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.

Canadian record producer Doc McKinney looks back on The Weeknd's early rise and tells us how his debut mixtape, House of Balloons, helped change the sound of pop music. On this week's Q This music panel, A. Harmony and Vivek Shraya talk about the public reaction to rapper DMX's reported …
Singer Merry Clayton talks about her first solo album in more than 25 years, Beautiful Scars, which she made in the aftermath of a life-altering car accident. Actress Kim Novak discusses her new book of paintings, Kim Novak: Her Art and Life, and shares how her art helped her cope …
Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill talks about songwriting from the vantage point of fictional characters, the band's evolution and why he wanted to release their new album as an NFT. In celebration of National Poetry Month, our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on Jen Sookfong Lee's debut …
Canadian icon William Shatner opens up about aging, loneliness and what keeps him going at 90. Maria Bakalova reflects on her life-changing role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which made her the first Bulgarian actress to be nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Soul co-director and screenwriter Kemp …
Multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya discusses her new solo stage show, How To Fail As A Pop Star, about the true story of her life in music. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills look back on their landmark album, Out of Time, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Pokémon theme …
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. Children of Blood and Bone author Tomi Adeyemi talks about the importance of writing fantasy stories with Black protagonists. Screen legend Julie …
Musician Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai reflects on the band's very first No. 1 album, As the Love Continues, the power of instrumental music and 25 years of Mogwai. Ojibway artist Patrick Hunter talks about creating the digital artwork on display in the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks home arena as part of …
With the release of Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology, producers Lawrence Dunn and Kevin Howes explain why folk singer Willie Dunn deserves a place among Canada's most legendary musicians. Writer Hiromi Goto talks about her new graphic novel, Shadow Life, which follows an independent senior …
Actress Melanie Scrofano tells us how fans rescued Season 4 of Wynonna Earp after a long hiatus and financial troubles put the cult-hit Canadian show in jeopardy. Musician Tim Burgess of The Charlatans talks about bringing joy to audiences around the world with Tim's Twitter Listening Parties. Publicist and music …
Actor, comedian and trans activist Eddie Izzard tells us about his new film Six Minutes to Midnight — a spy thriller based on the real story of a 1930s British finishing school for the daughters of high-ranking Nazis. On this week's screen panel, Teri Hart and Kathleen Newman-Bremang discuss the …
Grammy-winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood talks about her new gospel album, My Savior, and shares how faith has kept her grounded during the pandemic. On this week's Q This music panel, A. Harmony and Vivek Shraya discuss the rising popularity of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and what it could mean …
System of a Down's Serj Tankian talks about using his voice for activism with a new documentary, Truth To Power, about his decades-long fight for the international recognition of the Armenian genocide. Bestselling author Imbolo Mbue reads from her latest novel, How Beautiful We Were, and reflects on why the …
Musician, composer and activist Jon Batiste — who's also known as the bandleader for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and for scoring the award- winning soundtrack for Disney Pixar's Soul — discusses his powerful new album, We Are. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak of The Ringer demystifies the …
Grammy-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. discusses his vulnerable new gospel album, Alone With My Faith, which he made entirely by himself during a year of reflection. Magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller talks about his four- decade career and his recent work with Jamie Allan's Illusionarium — a new …
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr discusses his new EP, his love of Zoom and the important role friendship has played in his long career. On this week's screen panel, John Semley and Teri Hart talk about David Fincher's Mank, which leads this year's Oscar nominations with 10 nods, including best picture. …
One year ago today, Q went off the air so CBC could dedicate its coverage to COVID-19. As soon as we were back, we told you stories about how artists were coping, adapting and even thriving during the pandemic. The past year has been tough, but on this special anniversary …
In a career-spanning interview, Canadian record producer Daniel Lanois discusses his latest album, Heavy Sun, and reflects on his influential collaborations with the likes of Brian Eno, U2, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Film producer Deborah Snyder talks about leaving Justice League after experiencing a family tragedy, and explains how …
Canadian actress and comedian Lauren Ash, who plays the hilarious scene- stealing assistant store manager Dina on NBC's Superstore, talks about finding her calling in improvisational comedy. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on A Family Affair by Montreal author Nadine Bismuth (translated by Russell Smith), which won …
Director Chloé Zhao talks about her critically acclaimed film Nomadland, in which Frances McDormand plays a woman travelling around the American West as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Theatre director Weyni Mengesha discusses the play Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!, about a fictional Duchess and Soon-to-be Duchess who meet for the first time …
On this week's Q This music panel, music journalists A. Harmony and Maura Johnston recap who won big, who got snubbed and who stole the show at last night's Grammy Awards. Musicians Craig Northey and Rob Baker of Strippers Union discuss the band's new double album, The Undertaking, and how …