Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 507

Belarus protests, COVID-19 and T-cells, Talking Heads' Chris Frantz, Yo Semite, Nickelback haters and more

A Belarusian journalist calls this week's crackdown in her country alarming and unprecedented, how people hating on Nickelback helps fuel their success, why T-cells could be important for COVID-19 immunity, how a gaffe by Donald Trump turned a Jewish museum's t-shirt into a hit, legendary Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz and more.

Government crackdown on Belarusian protestors unlike anything that's come before, says journalist

Thousands were violently detained in Belarus this week amid massive protests against the contested re-election of strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko. Journalist Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlacha says the response was expected — but the extent unprecedented.

How Nickelback became the internet's most-hated band

On Friday, the Alberta-born band released a new single — a heavy metal cover of The Charlie Daniels Band hit The Devil Went Down To Georgia. When the band teased the release earlier this week, social media users got their shots in.

How Trump's Yosemite slipup turned a Jewish history museum's T-shirt into an 'astronomical' best seller

The National Museum of American Jewish History has sold a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase Yo Semite for nearly a decade — but a gaffe by the U.S. President has made it the gift shop's most popular item in history.

How T-cells could be another piece of the puzzle for COVID-19 immunity

As the wait continues for a safe and proven COVID-19 vaccine, scientists are also studying how T-cells might play a role in combating the coronavirus. Tania Watts, immunology professor at the University of Toronto, explains how T-cells' ability to recognize other coronaviruses like the common cold could equip them to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

Legendary drummer Chris Frantz on keeping the beat for Talking Heads, and his relationship with David Byrne

In his new memoir, Remain in Love, drummer Chris Frantz chronicles his time with the legendary bands Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, his four-decades long relationship with Tina Weymouth, and where he stands with Talking Heads former frontman, David Byrne.

Hong Kong political cartoonist Zunzi says he won't back down from China's new security law

Wong Kee-Kwan, the Hong Kong-based political cartoonist better known as Zunzi, says he won't back down from drawing images that sharply criticize the Chinese leadership, despite the passing of a controversial new security law.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/15/20

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 506

Beirut explosion, COVID-19 rehab centres, Black Is King, Blackivists, Lindy West and more

A devastating explosion shakes the Lebanese capital, rehabilitation centres helping people deal with the aftermath of COVID-19, how one grandmother made her acting debut in Beyonce’s new visual album and more.

How the Beirut explosion has twisted the future of a country already in crisis

As frantic tweets and videos began streaming out of Beirut earlier this week, Sarah Aoun's concern immediately went to her family and friends still living there.

Some COVID-19 patients experience complex symptoms months longer than expected: physician

When Dr. Paul Whitaker began to treat patients who had recovered from COVID-19, he expected to mostly encounter symptoms like lung damage and scarring. Instead, he saw a wide variety of other problems — with some cases persisting for months.

How a Nigerian grandmother made her film debut in Beyoncé's Black is King

Mojisola Odegbami, appears several times in Beyoncé's latest visual album Black is King as an opulently dressed African queen. Before its release, she wasn't famous. She's a grandmother and retired family life educator living in Nigeria.

This team of Black archivists is dedicated to documenting the Black Lives Matter movement

Stacie Williams, Blackivists member and the director for the Center of Digital Scholarship at The University of Chicago, says that social media shouldn't be the only record of the Black Lives Matter movement.

'America loves to lie about itself': Lindy West roasts Trump, South Park and more in The Witches are Coming

In her new book, writer and comedian Lindy West asks pointed questions about who gets to play the victim in the age of Trump and calls for a more compassionate popular culture and a rigourous defence of the truth.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/08/2020

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 505

WE Charity, Siberian wildfires, getting lost in the woods, COVID-19 and nostalgia, and more

A political scandal puts WE Charity under the microscope, record heat and wildfires take hold in Siberia, what happens in your brain when you're lost in the woods, the meaning of nostalgia during a pandemic, sports commentators call cat fight videos for their fans and more.

Political scandal sheds light on long-standing questions about WE Charity's complex operations

WE Charity, founded by Marc and Craig Kielburger, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over its complex organizational and financial structures as a political ethics scandal has unfolded over its involvement in the Canada Student Service Grant program.

Wandering off the beaten path? Stop and make a plan if you get disoriented, says researcher

With the Armed Forces responding to about 1,000 search and rescue missions, many Canadians find themselves lost in the woods each year — and according to one psychologist, your best course of action when disoriented is to come up with a plan.

Wildfires are tearing through Siberia — and they could continue for a long time, says researcher

A pocket of hot air has been sitting over the Siberian Arctic for months this spring, leading to record high temperatures. One town broke 38 degrees Celsius, permafrost has thawed, vegetation has dried up, and now, there are wildfires covering an area about three times the size of Banff National Park.

Why the pandemic has made us so nostalgic for nostalgia

Since the pandemic began, many have been looking back on the before times. In his new book, On Nostalgia, author David Berry examines the history of the familiar emotion — and why we gravitate toward it.

With the NHL on ice, this commentator is doing play-by-play for fans' pet videos

Conor McGahey is used to doing play-by-plays of heated fights on the ice. But now that most live sports are cancelled, he is commentating scraps between people's pets.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/01/2020

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 504

Portland protests, how COVID affects weather forecasts, Canada's opioid crisis, Love On The Spectrum and more

Federal agents fuel protests in Portland, why COVID-19 might be making weather forecasts less reliable, Canada's opioid crisis goes from bad to worse, Love On The Spectrum sheds light on dating with autism, a film composer's plea to let movie credits roll, REM's Mike Mills on It's The End of The World As We Know It and more.

As federal forces confront protestors, journalist says violence in Portland is like a war zone

Robert Evans, a journalist with the website Bellingcat who lives in Portland, Ore., has been tracking the protests almost every night since they began eight weeks ago.

Research suggests COVID-19 is affecting weather forecasts, but scientists are divided

Weather forecast models rely on data collected from commercial airlines, among other sources like satellites and weather balloons. But since the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the world in March, the number of commercial flights has fallen drastically, meaning less data is available.