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Episode 412: Tourism for tokers, Saudi prince under scrutiny, how to kill a TV character, April Ryan and more

The future of Canadian cannabis tourism, Mohammed bin Salman's dark side, Red Dead Redemption 2 and 100-hour work weeks, how to kill a TV character, April Ryan's book 'Under Fire', a robot's first TEDx Talk and more.

Bud and Breakfast: Canada's cannabis tourism industry is about to take off

Sean Roby, founder and CEO of Bud and Breakfast, takes us on a tour of the burgeoning cannabis tourism industry, from 'bud bars' to ganja ziplines.

Khashoggi's death casts a new light on Mohammed bin Salman's dark side

Seven months ago, Mohammed bin Salman was being celebrated as a young, progressive reformer. Now, a more sinister, authoritarian side is coming back into focus.

As Red Dead Redemption 2 nears release, Rockstar Games is under fire for employees' extreme overtime

Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser ignited a storm this week when he suggested employees at his studio worked 100-hour weeks. He's since clarified, but critics say extreme overtime is common in the industry.

How to kill a TV character, from Roseanne to Ned Stark

This week, The Conners debuted, having killed off Roseanne. Culture writer Alyssa Bereznak runs down why some TV deaths work and others don't.

'They don't like me, but I don't care': April Ryan on being black, a woman and reporting on Trump

April Ryan is one of the few female black White House correspondents and over the past two years she says both her race and gender have made her the subject of attacks. She says reporting from the Trump White House is unlike any other.

Meet the roboticist who's teaching AI to write fortune cookies and TED Talks

Before Alexander Reben took to the TEDx San Francisco stage with a computer-written speech, he was trying to teach AI to write original aphorisms. The results are remarkable — and hilarious.

Riffed from the Headlines 10/20/2018

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Episode 411: What happened to Jamal Khashoggi, weed hypocrisy, climate and conflict, misused words and more

The fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, François Legault's cross to bear, Rosie Rowbotham on legalizing pot, climate change as a tool of conflict, celebrity political endorsements, fun with misused words, the @Sweden tweeters and more.

How climate change is fueling conflict around the world

The UN's climate change body issued a dire warning this week on global warming. Climate security expert Sherri Goodman says as the earth heats up, so do the chances of global conflict.
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Rosie Rowbotham landed Canada's longest sentence for dealing pot, but he's not cheering legalization

In 1985, Robert 'Rosie' Rowbotham was sentenced to 20 years for smuggling cannabis. But instead of celebrating legalization, he's stung by the hypocrisy of having the people who helped jail him cash in on the industry.

From Sinatra to Taylor Swift: 100 years of celebrity political endorsements

Celebrities have been making political endorsements for nearly a century. Picking sides used to be a gamble for stars, but today, staying on the sidelines carries its own risks.
Satire

When is a crucifix not a religious symbol? When it's hanging in the Quebec National Assembly, silly

Quebec's Premier designate François Legault says he will stand by plans to ban some civil servants from wearing religious symbols. He also says the crucifix that hangs in Quebec's National Assembly can stay.

'Now that red line is broken': Exiled journalist says the fate of Jamal Khashoggi sets a dangerous precedent

Writer and activist Iyad el-Baghdadi says the fate of Jamal Khashoggi changes everything for dissidents like him.
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Illusion or allusion? Let these word nerds help save you from these common language mistakes

Brother and sister Ross and Kathy Petras, authors of That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means, are here to help you understand the difference between 'alright' and 'all right.' Take our quiz and find out how you do.

Sweden let its citizens loose on the country's Twitter, but now it's time to say 'hej då'

In 2011, the Swedish Institute decided to allow individual citizens to take control of the country's tourism account @Sweden. Some talked about pizza, while others made crude jokes. Now, 200,000 tweets later, it's time is done.

Riffed from the Headlines 10/13/2018

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Episode 410: Women's rage, A Star Is Born, Amazon ups its minimum wage, Sharon and Bram and more

Soraya Chemaly says women's rage is justified and good, A Star Is Born gets another reboot, Amazon ups its minimum wage, sharing breast milk to fight malnutrition in Venezuela, Sharon and Bram's farewell tour, The Log Driver's Waltz is now a children's book and more.
Analysis

Kavanaugh, Trump and a year of #MeToo: Women are angry and Soraya Chemaly says that's a good thing

This week, Donald Trump belittled a female reporter and publicly mocked Christine Blasey Ford while the Kavanaugh confirmation vote loomed in the background. The anger among women is palpable and author Soraya Chemaly says the rage is good.

A Star Is Born — again: The decades-old Hollywood fable that just won't quit

The original 'A Star is Born' hit cinemas in 1937. Now, the fourth adaptation is in theatres. Film critics Aisha Harris and Jason Gorber walk us through the movie's long list of reboots.

Why Amazon's decision to raise employees' wages is a great deal — for Amazon

Amazon earned widespread praise for its plan to raise its U.S. employees' minimum wage to $15, but Wired reporter Louise Matsakis says the company has its own reasons for boosting workers' pay.

Women in Venezuela are donating breast milk to save babies from malnutrition

After five years of economic crisis, many Venezuelan mothers are undernourished and baby formula is hard to come by. Now, through informal networks, other women are stepping in to help.

40 years of Skinnamarink: Sharon and Bram launch their farewell tour

For 40 years, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison entertained children and adults alike as two-thirds of Sharon, Lois and Bram. Now they're hitting the road one last time for a farewell tour.

Why Canadians are still celebrating The Log Driver's Waltz, more than half a century after it was written

Canadian folksinger Wade Hemsworth wrote The Log Driver's Waltz, but it was made famous by the McGarrigle sisters in the 1979 NFB film. Now, his great nephew has helped turn it into a children's book.

Riffed from the Headlines 10/06/2018

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