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Episode 481

Pipeline protests, COVID-19, Sonic the Hedgehog, cheating Astros, suing Juul, Coachella meets Saudi and more

Why the Wet'suwet'en protests are about more than pipelines, how climate change could make viral outbreaks more common, the worst Sonic the Hedgehog games, why professional pianists fear moving their pianos, the fan who tracked every pitch in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, a lawsuit alleges vaping giant Juul targeted kids, how Saudi Arabia is using the art world to project openness and more.

How climate change could make outbreaks like COVID-19 more common

Infectious disease specialist Christine Johnson says habitat destruction means humans will live in closer proximity to wildlife, while rising temperatures increase the range of mosquitoes, ticks and other insects known to transmit diseases.

How the unfinished business of the Delgamuukw decision is fuelling pipeline protests across the country

In 1997, the Delgamuukw Supreme Court ruling established Indigenous land title in Canadian law, but left it to the provinces and Indigenous groups to work out the fine print. Nearly 25 years later, there's still a lot left unresolved.

Sonic the Hedgehog may look good on the big screen, but its video game sequels haven't always gone so well

Sonic the Hedgehog hit some bumps on the way to the silver screen, but some Sonic games have been absolute duds. USgamer writer Nadia Oxford reviews the good, the bad and the really bad that Sonic has given the world.

A fan checked every pitch in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal and says their World Series title is tainted

Tony Adams is a Houston Astros fan who has watched every pitch at every home game in the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing season. He says the team definitely cheated, but that it may not have helped them win.

A pianist's nightmare: Canadian performers react to the loss of Angela Hewitt's piano

This week, legendary pianist Angela Hewitt announced that her prized Fazioli piano had been destroyed in a move. Fellow Canadian pianists reflect on her loss, their relationships with their instruments and their own stories of moves gone awry.

How Saudi Arabia is using art to build a tourism industry and help remake its image

The Saudi government has partnered with Desert X, a California-based art company best known for its work in Coachella, Calif. The Saudi government's goal is to create a hip, contemporary visual arts festival that would help transform the country's image.

A new lawsuit says vape giant Juul targeted kids with ads on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon

Despite Juul's insistence that its nicotine vaping devices are meant for adult smokers, internal company documents obtained by the attorney general of Massachusetts allege that its early efforts included buying advertisements on platforms such as the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and other kids' websites.

Riffed from the Headlines: 02/15/2020

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 480

Oscar villains, Lynn Beyak, coronavirus hospitals, Weinstein's lawyer, the creator of Comic Sans and more

Predicting this year's biggest Oscar villains, a Métis comedian addresses Lynn Beyak, how China built two hospitals in two weeks in Wuhan, a profile of the woman defending Harvey Weinstein in court, Nigeria's burgeoning tech sector, the guy who created Comic Sans and more.

Et tu, Oscar? Predicting the Academy Awards' biggest villains

From La La Land to Green Book, every Academy Awards ceremony has a villain, and Vulture writer Nate Jones has a formula for predicting them.
Satire

Letter to a 'Métis cousin': An Indigenous comedian welcomes Sen. Lynn Beyak to the family

Senator Lynn Beyak's anti-racism training session got off to a rough start when she allegedly claimed she is Métis since her parents had adopted an Indigenous child. Métis comedian and actor Sheldon Elter decided to pen her a welcome letter.

How China built two hospitals in two weeks to combat the coronavirus

In less than two weeks, construction workers in Wuhan, China, built two new hospitals from the ground up. Architecture critic Anne Quito explains how they did it.

Donna Rotunno is a self-declared feminist who is leading Harvey Weinstein's legal defense

Rotunno is a harsh critic of the #MeToo movement who has built a career defending men accused of sex crimes. Vanity Fair writer Maureen O'Connor says she's "utterly unafraid" of the reputation that comes with that.

Why Trump's expanded visa ban might be a boon for Nigeria's burgeoning tech sector

The Trump administration's newly expanded visa restrictions preclude Nigerians and several other nationals from permanently immigrating to the U.S. Nigerian tech entrepreneur Iyinoluwa Aboyeji says Silicon Valley has a lot to lose.

Meet the man who created the Comic Sans font — and no, he's not sorry

Comic Sans is the world's most loved — and simultaneously hated — font. It's used for everything from church bake sales to passive aggressive office kitchen notes. Former Microsoft designer Vincent Connare explains how it came to be.

Riffed from the Headlines: 02/08/2020

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 479

Searching for a coronavirus vaccine, the NFL's diversity problem, impeachment endgame, Michael Pollan & more

A Saskatchewan laboratory is working on a coronavirus vaccine, Michael Pollan on how caffeine rules our world, how to retrofit an '80s shopping mall, why the NFL hires so few black head coaches, the impeachment drama skids towards acquittal and more.

Canadian scientists join the global race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, a group of scientists at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Centre in Saskatoon is racing to develop a vaccine for a virus it's still trying to understand.

What to expect as the Trump impeachment drama draws to a close

As the impeachment drama skids to a close, Republicans and Democrats alike turn their attention to the Iowa primary, the State of the Union speech and the 2020 Presidential campaign. But the echos of the trial seem likely to linger, says The Nation's Jeet Heer.

'It's a white man's boys club': Why the NFL hires so few black head coaches

70 per cent of NFL players are African-American, but less than 10 per cent of the head coaches are. Sportswriter Norman Chad says the problem is the tightly knit group of mostly white men who run the league.

Michael Pollan's deep dive into caffeine reveals a world hooked on a substance that helped shape our world

In his new audiobook, Michael Pollan says caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug on earth and that it has played an outsized role in shaping the modern world, for better and worse.
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Rethinking shopping malls: How icons of the '80s can survive a changing retail landscape

The 1980's were the heyday of shopping malls, but to survive today those retail spaces need to be retrofitted to offer experiences as well, says architect and urban designer Ellen Dunham-Jones.

Riffed from the Headlines: 02/01/2020

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 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.