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q: The Podcast from CBC Radio

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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.

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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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.










[Full episode] Billy Corgan, Tabassum Siddiqui and Maura Johnston, Chilly Gonzales, Divine Brown

Musician Billy Corgan talks about the return of the mighty Smashing Pumpkins with the release of the band's brand new double album, Cyr. On this week's q This music panel, freelance music journalists Tabassum Siddiqui and Maura Johnston discuss the biggest snubs and surprises of the 2021 Grammy Award nominations. Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales talks about his love of Enya, and examines why her song Boadicea continues to inspire artists across genres and...


[Full episode] Kim Cattrall, Lido Pimienta, Curtis Talwst Santiago

Actress Kim Cattrall talks about her starring role in the new series Filthy Rich, and shares what she thinks ties her most iconic roles together. Polaris Prize-winning musician Lido Pimienta fills us in on the inspiration behind her new record Miss Colombia, and performs a song for us. Multidisciplinary artist Curtis Talwst Santiago describes how he creates tiny 3D worlds inside of vintage jewelry boxes.


[Full episode] Tayla Parx, Alan Doyle, John Wilson

Hitmaker Tayla Parx tells us what it's like to sing her own story after writing big songs for the likes of Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monáe and many more. Singer-songwriter Alan Doyle recounts some of the funny and cautionary tales from his new book All Together Now: A Newfoundlander's Light Tales for Heavy Times. Filmmaker John Wilson talks about his quirky, poignant and surprisingly tender new HBO docuseries How To with John Wilson.


[Full episode] Rumaan Alam, Christi Belcourt, Edoardo Ponti

Author Rumaan Alam tells us how he captured the existential dread of 2020 in his bestselling new novel Leave the World Behind. Visual artist Christi Belcourt talks about her first-ever career retrospective, Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth, at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Filmmaker Edoardo Ponti discusses what it was like to direct his famous mother, Sophia Loren, in his latest film The Life Ahead.


[Full episode] Shaggy, Ishani Nath and John Semley, Michaela Coel

Grammy-winning reggae artist Shaggy reflects on 20 years of It Wasn't Me, his love of Newfoundland, and his new holiday album Christmas in the Islands. On this week's screen panel, Ishani Nath and John Semley discuss The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunion and why the '90s sitcom still resonates today. Actress Michaela Coel talks about turning personal trauma into art with her latest series I May Destroy You — a fictionalized story about the night she was sexually assaulted.


[Full episode] Anne Murray, Darius Marder, Jewel

Canadian singer Anne Murray shares her most joyous Christmas memories and brings some early holiday cheer with a new album, The Ultimate Christmas Collection. Writer and director Darius Marder talks about his new film starring Riz Ahmed, called Sound of Metal, which tells the story of a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing and struggles to rebuild his life. In a q oral history, singer-songwriter Jewel describes how she overcame homelessness and sexism to release her bestselling debut...


[Full episode] Dolly Parton, Neon Dreams, David E. Talbert

Country music icon Dolly Parton shares the stories behind songs she wrote in her childhood on up to huge hits like Jolene, I Will Always Love You and Coat of Many Colors. Halifax pop duo Neon Dreams tell us what it's like to be back on stage and how they're touring safely in the Atlantic bubble. Playwright, writer and director David E. Talbert discusses his new Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and why it's important to have more classic Christmas movies about diverse families.


[Full episode] David Cross, Jael Richardson, Kate Winslet, Brian Eno

Comedian David Cross talks about pivoting to drama in his new film, The Dark Divide, about a butterfly scientist who's grieving his dead wife while on a hiking expedition. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new novel to check out: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King. Oscar winner Kate Winslet discusses her new film, Ammonite, and what it was like skyrocketing to fame in the late '90s after the release of Titanic. Musician and producer Brian Eno reflects on some of his best...


[Full episode] Michael J. Fox, Anique Jordan

Actor Michael J. Fox opens up about the long-term effects of Parkinson's disease and how he found his way back to optimism after experiencing a particularly brutal year. Artist and curator Anique Jordan discusses Three-Thirty, a new exhibition with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival that asks the question: who has power in a city?


[Full episode] Narcy, Teri Hart and Jason Gorber, Jaleel White

Musician, artist, poet and professor Narcy discusses his new book Text Messages: Or How I Found Myself Time Traveling, and why he wrestles so much with the technology that makes his art possible. On this week's q screen panel, Teri Hart and Jason Gorber share their reviews of The Queen's Gambit and tell us how the Netflix miniseries became the official binge-watch of the season. Actor Jaleel White talks about owning his legacy as Steve Urkel, growing up as a child star and reconnecting with...


