2014

 

Scottish comedians reflect on the referendum and the right to "throw eggs at idiots"

For some post-referendum perspective on Scotland, Brent spoke to three Scottish comedians, two pro-Independence and...

Riffed from the Headlines 20/09/2014

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Episode 200: Scotland's Morning After, Paying Ransom to ISIS, Chris Hadfield on Cold War in Space and more

On this week's show: Scottish comedians on the meaning of "No" Should the West pay...

Enemies on earth, partners in space? Chris Hadfield on Russia, America and the ISS

Since NASA ended its space shuttle program back in 2011, it's been entirely dependent on...

Can open-source pharma cure Ebola and other neglected killers?

The Ebola virus is ravaging West Africa and the World Health Organization says the crisis is...

Should we pay hostage ransoms to terrorists?

British journalist John Cantlie is the latest hostage shown in an ISIS propaganda video. In it,...

Poll: Is it time to start paying ransoms to terror groups?

<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8319532/">Should hostage ransoms be paid to ISIS?</a>...

Win seats for a live news quiz with Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins and Andy Kindler

Win tickets to a live radio taping! Be a part of the very intimate audience...

Riffed from the Headlines 12/09/2014

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"The Bone Clocks" Book Give-away Winners

Thanks to all the listeners who shared their favourite books about the future on our...

Should I Eat It? David Sax on whether you should try these three food trends

Should I Eat It?" is the culinary version of our regular book review segment "Should...

Episode 199: Women Mull NFL Boycott, What the Inuit Knew About Franklin, Michael Winterbottom and more

On this week's show: NFL's female fans want accountability Food trends and gimmicks: Should I...

Has Trump's brand gone bust?

Trump Entertainment Resorts is filing for bankruptcy and real estate mogul Donald Trump is trying...

Female NFL fans on the moral compromise of watching pro football

Nearly half of the NFL's fans are women. And as the league comes under...

Franklin Expedition: Why native oral history was right all along

The discovery of one of the Franklin expedition ships in the Arctic has been hailed...

The Face of an Angel: Michael Winterbottom on media and murder

Lawyers for Amanda Knox threatened legal action this week against producers of the new...

Six other NFL domestic abuse cases and how the league responded

Ray Rice is just the latest NFL player to be involved in a domestic abuse...

Riffed from the Headlines 06/09/2014

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Episode 198: Robot rebellion debated, social history of nudity, contested history and more

On this week's show:How nudity became a modern tabooRunaway AI and humans vs robotsThe different...

Alternate histories: How the past is taught to Israelis and Palestinians

Earlier this week, Israel came under fire for expropriating almost one thousand acres of land...

Debate: Is the robot rebellion inevitable?

This week, Google snapped up one of the world's leading artificial intelligence research teams. And...

The celebrity nude selfie leak and why we care

After that mass online leak of celebrity nude photos this week, you probably heard discussions...

Malaysia Airlines' "Bucket List" and six other memorable marketing blunders

Malaysia Airlines has been associated with two major tragedies this year - the disappearance of...

Like your books ambitious? Becky says read these!

David Mitchell's new novel is a carnival of narrative, featuring six sections set in six...

The Bone Clocks: Should You Read It? + Book giveaway

David Mitchell, author of the best-selling novel The Cloud Atlas, is back with another epic...

Clickbait headline quiz, can you guess the fake?

Clickbait is everywhere online. They're those links with hyped headlines with one goal in mind:...

Episode 197: When Muzzling Scientists is Appropriate, How Tim Hortons Became a National Symbol, War on Clickbait and more

On this week's show: When government scientists should remain silent Tim Hortons path to Canadian...

Riffed from the Headlines 30/08/2014

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Crackdown on Chinese independent cinema

Last week, authorities shut down China's leading independent film festival and confiscated 10-years worth of archives and documents from festival...

Day 6 encore: Was his dad the Zodiac Killer?

Gary Stewart grew up knowing nothing about his biological parents. When he was 39, he...

Why muzzling government scientists can be a good thing

For years now, Stephen Harper's government has been accused of waging a "war on science"....

Why Canadian politicians love Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons and Burger King agreed to a merger this week, prompting Burger King to...

Day 6 Encore: Matt Taibbi on "The Divide"

The shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer has raised some serious...

Fight the Power: Rap, Resistance and the Killing of Mike Brown

Protests erupted in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown's...

