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Episode 604: Birth control access after Roe v. Wade, LGBTQ wrestler Sonny Kiss, Missing Matoaka, summer reads and more

How the end of Roe v. Wade could affect access to birth control in the United States; LGBTQ pro wrestler Sonny Kiss on being out in the ring; Missing Matoaka offers an Indigenous-led audio companion to Disney's Pocahontas; Becky Toyne's recommendations for summer reading and more.

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Episode 603: Corporate concentration & food prices, @YourProudDad, land defenders, dragonflies and more

As grocery prices soar, food industry giants are posting record profits; Why the political comedy Dick is the most underrated Watergate movie; Global Witness says land defenders all over the world are coming under attack; On TikTok, Summer Clayton offers fatherly advice and inspiration as @YourProudDad; Dragonflies are 'canaries in the coal mine' for Canadian wetlands; If Roe v. Wade is struck down, the city of Austin, Texas, plans to tell police not to enforce a state ban and more.

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Episode 602: Colombia's TikTok presidential candidate, unmade Jurassic Park scripts, mining nickel for EV batteries & more

An unfiltered TikTok star could be Colombia's next president; Jurassic Park movie scripts that never made it to the big screen; the environmental cost of mining nickel for EV batteries; Canadian Bruce Horak is the first blind actor in the Star Trek franchise; Parkland mass shooting survivor Victoria Gonzalez and more.

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Episode 601: Bo Burnham goes back Inside, the AR-15 as religious artifact, how gate became the go-to scandal suffix & more

Bo Burnham is back with outtakes from his comedy special, Inside; 50 years of scandals tagged with 'gate', from Watergate to Swedengate; the Christian nationalists who turned the AR-15 assault-style rifle into a religious artifact; an empire of phony news stories and the company that funds it; the bright green 19th century books that may contain arsenic; Cree writer Kenneth T. Williams spins a tale of prophecy, purity and identity in his new play, The Herd; and more.

Download Episode 601: Bo Burnham goes back Inside, the AR-15 as religious artifact, how gate became the go-to scandal suffix & more
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Episode 600: The Onion's powerful satire on shootings, Amber Heard's trial by TikTok, Stranger Things is back and more

Why The Onion has published its 'no way to prevent this' satire for the 21st time after an elementary school shooting in Texas; with the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation case streamed — and mocked — on social media, the limits of #MeToo are revealed; Satanic panic in the world of Stranger Things; Uyghurs outside of China scan the leaked mugshots from Xingjiang detention centres for the faces of their family members; Grammy-winning musician J. Cole is playing professional basketball in Canada; The Sex Pistols have reissued God Save The Queen for the Platinum Jubilee and more.

Download Episode 600: The Onion's powerful satire on shootings, Amber Heard's trial by TikTok, Stranger Things is back and more
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Episode 599: 'Replacement' conspiracy theory, Downton Abbey returns, personal data after Roe v. Wade and more

How the "great replacement" conspiracy theory went mainstream; Downton Abbey is back in theatres; as the water in Lake Mead drops to record lows, bodies of the victims of mob hits may be being exposed; in a post Roe v. Wade America, the data on women's phones could offer a trove of incriminating evidence; a distant relative of legendary Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev reconciles the many layers of his past and more.

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Episode 598: Marcos family's stolen billions; calls to end Ottawa's COVID app; the pioneering women of comedy & more

How Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s victory could sideline the search for the billions his father stole; a digital policy expert says it's time to shut down Ottawa's COVID Alert App; Afghan journalist Zahra Joya confronts the Taliban from exile; Zarqa Nawaz on the importance of putting flawed, middle-aged Muslim women on the screen; the original women of stand-up comedy get their due in In On The Joke, a new book telling their stories and more.

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Episode 597: State laws after Roe v. Wade, the Donald Trump Return-O-Meter, Pusha T's hit record, LEGO lost at sea and more

U.S. states seek ways to enforce restrictive abortion laws beyond their own borders; introducing the Donald Trump Return-O-Meter; how Pusha T scored his first number one hit with a coke-rap album at age 44; the Brooklyn Public Library is helping young people get around book bans; why Russia's invasion of Ukraine could make Siberian wildfires even worse this year; the millions of LEGO pieces lost at sea and the underwater world of plastic they revealed and more.

