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I love talking to people with PhDs. To me someone with a PhD is not that far removed from say an artist, musician or writer. They have chosen to explore a topic in-depth and become the leading authority in the world on that subject. So join me as we Pile it high and Deep with doctorates from around around the world as we explore their journey's their research and what they have done with all that knowledge they shoved into their brains.
 
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On the occasion of his induction into Canada's Walk of Fame, filmmaker Director X reflects on his groundbreaking career as Canada's foremost hip hop cinematic auteur. Author Judy Blume talks about breaking taboos when writing for kids and why she's finally allowing Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to be adapted for the screen. Our panel of film…
 
Singer-songwriter Omar Apollo talks about his debut album, going viral on TikTok and receiving his first Grammy nomination. Singer-songwriter and photographer Sharon Robinson discusses her new show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, My Time with Leonard Cohen, and why she thinks she and Cohen clicked as writing partners. Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka talks …
 
Actor Cobie Smulders tells us why she thinks her Canadian identity often finds its way into her work, including the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and her latest project, the new Audible Original series Mistletoe Murders. Montreal dancer, choreographer and TikTok star Citron Rose shares what it's like to see herself featured in the 2023 edition of th…
 
Actor Gary Oldman talks about his latest role in the spy thriller series Slow Horses and why he's impressed with what he sees on TV these days. Actor and director Sean Penn discusses the state of modern cinema and what it was like to act alongside his daughter in the film Flag Day. Singer-songwriter Amai Kuda talks about collaborating with an anima…
 
Hugh Dillon of Headstones talks about the band's latest album, Flight Risk, plus the upcoming second season of his Paramount+ show Mayor of Kingstown. Molly Rankin of Alvvays discusses the band's new album, Blue Rev, and how her writing survived a home invasion and not-so-biblical flood. Pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales dissects Mariah Carey's …
 
Christmas is coming (slightly) early this year! It’s the Berenstain Bears’ first scratch-and-sniff book since “Papa’s Pizza” and it’s got TWELVE scents and they smell… sometimes. Sometimes they smell. It’s “The Berenstain Bears The Wonderful Scents of Christmas!”By Phil Gonzales
 
Elegance Bratton talks about his remarkable journey from homeless teen to military recruit to critically acclaimed filmmaker, as dramatized in his debut feature, The Inspection. Gabriel LaBelle is the Canadian actor playing one of the biggest figures in cinema, on screen. LaBelle talks about getting to know all about what makes Steven Spielberg tic…
 
Lee Jung-jae won the Emmy for best actor for his role in Squid Game, making history as the first Asian actor to win an Emmy in this category. He sits down with Tom Power to talk about the moment when his name was called at the Emmys, and his directorial debut Hunt, a spy action thriller set in 1980's South Korea. Filmmaker Fazila Amiri and Aryana S…
 
Poet Rupi Kaur talks about her new writing guide, Healing Through Words, plus her own journey with writing and overcoming writer's block. Sea shanty singer Jon Cleave of Fisherman's Friends tells us the incredible story behind the Cornish folk group's rise to fame, which is now the subject of a new musical. Toronto Raptors broadcaster Jack Armstron…
 
In a career-spanning interview, Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson of Sloan talk about starting the group and how they've kept all four original members for three decades. Artist and photographer Zun Lee tells us what inspired his new Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit, What Matters Most: Photographs Of Black Life. Grammy-winning singer and activist Angéliq…
 
Canada's punk rock chef Matty Matheson talks about embracing his passions and how a health scare inspired him to get the most out of life. In a career-spanning interview, country music superstar Maren Morris reflects on everything from her start in Nashville to her latest album, Humble Quest. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom star Ke Huy Quan ex…
 
What do you get when Guillermo del Toro decides to make “Pinocchio?” “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio!” It’s an aggressively Guillermo del Toro movie and we wouldn’t have it any other way. https://ia601400.us.archive.org/2/items/del-toro-pinocchio/DelToro-Pinocchio.mp3By philgonzales
 
Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler discusses her new memoir, The Mother Of All Degrassi, which details how she went from being a Toronto high school teacher to an award-winning television producer. Composer Kris Bowers, the musical mastermind behind the scores for Green Book, When They See Us and Bridgerton, talks about self-doubt and his new short…
 
