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q: The Podcast from CBC Radio


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] Khadijah Queen, A. Harmony and Erin Ashley, Céline Peterson, Billy Eichner 14/08/2020

Poet, writer and professor Khadijah Queen discusses her new collection of poetry, Anodyne, and shares how she examines themes of the body and wellness through her work. On this week's q This music panel, freelance music writers A. Harmony and Erin Ashley take a look at Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's latest single, WAP. Céline Peterson gives us a gateway to the music of her father, Canadian jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson. Actor and comedian Billy Eichner talks about voicing Timon — and...


[Full episode] Judy Chicago, Orin Isaacs, Ellen Wong, Brandy 13/08/2020

Judy Chicago, the godmother of feminist art, reflects on her incredible career and the power of art to change the world. Bassist and producer Orin Isaacs remembers the late blues singer Salome Bey as a musical mentor who brought up young Black talent. Actress Ellen Wong shares her memories of shooting the cult classic film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World on its 10-year anniversary. Grammy Award-winning R&B legend Brandy discusses the themes of B7, her first new album in eight years.


[Full episode] Kiesza, Alyssa Bereznak, Saleema Nawaz 12/08/2020

Singer Kiesza opens up about releasing her first album since getting into a 2017 car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and forced her to put her music career on hold. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak unpacks what a U.S. ban on the Chinese-owned app TikTok would mean for its video creators and their work. Author Saleema Nawaz talks about her latest novel Songs for the End of the World — an almost unbelievably prescient story about a global coronavirus pandemic.


[Full episode] Jesse Williams, Chris Murphy and Joel Plaskett, Carrie Mae Weems 11/08/2020

Actor Jesse Williams talks about his starring role in the new slasher horror film Random Acts of Violence, and shares why social activism has long been a part of his life. Musicians Joel Plaskett and Chris Murphy of Sloan honour their friend and fellow musician, the late Matthew Grimson, with a co-release of a new posthumous collection of his songs. World-renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems discusses art, class and culture — and how she feels about being called an artist ahead of her time.


[Full episode] Oliver Stone, Teri Hart and Ishani Nath, Douglas Coupland, Mavis Staples 10/08/2020

Filmmaker Oliver Stone reflects on how his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War shaped his raw and radical approach to filmmaking. On this week's q screen panel, entertainment writers Teri Hart and Ishani Nath unpack reported allegations of intimidation, racism and sexual misconduct behind the scenes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Artist and author Douglas Coupland talks about revisiting his series Slogans for the 21st Century, and retooling old favourites to suit the current world...


[Full episode] Chelsea Peretti, q This music panel, William Prince, Baaba Maal

Actor and comedian Chelsea Peretti on her start in comedy, the struggles and triumphs of motherhood, and her first lead role in the feature film. The q This music panel is here: A. Harmony and Erin Ashley join guest host Talia Schlanger to talk about the mixed reaction to Beyonce's visual album, 'Black Is King,' and the 'memeification' of Black women's trauma. William Prince talks about his album that won him this years SOCAN Songwriting Prize in the English category. Singer and guitarist...


[Full episode] Blair Underwood, Sewit Sium, John Hartman 06/08/2020

Blair Underwood co-stars alongside Octavia Spencer in the Netflix series, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. He joined guest host Talia Schlanger to tell us more about the series. Jewelry designer Sewit Sium on her eponymous collection of African iconography, symbolism, and motifs. She speaks with Talia about the intersection between jewlery and political expression, and how it can be a tool for education. Landscape painter John Hartman spotlights 32 portraits of Canadian...


[Full episode] Lady A, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Nicholas Braun 05/08/2020

Blues singer Lady A explains why she won't be sharing her moniker with massive country group formerly known as Lady Antebellum. Theater director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu on her now award winning direction of the play The Brothers Size. HBO's series Succession was just nominated for 18 Emmy's. Actor Nicholas Braun talks about what it's like to be on one of the biggest shows on TV.


[Full episode] Stephenie Meyer, Dizzy, Jenny Han 04/08/2020

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer on her long-awaited novel Midnight Sun, and why she almost abandoned the book entirely after a rough draft of early chapters leaked online almost a decade ago. Katie Munshaw, frontwoman of the Juno-award winning band Dizzy, on their sophomore album The Sun and her Scorch. Author Jenny Han on the film adaptation of her New York Times best-seller To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Jenny joined Tom Power to talk about why teenage experiences fascinate her and the...


[Full episode] Elton John, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Carly Rae Jepsen 03/08/2020

Elton John opens up about his "rollercoaster life," how having children changed everything for him and why he decided to say goodbye to life on the road. Award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts discusses his third collection of poetry, Felon — a personal examination of incarceration, family and justice. Carly Rae Jepsen sheds some light on the songwriting process, her latest album Dedicated, and the lasting legacy of her very first breakout hit Call Me Maybe.


