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Sally Schmitt could have been a superstar chef, but chose a balanced life instead

Sally Schmitt started what went on to become one of the world’s best restaurants, but Schmitt wasn’t one for awards or accolades. She could’ve started a global chain, but she chose to remain in the town of Yountville in California.

How Baraye became the unofficial anthem of the protests in Iran

Late last week, as protests raged across Iran, singer-songwriter Shervin Hajipour posted a song called Baraye to his Instagram. Baraye translates as "because of" or "for the sake of" and its lyrics are drawn from the social media posts of people protesting the death of Mahsa Amini.

Swipe right and only right: Former Trump administration staffers have created a dating site

The Right Stuff is a new dating site that promises users a pool made up exclusively of conservatives. Several former Trump administration staffers are behind the app, including CEO John McEntee, who was Director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office. The site requires an invitation, asks people questions like what January 6th means to them and its marketing campaign says users will not need to provide their pronouns. Parker Molloy is a media critic and author of the newsletter The Present Age. She says the website’s very pointed pitch will likely not work as well as its founders are hoping but might uncover some useful data points for them.

Season Three of Derry Girls is here and it includes Liam Neeson

The third season of Derry Girls is finally available on Netflix. The hit comedy series takes place in Northern Ireland in the ‘90s, during The Troubles, with the third and final season leading up to the Good Friday Agreement. Pauline Moore and Marie-Louise Muir, two of the hosts of Talking Derry Girls, a podcast created to celebrate the show, give us a primer.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/07/2022

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Cree writer Kenneth T. Williams spins a tale of prophecy, purity and identity in his new play, The Herd

In his new play, The Herd, Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams explores Indigenous identity and spirituality through a story of two white buffalo calves.
Episode 618

Iran protests, Kelly Clarkson's best covers, Iain Reid's new novel, The Linda Lindas and more

How protests in Iran threaten the country's regime; Chinese police have set up outposts in Canada; Kelly Clarkson's best Kellyoke covers; Becky Toyne reviews Iain Reid's new thriller, We Spread; The Linda Lindas drop by for an after-school hangout; and more.

All-girl punk band the Linda Lindas makes lone Canadian stop in Montreal

Unlike a lot of young performers on the Billboard charts, the Linda Lindas scream and thrash hardcore punk tunes as their popularity continues to grow. The all-girl band hails from Los Angeles, and range in age from 12 to 18.

As defiance grows in Iran, observers say protests are unlike any other the Islamic Republic has seen

Protests over the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini have quickly evolved into all-out defiance of the Islamic Republic — with women's rights at their core.

Chinese police setting up offices in Canada is an outrage, former diplomat says

A report released by human rights group Safeguard Defenders says the Chinese government has set up police outposts around the world, including three in and around Toronto.

Iain Reid's latest novel, We Spread, is definitely a thriller — but should you read it?

Iain Reid is back with his latest novel, We Spread, and Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne weighs in whether you should read this psychological thriller.

As Kelly Clarkson's show picks up steam, here are some of her best-ever Kellyoke covers

Pop star turned talk show host Kelly Clarkson made waves this fall when her eponymous daytime series took over Ellen DeGeneres' coveted time slot. She's kicking off the season in style, with a star-studded guest list and the return of Kellyoke, her signature live performances of iconic popular songs.

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/10/2022

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Episode 617

Navigating daily life in Russia; Italy's far-right; challenging colonialism in names; Georgie Stone and more

How a YouTuber chronicling everyday Russian life adjusts to life during wartime; Italy seems poised to elect a Prime Minister with neo-fascist roots; how Canadians are challenging colonial naming conventions by changing their own names; The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone documents a transgender teen who challenged Australia's laws so she could affirm her gender; and more.

New Netflix documentary follows life of Australian trans teen who challenged laws to affirm gender

When she was 10, Georgie Stone became the youngest Australian to receive hormone blockers. She is transgender and spent much of her youth in court fighting for rights around receiving hormone therapy treatment to affirm her gender.

These 2 Canadian women changed their names to honour their roots

Ashante Infantry and Zahra Bakhsh have made a more personal renunciation of colonial conventions of naming — starting with changing their own names to better reflect their roots.

How a YouTuber chronicling everyday life in St. Petersburg adjusts to everyday life during wartime

Russian vlogger Niki Proshin runs a YouTube channel dedicated to publishing videos about Russian culture. This week, it meant livestreaming an anti-war protest and trying to avoid drawing the attention of the authorities. And like many conscription age Russians, he's wondering how long he wants to stay in the country.

Italy seems poised to elect a far right prime minister with neo-fascist roots

Italy appears set to elect Giorgia Meloni, head of the far right Brothers of Italy party, as prime minister on Sunday. Meloni came into politics via a neo-fascist party that has now disbanded. Oxford University political scientist Giovanni Capoccia tells us what's at stake and why Meloni appeals so strongly at this moment.

Riffed from the Headlines: 24/09/2022

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Episode 616

Royal money, the Ethereum merge, climate justice, Sacheen Littlefeather, abortion access in Canada and more

Why the Royal Family's finances stay shrouded in secrecy; the Ethereum merge promises to eliminate the cryptocurrency's carbon problem; lawyers from Pacific Island nations seek justice for climate change at the International Court of Justice; Indigenous film and television producer Bird Runningwater on the Academy's apology to Sacheen Littlefeather; how midwives could help improve abortion access in Canada; and more.

With update to Ethereum, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency claims it's going greener

Ethereum has moved to a new operating system that uses less computers to confirm transactions. The cryptocurrency expects the shift to reduce 99.9 per cent of the energy previously used, comparable to powering a "medium-sized" country.

Sacheen Littlefeather gets her apology, 50 years after being shunned by the Academy

Indigenous actor Sacheen Littlefeather took to the stage at the 1973 Oscars. The audience booed and jeered, and in the years that followed Littlefeather was harassed and professionally boycotted. On Saturday, a formal apology will be issued to her from Indigenous film and television producer Bird Runningwater.

King Charles built multi-million-dollar empire while Royal Family's finances stayed shrouded in secrecy

As Prince of Wales, King Charles turned his once-staid royal estate into a multi-million-dollar business, using tax breaks, offshore accounts and forward-looking real estate investments. Now, he’s passing his former estate to Prince William while inheriting the Queen's and none of them are paying any inheritance tax.

Pacific Island law students lobby International Court of Justice to issue a climate change advisory

When the United Nations General Assembly opened its 77th session, it triggered a new flurry of activity around a hotly-anticipated vote on climate change. The vote is inspired by the efforts of a group of law students from vulnerable Pacific Island nations.

Access to abortion care and services is still a problem in Canada — should midwives step in and fill the gap?

Since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, access to abortions has been fraught and unpredictable across the United States. Michelle Turner, a registered midwife and professor of midwifery says midwives could help address the problem of access.