June 2012

Episode 84 - Violence Interrupted

Fighting Chicago's Explosion in Homicides; No Drugs in Tennis But Few Tests; Jonah Lehrer and the Mecycling Problem; Abraham Lincoln and Sir John A. VS...

Jonah Lehrer and Aaron Sorkin "self-plagiarists"?

Can a writer plagiarize his own words? That's the question raised by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and best-selling author Jonah Lehrer, both suffering through revelations that...

Sorkinisms: A Superedit

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Contest: Riffed From The Headlines

Here's your weekly chance to win a fancy, rock n roll n awesome Day 6 tote bag.Simply email us your best guess... what news story...

Joe Sacco On His New Collection "Journalism"

Joe Sacco, comic journalist extraordinaire, has released a collection of his short-form comics reporting, called Journalism. It includes a decade of stories from around the...

Chicago Murders Spike, Enter The Interrupters

The murder rate in Chicago is surging, up 37% from last year. Eager to try a new approach to help staunch the blood flow, the...

Wimbledon: Does Tennis Deserve Its Squeaky-Clean Image?

Wimbledon, tennis' premier grand slam event, is well under way in England. It seems that that sport in particular has managed to escape the image...

John A. Macdonald: Sasquatch Hunter

In honour of Canada Day, Day 6 contributors Scott Montgomery and Carman Melville tell a little-known tale about one of our founding fathers, John A....

An Alternative Hockey Hall Of Fame: Comment, Ned Petrie, David Tichauer

On Tuesday, four hockey greats were elected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. Of...

Joe Sacco on his new book Journalism

Joe Sacco is a pioneer of the genre of war reportage comics. He's got a new book out called Journalism that pulls together a collection...

Bath Salts Attacks in Toronto, Calgary?

Police suspect bath salts (warning: graphic photos in link) are behind an attack against two Toronto police officers and a Calgary man who slammed his...

Episode 83 - Aung San Suu Kyi's Unlikely Lifeline

Here's the complete program for your listening pleasure including the following stories:*Aung San Suu Kyi's Radio Pal*Green Grabbing*Euro Cup vs Euro Economies*Summer Hits Around The...

Aung San Suu Kyi meets the Hairy Cornflake

This week, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to the United Kingdom for the first time in 24 years....

Euro Cup Game Vs. Euro Zone Crisis

When Germany faces Greece in a soccer game at the Euro Cup, as they did Friday, there's more going on than just a game. The...

A Global Search For The Perfect Summer Jam

Summer's here, and the time is right for dancing in the street, so Day 6 is on the hunt for the ultimate summer jam of 2012....

Day 6 Summer Reads with Becky Toyne

Looking for a good novel to sink into at the cottage? Or maybe a tale or two to make your summer even steamier? Books...

Kate Bornstein on Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard & Gender

Kate Bornstein is an outspoken transsexual activist and author of  "Gender Outlaw." In her new memoir, "Queer and Pleasant Danger," Kate opens up about her...

Green Grabbing aka Eco-Colonialism Explained

One of the themes of the UN's Rio +20 conference this week was developing the green economy and reducing poverty. But some think that the...

Riffed From The Headlines

Here's this week's clue for "Riffed From The Headlines". Guess the news story that these three riffs have in common and you could win a...

Patti Smith's "Banga" - Contest Winners

Congratulations to our five winners of the brand new Patti Smith album Banga. Thanks to all those who emailed in and thanks for listening to Day...

Excerpt: The Farm

The FarmBy Tom Rob Smith Until that phone call it had been an ordinary day. Laden with groceries, I was walking home through Bermondsey, a neighborhood...

Excerpt: An Untamed State

An Untamed StateBy Roxane Gay1Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gangof fearless yet terrified young men with so...

Excerpt: All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny SorrowsBy Miriam ToewsONEOur house was taken away on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979. My...

Excerpt: Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't By Lydia Davis A Story of Stolen Salamis My son's Italian landlord in Brooklyn kept a shed out back in which he cured and smoked...

Excerpt: The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

The Rise and Fall of Great PowersBy Tom Rachman2011His pencil wavered above the sales ledger, dipping toward the pageas his statements increased in vigor, the...

Tomatoes: A Booze Lover's Best Friend?

Two Japanese beverage companies suggest drinking tomato juice after drinking alcohol does a body good.  According to their study, blood alcohol levels in test subjects...

Episode 82 - Bringing Flavour Back

*Re-Engineering the Tomato*Spain's Protesters Sue Reviled Banker*Slaughter Nick for President*Dan Rather: Rather Outspoken*Inside the Marathon Vote*Lehrer on Dylan*Punk Icon Patti Smith...

Riffed From The Headlines For June 16, 2012

Here's this week's Riffed from the Headlines clue. We hope you've been liking this feature, let us know in the comments if you think the...

Patti Smith Back with a Banga

Patti Smith was a rock n' roll sensation when she released her first album Horses in 1975. Today, she's a punk rock icon, a poet,...

Spanish Activists' Banking Lawsuit

Spain has secured a loan of up to $100-billon to help the country bailout its banks - which took a big hit when their housing...

