Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 467

Saudi Aramco's IPO, Trump nicknames, secret consumer scores, Sesame Street turns 50, EV batteries and more

What Saudi Aramco's IPO says about the future of fossil fuels, the strategy behind Donald Trump's use of nicknames, lifting the curtain on secret consumer scores, Sesame Street's 50th anniversary, the second life of used electric car batteries, following the route of the Central American migrant caravan and more.

What the Saudi Aramco IPO could mean for the future of the oil industry

This week, Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco announced that it will start selling shares publicly in December. Energy analyst Ellen Wald tells us why Aramco's IPO is so significant — and what it signals about where the industry is headed.

'Shifty Schiff' and 'Sleepy Joe': The strategy behind Trump's political nickname game

From "SleepyCreepy Joe Biden" to "Nervous Nancy Pelosi," U.S. President Donald Trump has doled out plenty of nicknames to his political foes. Political reporters Eliza Relman and John Bennett tell us why they work to his advantage.

Credit score 'on steroids': How your secret consumer score could be used against you

Data analytics firms are tracking consumers' transactions — from food orders to clothes returns — and assigning buyers a numerical value. That hidden score could determine the kind of service consumers receive from retailers to insurance companies, says Laura Antonini.

How tackling tough topics helped Sesame Street endure for 5 decades

Sesame Street has helped teach children to count and spell, but it's the show's willingness to defy the typical boundaries of children's television that sets it apart. On Nov. 10, the beloved show celebrates its 50th anniversary.

As electric vehicles age, here's how the batteries are finding a second life

A study published in the journal Nature finds that while the EV "revolution" is crucial to a greener future, it presents a battery waste management problem. Manufacturers, startups — and everyday Canadians — are already looking ahead.

Why a top refugee advocate travelled the route of the Central American migrant caravan

Next Tuesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the migrant caravans' arrival at the Mexico-U.S. border. Jan Egeland wanted to refocus attention on the reasons why so many Central Americans have fled their homes — so he decided to follow their path.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/9/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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 466

California wildfires, Impeach-O-Meter, Sarah Connor, Hallmark movies, Canada's time signal turns 80 and more

California wildfires create a troubling new normal for state residents, the Day Impeach-O-Meter cranks out its highest reading yet, why Terminator's Sarah Connor is a feminist icon, the surprising appeal of Hallmark holiday movies, Canada's time signal turns 80, Mike Sloan on navigating social media with a terminal illness and more.

As wildfires burn, schools learn what it's like to teach in the dark

Despite a power outage, a high school teacher in Walnut Creek, Calif., was determined to teach her students. She describes a cascade of misfortunes that have become "the new normal" for education as wildfires burn across the state.

Trump's odds of staying in office: The Day 6 Impeach-O-Meter for November 1

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives formalized its impeachment inquiry by voting in favour of a resolution on the rules going forward. Roll Call columnist Mary C. Curtis delivers this week's reading.

Why Hallmark Christmas movies are so exasperatingly addictive

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas. The movies are cheesy, formulaic, and annoyingly addictive. TV critic Caroline Siede tells us why, and how Hallmark Christmas movies have become such a big deal.

The beginning of the long dash: Happy 80th anniversary to CBC Radio's longest running segment

The National Research Council's official time signal airs on CBC Radio every day at 1 p.m. ET. For CBC Radio fans, it's one of the most iconic and beloved sentences uttered on the network. Laurence Wall is one of the voices of the time signal.
Point of View

Why The Terminator's Sarah Connor is a feminist icon: Katrina Onstad

Terminator: Dark Fate has faced some backlash on social media for its cast of strong, female characters. But author, journalist and social commentator Katrina Onstad argues the Terminator films have always been about a woman — Sarah Connor — who challenged the traditional idea of heroism.

Dying on Twitter: Mike Sloan's public journey with terminal cancer

Since Mike Sloan was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February, he's shared his health updates very openly on Twitter. And his followers have tripled. Mike talks about why he's been public and how it's helped.

Riffed from the Headlines: 11/2/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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 465

Engineers take on climate change, U.S. nukes in Turkey, Raptors Uprising, spider web art, IRL witches and more

Engineers in Australia say they'll turn down work that doesn't consider the climate, a farmer in Vermont makes spider web art, what to do with the 50 U.S. nukes in Turkey, the women in war exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Raptors Uprising and how to get a paying job in the NBA's video game league, a real life witch says more women are being drawn to witchcraft and more.

As climate change protests ramp up, Australian engineers are pushing for a zero-carbon future

1,000 engineers across Australia, including some involved in resource projects, say they will put sustainability first when taking on new projects.

Meet the owner of Knight's Spider Web Farm, where you definitely don't want to pet the livestock

A farm of spiders might sound like a nightmare, but at Knight's Spider Web Farm in Vermont they see spiders as creators of things of beauty. Owner Terry Knight explains how they capture the webs and turn them into art.

Here's what's going on with the 50 American nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey

Turkey is still a NATO partner, but earlier this month it led an incursion into Syria and fired in the direction of U.S. forces stationed there. Non-proliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis says now would be a good time to get U.S. nuclear weapons out of Turkey.

The NBA has a professional esports basketball league. Here's how it works

Shane Talbot, manager of Raptors Uprising GC, Canada's official NBA 2K esports franchise, says virtual NBA gaming could one day approach the popularity of the real thing.

Why two women abducted as children by the LRA in Uganda are telling their stories through clothes

Grace Acan and Evelyn Amony were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda when they were girls. Their personal belongings are now a part of an exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Waking the Witch: Why more women are leaning into witchcraft

There will be lots of pretend witches this Halloween, but self-proclaimed witch Pam Grossman says a growing number of women are being drawn to become the real deal.

Riffed from the Headlines: 10/26/2019

Riffed from the Headlines is our weekly news 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 464

Mandatory voting, Canada's weediversary, fighting alongside the Kurds, Atwood archives, Dolly Parton & more

How Australia made mandatory voting easy and even fun, how year one of legal weed has played out across Canada, why a U.S. Army veteran volunteered to fight alongside the Kurds, touring the University of Toronto's Margaret Atwood archives, Jad Abumrad on his new Dolly Parton podcast and more.