton, better known as Cadence Weapon, reads a new poem he wrote to help him cope with the constant negativity of the news cycle.

Strange Fruit: A brief history of Billie Holiday's tragic and haunting song

One of the most powerful protest songs of all time turns 80 years old this month. We explore the importance of Strange Fruit with the help of Miami University musicologist Dr. Tammy Kernodle.

Tickets: Announcing q live from Iqaluit, featuring the Jerry Cans, James Ungalak, Aasiva and more

This spring, q is traveling north to Iqaluit. We'll be there as part of the second annual Nunavut Music Week, taping a special evening of q live on April 25.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: The National, Karla Welch and more

Today on q: rock band The National, q books columnist Jael Richardson, U-God's Wu-Tang Clan origin story, celebrity stylist Karla Welch, poet Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Watch Margaret Atwood read a poem about the Boston Strangler from 1967

In this archival CBC footage, Atwood reads her poems The Green Man and It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers

The National delve into fear, identity and desire on new album, I Am Easy to Find

Ahead of the release of their eighth album, I Am Easy to Find, The National dropped by the q studio to perform some brand new songs.

How photojournalist Earl Dotter discovered Russians used his work as pro-Trump propaganda

In 1976, Dotter photographed a striking portrait of a coal miner — 40 years later, Russian trolls stole it. He saw it in the Mueller report.

Jael Richardson's book pick: SKY WRI TEI NGS by poet Nasser Hussain

Our books columnist, Jael Richardson, fills us in on a new book to check out: SKY WRI TEI NGS by Nasser Hussain.

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

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

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.

Billy-Ray Belcourt on winning the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize

Belcourt joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about winning the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection of poetry, This Wound is a World.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: Dionne Brand, Tim Baker and more

Today on q: poet Dionne Brand, singer-songwriter Tim Baker, photographer David McMillan, poet José Olivarez, author Margaret Atwood.

Dionne Brand meditates on the process of writing poetry in The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand's latest book of poetry, The Blue Clerk, is shortlisted for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. She talks about the act of writing poetry and shares a reading from the book.

Tim Baker steps out on his own with his debut solo album, Forever Overhead

Once the lead singer of Hey Rosetta!, singer-songwriter Tim Baker is now stepping out of his comfort zone and making more personal music than ever solo.

Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: Photographer David McMillan captures a city frozen in time

The Canadian photographer has taken more than 20 trips to capture images of the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, which is now an uninhabited ghost town.

'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.

Monday, April 22, 2019: Rupi Kaur, Adam Cohen and more

Today on q: poet and author Rupi Kaur, rock icon Rod Stewart, actor Tatiana Maslany, musician Adam Cohen.

Friday, April 19, 2019: David Foster, Marie Kondo and more

Best of q: producer and musician David Foster, author and organization guru Marie Kondo, the long, complicated history of Baby Shark, director Peter Hedges.