You like birds? You like murmuring? You like GRIEF? Well, we do! We close out Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities with the phenomenal “The Murmuring” by the incredible Jennifer Kent! Then, we rank the eps! It’s fun! https://ia601407.us.archive.org/1/items/del-toro-cabinet-08/DelToro-Cabinet08.mp3…
 
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams discusses her new book, How to Write a Song that Matters, and why she believes anyone can turn their stories into music. Nneka Onuorah, the director of Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls, tells us how the groundbreaking reality show helps celebrate plus-sized dancers. Actor and playwright Manami Hara talks about her…
 
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland talks about the incredible life and legacy of her mentor Raven Wilkinson, the dance pioneer at the heart of her new memoir, The Wind at My Back. Actor Amanda Cordner tells us how playing 7ven on CBC's Sort Of helped her live a little more out loud. Actor Erika Rosenbaum and entertainment reporter Teri Hart discuss what …
 
Actor Matthew Perry discusses his harrowing new memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, in which he opens up about his long journey with addiction, fame and recovery. Grammy-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. talks about his gospel album Alone With My Faith, which he made entirely by himself during a year of reflection. Actor Gail Mauri…
 
Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake of Nickelback look back on the band's career ahead of their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Singer Jeanick Fournier, the winner of the latest season of Canada's Got Talent, talks about releasing her self-titled major label debut album. Arts reporter Kate Brown, Europe editor for Artnet News, unpacks why c…
 
Whaddaya get when Brother and Sister won’t stop bragging? You get Grizzly Gramps throwing a lot of Bible quotes at them and then yelling that they’re fool! That’s right, the worst bear in Bear Country is back to learn these kids a thing or two in “The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag!”By Phil Gonzales
 
Actor Sylvester Stallone talks about bringing heart and vulnerability to the cold-blooded gangster tale in his first television series, Tulsa King. Music critic Steven Hyden talks about Pearl Jam's relevance and staying power, which is the subject of his latest book, Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation. Tech journalist Mark Berg…
 
Melanie C of the Spice Girls opens up about her intimate new memoir, The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl, which delves into the consequences of fame and how she learned to thrive on her own. Emmy-winning actor Billy Porter talks about his new memoir, Unprotected, and his journey to finding healing. Singer-songwriter Sean Cooney of the English f…
 
Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young returns to Q to talk about his latest album with Crazy Horse, World Record. He delves into his love and grief over the world around him, plus the 50th anniversary of his legendary album Harvest. Annie Sumi and Brian Kobayakawa are telling their relatives' stories of what it was like to be held in internment cam…
 
With the release of his new memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, U2 lead singer Bono sat down with Tom Power to discuss his music, activism and something he rarely talks about: his faith. Director Alek Keshishian talks about his years spent with superstar Selena Gomez during a period of ups and downs in her life, which he captures in his new doc…
 
In a Canadian broadcast exclusive, Bruce Springsteen talks about his new album of '60s and '70s soul covers, Only the Strong Survive, and how soul music shaped him as performer and songwriter. Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair reflect on the highs and lows of their two-decade career, and why their new album, We Will Meet in a Hur…
 
We were having such a great run of episodes, it was inevitable we’d hit a dud. “Dreams in the Witch House” takes Lovecraft’s original story, removes the plot, keeps a few names, a rat with a face and calls it a day. It wouldn’t be bad if it wasn’t so… bad. Sorry. https://ia904702.us.archive.org/14/items/20221110_20221110_2010/DelToro-Cabinet06.mp3…
 
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made a name — and a fortune — for himself making and saying whatever pops into his head. But for nearly a decade the things he says have increasingly become rooted in bigotry, ignorance and hatred. Despite this he remains one of the most influential and deeply embedded cultural figures of the 21st century, a realit…
 
On the heels of his debut album, Canadian R&B singer RealestK tells us how he became an overnight sensation, what happened after his song blew up on TikTok and why getting bullied for his music never slowed him down. Authors David A. Robertson and Vivek Shraya talk about running their own imprints to help new writers get their foot in the door of t…
 
Crime writer Ian Rankin discusses his 24th John Rebus novel, A Heart Full of Headstones, and why this character continues to fascinate him decades after his creation. Singer-songwriter Diga of Digawolf shares the inspiration behind the band's new song Eneetii, and why writing and recording it in the Tlicho language was so important. Award-winning f…
 
