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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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Viral video of emaciated polar bear may not be what it seems

'I wasn't totally surprised. These things happen,' the Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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3 concussions later

After her concussions Miranda would fight for the next six years to get her life back.

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Alabama newspapers vs. Roy Moore

Alabama's biggest newspapers say Roy Moore is unfit for office.

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Going on your own terms

Will Pegg's knows he doesn't want to die from metastatic bone cancer. So he's chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.

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375: Your apps are watching you, sugarcane jet fuel and more

Clandestine app trackers. How AI is helping treat people with depression. 3D mapping coral reefs. Sugarcane could be the next jet fuel. Turning air pollution into ink for your pen.

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374: Bad bosses, good internet and more

With Google, Facebook and Apple leading our online experience, is net neutrality really possible? From clothing to bivalves, how entrepreneurs are using Facebook Live to sell. How the ad industry has shifted from tempting you to targeting you.

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373: Useless job interviews, vibration passwords and more

How Google knows exactly where you are, even with location data disabled. Why we should throw the job interview out with the trash. Signals from our vibrating bones could be the next password solution.

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372: Your podcast brain, the augmented reality future and more

This is your brain on podcasts. Designing social media for better mental health. Building AIs that build other AIs. How to prepare for an augmented reality future.

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371: Moral outrage goes viral and more

When moral outrage goes viral. The Bitcoin power drain. Optical Illusions for computers. Building AIs that build other AIs. Releasing new music on floppy disk.

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370: Hurricanes and power grids, cellphone privacy and more

Hurricanes and power grids. Law enforcement and cellphone privacy. Helping humans and computers understand one another.

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369: Self-teaching bots, AI copyright, and more

Robot e-mail answering. AI and intellectual property. Netflix "binge racers". Tech's Frankenstein moment. Unrestricted machine learning.

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368: Deadly devices, watching rocks and more

Trying to track online political advertising. Facebook, politics and foreign influence. Wi-Fi breach. Watching rocks. The cost of designing our devices to die.

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367: Loneliness, Algorithms, War and Peace

The trouble with advertising algorithms. The Loneliness Project. Why you should read War and Peace on your phone.

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366: Smelling data, competing for Amazon, and more

How your PC may be making someone else rich. Getting emotional about online privacy. Blade Runner and what it means to be human in the age of AI. And, cities battle to be home to Amazon's second headquarters

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365: Turning the economy upside down, leaking data's smell, surrogate robot students and more

How machines, platforms and the crowd are changing everything.

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364: Reimagining the classroom, the university, and the trades

How can we best prepare young people for a work environment that's constantly evolving?

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363: Social media for disaster, buffering, robot lawyers and more

How AI might help rescuers use social media in a disaster, The end of buffering in streaming media? Why the world isn't ready for robot lawyers, What Canadian workers can expert from automation, and Ageism: The hidden barrier in tech invention

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362: Machine learning outliers, smart device "ownership," and more

Do you really "own" your smart devices? How can machine learning understand unusual data? The video selfie as CV. A website that forces you to go offline to see it.

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The Spark guide to living, part 10: Creativity

Jumpstart your own creative process with our look at how innovative, creative and even brilliant ideas happen.

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The Spark guide to living, part 4: Disability and assistive tech

The Spark Guide to Living looks at how technology has made living with disability easier and more manageable.

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The Spark guide to living, part 5: Money and tech

We look at how money and finance is being radically changed by technology

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The Spark guide to living, part 6: Designing your life

How has technology made living easier? Or has it made life more difficult? The Spark guide to asks how tech helps you design your life.

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The Spark guide to living, part 7: The impact of algorithms

Algorithms govern our search results to what we see on Facebook. We examine the hidden impacts of technology.

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The Spark guide to living, part 8: Loneliness and Technology

Technology allows us to connect more than ever. So why are so many people lonely?

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The Spark guide to living, part 9: Artificial Intelligence

Will we soon welcome our robot overlords? Or is AI much more benign? Spark looks at the state of AI

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The Spark guide to living, part 3: Tech in entertainment

We look at how technology has disrupted, enhanced, and hindered the entertainment industry.

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The Spark guide to living, part 2: music and technology

A look at how technology is changing music: the way we hear it, stream it, and make it.

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Spark Guide to Living Episode 1 - The state of innovation in Canada

As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, how well are we doing in innovation? Part 1 of our summer series, The Spark Guide to Living

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361: Blessing robots, extended minds and more

Should social media be public media? A blessing robot that offers hope in seven languages. A robot couples counsellor could save your relationship. Plus, why your phone is really an extension of your mind.

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360: language and diversity in the digital age

Our changing view of the physical book. Linguistic diversity online and how digital tools are helping to reclaim languages at risk. The anti-social media app.

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