Day 6 with Brent Bambury


Episode 574

Flooding and pipelines; Woody the talking Christmas tree; Indigenous land title; the fifth Beatle and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

Exoneration of Black men known as the Groveland Four 'hard to put into words,' says author

Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, unearthed previously unknown details about the case of four Black men who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping a white woman in 1949.

Theatre legend Stephen Sondheim changed Broadway by telling stories others wouldn't, say critics

Composer and writer of Broadway hits like Company, Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods Stephen Sondheim died Friday at age 91. Often telling stories about the darker parts of life, the master of theatre changed ideas of what a Broadway musical could sound like.

How American keyboardist Billy Preston became known as the 'fifth' Beatle

The late American keyboardist, who worked with the band on the seminal album Let It Be, is the only musician given credit on a Beatles' label.

Former Trans Mountain engineer says B.C. floods show pipeline expansion is too risky

Romilly Cavanaugh, now an independent environmental engineer, says the advance of climate change means we need to rethink the way we measure the risks associated with pipelines.

Woody, the talking Christmas tree, is back — and people are screaming with delight and fear

After a 15-year absence, Woody the talking Christmas Tree is back at the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, N.S. Woody, a 15-metre tall robotic Christmas tree with a rosy-cheeked talking face, was a Dartmouth Christmas tradition for more than 25 years until he was tossed away in 2006.

What Indigenous land title means in the Coastal GasLink pipeline debate

Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation who were arrested by the RCMP for staging a blockade against the Coastal GasLink pipeline being built on their land, were released this week. But the fundamental question of who has the right to access and control Indigenous land is still being disputed.

Riffed from the Headlines: 27/11/2021

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Episode 573

B.C. flooding; Adele's new album; Canadian soccer; policing and AI; Indigenous seed-saving and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Flooding in B.C. nearly brought back a lake drained 100 years ago

For thousands of years, Sumas Lake was one of the defining features of the Fraser Valley. But about 100 years ago, it was drained to make way for farming and residential lands. This week, the community near Abbotsford, B.C., nearly watched the lake come back as flood water threatened to shut down the local pumping station.

Toronto police board draft policy on AI a step forward, but privacy experts cautious about future

Privacy and surveillance experts say they're cautiously optimistic about a draft policy that outlines how Toronto police will be able to use artificial intelligence systems (AI) — but they add that the devil is in the details.

Indigenous writers paint picture of hopeful future in new essay collection

Tackling topics from politics to the environment to economics, the collection features essays written by Indigenous thinkers from across Canada.

Canadian national men's soccer team is poised to make the World Cup for the first time in 35 years

The Canadian national men's soccer team defeated Mexico this week in the latest qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. There are six games left in the qualifying round, but many people think the men's team stands a real chance at making it to the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

This ecologist's seed-saving project sparked an Indigenous movement to restore grasslands across North America

A project, which began with Kainai First Nation in Alberta, at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana enlists Indigenous youth to collect and save seeds from healthy plots of native grasses so they can be used to restore areas that have become arid and degraded.

Riffed from the Headlines: 20/11/2021

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Episode 572

Climate risks to your home; Astroworld fallout; crisis in Ethiopia; Tick, Tick ... Boom! and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

Ethiopian PM bears responsibility for escalating conflict in the country, says academic

A year-long war in Ethiopia has escalated in recent weeks with government forces going door-to-door, arresting ethnic Tigrayans. Lecturer Awol Allo says that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed bears the blame for the conflict, which has displaced thousands.

How did the Astroworld music festival turn so deadly, so quickly?

Melissa Vincent is a writer, editor and producer and explains the many factors that appear to have contributed to last Friday's disaster at the Astroworld festival in Houston — and the lessons we might be able to draw from it.

Late Rent creator would be touched by Lin-Manuel Miranda's revival of Tick, Tick... Boom, says friend

Twenty-five years after his death, Broadway composer Jonathan Larson's legacy lives on in the film adaptation of his 1990 musical, Tick, Tick… Boom. Larson is perhaps best known for creating the hit musical Rent, which became a worldwide phenomenon.

Tucker Carlson says roads can't be racist. People who study infrastructure say he's missing the point

Fox News host Tucker Carlson led efforts to ridicule U.S. Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg for saying he would use the government's new infrastructure bill to fix the racism that's built into the country's highways, bridges and urban design. Angela Wright, a Canadian writer, historian and political analyst, says Buttigieg's approach is long overdue.

This American company wants to help you assess the risk climate change poses to your home

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices released a report last month that found many Canadians are unwittingly buying homes in areas with serious climate-related risks. Enter ClimateCheck, a company that offers climate change risk assessments for homeowners, real estate agents and people looking to buy property.

Riffed from the Headlines: 13/11/2021

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Episode 571

Billionaires at COP26; NHL confronts sexual assault; QAnon after Trump; Y: The Last Man and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

Instead of writing big cheques to fight climate change, billionaires should just pay taxes: environmentalist

Billionaires, celebrities and royalty were front and centre at this week’s COP26 climate conference, where Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledged $2 billion to fight climate change. But some experts say the billions pledged are little more than a distraction from the real issues at hand.

Fallout from the Kyle Beach case could provoke a reckoning on how hockey deals with sexual assault: journalist

As the NHL faces damning sexual assault allegations, Melissa Burgess, managing editor of SB Nation's Die by the Blade blog, says this could be the beginning of a reckoning on how hockey deals with sexual assault.