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Episode 611

RCMP using spyware, Serena Williams' legacy, Days of Our Lives, real-life quidditch and more

Cybersecurity expert says the 'mercenary spyware industry' poses a threat to all Canadians; Serena Williams' defining moments, on and off the court; former White House archivist had to reassemble documents ripped up by Trump; new dictionary aims to celebrate African American English; the relevance of soap operas as Days of Our Lives moves to streaming-only; real-life quidditch leagues consider a name change; and more.
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New dictionary will codify African American English and its global influence on language

Oxford and Harvard universities are building an African American English dictionary to present the influence of Black people and their communities on language. Entries will be woven together from materials gathered from crowdsourcing, social media, books, music and newspapers. 

Quidditch is being renamed. But the sport will never lose its magic, say players

Three of the sport’s governing bodies recently announced that they’re officially changing the name to “quadball,” both out of trademark concerns and a desire to distance themselves from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in light of her controversial comments.
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Cybersecurity expert says the 'mercenary spyware industry' poses a threat to all Canadians

This week, the House of Commons ethics and privacy committee heard testimony as part of an investigation into the RCMP's use of spyware and other surveillance technology. Cybersecurity expert Ronald Deibert, who was among the experts who testified, says the "mercenary spyware industry" poses a threat to all Canadians.
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Serena Williams' defining moments, on and off the court

Serena Williams recently announced her pending retirement, marking the beginning of the end of an incredible tennis career. Sports journalist Stephanie Myles walks us through some of the key moments that defined Williams' career.
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The relevance of soap operas as Days of Our Lives moves to streaming-only

Days of Our Lives, which has been on network TV since 1965, will be moving to Peacock, NBC’s streaming-only subscription service. TV historian and soap opera fan Elana Levine talks to us about the future of soap operas in North America.

'They gave us Scotch Tape': Former White House archivist had to reassemble documents ripped up by Trump

Solomon Lartey was fired after 20 years of archiving presidential records. Among his final tasks was repairing documents torn up by Donald Trump.

Riffed from the Headlines: 13/08/2022

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Episode 610

Adding femicide to the Criminal Code, the NFL's sexual assault problem, returning the Elgin Marbles and more

Advocates call for femicide to be added to the Criminal Code of Canada; Bluey and its place in the pantheon of children's TV; the Deshaun Watson suspension and the NFL's sexual assault problem; a high-tech proposal for returning the famed Elgin Marbles to Greece; Neil Gaiman on the Netflix adaptation of his celebrated comic The Sandman; and more.
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Greece wants its marbles back from the British Museum — and this digital archeologist has a solution

A digital archaeologist is using robots to make replicas of the Parthenon Sculptures in hopes the British Museum will decide to display them, and return the originals to Greece. The museum says it will allow the sculptures to be temporarily displayed elsewhere but they must be returned.
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Advocates call for femicide to be added to the Criminal Code of Canada

At the conclusion of a recent inquest into the deaths of three Ontario women, the jury recommended the term 'femicide' be added to the Criminal Code of Canada. Pamela Cross, an Ontario-based lawyer and expert on violence against women, says distinguishing femicide from other types of homicide is one step on the path toward ending gender-based violence.
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Bluey and its place in the pantheon of children's TV

On Wednesday, the hit children's TV show Bluey will drop its third season on Disney Plus. We reflect on other kids' shows that have defined our childhoods over the years, from Sesame Street to Blue's Clues to Caillou, and celebrate Bluey as it takes its place among them.
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The Deshaun Watson suspension and the NFL's sexual assault problem

Jeanna Kelley, who covers the NFL for SB Nation, talks to us about how the NFL is coming up short — again — when it comes to sexual assault.

With The Sandman set to hit Netflix, creator Neil Gaiman says it will stay true to the comics

More than 30 years after the first issue of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman was published, the author has inked a deal to adapt the series for Netflix.

Riffed from the Headlines: 06/08/2022

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 609

Change in the Catholic Church, Tems' very good week, monkeypox and the LGBTQ community, Check My Ads and more

Progressive Catholics see an opportunity to change the Catholic Church after Pope's visit; rising afrobeats star Tems and her very good week; how to contain monkeypox without stigmatizing the LGBTQ community; Check My Ads takes aim at disinformation on Fox News online; Chuck D's Songs That Shook the Planet; and more!
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Monkeypox vaccine messaging must focus on at-risk groups to better control spread, says physician

Men who have sex with men are among the most at-risk groups of contracting monkeypox, and infectious disease physician Dr. Kevin Woodward says monkeypox vaccine messaging should be targeted to those groups.
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Ad-tech watchdog looks to dismantle disinformation economy — by targeting ads on Fox News

The CEO and co-founder of Check My Ads, Claire Atkin, is trying to get ads taken down that help solidify Fox News’ online presence and spread of misinformation — specifically surrounding its coverage of the Jan. 6 hearings.
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Progressive Catholics see an opportunity to change the Catholic Church after Pope's visit

David Seljak, a religious studies professor at St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo and a practicing Catholic, says the Pope's visit has created an opportunity for progressive Catholics to push the church further on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and a wide range of other issues.
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Beyoncé and Black Panther are back, but rising afrobeats star Tems won the week

This week, Nigerian afrobeats star Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, earned her first solo Hot 100 hit, had a songwriting credit on Beyonce's new album and had a song featured in the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer. Rolling Stone staff writer Mankaprr Conteh says Tems may be on the cusp of global superstardom.
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Hip-hop legend Chuck D shares the stories behind songs that 'shook the planet'

Songs That Shook the Planet, a new audiobook for Audible, breaks down the stories behind nine songs connected to political movements over the past several decades.

Riffed from the Headlines: 30/07/2022

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Episode 608

Hockey's culture problem, an Indigenous scholar's hopes for the Pope's visit, The Day the Music Died and more

Hockey's enduring problem with sexism and misogyny; animal shelters are being overwhelmed with surrendered pandemic pets; an Indigenous scholar raised by generations of residential school survivors shares her hopes for the Pope's Canadian visit; the story behind American Pie, Don McLean's iconic 1970s rock anthem; an Oscar-winning film shines a light on the 'Queen of Basketball'; and more.
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New documentary explores the stories behind Don McLean's iconic hit American Pie

In new documentary The Day The Music Died, media and record producer Spencer Proffer explores the meaning behind Don McLean’s 1971 song American Pie — and McLean opens up about the 1959 plane crash that killed singer-songwriter Buddy Holly, to which the song refers.

Airport woes got you down? Take the train and embrace 'slow travel' instead

Air travel chaos is putting a damper on vacation plans in Canada and around the world. Vincent Gragnani says it doesn’t have to be this way. He shares the benefits of slower, more mindful travel and his tips for ditching the skies for the rails.

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