Day 6with Brent Bambury


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.

Amid 'horrific' spike in opioid deaths, doctors call for decriminalization, regulation of drugs

Facing a more 'toxic' drug supply during the coronavirus pandemic, opioid-related overdose deaths have grown significantly across the country. Advocates, experts and politicians are calling on governments to go beyond safe supply prescriptions and decriminalize recreational drugs.

Let Netflix viewers watch the end credits, pleads composer

Daniel Pemberton would like to see the streaming service offer a "film lovers" mode that doesn't skip the credits or immediately push viewers toward another show.

For singles on autism spectrum, Netflix dating series offers needed visibility, says actor

Australian actor Olivia Sharpe is featured on the new Netflix dating series, Love On The Spectrum, which follows a group of young Australians, each on the autism spectrum, as they navigate the world of dating.

R.E.M's Mike Mills on why It's the End of the World resonates during the COVID-19 pandemic

As people in isolation turn to music to soothe, distract and connect, REM’s classic 1987 hit It’s the End of the World As We Know It has re-emerged on the charts.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/25/2020

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 503

Poker tips for Trump, Muzak goes bust, a Black indie podcast network, satirist Alexandra Petri and more

How learning to play poker could make Donald Trump a better president, the end of elevator music as Muzak's parent company files for bankruptcy, Andray Domise launches a new Black podcast network, excavators search for mass graves associated with the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, satirist Alexandra Petri tackles 2020 in a new book and more.

Trump's approach to politics bears the hallmarks of a bad poker player, author says

In her latest book, The Biggest Bluff, author and psychologist Maria Konnikova details what poker can teach us about decision making. She believes that U.S. President Donald Trump could stand to learn a thing or two about politics from a game of Texas Hold'em.

These Black-hosted podcasts might not be for you — and the creators are OK with that

The new podcast network Rezistans Nwa, co-created by journalist Andray Domise, hosts discussions about topics from arts to history and politics within a Black radical context.

Nearly a century later, researchers begin search for mass graves linked to Tulsa massacre

It’s estimated that 300 Black people were killed by white rioters in Tulsa’s Greenwood district, a neighbourhood of Black-owned businesses, but the true number is unknown. The 1921 massacre is widely considered to be America’s deadliest racist attack.

Thank you for the Muzak, the songs without singing

Muzak is the brand name for the background music that has filled stores, hotel lobbies and elevators for nearly a century. But COVID-19 may be killing Muzak. This week, Mood Music, the company that owns Muzak, filed for bankruptcy. Sofie Mikhaylova is a musician and music writer. She gives us the story behind Muzak and the legacy it may leave behind.

Why, maybe, it's a wonderful time to be alive, according to satirist Alexandra Petri

In her new book, Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why, Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri makes the case, tongue firmly in cheek, that despite what one might hear from naysayers, everything is OK in the world.

Even getting high first can't save Cats, says comedian

After the Washington Post ran a story about all the people who've been smoking pot before watching the film, Mike Rita decided to give it a try.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/18/2020

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.

Bolsonaro and COVID-19, racist sports team names, U.K. pubs' pandemic plans, Walter Mercado and more

How Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s positive COVID-19 test could mark the beginning of the end for his administration, corporate sponsors push sports teams to change their racist names, Becky Toyne on Jim Carrey’s new book, the unique measures pubs in England are taking to stay safe and open, the life of Walter Mercado and more.

Testing positive for COVID-19 won't change Bolsonaro's pandemic response, says analyst

Political analyst Robert Muggah says Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's positive COVID-19 test may spell the beginning of the end for his administration — even though he doesn't appear to be changing his approach to the pandemic.