Episode 563

Leylah Fernandez's great week, Islamophobia after 9/11, the man behind The Card Counter, LeVar Burton and more

Day 6 for Sept. 11, 2021.

Meet the doctors walking Hamilton's streets offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who wants one

Dr. Kerry Beal and Dr. Joe Oliver regularly walk neighbourhoods with low vaccination rates offering on-the-spot shots to those who can't access them — particularly those experiencing homelessness.

'Her weapon is her mind': Tennis writer Stephanie Myles on Leylah Fernandez' remarkable rise

Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez has emerged as a major star at the U.S. Open this week. And while the 19-year-old came out of nowhere for many Canadians, sports writer Stephanie Myles has been following her career for years.

'It's like living in a nightmare': Canadian Muslims describe their experiences after 9/11

Canada experienced a spike in anti-Muslim sentiment in the aftermath of 9/11. On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, two Canadian Muslims describe how they were made to feel like outsiders in their own country.

Paul Schrader is one of Hollywood's greatest directors you may not have heard of

You’re excused if the name Paul Schrader doesn't ring a bell. But his latest film hits theatres exclusively, and following the critical and box office success of First Reformed in 2017, the 75-year-old filmmaker is experiencing a bit of a renaissance.

Why Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton wants to read to you through the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold around the world last Spring, acclaimed actor LeVar Burton took to Twitter and read stories for all ages via live stream, and recently launched a new season of his storytelling podcast.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/09/2021

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 562

Anger on the campaign trail, the Green Turtle, politics on dating apps; El Chiringuito, Willie Dunn and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Who are the people disrupting Trudeau's campaign events — and why are they so angry?

Postmedia political journalist John Ivison was travelling with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s team when violence from protestors erupted. He spoke with some of the protesters and tells Day 6 the level of vitriol is unlike anything he's ever seen in Canadian politics.

Why the Green Turtle might be the world's first Asian-American superhero

As Marvel fans attend theatres this long weekend to watch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, cartoonist Gene Luen Yang joins Day 6 to help shed light on a character who might just be the world's first Asian-American superhero.

What's love got to do with it? Researchers say political activists are using dating apps to match with voters

In the lead up for the Sept. 20, 2021 election, communications expert Stefanie Duguay explains how dating apps are being used as a political tool — and why we should expect more politics in our Tinder feeds moving forward.

How an eccentric Spanish soccer show won Europe's player transfer window

The annual soccer player transfer window closed this week for most of Europe's top leagues. The period saw the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo move teams among other surprising transfers — and following along with over-the-top commentary was El Chiringuito de Jugones.

New Willie Dunn anthology an overdue recognition of his talent and legacy, says Anishnaabe musician

Anishinaabe musician Raven Kanatakta, who is one half of the duo Digging Roots, remembers Dunn as a family friend, a musical mentor and an icon who paved the way for many Indigenous musicians like him.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/09/2021

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 561

Hazaras at risk in Afghanistan, the meaning of Comirnaty, a brief history of poppers, Nancy Drew at 91 & more

Day 6 for Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.

As Taliban takes over Afghanistan, Hazaras face renewed persecution

The opportunities to get out of Afghanistan before U.S. forces are expected to withdraw on Tuesday are shrinking. Ali Mirzad spent much of this week trying to help his cousin get a flight out of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. He and his family are Hazaras, a frequently persecuted ethnic minority with a deep history in Afghanistan.

'Poppers' have emerged as an election issue. But what are they?

Poppers, a common name for the drug alkyl nitrite, have been essentially banned in Canada since 2013. According to Health Canada guidelines, the drug can only be used when prescribed by a doctor, but there are currently no approved products in Canada. The approach has opened a grey market, which advocates say opens the door to harm.

The Pfizer vaccine's new name is Comirnaty. Experts break down why it sounds so strange

Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine has a new name: Comirnaty. If your brain starts to melt a little when you try to figure out how it's pronounced, don't worry. Experts say there are valid, linguistic reasons why the word sounds so strange.

At the world's oldest social housing, rent hasn't changed since 1521

The Fuggerei is a landmark in Augsburg, Germany, not only because it resembles a medieval village, but also because the rent hasn't changed in 500 years. Residents pay about $1.30 — or 0.88 euros — per year for their apartments and commit to daily spiritual reflection.

Nancy Drew at 90: How the girl sleuth became an unintentional feminist

Ninety years after the first Nancy Drew books were published, the girl sleuth is as popular as ever. We take a look at how Nancy Drew came to be and how she became an unintended feminist role model for generations of women.

Riffed from the Headlines: 28/08/2021

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 560

Taliban retakes Kabul, Erin O'Toole's new image, the island president, reigning in hospital noise and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.

Taliban's return could undo a generation of progress for Afghan women, says photojournalist

Despite making significant strides over the past two decades, photojournalist Lynsey Addario believes that women and girls are at risk of losing rights they've gained as the Taliban takes over Afghanistan.

Professional image consultant decodes Erin O'Toole's latest campaign image

A photo of Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole on the cover of his party's platform has voters talking. The glossy, magazine-style shot of him in a dark t-shirt and jeans has been compared to something you would find on the cover of Men's Health magazine. Image consultant Leah Morrigan discusses whether it's working for him.

Desperate to fund fight against climate change, former Maldives president calls for debt restructuring

Among the world's lowest-lying nations, 80 per cent of the Maldives rests only one metre above sea level. But Mohamed Nasheed says without restructuring, the nation can't afford projects to protect islands and citizens.