Mo'ne Mania: Prospects for women in baseball

Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis is garnering major attention for both her impressive fastball and success...

This is your brain on bad news + infographic and tips

Awful, emotionally wrenching stories are dominating the summer news cycle - from violence in Iraq, protests...

Burning Man goes corporate + timeline

If your perception of the Burning Man Festival is hippies doing drugs, making art, and...

Episode 196: Rap's Social Conscience, Burning Man Goes Corporate, Taibbi on 'The Divide' and more

On this weeks show: Hip-hop responds to Ferguson Burning Man goes corporate Mo' Ne Davis...

Riffed from the Headlines 23/08/2014

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Quiz: Can you tell the difference between a police officer and a soldier?

For days the city of Ferguson, Missouri was in turmoil after the fatal police shooting...

Episode 195: Images of Conflict, Ninja Turtle Creators, Dancing with Death and More

Brent Bambury is on vacation. Peter Armstrong is our guest host this week. On this...

Turtle Power: Ninja Turtle creators explain the best decision they ever made

Thirty years after their creation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remain a wildly popular franchise....

Why editors wouldn't print a war photo and what it teaches us today

In 1991, the American photographer Kenneth Jarecke took a shot of an incinerated Iraqi soldier...

Riffed from the Headlines 16/08/2014

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Science vs Wade: Researchers decry book linking race and genetics

More than 130 senior population geneticists have come out against Nicholas Wade's controversial book...

The dancing pallbearers of LA's 'Death Alley'

In a tough part of South-Central Los Angeles, where gang violence is commonplace and the...

Riffed from the Headlines 09/08/2014

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I, Psychopath: A Day 6 Encore

Dr. James Fallon is a neuroscientist who studies how genetic and environmental factors affect the...

Episode 194: TV News in Israel and Gaza, Rise of the 'No-Mos' and More

Brent Bambury is on vacation. Piya Chattopadhyay is our guest host this week. On this...

Rapid Response Collecting: A museum's take on the news

A new strategy of museum curation focuses on collecting and displaying brand new items...

Expert Scrabble players' 10 "secret weapon" words

Scrabble enthusiasts may now play more than 25 words and spellings of Canadian and native...

Taboo talks: How TV spurred dialogue between Israel and Hamas

In Israel and Gaza, television coverage of the ongoing conflict sometimes takes a bizarre turn....

No-Mos: Women who aren't having children

One in five women in Canada are reaching their mid-40s without having had children -...

Episode 193: Ebola Epidemic, The Search for 'Lewis', Female Crime Writers and More

Brent Bambury is on vacation. The CBC's Peter Armstrong is our guest host this week.On...

Win books by Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen and MJ McGrath

For your chance to win copies of the latest books by Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen...

Riffed from the Headlines 02/08/2014

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Day 6 Encore: Defending people on Texas' death row

About once every other month, David Dow watches someone die. As a death penalty lawyer...

Should experimental vaccines be used to fight Ebola?

On Friday the American Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced it would fast track...

Where is Lewis? Do you know the shadowy Calgarian who disappeared and became a cult music star?

In 2007, a record collector in Edmonton picked up a mysterious album entitled "L'Amour"...

Reichs, Gerritsen and McGrath on Female Victims and Violence in Crime Fiction

More and more women are reading and writing crime fiction. Young crime writers say they're...

Six crucial factors for Ebola hunting "contact tracers"

A team of medical professionals are racing to locate at least 60 people who came...

Sick of fake news stories? A do-it-yourself guide to checking out videos and photos on-line.

Devastating photos and videos purportedly from Gaza and Ukraine are being shared widely across social...

The Iqaluit Dump Fire: An Oral History

The Iqaluit city dump in Nunavut has been on fire for more than two months....

Can you spot the fake photo or video?

Social media is brimming with photos and videos linked to the news of the...

Episode 192: True Story Fake Pictures, Iqaluit's Dumpcano, Great Bad Movies and more

Verifying Images of Breaking Stories "Humans naturally kind of reject corrective information. We stick to...

Riffed from the Headlines 26/07/2014

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Day 6 Encore: David Sedaris

Earlier this year, best-selling essayist David Sedaris joined Brent for an intimate and frank discussion...

What's the secret of a great bad movie?

Sharknado is back with an over-the-top sequel that hopes to cash in on the success...

