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April 2013

Syrian Hacker Ahmad Heidar (alias)

In recent days, the pro-government "Syrian Electronic Army" has hacked into the accounts of major news outlets, including The Guardian, the BBC and NPR. Last...

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Tuesday -- Auditor General, Saturn Hurricane, Syrian Hacker

Highlights Include: Part One:*Auditor General: Michael Ferguson tallies billions in un-explained terror costs. *Saturn Hurricane: NASA explains the planet's giant swirl.  Part Two:*Repatriation Reax: The...

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AIH Talkback: The Moose Whisperer (in full)

Monday evening, on As It Happens, Carol spoke to the chief warden in Vermont, who told us about discovering what he called a "putrid"-smelling shed...

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Monday: Foreign Workers, Puzzle Collapse, Gay NBA

Highlights Include: Part One:*Foreign Workers: Jason Kenney's new temp worker policy fails to satisfy Steelworkers. *Puzzle Collapse: Puzzlemaker barely keeps it together after record-setting jigsaw...

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Strapless dresses banned from middle school dance

Readington Middle School principal, Sharon Moffat, has upset parents and students by banning strapless dresses at an eighth grade dance. She says they are too...

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Friday: Experimental Lakes Area, Dog Sheep, Facebook Cold Case and Rich NYC Church

Highlights Include: Part One: * ELA. The International Institute for Sustainable Development will take over the Experimental Lakes Area in a deal brokered by Ontario.*...

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Sheep as dogs

Lamo is a sheep who thinks he's a dog. He has no interest in those of his own ilk, preferring, from an early age, the...

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Nova Scotia Introduces Bullying/Cyberbullying Bill

Will it be enough? Weeks after the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, Nova Scotia has introduced a new bill it hopes will deal with bullying and...

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Garment Factory Survivor Fatema Khatun Munni

Fatema Khatun Munni is one of the lucky ones. She was inside the garment factory building in Bangladesh yesterday when it came crashing down. She...

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Thursday: Trudeau Attack Ads, Bangladesh Worker, Nova Scotia Cyberbullying

Highlights Include: Part One: * Trudeau Attack Ads. Liberal Stephane Dion and Conservative Peter Van Loan talk about MP mailouts.Library Theft. An employee at a...

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Five Questions For Joe Fresh

Loblaws' Joe Fresh has not yet agreed to an interview with As It Happens (although the company has given us written statements. We are hoping...

EU upholds ban on seal products

When the European Union upheld its three-year-old ban on importing seal products yesterday, there was outcry from quarters which may be seen as expected: the...

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Bird Attacks Family

At first, the Hudson family didn't take any notice of the pheasant that started loitering on their property. But it didn't take long before they...

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Wednesday: Bangladesh Factory Collapses, ELA Saved, FBI-RCMP Arrests, Shamshad Begum Obit

Highlights Include: Part One: * Bangladesh Factory Collapse. Dozens die when a factory, where Canadian labels have clothes made, collapses.* ELA Saved. Ontario says it's...

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Bangladeshi Garment Factory Building Collapses

More than 220 people are dead after a garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed. Others remain trapped inside. On Tuesday, workers were told to...

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ELA saved by Ontario Government plan

Yesterday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne,announced that her government would provide "operating support" to keep the Experimental Lakes Area open while a new, permanent arrangement is...

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Tuesday: France Same Sex, CRTC and Sun News, Texas Clean Up, Terror Plot: Via

Highlights Include: Part One: * France Same Sex Couple: A lesbian couple is thrilled a new bill will allow them to become legal parents to...

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Grad Student Discovers Errors in Famous Economics Paper

In Economics, "Growth in a Time of Debt' is a famous work used to support the case for austerity measures. Some American and European pro-austerity...

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Monday: Terror Plot Foiled, Syria: Damascus, US Border Fee, Old Welsh Tree

Highlights Include: Part One: * Terror Plot Foiled. RCMP and FBI collaborate to arrest two Al-Qaeda-linked suspects for a plot against VIA Rail.* MacIntosh Appeal....

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Rita MacNeil's daughter reads the singer's farewell

In Big Pond, Nova Scotia, mourners gathered to say goodbye to Rita MacNeil.Her daughter, Laura Lewis, remembered her mother and evoked the late singer's personality,...

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Boston Bombing Suspect Manhunt: As it Happened

A city holds its breath. As it Happens unfolding coverage of the hunt for the remaining suspect in Monday's bombings -- a 19-year-old man named...

