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Episode 551

Canada's ban on gay men donating blood, painting with David Bowie, Tupac's legacy, summer reads and more

Day 6 for Saturday, June 19, 2021.
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There's no reason for Canada to continue banning gay men from donating blood, says journalist Justin Ling

England, Scotland and Wales lifted the restrictions preventing men who have sex with men from donating blood this week. And despite a promise to do the same in Canada, the Trudeau government has yet to follow suit. Investigative journalist Justin Ling says the ban was never justified and is indefensible now.

Why an Italian museum unleashed bacteria on Michelangelo's marble masterpieces

For nearly a decade, teams have been working to clean Michelangelo's marble works at the Medici Chapels in Florence, Italy. Eventually, it was microbe-infused gel that washed away centuries of dirt and stains.

Unpacking Tupac's complicated legacy, on what would have been his 50th birthday

Tupac Shakur was the son of a Black Panther, a classically trained actor and a superstar rapper who challenged police violence, systemic racism and poverty — but also wrote misogynist music and was convicted of sexually abusing a fan. Experts say the complications that made him so compelling in life have kept his legacy alive and well.

David Bowie's former painting collaborator Beezy Bailey reflects on the rock star's visual art career

Beezy Bailey and David Bowie met during one of the musician's trips to South Africa and collaborated on more than 50 paintings in the 1990s. Bailey and Bowie remained friends until the musician's death in 2016.
Should I Read It?

Four fresh reads to add to your summer books list

If you're in need of a new book for your staycation or trip to the beach, Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne is back with her latest summer reads.

Riffed from the Headlines: 19/06/2021

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 550

How politicians use Islamophobia to their advantage, the women of In The Heights, Small Town Pride and more

Day 6 for Saturday, June 12, 2021.
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With laws & language, Canadian politicians have painted Muslims as a threat, says community lead

Dr. Wael Haddara says we need to acknowledge that anti-Muslim sentiment is deeply entrenched in Canada, in part because for decades, Canadian politicians have been willing to appeal to those sentiments for political gain.

Small-town Pride events celebrate community in new documentary

In their new documentary, Small Town Pride, co-directors Riley Sparks and Chelle Turingan show a different side of the LGBTQ Pride movement — one without rainbow-washed corporate floats.
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Women are the real stars of movie musical In The Heights, says critic

Based on the Broadway musical by Lin Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, In The Heights stars Anthony Ramos as a bodega owner in the tight-knit Latino community of Washington Heights. But for Latino theatre critic Jose Solís, the real heart of the film is Daniela's beauty salon — and the women who frequent it.
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The surprisingly fascinating anatomy of an office apple abandoned for 14 months during the pandemic

When Rachel Gutman returned to The Atlantic magazine's office this spring, she noted the things that had been forgotten and left behind when the pandemic hit. In particular, she noticed a colleague’s apple, which had been sitting on a desk for more than a year — and set on a path of discovery about year-old fruit.
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B.C.'s Sea to Sky gondola reopens for the third time despite lingering mystery over who cut the cables

After having its cables cut twice, the now-infamous Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish, B.C., marked its third official opening ceremony this week amid heightened security protocols that company employees insist will prevent it from being downed again.

Riffed from the Headlines: 12/06/2021

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Episode 549

The search for residential school burial sites, a letter to young Leafs fans, Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth & more

Day 6 for Saturday, June 5, 2021.
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More support needed to investigate other suspected burial sites at residential schools, says archaeologist

In the days after the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said the remains of 215 children were found during a preliminary scan at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Indigenous communities across Canada have asked for similar searches at suspected sites in their territories.

Netflix's Sweet Tooth offers a hopeful spin on Jeff Lemire's dystopian tale

The TV adaptation of Jeff Lemire's critically-acclaimed comic book series Sweet Tooth premiered Friday on Netflix. Lemire tells Day 6 about what's changed for the small screen.

New series Friday Night Thunder celebrates Canada's only Indigenous-owned racetrack

Musician and sprint racer Derek Miller, alongside director and executive producer Laura Milliken, co-created and stars in the new APTN series Friday Night Thunder, which takes viewers behind the scenes of Ohsweken Speedway in the Six Nations of the Grand River territory.
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LGBTQ high school students voice concerns about their Catholic school boards choosing to not fly Pride flag

This year, some Ontario Catholic schools will be flying the Pride flag for the very first time. But other Catholic school boards in the province have made the controversial decision to not fly the flag during Pride Month. Four LGBTQ Catholic school students share their thoughts.
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Don't despair young Leafs fans: Your perennial angst will prepare you for life, says author Dave Bidini

It’s been 54 long years since the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup but somehow, every year the team's fans keep the faith. Rheostatics band member and writer Dave Bidini is among them. He shares his letter to young Leafs fans about their future of perpetual letdowns.

Riffed from the Headlines: 05/06/2021

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Episode 548

COVID-19 lab leak theory, protesting old growth logging in B.C., reparations for the Tulsa massacre and more

Day 6 for May 29, 2021.

100 years after Tulsa race massacre, a landmark lawsuit could finally lead to reparations

Advocates for survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, and their descendants, say they hope a landmark lawsuit filed against the City of Tulsa and other defendants could finally lead to some form of restitution, despite decades of previous effort.
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Why scientists are reconsidering the lab leak theory in their determination to understand COVID-19's origins

The so-called lab leak theory is controversial, but scientists say it cannot be definitively ruled out. Freelance science journalist Grace Niewijk explains why the lab leak theory has been getting so much attention lately and why figuring out how the outbreak began is so important to scientists.

This photographer is racing to capture glaciers as they melt faster than ever

Garrett Fisher has spent the last three summers photographing glaciers throughout Switzerland with the goal of showing the effect climate change has on the massive bodies of ice.

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