Episode 434

Mueller report, saving lives in Mozambique, New Zealand's haka, Myspace megafail, Cory Doctorow and more

Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference delivered, Mozambique park rangers launch a rescue operation after Cyclone Idai, the story of New Zealand's haka dance, mind-controlled drones in Edmonton, what the loss of 50 million MySpace songs means for hip hop, Cory Doctorow and Tim Maughan on dystopian sci-fi and more.

The Mueller report is ready, but the Trump-Russia saga isn't done yet

On Friday, U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick says this isn't the end, but rather the "end of the beginning."

Park rangers in Mozambique stage a grassroots rescue effort following Cyclone Idai

As international aid workers struggle to support survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, the staff of the Gorongosa National Park are working around the clock to save their neighbours.

How the traditional Maori haka became a central part of New Zealand's national identity

A video of young people performing haka in honour of the Christchurch shooting victims went viral on social media. Haka instructor Mihirangi explains the dance's origins and how it became a universal language shared by New Zealanders, Maori or not.

How four Edmonton university students built a mind-controlled drone

Four MacEwan University students 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.

Myspace played a big role in hip-hop history. Now much of that record is gone

This week, social network Myspace admitted that it lost a staggering 12 years' worth of music during a server migration last year. Music journalist Aaron Williams says that's a real loss for people who love hip hop.

Cory Doctorow and Tim Maughan imagine dystopian futures that don't feel so futuristic

In their new books, Radicalized and Infinite Detail, they have created near-future dystopias full of controlling technologies, social division and rebellions against elevators, toasters and the internet.

Riffed from the Headlines: 03/23/2019

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Episode 433

New Zealand mosque attack, Boeing's market pressures, surviving Game of Thrones, Putin's internet and more

A deadly mosque attack in Christchurch, N.Z., the origin story of the Boeing 737 Max, Brexit distracts British MPs from the rise of facial recognition technology, turning the tables on Tucker Carlson, Russian Roulette: Game of Thrones edition and Putin's plan to lock down the internet.

How the N.Z. mosque shooter engineered his attacks to feed the internet's far-right

A video and so-called manifesto by the person claiming responsibility for the attacks that killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand choreographed the attacks for internet engagement — and ‘memeability.’ New Republic's Jeet Heer says that while this might seem trivial, it's actually very important.

How aircraft market pressures propelled the launch of the Boeing 737 Max

In 2011, Boeing was under pressure to match a competitor's newly released, fuel-efficient plane. It quickly updated its own bestseller, the 737, and sold airlines on the idea that pilots didn't need expensive and time-consuming training, New York Times investigative reporter Thomas Kaplan says.

Amidst Brexit chaos, privacy advocates say politicians are turning a blind eye to AI surveillance

South Wales Police have tested facial recognition technologies in public spaces since 2017, most recently at the Six Nations Rugby Championship. Meanwhile, Brexit has distracted politicians from debating key privacy legislation, says Annabelle Dickson.

'Go tuck yourself': Comedian fires back at Tucker Carlson's jab at Canadian women's sex appeal

Decade-old tapes of the Fox News host spewing sexist and racist comments surfaced online this week, thanks to the left-leaning media watchdog Media Matters. Toronto-based stand-up comedian Aisha Brown offers this response.

Why Russians' anger with new cybersecurity laws won't be enough to shake Putin's grip

Even though a crowd of thousands turned up to protest proposed changes to the Russian internet, University of Oxford master's student Lincoln Pigman says a trio of new laws are just another extension of Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime.

Snow or Stark: Who will get the axe in Game of Thrones' final season? We have some predictions

The final season of Game of Thrones is just one month away, and fans are already placing bets on which characters will still be standing when the credits roll. We invited diehard fans Rod and Karen Morrow to play a round of Russian roulette with their favourite characters.

Riffed from the Headlines: 3/16/2019

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Episode 432: Brexit and a united Ireland, Captain Marvel fans take flight, the cost of baldness and more

Brexit talks have sparked calls for a united Ireland, Captain Marvel fans celebrate the launch of the new movie, why no one should be surprised when diverse politicians express diverse opinions, why everyone's writing contemporaneous notes, a study suggests men are willing to pay a fortune for more hair, and the Michael Jackson jukebox musical lives on.

Why a no-deal Brexit is raising talk of a united Ireland

An unintended consequence Westminster's blundering over Brexit has raised the possibility — or at least chatter about — a united Ireland. BBC reporter Jayne McCormack looks at Northern Ireland's quandary ahead of the Brexit vote in U.K. Parliament.

For Carol Danvers superfans, the release of Captain Marvel feels like a 'personal victory'

Members of the Carol Corps have been waiting a long time for Captain Marvel to hit the big screen. But despite the excitement, some are worried that she won't be the superhero they know from comic book pages.

A diverse cabinet means diverse opinions — and Trudeau shouldn't have been surprised, says journalist

Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was surprised when Jody Wilson-Raybould refused a cabinet post that doesn't align with her values. Vicky Mochama says Trudeau's government may not have been prepared for unprecedented pushback.

Lots of politicians are writing contemporaneous notes. Should you?

The news this week is full of politicians quoting from notes they've taken to cover themselves legally. Public relations expert David Scott says if you need to take detailed notes at work, you should get out of there.

How much are you 'willing toupee?' Combing through the economics of baldness

A team of economists in the U.S. say men of a certain age are coping with a particularly hairy sort of stress — and they'll pay through the teeth to avoid facing it head on.

Leaving Neverland's abuse allegations won't halt Michael Jackson musical's Broadway debut

Though child sex abuse allegations released in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland have dampened the star's legacy, a Broadway show on the singer's life is expected to premiere next summer.

Riffed from the Headlines: 3/9/2019

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Episode 431

Jody Wilson-Raybould's next move, the Impeach-o-Meter returns, vaccine skeptics, Olympic breakdancing and more

Jody Wilson-Raybould vs. business as usual, the return of the Impeach-o-Meter, why doctors should listen to vaccine-skeptic patients, breakdancing heads to The Olympics, Silicon Valley's ties to the U.S. military, the Jesus-themed comic that was too much for DC Comics and more.