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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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'A Better Man'

Attiya Khan tries to create a dialogue between herself and her abuser in the documentary 'A Better Man"

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The motorcycle is yourself

Tim Wilson revisits 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

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San Francisco's piano van busker

Six years ago Brandy was about to launch his passion project, but an unexpected loss sent him on a downward spiral.

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A man raises $11.7K for Michelle Obama mural he copied

A Chicago man is defending his Michelle Obama mural as found art, but this Ethiopian art student says it originated on her Instagram page.

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353: Addiction, failure, psychopaths

How to identify and curb tech addiction and overuse. Why we should stop scrolling and start connecting. A tour through the Museum of Failure. A tax on robots. And, is Silicon Valley full of psychopaths?

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352: Baby boxes, internet health and more

Internet health. Baby boxes. 808 heartbreak. Frank Lloyd Wright's 3D revival. And, is tech becoming conceptual art?

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351: Search history for sale, bot talk and more

Search history for sale. Bots that develop their own language. Vision for the legally blind. And, what innovation means in Canada.

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350: Disappearing trades, automation and more

Vanishing skills in our digital society. Why there's still a lively market for feature phones in developing economies. And how the threat of automation and job destruction is overblown.

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349: Down with self-improvement, sexism and more

Resisting the self-improvement craze. Data analytics and the restaurant industry. Diplomatic digital relations. Sexism and Silicon Valley.

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348: Everyone's a musician, no one is the boss

Google's hatred-fighting AI. How assistive tech can sometimes reinforce inequalities. No musical ability, no problem, there's an app for that. A personal assistant that answers exclusively in GIFs. And saying goodbye to the CEO for good.

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348: Rando reactions, creative data and more

The future of streaming, sharing, stealing and entertainment. A record-pressing robot helps bring back vinyl. An argument against Virtual Reality as an empathy tool. And, going random with Facebook reactions.

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313: Virtual reality, actual loneliness and more

Technology that connects and isolates, the intricacies and unexpected outcomes of robot law, finding high art and compassion in virtual reality, and the "Godmother of VR" on the state of her industry.

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346: biometrics, audio intelligence and more

Privacy implications of data-gathering medical technologies. Crypto parties get a new push thanks to rising data-mining fears. A new car service that connects drivers to riders directly. And, teaching AI to recognize sounds.

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345: love, hate, sex, apocalypse

Apocalypse Now the interactive horror game. Conflict resolution through video games. A dating app for mutual hate. Women CEOs work to decrease the stigma of female sexuality. And, the veggie burger that tastes and bleeds like beef.

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344: Tech workers, the travel ban and more

A Facebook employee's story of how he's affected by the U.S. travel ban. Canadian tech companies respond to the ban. Baby clothes that record what parents say. Diagnosing PTSD with speech analysis. Making comedy by reading the internet verbatim.

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343: Smart bridges, the end of FM and more

Smart bridges, the end of FM radio, protecting climate change data under Trump, and listening to problem machines.

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342: Sex robots, anonymity and more

Sex robots, anonymity and harassment, and the rise of the physicist.

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341: Winter cities, voicemail is dead and more

Postmortem communication, the death of voicemail, better winter cities, and an apple that never browns.

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340: Mindfulness, frugality, and the future

How to use tech to bring calm to your life, why being frugal is at odds with our taste for luxury, and forecasting the future of futurism.

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318: digital hoarding, storing data in DNA and more

Digital hoarding. Storing data in DNA. Quantum computing. Dark Web literary magazine. How to be bored.

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311-304: 3D archeology, yearbook smiles and more

3D Archaeology. Printing 3D artifacts. Sound mapping. Yearbook smiles. Cloud storage your stuff. Algorithmic fairness.

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339: Fake news, synthetic ears and more

How fake news spreads. Making ears from apples. Texting with household cleaners. The impact of tech on families. Transgender on Tinder.

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338: Quantified babies, botnet boutiques and more

How to hack your baby's sleep. An app built by, and for, Labrador Inuit. Inside the botnet black market. And why the 14-hour workday is B.S.

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337: Sick buildings, salty storage solutions and more

Is your office building making you sick? Should you quit social media? Go up a mountain to get away from it all? Store your digital files in a salt mine? Volunteer in an internet chatroom?

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336: Bad driving, social media influence and more

Social media and the politics of democracy. Taxis as mobile libraries. Drivers are as distracted as ever. Data-mining gets visceral. Chatroom lessons from the old-timey internet.

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335: The lonely generation and more

A special look at loneliness in our ultra-connected age.

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334: Quit your job, smart home security and more

Get your boss to help you quit your job. Security and your smart home. In praise of the stupid home. The limitations of AI. And, collaboration and AI.

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333: Stupidity at work, slow innovation and more

Why stupidity gets rewarded at work. Motherhood and productivity. The myth of the great white innovator. Baseball and building better teams. Magic and haunting in technology.

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