Pop or propaganda? Why the US government wants a hit song in Latin America

Radio stations across Latin America are playing a catchy song called "La Bestia," with lyrics...

Episode 191: MH17 and What Brought it Down, Syria's Chemical Arsenal Destroyed at Sea, Break Up Albums and more

Rogue Missiles and Commercial Aircraft "The vast majority of armed groups world wide tend to...

Who has the fire-power to shoot down a plane?

On Thursday, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the Eastern region of Ukraine,...

Day 6 Encore: P.J. O'Rourke on Baby Boomers

With the year 2014 comes a 50th birthday for the youngest of the Baby Boomers,...

Riffed from the Headlines 19/07/2014

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"The Blonde Vegan" on turning away from veganism and "Orthorexia"

Two years ago, Jordan Younger started a blog called The Blonde Vegan and within months she...

Typewriters vs. Spies

A German politician said Monday that his country is looking into using typewriters for top-secret...

What's the ultimate break-up album?

"Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke released Paula, an album of pleading ballads to his estranged wife,...

Destroying Syria's chemical weapons at sea

A ship in the middle of the Mediterranean has started the delicate task of destroying...

Day 6 Encore: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson

Ralph Steadman is the artist who translated the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's words...

Episode 190: Israel's Iron Dome, Canada's Opioid Crisis and more

Brent Bambury is on vacation this week. Susan Bonner joins us as guest host.  On...

Riffed from the Headlines 12/07/14

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Alice Goffman on fugitive life in an American city

Alice Goffman spent six years finding out how America's tough-on-crime policies play out in the...

Fighting opioid overdoses: is Canada on the right track?

Opioids are a leading cause of death in young adults in Ontario, according to a...

Israel under the Iron Dome

Conflict escalated this week with air strikes on Gaza and Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli...

Episode 189: Doctors and Religion, Soccer Dives, George Takei, and More

Brent Bambury is on vacation. The CBC's Helen Mann is our guest host this week....

Day 6 Encore: George Takei on internment, Star Trek and activism

Since his days as Sulu aboard the starship Enterprise, George Takei has been regarded as...

Riffed from the Headlines 05/07/14

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Marcelo Gleiser on the multiverse hypothesis: "It's not science."

Can we possibly know everything about our world? Marcelo Gleiser, a professor of Physics and...

Dissecting the dive: two takes on soccer fakery

Rare is the World Cup match that's without a player collapsing to the pitch, clutching...

Should doctors have the right to refuse to prescribe birth control because of their religious beliefs?

Last week Joan Chand'oiseau was outraged to learn that the physician at her Calgary walk-in clinic...

Episode 188: Asexual Rights, Paying People Not to Kill, World Cup 'Jerk Watch' and more

Brent Bambury is on vacation. The CBC's Helen Mann is our guest host this week....

Riffed from the Headlines 28/06/14

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Encore: How Disney films transformed the life of an autistic boy

Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist whose son Owen, was diagnosed with regressive...

Paying people not to kill and why it works

Richmond, California used to be one of the most dangerous places in America, consistently ranked...

Asexy Pride: Asexuals fight for recognition

Asexuals are expected to march at this year's World Pride parade in Toronto in their...

Is Suarez the World Cup's biggest jerk?

Uruguay's Luis Suarez made headlines around the world this week when he sunk his teeth...

Riffed from the Headlines 21/06/14

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Win the Ultimate Summer Books Package

For your chance to win all the books on Becky Toyne's summer reading list, just...

Canada's Very Own Rock N Roll Riot: Teenage Head in 1980

It may be Canada's only rock 'n' roll riot inspired by a home-grown band: the...

Episode 187: Upworthy's Clickbait Strategy, Cheering for Iran, Landowners vs. Pipelines and more

How Upworthy Won the Internet "We were the underdogs when we started, and that's something...

Northern Gateway and private land: how to go head-to-head with big oil

The controversial Northern Gateway pipeline was conditionally approved by Ottawa this week. If built, about...

Selfies and belly shirts: Kambiz Hosseini on Iran's World Cup bid

Iran represented by their national team, Team Melli, is one of 31 countries in World...

Upworthy's Sara Critchfield helped start the fastest growing media company of all time, and you'll never believe what happens next!

Since its launch two years ago, the viral video website Upworthy has become the fastest growing media...

