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.


  • [Full episode] William Shatner, Mickey Guyton, Lisa Macabasco and Grace Onasanya, Ekow Nimako

    10/08/2022 Duration: 56min

    Canadian icon William Shatner opens up about aging, loneliness and what keeps him going at 90. Country singer Mickey Guyton discusses her debut album, Remember Her Name, and reflects on the lack of diversity in country music's writing rooms. Our screen panellists Lisa Macabasco and Grace Onasanya break down The Bear, one of the standout shows of the summer. Artist Ekow Nimako explains how he uses black Lego to create incredible sculptures that represent new monuments for Black youth.

  • [Full episode] Reba McEntire, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan, Didi Conn, Thomas Leblanc, Swamp Dogg

    09/08/2022 Duration: 01h06min

    Reba McEntire looks back on her hit album Rumor Has It and how it propelled her to mainstream stardom. Musicians Amy Sky and Marc Jordan share their memories of working with the late Olivia Newton-John. Actor Didi Conn presents an oral history of the movie Grease. Cultural commentator Thomas Leblanc unpacks the controversy surrounding a new French Canadian film called Arlette!. Psychedelic soul legend Swamp Dogg reflects on his amazing career in music.

  • [Full episode] Michael Schur, Nemahsis

    08/08/2022 Duration: 01h04min

    The Good Place creator Michael Schur discusses his witty and insightful new book, How to Be Perfect, about how to live an ethical life. Canadian singer-songwriter Nemahsis talks about growing up in a conservative Muslim household, hiding her passion for music from her father and making music about her relationship with the hijab.

  • [Full episode] Kylie Minogue, Stanley Tucci, Mastermind, Drew Magary, Teri Hart

    05/08/2022 Duration: 01h05min

    Singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue opens up about her career, her life changing battle with cancer, and her new album Disco: Guest List Edition. Actor Stanley Tucci discusses his new memoir, Taste: My Life Through Food, and explains how his love of food has permeated his personal, emotional and professional adventures. Mastermind, Drew Magary and Teri Hart unpack a week's worth of culture news and controversies, including Batgirl's cancellation, Bullet Train's release and the future of late-night TV following Desus and Mero's departure.

  • [Full episode] Bernie Taupin, Todd Mayfield, Jeff Lemire

    04/08/2022 Duration: 01h02min

    Elton John's lifelong songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, reflects on 50 years of hits and reveals what he thinks their "perfect song" is. The life of soul music icon Curtis Mayfield is told through the words of his son, Todd Mayfield. Canadian artist Jeff Lemire talks about seeing his acclaimed comic book series Sweet Tooth adapted into a hit live-action Netflix series of the same name.

  • [Full episode] Penn Jillette, Tenille Townes, A. Harmony, 4Korners

    03/08/2022 Duration: 01h41s

    Magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller talks about his four-decade career and what it was like having Donald Trump play his "pretend boss" on TV. Canadian country star Tenille Townes talks about her wild successes, making it in the U.S. and her latest album. DJ 4Korners and A. Harmony discuss Beyoncé's brand new album Renaissance and its controversies.

  • [Full episode] Jully Black, Clarke Peters, Bettye LaVette, Stephanie Fisher

    02/08/2022 Duration: 01h07min

    Canadian singer-songwriter Jully Black looks back on her journey in music and how her mom shaped the artist she is today. Actor Clarke Peters talks about Spike Lee's Vietnam War film Da 5 Bloods and how little has changed for Black Americans today. Singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette reflects on her career and her latest album Blackbirds — a compilation of songs made famous by Black women. Video game researcher Stephanie Fisher tells us how the University of Toronto Mississauga's Syd Bolton Collection — one of the largest collections of video games in North America — could inspire more diversity and equity in the video game industry.

