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Episode 536

WTF are NFTs?, Donald Harrison on Notorious B.I.G., FC Barcelona, Rinaldo Walcott and more

Day 6 for March 6, 2021
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Why prosecution of the Capitol Riot is sowing fear, dissent and informant panic in far-right groups

Will Sommer, a politics reporter with The Daily Beast, says the arrests related to January's riot on the U.S. Capitol are sowing fear and panic in far-right and white supremacist groups as members worry about who might be prepared to inform on each other.

Artists are selling limited edition digital art with NFTs. Here's how it works

If you've spent any amount of time on the internet this week, you've probably seen a Facebook post, tweet or news headline about "NFTs." The term stands for non-fungible token, and artists especially are excited by the possibilities.

Notorious B.I.G. wrote songs about hope, says jazz saxophonist who taught him music

Biggie was still known as Christopher Wallace when he befriended jazz sax player Donald Harrison on a Brooklyn stoop. Harrison says he gave Wallace two key pieces of advice.
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How FC Barcelona went from soccer supremacy to financial mess

European football club FC Barcelona was the first club to reach $1 billion in revenue, only for them to now owe over $1 billion in debt. On Monday, several former club staff, including the former president Josep Bartomeu, were arrested for allegedly running a smear campaign against their rivals.
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Rinaldo Walcott on defunding police, the fight to abolish slavery & the role of personal property

In the midst of global protests of the killing of George Floyd, Rinaldo Walcott started thinking about the connections between calls to defund police, the fight to abolish slavery and the way personal property figures into all of it. The result is his new book, On Property.

Riffed from the Headlines: 06/03/2021

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 535

Allen v. Farrow, the 1959 vaccine heist, how koselig makes winter great, the Daft Punk Tribute band and more

Day 6 for Feb. 27, 2021

How Allen v. Farrow's co-director convinced Mia and Dylan to go on camera

While Woody Allen has had a media megaphone for years, Allen v. Farrow tells the story the public never heard, says co-director Amy Ziering.

For deaf Canadians, using Zoom has been a pandemic 'silver lining', says author

As many people fight off Zoom fatigue nearly a year into the pandemic, deaf author Bev Biderman says she hopes the video calling platform is here to stay.
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A 1959 vaccine heist offers cautionary tale as COVID-19 vaccines roll out across Canada

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outstrip supply, exacerbating concerns over the potential for line-cutting and pandemic profiteering. Science historian Paula Larsson underscores the stakes by taking us back to 1959, when armed robbers pulled off a massive polio vaccine heist in Montreal.
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Why defence strategy in Toronto van attack trial is potentially harmful to autism community

Writer Sarah Kurchak, who is autistic, says that despite assurances autism is "not on trial" in the case of Alek Minassian, she worries the connection could have lasting impacts on stigma surrounding people with autism.

Tired of the winter doldrums? Keep calm and 'koselig' on

Spring might be fewer than 30 days away, but the dog days of winter are still raging. Stanford University's Kari Leibowitz and the University of Alberta's Natalie Van Deusen suggest Canadians look to Norway for handling the winter blues.
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As Daft Punk calls it quits, what's next for Canada's live, 8-piece Daft Punk Tribute band?

Daft Punk has called it quits, 28 years after the duo started creating some of the world's most popular and influential electronic dance music. La-Nai Gabriel and Matt Griffin, two of the founding members of the Canadian, eight-piece, Daft Punk Tribute band remember Daft Punk and reflect on the joy of keeping their musical legacy alive.

Riffed from the Headlines: 27/02/2021

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 534

Mars rover landing, Rush Limbaugh's legacy, soccer star Pelé, Zelda at 35, disrupting opera and more

Why landing a rover on Mars is so difficult, how Rush Limbaugh transformed AM radio, filmmakers explore the life of soccer legend Pelé, The Legend of Zelda soundtrack turns 35, meet the Canadian Opera Company's first disruptor-in-residence and more.

Rush Limbaugh's influence will stick with Republican Party as it reimagines itself post-Trump, says author

The shock jock radio host, whose irreverent, controversial, sometimes offensive approach was loved by fans and derided by critics, was a vocal advocate for conservatism. Limbaugh died Wednesday at age 70.

Netflix documentary Pelé seeks to humanize the Brazilian soccer star's rise from poverty to prodigy

In their documentary Pelé, filmmakers David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas attempt to look past the statistics that make Pelé one of the world's greatest soccer players, and shine a light on the emotional side of the three-time FIFA World Cup winner.
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Why the Perseverance rover's Mars landing was so complicated — and why so many others have failed

On Thursday, NASA's Perseverance rover stuck its landing on the surface of Mars. Canadian science and space writer Elizabeth Howell takes us through years of Mars misses and crash landings, and tells us why landing on the red planet is still such a complicated thing to try to do.

Meet the upstart company working to disrupt the 'whitewashed' opera industry

Toronto-based Amplified Opera is the Canadian Opera Company's newly named "disruptor-in-residence". The group aims to bring performers from “equity-seeking” groups to opera stages — and they’re bringing that message to the COC.

The Legend of Zelda turns 35: Why music matters just as much as gameplay

As the Legend of Zelda franchise turns 35 on Feb. 21, musicians Tommy Tallarico and Eimear Noone shed light on a sometimes overlooked element that's contributed to the franchise's ongoing success: the music, which like its hero Link have stood the test of time.

Riffed from the Headlines: 20/02/2021

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 533

How Australia is tackling the pandemic, #FreeBritney, science fairs during COVID, B.C.'s Black pioneers & more

How Australia's lockdowns are beating back the pandemic, the #FreeBritney movement gets a boost from a new documentary, how high school students are handling science fairs during COVID, the Great Canadian Baking Show returns for season four, the hidden history of British Columbia's Black pioneers, and more.
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How Australia's strict pandemic strategy helps the country control COVID-19

Victoria, Aus., went into a five-day lockdown on Friday following a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a Melbourne airport hotel. But for the longest time, the state and much of Australia had done a phenomenal job controlling the virus — to the point where thousands of fans were allowed to watch the opening days of the Australian Open.
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What a new documentary has to say about Britney Spears' freedom

Framing Britney Spears, a new documentary from the New York Times, sheds light on the life, career and conservatorship of the Princess of Pop, as well as the #FreeBritney movement working to regain the singer's agency.

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