Episode 186: Soccer's Biggest Losers, Testing the Turing Test, David Sedaris and more

Humiliation at the World Cup  "I ended up crying near the end of the game....

Riffed from the Headlines 14/06/14

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Unlikely Match-up: World Cup vs. The Ontario Election

Sports and politics collided on June 12. Just as the World Cup kicked off in...

ISIS in Iraq: the life cycle of a terrorist group

Earlier this week the Islamist group ISIS took over three critical Iraqi cities. There is growing...

The Agony of Defeat: FIFA's Biggest Losers

When it comes to the World Cup, the beautiful game can get ugly real fast. To...

David Sedaris on his readers and dealing with a family tragedy

Best-selling essayist David Sedaris joins Brent for an intimate and frank discussion about his relationship...

Kid vs. Computer: Can you spot the bot?

  Researchers say Eugene Goostman, a chatbot designed to act like a 13-year-old boy, successfully...

Episode 185: Moncton Safe But Shattered, Tiananmen Leader in Exile, Digital Etiquette and more

RCMP's Bravery and Loss"In situations like this the feelings are typically overwhelming - but what's...

Waiting out the Moncton lockdown

Before his arrest, the suspected Moncton shooter led police on a manhunt through wooded areas...

Riffed from the Headlines 07/06/14

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Is the RCMP failing officers who experience trauma?

Moncton RCMP suffered loss and trauma this week, after a lone gunman shot five Mounties,...

Sex, drugs and GDP

Britain has begun including prostitution and the trade in illicit drugs in its GDP...

Amy Alkon on etiquette for the 21st century

Should you tip for take-out? Are 'kid-free' weddings kosher? Modern manners guru Amy Alkon seeks to answer...

Reflections from Tiananmen's 'Most Wanted'

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square. In the...

Ontario Election Plot Generator

Day 6 has combined Netflix show or movie descriptions with promises from the Ontario election...

Episode 184: Mass Killings and Mass Media, Hockey Isn't Made in Canada, Bernie Out of Jail and more

No Glory for Mass Shooters"They want to be internet famous. We can deny them that."-Zeynep...

Arthur Chu on nerd culture and misogyny

Arthur Chu gained fame as a champion on the game show Jeopardy! with an aggressive...

Riffed from the Headlines 31/05/14

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Bernie Tiede's Hollywood Ending

Convicted murderer Bernie Tiede, subject of the popular film Bernie, is out of jail and...

A Guide to Pro-Assad Music in Syria

Ahead of Syria's presidential election on Tuesday, cars can be heard driving through government-controlled Damascus...

Killers who want fame: can media break the cycle?

After the murders in Isla Vista, California last weekend last weekend media reports have included Youtube clips...

Was hockey invented in England? + book giveaway and poll

Canadian cities like Kingston, Montreal, and Windsor, Nova Scotia have all claimed to be the...

Episode 183: Ukraine's Musical Politics, 9/11 Kitsch, My Dad was the Zodiac Killer and more

Ukraine's Political Pop Star   "We don't expect to have any easy elections. We wait...

Riffed from the Headlines 24/05/14

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How RATS like BlackShades Hijack Computers

More than 100 people around the world were charged this week for using and distributing...

Gary L. Stewart: My father was the Zodiac Killer

Gary Stewart grew up knowing nothing about his biological parents. When he was 39, he set...

The 9/11 gift shop: kitsch and grief

The National September 11th Memorial Museum opened this week, displaying wreckage, destroyed emergency vehicles, and photos...

Pop Stars and Presidents: Ruslana on Ukraine's election

With the presidential elections on Sunday, the world's eyes are on Ukraine. At the forefront...

Episode 182: The Right to be Forgotten, Sexism at Cannes, Godzilla in the Courtroom, the Price of Rarity and more

Brent Bambury is on vacation. The CBC's Rebecca Makonnen is our guest host this week....

Comment: Things the Internet Should Never Forget

As the world debates the Right to Be Forgotten, there's at least one person pleading...

Riffed from the Headlines 17/05/14

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From Google to the FCC: The Internet's Big Week

From the EU's Right to Be Forgotten ruling to the FCC's heated net neutrality vote,...

Wade Guyton, the Wu-Tang Clan, and the dollar value of uniqueness

What part does uniqueness play in the dollar value of a work of art? Rising...

