Episode 420: Racism in Thunder Bay, Brexit vs. everything, competitive karaoke, geoengineering and more

Systemic racism in the Thunder Bay police force, what's not getting done as the U.K. fixates on Brexit, Canadians at the Karaoke World Championship, why geoengineering may be needed to fight climate change, 2018's most timeless tracks and more.

Thunder Bay police 'stopped seeing Indigenous people as humans,' says Anishinaabe podcast host

Ryan McMahon says the systemic racism uncovered in a scathing review of the Thunder Bay police force mirrors the stories documented in his new podcast about the city.

As Brexit dominates British politics, who's running the country?

For two years, Britain politicians have been laser-focused on Brexit. Bloomberg reporter Jess Shankleman says that's put a serious dent in their ability to run the country.

'I'm excited to sing my face off:' Meet two Canadians headed for the Karaoke World Championships

Amateur singers Christine Costa and Dustin Jodway will bring elaborate costumes and choreography to the stage when they compete at the Karaoke World Championships in Helsinki.

Geoengineering to save the planet: The controversial Plan B that could become inevitable

Science writer Jeff Goodell started out as a geoengineering skeptic, worried about fiddling with the planet’s thermostat. 10 years later, amidst growing concern over climate change, he says it will have to be part of the solution.

Timeless tracks: 2018 had plenty of big hits, but which ones are built to last?

Plenty of great songs dropped in 2018, but only a handful will still be in rotation 50 years from now. The Day 6 music panel weighs in on what gives a song staying power.

Riffed from the Headlines: 12/15/2018

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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 419: Pot jobs in Alberta, P is for Pterodactyl, the Impeach-O-Meter, Crispr for good and more

Cannabis offers a growth industry for Alberta, P is for Pterodactyl, where Assange fits in the Mueller inquiry, the Impeach-O-Meter returns, Canadian scientists want to use Crispr for good, holiday book picks, former FARC rebels turn to tourism and more.

Pot jobs could soften the blow for Alberta's oil workers

Pot may not be the new oil, but rapid job creation in the cannabis industry should offer comfort to laid off oilpatch workers in Alberta, says Alison McMahon of Cannabis at Work.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for December 7

Robert Mueller filed sentencing memos this week for three close Trump advisors. Will that move the needle on the Impeach-O-Meter?

Canadian scientists fear blowback over CRISPR babies could undermine their work

A Chinese scientist claims the world's first two gene edited babies have been born. That sparked calls for tighter regulations on the technology, but Canada's laws are already among the most restrictive in the world — too restrictive for many Canadian scientists.

Listen to the author of P is for Pterodactyl rap The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

Rapper Raj Haldar, a.k.a Lushlife, co-wrote a book about silent first letter words and bizarre spellings. Now P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is a New York Times bestseller.

How WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fits into the ever-deepening Mueller investigation

The Ecuadorian government said this week it's now safe for Assange to leave the embassy as Britain has guaranteed he will not be extradited anywhere he'd get the death penalty. Assange hasn't shown any interest in leaving.

Should I Gift It? The 2018 Day 6 holiday book guide

Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne delivers her annual holiday book list, with suggestions for book lovers of all kinds.

After decades of war, a FARC guerilla camp in Colombia is open — to tourists

FARC guerrillas signed peace deal with the Colombian government in 2017 to end a five decade long war in the country. Now they're telling their side of the story to adventurous travellers.

Riffed from the Headlines: 12/08/2018

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 418: When GM leaves town, loud restaurants, the hit series Dogs, mummers, China surveillance and more

What happens when GM leaves town, how restaurants got so loud, the creator of Netflix's hit series 'Dogs,' what Gritty and mummers have in common, China exports surveillance, Pardeep Nagra's fight for religious freedom in the boxing ring and more.

GM closures: What happens when the company leaves a company town?

With five more plants being shut down, Spacing magazine's Shawn Micallef remembers what happened when GM left his hometown of Windsor, Ont.

It's not just you: Restaurants really are louder than they used to be

Architecture critic Kate Wagner explains how modern restaurant design has transformed the dining experience into a shouting match — and why that matters.

Who's a good boy? Meet the man behind the wildly popular Netflix series Dogs

Before Glen Zipper created Dogs, he spent years as a prosecutor working on animal rescue issues and volunteering at animal shelters.

Hold on to your pillow-stuffed arse: It's mummering season

While many Canadians associate mummering with Canada's East Coast, the tradition also has roots in Philadelphia — and a connection to Gritty.

'It's like Christmas for repressive regimes': China is selling surveillance technology all over the world

Human Right Watch China director Sophie Richardson says China's business of selling surveillance technology to places like Venezuela, Iran and Ethiopia is bad for everyone's liberties.

Trailblazing Sikh boxer Pardeep Nagra says his fight for religious equality isn't finished

The new film 'Tiger' chronicles the story of Canadian boxer Pardeep Nagra. In the late 1990s, he won the right to get in the ring with a full beard.

Riffed from the Headlines: 12/01/2018

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 417: Alexa as murder witness, K-Tel's legacy, Brexit and Gibraltar, Havana's mystery, Hater and more

Amazon's Alexa as a potential murder witness, the legacy of Canada's K-Tel, what Brexit may mean for Gibraltar, mysterious injuries for diplomats in Cuba, government intimidation of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, why it's OK to be disagreeable and more.