Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 516

No-knock warrants, monitoring the U.S. election, AI pollsters, West Wing reunites, BTS stock and more

The death of an Ottawa man prompts criticism of no-knock police raids, why the Carter Center is watching the upcoming U.S. election, how AI pollsters could improve political predictions, what a West Wing reunion means for voters, buying stock in the company behind K-pop band BTS, an impassioned defence of iceberg lettuce and more

Anthony Aust's death leaves unanswered questions about the use of no-knock warrants in Canada

When Ottawa police abruptly raided his family's apartment, Anthony Aust jumped to his death from a 12th floor window. The CBC's Judy Trinh has been investigating Aust's death and joins us to discuss concerns about the use of no-knock raids in Canada.

After 30 years observing elections abroad, the Carter Center is getting involved in its first U.S. vote

For the first time in more than three decades of monitoring elections abroad, the Atlanta-based Carter Center will turn its attention to November's U.S. federal election.

Meet Polly, the AI pollster that wants to predict elections using social media

Polly is no traditional pollster. Polly is an artificial intelligence system built by Ottawa-based startup Advanced Symbolics Inc. (ASI) that scrapes public data from social media networks to predict election outcomes. It accurately predicted the outcomes of both the 2019 Canadian federal election and the 2016 Brexit vote.

The new West Wing reunion special is a reminder of the show's highs — and its lows

Fans of acclaimed political drama The West Wing have cause to celebrate: There's a new one-time special available on HBO Max. For Vanity Fair television critic Sonia Saraiya, the special highlights the reasons why fans continue to love the show, and the reasons why The West Wing has its fair share of detractors.

A dynamite stock offering? Investors & fans can now buy shares in the K-pop powerhouse behind BTS

Bankers aren't just relying on Big Hit Entertainment's main asset — mega-popular boy band BTS — with the company's initial public offering. They're buying into the group's massive fan following, better known as the BTS Army.

In defence of iceberg lettuce: Why the less trendy green is still worthy

Bloomberg published a story this week about iceberg lettuce falling out of favour with American shoppers. Trendier greens like kale, arugula and romaine are now more popular. Chris Kendall is a nutritionist and defender of the maligned lettuce variety.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/17/2020

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 515

Lincoln Project, community cookbooks, Hollywood delays, Edmonton symphony, Missing from the Village and more

Behind the scenes of the Republican-led anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project, how COVID-19 is reviving community cookbooks for Thanksgiving, what Hollywood blockbuster delays mean for movie theatres, the return of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, how Canadian hip hop complements the Black Lives Matter movement, Justin Ling on his new book Missing from the Village and more.

The Lincoln Project's slick ad campaign is trolling Trump in hopes of a Biden win

In the lead up to the election, the Lincoln Project has targeted the president and those closest to him with caustic messages in an effort to ensure his ouster. Politico's Tina Nguyen explains how.

Blockbuster movie delays are leaving theatres starved for content, worried for the future

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence almost every aspect of everyday life, safety concerns about indoor spaces and audiences seemingly unwilling to return to theatres has led to record losses for both movie studios and the theatres they rely on.

After a summer of outdoor concerts, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra heads back inside

After months of uncertainty on when the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra would return to their home stage, the ESO re-opened the Edmonton's Winspear Centre's doors on Monday for the first indoor show with an audience in more than six months.

How COVID-19 and comfort food have brought us back to community cookbooks

The idea of community cookbooks — self-published recipe collections, historically put together by women’s, church and school groups — goes back more than a century as a way of fundraising. University of Guelph librarian Melissa McAfee and writer Amy McCarthy explain why we're turning to them once again.

New book Missing from The Village chronicles Toronto's LGBTQ Community, a serial killer, and failed policing

Journalist Justin Ling has spent more than five years investigating the murders of eight men by Bruce McArthur. In his new book, he says that police failure, homophobia and racism — as well as failings in the LGBTQ community itself — kept this case from being solved sooner.

Before Twitter crowned Claudia Conway the new Deep Throat, comedy film Dick had it's own teen whistleblowers

On social media, people wondered if Claudia Conway, 15, might be the next Deep Throat after she broke news that her mother Kellyanne tested positive for COVID-19. As Chelsea Steiner tells Day 6, the fictional 1999 comedy film Dick also features 15-year-olds as the legendary whistleblower.

How Canadian hip hop prepared a future music professor and DJ to navigate the world he was growing up in

Growing up in Toronto in the 1990s, University of Toronto professor and DJ Mark Campbell says hip hop — especially songs by Canadian artists — helped him understand his place in the world.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/10/2020

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news.
Episode 514

Quebec's anti-mask protests, Trump's emergency powers, Dick Johnson is Dead, LeVar Burton Reads and more

Unpacking Quebec's anti-mask protests amid rising COVID-19 cases, how Donald Trump could wield his presidential emergency powers during the U.S. election, why filmmaker Kirsten Johnson repeatedly faked her own dad's death, LeVar Burton on his beloved literary podcast, career diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the lasting impact of the killing of George Floyd and more.

U.S. conspiracy theories and far-right movement have merged with anti-mask sentiment in Quebec: journalist

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again across much of Canada, and Quebec has been hit hardest with upwards of 800 to 900 new cases daily. But the province is also home to one of the loudest and most visible opposition groups to COVID-19 restrictions.

How Trump could use emergency powers in the upcoming U.S. election

The National Emergencies Acts gives the U.S president substantially increased powers when an emergency is declared. Brennan Center for Justice's Elizabeth Goitein walks us through some of the abilities these powers grant.

Dick Johnson is Dead: A funny, dark, heartwarming documentary about nearing the end of life

When Kirsten Johnson learns that her father Dick has dementia, she addresses it in a somewhat unorthodox way — by faking Dick's death over and over again in her documentary film, Dick Johnson is Dead.

Killing of George Floyd has changed how the world sees the U.S., diplomat says

When Linda Thomas-Greenfield retired in 2017, she was the highest-ranking Black American woman at the State Department. Now, the veteran U.S. diplomat says the killing of George Floyd has made it harder for Black American diplomats to do the work they believe in.

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: 10/03/2020

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news.
Episode 513

Breonna Taylor ruling, video game disinformation, wildfire photography, Christa Couture, Monkey Beach and more

A former Kentucky judge says the Breonna Taylor grand jury should have done more, how video games could be the next frontier for political disinformation, the photographers documenting California's wildfires, Christa Couture on her new memoir How to Lose Everything, Indigenous actor Grace Dove on her starring role in Monkey Beach, how the COVID-19 pandemic toppled a century-old business and more.