Sexism at Cannes: Jane Campion speaks out

The glamorous Cannes Film Festival is underway in France. This year, the jury president is director...

Satanic Temple pushes for a monument to Baphomet

The Satanic Temple is pushing forward with its plan to erect a statue dedicated to...

Godzilla: the world's most litigious monster?

Even the king of monsters needs a good lawyer. The newest Godzilla movie hits theaters this weekend,...

Exploiting the Right to Be Forgotten?

This week, Europe's top court paved the way for the Right to Be Forgotten, telling...

Episode 181: Poet Laureate of North Korea, Genetics and Race, Ralph Steadman and more

Inside North Korea's Propaganda Machine   "When I wrote poetry in North Korea, I may...

Escape Artist: North Korea's former poet laureate

As poet laureate to former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Jang Jin-Sung enjoyed privileges unimaginable...

Riffed from the Headlines 10/05/14

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Boko Haram and modern-day slavery

Outrage over the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls grew this week, as the leader...

Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson and "For No Good Reason"

Ralph Steadman is the artist who translated the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's words...

Nicholas Wade's 'A Troublesome Inheritance': race, genes and success

Over the last few decades a consensus has been reached over the controversial topic of...

Episode 180: Ford and Nightclub Politics, Cartels Squeeze Lime Market, Matt Taibbi and more

Where Ford Partied and Why It Matters    "I think it is one of the most...

Riffed from the Headlines 03/05/14

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Matt Taibbi and The Divide + Giveaway

Former Rolling Stone political and financial reporter Matt Taibbi's new book The Divide looks at who goes...

Sterling's just a start: how to ditch team owners altogether

Leaked audio of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments earned him a...

No Small Feat: How to dispose of a dead whale

Two coastal towns Newfoundland and Labrador spent much of this week trying to figure out...

Green gold: how Mexican drug cartels are driving up the price of limes

A sudden and unprecedented shortage of Mexican limes has driven prices up and put a squeeze...

Ford faces the Muzik

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stepped aside this week as stories of substance abuse were reported...

Antibiotic Resistance Now A Global Threat: Extended Interview

This week, the World Health Organization released a report about the rise of antimicrobial resistance. Based on...

Connecting with nature: Wi-Fi in parks

Parks Canada's plan to offer Wi-Fi service at select national parks, got the team at...

Episode 179: Who Owns a Seed? Bangladesh Revisited, George Takei and more

Vandana Shiva's "Seed Satyagraha" "For these corporations to sit far away from some distance and...

Six ways to fix Everest + gallery

Last Friday is being called the deadliest day in the history of Mount Everest. Sixteen...

Win tickets to see Brent interview George Takei onstage

We have two tickets to give away to the Hot Docs premiere of To Be...

Riffed from the Headlines 26/04/14

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Why Vandana Shiva is urging Canadian farmers to take a stand

Environmentalist and anti-globalization activist Vandana Shiva is calling on Canadians to embrace their inner Mahatma...

George Takei on internment, Star Trek and activism

Since his days as Sulu aboard the starship Enterprise, George Takei has been regarded as...

Voices from Rana Plaza: one year later

One year after one of the worst disasters in the history of the garment industry,...

Avril Lavigne's J-Pop fail?

Avril Lavigne's Japanese pop-themed music video "Hello Kitty" was dropped from her YouTube account this...

Episode 178: Rise of the Cossacks, Tighter Borders vs. Civil Liberties, Learning Dothraki and more

Ukraine, Russia and the Cossacks "Armed men, some of them with masks on, others with...

How Dothraki was developed for Game of Thrones (+ web bonus)

The ultra-popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones is back for a new season, bringing...

Riffed from the Headlines 19/04/14

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Should the government track Canadians abroad?

Earlier this week The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a group of armed...

Should pets be considered more like people under the law?

People have been living with dogs and cats for thousands of years. Over that time...

Return of the Cossacks

As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, there has been a resurgence in the power and...

Episode 177: Ottawa's Non-Partisan Moment, Norland Nannies Coddle the Elite, Cost of Privacy and more

Flaherty's Death Brings Unity   "Every once in awhile something breaks through which is about ...

Politics, grief, and setting aside partisanship

Jim Flaherty, Canada's recently retired Finance Minister, passed away this Thursday. In recent days, some staunch...

Are costly online security tools a racket?

