Nov 29, 2013 | 14:59Spark Startup Visa 101 Audio
Spark Startup Visa 101 Nov 29, 2013 | 14:59Investor Boris Wertz explains the Canadian Start-Up Visa program, which is designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to create Canadian businesses and jobs.
Nov 22, 2013 | 9:29Spark The pre-Digi Selfie Audio
Spark The pre-Digi Selfie Nov 22, 2013 | 9:29In light of this week's news that "selfie" was named by Oxford Dictionaries as their International Word of the Year, we speak with Aimee Morrison about the long, pre-digital history of the selfie, and what they reveal about our culture.
Nov 22, 2013 | 10:45Spark Status Update Audio
Spark Status Update Nov 22, 2013 | 10:45For her book, Status Update, Alice Marwick conducted an extensive ethnography of the San Francisco tech scene, to find out why the promise of a democratic and participatory social media culture has turned into an obsession with status and attention.
Nov 22, 2013 | 8:37Spark Hardwiring Happiness Audio
Spark Hardwiring Happiness Nov 22, 2013 | 8:37Our brains are wired to remember negative experiences more than positive ones, but neuropsychologist Rick Hanson argues that by focusing on the positive experiences we have, we can 'rewire' our brains for happiness.
Nov 22, 2013 | 9:11Spark Robot Torture Audio
Spark Robot Torture Nov 22, 2013 | 9:11Is it OK to torture a robot? To lock a Roomba in the closet all day? To kick a Furby or decapitate a Pleo? Kate Darling thinks we might consider legally protecting robots from abuse in the same way we protect animals.
Nov 22, 2013 | 8:58Spark Black Code Audio
Spark Black Code Nov 22, 2013 | 8:586 months after Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency, stories are still coming out, including more allegations about Canada's CSEC. Ron Deibert on why we need a new 'social contract' about surveillance in a social media age.
Nov 20, 2013 | 14:27Spark Privacy, Security, and the NSA Audio
Spark Privacy, Security, and the NSA Nov 20, 2013 | 14:27It's been nearly 6 months since the first of Edward Snowden's leaks about surveillance by the NSA, with more to come on Canada's CSEC. We decided to check in again with Ron Deibert, author of Black Code, which has just come out in an expanded edition.
Nov 20, 2013 | 14:57Spark Beauty and the Brain Audio
Spark Beauty and the Brain Nov 20, 2013 | 14:57A little zap to the brain may improve the way you feel aesthetically about a picture. Zaira Cattaneo on enhancing the experience of beauty through brain stimulation.