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#256 - A Contagion of Bad Ideas

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Topol about vaccine hesitancy and related misinformation. They discuss the problem of political and social siloing, concerns about mRNA...

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Tom Daley: The boy with the Olympic dream that came true

The 'baby' of Beijing became a father, a husband and an LGBTQ+ spokesperson. And now Tom Daley is an Olympic gold medallist. This is his story.

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‘I'm black, my partner's white - stop asking me if this is my baby’

When Ena Miller had a baby, she was unprepared for the constant comments about her daughter's skin tone.

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Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg: The top hip-hop dancer who can’t count the beats

Dancer Yami "Rowdy" Lofvenberg was labelled "stupid" at school. Now she has returned to education - as a lecturer.

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Paralysed swimmer in English Channel record bid

Paula Craig was paralysed after being hit by a car in 2001 - now she aims to swim the Channel.

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'The reason I'm doing this is because I was inspired by him'

Karim al-Jian was inspired to study medicine, after learning about a doctor who was killed helping civilians in Syria.

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Kenya's first female paraglider on life from a bird's eye view

"Kenya 1" aka Nyambura Kariuki, shares her thoughts on being Kenya's first ever female paraglider.

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All you need to know about new climbing event

Climbing is the last of the new Olympic sports to make its appearance at Tokyo 2020. Here's a guide to the things you need to know.

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West faces dilemmas over tanker attack

A drone attack on a ship off the coast of Oman has worsened already strained ties with Iran.

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Covid third wave: Americans 'scared and angry' as pandemic worsens

As the Delta variant causes a rethink about risk, Americans are battling to keep a feeling of normalcy.

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Tokyo 2020: A parent's plea in the shadow of the Olympics

This dad is drawing attention to what he calls the kidnapping of children by their own parents in Japan.

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Bennifer 2.0: How Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got us talking again

How a viral photo of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck exposed the internet's lust for nostalgia.

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Afghanistan war: Bodies on the streets as fighting traps Lashkar Gah residents

Terrified locals are fleeing if they can as the Taliban and troops battle to control Lashkar Gah.

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Vitaly Shishov: Belarus dissidents who disappeared and died

For years opponents of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko have been hounded - sometimes fatally.

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‘I don’t want to spend my life on the streets’

Asma Shaikh, a 17-year-old homeless girl, has big dreams. But the pandemic has brought new challenges.

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Beirut blast: ‘The day our city exploded’

One year on from the blast that rocked Beirut, no one has yet been made accountable.

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Tunisia crisis: Democrats, despots and the fight for power

Tunisia is in turmoil since the president suspended parliament and increased his own power.

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CEO Secrets: Airbnb boss shares his business advice

Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, shares his business advice for the CEO Secrets series.

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Tokyo Olympics sparks anti-LGBT slurs on Russian TV

Gay and transgender athletes in Tokyo have been singled out for abuse on Russian state television.

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Barbra Streisand: 'I've always had the right to sing what I want'

The star looks back at her career, and explains how she's always maintained creative control.

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The downfall of Nissan's Carlos Ghosn: An insider's view

Former Nissan lawyer Ravinder Passi had a ringside seat of the downfall of chairman Carlos Ghosn.

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Barbie of Oxford Covid vaccine designer Dame Sarah Gilbert created

Dame Sarah Gilbert says she found it "very strange" at first, but hopes it will inspire children.

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Tokyo 2020: TikTok becomes the unofficial behind-the-scenes Olympic channel

The short-form video platform is giving fans unprecedented insight into the athletes' experience.

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Simone Biles: Tokyo 2020 medallist on 'unique Olympic experience'

American Simone Biles says she will "forever cherish" her "unique Olympic experience" after taking her overall Games medal haul to seven in Japan.

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Tokyo Olympics: Taiwan stars trolled by Chinese nationalists

Chinese nationalists interpreted support for Taiwan's athletes as support for the island's independence.

