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Episode 575

Antibiotic resistance, China cracks down on #MeToo, Cheez-It crackers turn 100, Rexdale's hometown hero & more

Day 6 or Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

Tennis star Peng Shuai is casting international light on China's #MeToo movement

International concern over the disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has cast a spotlight on sexual assault allegations in Chinese society — but experts say it's also shown just how desperate the Chinese government is to shut it down.

Low-income countries face COVID-19 vaccine shortages. But they also need antibiotics, experts say

The rise of the COVID-19 omicron variant has experts around the world sounding the alarm about access to vaccines for developing countries, but experts say that the inaccessibility of antibiotics is also a looming threat, as antibiotic-resistant superbugs become more common.
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For Toronto's Rexdale neighbourhood, Raptors rookie Dalano Banton is a hometown hero

In August, the Toronto Raptors selected Dalano Banton as the team's second round draft pick — the first time the Raptors have drafted a Canadian. This week, the 21 year old returned to his home turf to hold a basketball camp at the Albion Boys and Girls Club, where he played as a teenager.
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The First Wave, a new documentary, goes inside one NYC hospital as COVID-19 took hold

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit New York City in March 2020, filmmaker Matthew Heineman took his cameras inside the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens and ended up staying there for four months — through the worst period of the first wave when New York City was among the worst hit cities in the world.

Indigenous creators get a boost from TikTok accelerator program

The 30 participants in TikTok’s accelerator program for Indigenous creators take vastly different approaches on the platform, from comedy to music to cooking to sharing Indigenous knowledge. But many of them say it’s a chance to raise Indigenous voices and stories on a popular platform.
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Cheez-It crackers are 100 years old, and the reason they were created might surprise you

The iconic little cheese crackers came to Canada just last year, but they were first made by the Green & Green cracker company in 1921. Like other crackers of the time they were invented with an eye to durability and with a link to Christian physiology.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/12/2021

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Episode 574

Flooding and pipelines; Woody the talking Christmas tree; Indigenous land title; the fifth Beatle and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

Exoneration of Black men known as the Groveland Four 'hard to put into words,' says author

Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, unearthed previously unknown details about the case of four Black men who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping a white woman in 1949.
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Theatre legend Stephen Sondheim changed Broadway by telling stories others wouldn't, say critics

Composer and writer of Broadway hits like Company, Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods Stephen Sondheim died Friday at age 91. Often telling stories about the darker parts of life, the master of theatre changed ideas of what a Broadway musical could sound like.

How American keyboardist Billy Preston became known as the 'fifth' Beatle

The late American keyboardist, who worked with the band on the seminal album Let It Be, is the only musician given credit on a Beatles' label.
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Former Trans Mountain engineer says B.C. floods show pipeline expansion is too risky

Romilly Cavanaugh, now an independent environmental engineer, says the advance of climate change means we need to rethink the way we measure the risks associated with pipelines.
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Woody, the talking Christmas tree, is back — and people are screaming with delight and fear

After a 15-year absence, Woody the talking Christmas Tree is back at the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, N.S. Woody, a 15-metre tall robotic Christmas tree with a rosy-cheeked talking face, was a Dartmouth Christmas tradition for more than 25 years until he was tossed away in 2006.
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What Indigenous land title means in the Coastal GasLink pipeline debate

Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation who were arrested by the RCMP for staging a blockade against the Coastal GasLink pipeline being built on their land, were released this week. But the fundamental question of who has the right to access and control Indigenous land is still being disputed.

Riffed from the Headlines: 27/11/2021

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Episode 573

B.C. flooding; Adele's new album; Canadian soccer; policing and AI; Indigenous seed-saving and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
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Flooding in B.C. nearly brought back a lake drained 100 years ago

For thousands of years, Sumas Lake was one of the defining features of the Fraser Valley. But about 100 years ago, it was drained to make way for farming and residential lands. This week, the community near Abbotsford, B.C., nearly watched the lake come back as flood water threatened to shut down the local pumping station.

Toronto police board draft policy on AI a step forward, but privacy experts cautious about future

Privacy and surveillance experts say they're cautiously optimistic about a draft policy that outlines how Toronto police will be able to use artificial intelligence systems (AI) — but they add that the devil is in the details.

Indigenous writers paint picture of hopeful future in new essay collection

Tackling topics from politics to the environment to economics, the collection features essays written by Indigenous thinkers from across Canada.
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Canadian national men's soccer team is poised to make the World Cup for the first time in 35 years

The Canadian national men's soccer team defeated Mexico this week in the latest qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. There are six games left in the qualifying round, but many people think the men's team stands a real chance at making it to the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
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This ecologist's seed-saving project sparked an Indigenous movement to restore grasslands across North America

A project, which began with Kainai First Nation in Alberta, at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana enlists Indigenous youth to collect and save seeds from healthy plots of native grasses so they can be used to restore areas that have become arid and degraded.

Riffed from the Headlines: 20/11/2021

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Episode 572

Climate risks to your home; Astroworld fallout; crisis in Ethiopia; Tick, Tick ... Boom! and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.
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Ethiopian PM bears responsibility for escalating conflict in the country, says academic

A year-long war in Ethiopia has escalated in recent weeks with government forces going door-to-door, arresting ethnic Tigrayans. Lecturer Awol Allo says that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed bears the blame for the conflict, which has displaced thousands.

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