November 2013

Episode 158: CSEC's Spy Palace, Poll Meltdown, Bob Odenkirk and more

Secretive Agency Builds Flashy Building "We now have this dramatic, visual point of reference for CSEC -- this grand piece of architecture rising in the...

Why is CSEC's spy palace hiding in plain sight?

Recently leaked documents suggest the United States closely co-ordinated with Canada to conduct widespread surveillance during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. While CSEC remains silent on the...

Bob Odenkirk on Chris Farley, Nebraska, and Saul Goodman

This week on Day 6, we have a little something for those still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, and who just can't wait for...

How can an election poll be off by 29 points?

According to a poll conducted by Forum Research, Conservative candidate Larry Maguire was projected to lose the by-election in his Manitoba riding earlier this week. Forum Research...

Riffed from the headlines 11/30/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

No animals were harmed...

In 1939, The American Humane Association led a national protest for greater animal protection on film sets. In response, Motion Picture Association put the AHA...

The Disruptors: Phil Coker and weaponized robots

We round off our series The Disruptors with Phil Coker, a former military man who now works for Northrop Grumman, one of the largest defense...

Dr. James Fallon: family man and psychopath

Imagine studying psychopaths for years, then discovering that you are one. Such is the story of Dr. James Fallon, a neuroscientist who studies how genetic and...

Episode 157: Diary of a Terrorist, Dr. Who is 50, Disruptors: Sampat Pal and more

Abu Zubaydah's Diaries and Enhanced Interrogation   "Sometimes I wish for a bullet or a swift shell to take me to meet my lord as...

'Double Down' author John Heilemann dishes on the 2012 Presidential election

Political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, authors of Game Change, are back with a new book called Double Down. It's a behind-the-scenes look at...

Riffed from the headlines 11/23/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

Former Dr. Who Peter Davison on the show's 50th anniversary

When the BBC's Doctor Who premiered  50 years ago the show's producers and cast expected it to tank, but 10 million people watched the first...

Mike Duffy, Rob Ford: when police investigate politicians

The RCMP are investigating Mike Duffy and Stephen Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright and Toronto mayor Rob Ford was the target of a...

The Disruptors: Sampat Pal and the Gulabi Gang + Photo Gallery

We continue The Disruptors series with Sampat Pal, the leader of India's Gulabi Gang, a female vigilante brigade. Also known as the "Pink Sari Revolution,"...

The Abu Zubaydah Diaries: Inside the mind of a terrorist

This week Al Jazeera America published the personal diary of Abu Zubaydah, a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, once suspected of working with al-Qaeda. Zubaydah kept...

Episode 156: Inside Tacloban, Handcuffed to Oswald, Rob Ford Opera and more

Burying the Dead "We are predominately Roman Catholic. We respect the dead, and this catastrophe has not lent itself to honouring them in this time."...

Riffed from the headlines 11/16/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

Bruce McCall satirizes the super-rich

Bruce McCall is a Canadian-born illustrator and satirist best known for his distinctive work in the New Yorker magazine. He recently teamed up with late...

Typhoon Haiyan: Burying the dead in Tacloban

It's been more than a week since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban and areas around it in the Philippines, killing over 3600 people. The bodies...

Listen: The Rob Ford Opera

In 2010 Rob Ford won a decisive victory and was elected mayor of Toronto with 47% of the vote. Now he's admitted to smoking crack...

Why Larry Flynt doesn't want his shooter executed

On March 6, 1978, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt was shot by Joseph Paul Franklin. The shot paralyzed him from the waist down, and confined...

The Disruptors: Willem Ombelet on IVF in Africa

Does the developing world need access to fertility treatment? We continue with The Disruptors series, conversations with people who are pushing to change the world...

Handcuffed to Oswald: Jim Leavelle's story

Next week marks 50 years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Those that remember are still stunned by the details of his death, and the...

Episode 155: Inside the Ford Photo, Bullying in the NFL, Disruptors: Glenn Greenwald and more

The Boys in the Picture   "We've heard all of these theories. Theories that Anthony Smith had the phone at some point... that this was...

The Disruptors: Glenn Greenwald on Snowden and spilling government secrets

This month we're running a series called The Disruptors, conversations with people who are pushing against conventions and often the status quo. To kick it...

Should Stephen Glass be allowed to become a lawyer?

Stephen Glass was exposed for fabricating stories for The New Republic and other magazines in the late '90's. In the years since, the disgraced journalist has tried to...

Inside the infamous Ford photo

Some answers were revealed in the Rob Ford story this week - but many questions remain. The infamous photo of the mayor outside a suspected...

Comment: Lessons for kids from the words of Rob Ford

The astonishing exploits of Mayor Rob Ford sparked a lot of action at Toronto City Hall this week. And amidst it all - Wednesday was...

Race, hazing, Richie Incognito and the NFL locker room

Miami Dolphins guard, Richie Incognito, is accused of harassing his teammate Jonathan Martin. Reports say Incognito once left Martin a death threat via voicemail. That same...

Riffed from the headlines 11/09/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

Episode 154: Ford Founders, Axing the Honour Roll, Inside the PMO and more

Toronto's Mayor Holds On   "Rob Ford is a football player. He's going to tuck his chin down and put his shoulders up and keep...

Why Rob Ford won't step down

Most politicians laden in as much scandal as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would have stepped aside by now -- but not Ford. For perspective on...
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