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Episode 635: Police budgets after the campaign to defund, Women Talking, air tags vs. Air Canada, Genaro Garci

Why Canadian police budgets have endured despite calls to defund; Sheila McCarthy on the Oscar-nominated Women Talking; Air Canada said their luggage was lost but their air tags said otherwise; 100-year-old Met recordings may soon be heard for the first time in a century; and more.
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Despite 2020 calls to 'defund the police,' police budgets across Canada have increased every year since

The city of Memphis released bodycam footage of police officers beating Tyre Nichols, 29, for three minutes. He died from his injuries three days later. The video has renewed calls to reduce police budgets and divert that money to community supports but since 2020, when the police killing of George Floyd galvanized the campaign to defund police, police budgets for Canadian municipalities have increased every year.
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100-year-old Met recordings found under a recliner may soon be heard for the first time in a century

At the turn of the 20th century, Lionel Mapleson was a visionary who worked to record and save performances by New York’s Metropolitan Opera. last year, more were found under a relative’s recliner. The cylinders were donated to the New York Public Library, where with new technology they’re digitizing and giving new life to the recordings.
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After architecting Mexico's war on drugs this man is now on trial for allegedly colluding with cartels

The trial of Genaro Garcia Luna has begun in a federal courthouse in New York. Garcia Luna was once the head of Mexico's Federal Investigative Agency, the equivalent of the American FBI. Now, he faces charges of colluding with Mexican drug cartels.
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Sheila McCarthy on the groundbreaking simplicity and success of the Oscar-nominated Women Talking

Canadian director Sarah Polley earned an Oscar nomination for her movie Women Talking. Celebrated Canadian actor Sheila McCarthy, who plays Greta in the movie, reflects on the power of the movie, the challenges of bringing it to the screen and her joy at being able to play this role.
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Air Canada said their luggage was lost. Their air tags said otherwise

Nakita Rees and Tom Wilson spent four months trying to get their lost luggage back after they returned from their honeymoon. Eventually, the airline returned the bag after Rees took her story to TikTok and found a sizable, and sympathetic, audience for her story.

Riffed from the Headlines: 28/01/2023

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.
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Bot or not? This Canadian developed an app that weeds out AI-generated homework

Toronto's Edward Tian, 22, created GPTZero in response to the wildly successful AI content generating app ChatGPT, to give people a way to ascertain whether writing samples were produced by humans or bots.
Episode 634

A bot to detect ChatGPT, prosecuting war crimes in Ukraine, Cate Blanchett's conducting coach and more

A Canadian student who created a free app to detect ChatGPT in school essays; when Billy Bragg met Pete Seeger at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival; a celebrated Nazi-hunter turns to prosecuting war crimes in the Ukraine conflict; reviewing Nintendo's turn-based strategy game, Fire Emblem Engage; why TikTok is full of sped-up song remixes known as Nightcore; the renowned conductor who coached Cate Blanchett's epic performance in Tár; and more.
GAME REVIEW

Fire Emblem Engage illustrates a novel way of tapping into video game nostalgia

Fire Emblem Engage, which came out Friday for the Nintendo Switch, shows a different way of tapping into the nostalgia factor by — quite literally — summoning the old and merging it with the new.
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Family doctor says he's overworked and overregulated, and $400K in debt

Dr. Jamil Sawaya, a family physician in Saskatoon, says an often overlooked part of the problem of Canada's family doctor shortage is that for people coming out of medical school, family medicine is a much less appealing choice than other options.
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Why TikTok is full of sped-up song remixes known as Nightcore

If you've seen even a handful of TikTok videos over the past couple of years, you've probably encountered background music that sounds like a chipmunk singing along to high-BPM dance tracks. Sped-up remixes, also known as Nightcore, are incredibly popular on TikTok and beyond. Freelance culture writer Cassidy George explains where Nightcore came from and how it's changing the music industry.
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Meet the renowned conductor who coached Cate Blanchett's epic performance in Tár