Web developers have rushed to fix Heartbleed, a massive online security flaw that's highlighted just...

What does it take to be a royal nanny?

Prince George began his first royal tour in New Zealand this week, accompanied by both...

Informants, handlers and 'Bethlehem'

In his directorial debut, Bethlehem, filmmaker Yuval Adler tells the complex and emotional story of...

India's election and Hindu fundamentalism

The Indian election is underway, and if the polls are to be believed, Narendra Modi...

Riffed from the Headlines 12/04/14

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Episode 176: How Disney Opened the Doors of Autism, WiFi Sickness, Morris on Rumsfeld and more

Owen Suskind's Life Animated   "It was so infectious for all of us. We had...

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Ron and Cornelia Suskind on how Disney films transformed the life of their autistic son

An extended interview with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, who have learned to communicate with their...

The end of TV pilot season?

Pilot season is that time of year when actors make a pilgrimage to Los Angeles...

Riffed from the Headlines 05/04/14

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Errol Morris, Donald Rumsfeld and "The Unknown Known"

Director Errol Morris won an Academy Award for his 2003 documentary "The Fog of War,"...

Is Wi-Fi sickness real?

The symptoms are real, but what causes them is a mystery. This week an expert panel...

How Disney films transformed the life of an autistic boy + giveaway, gallery

Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist whose son Owen, was diagnosed with regressive...

Episode 175: The Secret Courts That Rule on Surveillance, Zoos and Euthanasia, Sex Addiction and more

Inside the Secret Courts "Prior to the past eight months, the (FISA) court had only...

Zoos and euthanasia: is killing healthy animals necessary?

The Copenhagen Zoo made headlines last month when it euthanized a healthy 2-year-old giraffe. This week...

#NoMakeupSelfies: charity or narcissism?

A spontaneous online trend has morphed into an successful charity campaign in the UK. Women...

Riffed from the Headlines 29/03/14

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Satire: A Lottery for Millennials

Canada's lottery agencies are coming together to brainstorm a new national lottery that appeals to...

Cdn. and U.S. Secret Surveillance Courts Explained

If a recent proposal from U.S. President Barack Obama succeeds, the National Security Agency may...

Nymphomaniac: Is sex addiction real?

Controversial Danish director Lars Von Trier is at it again. His new, three-hour epic Nymphomaniac...

Episode 174: How Israel Stops Military Suicides, Crimea and Cartography, Cosmic Expansion and more

Military Suicides and Learning From Israel "I've met with the surgeon general and the head...

Pantheon is history's 'fame-o-meter'

As part of a two-year study on 'cultural production' researchers at M.I.T. have collected and...

Riffed from the Headlines 22/03/14

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Phil Plait on Big Bang breakthrough

Researchers announced this week that they've detected a pattern in light waves that originated a...

Military suicide prevention: lessons from Israel

News emerged this week that two more Canadian Forces soldiers had taken their own lives....

Policing infomercial hucksters like Kevin Trudeau

Notorious T.V. salesperson Kevin Trudeau, known for his "natural cancer cures" and other dubious health...

How should Crimea be shown on maps?

Cartographers are keeping a close watch on Crimea, faced with the difficult question of how...

Episode 173: Elected Office and the Super Rich, RT's Propaganda Gambit, Banning "Bossy" and more

Peladeau, Money and the PQ   "For the most part, in democracies, when billionaires or...

Riffed from the Headlines 15/03/14

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News or propaganda? RT shows its hand

Coverage of the Crimean crisis on the Kremlin-funded television network RT has been accused of having a pro-Russian...

The search theory that could help find flight 370

For one week, an international team of searchers has been looking for the whereabouts of...

Are ultra-rich politicians like Péladeau bad for democracy?

Pierre Karl Péladeau is a multi-millionaire media tycoon who announced that he's running for the separatist Parti...

Should we ban "bossy"?

On Monday, Sheryl Sandberg's organization, Lean In, launched a campaign to "Ban the word Bossy." She...

Kenya's first mockumentary skewers NGOs

Think of it as the aid world's answer to The Office. Kenya's first mockumentary The...

Episode 172: Putin and NATO, Mexico's Vigilante Citizen Brigades, Why We Laugh and more

Dan Carlin on NATO's New Role   "This could be an exposure moment for NATO......

