Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 521

COVID-19 trial volunteer, Jonathan Salk on vaccine patents, Toy Story turns 25, D&D tackles racism and more

A COVID-19 trial volunteer on his decision to sign up, polio vaccine creator Jonas Salk's son on the ethics of patenting vaccines, looking back at Toy Story's origins as it turns 25, how Dungeons and Dragons is tackling racism in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, sizing up Canada's new data privacy laws, that time a town in Oregon blew up a whale and more.

Why this journalist decided to volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine trial

Reuters reporter Steve Stecklow spoke with Day 6 host Brent Bambury about what it's like to be part of a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, and what he's learned about vaccine development along the way.

What Jonas Salk's approach to the polio vaccine can teach us about developing the COVID-19 shot

If he were alive today, Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, would argue that the key to a successful and effective COVID-19 vaccine is reaching people "in every corner of the earth," and rebuke efforts to patent medical research around it, says his son Jonathan Salk.

Canada's proposed new privacy law is an upgrade, but still falls short of what's needed, says expert

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains introduced Bill C-11, which empowers the country's privacy commissioner with new order-making abilities. But former privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian says the proposed privacy legislation falls short by failing to establish privacy by design as a principal.

Dungeons and Dragons is tackling its history with racism, but this D&D master says more needs to be done

A long-time Dungeons and Dragons player says the tabletop role-playing game's latest sourcebook is a positive step toward acknowledging its history of racism. But he wants more done to address the ways the game has failed in the past. 

The first Toy Story script starred a creepy dummy, and Woody was 'a jerk,' says researcher

25 years since the film's Nov. 1995 premiere, the processes behind the groundbreaking film's development are considered a case study of creative collaboration, according to psychologist Keith Sawyer.

50 years ago, Oregon state officials blew up a whale — and led a news reporter to infamy

In November 1970, Oregon highway officials decided the only way to dispose of a beached whale was to explode it with dynamite. Then-reporter Paul Linnman covered the event, and ended up in a shower of blubber. Five decades later, it's an experience he hasn't forgotten.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/21/2020

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Episode 520

COVID-19 in long-term care, Rudy Giuliani channels Veep, the rise of Parler, Springsteen's manager and more

How the COVID-19 crisis in Canada's long-term care homes could have been prevented, Veep executive producer David Mandel on Rudy Giuliani's viral press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, why conservatives and conspiracy theorists are embracing the alternative social media platform Parler, looking back on the early days of Nickelodeon, Bruce Springsteen's manager on how The Boss got his start and more.

COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care home were forseeable and preventable, says geriatrician

Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country, and some provinces are again struggling to contain outbreaks in long-term care homes. Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at Sinai Health, explains why.

After 48 years, Bruce Springsteen has finally released the song that launched his career

In 1972, Bruce Springsteen's original manager Mike Appel talked his way into a meeting with legendary record producer John Hammond. Springsteen played If I Was The Priest and the rest is history.

Documentary by lifelong Nickelodeon fans reveals how the network grew from plucky upstart to global giant

Scott Barber and Adam Sweeney are the directors of the new film The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story, a documentary about what made children's TV network Nickelodeon so different from other channels — and how it affected their own lives growing up.

Veep's David Mandel says Trump presser at landscaping company felt like an episode of his show

When Rudy Giuliani spoke in the parking lot of a landscaping company on Saturday, to some it seemed like a scene from Veep. Showrunner David Mandel says it proves that the Trump administration is beyond satire.

What is Parler, the social network courting right-leaning users?

Conservative-leaning social media users have turned to the app in recent weeks over claims that traditional networks have censored right-wing voices and opinions.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/14/2020

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!
Episode 519

U.S. election results, anti-Black racism, Oregon decriminalizes drugs, Shuggie Bain, the ISS turns 20 and more

What a tense U.S. election means for the country's future, a hard look at anti-Black racism after the vote, how Oregon's move to decriminalize drugs could make the state's criminal justice system more equitable, Should I Read It? tackles Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain, the International Space Station turns 20 and more.

Trump appears on his way to defeat, but how much of Trumpism will live on — and how will Biden deal with?

The U.S. presidential election vote count is continuing this weekend, and several key states hang in the balance — but Donald Trump’s presidency appears to be coming to an end. It's been an intense week and an intense four years. To take stock, Day 6 host Brent Bambury speaks with Jeet Heer of The Nation and Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.

'A lot of healing required': Ian Solomon on anti-Black racism, Republican Party and support for Biden

Ian Solomon, dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, says he is encouraged by Black voters, largely from cities, who showed up to the U.S. election to "repudiate" the Donald Trump administration.

Oregon's historic move to decriminalize drug possession will save lives, says advocate

Measure 110, a state-wide initiative in Oregon, will decriminalize drugs — including opioids, cocaine and heroin — and redirect funds to addiction treatment programs. Lead campaigner Haven Wheelock says the win shifts addictions from a criminal justice to public health model.

Douglas Stuart's debut novel Shuggie Bain is shortlisted for the Booker — but should you read it?

The novel, inspired by Stuart’s upbringing in 1980s Glasgow, Scotland, is shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has received wide acclaim for its raw, gritty portrayal of addiction and growing up in poverty. But should you read it? Day 6 Becky Toyne offers her review.

As the space station marks 20 years housing humans, Canadian astronauts on its importance — and future

Nov. 2 marked 20 years of continuous human habitation of the ISS. Canadian astronauts Dr. Robert Thirsk, Col. Chris Hadfield and Dr. David Saint-Jacques have all worked on and lived in the International Space Station, and they share their thoughts on the ISS — and what comes next.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/07/2020

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!
Episode 518

Voter suppression, Halloween heroes, Rubik's Cube's creator, Watchdogs Legion, Dolly Parton's songs and more

What a 1981 campaign of voter suppression could portend for the upcoming U.S. election, Canadians get creative to celebrate a COVID-19 Halloween, the Rubik's Cube's inventor Erno Rubik, Should I Play It? columnist Jonathan Ore tackles Watch Dogs: Legion, a new book about Dolly Parton and the women she sang about, and more.

With a landmark court order expired, a 1981 campaign of voter suppression might point to trouble in 2020

The expiration of a landmark 1982 federal court order, known as a consent decree, which barred political parties from engaging in tactics that could suppress votes or intimidate voters, has some political experts worried those tactics might be on their way back.

How Canadians are stepping up to save Halloween in their hometowns

COVID-19 restrictions have forced many families to look for new ways to mark the spooky celebration this year. We spoke with Canadians who are taking a unique approach to the haunting holiday.