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Episode 443

Abandoning the People's Party, Drake gets dragged, Postmedia's politics, milkshaking, High Cuisine and more

Why a former People's Party organizer is cutting ties, Raptors fans' love-hate relationship with Drake, what Postmedia's 'energy war room' pitch means for journalism, the political power of milkshaking, how the TV show Cops distorts policing, High Cuisine takes edibles to a whole new level and more.

'The nastier side of populism': Why founding organizers are quitting Maxime Bernier's new party

Angelo Isidorou thought the People's Party of Canada could become a viable, principled and pragmatic alternative to the Conservatives. Now the young libertarian free speech activist says the party is being threatened by 'crazies.'

Why everyone should chill out about Drake's courtside antics at Raptors games

Some fans aren't impressed by Drake's courtside behaviour in the playoffs: taunting opposing players and even giving Toronto coach Nick Nurse a brief shoulder massage. But sports journalist Hayden Godfrey says the haters need to stand down because Drake is good for the team and its fans.

Postmedia wants in on Jason Kenney's 'energy war room.' Here's what that means for journalism

Sponsored content is part of the business model for newspapers across the country, but Postmedia's move crosses into new and uncomfortable territory for journalism, say Paula Simons and Sean Holman.

Milkshaking is now a verb — and the latest tactic for confronting the far-right

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage got doused with a milkshake while campaigning in northeast England. New Republic staff writer Matt Ford says milkshaking is part of a long history of using food to humiliate politicians and an effective form of political commentary.

Running from Cops: How a decades-old reality TV show distorted America's view of policing

For three decades, the ubiquitous reality TV show Cops has been shaping public perceptions of policing in America. Now a new investigative podcast digs into the show's penchant for stretching the truth and the costs of that deception.

Beyond pot brownies: Meet the Amsterdam chefs taking haute cuisine so much higher

Michelin-starred chefs Noah Tucker and Anthony Joseph have combined their love for haute cuisine and their curiosity about natural psychedelics into a groundbreaking TV series called High Cuisine.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/25/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 442

Canada's anti-abortion movement, kids named Khaleesi, Israel's cybersecurity sector, Rita Chiarelli and more

How Canada's anti-abortion movement is getting mobilized, talking to kids named Khaleesi about Game of Thrones' awkward final season, the Israeli cyber-security company being tied to the WhatsApp hack, Jack Dorsey's Silicon Valley diet, how an optometrist got caught up in a facial recognition experiment, Rita Chiarelli and more.

Canada's anti-abortion movement is rebranding — and pushing for political impact

Canadians might think Alabama's and Georgia's restrictive abortion laws could never happen at home, but Maclean's columnist Anne Kingston says Canada's anti-abortion movement is rebranding and becoming more politically organized.
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Dear Khaleesi: A mother's heartfelt letter to her awkwardly named kid

Last year, 560 baby Khaleesi's were born in the United States, named after the popular Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen. But a dark narrative twist has left the name with a whole lot of baggage. Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri imagines one mother's attempt to explain her daughter's name.

'A spy in your pocket': How Israel's growing cyber security industry is tied to the WhatsApp hack

The company behind spyware that used a WhatsApp vulnerability to hack smartphones says their products are intended to be used to fight terror and crime — but human rights advocates say they're also used to target dissidents and journalists.

Don't call it 'dieting': Silicon Valley's next big hack might happen in your body

Under the guise of increasing productivity, Silicon Valley companies and CEOs are selling products and ideas the diet industry previously marketed to women. But Silicon Valley's brand of dieting is using new language and finding new targets — men.

How a park-strolling Manhattan optometrist became an unwitting guinea pig in a facial recognition experiment

San Francisco banned facial recognition technology this week, but it's still unregulated across much of Canada and the U.S. — as optometrist Richard Madonna discovered when he was unwittingly surveilled and identified while walking through a public park earlier this year.

Beating the blues with blues: Rita Chiarelli takes music and salvation to imprisoned women

Hamilton blues musician Rita Chiarelli just returned from a visit to a women's prison in Topeka, Kansas, where she helped inmates learn to write, sing and put on a concert. Chiarelli says the music gave them a sense of hope and humanity.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/18/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 441

Gig economy workers unite, Trump's billion-dollar con, Hatari vs. Eurovision, Ramadan in Xinjiang and more

Foodora bike couriers organize amidst Uber protests, how Trump made the Forbes 400 despite $1 billion in losses, the Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter, Iceland's hater band Hatari crashes Eurovision, persecuted Uighurs remember Ramadan in Xinjiang, Joshua Ferguson on the fight for trans rights and more.

Canadian bike couriers are part of a global push for better working conditions in the gig economy

Toronto bike courier Tess Siksay is part of a drive to get Foodora couriers to join the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). She hopes it will improve working conditions, secure higher wages and be part of what it takes to fix the gig economy.

How Donald Trump lied his way onto the Forbes 400 richest people list

This week, the New York Times reported that Donald Trump's businesses lost more than $1 billion between 1985 and 1994. Journalist Jonathan Greenberg says Trump conned him into getting on the Forbes 400, a list of America's richest people.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for May 10

House Democrats are warning of a 'constitutional crisis' as the White House refuses to comply with committee subpoenas. Will that move the Impeach-O-Meter needle?

Iceland's bondage-clad, anti-capitalist techno band has a message for Israel at Eurovision

Hatari's on-stage performances feature cages, chains and bondage gear. They say they want to destroy capitalism and that they'll use the platform onstage in Tel Aviv to make a statement about the Israeli military occupation.

Ramadan in China: Uighur journalists say even fasting can land people in internment camps

From teachers who force children to eat during the day to managers who monitor employees' diets, fasting during Ramadan can be dangerous for China's Muslim minority.

Me, Myself, They: Joshua M. Ferguson's memoir about transformation, empathy and respect for their identity

In their first book — Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond The Binary — Joshua M. Ferguson explains what it means for them to be gender fluid, why pronouns matter, and how their experience gave them the empathy to be a trans rights advocate.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/11/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 440

Venezuela's would-be presidents, Alien: the school play, women's football, stalkerware, After Parkland & more

Why Venezuela may actually have three prospective presidents, how a high school's production of Alien charmed Sigourney Weaver, the growing popularity of women's tackle football in Canada, Eva Galperin's fight to stamp out stalkerware, shooting survivors speak out in After Parkland and more.