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.

Canada Reads champions Devery Jacobs and Joshua Whitehead reflect on winning this year's battle of the books with Whitehead's debut novel Jonny Appleseed. Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels talks about writing for superstars like Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber — and why she's now writing more songs for herself. Polaris …
Toronto singer-songwriter JP Saxe tells us how his Grammy-nominated song If the World Was Ending changed his life and how his grandfather's legacy as a cellist motivates his own musical ambitions. Journalist Maria Garcia, the creator and host of the Anything for Selena podcast, explores Selena's legacy as an artist …
Late-night host Stephen Colbert and interdisciplinary artist Derek DelGaudio talk about their latest project, In & Of Itself, and why it's received such an intense emotional response from audiences. Kim's Convenience star Andrew Phung shares his thoughts on the sitcom's sudden cancellation and what he's hearing from fans.
Tony and Emmy-winning actor Gabriel Byrne talks about Death of a Ladies' Man — his new film inspired by the work of the late Leonard Cohen — and why confronting death in film and in life has become easier over the years. Canadian actress Linda Kash, who's best known for …
Actress Sigourney Weaver discusses her new film, My Salinger Year, and shares how her own career journey mirrored the experiences of the film's protagonist. Writer, scholar and musician Leanne Betasamosake Simpson talks about her new record, Theory of Ice, which finds inspiration in the phenomenon of a frozen lake thawing …
Award-winning Canadian poet Jordan Scott discusses his first children's book, I Talk Like A River, about a boy who feels isolated and unable to fit in because of his stutter. Toronto Star theatre critic Karen Fricker talks about Australia's thriving live theatre scene and what it might mean for other …
Grammy-nominated musical duo Black Violin open up about the stereotypes they've had to defy as two Black men playing stringed instruments. Star Trek actor George Takei talks about using his art to shed light on the injustice of Japanese-American internment during World War II. Singer-songwriter TiKA discusses her debut album, …
Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens talks about reuniting with his former stage co-star Dame Judi Dench in a new film adaptation of Noël Coward's comedy classic Blithe Spirit, the latest chapter in the actor's highly prolific and unpredictable career. Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe discusses the significance of her new …
Acclaimed actress and director Jodie Foster talks about her new film, The Mauritanian, and how it fits into a career full of roles that involve fighting for justice. Hollywood writer and producer Rodney Barnes discusses his graphic novel series Killadelphia — about a vampire who was once a U.S. president …
Actress Kelly Marie Tran talks about playing Disney's first princess of Southeast Asian descent in the new animated film Raya and the Last Dragon. Actor and musician Finn Wolfhard, the Canadian star of Stranger Things and It, shares a new song called Sand in My Bed by his band The …
NOFX frontman Fat Mike takes us through the band's latest album, titled Single Album, and opens up about his sexuality, sobriety and the meaning of punk rock. Universal Music Canada executive Craig Mannix discusses Canada's fraught history with Black music and what still needs to be done to promote our …
Actress Serinda Swan walks us through her approach to playing Dr. Jenny Cooper on the CBC crime drama Coroner, explaining what she did to accurately represent panic attacks on screen. In light of a recent wave of anti-Asian violence, Gran Torino star Bee Vang comes forward more than a decade …
Ethan Hawke discusses his fourth and latest novel, A Bright Ray of Darkness, about a famous actor who makes all the wrong choices. The stars of CBC's Pretty Hard Cases, Meredith MacNeill and Adrienne C. Moore, fill us in on the new buddy cop series. Actress-turned-filmmaker Emerald Fennell tells us …
PlayME is transforming the way we experience theatre by turning contemporary plays into bingeable audio dramas. The Governor General award-winning play, Other Side of the Game by Amanda Parris puts a spotlight on the often overlooked work of Black women who organize communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and battle …
Steven Yeun talks about his starring role in the new drama Minari, about a father who moves his family from California to rural Arkansas to follow his dream of starting a farm. Filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky explains why Russian audiences have had vastly differing reactions to his historical drama Dear Comrades. …
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo discusses the band's new orchestral pop album, OK Human, and shares how Spotify algorithms aid and influence his songwriting. Writer and showrunner Russell T Davies — the award-winning creator of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot — talks about his new miniseries It's a Sin, which looks …
Workin' Moms creator Catherine Reitman talks about addressing COVID-19 in Season 5, why she decided to fast forward to an imaginary post-pandemic world, and how the cast and crew dealt with the challenges of filming over the last year. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Cadence …
Actor Stanley Tucci opens up about his new film Supernova, the challenge of playing a person with early-onset dementia, and what it was like working so intimately with his close friend and co-star Colin Firth. CBC Music's Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe tells us about her brand new gig hosting The Block, a …
Jesse Jones and former MuchMusic VJ Master T discuss their virtual concert series Tribute to the Legends of Reggae: The Bob Marley Edition, explaining why the month-long initiative is as much a celebration of reggae music as it is the legacy of Jones's mother, Canadian reggae promoter Denise Jones. Our …
Musician Femi Kuti talks about following in the footsteps of his late father, Nigerian music legend and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and how his own son, Made Kuti, is now doing the same. Actress, director and producer Fabienne Colas discusses her work overseeing nine Black film festivals around the world …