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Episode 438

Mueller report, Impeach-O-Meter, Kenney and climate change, Avengers fan theories, Parkinson's Chorus and more

How the Mueller report challenges Trump's exoneration claims, weighing climate risk in Jason Kenney's Alberta, predicting the ending of Avengers: Endgame, Bellingcat's civilian investigators report on Yemen, choir therapy for Parkinson's patients and more.

Not criminal but 'certainly crazy': Journalist says Mueller report is still shocking

National security reporter Marcy Wheeler says although Mueller didn't charge Trump, the evidence is damning.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for April 19

Will the public release of Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election move the needle?

How a network of citizen investigators is tracking airstrikes in Yemen

Bellingcat is using social media, satellite imagery and witness accounts to document atrocities against civilians in Yemen. It hopes the archive could be used to prosecute those responsible.

Jason Kenney says he will revive Alberta's oil sector — but can he deliver in the age of climate change?

Incoming Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has promised to stand up for the province's oil and gas sector, but will his efforts to roll back climate policy hinder that cause?

Who will save the world in Avengers: Endgame? Here are the leading fan theories

Avengers: Endgame is out April 26. With half the team turned to dust, fans have theories about who will save them. Den of Geek's Mike Cecchini runs through the leading contenders.
Should I Read It?

Sally Rooney is being called 'the first great millennial author,' but does Normal People live up to the hype?

Irish writer Sally Rooney has been described by the Guardian as the 'literary phenomenon of the decade.' Her latest novel, Normal People, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, but should you read it? Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne weighs in.

Beatles songs and kazoos: How a Hamilton choir is helping people with Parkinson's

The Hamilton Parkinson's Chorus isn't just a choir, it's an exercise club. People with Parkinson's can have problems with breathing and swallowing. Singing helps strengthen those throat muscles.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/20/2019

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 437

Assange arrested, the Brexit whistleblower, Game of Thrones' composer, celebrating fan fiction and more

Julian Assange and press freedom, the Vote Leave campaign staffer turned whistleblower, Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, paying taxes in bitcoin in Innisfil, Ont., the black hole in Intestellar, fan fiction gets a Hugo nomination, and more.

The lawyer who defended the Pentagon Papers' publication says it's time to stand up for Julian Assange

First Amendment lawyer James Goodale was the New York Times' general counsel when the newspaper published a stack of classified Defense Department documents known as the Pentagon Papers. Today, he sees parallels with Wikileaks and says Julian Assange deserves the same defence.

How does Interstellar measure up against the first photo of an actual black hole?

Our expectations of what a black hole should look like are driven in large part by the 2014 movie Interstellar. Visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin tells us how the team's work stacks up against the first photo of an actual black hole.

Vote Leave whistleblower says Brexit isn't just broken, it's illegitimate

Shahmir Sanni once campaigned for Vote Leave. Now, he says the push to Brexit is illegitimate because it's based on the results of a referendum marked by illegal campaign spending.

Uber buses and bitcoin taxes: How a small Ontario town is luring tech innovators

In Innisfil, Ont., Uber is the town’s public transportation provider, and starting next week, residents will be able to pay property taxes using cryptocurrency. Mayor Lynn Dollin says the town of 36,000 people is earning a reputation as a place where tech innovators want to do business.

Meet Ramin Djawadi, the composer behind Game of Thrones' musical universe

As the hype around Game of Thrones' final season hits a fever pitch, Ramin Djawadi tells us how he built Westeros' musical universe — and became a stadium-touring star in his own right.

Why a Hugo nomination for fan fiction website AO3 is a win for nerds of all stripes

Co-founder Francesca Coppa says it's a big win for fan fiction and a huge victory for a more inclusive sci-fi community.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/13/2019

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 436

Shell backs a carbon tax, Amsterdam benefits from Brexit, Veep's Jonah Ryan, Canada's dwindling caribou & more

Why Royal Dutch Shell supports carbon pricing, how Amsterdam benefits from Brexit, Veep actor Timothy Simon's top five Jonah Ryan moments, Benjamin Netanyahu's big bet on populist politics, Canada's dwindling caribou herds, measles in Madagascar and more.

Shell's support for a carbon tax is environmentally conscious — and financially savvy, says researcher

Shell, one of the world's largest oil and natural gas companies, has threatened to withdraw from nine industry groups if they don't back a carbon tax. Law professor Stewart Elgie says that shows the company is preparing for a low-carbon future.

Here are Veep actor Timothy Simons' favourite Jonah Ryan moments

The final season of HBO’s comedy series, Veep, premiered this week. To mark the occasion, actor Timothy Simons came to the Day 6 studio to talk about the stand-out moments playing the lanky and unlikable Jonah Ryan.

As 'Brexit refugees' pour in, Amsterdam is making the best of the U.K.'s mess

With time running out for an organized Brexit, Amsterdam has welcomed a wave of people and businesses fleeing the chaos of British politics for more stable shores.

Benjamin Netanyahu predicted the rise of authoritarian populism. Now it's paying off for him

Israelis head the polls on April 9 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent the home stretch of the campaign meeting with world leaders ranging from populist to authoritarian. Writer Ben Judah says those relationships have been crucial to his political success.

While Canada copes with a rise in measles, Madagascar already has 118,000 cases

In a country with scarce electricity, poor infrastructure and an under-resourced health care system, UNICEF is aiming to vaccinate millions of children against measles.

David Attenborough's new series celebrates the natural world — and the need to defend it

For a decade, wildlife series like Planet Earth have made viewers fall in love with the beauty of our natural world. Netflix wants the new documentary series Our Planet to do the same — and encourage viewers to take action on climate change.

Riffed from the Headlines: 04/06/2019

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.