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Episode 482

Blockade standoff, hockey stick shortage, Bernie impersonator, Bill Barr's next move, Malcolm X doc and more

What the Oka crisis reveals about this week's pipeline standoff, COVID-19 sparks fears of a hockey stick shortage, Bernie Sanders impersonator James Adomian, charting U.S. Attorney General William Barr's next move, why pop music works, revisiting the death of Malcolm X and more.

As Wet'suwet'en rail blockades continue, journalist sees echoes of the 1990 Oka Crisis

The calls for police to remove Indigenous protesters from rail blockades across the country bear some similarities to the Oka Crisis in 1990, according to CBC reporter Loreen Pindera.

New Netflix series about Malcolm X could reopen the case, 55 years after his death

The co-director of Netflix docuseries, Who Killed Malcolm X?, says the recently announced preliminary review into the death of the American civil rights leader is the result of the ongoing importance of his legacy, and the hold he still has on so many, more than half a century after his death.

Why pop music works: The tricks behind Sia, Drake and Rihanna's catchiest earworms

Nate Sloan, musicologist and host of podcast Switched on Pop, explains how chart-topping artists are reinventing their musical toolkits to make their hits ever more infectious.

Will pro hockey players be left out in the cold after COVID-19 outbreak shutters custom stick factory?

Hockey players in the NHL may be forced out of their comfort zone on the ice thanks to a halt in production in pro-grade sticks thanks to the coronavirus outbreak in China, says sports journalist Sean Fitz-Gerald.

'The bold bet is the safe bet': Bernie Sanders impersonator believes the senator has a shot at the 2020 ticket

When James Adomian started his act as Bernie Sanders, he wasn't sure that it would actually connect with audiences. But when support for the senator for Vermont skyrocketed, he had to punch up his set.

William Barr's criticism of Trump tweets reveal a 'genuine frustration' with U.S. president, says reporter

After publicly calling U.S. President Donald Trump out in an ABC News interview, Attorney General William Barr is reportedly contemplating his own resignation if Trump doesn't stop tweeting about the Department of Justice.

Riffed from the Headlines: 02/22/2020

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 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.
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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.