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  • Cellphone Inventor Martin Cooper

    How groundbreaking technology has changed the world

    by Ripple Effect

    Life today is shaped so powerfully by technological advances, but few could have predicted the impact those technologies would have when they first arrived. We look at the ramifications of the Internet, 3D printers, and the invention of the cellphone.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 3:14 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 05, 2016 9:15 AM ET
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  • How groundbreaking technology has changed the world

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio How groundbreaking technology has changed the world

    Life today is shaped so powerfully by technological advances, but few could have predicted the impact those technologies would have when they first arrived. We look at the ramifications of the Internet, 3D printers, and the invention of the cellphone.

    Listen 27:29
  • World Press Photo 2016 General News 1st prize stories winner migrant crisis by Sergey Ponomarev

    Global refugee crisis triggered by conflict, climate change

    by Ripple Effect

    There is now an unprecedented global movement of people fleeing conflict, poverty, and the effects of climate change. We track the ripple effects that continue to reverberate for refugees, migrants, and the societies faced with a new populace.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 3:38 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016 8:11 AM ET
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  • Global refugee crisis triggered by conflict, climate change

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio Global refugee crisis triggered by conflict, climate change

    There is now an unprecedented global movement of people fleeing conflict, poverty, and the effects of climate change. We track the ripple effects that continue to reverberate for refugees, migrants, and the societies faced with a new populace.

    Listen 27:29
  • Britain Animal Testing

    From young blood to the dawn of a post-antibiotic age, the future of medicine is here

    by Ripple Effect

    The ripple effects in medicine and scientific research have us exploring how young blood could repel the effects of old age, how the gender gap in mice is causing troubling implications in medical research, and how a post-antibiotic age may be upon us.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 4:42 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016 6:37 PM ET
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  • From young blood to the dawn of a post-antibiotic age, the future of medicine is here

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio From young blood to the dawn of a post-antibiotic age, the future of medicine is here

    The ripple effects in medicine and scientific research have us exploring how young blood could repel the effects of old age, how the gender gap in mice is causing troubling implications in medical research, and how a post-antibiotic age may be upon us.

    Listen 27:29
  • GPS Flickr

    How technology challenges our brains and relationships

    by Ripple Effect

    These days you can't escape the influence of technology on our lives — from competing with a smartphone for personal interaction, to how our brains are losing navigational skills in favour of the GPS. The ripple effects are all around us.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 8:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016 9:03 AM ET
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  • From Harry Potter to Winnie the Pooh, beloved children's books shape lives

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio From Harry Potter to Winnie the Pooh, beloved children's books shape lives

    Reading a good book can transport us to another place. And when a story captures the imagination of a child, it can stay with them forever. We explore the lasting influence of two books... one about a legendary boy wizard and the other, a silly old bear.

    Listen 27:29
  • Winnie the Pooh

    From Harry Potter to Winnie the Pooh, beloved children's books shape lives

    by Ripple Effect

    Reading a good book can transport us to another place. And when a story captures the imagination of a child, it can stay with them forever. We explore the lasting influence of two books... one about a legendary boy wizard and the other, a silly old bear.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 8:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016 12:12 PM ET
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  • From Harry Potter to Winnie the Pooh, beloved children's books shape lives

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio From Harry Potter to Winnie the Pooh, beloved children's books shape lives

    Reading a good book can transport us to another place. And when a story captures the imagination of a child, it can stay with them forever. We explore the lasting influence of two books... one about a legendary boy wizard and the other, a silly old bear.

    Listen 27:29
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    Child refugees are innocent victims of conflict and chaos

    by Ripple Effect

    One of the most disturbing ripple effects of war is how it scars children. The innocent victims of conflict so often have their childhood's cut short and their lives upended. In this episode, we explore the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2016 2:19 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016 6:45 PM ET
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  • Child refugees are innocent victims of conflict and chaos

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio Child refugees are innocent victims of conflict and chaos

    One of the most disturbing ripple effects of war is how it scars children. The innocent victims of conflict so often have their childhood's cut short and their lives upended. In this episode, we explore the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child.

    Listen 27:29
  • hi-bc-120604-prison-cells

    The ripple effects of crime and punishment on criminals and their families

    by Ripple Effect

    When a crime is committed, family members of those convicted have nowhere to turn. We explore crime and justice through the isolation these families face and track the ripple effects of tough-on-crime policies on the perpetrator and prison system.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2016 2:20 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016 6:45 PM ET
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  • The ripple effects of crime and punishment on criminals and their families

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio The ripple effects of crime and punishment on criminals and their families

    When a crime is committed, family members of those convicted have nowhere to turn. We explore crime and justice through the isolation these families face and track the ripple effects of tough-on-crime policies on the perpetrator and prison system.

    Listen 27:29
  • Housing Hack

    Millenial communes and Airbnb rentals take off amid housing crunch

    by Ripple Effect

    As real estate prices continue to rise in Canada, many have been pushed to move away. We explore how millennials have created a solution to their housing needs and how the popularity of Airbnb is adding to pressures on Vancouver's rental housing market.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 8:42 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2016 1:43 PM ET
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  • Millenial communes and Airbnb rentals take off amid housing crunch

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio Millenial communes and Airbnb rentals take off amid housing crunch

    As real estate prices continue to rise in Canada, many have been pushed to move away. We explore how millennials have created a solution to their housing needs and how the popularity of Airbnb is adding to pressures on Vancouver's rental housing market.

    Listen 27:29
  • Oil sands  Alberta

    Newfoundland and Labrador face hardship as jobs evaporate

    by Ripple Effect

    Declining oil prices have had ripple effects across Canada that have spread to Newfoundland and Labrador. For generations, Newfoundlanders have travelled to work on the Alberta oil fields but now there are no jobs. We head to the Burin Penninsula.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2016 2:20 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 25, 2016 12:23 PM ET
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  • Newfoundland and Labrador face hardship as jobs evaporate

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio Newfoundland and Labrador face hardship as jobs evaporate

    Declining oil prices have had ripple effects across Canada that have spread to Newfoundland and Labrador. For generations, Newfoundlanders have travelled to work on the Alberta oil fields but now there are no jobs. We head to the Burin Penninsula.

    Listen 27:29
  • Nick Bostrom, philosopher, founding director of the Future of Humanity

    Artificial intelligence could shape the fate of humanity, says Nick Bostrom

    by Ripple Effect

    One of the world's big thinkers on Artificial Intelligence, Nick Bostrom argues A.I. has the potential to shape the fate of humanity. We explore what the rise of A.I. machines means for the human race and could it potentially surpass human intelligence.

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 8:45 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016 11:42 AM ET
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  • Artificial intelligence could shape the fate of humanity, says Nick Bostrom

    Wednesday June 29, 2016

    Audio Artificial intelligence could shape the fate of humanity, says Nick Bostrom

    One of the world's big thinkers on Artificial Intelligence, Nick Bostrom argues A.I. has the potential to shape the fate of humanity. We explore what the rise of A.I. machines means for the human race and could it potentially surpass human intelligence.

    Listen 27:29

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