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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.

Venezuela already has two presidents. Now Leopoldo López is back in the mix too

Beloved opposition leader Leopoldo López is out of jail and back in Venezuelan politics. Professor Marco Aponte-Moreno says Lopez, not self-declared interim President Juan Guaidó, is most likely to succeed elected President Nicolás Maduro.

How a New Jersey high school production of Alien charmed Sigourney Weaver

The performance went viral, director Ridley Scott donated money for an encore and then actor Sigourney Weaver surprised the cast when she showed up to congratulate them.

Who needs Tom Brady? The growing popularity of competitive women's tackle football in Canada

Tackle football is typically thought to be the domain of men, but across the country more and more women are playing the game. We talk with two members of the Western Women's Canadian Football League about why tackle's where it's at.

Stalkerware is more common than you think and Eva Galperin has a plan to stop it

Stalkerware lets someone else monitor your text messages, phone calls and physical location. It's often used by intimate partners. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Eva Galperin is pushing anti-virus software developers to take it more seriously.

'It lives with you forever': Parkland shooting survivor Victoria Gonzalez on a year of grief

High school senior Victoria Gonzalez's boyfriend Joaquin Oliver was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She opens up about her community's lasting grief in the new documentary After Parkland.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/04/2019

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 439

Canada's flood map failures, Jeopardy's new champ, so long Payless shoes and more

Why many Canadians don't know if their homes are in high-risk flood zones, how James Holzhauer conquered Jeopardy, bidding farewell to Payless ShoeSource, the origin story of Who Let the Dogs Out, the far-right is back in Spain, why decommissioned subway cars make great ocean reefs and more.

Want to know if you live in a high-risk flood area? 'Good luck,' says expert

Jason Thistlethwaite, professor of environment and economics at the University of Waterloo, studied 700 Canadian flood maps and found that most were either out of date, hard to read or inaccessible to the public.