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Episode 542

Trouble with traffic stops, pandemic Ramadan take 2, St. Vincent's layered emergencies, Brittlestar & more

Day 6 for April 17, 2021.

Even limited data shows traffic stops in Canada disproportionately affect people of colour, says expert

Race-based data on police interactions is collected across the United States, but the practice is uncommon in Canada. Experts say that objective information is a key part of reducing the number of deadly interactions between police and people of colour.

Russian TV station uncovers a 'very, very cheap' Soviet-era Lord of the Rings film adaptation

Khranteli, a Soviet-era made-for-TV movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, The Fellowship of the Ring, was posted to Russian broadcaster 5TV's YouTube channel in its entirety earlier this month.
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'Cut Ahmad some slack': Stand-up comic Nour Hadidi shares her frustrations, hopes for another pandemic Ramadan

Travel restrictions and lockdowns brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic mean a month typically spent with family and friends is going to be isolating once again this year. Still, Toronto stand-up comic Nour Hadidi says she's doing her best to stay optimistic during yet another pandemic Ramadan.

Canadian YouTube comedian Brittlestar shifts his approach as the pandemic drags on

The internet’s self-appointed favourite dad has been popular on social media for years. The Stratford native's comedic observations on the pandemic and the U.S. have made him a household name on Twitter and Facebook over the past year, bringing his distinctive sense of humour to his more than 350,000 followers.
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Volcanic eruptions, COVID-19 and dengue fever present a potential recipe for further disaster in St. Vincent

The La Soufrière volcano first erupted on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent on April 9, and over the past week more than 20,000 people have fled their homes to potential safety. Beyond the concerns of lava and pyroclastic flows, there is also the COVID-19 pandemic and fear that the virus could spread through shelters.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/17/2021

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Episode 541

Mobile vaccine clinics, COVID-19 in Brazil, Queen's consorts, Hemingway's letters and more

Day 6 for April 10, 2021.

Mobile vaccination clinics can help tackle hesitancy, distrust among at-risk groups, says doctor

While there are several mass vaccination clinics in Toronto, Dr. Marc Dagher, a family physician at Women’s College Hospital, says many of the most at-risk groups, including people living in shelters and congregate settings, may be more hesitant to visit these clinics.

How Prince Philip, like Prince Albert, was a pillar of support to his Queen and the monarchy

What the death of Prince Philip, known as Queen Elizabeth's "strength and stay," will mean for the Queen and the Royal Family has some historians and experts looking to the past to draw parallels to Queen Victoria, another long-serving British monarch widowed on the throne.
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Brazil's COVID-19 crisis is a dire warning to the world, says reporter

Terrence McCoy, the Washington Post's bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, explains why a new COVID-19 variant first identified in Brazil should worry everyone around the world.
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Lil Nas X's latest single is 'revolutionary' and 'radical,' says social justice advocate

For people like social justice advocate Jonathan P. Higgins, the hip-hop artist's latest single is revolutionary because it doesn't shy away from a subject that has long failed to penetrate mainstream conversations: Open and frank discussions about queer love. 
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Why Jordan Peterson thinks he inspired a new interpretation of Marvel supervillain Red Skull

Parker Molloy, editor-at-large for Media Matters for America, explains why she thinks Te-Nehesi Coates' reimagining of Red Skull as an internet-famous self-help guru works— and why it seems to have gotten under Jordan Peterson's skin.
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What letters to his mother-in-law say about the macho myth of Ernest Hemingway

Filmmaker Ken Burns says he hopes his new PBS documentary Hemingway will go beyond the macho myth of celebrated writer Ernest Hemingway. That's something author Janet Somerville already discovered in letters he wrote to his third wife Martha Gellhorn and her mother, and that she uncovered.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/04/2021

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Episode 540

ICUs in crisis, beyond the Chauvin trial, unionizing Amazon, China's digital currency, Depresh Mode and more

Day 6 for April 3, 2021.

Situation in Ontario ICUs like a never-ending 'fire' amid COVID-19 3rd wave, says nurse

Ontario is currently grappling with a third wave of COVID-19 infections largely driven by variants of concern. According to the province's science round table, the variants lead to greater hospitalizations and ICU occupancy, and are affecting younger people more seriously.
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As Chauvin trial begins, Minneapolis minister says justice for George Floyd hinges on more than the verdict

The beginning of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, has triggered fears about what might happen if Chauvin is acquitted. But Minister JaNaé Bates has her sights set on proposed policy changes that she says would go much further than the trial can in delivering justice.

John Moe wants to connect people struggling with mental health in his new podcast

John Moe hopes his new podcast, Depresh Mode, will help those struggling with mental health issues feel like they’re a little less alone.

China's digital currency play could spell trouble for private sector, foreign industry

China's ongoing experiments with a national digital currency could be an attempt to expand its influence over citizens' daily finances, while also serving as a way of expanding control over both domestic and foreign corporations, according to some economic experts.
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Amidst a landmark union drive, author says Amazon is a driving force behind North American inequality

If a majority of Amazon workers in Alabama vote in favour of unionizing, it will become the first of the company's U.S. facilities to join a union. Alec MacGillis, author of Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America, says that's a frightening prospect for Amazon.
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Garfield phones & a motorcycle: The strange things that have washed ashore from shipping containers

As the container ship Ever Given was being freed from the Suez Canal last weekend, writer Doug Mack tweeted the story of Garfield phones washing ashore in France. What followed was story after story about the contents of lost container ships, washing ashore LEGO pieces, shoes, rubber ducks and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Riffed from the Headlines: 03/04/2021

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Episode 539

AstraZeneca's vaccine mishaps, The Mighty Ducks' NHL history, Ryan McMahon, the Barbizon Hotel and more

Day 6 for March 27, 2021.
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How AstraZeneca became its COVID-19 vaccine's own worst enemy

While medical experts continue to support AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a safe and effective tool against the novel coronavirus, the company itself is under fire for a series of errors in its production, distribution and communications strategy.

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