The 2023 Oscar nominations will be announced next week, and Todd Field's tense classical-music drama Tár is expected to feature heavily on the list. Cate Blanchett is expected to emerge as a Best Actress. If Blanchett succeeds, she'll owe her success in part to Natalie Murray Beale, a renowned conductor who coached Blanchett through her performance.
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Billy Bragg shares his fond memories of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, which now has an uncertain future

British musician and activist Billy Bragg first performed at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in the late ‘80s. It was there that he met – and performed with – the legendary Pete Seeger. This week, organizers announced that this year’s festival is cancelled due to lack of funds, and that the festival’s future is in doubt.
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Famed Nazi hunter Eli Rosenbaum now heads up American efforts to investigate and prosecute Russian war crimes

Eli Rosenbaum has spent 40 years investigating and prosecuting war crimes for the U.S. Department of Justice. He's been called the world's most effective Nazi hunter. Now, he's heading the Justice Department's War Crimes Accountability Team, which is tasked with investigating and eventually prosecuting war crimes committed in the conflict in Ukraine.

Riffed from the Headlines: 21/01/2023

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.
Episode 633

Anti-vaxxers on the attack, Lunar New Year travel in China, The Last of Us hits HBO, and more

The allure of conspiracy theories and how to pull people back from the brink; fears of further COVID spread as Lunar New Year travel begins across China; acclaimed post-apocalyptic video game The Last Of Us gets the HBO treatment; Everyday Astronaut YouTuber Tim Dodd is going to the actual moon; and more.
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HBO's The Last Of Us satisfies cravings of new fans and video game die-hards: critic

This week marks the premiere of HBO's latest blockbuster drama The Last Of Us, and the streamer is hopeful it will be their next big hit. And for fans of the original 2013 game, which already was a success, there's a lot riding on this release. 
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A TV reporter, Damar Hamlin, Grant Wahl - why anti-vaxxers have attacked and weaponized their illness

CTV reporter Jessica Robb fell ill while doing a live TV hit. The incident has gone viral and anti-vaxxers have seized on it, blaming COVID-19 vaccines. Psychology professor Sander ver der Linden talks about why people are sucked into conspiracy theories.
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Everyday Astronaut YouTuber Tim Dodd is going to the actual moon

Tim Dodd turned a series of space-themed photos he took into the Everyday Astronaut, an incredibly popular aerospace explainer channel on YouTube. Now, after spending years teaching himself rocket science and sharing his knowledge with his fans, Tim has been selected to take part in dearMoon, the first civilian mission to the moon.
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Saskatchewan doctor says the way we regulate family practice is driving family doctors from the jobs they love

There are a lot of reasons so many Canadians are having trouble finding a family doctor, but Dr. Jamil Sawaya, a family physician in Saskatoon, says an often overlooked part of the problem is that for people coming out of medical school, family medicine is a much less appealing choice than other options.
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Fears of further COVID spread as Lunar New Year travel begins across China

This week marked the beginning of the holiday travel period surrounding Lunar New Year in China. Normally, it’s reliably the single largest migration of people in the world and this year, the anticipation is even more heightened. Beijing’s decision to lift its zero-COVID restrictions has made it easier for people to travel for the first time in nearly three years.

Riffed from the Headlines: 14/01/2023

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.
Episode 632

Connor Bedard, Damar Hamlin, Prince Harry's book, Ozempic, Dry January, portable MRNA vaccine factories & more

Connor Bedard's former coach says the World Junior hockey phenom is something special; how Buffalo is rallying together after Damar Hamlin's near death on the football field; how the bid to keep Prince Harry's memoir from leaking plays into the hype; seriously though, what exactly is Ozempic?; Toronto bartender mixes alcohol-free cocktails for Dry January and beyond; why BioNTech's plan to ship prefabricated mRNA vaccine factories to Rwanda is controversial; and more.

Why millennials and Gen Z are helping lead the zero-proof drink surge

An addictions and mental health advocate says according to the conversations she's having, young Canadians are leading the charge when it comes to reducing their alcohol intake, full-blown sobriety or drinking non-alcoholic beverages. 

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