Episode 565

COVID-19 misinformation in Alberta, internet sleuths and Gabby Petito, Thomas King, Chris Frantz and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Sept 25, 2021.

In new graphic novel, Thomas King explores Indigenous nationhood through scenes at the border

Since its release nearly three decades ago, writer Thomas King's acclaimed short story Borders has gone through several permutations. The latest adaptation is a graphic novel, illustrated by Métis artist Natasha Donovan.

Edmonton-based Reddit moderator says pandemic has brought a wave of online misinformation at worst time

Troy Pavlek, a volunteer Reddit moderator with the r/Edmonton subreddit, says the pandemic has brought a surge of misinformation to the forum and that moderators are receiving death threats for doing their jobs.

Online frenzy around Gabby Petito driven by social media influence, ethnicity, gender, experts say

The massive online frenzy that's formed around the Gabby Petito case is driven by a multitude of factors, according to true and high-tech crime experts, including the influencer's existing social media base, as well as her gender and ethnicity. 

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.

Riffed from the Headlines: 25/09/2021

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 564

Letting candidates speak freely, sexual assault allegations at Western U, Sally Rooney's new book & more

Day 6 for Sept. 18, 2021.

Amid Western University allegations, more education needed to combat culture of sexual violence: advocate

A former Western University student says concerns around on-campus sexual violence aren't new or limited to the school, but that administration must do more to rebuild trust with the student body.

Forced party unity muzzles MPs and hurts democracy, says political scientist

On Monday, Canadian voters will head to the polls. While they'll be marking their ballot alongside the name of a local MP, research suggests most of them will be voting for the party, not the candidate. While political parties might see that as a sign their brand is working, Alex Marland says the lack of focus on local candidates is a problem.
Should I Read It?

Sally Rooney's new novel is exquisitely written, but doesn't live up to the hype: Toyne

Irish writer Sally Rooney's latest novel, 'Beautiful World, Where Are You,' was one of the most anticipated book releases of 2021. But does the bestseller live up to the hype? Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne weighs in.

How the Taliban could use former Afghan government personnel databases to target opponents

As the Taliban advanced across Afghanistan, it may have gained access to databases of personal and biometric information originally intended to help the former government. Reporter Eileen Guo says her sources worry they could be used to target the Taliban's enemies.

Meet the upstart company working to disrupt the 'whitewashed' opera industry

Toronto-based Amplified Opera is the Canadian Opera Company's newly named "disruptor-in-residence". The group aims to bring performers from “equity-seeking” groups to opera stages — and they’re bringing that message to the COC.

Riffed from the Headlines: 18/09/2021

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 563

Leylah Fernandez's great week, Islamophobia after 9/11, the man behind The Card Counter, LeVar Burton and more

Day 6 for Sept. 11, 2021.

Meet the doctors walking Hamilton's streets offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who wants one

Dr. Kerry Beal and Dr. Joe Oliver regularly walk neighbourhoods with low vaccination rates offering on-the-spot shots to those who can't access them — particularly those experiencing homelessness.

'Her weapon is her mind': Tennis writer Stephanie Myles on Leylah Fernandez' remarkable rise

Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez has emerged as a major star at the U.S. Open this week. And while the 19-year-old came out of nowhere for many Canadians, sports writer Stephanie Myles has been following her career for years.

'It's like living in a nightmare': Canadian Muslims describe their experiences after 9/11

Canada experienced a spike in anti-Muslim sentiment in the aftermath of 9/11. On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, two Canadian Muslims describe how they were made to feel like outsiders in their own country.

Paul Schrader is one of Hollywood's greatest directors you may not have heard of

You’re excused if the name Paul Schrader doesn't ring a bell. But his latest film hits theatres exclusively, and following the critical and box office success of First Reformed in 2017, the 75-year-old filmmaker is experiencing a bit of a renaissance.

Why Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton wants to read to you through the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold around the world last Spring, acclaimed actor LeVar Burton took to Twitter and read stories for all ages via live stream, and recently launched a new season of his storytelling podcast.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/09/2021

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 562

Anger on the campaign trail, the Green Turtle, politics on dating apps; El Chiringuito, Willie Dunn and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Who are the people disrupting Trudeau's campaign events — and why are they so angry?

Postmedia political journalist John Ivison was travelling with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s team when violence from protestors erupted. He spoke with some of the protesters and tells Day 6 the level of vitriol is unlike anything he's ever seen in Canadian politics.

Why the Green Turtle might be the world's first Asian-American superhero

As Marvel fans attend theatres this long weekend to watch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, cartoonist Gene Luen Yang joins Day 6 to help shed light on a character who might just be the world's first Asian-American superhero.

What's love got to do with it? Researchers say political activists are using dating apps to match with voters

In the lead up for the Sept. 20, 2021 election, communications expert Stefanie Duguay explains how dating apps are being used as a political tool — and why we should expect more politics in our Tinder feeds moving forward.

How an eccentric Spanish soccer show won Europe's player transfer window

The annual soccer player transfer window closed this week for most of Europe's top leagues. The period saw the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo move teams among other surprising transfers — and following along with over-the-top commentary was El Chiringuito de Jugones.