Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 501

Backlash against masks, the future of Hong Kong protest, empty stadiums, Canada's migrant workers and more

Why some people are refusing to mask up during COVID-19, China's new security laws and the future of Hong Kong's protest movement, the longstanding problems with Canada's migrant worker program, how going crowdless changes the game for professional sports teams, Canadian Clayton Theriault raises disability awareness and more.

How psychology can explain pushback against mandatory masks

As governments try to clamp down on the spread of COVID-19, mandatory mask laws are becoming more common — and that has a vocal minority pushing back in a phenomenon best explained by psychology, says Dr. Steven Taylor.

Facing new security bill, protesters in Hong Kong plan to use the region's financial power against China

Hong Kong-based journalist Mary Hui says pro-democracy demonstrators are considering a plan to target China by inflicting economic pain. She says many younger protesters are no longer interested in working within the "one country, two systems" framework.

With cardboard spectators and fake cheers, sports leagues aim to make games 'normal' during the pandemic

As sports leagues gear up to play despite the COVID-19 pandemic, fans won't be allowed in the stands — but that hasn't stopped some teams from making the experience as authentic as possible with the sounds of artificial spectators and cardboard cutouts of real-life fans.

Amid COVID-19 outbreaks, researcher says Canada's migrant worker program was flawed from the start

Hundreds have been infected and three migrant workers in Canada have died after contracting COVID-19, prompting some advocates in Ontario to call this week for a shutdown of the entire agricultural sector. Researcher Jenna Hennebry says the COVID-19 outbreaks are exposing deep flaws and racism baked into Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.

'I can definitely speak for myself': Canadian interview series raises awareness about disabled community

Oakville, Ont.-based blogger Clayton Theriault, who lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, launched Hot Seat with Cognizant Clay, a video series on YouTube that aims to open up the conversation around disability during the pandemic.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman accused of procuring young girls for Jeffery Epstein?

The one-time girlfriend of Jeffery Epstein is accused of running his sex trafficking operation. She's a mysterious figure who introduced Epstein to New York's rich and famous.

Riffed from the Headlines: 07/04/2020

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.
Episode 500

Policing and mental health reform, K-pop fans get political, Bill Browder on Putin, Summer Reads and more

Challenging systemic racism in Canada's mental health institutions,  K-pop fans get political, Bill Browder on Putin's push for permanent power, Becky Toyne's Summer Reads list for 2020, how COVID-19 sparked a bike industry boom and more.

Systemic racism must be rooted out of mental health services, too — not just police, says advocate

Canada's largest mental health hospital has called for an end to police involvement in mental health checks. But Aseefa Sarang says mental health care must root out its own problems with systemic racism, as well.

Will the new bike boom last post-pandemic? Look to the '70s for clues, says writer

Carlton Reid sees echoes of the 1970s American bike boom today, as demand for bicycles has skyrocketed thanks in part to concerns about crowded public transit and carpools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

K-pop fans know how to mobilize online, and they're now getting political

CedarBough Saeji, a scholar in contemporary Korean culture, says we shouldn't be surprised that teenage fans of Korean pop music took responsibility for trolling U.S. President Donald Trump's latest campaign rally.

By this time next week, Vladimir Putin will probably be president for life, says Bill Browder

This week Russians are voting on proposed changes to the country’s constitution which, among other things, would allow Vladimir Putin to remain in office until 2036. The opposition has been calling this week's referendum a constitutional coup. Bill Browder calls it business as usual.

Summer reads: Becky Toyne's reading recommendations to see you through your summer staycation

This summer may be a little different than summers past, but whether you're sticking to your backyard, heading to a cottage, or staying on your couch, Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne has her annual list of great and timely summer reads.

Riffed from the Headlines: 06/27/2020

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 499

Bolton's book, opening long-term care centres, Gone With The Wind, Wind of Change, Aimee Stephens and more

John Bolton's scathing new book about Donald Trump, excitement and worry as visitors return to Ontario long-term care homes, re-thinking Gone With The Wind, how drive-in theatres are coping with COVID-19, Wind of Change asks if the CIA wrote a power ballad to help end the Cold War, Aimee Stephens's victory for LGBTQ rights and more.

No one should buy John Bolton's book — but everyone should read it, says Dahlia Lithwick

Cozying up to dictators. Asking China to help his re-election efforts. Asking whether Finland was a part of Russia. Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick assesses the bombshell stories and allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump made in John Bolton’s new memoir The Room Where It Happened.

Excitement and caution as Ontario long-term care homes open their doors to visitors

As the Ontario government begins to allow visitors at long-term care centres, Amanda Lang-Crawford and her grandmother are balancing the excitement of being able to see each other in person with their worries about a pandemic that's far from over.

Gone With the Wind should not be viewed without putting its racist themes in context, argue Black scholars

The 1939 film Gone With the Wind should be taught and discussed, but not viewed for entertainment or nostalgia's sake, according to two experts who worked towards its removal from the Orpheum theater's summer playlist in 2017.

Honk if you love cinema: How drive-in theatres are coping with COVID-19

Drive-in theatres in rural communities across Canada have been filling the void as traditional cinemas remain closed. But they’ve also been fielding requests for more than movies.

Did the CIA write the Scorpions' Wind of Change to help end the Cold War?

In his podcast Wind of Change, journalist and author Patrick Radden Keefe searches for the truth behind the rumour that the CIA wrote a song performed by the Scorpions and pushed it out into the world as part of an operation to hasten the downfall of communism.

Riffed from the Headlines: 06/20/2020

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.

Meet Aimee Stephens, the trans woman taking the fight for LGBTQ rights to the U.S. Supreme Court

In 2013, Aimee Stephens was fired from her job after she came out to her employer as transgender. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a landmark federal law forbidding workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.
Episode 498

Cops gets cancelled, race-based data in policing, reckoning at Bon Appetit, J.K. Rowling, Bruce Lee and more

Cops gets cancelled after 31 years, the case for better race-based data in policing, what the reckoning at Bon Appétit says about racism in mainstream food culture, why LGBTQ Harry Potter fans feel betrayed by J.K. Rowling, Be Water reframes Bruce Lee as an immigrant outsider, Mark Hamilton's journey from professional baseball to COVID-19 frontlines and more.

For LGBTQ in rural communities, pride festivals can be key connection but pandemic is raining on the parade

Pride festivals in rural and remote towns can be an important connection point for smaller LGBTQ communities. And this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is raining on those parades, but organizers are finding new ways to connect.