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Episode 627

China protests, accessing healthcare for children, Fisherman's Friends, Taylor Swift dance parties and more

As protests spread across China, citizens consider how far they can push Beijing; concerns of privatized healthcare as a virtual pediatric care service shuts down because of reduced government funding; meet Jeremy Brown, one of the real-life Cornish fishermen who inspired the musical Fisherman's Friends; Dr. Nasser Mohamed, an exiled gay physician from Qatar, campaigns for LGBTQ rights; Canadian super-Swifties throw celebratory Taylor Swift dance parties; and more.

This man fled Qatar in fear of persecution because he's gay. Now he's pushing back

Referred to as Qatar’s first person to come out publicly as gay, Dr. Nasser Mohamed thought having the World Cup on his home soil was the perfect opportunity to shed light on the country’s mistreatment of LGBTQ2+ people.

As protests spread across China, citizens consider how far they can push Beijing

Anti-COVID-lockdown protests have swept across China in a level of civil disobedience that hasn't been seen in the country for years or even decades. New York Times China correspondent Vivian Wang talked with some of the protesters in Beijing and tracked the growing protests and the government's response across the country.

Taylor Swift tickets are hard to get, so Canadian superfans are throwing celebratory Swiftie dance parties ins

Canadian fans are still waiting to learn whether Taylor Swift's Eras tour will include any dates in Canada. In the meantime, Canadian superfans have been finding another outlet for their fervent love of Taylor Swift. Victoria Morton and Miri Makin are co-founders of TSwift Dance Parties.

Virtual pediatric care service shuts down, creating privately paid service in its place

KixCare, a virtual urgent care service for kids in Ontario, shut down its publicly funded physicians care service this week after the province reduced payments for many virtual visits. KixCare has served 20,000 families since the service started during the pandemic, and plans to open a private, paid, virtual pediatric nursing care service for $29 a month.

England's biggest buoy band, Fisherman's Friends, hits the stage in Toronto

In 2010, a group of fishermen in Cornwall, England, were singing sea shanties along the waterfront when they were discovered by a music producer. They recorded an album that was a huge hit, and their story was made into a hit musical and film. Now, the stage version of Fisherman’s Friends opens in Toronto.

Riffed from the Headlines: 03/12/2022

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Episode 626

RSV among Inuit kids, winter in Ukraine, Wales fans at the World Cup, Goodnight Oppy and more

Why RSV cases are so high among Inuit children; Wales soccer fans confront their misgivings about Qatar at their first World Cup in 64 years; as Russia ramps up missile strikes, Ukrainians brace for a cold, dark winter; how a provincial billing change could reduce gender-affirming health care in Ontario; and more.

Virtual clinic providing critical care to trans patients at risk due to Ontario funding changes

Connect-Clinic offers hormone therapy and surgery referrals for transgender and gender-diverse people across Ontario through virtual appointments. As of next month, it will no longer accept new patients due to changes in Ontario's funding agreement with doctors.

As Russian strikes ramp up again, Ukrainians brace for a cold, dark winter

This week another barrage of Russian missile strikes caused more death and destruction in Ukraine. It also plunged large parts of the country into darkness. And with winter now arriving in Ukraine, there are fears that Vladimir Putin will try to use the cold weather to his advantage.

Pediatric RSV cases are surging in Canada ⁠— but for Inuit families, the virus has been a problem for decades

Pediatric units are filling up, shedding new light on RSV and its potential danger for children. In Canada's North, infant hospitalizations due to RSV are nothing new. Infectious disease expert and pediatrician Dr. Anna Banerji tells us why Inuit babies' RSV-related hospitalization rates are among the world's highest.

Good Night Oppy: What NASA's rover Opportunity meant for the scientists who tracked its 15-year cruise on Mars

When Opportunity first landed on Mars in 2004, it was only expected to survive for 90 days. But the rover defied all odds and lived for almost 15 years. Good Night Oppy is a new documentary on Amazon Prime Videos about the real human-like bond NASA scientists nurtured with Opportunity throughout its incredible Martian run.

After 64 years Wales is back at the World Cup, but the team's fans have mixed feelings about playing in Qatar

Wales last played in the World Cup in 1958. But for those who’ve travelled to Qatar to cheer on their team there are mixed feelings. Those sporting Welsh rainbow-coloured bucket hats had them confiscated by security, and the rights issues around them have sullied the experience, says Tim Hartley, a lifelong Wales soccer fan who travelled to Qatar.

Riffed from the Headlines: 26/11/2022

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Episode 625

Children's hospital crisis, migration to Mastodon, Crown Lands, Herb Carnegie's daughter, and more

How parents of sick kids are coping with the children's hospital crisis; what Mastodon could teach Twitter users about 'netizenship'; Bernice Carnegie's call to action for hockey; Lindsay Lohan's Falling for Christmas; and more.

Ontario rock duo cover Beatles classic as Canadian broadcaster's World Cup anthem

As the Canadian men's soccer team prepares to play in its first FIFA World Cup since 1986, up and coming Ontario progressive rock band Crown Lands was asked to record the team's 2022 anthem.  

How parents of sick kids are coping with the children's hospital crisis

A resurgence of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV, is putting Canada's pediatric hospitals under strain. We hear from parents whose kids are at high risk from respiratory illness about their recent experiences in hospitals.

Daughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Herb Carnegie has a call to action for hockey

Herb Carnegie was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He’s been called the greatest hockey player to never play in the NHL – because he was Black. His daughter Bernice Carnegie talked to Day 6 host Brent Bambury about what her father endured, and what she hopes for the future of the sport.

What Mastodon can teach today's digital masses about 'netizenship'

With Twitter’s future in question, many users are flocking to Mastodon, an open source decentralized social network. Gordon Gow is a professor and director of media and technology studies at the University of Alberta. He says Mastodon is unlikely to replace Twitter, but it can introduce users to ‘netizenship,” a once popular concept.

Falling for Christmas is Lindsay Lohan's first major film in nearly a decade, but should you watch it?

This might just be the comeback year for Lindsay Lohan. In April, she launched her own podcast. And now she’s back in a feature-length film for the first time in nearly a decade. Falling for Christmas is on Netflix, but follows the Hallmark formula. Day 6 producer and Christmas movie aficionado Laurie Allan has the verdict.

Riffed from the Headlines: 19/11/2022

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Episode 624

Corporations at COP27, Tweeting as Elon Musk, the labour movement takes a stand, Margaret Sullivan and more

Corporate influence at COP27; cartoonist Jeph Jacques gets booted from Twitter for impersonating Elon Musk; Margaret Sullivan on how to cover Trump and Trumpism; what Ontario unions' victory over Bill 28 means for Canada's labour movement; graphic novelist Cecil Castellucci hopes Shifting Earth will be a path toward climate action; and more.

This cartoonist was banned from Twitter for impersonating Elon Musk

It turns out jokes are OK, unless they are about you. At least, that’s what Jeph Jacques found out after his impersonation of Elon Musk got him banned from Twitter.

Imagining a parallel planet with 2 moons can give new perspectives on climate change, says author

Sometimes looking at something from a different angle can give a new perspective, and Canadian author Cecil Castellucci hopes her new graphic novel can be an avenue for that in the fight against climate change.

Will a win from Ontario unions bolster the labour movement?

Ontario narrowly avoided a general strike on Monday as private and public sector unions banded together, successfully pressuring Premier Doug Ford to repeal a bill which would have imposed a contract on education workers. Stephanie Ross tells us how significant this week's showdown was and what it might mean for Canada's labour movement moving forward.