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Friday: Boston Lockdown, Musharraf Arrest, Plant Music

Highlights Include:Part One: *Boston Lockdown. In a massive manhunt for the remaining bombing suspect, residents are told to stay locked indoors.*Boston Chechnya Link.  With the identity...

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Foghorn Requiem Project

People in Newcastle, in the North-East of England, will soon have a new song to add to their repertoire. On June 22nd, a unique musical...

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Thursday: Texas Explosion, Rhino Heads Stolen, Foghorn Requiem

Highlights Include: Part One:*Texas Explosion. A blast at a fertilizer plant near Waco levels buildings and rattles homes 70 kilometres away. *Foghorn Requiem. A unique musical score...

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Calgary Rainforest Protest

Calgary this week played host to visiting officials from the government of Ecuador. Yesterday the delegation made its sales pitch, to sell off land -...

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Blabdroid

They are cute, adorable, blab animatedly -- and they're inanimate.Filmmaker Brent Hoff and roboticist / artist Alex Reben are using small robots called Blabdroids to...

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Wednesday: Marathon - Boston Marathan: Saudi, EI Changes: Gilles Duceppe, Blabdroid

Highlights Include:Part One:* Marathon: We hear how the Saudi national first accused by some media in the Boston bombings feels about his treatment.* Rita MacNeil...

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Boston Marathon: Voices in the Aftermath

In Boston, the rush to help survivors has turned into a search for answers. Everyone in the city is asking how and why their marathon...

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Tuesday: Marathon FBI, IRA Documents, Chicken Hotel

Highlights Include: Part One: *Boston Marathon. A doctor talks about treating injured children, and a former FBI agent details what kind of devices might have...

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Chicken Hotel

Bill Bezuk runs a hotel. For chickens. He offers turndown and valet services. We reached the gentleman innkeeper in Eugene, Oregon....

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Boston Marathon Explosions

Every year, the Boston Marathon is the scene of joy, disappointment, and pride. But this year, it was a scene of horror, confusion, and disbelief,...

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Monday: Boston Marathon Explosions, Trudeau Leadership, France Kidnapping, LSE North Korea

Highlights Include: Part One: *Boston Marathon Explosions. Twin blasts at the crowded finish line injure many and put America on edge. *Trudeau Leadership. Bob Rae...

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Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikes

The US military says 43 inmates are refusing food. Lawyers for the prisoners say that, in fact, the majority of Guantanamo Bay prisoners are starving...

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Friday: Parsons Folo, Cell Phone Wars, Python Wrestler

Highlights Include: Part One: *Parsons Folo: A look at an alleged assault case in California that is similar to the case of Rehtaeh Parsons. *Python...

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Thursday: Rehtaeh Parsons Follow, Goldfish Life Preserver, Agricultural Bill, Israel Prayer Wall

Highlights Include:Part One:*Parsons Folo. A classmate of the seventeen-year-old Nova Scotia girl who committed suicide says one of the teenage boys alleged to have sexually...

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Goldfish Life Preserver

Swim Bladder Disorder is bad news for Goldfish. When fish get the ailment, their ability to float is affected. They sink to the bottom of...

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Amanda Todd's Mother Reaches Out to Rehtaeh's Mother

When Carol Todd heard about Rehtaeh Parsons, who died on Sunday after attempting suicide, Mrs. Todd reached out to Rehtaeh's mother, Leah. Last year, Carol's...

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Wednesday: Parsons Follow, Montreal Food Carts, Patriation Deals, and more

Highlights Include:Part One:* Parsons Follow. Amanda Todd's mother and Nova Scotia's minister of justice respond to the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons.* Montreal Food Carts. The...

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Kidney Bean leaf kills bedbugs

Bedbug infestations are on the rise around the world. Now researchers at UC Irvine are looking into an old practice for new hope in fighting...

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Documentary Filmmaker Les Blank: 1935 - 2013

Here are a few of the many things that fascinated Les Blank: Tea. Fans of polka. New Orleans funerals. Gap-toothed women. And Werner Herzog. Mr....

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Nova Scotia Teen Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Mother

Leah Parsons was horrified when her daughter, Rehtaeh, told her she had been raped by four teenage boys in 2011. And she says Rehtaeh felt...

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National Energy Board: Enbridge Permission

The National Energy Board has a page up on its website for people wishing to participate in public hearings on big new energy projects, like...

