Day 6 with Brent Bambury


Episode 557

Anti-vax propaganda, covering climate change, reducing overdose deaths, Roger Bennett's ode to America & more

Day 6 for July 31, 2021.

How a new drug-checking kit could turn smartphones into overdose prevention tools

2020 was the deadliest year ever recorded for Canada's overdose crisis. Experts and advocates say that better access to drug checking is key to reducing deaths.

Covering COVID-19 offers important lessons for how to cover climate change, says journalist

Journalists of all stripes have been able to frame countless stories around the ongoing pandemic, but climate reporter Emily Atkin says she's concerned that mainstream media won't transfer the lessons learned from covering COVID-19 to covering climate change. 

How Joseph Mercola built a profitable natural health empire out of anti-vaccine propaganda

The Center for Countering Digital Hate puts osteopathic physician Joseph Mercola at the top of its Disinformation Dozen, a list of 12 people the center says are responsible for about 65 per cent of all anti-vaccine content online. Science communicator Jonathan Jarry explains how Mercola became so powerful and what sets him apart from other anti-science propagandists.

British soccer commentator Roger Bennett's new memoir is an ode to American culture and his 'chosen home'

Inspired by his family's story — and a Beastie Boys's concert — Bennett fulfilled his childhood dream of escaping Liverpool, England, for the United States. It's an experience detailed in his new memoir, (Re)Born in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to his Chosen Home.

New York's female-only hotel, the Barbizon, gave women freedom to dream — and work

The Barbizon Hotel for women opened in New York in 1928 and was the launching point for countless young women seeking careers in the big city. Paulina Bren shares stories from her new book, The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free.

Riffed from the Headlines: 31/07/2021

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Episode 556

Wildfires, super spike sprint shoes, why Tennessee fired its top vaccine official, Jerry Granelli and more

Day 6 for Saturday, July 23, 2021.

After a year of pandemic closures, B.C.'s tourism operators are facing wildfires and evacuations

Wildfires have hit B.C.'s southern Okanagan region especially hard this summer. Daniel Bibby runs the Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, B.C. This week, he had to evacuate the resort and says the combination of a global pandemic and increasingly bad wildfires is like nothing he's ever had to contend with.

'Super spike' shoes expected to help break records, but experts split on how they work

Super spikes, which are now available from a variety of the biggest sports brands, are facing criticism for their perceived increases to a sprinters' speed. Bolt made his feelings about the technology known this month, calling the shoes "weird and unfair."

Fired Tennessee vaccine chief issues warning over the 'politicization of immunization'

Dr. Michelle Fiscus, a pediatrician and the former medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health, says her dismissal was politically motivated and the result of anti-vaccine misinformation campaigns. 

Comedian Chris Locke says he's happy to be back on stage as Just For Laughs returns

After a year of cancelled festivals and no live performances, the Just For Laughs comedy festival is back in Montreal next week with Chris Locke as part of its lineup — and he says he's ready to get back on stage.

'It was pretty radical': Charlie Brown Christmas drummer reflects on iconic soundtrack

Jerry Granelli, the last surviving musician who played on A Charlie Brown Christmas, says he returned to the album after 48 years after a family shared how much the music meant to them.

Riffed from the Headlines: 24/07/2021

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 555

Wally Funk goes to space, protecting Afghan interpreters, Old Faithful, Space Jam: A New Legacy and more

Pioneering female pilot Wally Funk is going to space, a former Afghan interpreter says Canada needs to protect the ones left behind, Looney Tunes voice actor on the legacy of Space Jam, how even Old Faithful could fall victim to climate change, and more

'Waited a lifetime': Wally Funk will finally live out her space dreams, says friend

Wally Funk has dreamt of going to space for more than six decades. On July 20, 2021, the American pilot and member of the so-called Mercury 13 will finally achieve that dream — thanks in part to Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos.

As Taliban re-emerges in Afghanistan, former interpreter calls on Canada to 'help us back in our time of need'

The re-emergence of the Taliban has put the lives of Afghans in jeopardy, including Afghan interpreters who assisted foreign troops. Maryam Sahar, a former interpreter, hopes Canada will "help us back in our time of need."

Eric Bauza was obsessed with the 1996 Space Jam. Now, he's voicing some of the sequel's funniest stars

Eric Bauza remembers how excited he was when basketball and Looney Tunes collided in the 1996 Space Jam. Now, the Scarborough, Ont., native voices some of the Tunes' most notable characters in the film's standalone sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy.

As the climate warms, Yellowstone Park is losing its snow — and potentially Old Faithful

According to a recent study, the warming climate could drastically change Yellowstone Park’s ecosystem over the next 50 years, potentially spelling the end of geyser eruptions from Old Faithful.

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.

Riffed from the Headlines: 17/07/2021

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Episode 554

Cowessess First Nation child welfare deal, giving Black Widow her due, record label exploitation and more

Day 6 for Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Cowessess Youth Council chair says child welfare deal a gamechanger for local youth — but more work is needed

Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with the federal government, regaining control over its local child welfare services. Chair of the Cowessess Youth Council, Mia Buckles, explains what the child welfare deal means for youth in her community and what she'd like to see happen next.

What a harrowing fall in the desert taught Claire Nelson about life and regrets

In 2018, the London, England-based writer Claire Nelson had fallen some 4.5 metres during a solo hike in Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, Calif. She spent the next three nights on the sand doing everything possible to shelter herself from the blistering sun and treacherous nights.

Rapper Cadence Weapon says under a 360 record deal, he was 'not personally making any money'

As a rising star on the hip hop scene, Rollie Pemberton, better known as rapper Cadence Weapon, was touring the world and playing international music festivals. But after signing a 360 deal with an independent record label, he says he made virtually no money.