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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.
Analysis

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.
QUIZ

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

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 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

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 409: Kavanaugh and rape reporting, getting Gritty, women in sports journalism, saving Haida and more

Sexual misconduct regulations on U.S. college campuses, high school students on Kavanaugh, scary mascots, winning the right for women to report from locker rooms, esports athletes, Canada's first black battalion, saving the Haida language and more.

Amid Kavanaugh controversy, Trump administration plans to relax sexual assault rules on campus

As the senate grapples with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump administration is proposing to roll back the rules about how U.S. colleges deal with allegations of sexual misconduct.

'Young voices aren't being heard': U.S. students weigh in on high school culture and the Kavanaugh hearings

The allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have raised difficult questions about sex and consent in high schools. We asked three 17-year-old students in Maryland for their views on this week's hearings.

'He is absolutely freaking horrifying': Meet Gritty, the mascot Philadelphia didn't know it needed

The Philadelphia Flyers new mascot will haunt your dreams, but these two radio hosts say Flyers fans will love him anyway ... or maybe because of that.

40 years after winning the right to report from men's locker rooms, Melissa Ludtke still sees work to be done

On Sept. 25, 1978, baseball reporter Melissa Ludtke won her discrimination lawsuit against the MLB commissioner, allowing women to report from men's locker rooms. There are more women sports reporters now, but she says the fight's not over.

'Keep grinding and keep focused': How the Overwatch League is revolutionizing esports

Shayne La Rocque (AKA Chayne) is a member of Canada's national Overwatch team and he's gunning to go pro.

'It's a way of existing': How Edge of the Knife is helping keep the Haida language from extinction

'Edge of the Knife' is the first feature film told entirely in the Haida language. First-time actor Gidin Jaad Erica Jean Ryan says the experience of shooting the movie was a revelation.

How a 100-year-old diary kept alive the legacy of Canada's black battalion

The No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada's first and only all-black military unit, is set to be honoured at a ceremony in France. Anthony Sherwood, grandson of the battalion's chaplain William White, recounts the stories in the Reverend's diary.