April 2014

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 pretend it is they that are producing the harvest, and...

Six ways to fix Everest + gallery

Last Friday is being called the deadliest day in the history of Mount Everest. Sixteen Himalayan mountaineers, or Sherpas, died in an avalanche while climbing...

Win tickets to see Brent interview George Takei onstage

We have two tickets to give away to the Hot Docs premiere of To Be Takei!Click on 'Read More' for contest details. ...

Riffed from the Headlines 26/04/14

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

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 Gandhi in opposition to proposed agricultural legislation. Canada's Bill C-18 has...

George Takei on internment, Star Trek and activism

Since his days as Sulu aboard the starship Enterprise, George Takei has been regarded as an important pop culture figure. He has shot up to...

Voices from Rana Plaza: one year later

One year after one of the worst disasters in the history of the garment industry, many of those affected by the Rana Plaza factory collapse...

Avril Lavigne's J-Pop fail?

Avril Lavigne's Japanese pop-themed music video "Hello Kitty" was dropped from her YouTube account this week, after some called the video racist, while others said...

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 Cossack hats rushed into the building next door and started...

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 with it more violence, nudity and Dothraki -- one of...

Riffed from the Headlines 19/04/14

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

Should the government track Canadians abroad?

Earlier this week The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a group of armed extremists in Syria, released an unverified video in which an unnamed,...

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 our relationship with our pets has evolved to the point...

Return of the Cossacks

As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, there has been a resurgence in the power and prominence of the Cossacks in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Back in...

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  the human condition. And it is more important than partisanship,...

Politics, grief, and setting aside partisanship

Jim Flaherty, Canada's recently retired Finance Minister, passed away this Thursday. In recent days, some staunch opponents of his policies have praised his hard work and dedication....

Are costly online security tools a racket?

Web developers have rushed to fix Heartbleed, a massive online security flaw that's highlighted just how vulnerable a person can be online, despite the existence...

What does it take to be a royal nanny?

Prince George began his first royal tour in New Zealand this week, accompanied by both his parents and nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. Originally from...

Informants, handlers and 'Bethlehem'

In his directorial debut, Bethlehem, filmmaker Yuval Adler tells the complex and emotional story of an Israeli secret-service agent and his teenage Palestinian informant. The...

India's election and Hindu fundamentalism

The Indian election is underway, and if the polls are to be believed, Narendra Modi will become the country's next Prime Minister. Modi represents the...

Riffed from the Headlines 12/04/14

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

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 come from such a dark place, where he had lost...

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 autistic son, Owen, through Disney film and song....

The end of TV pilot season?

Pilot season is that time of year when actors make a pilgrimage to Los Angeles to take part in an epic stretch of auditions for...

Riffed from the Headlines 05/04/14

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

Errol Morris, Donald 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 Wi-Fi sickness real?

The symptoms are real, but what causes them is a mystery. This week an expert panel with the Royal Society of Canada said more research is...

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 autism at age three. In the years that followed Ron...
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