Day 6with Brent Bambury


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

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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.

Experts warn weak pandemic guidance, lack of accountability increasing radicalization risk 

Experts tracking online chatter say that conspiracy theorists and far-right activists are using perceived weaknesses among federal and provincial governments to "garner more support for their own narratives."

As the third wave takes hold, some businesses are shutting down temporarily — even when they don't have to

Caroline Murphy, co-owner of Ottawa's Corner Peach diner and café, decided to temporarily shut down her business this week in the face of rising case counts, rapidly spreading COVID-19 variants and increasing anxiety among her staff.

Team Canada hopeful works to keep Olympic dream alive during the pandemic

It wasn't all that long ago that 20-year-old Olympic hopeful Myles Misener-Daley was just a promising young soccer player, but by middle school, it became clear to his coaches that he was different. Not long after, he began setting records as a sprinter.

Riffed from the Headlines: 24/04/2021

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 542

Trouble with traffic stops, pandemic Ramadan take 2, St. Vincent's layered emergencies, Brittlestar & more

Day 6 for April 17, 2021.

Even limited data shows traffic stops in Canada disproportionately affect people of colour, says expert

Race-based data on police interactions is collected across the United States, but the practice is uncommon in Canada. Experts say that objective information is a key part of reducing the number of deadly interactions between police and people of colour.

Russian TV station uncovers a 'very, very cheap' Soviet-era Lord of the Rings film adaptation

Khranteli, a Soviet-era made-for-TV movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, The Fellowship of the Ring, was posted to Russian broadcaster 5TV's YouTube channel in its entirety earlier this month.

'Cut Ahmad some slack': Stand-up comic Nour Hadidi shares her frustrations, hopes for another pandemic Ramadan

Travel restrictions and lockdowns brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic mean a month typically spent with family and friends is going to be isolating once again this year. Still, Toronto stand-up comic Nour Hadidi says she's doing her best to stay optimistic during yet another pandemic Ramadan.

Canadian YouTube comedian Brittlestar shifts his approach as the pandemic drags on

The internet’s self-appointed favourite dad has been popular on social media for years. The Stratford native's comedic observations on the pandemic and the U.S. have made him a household name on Twitter and Facebook over the past year, bringing his distinctive sense of humour to his more than 350,000 followers.

Volcanic eruptions, COVID-19 and dengue fever present a potential recipe for further disaster in St. Vincent

The La Soufrière volcano first erupted on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent on April 9, and over the past week more than 20,000 people have fled their homes to potential safety. Beyond the concerns of lava and pyroclastic flows, there is also the COVID-19 pandemic and fear that the virus could spread through shelters.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/17/2021

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Episode 541

Mobile vaccine clinics, COVID-19 in Brazil, Queen's consorts, Hemingway's letters and more

Day 6 for April 10, 2021.

Mobile vaccination clinics can help tackle hesitancy, distrust among at-risk groups, says doctor

While there are several mass vaccination clinics in Toronto, Dr. Marc Dagher, a family physician at Women’s College Hospital, says many of the most at-risk groups, including people living in shelters and congregate settings, may be more hesitant to visit these clinics.