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Episode 478

Coronavirus, impeachment then and now, Picard returns, fruits of the Goop lab, CBC logo designer and more

Why people in China are looking to World of Warcraft for lessons on containing the coronavirus, how politicians have changed their tunes on impeachment since Bill Clinton, Brannon Braga on the premier of Star Trek: Picard, Canadian Olympian Sarah Nurse on women's pro-level hockey, a writer's experience of living like a Goop fan, Burton Kramer on designing the 1974 CBC logo and more.

A virtual plague that decimated World of Warcraft could hold lessons for real-world outbreaks, researchers say

When a coding error accidentally unleased a virus-like pandemic in the online multiplayer video game World of Warcraft, infectious disease researchers got a unique view into human behaviour during an outbreak.

From Clinton to Trump, how U.S. lawmakers have changed their tune on impeachment

In the 21 years since Bill Clinton's impeachment, many of those involved — on both sides of the aisle — have rather dramatically changed their tune this time around.

What spending $1,300 on Goop products taught this writer about Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle juggernaut

The Goop Lab, a six-part Netflix series based on Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand, debuted Friday. Amanda Mull, a writer with The Atlantic, tried $1,279 worth of Goop's products to find out why it's so appealing to Goop's clientele.

Sarah Nurse wants to leverage All-Star weekend into success for professional women's hockey

After the collapse of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, the opportunities for pro-level female players are slim, but Canadian Olympian Sarah Nurse hopes that being a part of this year's NHL All-Star weekend will bring change.

As Star Trek: Picard hits the small screen, writer Brannon Braga reflects on the character's enduring appeal

Star Trek: Picard marks Patrick Stewart’s first appearance as the title character in 18 years.
Design .20

An icon of Canadian graphic design: Meet Burton Kramer, designer of the CBC logo

Burton Kramer is a Canadian design pioneer who, most famously, created the 1974 CBC logo — lovingly known to many as the 'exploding pizza.'

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/25/2020

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 477

Misinformation over Australia's fires, royals in Canada, best stunt Oscar, Aaron Hernandez doc and more

Climate change misinformation amidst Australia's wildfires, why Meghan has a better case for permanent residency than Harry, the case for an Oscar for best movie stunts, Huawei's charm offensive, Killer Inside: a new Netflix documentary about Aaron Hernandez, and more.

Amidst raging wildfires, Australian media is pushing misinformation on climate change

James Murdoch has accused News Corp, his own family's media company, of denying climate change and pushing misinformation about the causes of Australia's wildfires.

Why Meghan Markle has a better shot than Harry at permanent residency in Canada

After stepping back from senior royal duties, Meghan Markle has arrived in Canada and immigration lawyer Richard Kurland says she's more likely to be the one paving the way to permanent residency for the royals.

'We were there in the trenches with them': Why stunt performers are calling for an Oscar of their own

The Academy Awards celebrate artistic and technical achievements in American film, but despite awards in categories from visual effects to hair and makeup, best stunt co-ordination is ignored.

'They see themselves as this historic, world shaping company': What one reporter learned about Huawei's vision

Ahead of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing, Wired reporter Garrett Graff shares what he learned from several executives during a trip to the company's campus in Shenzhen, China.
Design .20

Why including people with disabilities in design is a win for all

Designing for people with disabilities is often done as an afterthought — as a problem to fix. Through groups like the The Disabled List, there is an effort to encourage partners to include disabled people in the conversation and get design correct right from the start.

New documentary series explores the life and death of NFL star-turned-murderer Aaron Hernandez

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez explores the mystery of why Aaron Hernandez, then a 23-year-old with a $40 million contract with the New England Patriots, killed his friend, was tied to a separate double-murder case, and died by suicide in 2017.

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/18/20

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 476

Mourning Iran crash victims, former Weinstein aide Zelda Perkins, watching Cats while high, Design .20 & more

Mourning the victims of flight 752, how Canada can influence the investigation into the downed Ukrainian plane, Zelda Perkins on breaking her non-disclosure agreement with Harvey Weinstein, watching Cats while high, designing for dependence, and Teck Resources' proposed Frontier mine in the Alberta oilsands.

Iran could see renewed unrest after admitting its military was responsible for downing plane, says expert

On Saturday, Iranian officials acknowledged that Iranian military forces were responsible for an unintentional missile strike that brought down a Ukrainian passenger jet. Middle East expert Nader Hashemi says that could mean renewed protests against the regime.

How renewed tensions are pushing Iran's anti-regime voices to the sidelines

Iranian-Canadian internet researcher Mahsa Alimardani says the fallout from the killing of Qassem Soleimani is marginalizing Iranians who want to see change in their country.

Former Weinstein assistant Zelda Perkins broke a NDA to speak out. Now, she wants to stop their misuse

For 20 years, Zelda Perkins stayed silent about Harvey Weinstein's alleged harassment and abuse. As Weinstein heads to trial, she's fighting to reign in the use of non-disclosure agreements like the one she signed.

Even getting high first can't save Cats, says comedian

After the Washington Post ran a story about all the people who've been smoking pot before watching the film, Mike Rita decided to give it a try.

As the deadline to approve a massive oilsands project approaches, its economic benefit is up in the air

Teck Resources' massive Frontier mine oilsands project in Alberta is projected to produce 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day. But as global oil prices fluctuate, investors are warning it may not be as profitable as once expected, says The Narwhal's Sharon Riley.

Designing for dependence: How your devices and apps are built to get you hooked

Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, explains how Silicon Valley makes sure your cell phone stays glued to your hand and what you can do to fight back. This is the first part in a new Day 6 series, Design .20.

Riffed from the Headlines: 1/11/2020

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 475

Rescuing koalas, transgender activist Aimee Stephens, Colin Mochrie, New Eden spoofs '70s cults and more

Rescuing koalas from Australia's wildfires, a comedian's take on Quebec's values test, transgender activist Aimee Stephens takes her fight to the U.S. Supreme Court, Colin Mochrie mixes improv with hypnosis, why straight-to-streaming movies aren't working well for musicians, New Eden's mockumentary take on 1970s cults and more.