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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.

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone: Documentary follows trans teen who challenged Australian 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.

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

Georgie Stone became the youngest person in Australia to ever receive hormone blockers. After that, many of her teen years were spent in court fighting for hormone therapy, both for herself and other transgender youth. The new documentary The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone spans 19 years of Georgie’s life.

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.

Riffed from the Headlines: 17/09/2022

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The case for 'sad love': Canadian philosopher crafts new model of romance

In real life romance, as in fairy tales, there tends to be a lot of focus on the "happily ever after." But philosopher Carrie Jenkins wants us to make a little more room for melancholy with her new book Sad Love: Romance and the Search for Meaning.
Episode 615

Balmoral Estate, aftermath of a mass stabbing, the flood that saved Ukraine, the case for sad love and more

What Balmoral Estate meant to Queen Elizabeth II; how James Smith Cree Nation might begin to recover from a mass stabbing attack; new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and the echoes of Margaret Thatcher; the flood that saved Ukraine and the wetlands it brought back; philosopher Carrie Jenkins makes the case for 'sad love'; and more.

'A little bit of privacy in such a public life': What Balmoral meant to the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands – a place that had a great deal of significance throughout her life. 

How flooding the Irpin River helped stave off a Russian advance and began to restore wetlands

As Russian forces made their approach on Kyiv, Ukrainian citizens broke the dam near the Irpin River to flood the area and make it impossible for Russian forces to pass. Now, a once diverse and lush wetland is slowly returning to its previous state before it was dammed in the 1960s.

The case for 'sad love': Philosopher Carrie Jenkins crafts a new model for romance

In real life romance, as in fairy tales, there tends to be an awful lot of focus on the "happily ever after." But philosopher Carrie Jenkins wants us to make a little more room for melancholy in our models of romantic love.

As James Smith Cree Nation reels, a crisis expert reflects on road to healing

Members of the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan are still in shock after a horrific mass attack last weekend left ten people dead and another 18 injured. Andrew Bear, a registered therapist, social worker and crisis intervention specialist with ties to the community, says the grieving and healing process will take years.

Britain's new prime minister agrees with his economic ideas, but who is Patrick Minford?

Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss was asked if she could name a single economist who agrees with her plan to lower taxes as a way to fix the ailing British economy, she replied "Patrick Minford," the same answer given about 40 years ago by then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/09/2022

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Episode 614

The future costs of floods and drought, Rings of Power, El Salvador's experiment with crypto and more

Engineering group says unprecedented floods and drought mean Canadians must re-evaluate their approach to water; the fallout from El Salvador's experiment with making bitcoin legal tender; the legacy of Newfoundland's now abandoned Trinity Loop amusement park; why the Lord of The Rings endures; the pioneering women of stand-up comedy; and more

Why Lord of the Rings endures as a pop culture touchstone

It’s been over twenty years since audiences watched Frodo Baggins and the fellowship of the ring set out on their quest to destroy the evil ring, and even longer since the release of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novels, but the world of Lord of the Rings continues to endure as a major piece of pop culture.

A year after making bitcoin a national currency, El Salvador faces an escalating crisis

El Salvador made history last year when it adopted bitcoin as a national currency. But a year later, the country's economic and social outlook is not looking good. Salvadoran journalist Mariana Belloso speaks to Day 6 after fleeing the country because of her reporting on corruption and cryptocurrency.