September 2013

Contrarian Investing: Why does Prem Watsa see profit in BlackBerry?

The struggles of BlackBerry have been well documented. News reports on Friday revealed that the smartphone maker lost $965 million (USD) in its second quarter....

Riffed from the headlines 9/28/13

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Marc Maron and Andy Kindler on Alan Zweig's "When Jews Were Funny"

Director Alan Zweig's new documentary, "When Jews Were Funny" won the Best Canadian Feature prize at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. The documentary explores...

Kenya mall attack: tracking the "White Widow"

Kenyans continue to pull bodies from the wreckage of Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall. Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility, but the role of...

Sudhir Venkatesh on drugs, prostitution and his book "Floating City" + giveaway

Columbia sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh is perhaps best known for his book "Gang Leader for a Day," based on his street-level observation of young gang...

PopSci comment ban: Are comments bad for science? + Poll

This week, Popular Science magazine announced that they would be shutting down comments on new articles on their website. The editors believe that comments can...

Episode 149: Tracking the White Widow, When Jews Were Funny, Contrarian Investing and more

Person of Interest "A lot of people want to paint her as this kind of evil, mastermind of terrorism. I have to say, I'm a...

Episode 148: Questioning Crack Addiction, Ron Paul on Education, Creepy English Clown and more

Less Addictive Than You Think "Ten to 20 percent of the people who use the drug will become addicted. That means that 80 to 90...

Dr. Carl Hart on why his research shows crack isn't that addictive

Columbia neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart is challenging conventional ideas about drug addiction. Crack has been branded as one of America's most addictive and destructive drugs...

The Northampton Clown and why clowns freak us out

A few pictures posted on a Facebook page has one man making international headlines this week. The man has been spotted posing around the streets...

The case for Montreal as city-state + poll

Last weekend, thousands of Montrealers took to the streets to protest the Parti Quebecois' controversial values charter. The protest and dissension highlight what many see...

Grand Theft Auto V: How evil should games allow us to be?

This week, Rockstar Games released the latest edition of the always-controversial Grand Theft Auto series. In GTA 5, players can switch between three different characters...

Ron Paul's "School Revolution" and giveaway

Dr. Ron Paul is no longer a Congressman, but the former presidential candidate and influential American Libertarian continues to push for radical change from outside...

Riffed from the headlines 9/21/13

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The Murder Junkies

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Episode 147: Quebec's Model for Secularism, Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld, Is War Innate? and more

The Values Charter Unveiled  "You're working for the State. You shouldn't share this very special belief that you believe in Allah, or you believe in...

Secularism vs. laïcité: The Quebec Charter of Values

This week, the Parti Quebecois revealed the first draft of its 'values charter,' a document intended to entrench religious neutrality into the Quebec Charter of...

Errol Morris on Rumsfeld and "The Unknown Known"

Director Errol Morris won an Academy Award for his 2003 documentary "The Fog of War," a portrait of former U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara....

Is war innate in human beings?

This week we've seen some surprising diplomatic moves from world leaders on the civil war in Syria. But as Obama and Putin engage with words,...

Molly Molloy on Diana The Huntress and the murdered women of Juárez

In August, two bus drivers were shot in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Newspaper reports suggested that a woman calling herself "Diana, the Huntress of Bus Drivers" claimed responsibility...

Rosalind Wiseman on why boys struggle + Giveaway

In her 2002 book "Queen Bees and Wannabes," Rosalind Wiseman advised parents on how to help their teenage daughters navigate cliques, boys, and other trappings...

Riffed from the headlines 09/14/13

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Episode 146: Art of the Ultimatum, Fukushima Ice Wall, New Work from Salinger and more

The History of Red Lines"The red line was really your classic surrender or die kind of message." -Dan Carlin, on Genghis Khan and the history...

The Long View with Dan Carlin: Red lines and ultimatums

Last year, President Barack Obama said that if Syria's Assad regime used chemical weapons it would be a "red line" for his administration. Now Obama...

Ron James offers Stephen Harper some prorogation vacation tips

Fall is upon us!  Labour Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, you'll probably start hearing Christmas Carols at the mall...

Pranking the NSA

The latest leak to come from fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden suggests the National Security Agency can defeat even the toughest encryption codes available. That means,...

Blocked on Weibo: What you can and can't say on China's Twitter

One of the most active websites in China is Weibo, a Twitter-meets-Facebook social media site with some 600 million registered users. Navigating through what can...

Can an ice wall contain Fukushima's radiation?

It's been over two years since one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast, spawning a ferocious tsunami and seriously damaging the...

The return of J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger published his last work 45 years before his death. But a new documentary, titled Salinger, confirms a rumour that's been circulating the literary community...

Riffed from the headlines 9/7/13

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