Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 546

East Jerusalem evictions, the voice of TikTok, ransomware goes corporate, remembering Willie Dunn and more.

Day 6 for May 15, 2021.

New Willie Dunn anthology an overdue recognition of his talent and legacy, says Anishnaabe musician

Anishinaabe musician Raven Kanatakta, who is one half of the duo Digging Roots, remembers Dunn as a family friend, a musical mentor and an icon who paved the way for many Indigenous musicians like him.

How the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah became a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupted into the worst violence in years this week and a neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem has become both a catalyst for — and a symbol of — the broader conflict.

Colonial Pipeline hack shows ransomware is growing as professional industry, experts say

Hollywood films may present as collectives as groups of programmers furiously typing away at keyboards in dark rooms, but cybersecurity experts say real-life groups are far more professional — more closely resembling startups than 80s hacker flicks. 

Canadian voice actor says viral TikTok voice is hers — and now she's suing the platform

If you scroll through TikTok, you'll hear a woman's voice bringing countless text-on-screen videos to life. Like Alexa or Siri, the TikTok voice sounds computer generated, but Canadian voice actor Bev Standing says she is the real life person behind it and she is suing TikTok for allegedly using it without her permission.

Northwest Angle, Minn., is surrounded by Canada. The border closure makes that a problem

Northwest Angle is a bit of an anomaly because it doesn’t actually border the U.S. on land, but instead Manitoba — and the U.S.-Canada border closure has almost fully cut off the community and killed tourism, which is a huge part of its economy.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/15/2021

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Episode 545

Volunteers sourcing medicine in India, Bill Gates vs. global vaccine access, Rick Steves on vacation and more

Day 6 for May 8, 2021.

Amidst record COVID-19 cases in India, this 20-year-old student helps source critical medical supplies

As India continues to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths — and with critical medical supplies like oxygen in short supply — Siddhant Sarang, a 20-year-old student and environmental activist, says he has a duty to help.

Traveller's mindset is what's getting Rick Steves through the pandemic

Travel writer and television personality Rick Steves — known for his guidebooks to travelling Europe, PBS TV series and the bus tours his company runs — has been sidelined thanks to the global pandemic.

Resident Evil's 'tall vampire lady' a welcome twist on style and terror, says game designer

Over its 25-year-history, the Resident Evil survival horror games have had several fan-favourite heroines. Now with Resident Evil Village, out this week, it has a memorable villainess, too — the stylish and vicious vampire, Lady Dimitrescu.

What is Bill C-10 and why is everyone so upset about it?

This week, everyone from Conservative Party critics to privacy experts to internet law analysts joined together to criticize the decision to eliminate a key component of Bill C-10 that they say could spell trouble for free expression and user-generated content.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/08/2021

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 544

India's COVID-19 crisis, Crocs are back, Netflix bets on anime, Epic vs. Apple, RIP Yahoo! Answers and more

Day 6 for May 1, 2021.

Epidemiologist tracking COVID-19 in India says the recent surge in cases could have been prevented

India set global records this week for the number of new daily COVID-19 cases, and the number of deaths resulting from those cases. Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist, warned of a pending disaster, but her alerts went unheeded — even by her own family in India.

Epic Games and Apple are heading to court. Experts say the case could mean big changes for consumers

As a lawsuit between the gaming powerhouse behind Fortnite and Apple heads to court, its outcome could mean big changes for how consumers buy content on their devices, according to experts.

Crocs are making a pandemic comeback, thanks to Gen Z and Justin Bieber

The brightly-coloured, hole-speckled rubber clogs of early- to mid-2000s fame have once again found popularity, thanks in no small part to generation Z and celebrities. Meanwhile, the company's stock price has shot up. But critics of the aesthetically-divisive shoe are at a loss for why.

Netflix's big bet on anime is changing the Japanese animation industry, says expert

Yasuke, a new Netflix original animated series, is drawing attention for the way it both subverts the traditional Japanese anime genre, while also remixing classic tropes in a way that appeals to North American and other global audiences. 

Encounter with anti-mask demonstrator alarms northern Ontario restaurant owner

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., restaurant owner Angela Caputo has been outspoken about the detrimental effect COVID-19 restrictions have had on her business. But when supporters of a prominent Canadian anti-mask demonstrator called her up this week to see if she'd provide them with free food, she was appalled.

The McElroy brothers say goodbye to Yahoo! Answers ahead of the site's imminent demise

In the 11 years since they began their podcast, the McElroy brothers's following has grown considerably. Justin, Travis and Griffin have since expanded their podcasting empire, but it all started with Yahoo! Answers.

Riffed from the Headlines: 01/05/2021

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 543

How the far right capitalizes on lockdowns, a Black-led police union, Wheatus remakes Teenage Dirtbag and more

Day 6 for April 24, 2021.

Testimony against Derek Chauvin exposed a crack in the 'blue wall,' but experts say it must come down

Testimony condemning the actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd have been described by some as a falling — or at least cracking — of the "blue wall of silence," an informal code that stops police from reporting their colleagues' misconduct and errors.

This Mexican actor claimed he modelled for the famed Oscar statuette

The Mexican film star and director Emilio Fernández, known for his "larger than life personality," long claimed he had modelled for the gilded statuette. But librarians at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences say it's based on an "abstract sketch."

How Wheatus re-recorded Teenage Dirtbag from scratch after losing the masters

Brendan Brown, lead singer of the band Wheatus, recently spent two years re-recording his hit song Teenage Dirtbag after the masters went missing. He shares what it's like to recreate a song from scratch 20 years after its original release.