Day 6 with Brent Bambury


Episode 580

Taxing unvaccinated people, Wordle copycats, Station Eleven, the sound of climate change and more

Quebec proposes a tax on people who refuse COVID vaccinations; fans clap back against profit-seeking Wordle knock-offs; how to support the arts as the pandemic deals another blow; Station Eleven is a timely look at a fictional post-pandemic world, but should you watch it?; soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause documents how climate change has has transformed the way the planet sounds; and more.

François Legault's plan to tax unvaccinated Quebecers is aggressive. Would it work?

Quebec Premier François Legault plan to tax people who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 would be a considerable step beyond what any jurisdiction in Canada has done to this point and it's unclear how it would work. Professor Jennifer Robson explains whether the idea is justified.

Artists say financial support needed to create projects beyond theatres, venues

Mitchell Marcus, CEO of the Toronto-based Musical Stage Company, says that it's time for investments in the arts that would offer artists funding to develop unique ways of engaging Canadians — and create a much-needed sense of togetherness during the pandemic. He says that's an opportunity amidst the sector's challenges.

Human-made climate change is affecting the sound of our ecosystems, says ecologist

As a soundscape ecologist, Bernie Krause has been recording the sounds of habitats around the world for decades. His recordings capture the noise of flora and fauna, and of moving water and wind blowing through trees. But in recent years, those soundscapes have become increasingly sparse.

Profit-seeking Wordle copycats provoke an uprising among the game's fans — and quick response from Apple

Shruti Shekar, a technology journalist with Android Central, says efforts to create copycat versions of Wordle offer good lessons about the game's popularity and the state of intellectual property online.

TV adaptation of Station Eleven is a timely look at a fictional post-pandemic world, but should you watch it?

The series has been getting a lot of praise, but is now the time to watch a dystopian story about a humanity-ending plague? Vox critic Emily VanDerWerff joins us to answer the question, should you watch it?

Riffed from the Headlines: 15/01/2022

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Episode 579

Trump supporters prep for 2024; bye bye BlackBerry; Don't Look Up; why we procrastinate; JoyGerm Day and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.

How Winnie-the-Pooh highlights flaws in U.S. copyright law — and what that could mean for Canada

A.A. Milne’s beloved 1926 short-story collection Winnie-the-Pooh entered the public domain on Jan. 1. But with Disney still owning trademarks associated with the character, there are limits to how creators and companies can use it.

Despite cold reception from critics, Don't Look Up is a cathartic experience for climate scientists

Netflix’s climate disaster film Don’t Look Up has been roundly panned by critics. But according to climate scientist and author Peter Kalmus, the film is the most accurate depiction of humanity’s collective lack of action on climate change.

Procrastination is a powerful thing, but it doesn't work the way you might think it does

Psychology professor Fuschia Sirois tells us how and why we put off doing things we know we should do — and the secret to stopping procrastination.

Trump supporters are taking over local election machinery with an eye on 2024

A year after the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump supporters are re-writing local election rules and putting allies in positions of authority over the machinery of elections at state and local levels. According to Associated Press political writer Nicholas Riccardi, their efforts might be enough to overturn the next election.

BlackBerry enthusiasts bid a fond farewell to an iconic device

This week, BlackBerry pulled the plug on its own operating system, meaning all but Android-powered BlackBerry phones won’t work. To commemorate the iconic device’s demise, we’ve asked BlackBerry enthusiasts to share their favourite stories of the phones.

Spreading joy like it's infectious: Why JoyGerm Day is particularly poignant during the pandemic

41 years ago, Joan White came up with the idea of JoyGerm — people who spread joy like it’s infectious. JoyGerm Day falls on Jan. 8 and the ever-positive White is here to explain why spreading joy like a germ is even more important during the pandemic.

Riffed from the Headlines: 7/1/2022

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Episode 578

Tick, Tick ... Boom!, the 5th Beatle and 50 years of Blue

The once more with feeling edition for Jan. 1, 2022.

Late Rent creator would be touched by Lin-Manuel Miranda's revival of Tick, Tick... Boom, says friend

Twenty-five years after his death, Broadway composer Jonathan Larson's legacy lives on in the film adaptation of his 1990 musical, Tick, Tick… Boom. Larson is perhaps best known for creating the hit musical Rent, which became a worldwide phenomenon.

How American keyboardist Billy Preston became known as the 'fifth' Beatle

The late American keyboardist, who worked with the band on the seminal album Let It Be, is the only musician given credit on a Beatles' label.

Joni Mitchell's Blue at 50: Three Canadian musicians share covers from the iconic album

As Joni Mitchell’s iconic album Blue turns 50, Day 6 asked three Canadian musicians to reflect on some of Blue’s most treasured songs, and offer their own rendition.
Episode 577

Modelling COVID-19, Santa visits are back, actor Ali Liebert, holiday book guide, the music of 2021 and more

Day 6 for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Why modelling the spread of COVID-19 has been so difficult — and why it's getting easier

There's a lot of uncertainty about the fast spreading Omicron variant. But many data scientists say the pandemic has taught them how to build effective and adaptable models about how the next phase of the pandemic is likely to unfold — if they can get their hands on the right data.

Same-sex kiss made this Hallmark actor a target of hate — but on-screen diversity is important, she says

Vancouver-based actor Ali Liebert, who is queer, came up against a torrent of negative online reaction after playing a lesbian lead character in a recent Hallmark Christmas film. But she says the positive feedback she's received has far outweighed the criticism.

Looking for a last minute book gift? Becky Toyne's holiday reads list might have just what you need

There’s just one week until Christmas — and if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea, books are always a good option. Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne joined host Peter Armstrong to give her top reads of the year. 

2021 in music: The Day 6 music panel dives into the year's best tracks

The Day 6 music panel — Odario Williams, Melissa Vincent and Andrea Warner — weighs in with their top tracks of the year.

Visits to Santa Claus have returned, even if they're not exactly back to normal

Thanks to the pandemic, many annual traditions couldn't happen as normal last year, including kids' visits to Santa. This year, Santa is back — albeit distanced and masked — and kids and parents are excited to see him again.