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Sweden let its citizens loose on the country's Twitter. It went surprisingly well

In 2011, the Swedish Institute decided to allow individual citizens to take control of the country's tourism account @Sweden. Some talked about pizza, while others made crude jokes. Now, 200,000 tweets later, it's time is done.

Illusion or allusion? Take our quiz & find out how your language skills stack up

Brother and sister Ross and Kathy Petras, authors of That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means, are here to help you understand the difference between 'alright' and 'all right.' Take our quiz and find out how you do.

'Now that red line is broken': Exiled journalist says fate of Jamal Khashoggi sets dangerous precedent

'If Jamal is fair game then people like us really don't have a choice.' Writer & activist Iyad el-Baghdadi says the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi changes everything for dissidents like him.

'Now that red line is broken': Exiled journalist says the fate of Jamal Khashoggi sets a dangerous precedent

Writer and activist Iyad el-Baghdadi says the fate of Jamal Khashoggi changes everything for dissidents like him.

Rosie Rowbotham landed Canada's longest sentence for dealing pot, but he's not cheering legalization

In 1985, Robert 'Rosie' Rowbotham was sentenced to 20 years for smuggling cannabis. But instead of celebrating legalization, he's stung by the hypocrisy of having the people who helped jail him cash in on the industry.

From Sinatra to Taylor Swift: 100 years of celebrity political endorsements

Celebrities have been making political endorsements for nearly a century. Picking sides used to be a gamble for stars, but today, staying on the sidelines carries its own risks.

How climate change is fueling conflict around the world

The UN's climate change body issued a dire warning recently on global warming. Climate security expert Sherri Goodman says as the earth heats up, so do the chances of global conflict.
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Rosie Rowbotham landed Canada's longest sentence for dealing pot, but he's not cheering legalization

In 1985, Robert 'Rosie' Rowbotham was sentenced to 20 years for smuggling cannabis. But instead of celebrating legalization, he's stung by the hypocrisy of having the people who helped jail him cash in on the industry.

'Now that red line is broken': Exiled journalist says the fate of Jamal Khashoggi sets a dangerous precedent

Writer and activist Iyad el-Baghdadi says the fate of Jamal Khashoggi changes everything for dissidents like him.
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When is a crucifix not a religious symbol? When it's hanging in the Quebec National Assembly, silly

Quebec's Premier designate François Legault says he will stand by plans to ban some civil servants from wearing religious symbols. He also says the crucifix that hangs in Quebec's National Assembly can stay.

Riffed from the Headlines 10/13/2018

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.

Sweden let its citizens loose on the country's Twitter, but now it's time to say 'hej då'

In 2011, the Swedish Institute decided to allow individual citizens to take control of the country's tourism account @Sweden. Some talked about pizza, while others made crude jokes. Now, 200,000 tweets later, it's time is done.
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Illusion or allusion? Let these word nerds help save you from these common language mistakes

Brother and sister Ross and Kathy Petras, authors of That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means, are here to help you understand the difference between 'alright' and 'all right.' Take our quiz and find out how you do.

From Sinatra to Taylor Swift: 100 years of celebrity political endorsements

Celebrities have been making political endorsements for nearly a century. Picking sides used to be a gamble for stars, but today, staying on the sidelines carries its own risks.

How climate change is fueling conflict around the world

The UN's climate change body issued a dire warning this week on global warming. Climate security expert Sherri Goodman says as the earth heats up, so do the chances of global conflict.

Episode 411: What happened to Jamal Khashoggi, weed hypocrisy, climate and conflict, misused words and more

The fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, François Legault's cross to bear, Rosie Rowbotham on legalizing pot, climate change as a tool of conflict, celebrity political endorsements, fun with misused words, the @Sweden tweeters and more.

Why Canadians are still celebrating The Log Driver's Waltz, more than half a century after it was written

Canadian folksinger Wade Hemsworth wrote The Log Driver's Waltz, but it was made famous by the McGarrigle sisters in the 1979 NFB film. Now, his great nephew has helped turn it into a children's book.

Episode 410: Women's rage, A Star Is Born, Amazon ups its minimum wage, Sharon and Bram and more

Soraya Chemaly says women's rage is justified and good, A Star Is Born gets another reboot, Amazon ups its minimum wage, sharing breast milk to fight malnutrition in Venezuela, Sharon and Bram's farewell tour, The Log Driver's Waltz is now a children's book and more.

40 years of Skinnamarink: Sharon and Bram launch their farewell tour

For 40 years, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison entertained children and adults alike as two-thirds of Sharon, Lois and Bram. Now they're hitting the road one last time for a farewell tour.

Is psychedelic drug therapy on track to become as ubiquitous as meditation?

Psychedelic drugs show promise as a treatment for severe mental illnesses and addiction, but some believe the drugs could also benefit people without a mental health diagnosis.

Why Canadians are still celebrating The Log Driver's Waltz, more than half a century after it was written

Canadian folksinger Wade Hemsworth wrote The Log Driver's Waltz, but it was made famous by the McGarrigle sisters in the 1979 NFB film. Now, his great nephew has helped turn it into a children's book.

Women in Venezuela are donating breast milk to save babies from malnutrition

Many undernourished mothers can't produce nutritious milk for their children, so others are stepping in.

A Star Is Born — again: The decades-old Hollywood fable that just won't quit

The original 'A Star is Born' hit cinemas in 1937. Now, the fourth adaptation is in theatres. Film critics Aisha Harris and Jason Gorber walk us through the movie's long list of reboots.

Kavanaugh, Trump & a year of #MeToo: Women are angry, and author says that's a good thing

'Anger is also what is behind the compassion, and empathy and drive for social justice.' Recently, Donald Trump belittled a female reporter and publicly mocked Christine Blasey Ford, as the Kavanaugh confirmation vote loomed in the background. The anger among women is palpable, and Soraya Chemaly says the rage is good.

Why Amazon's decision to raise employees' wages is a great deal — for Amazon

Amazon earned widespread praise for its plan to raise its U.S. employees' minimum wage to $15. However, Wired reporter Louise Matsakis says the company has its own reasons for boosting workers' pay.