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Tuesday: Leah Parsons, Enbridge: NEB, Thatcher: Paddy Ashdown and more

Highlights Include: Part One: * Leah Parsons on Rehtaeh. The mother of a girl allegedly gang-raped in 2011 speaks about her daughter's suicide. * Enbridge:...

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The Fall of Baghdad, 10th Anniversary

As that statue of Saddam Hussein so famously fell, so did Baghdad.Ten years ago, yesterday, invading coalition troops took the Iraqi capital.At the time, the...

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American Laughing Champ

She's the champion chortler. The greatest giggler. Or, to put it simply, the best laugher in America. And Julie Ostrow has the trophy to prove...

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Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013

The late Margaret Thatcher remade British politics, and in many ways, conservative politics worldwide, in her own image -- and changed her country forever. Charles...

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Monday: RBC Foreign Workers, Margaret Thatcher Obit, Peter Penashue and more.

Part One * RBC Foreign Workers. Conservative minister Kellie Leitch explains what's wrong with RBC's plan to outsource jobs.* Margaret Thatcher Obituary. Musician and activist...

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Size does matter. In some cases.

Does size matter? That question has haunted us for millennia. A post-doctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa's Department of Biology, believes he may, finally, have the definitive...

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Friday: North Korea, Frog Whisperer, Morning After Pill, and Ralph Klein Memorial.

Highlights Include: Part One: * North Korea. Gordon Houlden, the first-ever Canadian diplomat to visit North Korea, discusses tensions in the Korean Peninsula.* Frog Whisperer....

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Scientists told to leave Experimental Lakes Area

For 45 years, the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), in northern Ontario, has been a hub for international freshwater research. A week ago, all researchers at the facility...

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Georgia High School's First Racially-Integrated Prom

It seems like a story from a bygone era. Like most schools, Wilcox County High School in Georgia has a prom for its students. But...

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Film Critic Roger Ebert: 1942 - 2013

As a film critic, he was all thumbs -- and very dexterous. So much so that he became the first film critic to win the...

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Thursday: Roger Ebert Obit, Manitoba Hotel Bill, Segregated Prom.

Highlights Include: Part One: * Roger Ebert Obit. Filmmaker Norman Jewison remembers his friend -- the legendary writer and film critic.* Manitoba Hotel. After providing...

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Environmental Assessment Research

The government says its new rules about environmental assessments will make things more efficient. But according to a new study, things were surprisingly efficient already...

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Truck Driver Elmore Nickleberry Recalls Martin Luther King

In 1968, Memphis sanitation worker Elmore Nickleberry heard Martin Luther King speak on the night before his assassination. 45 years later, Mr. Nickleberry, now 81,...

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Wednesday: Tax Haven, Former Government Scientist and Australian Sex Abuse.

Highlights Include: Part One: * Tax Haven. A look into the hidden world of covert bank accounts and international tax dodgers.* Climber Rescued. Mary Owen...

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Thomas Homer-Dixon NYT Editorial: "The Tar Sands Disaster"

Thomas Homer-Dixon, Canadian author of The Ingenuity Gap and The Upside of Down, wrote an editorial in this past Sunday's New York Times, entitled "The...

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Flea Circus Disaster

Everyone in show business knows the old adage, "The show must go on." But does it still apply if all three hundred of your performers...

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Tuesday: Manitoba Restaurant Closes, Tad Homer-Dixon, and Israeli Military Objector.

Highlights Include: Part One: * MB Restaurant. Homophobia drives a businessman to shut his restaurant's doors in Morris, Manitoba.* Elizabeth May Reveal. We come clean...

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The Double Duvet Debate

Emma Wallis doesn't understand Germans' one-couple one-bed two-duvets rule. She wants one big double duvet. Her German husband wants two singles. Find out who wins...

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As it Happens April Fool's Redux

If there's one thing we've learned about you through Talkback over the years, dear Listener, it's that you do not suffer fools gladly. Except, that...

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Monday - Arkansas Oil Spill, Canadian Senate, Texas Shootings, April Fool's Special

Highlights Include:Part One:*Arkansas Oil Spill: A resident responds after Canadian crude gushes into his Little Rock suburb.  *Canadian Senate: An unexpected Red Chamber revelation. Part Two:*Texas...

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Senator Conrad Black?

If you thought the controversy dogging the Canadian Senate was quietly going away, well, think again: there are rumours that Conrad Black has been offered...

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