Whaddaya get when you take one of H. P. Lovecraft’s most famous short stories and streeeeeetch it out? You get the Cabinet of Curiosities adaptation of “Pickman’s Model!” Is it very much like the story? Errrr… Is it entertaining? Heck yes! https://ia904706.us.archive.org/25/items/del-toro-cabinet-05/DelToro-Cabinet05.mp3…
 
Author Alan Moore, the creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, tells us why he's done with comics in favour of writing his first short story collection, Illuminations. Grammy-winning R&B legend Booker T. Jones reflects on his life and legacy, which he celebrated with the release of a memoir and album. This year's Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, Suz…
 
Playwright Yolanda Bonnell discusses her new play, My Sister's Rage, and why she wanted to explore the joy and laughter that can come with grief. Canadian music icon Céline Dion opens up about her latest album, Courage, and how she coped after the passing of her late husband, René Angélil. Mike Payette, the artistic director of the Tarragon Theatre…
 
Musician Phil Elverum talks about celebrating his late wife, Geneviève Castrée, with a new art book, Geneviève Castrée: Complete Works 1981-2016. Author Mariko Tamaki tells us how she approached writing a modern update of L. M. Montgomery's classic novel Anne of Green Gables. Josh Nalley reflects on his CSI: Vegas debut as a corpse, and how he land…
 
In “The Outside,” director Ana Lily Amirpour takes a webcomic by Emily Carroll and turns it into something else. Something full of body horror, comedy, self-loathing, and axe murder! It’s “The Outside!” https://ia601404.us.archive.org/10/items/del-toro-cabinet-04/DelToro-Cabinet04.mp3By philgonzales
 
Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner discusses his new memoir, Like a Rolling Stone, which documents his incredible legacy and tells some wild stories about '60s counterculture and the heady early days of rock and roll. Singer-songwriter Brighid Fry talks about her personal and musical evolution, forming her musical project Housewife at 14…
 
Noah Cyrus shares her story of depression, addiction, recovery and how that journey led to the release of her powerful debut album, The Hardest Part. Until We Break author Matthew Dawkins tells us how writing on Wattpad helped him get his first novel published before he's even graduated from university. Musician Tom Morello of Rage Against the Mach…
 
Way back in our “The Dark Descent” days, we covered Michael Shea’s phenomenal short story “The Autopsy.” Now, we’re getting to revisit it with the “Cabinet of Curiosities” adaptation by David S Goyer and David Prior! And, you know what? It’s really great! https://ia601402.us.archive.org/32/items/del-toro-cabinet-03/DelToro-Cabinet03.mp3…
 
Clea DuVall talks about adapting Tegan and Sara's bestselling memoir High School into a series and why she feels it's the unabashedly queer coming-of-age story she never had. Poet Raymond Antrobus discusses his first spoken world album, The First Time I Wore Hearing Aids, and what it's like navigating the world as a deaf person with a different rel…
 
Author Ainslie Hogarth talks about her new horror novel, Motherthing, and how she found the visceral dread in motherhood. Actor Rohan Campbell talks about being cast as the troubled and surprising new lead character in the film Halloween Ends, plus what he learned from legendary "last girl" Jamie Lee Curtis. Director Guillermo del Toro discusses hi…
 
Episode 2 of “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” is a lively adaptation of Henry Kuttner’s “Graveyard Rats” a favorite of mine. We’ve got goopy corpses, rat monsters, boney bois. It’s a whole thing and we enjoyed it! Take a listen! https://ia601503.us.archive.org/17/items/del-toro-cabinet-02/DelToro-Cabinet02.mp3…
 
Actor Paul Mescal talks about his starring role in Aftersun, why he's intrigued by characters with complicated inner lives, and the success of his breakout role in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People. Performance artist Cassils shares how the very physical way they approach their art is informed by their experience as a transgender pe…
 
Shawn Desman reflects on his success in the 2000s and 2010s, the setbacks that left him feeling like a failure and how Drake helped inspire his comeback. Dan Mangan talks about his new album, Being Somewhere, and what he had to go through to stop caring what the critics and tastemakers think. Our panellists Alyssa Bereznak and Rollie Pemberton disc…
 
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