Episode 100: Binders Full of Women, Bullying and the Law, Deep Sixed and more


** Binders Full of Women ** Killed Ambassador's Father ** Armstrong Still A Hero ** Deep Sixed: Stupidity? ** Bullying and the Law ** Black Mormons **

birthday-candles2222222_publish.jpgWelcome to our 100th show.

In truth, nobody's counting except us. But we're celebrating anyway and we have a little giveaway game in this week's show that I hope you'll want to play.

Meanwhile we have an omnifarious show this week to mark our hundredth episode with binders full of radio.


Romney222_publish.jpgMaking his case for employment equity in Tuesday's debate Mitt Romney used the phrase "binders full of woman" instantly launching an internet meme. Those four words brewed a perfect storm of social media satire.

In context the phrase was just badly wrought, but creatively taken out of context- which is what a meme does - "binders full of women" drove the kind of web satire not seen since this.

Does the viral mocking of Romney's awkward words translate into lost votes? Or can it be turned around and harnessed for good by the GOP? Binders, social media and Mitt's meme today on Day 6.

stevens_publish.jpgDeath in Benghazi

When the American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in September along with three other diplomatic staff it was called a tragedy. It also immediately entered the political campaign. Mitt Romney released a statement as the news broke which was critical of the administration and Obama's foreign policy.

Then the State Department came under fire. Was there adequate security? As the facts shifted around the attack the department was criticized for not adjusting their initial story.

Jan Stevens has had enough. He is a retired lawyer and former California assistant attorney general. Ambassador Stevens was his son. He tells us the politicization of his son's death is abhorrent.

deep sixed_publish.jpgDeep Sixed Returns

Land lines, newspapers, the post office. Who'd have imagined 20 years ago that they'd be endangered species in the 21st century? When was the last time you used a pay phone or a rotary-dial? Do you still listen to AM radio?

Deep Sixed is our inquiry into things we take for granted that might be on their way to extinction. We could be wrong, maybe there's still a lot of life in telephone books or three ring binders. That's why we ask you to vote on our Deep Sixed choice each week.

This week we talk to Professor James Flynn who observed 30 years ago a trend of rising IQ scores and ask: Is human stupidity dead? Vote here.

Amanda-Todd_publish.jpgBullying and the Law

No charges have been laid in the death of Amanda Todd and people are getting impatient. This week hacktivist group Anonymous pointed the finger at a New Westminster man who they said was responsible for the online trolling, extortion and shaming that drove 15 year old Amanda to commit suicide. But Anonymous fingered the wrong guy.

Police in London, Ontario have charged eight juveniles with criminal harassment in connection with another bullying case. They say more charges could be on the way.

Are the courts the best option for dealing with bullying? Should young people be criminalized if they engage in it? We get some legal perspective on bullying and the law.


Not Ashamed of Armstrong

Lance Armstrong lost millions of dollars in endorsement contracts this week. Last week the US Anti-doping Agency report said the champion cyclist was party to a sophisticated doping program. He's already been stripped of his titles, including his seven Tour de France championships.

And then on Wednesday he stepped down as chair of his own foundation, Livestrong.

Sportswriter and cancer survivor Robert Lipsyte is bucking the anti Armstrong trend. He published a piece this week in the New Republic called Keep Rooting for Lance Armstrong. We called him up to chat.

curse_publish.jpgBlack Mormons

Last week on Day 6 Martin Amis tore several miles of strip off Mitt Romney. But Amis said something that one of our listeners found objectionable. Amis claimed that until 1978 the Mormon church held that black people have no souls.

Not true, says our listener.

So we contacted Dr. Darron Smith of Wichita State University,  the co-editor of the essay collection Black and Mormon and  an African-American member of the Mormon faith himself.

He tells us about the history of blacks in the church and his complicated relationship with his faith.

Play our special beefed up Riffed 100 here and enjoy your weekend. We're back next week with our final show for October, or as we call it Day 6 101.

Brent Bambury @CBCDay6

Subscribe to the podcast: Day 6 from CBC Radio

Comments are closed.