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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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How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.

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The Ear Hustle

Hear the podcast creators talk about life inside San Quentin State Prison.

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The origin of Betty Boop

Mark Fleischer, CEO of Fleischer Studios, talks about the history of the Betty Boop character.

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Whipped cream canister kills Instagram star

Rebecca Burger died after a whipped cream canister struck her in the heart — and a French consumer watchdog group says they've warning about this product for years.

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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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359: machines that smell sickness, sarcastic AI and more

Crowdsourcing happiness. Sarcastic AI. Protest and technology. Making music with code. Machines that can sniff out disease.

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358: moderation, persuasion, attention

Facebook's content moderation problem. Apple's lack of daycare. Dumb bots that improve office dynamics. And, online persuasion and the attention economy.

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357: audio tattoos, the malware scare and more

The future of ransomware. Ads that target your painful past. Tattoos you can listen to. And, has America become anti-innovation?

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356: "Can you please unlock your phone, sir?"

Why border officials can scour your smartphone. Should robots interview abused children? "Dashing" off donations. Behaviour and digital nudging. Portrayals of motherhood in video games.

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355: Down and out in the digital economy

The perils of job hunting in a digital age. Why kids should learn to hack. The dangers of "pre-crime" algorithms. Kim Dotcom: the man behind the myth.

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354: Social media, social ills

Facebook, violence and responsibility. An app to bridge the political divide. Designing government data to be engaging. Locked out of your own YouTube account. And, why we need a nature fix.

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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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