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Episode 459

The trouble with campaigns, The Testaments, Impeach-o-Meter, Indigenous theatre, Iran's blue girl and more

Democracy Divided: How election campaigns alienate voters, reviewing Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, the Donald Trump Impeach-o-Meter, Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre, the story of Iran's Blue Girl, the John Lennon concert that helped usher in the end of The Beatles and more.
Democracy Divided

How teleprompters and canned campaign speeches may be hurting our democratic system

Political activist Dave Meslin, who swore off party politics after he became disillusioned as a campaign volunteer, says modern election campaigns are alienating voters.
Should I Read It?

'It's very good': Atwood's much-anticipated sequel The Testaments lives up to the hype

Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne reviews Margaret Atwood's latest novel, The Testaments.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for September 14

Will the House Judiciary Committee's move to expand the scope of its impeachment inquiry move the needle on the Impeach-O-Meter?

This 82-year-old director is helping launch the world's first national Indigenous theatre season in Ottawa

The curtain is up on the National Arts Centre's new Indigenous Theatre department. It's the world's first nationally-funded season of programming by Indigenous creators and as director of its inaugural production, Muriel Miguel says the pressure is on.

How a Toronto rock festival led John Lennon to his first solo performance — and away from The Beatles

Fifty years ago, John Lennon debuted the Plastic Ono Band in Toronto with a concert that helped usher in the end of an era.

Sahar Khodayari wanted to watch a soccer match. Now her death could spark change for women in Iran

Sahar Khodayari died after setting herself on fire outside a courthouse in Tehran. She had been arrested for trying to get in to a stadium to watch her favourite soccer team, which women are banned from doing. Human rights activist Jasmin Ramsey says outrage over her death could spark change for Iranian women.

Riffed from the Headlines: 09/14/2019

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EPISODE 458

Democracy Divided, The Handmaid's Tale, measuring hurricanes, diversity vs. free speech and more

Democracy Divided, our new series on the challenges facing Canadian democracy, speaker John Bercow tries to bring "order" to the British Parliament, The Handmaid's Tale's costume designer on anticipating Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, why more powerful hurricanes might need a new measuring system, the Law Society of Ontario's fight over diversity and compelled speech and more.
DEMOCRACY DIVIDED

How will populist politics shape Canada's federal election?

Liberal democracy has given way to authoritarian populism in countries around the world. As Canada gears up for a federal election, many voters worry their country is next. Will Canada's democratic process hold up in the face of a growing global trend?

Meet the designer behind The Handmaid's Tale's iconic costumes

Canadian designer Natalie Bronfman created many of The Handmaid's Tale's most iconic costumes.

Ontario's law society is tying itself in knots over diversity and compelled speech

A requirement that lawyers declare their obligation to promote diversity is proving controversial in Ontario. A decision could come next week.

Why storms like Dorian suggest we need a new way of measuring hurricanes

At peak strength, Hurricane Dorian blew past the threshold for Category 5 status. Meteorologist Jeff Masters says it's time to rethink how we measure hurricanes.

'Be a good boy': Moments from the man keeping the U.K.'s politicians in line

British MPs have a tough job ahead of them: figuring out what to do with Brexit. John Bercow might have a more challenging task. As Speaker of the House of Commons, he's the one trying to keep order.

Riffed from the Headlines: 09/07/2019

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Episode 457

A reckoning for Purdue Pharma, fires in the Amazon, mindfulness for lawyers, Edwidge Danticat and more

A reckoning for the makers of Oxycontin, how the fight over Indigenous land claims shapes the Amazon rainforest, mindfulness and mental health in the legal profession, celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, the Parkinson's Chorus and more.

Proposed multi-billion dollar settlement could signal a reckoning for maker of OxyContin

OxyContin was supposed to revolutionize pain management. Instead, it is being blamed for a global health crisis. Now, after years of fighting lawsuit after lawsuit, Purdue Pharma is looking to make a deal.

How decades of conflict over Indigenous land claims may have fuelled the fires in the Amazon rainforest

Indigenous people and activists say loggers, miners and cattle ranchers are being emboldened by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to clear cut the Amazon rainforest — sometimes with fire.

How one law professor's depression led him to bring mindfulness into the classroom

Considered the first of its kind in Canada, the course will focus on self-awareness and mental health. Thomas Telfer, the professor leading the course, says it's needed to combat the high rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse among lawyers.

In Everything Inside, Edwidge Danticat explores love, community and the lives of migrants

Celebrated Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat shares her thoughts on the power of fiction and her mentor, the late Toni Morrison.

Beatles songs and kazoos: How a Hamilton choir is helping people with Parkinson's

The Hamilton Parkinson's Chorus isn't just a choir, it's an exercise club. People with Parkinson's can have problems with breathing and swallowing. Singing helps strengthen those throat muscles.

Riffed from the Headlines: 08/31/2019

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Episode 456

Hong Kong counter-protests, Vasek Pospisil, cosplaying while black, AO3 gets a Hugo, how to free dive and more

How China influences Hong Kong counter-protests, Vasek Pospisil's bid to boost the incomes of pro tennis' lowest paid players, cosplaying while black at Fan Expo Canada, fan fiction publisher Archive of Our Own gets one of sci-fi's top honours, Cher's Believe at 20, a Canadian free diver sets a new national record and more.

Counter-protests against pro-Hong Kong demonstrators may reflect Chinese state influence

Last weekend, pro-Hong Kong demonstrators clashed with counter-protesters in a series of tense altercations across Canada — and around the world. UBC professor Leo Shin says the rise of the counter-protest movement in Canada bears the hallmarks of Chinese state influence.

How do you dive 82 metres underwater — without gear? A Canadian free diver shares her techniques

Free diver Sheena McNally set a new national record by becoming the first Canadian woman to descend 82 metres underwater without goggles, an oxygen tank or flippers. Here's how she did it.