Dan Rather on Being Texan

Broadcasting veteran Dan Rather joined Brent to discuss his new memoir, Rather Outspoken, and the role his home state of Texas has played throughout his...

Putting the Tomato Back In Tomatoes

Your average supermarket tomato is sorely lacking in a key ingredient: flavour. But scientists have unlocked the tomato's genome, and that means that the puzzle...

Slaughter Nick For President

This is the amazing story of how Canadian actor Rob Stewart unwittingly became an iconic figure in Serbian pop culture and politics for his role as...

Aaron Hagey-Mackay and Simon Pond on the Marathon Budget Vote

On Thursday and Friday, Canada's Members of Parliament became part of epic vote on the federal budget. It lasted more than 22-hours because the opposition...

Jonah Lehrer on Like A Rolling Stone

On June 16, forty-seven years ago, Bob Dylan recorded the now-iconic song Like A Rolling Stone. Jonah Lehrer marks the anniversary with this discussion of...

Giveaway winners: They Eat Puppies, Don't They?

We invited listeners last week to enter a give-away for author and Day 6 guest Christopher Buckley's new book, They Eat Puppies, Don't They?  Here...

This weekend on Day 6: Slaughter Nick For President

Coming up this weekend on Day 6, Brent talks to Canadian actor Rob Stewart about how his role in a cheesy '90's detective show made him iconic...

Comment: Heather Cleland's Copyfree Wedding

Marriage, parades, conventions and karaoke just got more expensive. The Copyright Board of Canada approved new tariffs on playing music at these events.An honour system...

Comment: Carman Melvile Reality Checks War of 1812

Commemorations are already underway to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812.That war is a defining moment in Canadian history, and a time when...

Episode 81 - Reality TV Delusion

*The Truman Show Delusion*Domestic Drones PR*Magnotta and Copycat Crimes*Does Hollywood Shaft Little People? *Restarting the War of 1812*Copyright Laws Wreck Weddings*Christopher Buckley Punks China...

Riffed From The Headlines - June 9th Edition

Here's your weekly chance to win a fancy, rock'n'roll'n Day 6 tote bag.Simply email us your best guess... what news story of the week is...

Snow White And The Seven Average Sized Actors

The new movie Snow White and the Huntsman might be a smash at the box office, but it isn't a hit with everybody. Actors like...

Launching A Drone PR Offensive

News that a drone strike killed al-Qaeda's second-in-command this week was met with mixed reaction. The Obama administration defends drones strikes as "legal, ethical and...

Park Dietz on the Media and Magnotta

The horrible story of Jun Lin's killing allegedly at the hands of Luka Magnotta continued to dominate headlines this week. Images and videos of Magnotta's...

Christopher Buckley: They Eat Puppies, Don't They?

Christopher Buckley is the son of the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, and the author of nine novels satirizing American politics including, Thank You...

The Truman Show Delusion

Doctor Joel Gold first started noticing a strange pattern in some of his patients a few years ago. They were convinced that they were the...

RIP Ray Bradbury - Archive Interview Nov. 1985

Science Fiction legend Ray Bradbury has died. He was 91 years old and proof that he could still dazzle is found in his essay in...

Comment: Kathleen Phillips on China's Dog of Determination

A group of cyclists on a 1700 km journey from South Western China to Tibet met a little dog along the way.  After one of...

Comment: Aidan Flax-Clark on Mugabe and Tourism

As far as reputations go, Robert Mugabe's could use a little work. The leader of Zimbabwe is accused of human rights abuses and is blamed...

Episode 80- Murder Online

*Gore Sites and the Law*Bath Salts Scourge*Richard Ford: Should I Read It? *Dog Runs 1700km*The Pope's Butler Busted*Mugabe: The Tour Guide Years*Montreal Musicians on Pots...

Riffed From The Headlines - June 2nd Edition

Here's your weekly chance to win a fancy, rock n roll n awesome Day 6 tote bag.Simply email us your best guess... what news story...

How The Law Views Gruesome Online Crime Video

**UPDATE 2 (JULY 2013) Police have charged Best Gore owner Mark Marek for posting the video.**UPDATE: Since we aired this story Montreal police have said...

Interview with Mark Marek From Best Gore website

Mark Marek is the owner of an online website that posts images from gruesome events like accidents, torture, crime and war zones.  They can be...

Richard Ford's Canada: Should I Read It?

It's been six years since Richard Ford's last novel was published and 17 years since his Pulitzer-prize winning Independence Day. Now the iconic American writer...

Syria and the Shabiha

On Tuesday Canada expelled the Syrian diplomats stationed in this country. It was a response to the Houla massacre in Syria, where more than 100...

Did The Butler Do It? The Vatican Leaks Scandal

The Vatican leaks scandal may sound like a real-life Dan Brown novel, complete with secret conspiracies, a sinister butler, and an Opus Dei enforcer.  But...

Les Casseroles & Patrick Watson

Talks between students and the Quebec government collapsed this week.  Looks like the strike will go on, as will the nightly protests, for some time...

Not Your Grandma's Bath Salts

Since last weekend, more and more details have surfaced about the violent assault in Miami, where a naked assailant was shot while chewing the flesh off...
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