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Episode 496

Dysfunction in long-term care, the meaning of Karen, Zunzi, CRISPR COVID-19 tests, Baroness von Sketch & more

The case for regulating PSWs to fix long-term care, the meaning of Karen in a week of racial violence, why even the Montreal Canadiens would make this year's NHL playoffs, Hong Kong political cartoonist Zunzi, a CRISPR-based at-home COVID-19 test is coming, bidding farewell to Baroness von Sketch and more.

Researchers hope CRISPR gene-editing technology can yield rapid at-home COVID-19 test

Researchers in the U.S. are using the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR to develop a COVID-19 testing kit they say will be used quickly and easily at home, at roughly the same price as a common at-home pregnancy test.

After racial violence in the U.S., writer Karen Attiah re-examines the 'Karen' meme

Karens around the world have been getting a bad rap on social media, thanks to a meme most often used to mock or poke fun at middle-aged white women acting out of an inflated sense of entitlement. But after it was invoked following an incident in New York's Central Park, writer Karen Attiah is rethinking her relationship to her own name.
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Standardized training for personal care workers could help fix long-term care crisis, says advocate

An advocate for personal support workers says nursing homes’ response to the pandemic would have been different if care workers had standardized training and incentives to stay in their profession.
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Hong Kong political cartoonist Zunzi says he won't back down from China's new security law

Wong Kee-Kwan, the Hong Kong-based political cartoonist better known as Zunzi, says he won't back down from drawing images that sharply criticize the Chinese leadership, despite the passing of a controversial new security law.

Baroness von Sketch prepares to take a curtsy with its final season

Baroness von Sketch Show has announced that the upcoming season would be their last. The all-female sketch comedy troupe has pushed the boundaries and they've brought the awkward experiences of middle-aged women to the forefront.

If NHL resumes, some truly bad teams will make the playoffs — including the Habs, says sports writer

The plan is to abandon the regular season and go straight to the playoffs — but with 24 teams instead of 16. In this case, the 24th best team is the Montreal Canadiens, who have a less than stellar record.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/30/2020

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 495

Incel terrorism charges, isolating in the Arctic Ocean, Ramadan weight gain, a DIY robot dog and more

Terrorism charges in an allegedly incel-motivated killing, a DIY robot dog you can make at home, why so many people fasting for Ramadan gain weight, isolating on an icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean, Sally Rooney's Normal People is now a TV show, Finding Sally reveals a family's hidden history and Ethiopia's complicated past, and more.

Terror charge in alleged 'incel' attack affirms 'repugnant' nature of violence against women: legal expert

Legal expert Leah West says the addition of terrorism charges to a deadly stabbing case is a big step for Canada's legal system.

Return home finally in sight for Arctic researchers stranded because of COVID-19

Carin Ashjian was supposed to be finishing up her stint aboard a research ship in the Arctic Ocean in April. But because of travel restrictions wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, she and her team have been essentially stranded for nearly two months longer than planned.

Sally Rooney's novel Normal People now a TV series that you should savour, not binge

Normal People was a hit novel by celebrated Irish author Sally Rooney. Now her story of two millennials navigating their love is a TV series coming to CBC Gem. TV critic Jen Chaney says it's a show to take in slowly rather than binge watch.

As robots emerge as pandemic helpers, here's how to build your own robot dog

Around the world high-end robots are being deployed in response to the pandemic. In Singapore, robot dogs are patrolling parks to enforce physical distancing. Stanford University robot designer Nathan Kau says he has a plan to make robot dogs accessible to anyone who wants to build one.

New doc Finding Sally uncovers how a Canadian university grad became a Marxist fugitive in Ethiopia

Filmmaker Tamara Mariam Dawit traces the story of her aunt Sally, who was the daughter of the first Ethiopian ambassador in Canada, in her new documentary Finding Sally.

Gaining weight while fasting for Ramadan instead of losing it? Here are some reasons why

You might think that people fasting during Ramadan would lose a lot of weight by the end of the Islamic month. But according to registered dietitian and nutritionist Nazima Qureshi, that's far from the case for many people.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/23/2020

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 494

Risky businesses, air travel after COVID-19, Dan Aykroyd, John Moe's Hilarious World of Depression and more

Using cellphone location data to rank the businesses most likely to spread the coronavirus, why air travel will get worse after the pandemic, the Day 6 music panel shares their must-listen isolation jams, Dan Aykroyd's real life love of the paranormal, John Moe's Hilarious World of Depression and more.

Air travel is about to get even more miserable than it used to be, says writer

It's not like air travel was a walk in the park before the COVID-19 pandemic, but with new anti-contagion measures, it's about to get a whole lot worse, says James Fallows, a small plane pilot and national correspondent for the Atlantic.

Dan Aykroyd channels his real-life love of the supernatural in new series Hotel Paranormal

Aykroyd narrates Hotel Paranormal, a new series on T+E that tells the stories of people who say they were visited by ghosts, or had a supernatural experience, while visiting hotels and motels around the world.

Researchers use smartphone data to determine which businesses are potential COVID-19 'super-spreaders'

Researcher Oeindrila Dube is part of a team that uses anonymous phone location data to reveal which businesses are most likely to facilitate the spread of coronavirus, from restaurants to hair salons to gym.
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John Moe uses humour to make the conversation about depression more accessible

John Moe has had depression for years — and he's now making a career out of talking about it. His latest book, The Hilarious World of Depression, is based on his podcast where he uses humour to make the conversation about depression more accessible.

Isolation tunes: The Day 6 music panel's top new tracks to blast in quarantine

As the weeks of physical distancing drag on, many have been finding solace in music. We asked the Day 6 music panel to tell us about the new releases that are helping them get through the lockdown.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/16/2020

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 493

Detecting COVID-19 in sewage, a failed plot in Venezuela, Animal Crossing, zookeepers, Fraggle Rock and more

Wastewater as an early warning system for COVID-19 outbreaks, how a statistician conquered Roll Up The Rim, the Canadian-born former Green Beret behind a failed plot in Venezuela, Nintendo's Animal Crossing brings calm to self-isolation, how zookeepers are coping with the pandemic, the return of Fraggle Rock and more.

Meet the statistician who cracked Tim Hortons' digital Roll Up the Rim and won 67 free coffees

Because of the pandemic, Tim Hortons moved this year's annual Roll Up The Rim contest online and statistician Michael Wallace found a way to turn the contest's new probabilities into 67 free coffees and 27 free donuts.