  • [Full episode] Kenny G, Nicholas Braun, Dionne Brand

    01/08/2022 Duration: 59min

    Saxophonist Kenny G discusses the documentary Listening to Kenny G, which explores his meteoric rise in the late '80s and early '90s, the backlash that followed and why he's now being embraced by a whole new generation of musicians. Succession star Nicholas Braun reveals some of the similarities between him and his character, Cousin Greg. Award-winning poet, novelist and editor Dionne Brand talks about her Griffin Poetry Prize-nominated book The Blue Clerk, which meditates on the process of writing poetry.

  • [Full episode] Neil Gaiman, Ngozi Paul, Alison Hinds, Rollie Pemberton, Karen Fricker, John Cullen

    29/07/2022 Duration: 01h04min

    Writer Neil Gaiman tells us why his comic book series The Sandman would have made a terrible movie — and why he loved adapting it into a new Netflix series. Actor, writer, director and producer Ngozi Paul talks about her latest project, a TV special that tells the story of Emancipation Day through dance, theatre and music. As Toronto gets ready for the return of Caribbean Carnival, soca queen Alison Hinds joins us to share her essential "women of soca" playlist. Rapper Rollie Pemberton, theatre critic Karen Fricker and comedian John Cullen unpack a week's worth of culture news and controversies.

  • [Full episode] Chris Sandiford, Sewit Sium, Tatiana Siegel, Tatiana Maslany

    28/07/2022 Duration: 57min

    Comedian and actor Chris Sandiford talks about Season 4 of the hit show What We Do in the Shadows and the joy of improvising on set with his comedy idols in the Netflix series God's Favorite Idiot. Jewelry designer and activist Sewit Sium discusses the intersection between jewelry and political expression. Rolling Stone senior writer Tatiana Siegel talks about her article Fake Accounts Fueled the 'Snyder Cut' Online Army. Actor Tatiana Maslany discusses her Broadway debut in the media satire Network.

  • [Full episode] Rupi Kaur, A.R. Rahman, OJ Da Tamil Rapper and Imaad Majeed

    27/07/2022 Duration: 56min

    Bestselling Canadian poet Rupi Kaur talks about her live show, Rupi Kaur Live, and how performing saved her life. A.R. Rahman discusses his varied and multiple award-winning musical career as a composer, singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. OJ Da Tamil Rapper and art facilitator Imaad Majeed talk about their song Wake Up and the role it's played during the recent citizen protests in Sri Lanka amidst of economic and political turmoil.

  • [Full episode] Alanis Obomsawin, Meenakshi Shedde, Shania Twain

    26/07/2022 Duration: 01h13min

    Acclaimed Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin discusses her decades-long career in filmmaking, storytelling and activism. Film curator Meenakshi Shedde talks about building a retrospective of director Satyajit Ray's work for the Toronto International Film Festival. Country music icon Shania Twain reflects on her breakthrough album The Woman in Me.

  • [Full episode] Jenny Slate, Roger Mooking, Maureen Lenker, Ralph Macchio

    25/07/2022 Duration: 01h06min

    Actor and comedian Jenny Slate talks about revisiting Marcel the Shell with Shoes On in a feature-length film based on the viral web series. Celebrity chef Roger Mooking reflects on how his love of cooking and music helped make him the artist he is today. Entertainment critic Maureen Lenker discusses her recent op-ed for Entertainment Weekly, in which she argues that Marvel's female super heroes keep getting short-changed. Actor Ralph Macchio, the original Karate Kid, talks about reprising his role as Danny LaRusso in the web series Cobra Kai.

  • [Full Episode] Jack White, Rachael Healy, Michaela Coel

    22/07/2022 Duration: 01h51s

    Grammy-winning musician Jack White opens up about his music, passion for vinyl, and what he got up to when the pandemic prevented him from touring. Rachael Healy of The Guardian explains why some performers aren't celebrating the 75th birthday of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The multi-talented actor, director, and screenwriter Michaela Coel discusses her powerful series 'I May Destroy You,' and the process of turning personal trauma into a television show.

