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How Esther The Wonder Pig & 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

'One of the amazing things about swearing... is how much it pulls on the emotional centres of the brain.' In her recent book, computational neuroscientist Emma Byrne says there are scientific rationales for swearing.

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

Writer Jonathan Chait suggests that the Trump-Putin relationship goes far deeper than mere admiration. He says it could be 'a meeting between a Russian-intelligence asset and his handler.'

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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."

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.

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?

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 the App Store charts.

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

Indie developer says his game has been copied by a company that's backed by cash from Goldman Sachs.

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.

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

Journalists who reached out to victims' friends received rejections that suggest a deep distrust of the media among the city's black communities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.