Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 530

Payette resigns, Trump's legal worries, TikTok sea shanties, Hamilton's musical director and more

In defence of constitutional monarchies in spite of Julie Payette, Stan Rogers' brother and son on TikTok sea shanties, Donald Trump's post-presidential legal worries, the trouble with vaccine passports, Hamilton's musical director Alex Lacamoire and more.

Governor general an important safeguard in Canadian democracy, says journalist

While some may point to the resignation of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette as a reason to break ties with the British Monarchy, freelance Parliamentary reporter Dale Smith explains why he believes the role helps protect Canadian democracy.

Alex Lacamoire, music director of Broadway's Hamilton, on the show's beginnings and diversifying theatre

When Alex Lacamoire first heard the opening number of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton, he had reservations. But six years since its debut, the hip-hop musical is a Broadway juggernaut.

Trump in worse legal trouble now than ever before, says author

Former U.S. president Donald Trump currently faces a slew of criminal and civil cases, including accusations of business fraud, underpaid taxes and sexual assault. Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the podcast Trump, Inc., says Trump's legal troubles are far from over.

How TikTok sea shanties are carrying on the legacy of Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers

Sea shanties are the latest social media craze on TikTok, with some videos gaining over a million views. Folk musicians Garnet and Nathan Rogers about the viral craze — and what the trend could mean for traditional folk music's popularity.

'Vaccine passports' are contentious but likely unavoidable, says bioethicist

One potential approach to keeping people safe when economies reopen is a so-called "vaccine passport" that could act as proof of immunization at bars, restaurants, stadiums and theatres. Bioethecist Kerry Bowman says he has reservations about vaccine passports — but he's not sure they can be avoided.

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/23/2021

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Episode 529

mRNA after COVID-19, blowing up Trump Plaza, crokicurl, History of Swear Words and more

How the mRNA technology that drives COVID-19 vaccines could revolutionize medicine, Atlantic City's plan to blow up the Trump Plaza and Hotel, how the Seven Mountain Mandate connects conservative Christians to Trump, crokicurl is Canada's newest winter sport, The History of Swear Words is here for 2021 and more.

From HIV to cancer, COVID-19 vaccines could pave the way for groundbreaking treatments & vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines based on mRNA technology are showing promise in slowing the ongoing pandemic, but experts say it also shows promise for many other uses, including potential vaccines for HIV and cancer.

Atlantic City plans on saying goodbye to Trump Plaza with a bang — literally 

The City of Atlantic City, N.J., is holding an auction to press the button that will formally detonate Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino — and put an end to Donald Trump's legacy in the coastal resort town.

How a conservative Christian movement became an important part of Trump's political strategy

Jounalist Elle Hardy has followed the Seven Mountain Mandate, or 7M, a conservative Christian movement that she says believes in a “God-given authority” to “take over the world.” The movement boasts high-profile believers, including White House spiritual adviser Paula White.

Crokinole meets curling: Why Crokicurl is taking off during the pandemic

Crokicurl is played outdoors, on ice and without skates. It dates back to at least 2017, but thanks to the pandemic it's gaining a huge amount of popularity this winter.

History of Swear Words on Netflix dives into the origins and evolution of foul language

The six-part series takes a look at how the meaning and impact of naughty language has changed over generations and, most importantly, why it feels so good to shout the F-word.

Joe Biden's adopted rescue dog, Major, gets his own 'indoguration'

Joe Biden won’t be sworn in as president until Wednesday. But on Sunday, his German shepherd Major will be "indogurated" in an online Zoom event. Major is set to become the first-ever rescue or shelter dog to live in the White House.

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/16/2021

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Episode 528

Riot at the U.S. Capitol, vaccine hesitancy, Google gets a union, Tomson Highway and more

Charlie Sykes on where the Republican Party will go after Trump, what the lack of police action during the Capitol Hill riot reveals about race and privilege, an infectious disease expert tackles people's vaccine questions one Zoom call at a time, Google workers get a union, what a glimpse at Peter Jackson's new Beatles documentary tells us about the final days of the Fab Four, Tomson Highway on his pandemic work-from-home life and more.

Following violence at U.S. Capitol, Republicans are looking toward a future without Trumpism, says commentator

Conservative journalist and radio host Charlie Sykes says that Wednesday's violence at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., has shown that some Republicans are considering what the party will look like post-Trump.

Questions over police handling of U.S. Capitol siege spotlight differing responses to white & Black protesters

Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah tells Day 6 host Brent Bambury the differing response between Wednesday's events at the Capitol, and the police response to Black Lives Matter protests last year, shouldn't come as a surprise.

Google union organizers could face retaliatory action, legal expert says

While labour experts and tech industry-watchers agree that the recently Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) is a savvy step toward workplace equity and improved accountability in technology, some are nonetheless concerned about retaliatory action aimed at disrupting employees' organizing efforts. 

Worried by vaccine delays, health experts combat vaccine hesitancy over Zoom

Spurred by the concern that the shots are not reaching Canadians fast enough, infectious diseases expert Tara Moriarty hosts regular video calls on Zoom that anyone can join, and answers questions in order to combat misinformation and assuage fears over the roll-out of rapidly-approved COVID-19 vaccines.

How Peter Jackson's upcoming film could upend the story of The Beatles' final days

Recently released footage from Peter Jackson's upcoming film, The Beatles: Get Back, stands in sharp contrast to the dismal view laid out by the 1970 documentary Let It Be, which is universally known as the Fab Four's break-up film. Music writer Jem Aswad evaluates the new story and tells us why he thinks it's important.

After a season under lockdown, Tomson Highway is dreaming of the return of theatre

Last year, Cree playwright Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters was supposed to be on stage at Canada's renowned Stratford Festival. But then the pandemic hit. It's been a tough year, but he tells us how he's kept busy and keeps him laughing.

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/08/2021

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Episode 527

Bryan Fogel's new documentary The Dissident, Black is Beautiful, Bruce Springsteen's first manager and more

Bryan Fogel takes on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in his new documentary, why the Black is Beautiful movement still resonates today, Bruce Springsteen’s original manager on the song that launched his career and more.

The Dissident tries to 'give justice' to Jamal Khashoggi's murder: director

Bryan Fogel's The Dissident sheds light on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was allegedly by his own government.