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.

The Office star Rainn Wilson talks about launching a new Instagram Live interview series called Hey, Human, which is all about human connection in the era of social distancing. Polaris Prize-winning musician Lido Pimienta fills us in on the inspiration behind her new record Miss Colombia, and performs a song …
Children's author Wesley King talks about collaborating with the late Kobe Bryant on The Wizenard Series, which is about the ups and downs of youth basketball, and what’s possible with hard work and a little magic. Actor Hamza Haq discusses his starring role on the new CTV medical drama Transplant, …
Actress Rose McGowan discusses her debut album, Planet 9, which she created over the past five years as she asserted herself in the Harvey Weinstein trial and #MeToo movement. Musician Joel Plaskett tells us about his ambitious new quadruple album, 44, which is made up of four records that include …
Canadian fashion designer Tanya Taylor discusses the challenges that her brand is facing due to the pandemic, and how she's rallying to help frontline workers at this difficult time. Dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté talk about finding creative ways to train at home, their virtual dance classes, and how …
Avril Lavigne talks about her decision to re-record and retitle her song Warrior to honour the frontline workers battling COVID-19. Toronto's poet laureate, A. F. Moritz, reads his poem, Thoughts In Time of Plague, which documents life in the city in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Comedian Amber Ruffin …
Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara reflects on the cancellation of the 2020 Juno Awards and shares what she's been up to at home. Actor Jim Parsons talks about his latest role in Netflix’s Hollywood and how he feels about being a part of something hopeful in a time of darkness. Singer-songwriter Tyler …
Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien talks about creating and releasing his debut solo album, Earth. Our music columnist A. Harmony breaks down why live DJ battles between hip-hop's biggest hitmakers are drawing in hundreds of thousands of viewers on Instagram. The Band's Robbie Robertson shares what it was like to tell …
Actor Jonathan Torrens talks about the resilience of Nova Scotians and how he's helping out with Friday night's virtual vigil for the victims of the mass shooting. Sesame Street puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph explains how the celebrated children's show is tackling COVID-19 with openness and honesty. Drag performer and comedian Bob …
Artist, writer and musician Vivek Shraya returns to q to talk about her latest novel, The Subtweet, which examines internet culture and what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Vancouver-based shoe designer John Fluevog talks about creating shoes in honour of B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. …
Polaris Prize-winning rapper Haviah Mighty performs a special medley for us from her living room. Our fashion columnist Anika Kozlowski explains how garment workers around the world are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Author and illustrator Helen Patuck talks about writing My Hero Is You, a new book …
Insecure creator and star Issa Rae talks about the new season of her award- winning show and how it mirrors her own complicated friendships. Actress Olivia Munn discusses her role in Netflix’s Love Wedding Repeat, her charity work, and the power of rom-coms to provide an escape. Jann Arden surprises …
Author Saleema Nawaz talks about her new novel, Songs for the End of the World — an almost unbelievably prescient story about a global coronavirus pandemic. Toronto-born filmmaker Richard J. Lewis discusses how the existential themes of HBO’s Westworld can help us understand our current world crisis. Barenaked Ladies’ Ed …
Blockbuster director Paul Feig is hosting daily black tie cocktail parties online — and everyone's invited. Meet Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the 18-year-old Canadian star of Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix show, Never Have I Ever. Canadian chef and television personality Matty Matheson shares a few comfort food recipes you can try out …
Singer-songwriter Norah Jones talks about embracing Instagram during the pandemic to share her performances as well as raise money for charity. Quarantined power comedy couple Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon discuss their decision to pack up and leave New York for a chalet in rural Quebec. Singer-songwriter Celeigh Cardinal opens …
Author Margaret Atwood shares her thoughts on the current world crisis, how she’s occupying her time, and the importance of the arts right now. Filmmaker Ingrid Veninger discusses joining forces with 10 other female filmmakers from around the world for The 10x10 Project, in which they're creating an anthology of …
Actor Patrick Stewart talks about reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in the franchise’s latest series, Star Trek: Picard, and shares how he thinks the retired admiral would deal with our current world crisis. Tony Award- winning Broadway actor Chad Kimball opens up about testing positive for COVID-19, and …
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put out a challenge called #PlanktheCurve to Canadians on Twitter, he asked superstar musician Michael Bublé to help him spread the word. Tom Power speaks with Michael Bublé about his message for Canadians.
Platinum-selling A Thousand Miles singer Vanessa Carlton was about to release her first new album in five years, and head out on tour, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She joins Tom Power to talk about how COVID-19 has changed the way she releases music.
Author Salman Rushdie explains how his latest novel, Quichotte, re-frames the classic story of Don Quixote to examine the present day world. Tom Power takes the stage at this year's Sounds of the Season to play a special holiday edition of Jam or Not a Jam with fellow CBC hosts …
Royal Canadian Air Farce's Don Ferguson and Luba Goy share their favourite moments from five decades of the show. The q screen panel looks back on the best TV of the 2010s, from Game of Thrones to Scandal. Musicologist Nate Sloan breaks down what makes Mariah Carey's All I Want …