[Full episode] AC/DC, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Nate Sloan, Lindy West

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson talks about overcoming hearing loss to create the band's explosive new comeback album Power Up. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen discuss the highs and lows of the 2020 Country Music Association Awards. Musicologist Nate Sloan breaks down why Mariah Carey's festive hit All I Want For Christmas Is You has emerged as a rare newcomer into the canon of classic Christmas songs. Writer Lindy West makes a case for loving flawed Hollywood...


[Full episode] Gillian Anderson, Marcus Samuelsson, Sunita Mani

Actress Gillian Anderson talks about stepping into the role of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, in the latest season of The Crown. Chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson discusses his new cookbook The Rise, which celebrates the richness of Black food cultures and examines how Black people have often been written out of food history. Actress Sunita Mani talks about landing her first lead role in the alien invasion movie Save Yourselves! and shares why she advocated...


[Full episode] Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Sandra Oh, Doug Knutson, Jeremy Charles

Singer-songwriter Yusuf/Cat Stevens reflects on his groundbreaking folk album, Tea for the Tillerman, 50 years after its original release. Actress Sandra Oh talks about her role in the series Killing Eve and the importance of "being true to yourself" in Hollywood. Documentary filmmaker Doug Knutson charts Trenton, Ont.'s rise and fall as "Hollywood North." Canadian chef Jeremy Charles describes how he's bringing the Newfoundland and Labrador wilderness into his creations.


[Full episode] Souvankham Thammavongsa, Margaret Atwood, Kazuhiro Tsuji

Toronto writer and poet Souvankham Thammavongsa reflects on winning the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection How to Pronounce Knife. In a wide-reaching extended conversation with Margaret Atwood, the celebrated Canadian writer discusses alien invasions, rare curse words, and why reading poetry isn't like eating Cracker Jack. Oscar-winning special effects makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji describes how he transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill for the film The...


[Full episode] Alex Trebek tribute, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and John Semley, Eric McCormack, The OBGMs

Former Jeopardy! contestants Dhruv Gaur and Reem Fattouh pay tribute to the late Canadian icon Alex Trebek, who died yesterday at the age of 80. On this week's q screen panel, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and John Semley discuss Alex Trebek's lasting legacy and how his passing marks the end of an era for television. Canadian actor Eric McCormack talks about his latest gig as the host of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, which will be handed out tonight along with $100,000 to one lucky author....


[Full episode] Heidi Schreck, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Donovan Woods

Writer Heidi Schreck discusses her Broadway show turned film What the Constitution Means to Me, about the way women's lives are shaped by the American Constitution. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen talk about the Grammys' decision to rename the world music album category due to the term's "connotations of colonialism." Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods tells us about his new album, Without People, and reflects on how relationship songs have taken on a new...


[Full episode] Negin Farsad, Robin Pecknold, Peter Frampton

Comedian Negin Farsad shares her thoughts on this year's (at this point undecided) U.S. presidential election, and looks back on a few "highlights" from the past four years of American politics. Fleet Foxes singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold tells us how he found his breakthrough during the pandemic to write the band's critically acclaimed new album Shore. Rock icon Peter Frampton reflects on his life and career, revealing how his seminal album Frampton Comes Alive! was both a blessing and...


[Full episode] Allana Harkin, Brendan Fernandes, Rob Halford

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee co-executive producer and correspondent Allana Harkin talks about the challenges of providing post-election comedic relief. Artist Brendan Fernandes discusses his new digital performance The Left Space commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario, and how the role of protest art has changed in the COVID-19 and Trump era. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford opens up about the addiction and pain that resulted from keeping his identity as a gay man a secret from his...


[Full episode] Larry Wilmore, Lecrae, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Kliph Nesteroff

Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and comedian Larry Wilmore talks about his return to late night, his indelible mark on the last 25 years of television, and the bizarre experience of hosting a White House Correspondents' Dinner. Grammy Award-winning Christian rapper Lecrae explains how questioning his faith ultimately made him a better person, a better believer and a better artist. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the Canadian star of Mindy Kaling's Netflix show Never Have I Ever, tells us how she...


[Full episode] Jamie Oliver, Mosha Lundström Halbert, Lisa Ray

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver discusses his latest cookbook 7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week, and shares a few tunes that help him out in the kitchen. Ahead of the U.S. presidential election tomorrow, our fashion contributor Mosha Lundström Halbert tells us how democracy has become fashion's biggest trend this season. Actress and author Lisa Ray talks about her new memoir Close to the Bone, in which she reflects on her childhood, her rise as a popular Bollywood star and her battle...