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Episode 399: Russia keeps meddling, Sacha Baron Cohen keeps punking, Impeach-O-Meter, Che's brother and more

Russia eyes the 2018 mid-term elections, the Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter, master duper Sacha Baron Cohen, defending Abdoul Abdi, implausible age casting in Mamma Mia 2, the last Blockbuster, Che Guevara's brother and more.
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While Americans fight over 2016 election meddling, Russia gears up for the next one

Molly McKew says what Russia is doing to the United States is real, that it's a form of warfare and that it's likely to keep working through the midterm elections in November.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for July 20

Lee Price of the Irish betting house Paddy Power says Trump's latest statements have driven the odds of impeachment higher.

How Abdoul Abdi's defenders helped keep him from being deported

The former child refugee was convicted of aggravated assault, setting off a deportation hearing that would have sent him to Somalia, a country he doesn't know.

'Be kind, rewind': Inside the last Blockbuster video in the United States

The Blockbuster Video in Bend, Ore., is now the last one in the United States. It's also a tourist attraction, drawing crowds who take selfies with the store's sign.

How Sacha Baron Cohen keeps punking A-list political figures 18 years after Ali G

Sarah Palin and Bernie Sanders are among those duped on 'Who Is America?', Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show.

Cher as Meryl Streep's mom in Mamma Mia 2: Hollywood's eyebrow-raising history of implausible casting

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again opened this week with Cher cast as Meryl Streep's mother, despite the fact that Cher is only three years older. Vanity Fair staff writer Laura Bradley delivers a brief history of implausible age casting in Hollywood.

After 50 years of silence, Che Guevara's brother reveals the man behind the myth

The image of Ernesto "Che" Guevara is everywhere: as pop art, lifestyle brand and pop culture meme. Now, Che's younger brother has written a memoir about growing up with the man behind the myth.

Riffed from the Headlines 07/21/2018

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 the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag.

Episode 398: Trump meets Putin, Greyhound's western exit, Alan Alda, Esther the Wonder Pig and more

Jonathan Chait asks if President Trump is a Russian asset, creative solutions to Greyhound's western exodus, Alan Alda launches a podcast, Ethiopia and Eritrea reconcile, 'Happily Ever Esther,' swearing is good for you and more.

'A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion': Jonathan Chait tests the case for Trump as Russian asset

Writer Jonathan Chait says the Trump-Putin summit could be "a meeting between a Russian-intelligence asset and his handler."

Time for a Canada Post Bus? How creative transit could better serve the communities Greyhound is leaving

Greyhound's decision to exit western Canada has left many rural Canadians feeling stranded. But UBC's David Snadden says this is a chance to improve local transportation and that Europe's Postbus system could provide inspiration.

Alan Alda at 82: Done with cartwheels, on to podcasting

In his new podcast "Clear and Vivid," Alan Alda tries to help people learn to listen better, communicate better and maybe make people a little happier.

How a diplomatic flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea became a surprise reunion between a mother and son

When flight crew member Henok Berhane left Addis Ababa on a VIP flight, he thought they were heading to Sudan. They were actually en route to Eritrea, where Henok's mother lives, separated from him for the past 20 years.

How Esther The Wonder Pig and her legion of fans crowdfunded a life-saving CT scanner for large animals

In 2012, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter adopted what they thought was a micro pig. Esther turned out to be 300 kilograms and has taken the world by storm. They share their story in their second book, Happily Ever Esther.

Swearing is Good for You: The evolutionary advantages of f-bombs

In her recent book, computational neuroscientist Emma Byrne says there are scientific rationales for swearing. Also, it's kinda fun.

Riffed from the Headlines 07/14/2018

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 the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag.

Episode 397: Journalism and black communities, Scott Thompson, video game clones, Iceland's DNA and more

Reporting on black communities in times of crisis and calm, Scott Thompson's first-ever stand-up comedy album, Donut County vs. knock-off video games, Iceland's DNA testing debate, Walking Eagle's satirical news and more.

After fatal Toronto shootings, is it time for journalists to rethink how they cover communities of colour?

After a weekend of violence in Toronto, journalists who reached out to victims' friends received rejections that suggest a deep distrust of the media among the city's black communities.

How surviving cancer helped former Kid in The Hall Scott Thompson confront his fear of standup

Former Kids In The Hall cast member Scott Thompson was always "terrified" of doing standup. Now, after years of cancer treatment, he is no longer afraid.

Maker of Donut County is shocked when a free knock-off beats his game to the market

Indie developer Ben Esposito spent years crafting his video game Donut County, but before it was even published an eerily similar game appeared at the top of app store charts.

Iceland's ethical debate: Should DNA donors be told if they are predisposed to a deadly disease?

Nearly half of Iceland's population have donated their DNA for research, but should donors be made aware if they're genetically predisposed to diseases like cancer or Alzheimer's?

Meet Walking Eagle, the finest source of satirical Indigenous news

The Beaverton has some new competition: 'Walking Eagle,' an online Indigenous satire site. The site's founder and writer says it's way more fun than writing real news.

Riffed from the Headlines 07/07/2018

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 the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag.

Episode 396: Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, Douglas Coupland, Buzzfeed's Guide to Language, Tomson Highway & more

Archiving Vancouver's LGBTQ history, Hannah Gadsby redefines the stand-up special, Douglas Coupland embraces 3D printing, language in the Buzzfeed age, Tomson Highway and more.