American comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, the hosts of the political comedy podcast Politically Re-Active, share what they're thinking now that Joe Biden is their president. Black Buck author Mateo Askaripour tells us how writing his debut novel with Black readers in mind gave him freedom in his craft, and shares how his own experiences helped shape the story. Métis and Cree filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd discusses how she preserved Indigenous oral tradition in her new film Monkey Beach, an adaptation of Eden Robinson's novel of the same name.
Comedian Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar comment on Inauguration Day and share some of the stories they write about in their new book, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak explains why a group of TikTok content creators are facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles landlord, and shares her take on the viral sea shanty trend. Vancouver-based writer and illustrator Jasmin Kaur reads her poem Lost and Found from her new young adult novel, If I Tell You the Truth, about the perils facing a Punjabi mother who outstays her visa in Canada. Ontario singer-songwriter Madisyn Whajne talks about her new debut album, Save Our Hearts, and how it culminates years of soul-searching for her.
Kim's Convenience star Andrew Phung reflects on the wild success of the hit Canadian comedy sitcom and why it represents "more than just tokenism." Singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer talks about Puscifer's new album Existential Reckoning, his storied career and his battle with COVID-19. Actress Tippi Hedren opens up about working with Alfred Hitchcock, a man she looks back on with "gratitude, admiration and utter disgust," and explains why she's erased the word "fear" from her vocabulary.
Country music star Morgan Wallen reflects on the pitfalls of fame, his Saturday Night Live debacle and his new hit record, Dangerous: The Double Album. Toronto-based R&B singer-songwriter Savannah Ré talks about her debut EP Opia, a collection of nine songs that speak to the complexities of love, connection and vulnerability. Playwright and director Lydie Dubuisson shares how her personal story inspired her play Sanctuary, and discusses the 50th anniversary of Black Theatre Workshop, Canada's oldest Black theatre.
Author Angie Thomas talks about Concrete Rose, the prequel to her bestselling novel The Hate U Give, and why this time she wanted to tell a story through the eyes of a young Black man. On this week's q This music panel, Vivek Shraya and Maura Johnston look ahead to some of the big albums that will be coming out in 2021, including releases from Drake and Lana Del Rey. Thundercat discusses his new album It Is What It Is, and opens up about losing his close friend and collaborator, Mac Miller.
Colour specialist Leatrice Eiseman reveals why Pantone broke tradition and settled for two colours of the year in 2021. All five of this year's Canada Reads panellists — Roger Mooking, Devery Jacobs, Rosey Edeh, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Scott Helman — introduce us to the books they're championing. CBC Podcast Playlist host Elamin Abdelmahmoud shares his personal list of best podcasts to listen to in 2021. Harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas tell us the story behind the making of their latest album, Force Majeure.