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Episode 596: Refuge for Ukrainians fleeing their country, Elon Musk's tweets, Chuck D, computer chips from honey and more

An innovative visa program for Ukrainians fleeing war; what Elon Musk's Twitter feed says about how he might run the company; Public Enemy's Chuck D shares the stories behind Songs That Shook the Planet; how geneticists with the Frozen Zoo project are trying to save endangered species; how honey and other organic materials could play a part in the future of computing and more.

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Episode 595: Libs of TikTok, reading 27,000 Marvel comics, Russia's Wagner Group, Jake Epstein's one-man show and more

How Libs of TikTok shapes right-wing politics; Russia's private militia, the Wagner Group, enters the fray in Ukraine; what you can learn from reading 27,000 Marvel comics; why Canadian doctors can't access new antibiotics for treating drug-resistant infections; Degrassi alum Jake Epstein has turned his journey to Broadway and back into new one-man show; how one woman helped turn millions of acres of land into national parks in the Chilean Patagonia; and more.

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Day 6 Introduces: Tai Asks Why - Season 4

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. In Season 4 of his Webby-winning podcast, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to stand-up comedians to his equally curious little brother Kien. If you’ve ever wondered if we can keep eating meat without destroying the planet or if we’re alone in the universe, Tai has you covered. More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/taiaskswhy

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Episode 594: Ukrainians seeking refuge in Lviv, Randy Rainbow, K-pop virtual concerts & more

How the city of Lviv is coping with an influx of people from the rest of Ukraine; the campaign to turn social media posts into admissible evidence in war crimes trials; Jesus Christ Superstar at 50; how Randy Rainbow turned an encyclopedic knowledge of show tunes into an internet comedy empire; how K-pop is redefining the live music experience through immersive virtual concerts; and more.

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Episode 593: Quest for justice in Darfur, Bill (Spaceman) Lee pitching at 75, remembering conductor Boris Brott

What the quest for justice in Darfur says about the possibility of war crimes charges against Vladimir Putin, Bill (Spaceman) Lee is 75 and still pitching, remembering conductor Boris Brott, the case for climate optimism, what we might learn from people who don't get COVID and Amanda Parris on her new comedy, Revenge of the Black Best Friend and more.

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Episode 592: Ancient papal orders, Hungarian election, self-spreading vaccines for animals, soccer in Brampton and more

Why an Indigenous scholar spent his career trying to get the Vatican to revoke ancient papal bulls; Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ties to Russia and how they might impact Sunday's election; old tunes and the movie cameos that made them hits again; why scientists are developing a self-spreading vaccine for wild animals; how Brampton, Ont., became a hub of Canadian soccer excellence; one man's quest to give new life to forgotten Palestinian music and more.

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Episode 591: Russia's war propaganda, WNBA star Brittney Griner, sounds of Dune, the Vatican's artifact collection and more

How Russia is missing the mark on its propaganda around the war in Ukraine; designing the sounds of the movie Dune; WNBA star Brittney Griner is still jailed in Russia; how swimmer Lia Thomas became a political target in the debate over transgender athletes; the Vatican's Indigenous artifact collection and the fight to repatriate its contents; how the second season of Bridgerton measures up; and more.

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Episode 590: Rescuing Ukrainian children, Ms. Marvel, a $15B academic cheating industry, remembering John Cazale and more

Ukraine's former ombudsman for children is traveling through the country taking kids out of harm's way; what a stalled military convoy en route to Kyiv says about Russia's war strategy; the joy of meeting Ms. Marvel; getting kids back to school after a concussion; why Canada is vulnerable to a $15 billion academic cheating industry; remembering John Cazale on the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, and more.

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Episode 589: Stuck super yachts, the letter Z in Russia, owning colours as NFTs, COVID-19 vaccine inhaler and more

Russian oligarchs' super yachts frozen through sanctions; how the letter Z became a pro-war symbol in Russia; why Stuart Temple is against exclusively owning colours in NFTs; a Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine inhaler; Elie Mystal takes on the U.S. constitution; tracing the sound history of DUN DUN DUNNNN and more. 

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Episode 588: Fleeing Ukraine, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Batman movies ranked, pandemic travel tips and more

A Nigerian doctor who lived in Ukraine for 14 years shares his story of escape; Dee Snider supports Ukrainians using We're Not Gonna Take It as a resistance anthem; the best and worst Batman movies ranked; how COVID-19 created an enormous backlog of immigration applications; easing your way back into travel as pandemic restrictions relax; an Oscar-nominated short film shines a light on Lusia Harris, The Queen of Basketball; and more.

