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Episode 451

U.S. immigration courts, The Lion King, a post-Brexit video game, Johnny Clegg, development on the moon & more

Journalist Julia Preston says the U.S. immigration court system is broken, a Canadian video game imagines a post-Brexit dystopia, a conversation with the late South African superstar Johnny Clegg, why people find the new Lion King animation creepy, capitalism on the moon and more.

Trump's policies have left U.S. immigration courts in shambles, says immigration reporter

The Marshall Project's Julia Preston says the U.S. immigration court system is totally overwhelmed, not only by the number of asylum seekers, but by changes made by the Trump administration.

Moon 2.0: Why the next phase of lunar development won't be anything like Apollo

Countries and corporations are planning the next era of lunar development. Possibilities include long-term settlements, resource extraction and missions to Mars.

Why the 'live-action' Lion King remake looks creepy to so many people

Reviews of Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King keep referencing dead-eyed lions and muted acting. Some viewers just call it eerie. Here's how Simba fell into the uncanny valley.

As many video games tiptoe around politics, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs Legion drops players into post-Brexit London

Clint Hocking, creative director for Ubisoft Toronto, didn't plan to build a historical political event into his next video game. Then Brexit happened.

'Goodbye is a tough thing': Groundbreaking South African superstar Johnny Clegg's farewell

For four decades, he broke down racial barriers. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, Johnny Clegg reflected on his final concerts. Clegg died July 16, 2019 at age 66.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/20/2019

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 450

Outrage over Ottawa hotel addition, mental health-focused video games, tree planting, and more

Why people in Ottawa are upset about planned changes to the iconic Château Laurier, top publishers lean into video games about mental health, how planting one trillion trees to stop climate change might work and more.

Why this architecture critic supports a proposed addition to the Château Laurier despite backlash

Ottawa city councillors are taking heat over a proposed, modern addition to the historic Château Laurier hotel. Alex Bozikevic, the architecture critic for the Globe and Mail, explains why he's one of the few people publicly supporting this and other modern additions to heritage buildings.

Sea of Solitude is the latest high-profile video game to artfully explore mental health, trauma and isolation

A new game that tackles the struggle of loneliness was released earlier this month by Electronic Arts — the publisher behind titles like SimCity and Apex Legends. Though big studios once shied away from deeply personal narratives, creators say they're now being taken seriously.

Colson Whitehead is being called 'America's Storyteller', but does The Nickel Boys live up to the hype?

TIME magazine recently said that 'by mining the past, novelist Colson Whitehead takes readers into an uneasy present.' His latest novel, The Nickel Boys, is already being widely celebrated, but should you read it? Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne weighs in.

Planting 1 trillion trees could slow climate change. Here's how Canada could contribute

Large-scale tree planting could be the easiest and cheapest way to mitigate carbon emission. Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, explains what that job would look like across the country.

40 years of Skinnamarink: Sharon and Bram launch their farewell tour

For 40 years, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison entertained children and adults alike as two-thirds of Sharon, Lois and Bram. Now they're hitting the road one last time for a farewell tour.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/13/2019

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 449: Protecting Hong Kong assets, Women's World Cup, Seinfeld set designer, gaming fake news and more

Why people in Hong Kong are considering moving assets offshore, players' fight for equality draws fans to the FIFA Women's World Cup, Seinfeld's set designer celebrates the show's 30th anniversary, a game that teaches how to spot fake news by making your own and more.

As Hong Kong protests continue, some protesters mull moving their money offshore

As Hong Kong braces for another round of demonstrations, business people and others are considering moving their money away from region.

As women's soccer teams around the world fight for equal pay, they're gaining more fans

This year's FIFA Women's World Cup is setting viewership records. But sports writer Lindsay Gibbs says that masks real problems with women's soccer and that it's the players' protests that have made the game more popular.

As Seinfeld turns 30, the sitcom's set designer looks back on 9 seasons — and 1,380 sets

It has been 30 years since the first episode of Seinfeld aired. The show's set designer, Thomas Azzari, takes us behind the scenes of one of the biggest TV sitcoms of all time.

Can you tell the difference? An online game teaches players about disinformation by letting them create it

The Bad News game was created by a group of researchers from Cambridge University. It teaches people how to spot fake news by having players impersonate politicians, peddle conspiracy theories and fabricate news stories.
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Illusion or allusion? Let these word nerds help save you from these common language mistakes

Brother and sister Ross and Kathy Petras, authors of That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means, are here to help you understand the difference between 'alright' and 'all right.' Take our quiz and find out how you do.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/06/2019

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 448

Detained migrant children, resident orcas, Stranger Things, Stonewall at 50 and more

How a 35-year-old immigration case shapes the fate of migrant children today, Canada's pea industry could cash in on alternative meat, West Coast resident orcas are late and that's a problem, Finn Wolfhard on Stranger Things Season 3, the enduring importance of the Stonewall Inn for the LGBT movement and more.

How a 35-year-old case of a migrant girl from El Salvador still fuels the border debate

In 1984 a teenage girl from El Salvador named Jenny Flores was detained trying to get into the United States. Lawyer Carlos Holguin took her case and won an agreement that established a baseline level of protections for migrant children detained in the U.S.

B.C.'s critically endangered resident orcas are late and scientists say that spells trouble

Deborah Giles has been following the southern resident orcas for three decades and this is the first time they haven't come to the Salish Sea by the end of June. Giles says an endangered Chinook salmon population is to blame.

Why the Beyond Meat trend could be a huge boon for Canada's pea industry

Analysts say alternative meat could be a $140-billion market in the next decade. Financial Post reporter Jake Edmiston tells us why some Canadian investors are looking beyond Beyond Meat and pouring millions of dollars into Canada's pulse industry.