  • [Full episode] Peter Garrett, Kelsey Verzotti, Adam Scott, James Poniewozik

    21/07/2022 Duration: 01h03min

    Lead singer Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil looks back on the band's illustrious career and how it's put environmentalism at the forefront of its music from day one. The star of Charlottetown's Anne of Green Gables — The Musical, Kelsey Verzotti, was told by a drama teacher that she'd never play Anne Shirley, because Anne is white and Kelsey is Chinese Canadian. The actor tells guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe that this moment only motivated her to achieve her acting dreams. The New York Times' chief television critic James Poniewozik breaks down how the January 6th committee hearings have attracted millions of viewers. Actor Adam Scott discusses his starring role in the new Apple TV+ series Severance, about a team of office workers whose professional and personal memories have been surgically divided.

  • [Full episode] Robbie Robertson, Kent Hartman, Suzie LeBlanc, Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller

    20/07/2022 Duration: 01h12min

    Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson of The Band discusses his documentary Once Were Brothers, which takes an in-depth and personal look at his former group. Kent Hartman, author of Goodnight L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock, talks about the classic '70s rock music scene in California. Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc — the artistic and executive director of Early Music Vancouver — gives us a primer on "early music" and tells us why these 18th century sounds are still living and breathing today. Filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine talk about their documentary, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, plus the conversations they had with Cohen right before he died.

  • [Full Episode] Tanya Tagaq, Leslie Odom Jr., Kes The Band, Fred Goodman

    19/07/2022 Duration: 54min

    Singer-songwriter Tanya Tagaq discusses her new song, Teeth Agape, and how it expresses her fierce desire to protect her children from harm. Award-winning actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr. talks about the cultural impact of Hamilton and how the hit musical changed his life. Kees Dieffenthaller of Kes The Band introduces a new song called Liki Tiki. Veteran music journalist Fred Goodman discusses his new book, Rock on Film: The Movies That Rocked the Big Screen, which looks at 50 music-themed films that helped steer the course of pop culture.

  • [Full Episode] Sophie Nélisse, Michael Lloyd, Kemp Powers, Tranna Wintour & Allison Dore, Emily St. John Mandel

    18/07/2022 Duration: 01h06min

    Sophie Nélisse talks about her breakout role in the hit show Yellowjackets and growing up as a child actor, Michael Lloyd reflects on making the famous soundtrack to Dirty Dancing, Kemp Powers talks about breaking ground with the powerful animated film Soul, Tranna Wintour and Allison Dore look back on 30 years of A League of Their Own and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Emily St. John Mandel talks about her pandemic novel Station Eleven and how it became a critically acclaimed TV show.

  • [Full episode] Anne Murray, Classified, Jully Black and more

    15/07/2022 Duration: 01h01min

    Canadian music legend Anne Murray reflects on her groundbreaking career and lifelong love of Nova Scotia in a new CBC documentary about her life, Anne Murray: Full Circle.  Culture reporter and author Kaitlyn Tiffany argues that teenage fangirls have helped shape the Internet as we know it and deserve more credit than they often get Peter Saville on the interstellar origins of Joy Division's famous debut album artwork. The rapper Classified and singer-songwriter R&B powerhouse Jully Black talk about their collaboration on the track Young Soul.

  • M.T. Khan, Judy Collins, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and more

    14/07/2022 Duration: 01h07min

    Canadian author M.T. Khan reveals how the pandemic changed the course of her life and how it helped her finish her book Nura and the Immortal Palace. Folk icon Judy Collins discusses her long career, why 80 is the new 20 and her latest album, Winter Stories. Nora Guthrie looks back at the music of her legendary father, Woody. Sobey Art Award winner Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory talks about her new multimedia installation Naak silavit qeqqaa and how the environment inspired her piece. U.K. writer Alexander Larmen talks about the latest TV adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion and why it's time to put an end to Austen adaptations. 

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