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Episode 517

Florida election supervisor, Google lawsuit, Leer Estates, Alanis Obomsawin, movie prop collectors and more

An election supervisor in Florida prepares for voting day, what quirky election merchandise reveals about campaigns, Google faces a historic antitrust lawsuit, Canadian actor Dan Chameroy's campy one-man soap opera Leer Estates, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin looks back on four decades of documenting Mi'kmaq fishing rights, digging into the world of Hollywood collectibles in the podcast The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of and more.

Meet the Florida elections supervisor facing down foreign interference, conspiracies and a pandemic

Running an election in the midst of a global pandemic has been anything but business as usual, says Seminole County elections supervisor Chris Anderson. In addition to new COVID-19-related rules, he's up against disinformation and rumors — but he says he's prepared for election day.

Hand sanitizer, colouring books and fly swatters: Inside the wacky world of election merchandise

Merchandise has been a part of the U.S. electoral system since the country first began holding elections, but Ad Age reporter Ilyse Liffreing says the pace at which campaigns have released products in 2020 is unique.
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U.S. justice department's antitrust lawsuit against Google signals a positive shift, says expert

Sally Hubbard, director of enforcement strategy with the Open Markets Institute, says that a recently filed antitrust lawsuit against Google could help to rein in monolpolies "that are ruling our economy."

Dan Chameroy brings campy soap opera flair to the Stratford Festival's Leer Estates

For soap opera fans, actor Dan Chameroy's Leer Estates has it all: a devil-possessed patriarch, duelling identical twins, salacious romances and mysterious illnesses. The web series is part of the Stratford Festival's new service, Stratfest@Home.

The producers behind Veep and Colony celebrate Hollywood collectibles in a new podcast

David Mandel and Ryan Condal are known for their work on shows like Veep, Seinfeld and Colony. Now, they have a new podcast about film and TV memorabilia. They tell Day 6 about their most prized props in their collections.

Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin reflects on documenting Mi'kmaq fishing rights over 4 decades

Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has covered the rights of Indigenous fishers in two films. Today, she says many of the same issues remain frustratingly misunderstood and unresolved in Nova Scotia — but that there is reason to hope for progress.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/24/2020

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 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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