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Episode 455

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell, Trudeau's near apology, Kashmir lockdown, protecting mammoths, 1994 Expos and more

A closer look at Epstein's alleged co-conspirator, Trudeau's near apology and the psychology of saying sorry, behind the lockdown in Kashmir, how protecting the extinct woolly mammoth could help save elephants, the 1994 Montreal Expos and more.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman accused of procuring young girls for Jeffery Epstein?

The one-time girlfriend of Jeffery Epstein is accused of running his sex trafficking operation. She's a mysterious figure who introduced Epstein to New York's rich and famous.

An apology expert's advice after Justin Trudeau's SNC-Lavalin affair

Given how often Justin Trudeau delivers public apologies, shouldn’t he be better at it? Psychologist, author, and apology expert, Harriett Lerner offers her reaction to Trudeau's 'sorry-not-sorry' and the dangers of under- and over-apologizing.

Lockdown in Kashmir: A reporter's look behind-the-scenes

People in Kashmir have been without internet, or phones since early August when the Indian government brought in armed forces. Washington Post reporter Niha Masih sheds light on what's happening behind the communications blackout in Kashmir.

How protecting extinct woolly mammoths could help save the elephant

Israel is asking the world to help save the elephants ⁠— by protecting the long-extinct woolly mammoth. The country has filed a proposal to regulate the trade of mammoth tusks, whose ivory has long provided cover for the illegal elephant ivory trade.

The 1994 Montreal Expos could have been champions — then came a strike

Major League Baseball went on strike 25 years ago this week. At the time, the Montreal Expos were the best team in baseball. Dave Van Horne shares what made the team so special and how it almost saved baseball in Quebec.

How a park-strolling Manhattan optometrist became an unwitting guinea pig in a facial recognition experiment

San Francisco banned facial recognition technology this week, but it's still unregulated across much of Canada and the U.S. — as optometrist Richard Madonna discovered when he was unwittingly surveilled and identified while walking through a public park earlier this year.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/17/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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 454

Reliving Parkland in El Paso, Hong Kong protests intensify, Canadian Muslim boycotts hajj, Sam Rudy & more

Mother of Parkland victim in El Paso, Beijing draws a line in Hong Kong, a Canadian Muslim boycotts hajj over Saudi war crimes, Sam Rudy says goodbye to the Broadway shows he made famous, and more.

'It came back all over again': Mother of Parkland victim near El Paso massacre

Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin died in the Parkland shooting, was just outside El Paso when she heard that another mass shooting had occurred just minutes away.

Why a Canadian Muslim is boycotting the hajj over Saudi war crimes

This weekend, more than two million Muslims from around the world are in Mecca for hajj but Waeza Shamsia Afzal won’t be among them. She's protesting the five-day pilgrimage until the Saudi government relinquishes control of holy sites.

Protests in Hong Kong escalate: Is there a way out?

As mass demonstrations in Hong Kong continue to escalate so too are the threats coming out of Beijing. Hong Kong-based journalist Mary Hui reports on the growing unease and where this impasse is heading.

After 40 years, the publicist who hyped Hamilton says goodbye to Broadway

Broadway press agent Sam Rudy, who represented hits like Avenue Q, shares the highlights from his 40-year career — including the Hamilton cast's famous political appeal to Mike Pence.

Here's what it takes fly a drone with mind control

As students at MacEwan University, a group of friends built a drone they can steer with their brainwaves. It takes specific thoughts to make it move and lots of concentration to keep it up in the air.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/10/2019

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Episode 453

Fugitives on the run, what's next for Puerto Rico, Instagram vs. nature, the Pinkertons ride again and more

How the search for two fugitives is upending northern communities, Puerto Rico after #RickyLeaks, what selfie-seeking Instagrammers are doing to the world's most beautiful places, the Pinkerton detective agency has a plan to profit from climate change, Microsoft's Adaptive Controller opens the door to gamers with disabilities and more.

How the search for B.C. fugitives has disrupted life in northern Manitoba

The isolated town of York Landing, Man., was transformed overnight into a military zone after Travis Bighetty reported seeing two B.C. fugitives in the area. The RCMP has now moved on, but Bighetty says the ordeal has taken a toll on Manitoba's remote First Nations communities.

Puerto Rico's governor is gone, but protesters say more change is needed

Protesters got their wish when Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello stepped down Friday, but he's left behind a political crisis over who should lead the territory and where it should go from here.

How millions of selfie-seeking Instagrammers are ruining the world's most beautiful places

A hill of daffodils in California closed in July after gaining popularity on social media. A series of ocean pools in New Zealand blocked visitors because people littered, urinated and exuded their sunscreen in them. Travel writer Rosie Spinks says that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Once a Wild West security outfit, now Pinkerton detectives promise to save your business from climate mayhem

Pinkerton, a detective and security agency formed in the U.S. over 150 years ago, is taking on a new assignment: climate change. Writer Noah Gallagher Shannon embedded with the group to find out how.

Xbox's Adaptive Controller aims to bring gaming to community of disabled players

Microsoft's new Adaptive Controller for the Xbox One and Windows PC aims to make gaming accessible for those who might find it impossible to play with conventional hardware.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/03/2019

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 452

Britain's other new leader, Impeach-o-Meter, Mister Rogers' radical theology, LGBT-free zones in Poland & more

Jo Swinson takes on Brexit, the Impeach-o-Meter returns, the radical theology of Mister Rogers, an anti-LGBT backlash in Poland, Amanda Jette Knox on lessons learned from raising a trans child, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa on covering Rodrigo Duterte and more.

Move over Boris: Jo Swinson could be a 'kingmaker' in British politics

As polarization grows between the U.K.'s Conservative and Labour parties, Britain's new Liberal Democratic leader, Jo Swinson, is poised be a key player in the future of Brexit negotiations.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for July 27

Will former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony move the Impeach-O-Meter needle?