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EPISODE 488

COVID-19 in nursing homes, Hungarian autocracy, Keystone XL, audience-free wrestling, Tiger King and more

A doctor at Pinecrest Nursing Home describes the devastation of COVID-19, Michael Ignatieff on Hungary's slide into autocracy, weighing Alberta's decision to invest in Keystone XL, pro wrestling goes audience-free, why Tiger King went viral and more.

What can Hurricane Katrina's hospital crisis teach us about our COVID-19 response?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink has spent her career covering public health emergencies, from the Ebola crisis and the devastating choices that faced New Orleans doctors during Hurricane Katrina.
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Veteran doctor says he's never felt so helpless as facing COVID-19 in a nursing home

At least 16 residents at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario have died of COVID-19. Stephen Oldridge is a doctor who works at Pinecrest and he says that in his 30 years of practice, he's never seen anything like this.

Why Netflix's Tiger King is the perfect show to watch during a pandemic

The Netflix docu-series Tiger King has taken the internet by storm, even in the midst of a pandemic — and according to culture writer Sam Adams, it's not hard to see why.

WWE is 'treating COVID like it's a sneeze' as Wrestlemania carries on, says sports writer

World Wrestling Entertainment is facing criticism for continuing to produce its pro wrestling shows in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports writer Ian Williams says Wrestlemania, which airs this weekend without a live audience, will likely be a "surreal" show.

Hungary's COVID-19 measures could lead the nation to autocracy, warns Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff says Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban has long used strong-arm tactics to consolidate his power, but recent sweeping COVID-19 measures are the first time he's done so in such an unconstrained way.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/04/2020

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 and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 487

COVID-19 in NYC, a century-old blood therapy returns, embrace the bidet, Mariko Tamaki on Wonder Woman & more

The coronavirus hits New York City hard, doctors revisit a century-old blood therapy in the hopes of treating COVID-19, a hockey commentator is doing play-by-play for fans' pet videos, what the coronavirus outbreak means for the zero waste movement, toilet paper shortages spark an interest in bidets, Mariko Tamaki is taking over writing DC's Wonder Woman comic, and more.

Doctors are turning to a 100-year-old blood therapy in hopes of treating COVID-19 patients

To stem the flow of COVID-19 cases into intensive care units, doctors are reviving a once largely obsolete medical treatment that involves drawing blood from patients who have survived an infection and injecting into sick ones.
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Mariko Tamaki is the new mind behind Wonder Woman comic book

Moviegoers will have to wait a little while longer to see Gal Gadot take up the golden lasso once more, thanks to a COVID-19-related delay. But Toronto writer Mariko Tamaki is working hard to ensure that Wonder Woman's stories continue to be told, as she prepares to take over the legendary comic book title.

'Start washing your butts': Bidets are the better, cleaner alternative to toilet paper, says writer

Toilet paper has become a hot commodity during the coronavirus outbreak and Medium writer Indi Samarajiva says that makes this the perfect time to switch from wiping to washing. He surveys the options, and says that once you go bidet, you'll never go back.

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: 03/28/2020

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 and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
Episode 486

Futures on hold, 3D-printed medical gear, REM's Mike Mills, Choir!Choir!Choir!, the story of Purell and more

How COVID-19 is affecting young people's futures, a campaign to 3D-print medical gear, why It's The End of The World As We Know it is charting again, Choir!Choir!Choir! takes its singalongs online, Purell's origin story, Becky Toyne reviews Emily St. John Mandel's The Glass Hotel and more.

Robotics engineer crowd-sources designs for COVID-19 medical supplies to help out-of-stock hospitals

Gui Cavalcanti makes robots for a living. But now, he and thousands of other engineers are putting their heads together to design and make face masks, gloves and even ventilators amidst shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How COVID-19 is putting young people's futures on hold

Classes are cancelled and students are wondering what lies ahead as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear from three students, near graduation, about their concerns.

Choir! Choir! Choir! hosts a social distance singalong amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

As musicians and artists feel the brunt of cancelled performances, Choir! Choir! Choir! is using their time in isolation to help people connect with each other through virtual singalongs.

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.

How Purell went from money-loser to hand sanitizer dominance

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Purell hand sanitizer is a hot commodity. But this wasn’t always the case. Journalist David Owen explains the product’s rough beginnings and how its fortunes changed.
SHOULD I READ IT?

The Glass Hotel: Emily St. John Mandel's much anticipated novel is haunting and well-timed

Emily St. John Mandel's last novel, Station Eleven, was an award-winning dystopian blockbuster. Now she's back with The Glass Hotel, about a financial collapse. But should you read it? Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne lets us know.

Riffed from the Headlines: 03/21/2020

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 and a personalized note from our very own Brent Bambury.
EPISODE 485

COVID-19 in Italy, sports season shutdown, re-reviewing Contagion, comedian Mae Martin & more

Doctors on the COVID-19 frontlines in Italy face stark choices, how Canada would fare if we faced a spike in coronavirus cases, sports leagues suspend their seasons, the 2011 movie that gets things (mostly) right about pandemics, Canadian comedian Mae Martin's new show Feel Good and more.

COVID-19 forces Italian doctors to make life-and-death choices about rationing care

In northern Italy, medical resources are stretched so thin that doctors are facing hard choices about who gets priority access to potentially life-saving resources such as intensive care beds and ventilators.

Science or science fiction? What Contagion gets right — and wrong — about pandemics

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 2011 movie Contagion has become popular once again. Maureen Taylor, a physician assistant in infectious diseases, rates the film for how closely it portrays a real pandemic.

Canadian comedian Mae Martin's new show Feel Good examines love, addiction and acceptance

Feel Good is a semi-autobiographical series about and by Mae Martin, a Canadian comedian trying to make it in London while navigating a complicated and funny life that includes battling addiction, trying to understand sexuality and finding love.