Rethinking Canada's Prostitution Laws

The Canadian government is about to wrap a month long online public consultation asking Canadians...

The science of why we laugh

What is it exactly that makes a joke work? What's going on inside our brains...

Pin-up Pontiff: Pope Francis gets a fanzine

Pope Francis recently told an Italian paper that he doesn't like his celebrity status, and...

Dan Carlin's Long View: NATO and the Crisis in Crimea

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russia's incursion into Ukrainian territory is "the gravest threat...

Documentary: Mexico's vigilantes drive out drug cartels

In Mexico's violence-racked state of Michoacan, a vigilante movement has taken hold. Ordinary citizens have...

Riffed from the Headlines 08/03/14

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Episode 171: Reintegration and the Violent Mentally Ill, Bitcoin's Rough Ride, Arthur Chu and more

Public Safety and Not Criminally Responsible   "This man, in his psychosis, murdered, slaughtered and...

Day 6 Presents: An Alternative Academy Awards

Let's face it. The 86th Academy Awards will only acknowledge about a fraction of the...

Can Bitcoin bounce back after Mt. Gox?

Believers say the digital currency known as Bitcoin is the wave of the future -...

Arthur Chu on the public freak out to his Jeopardy! hot streak

Arthur Chu's winning streak on Jeopardy! disrupted the traditional stately pace of the game and...

Greyhound bus killer Vince Li and rehabilitating mentally ill killers

Six years ago Vince Li decapitated a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba....

Riffed from the Headlines 01/03/14

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Episode 170: North Korea's Family Reunions, Thugs in Kyiv, Saving the Monarch and more

Family Unites in North Korea   "It's such heartwarming and overwhelming news. I have a...

Kyiv's roving 'Titushky' thugs

This week Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv was set ablaze. Police opened fire...

Reuniting in North Korea: Kang Neung-hwan's story (+ gallery)

The same week a UN investigation accused North Korea of crimes against humanity, the reclusive...

Last flight of the Monarch butterfly?

The symbol of the NAFTA agreement is the Monarch butterfly -- chosen because of its...

Satanic Panic and Miranda Barbour

Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour, who faces a murder charge for luring a man to his death...

Riffed from the Headlines 22/02/14

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Day 6 Encore: Sampat Pal and the Gulabi Gang

As part of our series The Disruptors, Brent spoke to Sampat Pal, leader of India's Gulabi Gang,...

Episode 169: Slaughter in Central African Republic, Climate Targets Winter Sport, Microchip Me and more

Slaughter in the Streets "I have never really seen as much hatred... Here in Central...

Riffed from the Headlines 15/02/14

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Day 6 Encore: Bruce McCall satirizes the super-rich

Bruce McCall is a Canadian-born illustrator and satirist best known for his distinctive work...

Microchip me: In defence of the implant

This week researchers at MIT announced a new microchip they expect will replace cochlear implants. While...

Should I read it? Adam Sternbergh's "Shovel Ready" + giveaway

Canadian author Adam Sternbergh's debut novel "Shovel Ready" has been well received. But should you read...

"Undetectable" doping agent peddled ahead of Sochi

The Sochi Olympics will have "the most stringent" anti-doping program seen at a Winter Olympics,...

Eyewitness in the Central African Republic

Thousands of civilians have been killed and half a million people have fled their homes...

Comment: Ron James on Sochi

Ron James loves watching the Olympics, but admits he's not quite sure what's going on half...

Climate change and the future of the Winter Games

Rising temperatures at the Sochi Olympics this week are turning snow into slush, and drawing...

Episode 168: Psychedelics' Therapeutic Potential, Busting the TSA, Grandfather of the Snowboard and more

Let Them Trip   "Right now, the public impression of these drugs is that they're...

How the Snurfer changed the world: the origins of snowboarding

With The Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, we take a look back at the origins...

Best of Day 6: Blackwater's Erik Prince on Civilian Warriors

Erik Prince, founder of the controversial military contractor Blackwater, is on a different type of...

Riffed from the headlines 8/2/14

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Kremlin critic's car topped with wooden penis

Moscow-based Katya Romanovskaya is the co-creator of a popular satire twitter account, @KermlinRussia, where she mocks...

Should psychedelic drug research restrictions be loosened?

Scientific American is calling on the U.S. government to loosen restrictions on psychoactive drugs such...

