December 2013

Episode 162: The Big 6 - Top Stories of 2013

Newsmaker of the Year: Rob Ford   "What was in those packages you exchanged with Sandro Lisi?" -From questions submitted to Day 6 by journalists...

The Big 6 Flameout of the Year: Obama

Barack Obama had a stellar 2012: a decisive election win, Supreme Court backing of his health care plan and the title of Time Magazine's Person...

The Big 6 Heartbreaker of the Year: Lac-Megantic

One of the worst rail disasters in Canada's history unfolded in the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in July. The disastrous derailment triggered a national...

The Big 6 Disruptor of the Year: Edward Snowden

In November we aired a series on the theme of "Disruptors", people whose work and ideas challenge convention and shake up the status quo. We...

The Big 6 Pop Moment of the Year: Panel Discussion

In the world of pop, 2013 brought us the viral sensation of the Harlem Shake, the rump bumping phenomenon Twerking, the predator-meets-natural-disaster movie Sharknado and much, much...

The Big 6 Turning Point of the Year: Syria Gas Attack

The Ghouta chemical weapons attack in August was an event so appalling that world leaders began to look at the Syrian conflict with an urgency that...

The Big 6 Newsmaker of the Year: Rob Ford

With 43% of your votes, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is the Day 6 Newsmaker of 2013. Ford has only agreed to a handful of interviews...

Episode 161: News Quiz, Strange Xmas Music, Oil Industry vs. Divestment Movement and more

Take the 2013 Day 6 News Quiz   Lizz Winstead, Ken Jennings and Piya Chattopadhyay bravely take on the Day 6 end-of-year news quiz and you...

Should I give it? Becky Toyne's 2013 Holiday Book List

Christmas is just around the corner, but chances are you still have a few gifts to pick up. Don't stress! Day 6 books columnist Becky...

Jingle Bell Rocks: Another side of Christmas music

It's Christmas time. The snow is falling, the malls are packed and everywhere you go, The same old familiar carols seem to be playing on...

The campus divestment movement against fossil fuels

A growing divestment campaign aims to push universities into divesting their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. Supporters say its the fastest growing movement of...

Riffed from the Headlines 21/12/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

A Very Kindler Christmas: Andy Kindler's seasonal advice for Jews

As some hang stockings by the chimney with care, others are looking forward to a holiday matinee and some Kung Pao Chicken. The traditional Jewish...

The Day 6 News Quiz - 2013 Edition

It's time once again for the annual Day 6 news quiz. Grab some paper and match wits with our guests comedian and co-creator of the...

Riffed from the Headlines 14/12/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

Francis or Fiction: Play our papal true-or-false game

Pope Francis has earned a reputation for his decidedly un-Pope-like behaviour. He's worked as a bouncer, has a reputation for cold calling people, and is...

Seymour Hersh on Obama's Syria Intelligence

It's widely accepted that the Syrian regime was behind a devastating sarin gas attack near Damascus in August. But this week Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize...

Episode 160: Mandela and Violence, Seymour Hersh's Problem with US Intelligence, Francis or Fiction? and more

Violence, Politics and Mandela   "I'm absolutely a humanist here. I wouldn't want to kill a fly. But when I feel that my sisters and...

Buzzfeed on fact-checking viral stories

You just know some stories are going to go viral. Like the one about The New Jersey women who refused to tip a gay waitress,...

Canada Post, letters and history

Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door mail delivery in urban areas over the next five years. It's the latest nail in the coffin, not just...

Mandela and the ethics of political violence

When Nelson Mandela is laid to rest, the world will remember him as a man with an enormous capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation. But a...

Episode 159: Mandela Behind Bars, Mandela Takes the Stage, Erik Prince Defends Blackwater and more

Mandela's Jailer Remembers "The child was in the waiting room. I just tried to get a hold of the child through Winnie. She put the...

The Big 6: Cast your vote for a chance to win

Here at Day 6, the countdown is on for our final show of 2013. It's called the Big 6, a run-down of the year's biggest...

The man behind the Mandela concerts

To mark Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday, a massive concert was held for his birthday at London's Wembley Stadium in 1988. Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Dire...

Mandela's former prison guard and friend Christo Brand

Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of captivity on Robben Island. He was a political prisoner of South Africa's apartheid governmentand a leader-in-waiting to...

Riffed from the headlines 12/07/13

Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs that are linked by one story in the news. Guess the story...

Why Shanghai, Korea and Canada win at school testing + quiz

This week, results of the 2012 OECD's PISA test were released. This exam evaluates education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old...

Senator Patrick Brazeau on reporting for Frank Magazine

Senator Patrick Brazeau took to Twitter last week, to try and find a job. "I'm looking for work. It's not a joke," he tweeted. Brazeau was suspended...

Erik Prince lashes out at Blackwater's critics

Erik Prince, founder of the controversial military contractor Blackwater, is on a different type of mission these days. Years after leaving the company he founded,...
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