Day 6with Brent Bambury


Episode 512

Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87, the far right in Canada's military, Super Mario at 35 and more

Remembering U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, far right extremism in the Canadian military, photographing the wildfires scorching the U.S. west coast, Super Mario 3D All Stars unlocks the Nintendo vault, how the New IRA is using Brexit uncertainty as a recruitment tool and more.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of women's rights

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at 87, according to the court. She leaves behind a legacy of fighting for women’s rights and equality. But her death also adds turmoil to an-already fraught presidential election year.

Far-right infiltration of Canada's military poses a serious threat, says Winnipeg reporter

Earlier this week, the commander of the Canadian army directly acknowledged the threat of far-right infiltration in Canada's military. In doing so, he announced plans to provide military units with explicit guidance on how to handle soldiers suspected of extremism and hateful conduct.

Nintendo brings classic Super Mario games out of its vault — but only for a limited time

Gamers were excited and angered in equal measure when Nintendo announced Super Mario 3D All Stars to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The package includes three classic games from the plumber's catalogue, but it will only be available for a limited time.

Brexit uncertainty may be giving new purpose to militant groups in Northern Ireland

What happens after Brexit remains a major question for everyone in the U.K. — especially Northern Ireland.

Who has the worst NHL playoff commercials, Canadians or Americans?

There are truly awful TV commercials airing during the NHL playoff broadcasts, but they are different in the United States and Canada.

Riffed from the Headlines: 09/19/20

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 511

Naming heatwaves, custodians vs. COVID-19, NBA barbers, online moderators, Jesse Owens' granddaughter and more

Why advocates say naming heatwaves could save lives, custodians grapple with new back-to-school routines during the COVID-19 pandemic, meet the man behind the NBA bubble's barbershops, how online moderators are coping in 2020, Jesse Owens' granddaughter, comedians tackle the news in a new BBC podcast and more.

Advocates want to name heatwaves like hurricanes to raise awareness of their dangers — and save lives

Kathy Baughman-McLeod, who leads the Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance, wants extreme heat treated as extreme weather events like those that “tear the roof off your house or blow down trees."

Meet Will Rondo, the man behind the NBA's bubble barber shops

Will Rondo is the head of Global Concierge Services for those staying inside of the NBA's pandemic bubble, and the brain behind the campus' barber shops. He handpicked the stylists responsible for keeping the players looking sharp when they go head to head in the playoffs in one of the most unusual seasons of the NBA.

In 2020, the work of volunteer internet moderators is harder and more important than ever

After the Reddit community Coronavirus launched in January, the forum was bombarded with misinformation and disinformation — content that volunteers had to sort through for hours a day. Two moderators share the experience of monitoring social media communities for rule-violating content.

Remembering Jesse Owens, the Black Olympian who humiliated Hitler

Jesse Owens, a Black American athlete, blew past competitors at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, shattering Nazi Germany's image of white supremacy in the process. On what would have been his 107th birthday, Owens' granddaughter shares her thoughts on his life and legacy.

'A little chaotic': Custodians navigate back to school during a pandemic

As cleaning staff, Denise Lewis and Tim Thornton are playing an important and often unheralded role in keeping students safe during the pandemic. They share their hopes and worries about how things are going to go.

Comedian couple the El-Salomons are making comedy out of the news with a new BBC podcast

Comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini make a point of finding the humour in their life as a Jewish-Palestinian-Muslim-lesbian-married couple. Now, they're bringing their humour to the news with a BBC podcast called Comedians vs. The News.

Riffed from the Headlines: 09/12/20

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 510

Funding confusion for First Nations schools, QAnon & wellness, the Mulan legend, Bring It On turns 20 and more

Funding confusion and lack of internet access complicates remote learning for Ontario's First Nations' schools, how QAnon infiltrated online wellness comunities, the long and adaptable history of the Mulan legend, Bring It On is a 20-year-old cheerleading movie with a surprising amount to say about race and privilege in 2020, New Eden is a comedy mockumentary about a 1970s women-run cult, and more.

QAnon has found a home among wellness influencers — and new audiences, says reporter

The QAnon conspiracy has made its way into online communities led by wellness and alternative medicine influencers, according to Mother Jones reporter Ali Breland. Now, social media users who wouldn’t seek out such fringe content are discovering it through Instagram and Twitter feeds dedicated to health.

Why the ever-evolving legend of Mulan has stood the test of time

The Ballad of Mulan dates back roughly 1,500 years, to some time between the 4th and 6th centuries. It centers around a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father's place in the army and has been told and retold countless times and ways.

20 years later, cheerleading flick Bring It On's take on race and privilege remains relevant

Bring It On just turned 20. At its heart, the cheerleading flick is about cultural appropriation — and while some parts of the film are outdated, the conversation about race and privilege is as relevant as ever.

The challenges of bringing online learning to First Nations students in Northern Ontario

Lack of internet access and confusion over funding means some First Nations students will be getting their lessons via fax machines and USB sticks when school starts this Fall.

Riffed from the Headlines: 09/05/2020

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.

Canadian mockumentary New Eden breaks the glass ceiling on female-led cults

What happens when two former members of an oppressive male cult decide to found their own women-run version? That's the premise of the new Canadian true crime mockumentary series New Eden.
Episode 509

Regis Korchinski-Paquet, back to school under COVID, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Tig Notaro, Neil Gaiman and more

Black Lives Matter takes on police oversight, a risk assessment specialist on back to school under COVID-19, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Quebec remake erases the Latinx characters, Tig Notaro on her new advice podcast, Neil Gaiman on making The Sandman for Netflix and more.

Schools need a local threat-level rating for back-to-school COVID risks, says expert

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this year's return to school an anxious one for students, parents and teachers. Risk management expert Rita Achrekar says a system of local, easy-to-access health information would help everyone make better decisions about whether and how to send kids to school.

SIU investigation into Regis Korshinski-Paquet's death will have far-reaching implications, says researcher

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit closed its investigation into the death of Toronto woman Regis Korchinski-Paquet, clearing the five police officers who were present when she fell from her apartment balcony of any wrongdoing. Researcher Erick Laming says that this case will have reverberations throughout the country.