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Episode 472

Benefiting from Brexit, unboxing videos & kids toys, holiday book guide, Carmen Maria Machado and more

A customs broker prepares for a post-Brexit boom, why U.S. authorities are opening Canadian mail, how unboxing videos are shaping the toy industry, Becky Toyne's holiday guide to giving books, Carmen Maria Machado on her new memoir, In The Dream House, why children are still be separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border and more.

His business nearly collapsed when the EU was created. Now this customs broker is readying for a Brexit boom

George Baker is a customs broker whose booming shipping company nearly collapsed when the European Union was created in 1993. Now, he's preparing for a possible 500 per cent increase in business if Brexit goes through.

U.S. border agents are searching Canadian mail addressed to Campobello Island, N.B.

Mail sent to Campobello Island, N.B., from other parts of Canada has to pass through the United States first, where it is now frequently being opened by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

How YouTube unboxing videos have created grade-school influencers and a lucrative market for surprise toys

Toy companies are tapping into the popularity of YouTube unboxing videos and creating toys to mimic the experience. L.O.L. Surprise! dolls are just one example of a booming trend.

The Day 6 holiday books guide is here: 6 picks for everyone on your list

Attention, last minute shoppers! Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne is back with her recommendations for giftable books, including fiction, non-fiction and two picks for kids.

Children are still being detained in U.S. custody, 18 months after the end of family separation

U.S. President Donald Trump's family separation policy ended in June 2018, but hundreds of children arriving as asylum seekers have been separated from their families since then and refugee advocates say the conditions under which they are being held are unjust.

Carmen Maria Machado tackles queer Disney villains and surviving abuse in her memoir, In the Dream House

Carmen Maria Machado takes a new approach to memoir with her latest book, In the Dream House. She details her personal experiences of domestic abuse at the hands of another woman and weaves in pop culture references like her favourite queer Disney villains, as well as historical research and splashes of humour.

Riffed from the Headlines: 12/14/2019

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 471

King tides, Impeach-O-Meter, Frosty at 50, Lindy West, K-pop deaths and mental health, Martha Gellhorn & more

How climate change is making king tides worse, the Impeach-O-Meter returns, the glorious weirdness of Rankin-Bass Christmas specials, Lindy West says the witches are coming, K-pop stars' deaths put a spotlight on South Korea's high suicide rates, trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn and more.

The Florida Keys flooded for 10 weeks straight and rising oceans could make this the new normal

The Florida Keys are cleaning up after being flooded for over 10 weeks because of king tides, naturally occurring high tides whose effects typically subside after several days. Scientists say climate change is making king tides higher and longer lasting.

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

The House Judiciary Committee has been asked to draft articles of impeachment. Will that move the needle? FiveThirtyEight politics editor Sarah Frostenson delivers this week's reading.

As Frosty turns 50, it's time to celebrate the glorious weirdness of Rankin & Bass Christmas specials

Vox's critic at large, Emily VanDerWerff says watching all 18 Rankin & Bass Christmas specials was "like having the most wholesome drug trip in the world."

K-pop performers' tragic deaths put a spotlight on South Korea's mental health challenges

The recent deaths of three K-pop stars have put South Korea's heavily-regimented music industry under international scrutiny. But K-pop expert Patty Ahn says the country's broader struggles with mental health are a key part of the picture.

'America loves to lie about itself': Lindy West roasts Trump, South Park and more in The Witches are Coming

In her new book, writer and comedian Lindy West asks pointed questions about who gets to play the victim in the age of Trump and calls for a more compassionate popular culture and a rigourous defence of the truth.

The only woman at D-Day: What Martha Gellhorn's letters reveal about the trailblazing war correspondent

Janet Somerville's new book is Yours, for probably always: Martha Gellhorn's Letters of Love and War 1930-1949, which details the journalist and writer's life through her personal correspondence.

Riffed from the Headlines: 12/07/2019

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 470

Amazon workplace injuries, enforcing privacy laws, photographing climate change, hockey in North Korea & more

Why injuries in Amazon warehouses are twice the U.S. national average, why Canadian privacy commissioners can't enforce their rulings, photographer Paul Nicklen brings climate change to your social media feeds, why Canada's ban on solitary confinement might not actually end it, a documentary maker who embedded with North Korea's national men's hockey team and more.

As the Earth warms, Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen brings climate change to your social media feeds

Photographer Paul Nicklen has six million followers on Instagram, where he chronicles the effects of climate change on the wildlife he photographs. He has just become the youngest person inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.

In Amazon's warehouses injury rates are twice the U.S. national average

Amid the Black Friday sales, a new investigation finds that nearly 10 per cent of Amazon warehouse workers will suffer serious injuries on the job.

Ottawa says it's ending solitary confinement. A former prisoner and advocate says that's not quite true

A law meant to end solitary confinement in Canada's federal prisons comes into effect on Nov. 30, but former inmate turned advocate Alia Pierini says segregation is just going by a different name now.

Two privacy commissioners found AggregateIQ broke privacy laws — but they can't do much about it

B.C. and Canada's privacy commissioners say they're frustrated they couldn't fine AggregateIQ after the Canadian political ad company tied to Cambridge Analytica broke Canada's privacy laws.

Hockey Night in Pyongyang: Meet the Canadian behind a new film about North Korea's national men's hockey team

With Closing The Gap, Nigel Edwards and his crew became the first foreign filmmakers allowed access to any of North Korea's national sports teams.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/30/2019

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 469

Impeachment fallout in Ukraine, StarMetro shuts down, new Pokemon, Neil Gaiman, remembering Mr. Rogers & more

How the U.S. impeachment hearings are playing out in Ukraine, the societal cost of StarMetro's demise, a father and daughter review Nintendo's Pokemon Sword and Shield, Neil Gaiman on adapting The Sandman for Netflix, the journalist who inspired A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood remembers Fred Rogers and more.

'Ukraine loses either way': How the Trump impeachment hearings are hurting Kyiv

With Washington embroiled in impeachment hearings, Ukraine is without the support of one of its most important allies in its conflict with Russia. DW journalist Nick Connolly says Ukraine's isolation is emboldening its foes.