Day 6 with Brent Bambury


Episode 598

Marcos family's stolen billions; calls to end Ottawa's COVID app; the pioneering women of comedy & more

Day 6 for Saturday, May 14, 2022.

She started a media outlet to cover the lives of Afghan women. Then the Taliban returned

As the Taliban enforce increasingly repressive restrictions on women and girls in Afghanistan, journalist Zahra Joya is working to tell the world what's happening in her home country.

How Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s victory could sideline the search for money his father stole from the Philippines

Ferdinand Marcos Sr. is thought to have stolen somewhere between $5 billion and $10 billion of public money. Efforts to recover that money are ongoing and the commission trying to do it reports to the country's president.

Stand-up comedy's pioneering women get their due in new book, In On The Joke

In his new book, In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Stand-up Comedy, Shawn Levy profiles many of the female comics who overcame barriers and shattered glass ceilings to pave the way for many recognizable women in comedy today. 

Zarqa Nawaz on the importance of putting flawed, middle-aged Muslim women on the screen

Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit CBC-TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie, says she wants to disrupt tropes about older Muslim women and create more flawed and nuanced Muslim characters in her new show, ZARQA.

It's time to shut down the federal government's COVID Alert app, says digital policy expert

Bianca Wylie, a technology and public engagement expert and the co-founder of Digital Public, says the federal goverment's COVID Alert app never worked as promised and that it’s time for the government to acknowledge that, sunset the app and do a responsible post-mortem.

Riffed from the Headlines: 14/05/2022

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Episode 597

State laws after Roe v. Wade, the Donald Trump Return-O-Meter, Pusha T's hit record, LEGO lost at sea and more

Day 6 for Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Russia's war in Ukraine could limit ability to fight wildfires in Siberia, says researcher

Fires in remote parts of the vast country are typically fought by local and Indigenous communities with support from the Russian military, she said. But with Russia’s military engaged in conflict in Ukraine, she believes resources are limited, says researcher Jessica McCarty.

U.S. states seeking ways to enforce restrictive abortion laws beyond their own borders

In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, some states are seeking ways to enforce their own restrictive abortion laws in states that want to keep abortion legal and accessible. Mary Ziegler says this puts the country in uncharted legal territory.

Will Donald Trump make a comeback? The Return-O-Meter for May 7, 2022, calculates the odds

Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for the Nation magazine, delivers the inaugural Return-O-Meter reading.

How Pusha T scored a number one hit with a coke-rap album at the age of 44

Pusha T released his fourth full length solo studio album last week and this week it debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts. It’s the first time for Pusha T, who is famous for collaborating with Pharrell and Kanye West, as well as for his very public beef with Drake.

Brooklyn library has a plan to help young people access banned books

Across the United States, books by Black and LGBTQ authors are being banned from libraries and classrooms. Now the Brooklyn Public Library, one of the largest in the country, is making its digital collection available to young readers anywhere in the U.S. Chief Librarian Nick Higgins tells us about the program.

Millions of Lego pieces are lost at sea. They reveal an underwater world of plastic

Tracey Williams walks the beach in Cornwall several times a day, and finding the plastic building pieces has opened her eyes to the other things that wash ashore from the oceans. She’s written about her finds in her new book, Adrift: The Curious Tale of Lego Lost at Sea.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/05/2022

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Episode 596

Refuge for Ukrainians fleeing their country, Elon Musk's tweets, Chuck D, computer chips from honey and more

Day 6 for Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Canada's innovative visa program for Ukrainians should be available to people from other countries: advocate

Sharry Aiken, an immigration and refugee law professor at Queen's University, says the program deserves to be celebrated but laments what she calls a stark difference between this program and the ways Canada responds to people fleeing violence in other parts of the world.

Hip-hop legend Chuck D shares the stories behind songs that 'shook the planet'

Songs That Shook the Planet, a new audiobook for Audible, breaks down the stories behind nine songs connected to political movements over the past several decades.

What Elon Musk's Twitter feed says about how he might run the company

This week, Elon Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for $44 billion US. We asked Guardian reporter Kari Paul, who has been covering Musk and Twitter, to tell us what the Tesla CEO's own chaotic history on Twitter might reveal about how he'll run the company.

With frozen animal cells, scientists are working to conserve endangered species

A geneticist on the project known as the Frozen Zoo says animals cloned from frozen cells could create greater genetic diversity in future animal populations. But he adds it's still early days for the work given the challenge of cloning an animal that can successfully reproduce.

Honey and other organic materials could play a part in the future of computing: researcher

Feng Zhao, a professor at Washington State University's School of Engineering and Computer Science, co-authored a study last month that looked into the possibility of making brain-like computer chips using organic materials including honey. He says the hope is that eventually, it might mean less e-waste ending up in landfills.

Riffed from the Headlines: 30/04/2022

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Episode 595

Libs of TikTok, reading 27,000 Marvel comics, Russia's Wagner Group, Jake Epstein's one-man show and more

How Libs of TikTok shapes right-wing politics; Russia's private militia, the Wagner Group, enters the fray in Ukraine; what you can learn from reading 27,000 Marvel comics; why Canadian doctors can't access new antibiotics for treating drug-resistant infections; Degrassi alum Jake Epstein has turned his journey to Broadway and back into a new one-man show; how one woman helped turn millions of acres of land into national parks in the Chilean Patagonia; and more.

Libs of TikTok account has resurrected decades-long LGBTQ conspiracies, says writer

The Libs of TikTok social media account, which often targets LGBTQ groups and individuals, has been cited on FoxNews, gotten teachers fired and even influenced political policy. Ari Drennen of Media Matters for America explains the account's real-life and harmful consequences.

Russia's private militia, the Wagner Group, enters the fray in Ukraine

As the battle for Eastern Ukrainian intensifies, the presence of a group of mercenaries known as the Wagner Group has also grown. Frederic Wehrey is a former U.S. military officer who is now with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He says the Wagner Group is known for their brutal tactics against rivals and civilians alike.