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    As It Happens | Jul 31, 2014

    Iranian artist follow-up/lawyer, homophone blogger, broody octopus obit/**music removed online due to copyright*

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    WireTap | Jul 26, 2014

    After the death of his uncle, a boy turns to the comforts of spirituality to help cope with his own mortality. Pretty soon, he's on a road trip with a rabbi to meet the leader of a religious sect, a man known affectionately as The Lion.

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    Tapestry | Sep 13, 2013

    If apes can behave with compassion, what happens to the argument that human beings are ethical because god made us that way?

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    Rewind | May 8, 2014

    Jesse Winchester was one of Canada's most well known draft dodgers, a man who both performed his own songs and wrote them for other musicians. When he died in April, there was an outpouring of affection and reminiscence.

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    Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids | Jul 30, 2014

    A family obsessed with underwear, kindness to animals, and angst-filled LiveJournal entries. Recorded live at the Cedar Tree Cafe in Fredericton, NB.

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    Live Through This | Jul 27, 2014

    This week, and this week only, our show was recorded live on stage in our own backyard here in Toronto at a monthly live storytelling event called Raconteurs. You'll hear stories about what happens when it all goes wrong!

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Spark - Elder techJun 22, 2014 | 17:43Spark Elder tech Audio
Spark Elder tech Jun 22, 2014 | 17:43Our society is getting older fast and dealing with growing rates of dementia. Researchers and industry are turning their attention to the massive elder care market and developing technologies and services to help seniors integrate tech into their lives.
Spark - Interactive citiesJun 22, 2014 | 8:18Spark Interactive cities Audio
Spark Interactive cities Jun 22, 2014 | 8:18Daan Roosegaarde is ?one of the leading designers? envisioning the networked cities of the future, from roads that tell you when they're slippery to dancing lights that turn on when you pass them.
Spark - Social media microbesJun 22, 2014 | 4:56Spark Social media microbes Audio
Spark Social media microbes Jun 22, 2014 | 4:56Nick Bratt created a pocket microscope that uses your smartphone as the display screen because he wants to promote scientific curiosity in a fun and engaging way.
Spark - Retro wearablesJun 22, 2014 | 9:54Spark Retro wearables Audio
Spark Retro wearables Jun 22, 2014 | 9:54Thad Starner is a computer scientist and technical lead on Google Glass. He also started wearing a custom-designed computer way back in 1993. He gives Nora a tour of his huge collection of vintage wearable computers.
Spark - Easy electronicsJun 22, 2014 | 8:06Spark Easy electronics Audio
Spark Easy electronics Jun 22, 2014 | 8:06Ayah Bdeir is the founder of littleBits, Lego-like building blocks of electronics designed to snap together easily with magnets, so that anyone can make simple circuitry projects.
Spark - 256: Elder tech. Social media microbes. Interactive cities. Easy electronics. Retro wearables.Jun 22, 2014 | 53:59Spark 256: Elder tech. Social media microbes. Interactive cities. Easy electronics. Retro wearables. Audio
Spark 256: Elder tech. Social media microbes. Interactive cities. Easy electronics. Retro wearables. Jun 22, 2014 | 53:59Helping seniors integrate ever-changing technology into their lives. A smartphone microscope. Designing interactive cities. Easy electronics. And getting retro with wearable tech.
Spark - The People's PlatformJun 15, 2014 | 10:52Spark The People's Platform Audio
Spark The People's Platform Jun 15, 2014 | 10:52In her book The People's Platform, Astra Taylor argues that the utopian idea of a democratic culture will not appear as a consequence of technology alone and what we have seen so far is more of a rearrangement than a revolution.
Spark - Work songsJun 15, 2014 | 15:23Spark Work songs Audio
Spark Work songs Jun 15, 2014 | 15:23Music historian Ted Gioia, and Spark listener Gregory Frankland, who works works on a vineyard, discuss the value of listening to music on headphones in traditional labour settings, and the loss of the participatory experience of singing work songs.
Spark - Film in the futureJun 15, 2014 | 12:09Spark Film in the future Audio
Spark Film in the future Jun 15, 2014 | 12:09The internet has had a huge impact on all forms of mass media, but what shape will this disruption take in the near future? Chris Dorr explains what the changes brought about by the internet mean for filmgoers, filmmakers and traditional film studios.
Spark - Fan-uploaded contentJun 15, 2014 | 10:47Spark Fan-uploaded content Audio
Spark Fan-uploaded content Jun 15, 2014 | 10:47Lewis Ball of BroadbandTV thinks that when fans share their favourite TV and movie clips online it should be seen as loyalty, not piracy. Their business model allows fans to continue to share clips while helping media companies manage the content.
Spark - 255: Headphones versus worksongs. The People's Platform. The future of film. Fans and uploaded content.Jun 15, 2014 | 53:59Spark 255: Headphones versus worksongs. The People's Platform. The future of film. Fans and uploaded content. Audio
Spark 255: Headphones versus worksongs. The People's Platform. The future of film. Fans and uploaded content. Jun 15, 2014 | 53:59In the age of headphones and mp3s, is singing together at work a thing of the past? Plus, out-of-the-box-office thinking by the big Hollywood studios. And balancing fans' desire to share content online with the content owners' desire to get paid.
Spark - 100 year photoJun 8, 2014 | 12:17Spark 100 year photo Audio
Spark 100 year photo Jun 8, 2014 | 12:17Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats wants to create a 100 year in the making photo of Berlin, using pinhole cameras and slow exposure in order to encourage us to think long term about development and our cities.
Spark - Described videoJun 8, 2014 | 6:59Spark Described video Audio
Spark Described video Jun 8, 2014 | 6:59Kevin Shaw is blind, and fed up with watching poorly described movies and TV, he decided to create Zagga, a 'Netflix for blind people'. Zagga will offer described video on demand for top titles, and in a format that is accessible for those with vision los
Spark - The networked cityJun 8, 2014 | 10:40Spark The networked city Audio
Spark The networked city Jun 8, 2014 | 10:40Keiichi Matsuda imagines future networked cities where citizens have the power to create their own digital interfaces and information environments.
Spark - Emotional techJun 8, 2014 | 20:47Spark Emotional tech Audio
Spark Emotional tech Jun 8, 2014 | 20:47We've long projected our feelings onto the gear around us, but what happens when the technology can TELL how we're feeling! A look at emotional tech with interaction designers Jennifer Dunnam, Don Norman, and Elizabeth Churchill.

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