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Spark

Spark brings you the latest in technology and culture. With an eye on the future, host Nora Young guides you through this dynamic era of technology-led change, and connects your life to the big ideas changing our world right now.

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Climate change and wildfires

Wildfires are putting the residents of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan at risk as climate change creates warmer and drier conditions.

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A handbag out of dead cat?

Artist and taxidermist Claire Third created this "glamourpuss" purse from a dead cat she found on the side of the road.

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Connecting with Alzheimer's

Hear how to build a meaningful loving relationship with someone who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Big Tobacco fights Canada's plain packaging plans.

Cigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.

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328: Disruption in banking, a long view on AI, and more...

The AI100 takes a long view on artificial intelligence research, why there are pop machines in your video games, teaching millennials about money, how the big banks are dealing with disruptions, and taking another look at the value of gold.

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327: Working less, social credit scores, and more...

A proposal for shorter workdays. We ask the question. Getting credit through online shopping and social media. And the tech helping people send money back home.

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326: The pain of paying, tracking babies, and more...

How credit cards help us spend more, new ways we are measuring everything about our kids, using Amazing Prime for... everything, celebrating the birthday of an unsung operating system, and looking back on Spark 10 seasons in.

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Introducing: From Bartering to Bitcoin

Spark's new series on the future of money in a digital world

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325: Connected bikes, playground design and more

The latest in connected bikes. Playing with playground design. The messaging app boom. And, experimenting with guaranteed basic income.

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324: Tracking tears, Zero Rating and more...

Adding tears to the quantified self movement. Finding names for every place. Understanding a big tech purchase. The problem with data-free content. And why the simplest brains are sometimes the best.

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323: Video visitations, busting bad behaviour and more

The impact of video visitation replacing in-person visits at jails and prisons. Fighting sexism in the tech industry. The AI that remade Blade Runner. And, falling in love with a little help from Google Translate.

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322: Web Brutalism, millennial interests and more

Why Brutalism is the hot new trend in web design. What are millennials interested in? And, how to prepare for the inevitable.

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321: Life-saving fonts, ransomware cars and more

The right typeface can be a matter of life and death. How connected cars can be held for ransom. The origins of authority. Reading by ear. And, your phone's secret FM radio.

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320: Wake up the brain with sound and more

Waking up the brain with sound, designing consent into social networks, distracted parenting, and what's the big deal about blockchain?

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319: Make better decisions with math and more

How an algorithm can help you make decisions, the new movie only you will see, dancing with AI, and virtual reality documentary.

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318: Embracing boredom, digital hoarding, quantum computing and more

The value of being bored. Explaining quantum computing. Clearing out our digital basements. Using DNA to store data. A literary use for the Dark Web.

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317: inspiration overload, chatbot mania and more

Why should we care about chatbots? Flushing data down the toilet. Inspiration and aspiration overload. Following mail to understand economics. Fighting patent trolls with nonsense.

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316: Autonomous intersections, the Animal Internet and more

Running with the Grand Theft Auto deer. Autonomous intersections. How we're driven to distraction. Computerized vulture eggs. Animal privacy rights and the animal internet.

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315: Social algorithms, healthcare design and more

Instagram, algorithms and the little guy. Waiting rooms designed with the patient in mind. Raising digital and robotic natives. Bursting the on-demand economy bubble.

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