Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 522

Mixed messages on COVID-19, The Queen's Gambit, Fred Sasakamoose, The Grand Ole Opry and more

What doctors wish they were hearing from politicians on COVID-19, why The Queen's Gambit is the best sports show ever, Waubgeshig Rice remembers Indigenous hockey icon Fred Sasakamoose, The Grand Ole Opry turns 95, Linda Thomas-Greenfield is Joe Biden's pick for U.S. ambassador to the UN, and more.

As COVID-19 case numbers rise, doctors say it's time for governments to take clear and decisive action

Alberta is the latest province stacking up their COVID-19 defenses after a surge in case numbers. Three doctors share what they wish they were hearing from their governments.

Why The Queen's Gambit may be the one of the greatest sports stories ever told

To the surprise of some, The Queen's Gambit is viewed in some circles as one of the greatest sports TV shows or films of all time. Journalists Evan Romano and Matthew DeBord say the coming-of-age series starring Anya Taylor-Joy is the underdog story of a table-top athlete.

'He is an icon': Writer Waubgeshig Rice reflects on Fred Sasakamoose's legacy for Indigenous hockey players

Tributes have been pouring in for former Chicago Blackhawks player Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous athletes to play in the NHL. Sasakamoose died Tuesday after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Waubgeshig Rice spoke with Day 6 about what the hockey legend means to Indigenous players today.

As the Grand Ole Opry turns 95, historians share the moments that changed country music forever

For the past 95 years, the Grand Ole Opry stage has played host to some of the biggest, brightest and boldest stars in country music. Day 6 spoke with three country music historians about some of the moments that changed country music forever, all thanks to the Grand Ole Opry. 

Killing of George Floyd has changed how the world sees the U.S., diplomat says

When Linda Thomas-Greenfield retired in 2017, she was the highest-ranking Black American woman at the State Department. Now, the veteran U.S. diplomat says the killing of George Floyd has made it harder for Black American diplomats to do the work they believe in.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/28/2020

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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

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 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.