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Episode 402: Saudi trolls vs. Canada, Alex Jones's precarious empire, Losing Earth, pampered poultry and more

Saudi trolls launch a campaign against Canada, the precarious state of Alex Jones's media empire, a moral case for climate action, the Brooklyn blogger who helped expose Paul Manafort's alleged corruption, chicken diapers, 'Son of Hitler' and more.

Et tu quoque, Trudeau? How Saudi trolls slammed Canada in a diplomatic spat

Saudi media levelled attacks on Canada as part of its diplomatic dispute. Human rights activist Iyad el-Bagdadhi says the Twitter attacks are not a new strategy.

Is Infowars over? The crumbling empire of Alex Jones

He's been banned by most social media, and is facing numerous defamation lawsuits. How America's most notorious conspiracy theorist is losing his voice.

How a local Brooklyn blogger helped uncover Manafort's alleged money laundering

Paul Manafort's financial dealings emerged in no small part due to Brooklyn blogger Katia Kelly, who started asking questions about a house he owned in her neighbourhood.

'Losing Earth': Do we have a collective moral responsibility to fight climate change?

This week's edition of the New York Times Magazine consisted of a single story: about humanity's failure to take direct action to prevent climate change in the 1980s. Author Nathaniel Rich says an appeal to human morality may be the only way to spark action.

How much should you pamper your poultry? You could say it depends

Diapers on a chicken? Julie Baker has been selling the fashion-forward chicken attire for the past decade, and says she thinks they're more than just the latest internet fad.

'Son of Hitler': How the Charlottesville protests inspired a graphic novel's major plot change

Canadian writer Anthony Del Col's new graphic novel 'Son of Hitler' started off as a story about a World War II Nazi hunter's obsession with finding the illegitimate son of Adolf Hitler. But after Charlottesville, Del Col was motivated to come up with a new ending.

Riffed from the Headlines 08/11/2018

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Politicians vs. the media, shopping with autism, smart neighbourhoods, Tim Caulfield, women in STEM and more

Anti-media political rhetoric ramps up, quiet shopping hours for people on the spectrum, privacy and smart neighbourhoods, 'A User's Guide to Cheating Death,' championing women in STEM, the man behind 3D printed guns and more.

Politicians vs. the media: Doug Ford may be bombastic, but he's no Donald Trump

Donald Trump ramped up his anti-media rhetoric this week as Doug Ford's Ontario PCs stand accused of anti-media behaviour. But the Toronto Star's Robert Benzie says there are still important differences.

How a U.K. grocery store is making shopping more tolerable for people with autism

British grocery chain store Morrisons has introduced "Quieter Hours," which includes dimming store lights and turning off background music in an effort to make shopping more comfortable for people on the spectrum.

Your friendly neighbourhood terms of use agreement: What you need to know about living in a smart community

Google's sister company Sidewalks Labs promises a high-tech smart neighbourhood along Toronto's waterfront. Digital rights advocate Bianca Wylie says the cost in data may be too high.

Crystals, detoxes and eating snake gall bladders: Tim Caulfield's quest to understand why people do this stuff

In his documentary series 'A User's Guide to Cheating Death,' Tim Caulfield tries cryotherapy, healing crystals and eats a live snake's gall bladder as a way to understand why people are drawn to therapies with little or no scientific backing.

'With my laptop and enthusiasm': This physicist is adding hundreds of women scientists to Wikipedia

Only 17 per cent of biographies on Wikipedia are about women. Physicist Jessica Wade wants to change that, so she has added nearly 300 biographies about women scientists and engineers — with more to come.

Cody Wilson's quest to make 3D printable guns available to everyone just came very close to reality

Cody Wilson has spent five years fighting to make 3D printable guns available to everyone. When his legal battle began in 2013, he laid out a principled case for why he thinks he's right.

Riffed from the Headlines 08/04/2018

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.

Tracking the sound of gunshots: Is ShotSpotter the solution to Toronto gun violence?

Lilian Radovac says that before approving audio surveillance, Toronto's city council needs to look at ShotSpotter’s track record, cost, privacy concerns and the targeting of communities that already feel singled out.

Building cities of rhyme: How hip-hop architecture could change the future of design

This month, Wisconsin-based architect Michael Ford, also known as the 'Hip Hop Architect,' spent a week in Toronto teaching kids to imagine city design through rap lyrics.

'We ain't seen anything yet': Even the Arctic is burning as wildfires rage around the world

From Greece to southern B.C., wildfires blazed around the world this week. In Sweden, fires were even spotted north of the Arctic Circle. Canadian science writer Ed Struzik says Arctic wildfires are on the rise.

She's given more than $5M to women artists, and all of it anonymously — until now

Anonymous Was A Woman is the name of a grant given annually, and anonymously, to women artists over the age of 40. Last week, artist Susan Unterberg outed herself as the benefactor. She tells us why she finally chose to reveal her identity.

Count Frightenstein gets his day: New museum honours Canadian actor Billy Van

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a 1970s, low-budget, campy television horror show for children. A new museum pays tribute to Billy Van, who played most of the show's characters.

'Goodbye is a tough thing': Groundbreaking South African superstar Johnny Clegg sings farewell

For four decades, he broke down racial barriers. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Johnny Clegg reflects on his final concerts.

Riffed from the Headlines 07/28/2018

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Episode 399: Russia keeps meddling, Sacha Baron Cohen keeps punking, Impeach-O-Meter, Che's brother and more

Russia eyes the 2018 mid-term elections, the Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter, master duper Sacha Baron Cohen, defending Abdoul Abdi, implausible age casting in Mamma Mia 2, the last Blockbuster, Che Guevara's brother and more.
Analysis

While Americans fight over 2016 election meddling, Russia gears up for the next one

Molly McKew says what Russia is doing to the United States is real, that it's a form of warfare and that it's likely to keep working through the midterm elections in November.
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