Confessions of a TSA agent: I saw you naked

The use of "full body scanners" that produce detailed 3-D images of airport travellers had critics...

Episode 167: China's Great Migration, Superbowl of Weed, Russia's Vodka Politics and more

China's Urban Explosion  "[This Chinese government] demolished our house by force....  They destroyed everything.  Nothing...

Voices from Beijing: China's New Year exodus

The world's largest annual human migration is underway in China, as hundreds of millions of...

Riffed from the headlines 1/2/14

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The Stoner Bowl: weed critics on Seattle vs. Denver

The Super Bowl is upon us, and this year both teams hail from the states...

A human tsunami: China's coming urban transformation

Roughly 500 million Chinese citizens have moved from farms to cities in the past two...

The ongoing hunt for Nazi-looted art

George Clooney's new movie, The Monuments Men, is based on the true story of Allied volunteers who...

Vodka Politics: Why Russian history is drenched in alcohol

Russia is known for its vodka, a drink embedded so deeply into the country's culture...

Episode 166: The Syrian Evidence, Sports Betting and Big Data, Kim Dotcom's Next Move and more

Grim Conclusions  "It was a job that needed doing and I was the person on...

Riffed from the Headlines 25/1/14

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How big data is changing sports betting

Warren Buffett is taking March Madness gambling to the next level. The prolific investor is...

The unstoppable Kim Dotcom

How does Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom celebrate anniversaries? On the first anniversary of the raid on his...

State made handgun named for Delhi rape victim

An Indian state run gun maker has launched a new handgun named after the victim of...

Non-native woman runs for chief in B.C.

Pauline Goertzen is white, has no indigenous heritage, and is not a status Indian. But...

Bearing witness to the photos that help prove Syrian torture

As Syrian peace talks stalled this week, a new report paints a grim picture of...

Episode 165: Infidelity and the French Man, Israel's Issues as Harper Visits, Texas Death Row Lawyer and more

M. Hollande and Other Indescrétions "We have a tradition of amorous exploits of powerful men....

Call for Submissions: What's Siri saying to you?

Can a gadget ever be too smart for its own good? Siri, the voice-controlled...

Riffed from the Headlines 18/01/14

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20 years defending people on Texas' death row + giveaway

About once every other month, David Dow watches someone die. As a death penalty lawyer in Texas,...

Why is China cloning pigs on an "industrial scale"?

Animal cloning on an industrial scale has become a reality. BBC science editor David Shukman...

Satire: Text messages from a jealous fridge

A thermostat that knows your schedule. A text message to your dishwasher. It may sound...

As Harper visits, what tough issues does Israel face?

The foreign visit can be a convenient tool for a leader looking to press pause...

The Hollande Affair: Fidelity and the French man

It's a long-held stereotype that France is a philanderer's paradise. So perhaps it comes as no...

Episode 164: Rodman and Ping Pong Diplomacy, P.J. O'Rourke, Survivorman, the Polar Vortex and more

How Ping Pong Opened China  "I was in the training hall. All of a sudden...

Riffed from the Headlines 11/01/13

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Emily Bazelon on restitution and child pornography

Advocates for the victims of child pornography say the abuse continues every time an image...

Dennis Rodman and Ping Pong Diplomacy + Book Giveaway

Basketball player Dennis Rodman made the headlines this week when he compared his recent trip...

'Survivorman' shares his sub-zero survival tips

The recent polar vortex has left a lot of us wishing for warmer temperatures. And...

Outsourcing elder care to Thailand + Poll

Across the developed world families are struggling with rising costs of caring for the elderly,...

P.J. O'Rourke on Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll and Boomers + Book Giveaway

With the year 2014 comes a 50th birthday for the very youngest of the Baby...

Episode 163: Dear Prudence, Glenn Greenwald, Maria Bamford's Singular Comedy and more

New Year Advice from Dear Prudence   "How do you start over? It's a real...

Day 6 Encore: Maria Bamford on mental illness

Comedian Maria Bamford is often called one of the most original voices in comedy today....

Day 6 Encore: Glenn Greenwald on leaking NSA secrets

Secrets leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have triggered a global debate on government...

Dear Prudence's New Year's advice for the famous

The start of a whole new year marks another chance to make some resolutions and...

Day 6 Encore: Gaet Lepine on Stompin' Tom Connors

We aired several interviews looking at the lives and legacies of people who died in...
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