[Full episode] François Clemmons, Dalton Higgins, iskwē, Judy Collins 31/07/2020

Grammy Award-winning singer François Clemmons talks about his role as Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and how he overcame racist and homophobic discrimination throughout his life. Journalist and author Dalton Higgins unpacks how Canada's Black-owned radio stations are facing trouble right now, and what it means for the sound of our cities. Singer iskwē performs some songs from her new album acākosīk. Folk icon Judy Collins reflects on her long career, why 80 is the new 20...


[Full episode] Judy Blume, Bob Wiseman, Lesley Hampton 30/07/2020

Author Judy Blume talks about breaking taboos when writing for kids, and why she's finally allowing Margaret to be adapted for the screen. Musician and author Bob Wiseman dives into the stories that make up his new book Music Lessons, a collection of musings on music and the music industry. Fashion designer Lesley Hampton on her gowns making waves on the Golden Globes red carpet and breaking down barriers in the fashion industry.


[Full episode] Jarvis Cocker, Jael Richardson, Whitney French, Alexandria Maillot, Antoni Porowski 29/07/2020

Musician and actor Jarvis Cocker talks about life after fronting the band Pulp, and his new band Jarv Is. Our book columnist Jael Richardson and author Whitney French discuss the lack of diversity in Canada’s publishing industry and what it means for the books that end up on your bookshelves. Singer-songwriter Alexandria Maillot performs live in the q studio. Queer Eye's food and drink expert Antoni Porowski dishes on food, fame and growing up in Montreal.


[Full episode] Josh Hartnett, Courtney Marie Andrews, Harry Styles 28/07/2020

Actor Josh Hartnett talks about playing Canadian investigative journalist Victor Malarek in the film Target Number One, and explains why he eschewed his heartthrob status to take on more indie roles. Singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews joins us for a performance and chat about her new album Old Flowers, which chronicles her split from her partner after a nine-year relationship. Pop icon Harry Styles tell us why he decided to come back on his own terms, stop playing it safe and make the...


Tracee Ellis Ross, Dermot Kennedy, Simu Liu 27/07/2020

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross opens up about the real-life experiences that informed her portrayal of an international pop star in her latest film, The High Note. Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy explains how busking in Dublin prepared him for stardom, and how his songwriting has changed now that he has a massive audience. Actor Simu Liu talks about becoming Marvel's first Asian superhero, honouring his promise to a little boy, and how he's encouraging connection and compassion while...


[Full episode] Samra Habib and Amanda Brugel, Iain MacLeod, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Ralph Macchio, Elizabeth Acevedo 24/07/2020

Canada Reads winner Samra Habib and defender Amanda Brugel tell us what they hope Canadians will take away from Habib's moving memoir, We Have Always Been Here. Coronation Street series producer Iain MacLeod explains how the pandemic will be incorporated into the long-running British soap opera's storyline, what it will look like, and what the actors and writers had to do to create new episodes during these uncertain times. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen...


[Full episode] Run The Jewels, Laurieann Gibson 23/07/2020

Rapper Killer Mike of the hip-hop duo Run The Jewels discusses police brutality, protest music and the timeliness of their new album RTJ4. Choreographer and artistic director Laurieann Gibson reflects on winning the Prism Prize’s inaugural Willie Dunn Award, which recognizes her trailblazing career in music video production.


[Full episode] Haim, Mosha Lundström Halbert, Braedon Paul and Andrew McDonald 22/07/2020

Los Angeles-based band Haim discuss how California has influenced their sound and why they chose to open up about their sisterhood on their latest album, Women in Music Pt. III. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert talks about Milan's first Digital Fashion Week and what the future holds for fashion influencers. University of British Columbia medical students Braedon Paul and Andrew McDonald talk about releasing a pandemic-inspired album called Songs for Apollo.


[Full episode] Emma Donoghue, Ishmael Reed 21/07/2020

Author Emma Donoghue talks about The Pull of the Stars, her prescient new novel about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and the ethical and political issues surrounding health. Poet, author and teacher Ishmael Reed explains why people should rethink their love of the musical Hamilton, and tells us why being an iconoclast has always driven his mission.


[Full episode] The Chicks, Adrian Tomine, Hamza Haq 20/07/2020

Country pop group The Chicks (formerly known as The Dixie Chicks) discuss their new album Gaslighter, their controversial past and how it's helped build their legacy. Illustrator Adrian Tomine describes how a brush with death inspired his new graphic memoir, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. Actor Hamza Haq discusses his starring role on the CTV medical drama Transplant, and shares how it feels to finally play a fully-formed character after years of getting one-note bit parts.