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Episode 604

Birth control access after Roe v. Wade, LGBTQ wrestler Sonny Kiss, Missing Matoaka, summer reads and more

Day 6 for Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Pro wrestler Sonny Kiss is helping carve a path for LGBTQ performers in a ring of macho characters

Sonny Kiss is part of a small but growing group of LGBTQ pro wrestlers who have been making headway in the world of mainstream wrestling — an industry that has long been seen as traditionally macho and misogynist.

Nickel is a key element of electric vehicles — but mining it takes an environmental toll

As the world moves toward renewable sources of energy, demand for nickel is growing, but mining it has significant environmental impacts. Analysts say the mining industry is moving to reduce its negative impacts.
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Missing Matoaka aims to tell the real story behind Disney's Pocahontas

The audio production, released this week for National Indigenous Peoples Day, is designed to be played alongside the Disney film.
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5 books to read this summer, according to Becky Toyne

Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne is back with her annual list of summer reads. This year, Becky has five novels for your reading pleasure. Every book will take you to another country and several travel through time.

Riffed from the Headlines: 25/06/2022

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 603

Corporate concentration & food prices, @YourProudDad, land defenders, dragonflies and more

Day 6 for Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Why TikTok dads are hitting heartstrings during the pandemic

A group of content creators who made dad-themed videos on TikTok and other platforms have become viral sensations during the pandemic. "It cuts to the very core of what all human beings really need, especially now," says Natasha Sharma, who runs a Toronto-based therapy practice.

Dragonflies are 'canaries in the coal mine' for wetland loss. Scientists want your help to track them

To better understand habitat losses in Canada — and prevent the loss of dragonfly species in the future — Ducks Unlimited Canada is calling on citizen scientists to report dragonfly sightings in their neck of the woods.
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As the price of groceries continues to soar, food industry giants are posting record profits

Canadians paid 9.7 per cent more for groceries in April compared to a year earlier, the highest rate of food inflation in Canada in 41 years. Phoebe Stephens explains why she thinks the high levels of corporate concentration in Canada's food supply chain are a significant part of the problem.
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50 years after Watergate, we look at the scandal's most under-rated movie of all — the political comedy, Dick

On June 17, 1972, a break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. started the now-infamous Watergate scandal. In the 50 years since, there have been many films about Watergate. But as Chelsea Steiner tells us, one of those films is totally underrated – the 1999 fictional comedy Dick, in which two teenage girls are outed as Deep Throat.
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How Austin, Texas, will decriminalize abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned

If and when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark case, Roe. v Wade, the city of Austin, Texas, plans to effectively decriminalize abortion in the city, telling local police not to enforce the state law.
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Land defenders all over the world are coming under attack: Global Witness

Global Witness is a not-for-profit group that has been tracking the killings of land defenders for the past 10 years. Marina Comandulli, a campaigner for the group, says the attacks and killings are happening regularly all over the world.

Riffed from the Headlines: 18/06/2022

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 602

Colombia's TikTok presidential candidate, unmade Jurassic Park scripts, mining nickel for EV batteries & more

The unfiltered TikTok star who could be Colombia's next president; the Jurassic Park movie scripts that never made it to the big screen; the environmental cost of mining nickel for EV batteries; Canadian Bruce Horak is the first blind actor in the Star Trek franchise; Parkland mass shooting survivor Victoria Gonzalez; and more.
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Rodolfo Hernández is a brash, unfiltered TikTok star — and he could be the next president of Colombia

A former city mayor, Rodolfo Hernández was relatively unknown to much of the country when he placed second in the first round of presidential voting. He’s brash, has little experience and openly admits he lacks knowledge of his country. But thanks in large part to a well-run TikTok campaign, he could win the presidency.
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Nickel is a key part of an emission-free future — but its extraction could be costly to the environment

As an essential ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicle, nickel is set to play an important role in the transition to clean energy. Environment journalist Maddie Stone tells us how Europe’s demand for nickel conflicts with calls to cut ties with Russia.
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Meet Bruce Horak, the first blind actor in the Star Trek franchise

Canadian actor Bruce Horak has spent most of his acting career on the theatre stage. Now, his first starring television role is as Lieutenant Hemmer in the new series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
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These Jurassic Park movie scripts never made it to the big screen

Jurassic World Dominion, the sixth film in the Jurassic Park series, came out this week. But before the latest entry came along, plenty of scripts were tossed in the bin. Norm Wilner, host of the podcast Someone Else’s Movie, runs down his favourite (read: worst).

'It lives with you forever': Parkland shooting survivor Victoria Gonzalez on a year of grief

High school senior Victoria Gonzalez's boyfriend Joaquin Oliver was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She opens up about her community's lasting grief in the new documentary After Parkland.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/06/2022

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 601

Bo Burnham goes back inside, the AR-15 as religious artifact, how gate became the go-to scandal suffix & more

Day 6 or Saturday, June 4, 2022.
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Cree writer Kenneth T. Williams spins a tale of prophecy, purity and identity in his new play, The Herd

In his new play, The Herd, Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams explores Indigenous identity and spirituality through a story of two white buffalo calves.

Bright green books from the 19th century may contain a hidden danger — arsenic

Emerald green, a verdant hue popular during the Victorian era, featured in everything from wallpaper to confections. Now, experts are warning about the pigment painted onto some books of the period.
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How a fake story about race-based school testing revealed an empire of politically-motivated bogus news

Donald Moynihan, chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, traced the story to its roots and found a well-funded organization paying people to make up stories that suit the interests of its clientele.

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