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Episode 416: California's inmate firefighters, Amazon HQ2, Stan Lee cameos, 'A Private War' and more

A former inmate on fighting California wildfires, backlash against Amazon HQ2, Stan Lee's best cameos, Halifax's North End makes its currency debut, Rohingya refugees, BBC Earth's animal dynasties, director Matthew Heineman on 'A Private War' and more.

Inmates are fighting California wildfires for a dollar an hour

Amika Mota worked as a firefighter when she was incarcerated in California. At the top paying gig, she made 53 cents an hour.
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Amazon is here and there are going to be some changes

Washington Post humour columnist Alexandra Petri welcomes Amazon HQ2 to the neighbourhood.

David Attenborough's Dynasties follows five animal families as they struggle to survive

Each episode of the new BBC Earth series 'Dynasties' follows a single animal family's struggle to survive in the wild. Series producer Rupert Barrington takes us behind the scenes of episode one.

Here are the best cameos Stan Lee ever delivered, 'nuff said

Stan Lee died this week at the age of 95. Among other things, he left behind dozens of much-loved movie cameos. Lindsey Addawoo picks her favourites and explains what they say about Lee as a person.

As Rohingya refugees refuse to go back to Myanmar, signs of their former lives there are disappearing

Plans to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar are on hold because officials said they couldn't find a single person willing to go back. Meanwhile, signs of the Rohingya's former lives are disappearing.

Halifax's north end neighbourhood hopes the new $10 bill will shed light on its history

When Viola Desmond was arrested for refusing to leave the ‘whites only’ section of a movie theatre, the north end community raised money to support her. Now, the neighbourhood is featured behind her on the $10 bill.

'War was her sanctuary': Marie Colvin biopic explores the cost of bearing witness to conflict

The biopic about late journalist Marie Colvin examines her struggle with PTSD and alcoholism. Documentarian and director Matthew Heineman aimed to make the film as authentic as possible.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/16/2018

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 415: Midterms and the Impeach-O-Meter, pot marketing laws, how (not) to propose, Vimy oaks and more

Post-midterm lessons on impeachment in the Clinton era, the Impeach-O-Meter, cannabis marketing laws, bad marriage proposals, 'Songs for the Cold of Heart,' immigration parallels from the Tenement Museum, planting oak trees at Vimy and more.

What Democrats looking to take on Trump can learn from the Republican effort to impeach Bill Clinton

The Democrats' midterm success and the firing of Jeff Sessions have fuelled new speculation about the inquiries, or even impeachment hearings, that could be coming in 2019. The New Republic's Matt Ford says Democrats should proceed with caution.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for November 9

The Democrats made gains in the House, the Republicans won seats in the Senate and Donald Trump fired Jeff Sessions. Will it move the Impeach-O-Meter?

Canada's cannabis law is making things weird for people who sell pot paraphernalia

Lawyer Mark Gruchy says the Cannabis Act’s loosely worded section on advertising is creating confusion for businesses that don't even sell pot.

Wait until she's done the marathon and other good advice for popping the question

When a man stopped his girlfriend to propose to her while she was halfway through the New York City Marathon, the internet wasn't impressed. Lisa Hoplock has plenty of other cautionary tales from the world of public proposals.

Should I Read It?: Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont

Eric Dupont's novel 'Songs for the Cold of Heart' has sold 60,000 copies in Quebec, but few English-Canadians have heard of him. Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne reviews the book and answers the question: Should you read it?

'America's always had a love-hate relationship with immigration': The caravan and the country's immigrant past

The Tenement Museum tells the stories of generations of American immigrants. Museum president Kevin Jennings says the caravan making its way toward the southern U.S. border is the continuation of that history.

How a handful of acorns taken from the ruins of battle are repopulating Vimy Ridge with oak trees

When the Battle of Vimy Ridge ended in April 1917, Lt. Leslie Miller grabbed a handful of acorns from fallen trees. Over the past century they've grown in Canada, and now close friend, Monty McDonald, is returning them home.

Riffed from the Headlines 11/09/2018

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 414: George Soros as the bogeyman, Bohemian Rhapsody, losing wildlife, Salt Fat Acid Heat and more

How George Soros became the bogeyman of the right, the lasting impact of Bohemian Rhapsody in Wayne's World, three comics on midterm anxiety, Netflix's 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' has zest, the loss of wildlife and biodiversity, and Silicon Valley's Saudi money.
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How conspiracy theories and anti-Semitism turned George Soros into a bogeyman for the American right

The idea of George Soros as a puppet master and enemy of America has been around on the fringes of American politics for a long time. Now, those ideas have gone mainstream, with alarming results.

How Wayne's World put Bohemian Rhapsody back on the charts

As the new movie Bohemian Rhapsody hits theatres, director Penelope Spheeris and actor Sean Sullivan tell the story behind the iconic Wayne's World scene that launched the song back into public consciousness in 1992.

Average Women with Average Rage: Three comics mix stand-up with midterm election night results

As Americans gather to watch the results of the midterm elections, three comedians in New York City will spend the evening on stage, cracking jokes, relaying election results and generally trying to tamp down the anxiety voters are feeling.

Salt Fat Acid Heat: Why the Netflix series is a breath of fresh air in the world of cooking shows

Atlantic culture writer Hannah Giorgis says Chef Samin Nosrat’s Netflix series, 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' is no ordinary cooking show.

Nature on the brink: Why the global loss of wildlife is a threat to human survival

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund says global wildlife populations have declined by more than 60 per cent since 1970. Conservation biologist Justina Ray says biodiversity loss is as great a threat to humanity as climate change.

Silicon Valley is flooded with Saudi money — but Jamal Khashoggi's death may change that

Companies such as Uber have long welcomed Saudi investment. But in light of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, many tech companies are having second thoughts.