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Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister in Kabul

The minister was not at home during the first major attack by militants in Kabul for nearly a year.

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Selena Gomez criticises latest 'tasteless' TV transplant joke

The Good Fight is the latest show to reference singer Selena Gomez's 2017 kidney transplant.

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Indian outrage after cremation of child 'rape victim'

A couple accuse a priest and three others of raping and murdering their daughter, aged nine.

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Van Gaal named Netherlands coach for third time

Former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is named Netherlands head coach for the third time.

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Are super shoes and track helping break Olympic records?

World records have tumbled on the athletics track at Tokyo 2020, but how much of that is down to new "super shoes" and a springy Olympics track built for speed?

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Barack Obama scales back 60th birthday party as Covid cases rise

The former president turns 60 on Wednesday but has cancelled plans for a big party this weekend.

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Australia trio dropped for Bledisloe Cup opener after curfew breach

Australia drop Marika Koroibete, Isi Naisarani and prop Pone Fa'amausili for Saturday's match against New after breaking a team curfew with a drinking session.

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The Offspring drummer Pete Parada says he was dropped over vaccine refusal

Pete Parada says a doctor advised him not to have the jab because of a rare autoimmune disorder.

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WhatsApp 'view once' brings disappearing photos and videos

The "view once" feature lets users open an image one time only before it is deleted forever.

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Jack Grealish: Manchester City closing in on £100m signing of Aston Villa...

Manchester City are closing in on the £100m signing of Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish.

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Sky Brown eyes surfing-skateboarding double at Paris 2024

After making history by becoming Great Britain's youngest ever Olympic medal winner, skateboarder Sky Brown is already plotting her next move.

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Tokyo Olympics: Golf caddie suffers heatstroke in searing heat

Players struggle with the heat at the women's Olympic golf, while Canada and Sweden ask for the women's football final to be moved.

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Tokyo Olympics: Sydney McLaughlin smashes record, Kokona Hiraki, 12, wins silver

Hurdler Sydney McLaughlin smashes her own world record to win 400m hurdles gold on the day 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki becomes the youngest Olympic medallist for 85 years.

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Eriksen visits Inter training ground for first time since cardiac arrest

Inter Milan say Christian Eriksen is in "excellent mental and physical shape" after his first visit to their training ground since his cardiac arrest.

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Tokyo Olympics: Andre de Grasse claims 200m gold

Canada's Andre de Grasse finishes fast to overhaul world champion Noah Lyles and win the Olympic 200m title.

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Activist who took on Belarus president goes on trial

Protest organiser Maria Kolesnikova has been charged with threatening national security.

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Floods: Research shows millions more at risk of flooding

Numbers of people exposed to flooding globally have risen by almost a quarter in two decades.

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USS Bonhomme Richard fire: Suspect identified as 20-year-old Navy sailor

A newly unsealed warrant also reveals suspicions that fire stations on the ship were sabotaged.

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Greece wildfires force people to flee island by boat

Scores of people on Evia were forced to evacuate by sea as wildfire spread rapidly, destroying homes.

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Rihanna now officially a billionaire

The star is now the wealthiest female musician in the world, according to Forbes.

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Andrew Cuomo: Why is the NY Governor under pressure to resign?

Democrats, including President Biden, have called for the New York governor to go.

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Four-year-old US piano prodigy flourishing amid pandemic

Brigitte's parents just wanted to keep her busy. Now, she's been invited to play at Carnegie Hall.

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England v India: Hosts collapse to 183 all out in first Test at Trent Bridge

England begin their series against India in depressingly predictable fashion with another atrocious batting collapse at Trent Bridge.

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Covid: WHO calls for booster pause to vaccinate poorer nations

WHO chief says it would allow at least 10% of the population in every country to be vaccinated.

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Belarus sprinter Krystina Timanovskaya heads for Poland

Krystina Timanovskaya was granted a humanitarian visa after she refused orders to fly home early.

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