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Episode 464

Mandatory voting, Canada's weediversary, fighting alongside the Kurds, Atwood archives, Dolly Parton & more

How Australia made mandatory voting easy and even fun, how year one of legal weed has played out across Canada, why a U.S. Army veteran volunteered to fight alongside the Kurds, touring the University of Toronto's Margaret Atwood archives, Jad Abumrad on his new Dolly Parton podcast and more.

In Australia, voting is mandatory, easy and often fun. Is there a lesson for Canada?

Australians vote on Saturdays. Polling stations serve "democracy sausages" and host community events including bouncy castles and pony rides. Voter turnout is over 90 per cent, while in Canada it's below 70.

Happy Weediversary! How the first year of legal pot has played out across Canada

Globe and Mail Cannabis Reporter Jameson Berkow crossed the country to report on Canadians' vastly different experiences with legal pot.
Q&A

A U.S. Army veteran who volunteered to fight with Syria's Kurds says he fears for their future

Iraq war veteran Porter Goodman volunteered to fight with Kurdish militias in northern Syria because he felt a moral obligation to support what he saw as their bid for a self-made democracy.

The Atwood archives reveal what the author was thinking about while writing The Handmaid's Tale

Around the time she was writing The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood gathered news stories about religious cults, forced pregnancies and credit cards.

'She's such a huge presence': Jad Abumrad explores the unifying power of Dolly Parton in his new podcast

Legendary singer Dolly Parton is famous for attracting fans across social and economic divides. Radiolab host Jad Abumrad tells what he learned about America while producing a new podcast about her life.
Satire

Recycle Ralph helps kids learn a valuable lesson about plastics

To help kids — and adults — understand the importance of reducing our plastic consumption, Day 6 contributor Aaron Hagey-MacKay has created this satirical, 90's era public service announcement. Recycle on, dudes!

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/19/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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.
Episode 463

Election signs, NBA fan protest, Impeach-O-Meter, Breaking Bad donuts, Mashrou' Leila and more

How political lawn signs help predict election results, why an NBA fan took pro-Hong Kong signs to a 76ers game, the Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter, an Albuquerque donut shop celebrates Breaking Bad, Lebanese rockers Mashrou' Leila tour Canada, why middle-aged women are taking up hockey and more.

Why researchers say lawn signs could help predict election results

If you really want to know who will win the upcoming election, just look at the signs in your neighbourhood, say Calgary-based researchers Janet Brown and Duane Bratt.

Why this NBA fan smuggled pro-Hong Kong signs into an arena — then got kicked out

As the NBA clashes with fans and Chinese officials after an employee's pro-Hong Kong tweet, Sam Wachs tells us why he decided to take a stand of his own in Philadelphia.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for October 11

This week, the White House formally refused to cooperate with the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Constitutional law expert Bruce Ackerman delivers this week's reading.

Breaking Bad is back — but it never left this Albuquerque doughnut shop

As El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie launches on Netflix, Margot Cravens — the owner of Albuquerque local favourite Rebel Donut — tells us how her hometown has embraced the show's landmarks.

For subversive Lebanese rockers Mashrou' Leila, music and activism go hand in hand

Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila — known for its hard-hitting, LGBTQ-positive, anti-establishment music — is at the tail end of a North American tour after facing threats and censorship in the Middle East.

On the Other Side of the Glass: Why more middle-aged women are taking up Canada's game

When Day 6 producer Laurie Allan was growing up girls weren't allowed to play hockey. Today, she says more women are learning to play the game they missed out on as kids.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/12/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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.
Episode 462

Trump's odds for re-election, house hippos are back, Empire Strikes Door, Bahamas tourism after Dorian & more

Why impeachment would sink Trump's bid for re-election, the North American house hippo returns, Empire Strikes Door seeks the Stormtrooper who hit his head on the Death Star door, Bahamas needs tourists to recover from Hurricane Dorian, how film distributor A24 punches above its weight, Ugandan LGBTQ rights activist Pepe Julian Onziema and more.

Presidential historian says impeachment would kill Trump's chances for a second term

Allan Lichtman, who has accurately predicted presidential elections since 1984, says impeachment would stop Trump from being re-elected.

The North American house hippo is back — and ready to tackle fake news

Twenty years ago, a Canadian infomercial about a fictional household pest went viral. It was meant to encourage media literacy among kids. Now, the North American house hippo is back to combat misinformation online.

Which stormtrooper bonked his head on a door? Investigating a Star Wars mystery

In his new film, The Empire Strikes Door, Jamie Stangroom interviews different Star Wars actors who claim to be the stormtrooper who smacked his noggin in the Death Star.

A month after Dorian, the Bahamas still needs aid — but officials say it needs tourists even more

The Bahamas counts on tourism for more than 50 per cent of its GDP. But local officials say oversimplified news coverage means tourism after Hurricane Dorian has taken a hit.

From Moonlight to Midsommar: How film distributor A24 succeeds in the age of superheroes and sequels

In the age of reboots and expanded universes, film distributor A24 is finding success by backing original stories, trusting new directors and using its promotional strategy to build an unlikely cult following.

Ugandan LGBT activist says threats and violence won't stop the fight for civil rights

Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe Julian Onziema helped shut down a 2014 law that called for the death penalty for homosexual acts. But despite that victory, he says anti-gay violence persists.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/05/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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.
Episode 461

Climate strikes, Impeach-O-Meter, fixing democracy, spoofing Downton Abbey, NXIVM whistleblower & more

The campaign to make ecocide a crime against humanity, the Impeach-O-Meter returns, how to fix Canadian democracy, a visit to Downton Alley, an art heist documentary 17 years in the making, NXIVM whistleblower Sarah Edmonson and more.