May 2013

Episode 132: Morgentaler's Ongoing Court Battle, How British Muslims Quelled Hate, Rob Ford and the Politics of Recall and more

The Case Morgentaler Died Fighting | English Mosque Kills Hate With Kindness | Rob Ford and Recalls | Question Period Make Over | Douglas Rushkoff...

Firing mayors, voter recalls: why you can't oust Rob Ford

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to refuse to resign or step aside. Allegations he appears to be smoking crack cocaine in a cellphone video...

Morgentaler's last lawsuit outlives him

Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who led the abortion movement in Canada, has died at age 90. One of this country's most polarizing public figures, Morgentaler won...

Tea and biscuits for the EDL

The far-right group known as "The English Defense League" or EDL, has seized on the fury over the brutal murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich, leading...

Douglas Rushkoff on why we love the apocalypse

A slew of apocalypse-themed blockbusters are on tap for this summer, from "After Earth" and "This Is The End" to "World War Z". Meanwhile, real-life...

COMMENT: This is how Question Period should work

Tuesday marked the first time Prime Minister Harper was on hand during Question Period to address mounting questions around the Senate expense scandal. The Prime...

Riffed from the headlines 06/01/13

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly music-meets-the-news quiz. Can you guess the story that connects the three riffs? Listen below. Email us at daysix...

Episode 131: Crack Allegations: Is Ford Teflon?, Surviving Oklahoma Tornado, Nosodes aka Vaccine Alternatives and more

Will Rob Ford Survive Crack Allegations | Tornado's Deadly Destruction | Senate Abolition Pro and Con | Nosodes and Public Health | Scripps' Rule Changes...

John Tory reacts to Rob Ford's "I do not use crack cocaine"

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally addressed the allegations from Gawker and The Toronto Star on Friday. They allege he was caught in a cell phone...

Documentary: Surviving the Oklahoma tornado

On Monday, a tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma, killing at least 24 people and injuring over 300. Moore is a fast-growing suburb of Oklahoma City,...

Spelling Bee wants D-E-F-I-N-I-T-I-O-N-S

For over 80 years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been a straightforward spelling competition. But for the first time in history, this year's spellers will...

Are "nosodes" a public health threat?

As Canada's vaccination rates continue to fall and outbreaks of preventable illnesses become more common, homeopathic 'nosodes' have come under increasing scrutiny. Nosodes are remedies that...

Should we abolish the Senate?

The Opposition hammered the government this week over allegations that senators billed for expenses that shouldn't have been claimed. The RCMP has asked for Senator...

COMMENT: Xbox One ad written by your dad

On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its next-generation gaming console. It's called the Xbox One, and they're billing it as an all-in-one entertainment device: games, TV, you...

Femen: Topless protests in the Muslim world

Amina Tyler was arrested in Tunisia this week for allegedly scrawling the word "FEMEN" on a wall near a prominent mosque. Femen is a feminist...

Riffed from the headlines 05/25/13

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly music-meets-the-news quiz. Can you guess the story that connects the three riffs? Listen below. Email us at daysix...

Episode 130: Ford's Crack Allegations, Angelina Jolie and Gene Patents, Should You Read Dan Brown's Inferno? and more

Drug Allegations and Rob Ford | Jolie, Gene Patents and Ethics | Should I Read It: Dan Brown's Inferno | Canadians Who Self-Represent | Victoria...

Robyn Doolittle on Rob Ford crack allegations

On Thursday, Gawker and The Toronto Star published stories claiming that their reporters had seen a cell phone video that appeared to show Toronto's Mayor...

Angelina Jolie, breast cancer, and patenting genes

After detecting a gene mutation in her body that has been commonly linked to breast cancer, Angelina Jolie chose to undergo a preventative double mastectomy....

Why many Canadians are forced into court without a lawyer

Two-thirds of cases in family court now include at least one person who's defending themselves without the help of a lawyer. The stats climb to...

Should you read Dan Brown's "Inferno"?

Dan Brown is back with a new thriller that's the odds-on favourite for beach book of the summer. "Inferno" features the return of Robert Langdon...

Gruesome propaganda: the rise of "atrocity videos" in Syria

*The following story contains graphic descriptions that may offend sensitive readers.A gruesome new video clip from the war in Syria appears to show a rebel...

COMMENT: Rename Victoria Day for a Canadian Icon

Victoria Day is a time many take to open summer cottages, rebuild the garden, enjoy the outdoors, and perhaps drink a few too many to...

Riffed from the headlines 05/18/13

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly music-meets-the-news quiz. Can you guess the story that connects the three riffs? Listen below. Email us at daysix...

Episode 129: Cleveland Women, Psychics and Cynicism, Printable Gun Set-back, Gatsby's Legacy and more

| Sylvia Browne and Amanda Berry | Hockey Superstitions | Sex Abuse Allegations in the African Church | Cody Wilson and the 3D Gun |...

Sylvia Browne on Amanda Berry: "She's not alive, honey."

On a 2004 episode of The Montel Williams Show, Louwana Miller sought out celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne to find out anything she could about her...

3D-printed gun plans trigger response by the US State Department

Last week, Texas law student Cody Wilson fired a real bullet from the world's first 3D printed gun. Days later, his non-profit company, Defense Distributed,...

The questionable greatness of Gatsby: A debate

Much like Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the latest article by New York Magazine book critic Kathryn Schulz...

Sex abuse in the African Catholic church: One priest's experience

Africa is now home to 16% of the world's Catholics. And while churches in Europe and North America have been embroiled in case after case...

Playoff beards and Stanley Cups: hockey's bizarre superstitions

After The New York Islanders stopped shaving during their 1980s playoff run and went on to win four Stanley Cups in a row, it's become...

Riffed from the headlines 05/11/13

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly music-meets-the-news quiz. Can you guess the story that connects the three riffs? Listen below. Email us at daysix...

"The Great Gatsby Curve" as a measure of inequality

Baz Luhrmann's movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby opens Friday, and the movie's marketing team has proclaimed this "the summer of Gatsby"....

Episode 128: Pro-Gay and Pro Sports, Zach Braff's Kickstarter Money, Defending Terrorists and more

** Jason Collins Comes Out ** Mountain Dew Ad Controversy ** Lawyers Defending Terror ** What Indian Elections Get Right ** Zach Braff Raises Cash...

NBA star Jason Collins comes out: The story behind the headline

On Monday, NBA-centre Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay male athlete in a major league sport. Freelance journalist Franz Lidz scored the...

Lawyers who defend alleged terrorists

According to a recent poll, 70 per cent of Americans want the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But Tsarnaev does have someone in his corner...

Mountain Dew's Tyler The Creator Ad Controversy

Stereotypes, violence, misogyny, suicide and racism: the past two weeks brought backlash to GM Canada, Mountain Dew and Hyundai for ads deemed offensive. In...

Zach Braff, "Wish I Was Here" and Kickstarter crowdfunding

After writing a new movie script with his brother, Zach Braff worried he'd have to surrender too much creative control if he financed the film...

India's electoral process: What can Canada learn?

A report released by Elections Canada this week suggests the integrity of our electoral process is at "serious risk" - 165,000 votes were improperly cast...

Riffed from the headlines 05/04/13

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly music news quiz. Can you guess the story that connects the three riffs? Listen below. Email us at...
« April 2013 | June 2013 »