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Friday, January 18, 2019: Killer Mike, Jiayang Fan and more

Today on q: rapper Killer Mike, q This music panel with Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Lisa Chistiansen, Jennifer Benka on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver, New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan on Cantopop singer Denise Ho.
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Oscars 2019 odds: what film will win best picture?

Will A Star Is Born come up big? Will Roma herald in a new age of streaming dominance? Will Black Panther be the first superhero movie to win? We break down the frontrunners in this year's Oscar race.

Woodstock 50th anniversary concert confirmed for this summer

The q This music panel discusses whether the magic of the original Woodstock can ever be recaptured.

Rapper Killer Mike on his new Netflix series Trigger Warning

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

Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dies aged 83

Much-loved American poet Mary Oliver died Thursday of lymphoma. She was 83. Jennifer Benka, president and executive director of the American Academy of Poets, speaks about Oliver's life and legacy.

How Denise Ho went from Cantopop queen to pro-democracy activist

New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan discusses the "queen of Cantopop," Denise Ho. The Hong Kong pop star has become a political figure after coming out as a gay and supporting Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution.

Thursday, January 17, 2019: Mike Schur, Maggie Rogers and more

Today on q: TV producer, writer and showrunner Mike Schur, singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, special effects artist Chris Lyons, Soulpepper artistic director Weyni Mengesha.

'That little, tiny bit of brightness': Mike Schur on the power of feel-good TV

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

The rise of Maggie Rogers: From viral hit to the stage of SNL

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

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

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

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

Soulpepper's new artistic director Weyni Mengesha talks about leading the theatre company forward in light of sexual harassment allegations against the founding artistic director, Albert Schultz.
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Stephen King convinces Maine newspaper not to cut local book reviews

"There are countries where the arts are considered vital," writes King. "Too bad this isn't one of them."
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The Office's Mike Schur debunks three top Dunder Mifflin conspiracy theories

Was Kevin secretly embezzling money? Was the documentary crew buying paper to keep the company afloat?
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YouTube bans videos that involve dangerous pranks after risky 'Bird Box Challenge' sweeps internet

People fell down stairs and even crashed cars as part of the challenge, based on the Sandra Bullock film

Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Corey Hart, Jael Richardson and more

Today on q: singer-songwriter Corey Hart, q books columnist Jael Richardson, The New York Times' Charo Henríquez on Hamilton in Puerto Rico.
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The Office's Mike Schur debunks three top Dunder Mifflin conspiracy theories

Was Kevin secretly embezzling money? Was the documentary crew buying paper to keep the company afloat?

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

In this career-spanning interview, Corey Hart looks back on his life and achievements. This year, Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Jael Richardson's book pick: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Our books columnist, Jael Richardson, discusses her recommendation: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker.

Lin-Manuel Miranda brings Hamilton to Puerto Rico

The premiere of Hamilton in Puerto Rico started with a standing ovation and ended with a teary-eyed Lin-Manuel Miranda. New York Times senior editor Charo Henríquez explains how the power of art has been a lifeline to many Puerto Ricans affected by the devastation of Hurricane María.

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

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