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A new podcast series from the award-winning CBC show Q. Join host Tom Power for an intimate look at big conversations with some of the most inspiring artists and creators of our time. The Q Interview features some guests before they appear on the radio show, along with reflective commentary and extra content that doesn't make it to air. This season you’ll hear about the joke that got Jerry Seinfeld his first big laugh onstage, how Simu Liu landed his role as a Marvel superhero, and why Barbra Streisand has never let anyone tell her what she can or can’t sing… plus much, much more. It’s The Q Interview. Follow and subscribe now!

The Q Interview CBC Radio

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

A new podcast series from the award-winning CBC show Q. Join host Tom Power for an intimate look at big conversations with some of the most inspiring artists and creators of our time. The Q Interview features some guests before they appear on the radio show, along with reflective commentary and extra content that doesn't make it to air. This season you’ll hear about the joke that got Jerry Seinfeld his first big laugh onstage, how Simu Liu landed his role as a Marvel superhero, and why Barbra Streisand has never let anyone tell her what she can or can’t sing… plus much, much more. It’s The Q Interview. Follow and subscribe now!

    From Michigan to the NFL to acting: Terry Crews on his life and what it truly means to be ‘tough’

    From Michigan to the NFL to acting: Terry Crews on his life and what it truly means to be ‘tough’

    Terry Crews didn’t have a typical journey into Hollywood. You may know him now as Lieutenant Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine or as the host of America's Got Talent, but before all that, Terry was a professional football player — and before that, he was doing all that he could to get out of his hometown of Flint, Michigan. These are the stories that Terry writes about in his new memoir, Tough: My Journey to True Power. Terry tells Tom about his ever-evolving relationship with what it means to be tough, his turbulent NFL career and his rise in Hollywood.

    • 41 min
    David Cronenberg on censorship, the beauty of body horror and his newest film Crimes of The Future

    David Cronenberg on censorship, the beauty of body horror and his newest film Crimes of The Future

    For a guy who’s made legendary films like The Fly, Scanners and Shivers, you’d think David Cronenberg would be used to the feeling of releasing a new film. But as the Canadian director tells Tom Power, that’s not really the case. David says that every time he makes a new film, he feels incredibly exposed, like he’s opening himself up and showing the world the most vulnerable parts of himself. It’s similar to what the main character in his new film Crimes of the Future goes through, except Saul Tenser (played by Viggo Mortensen) is literally cutting himself open and giving the insides of his body to his audience as a representation of his creativity. David tells Tom why a film he wrote more than 20 years ago is more relevant than ever, how his home country of Canada wasn’t the most supportive of his films when he was starting out, and why he doesn’t see his work as body horror.

    • 43 min
    Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on the connection between music and survival

    Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on the connection between music and survival

    When life gets tough, Win Butler’s survival instincts kick in and he turns to music. That’s what happened during one of his first bouts of depression as a teenager, and then again when the pandemic began and he needed to find some hope and a bit of safety. It’s when working through those feelings and experiences that he writes some of his best songs. Win and Tom talk about a few things, like: is there a deeper, more spiritual side to falling in love with music? How do you write a hopeful song during a pandemic? And what’s it like becoming a huge, indie music-defining band in your early 20s? Listen to find out.

    • 35 min
    Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor: A friendship that changed Canada’s country rock music scene forever

    Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor: A friendship that changed Canada’s country rock music scene forever

    When Greg Keelor moved to Toronto as a kid, he didn't intend on making friends. Despite that, Greg ended up being pals with a guy named Jim Cuddy. For Canadians, this friendship is one of the most important things to happen to Canadian rock country music — because from that friendship, Blue Rodeo was born. Greg and Jim tell Tom about how they got their start, the moment they knew things were about to change and why letting go was the best thing they could do for their music.

    • 46 min
    Janelle Monáe is a ‘dirty computer.’ Here’s what that means to her — and how you can be one, too

    Janelle Monáe is a ‘dirty computer.’ Here’s what that means to her — and how you can be one, too

    What does it mean to have agency over your memories? What do you gain when you put your phone down and pay attention to what’s happening right in front of you? And what’s a dirty computer, anyway? Before Janelle Monáe was a Grammy-nominated artist, she was busy writing short stories. As a kid, she wrote science fiction and horror stories, including one where her grandmother was abducted by aliens. But her love of sci-fi and horror didn’t stop there — it’s something you can hear in her albums, like The ArchAndroid and Dirty Computer. Tom spoke with Janelle when she released her first collection of short stories called The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer.

    • 30 min
    Why Jane Fonda uses her influence to ‘stand up for the underdog’

    Why Jane Fonda uses her influence to ‘stand up for the underdog’

    For somebody who’s won some of the biggest awards in entertainment, you might be surprised at how often Jane Fonda has been arrested. But for Jane, advocating for something you believe in is a risk worth taking. You might know Jane from movies like Klute, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? or Barbarella. Or maybe you’re more familiar with her most recent Netflix series, Grace and Frankie. While Jane has built this incredible, award-winning career, she’s continuously advocated for the “underdog” — speaking out about causes from the Vietnam War to racism to climate change. All of this is in her book, What Can I Do? The Path from Climate Despair to Action. In this conversation from 2020, Jane takes Tom back to the early days of her activism, what it was like being criticized by former U.S. president Richard Nixon and why she’s never decided between acting and activism.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Insightful, Well Researched Interviews

Tom Power and his team do an amazing job of prepping for these interviews and as a result they uncover stories and background on their guests that the standard, lazy interviewer will never discover. Tom is humble and kind, he’s the kind of guy I can tell who would be easy to have as a house guest. Spending time with him and his guests is always a pleasure.

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Q is a Great Podcast!

It’s no small feat to tell an enjoyable story — but Q host Tom Power does so day after day, conducting interviews with his irrepressible curiosity and humour. Fascinating and always illuminating .. I’m a big fan of this new Q!

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