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Episode 587: Russia invades Ukraine, Ben Simmons and mental health in sports, SBTV, police using genealogy web sites & more

Civilians in Kyiv brace for the worst; a civil liberties activist says the behaviour of Russian backed forces in the disputed Donbas region suggests dark days to come; how we talk about Ben Simmons' mental health; the legacy of Jamal Edwards and SBTV; Canadian police forces are embracing genetic genealogy and civil libertarians say we need better guidelines; and more.

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Episode 586: Who's behind the militia group Diagolon, the writer of Ram Ranch, Horizon: Forbidden West review and more

How Jeremy McKenzie put his group Diagolon at the centre of the so-called Freedom Convoy protests; the writer behind Ram Ranch on the song making headlines for trolling protesters in Ottawa; why Russia's doping controversy at the Olympics could be valuable propaganda on Ukraine for the Kremlin; teacher reacts to the hit comedy Abbott Elementary, CBC's Jonathan Ore on whether you should play Horizon: Forbidden West; embracing your inner winter Olympian and more.

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Episode 585: Ottawa protesters dig in, the pressure of Black excellence, museums embrace NFTs, Asahi baseball and more

The Ottawa protests are dug in and spreading; writer Fatuma Adar wants to free Black people from the pressures of Black excellence; museums embrace the opportunities and risks of NFTs; the return of the Asahi baseball team; the lives of history's most infamous heiresses and more. 

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Episode 584: Reporting in China, We Don't Talk About Bruno, vaccine misinfo on Substack, Ukraine's far-right militia & more

Press freedom under attack in China; Erin O'Toole, the Colorado radio host, is going to miss Erin O'Toole, the Canadian political leader; how Substack became a haven — and a source of income — for promoting vaccine skepticism; what makes We Don't Talk About Bruno from Encanto work; Ukraine's far-right militia, the Azov movement, sees opportunity in Russia's threats; a new podcast digs into the story of Vernon, B.C.'s, self-proclaimed bush boys and more.

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Episode 583: Behind the protest convoy, Bill Browder, banning books by Black authors, Groundhog Day again and more

Who are the fundraisers behind the protest convoy on Parliament Hill; Bill Browder on how to stop Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine; why U.S. schools are banning books by Black authors; two bills that could reshape Puerto Rico's relationship with the U.S.; watching Groundhog Day during the pandemic and more.

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Episode 582: China's bid for a COVID-free Olympics, front-line health-care workers, brushing scams and more

China's bid for a COVID-free Olympics; a former TV reporter takes to TikTok with parody parenting videos; front-line health-care workers confront the fifth wave; why Vladimir Putin is so fixated on Ukraine; unordered Amazon packages and a scam called brushing; Canada's broken access to information system and more.

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Episode 581: Taxing unvaccinated people, Wordle copycats, Station Eleven, the sound of climate change and more

Quebec proposes a tax on people who refuse COVID-19 vaccinations; fans clap back against profit-seeking Wordle knock-offs; how to support the arts as the pandemic deals another blow; the TV adaptation of Station Eleven is a timely look at a fictional post-pandemic world, but should you watch it?; soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause documents how climate change has has transformed the way the planet sounds and more.

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Episode 579: Trump supporters prep for 2024; bye bye BlackBerry; Don't Look Up; why we procrastinate; JoyGerm Day and more

Trump supporters are taking over local election machinery with an eye on 2024; BlackBerry enthusiasts bid a fond farewell to an iconic device; Don't Look Up is a cathartic experience for climate scientists; the trouble with U.S. copyright laws; how procrastination acts on your brain; why National JoyGerm Day is particularly poignant during the pandemic and more.

Download Episode 579: Trump supporters prep for 2024; bye bye BlackBerry; Don't Look Up; why we procrastinate; JoyGerm Day and more
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Episode 578: Tick, Tick ... Boom!, the 5th Beatle and 50 years of Blue

The once more with feeling edition. Victoria Leacock Hoffman, the friend and colleague who produced the original production of Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick ... Boom!; how American keyboardist Billy Preston crashed the Beatles' Get Back sessions; and celebrating Joni Mitchell's musical masterpiece, Blue, five decades on.

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