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Khashoggi's disappearance casts a new light on Mohammed bin Salman's dark side

Seven months ago, Mohammed bin Salman was being celebrated as a young, progressive reformer. Now, a more sinister, authoritarian side is coming back into focus.

100-hour work weeks: Competition in video game industry fuels extreme overtime concerns

Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser ignited a storm this week when he suggested employees at his studio worked 100-hour weeks. He's since clarified, but critics say extreme overtime is common in the industry.

Meet the roboticist who's teaching AI to write fortune cookies and TED Talks

Before Alexander Reben took to the TEDx San Francisco stage with a computer-written speech, he was trying to teach AI to write original aphorisms. The results are remarkable — and hilarious.

Bud and Breakfast: Canada's cannabis tourism industry is about to take off

Sean Roby, founder and CEO of Bud and Breakfast, takes us on a tour of the burgeoning cannabis tourism industry, from 'bud bars' to ganja ziplines.

Khashoggi's disappearance casts a new light on Mohammed bin Salman's dark side

Seven months ago, Mohammed bin Salman was being celebrated as a young, progressive reformer. Now, a more sinister, authoritarian side is coming back into focus.

Riffed from the Headlines 10/20/2018

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.

'They don't like me, but I don't care': April Ryan on being black, a woman and reporting on Trump

April Ryan is one of the few female black White House correspondents and over the past two years she says both her race and gender have made her the subject of attacks. She says reporting from the Trump White House is unlike any other.

How to kill a TV character, from Roseanne to Ned Stark

This week, The Conners debuted, having killed off Roseanne. Culture writer Alyssa Bereznak runs down why some TV deaths work and others don't.

Bud and Breakfast: Canada's cannabis tourism industry is about to take off

Sean Roby, founder and CEO of Bud and Breakfast, takes us on a tour of the burgeoning cannabis tourism industry, from 'bud bars' to ganja ziplines.

Meet the roboticist who's teaching AI to write fortune cookies and TED Talks

Before Alexander Reben took to the TEDx San Francisco stage with a computer-written speech, he was trying to teach AI to write original aphorisms. The results are remarkable — and hilarious.

Episode 412: Tourism for tokers, Saudi prince under scrutiny, how to kill a TV character, April Ryan and more

The future of Canadian cannabis tourism, Mohammed bin Salman's dark side, Red Dead Redemption 2 and 100-hour work weeks, how to kill a TV character, April Ryan's book 'Under Fire', a robot's first TEDx Talk and more.

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.