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September 22, 2009

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A declaration of warm. An Australian scientist warns U.N. dignitaries that the cost of continued climate change may be international conflict.

Receding airlines. The CEO of British Airways explains why his industry is announcing a fifty per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

Riot of return. Honduras is rocked by demonstrations, after the country's exiled president announces his homecoming.

Dire strays. After her son is savagely bitten, a Saskatchewan woman speaks out about packs of homeless dogs.

He's Dee-lightful, he's Dee-licious, he's Dee-lovely. At least, that's the opinion of British Renaissance scholars, who want to see John Dee's name recognized.

And...curiosity killed the Gaddafi. Okay, it didn't kill him -- but when his reps pretended to be from the Netherlands to find the Libyan leader a New York townhouse, it killed his chance of a nice rental.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that knows it's not always appropriate to go Dutch.


CLIMATE WARS Duration: 00:07:27

One hundred world leaders. One day. One fight to save the planet.

Heads of state from around the world converged today at the United Nations' Headquarters in New York, to deliberate on how best to combat climate change.

Professor Tim Flannery of Australia was also there, with an ominous message. The climate scientist and activist warns that if the world can't come together -- and soon -- to effectively fight this problem, we may end by fighting each other because of it.

In 2007, Dr. Flannery was presented the "Australian of the Year" award by then-Prime Minister John Howard, for his work raising awareness of environmental issues. He is currently the chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council -- an international group dedicated to bringing attention to the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference.

That conference will take place in Denmark's capital this December.

We reached Tim Flannery in New York City.


CLIMATE CHANGE AIRLINES Duration: 00:06:44

Today, airlines around the world set a new course in order to navigate the approaching storm-clouds of global climate change. Speaking at the U.N. conference, the International Air Transportation Association announced that it will cut the amount of carbon dioxide it produces in half by 2050.

The proposal was announced by British Airways' CEO, Willie Walsh. We reached him in New York.


SONG FOR SORRY ANGEL Duration: 00:00:24
Album: MONSIEUR GAINSBOURG REVISITED
Label: BARCLAY, 983708
Persons/Roles:
JANE BIRKIN - ADAPTOR/LYRICIST
SERGE GAINSBOURG - COMPOSER
BORIS BERGMAN - ADAPTOR/LYRICIST
PAUL IVES - ADAPTOR/LYRICIST
ALEX KAPRANOS - ADAPTOR/LYRICIST
FRANZ FERDINAND - POP GROUP
JANE BIRKIN - VOCALS
FRANZ FERDINAND - PRODUCER

GADDAFI REAL ESTATE AGENT Duration: 00:04:35

As dignitaries from around the world descend on New York City for the U-N meeting, embassy officials have been busy trying to find places for their fellow countrymen and women to stay. A few weeks ago, local real estate agent Jason Haber was approached by some envoys who claimed to be Dutch diplomats. They weren't.

We reached Jason Haber in New York City.


AFOURS AFOURS Duration: 00:00:20
Album: TINARIWEN: THE RADIO TISDAS SESSIONS
Label: WORLD VILLAGE, 468010
Persons/Roles:
TINARIWEN - COMPOSER
TINARIWEN - ENS IN-V

BC HOMELESS LAW: MINISTER Duration: 00:06:38

Altruism? Paternalism? Or some awkward combination of the two?

Earlier this week, the B.C. government announced that it was developing a law that, if passed, would give provincial police the power to round up homeless people and bring them to shelters during bad weather. And it claimed the idea was to protect people who are dangerously exposed to the elements.

It has proven a touchy subject. The B.C. Civil Liberties Assocation, for one, argues such a law would be unconstitutional. But Rich Coleman, B.C.'s Housing Minister, stands behind it. He says the law will save lives. We reached him at his office in Victoria.


CLOSING TUESDAY Duration: 00:00:41

We're out of time for the first part of tonight's program. But we'll be back right after the news with much, much, much more. When we return:

Home is where the heat is. Honduras's exiled President returns to the country's capital -- which erupts into riots.

Not welcome to "The Jungle". A ramshackle camp for illegal migrants in Calais is abruptly razed by French authorities.

Bread -- hold the circuses, substitute peanut butter. A San Francisco man's simple plan to feed the homeless -- one sandwich at a time.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm CH.


AIH PHONE THEME Duration: 00:00:30
Album: AS IT HAPPENS
Label: DEMO
Persons/Roles:
JEFF ULSTER - COMPOSER
JEFF ULSTER - PERFORMER

RETURN TUESDAY Duration: 00:00:28

Hello again, I'm CO.

And I'm CH. This is As It Happens, Part Two.

Coming up:

Scar issue. Six-year-old Shiloh Berscheid recounts how he was bitten in the face by a stray dog -- and wound up with sixty stitches.

Six-string lamentation. Canadian musician Dave Carroll sings the airline blues to politicians in Washington.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


HONDURAS RIOTS Duration: 00:07:09

Get in and stay in!

That's the latest message from the de facto leader of Honduras, now that deposed President Manuel Zelaya has returned to the country. Roberto Micheletti says that Mr. Zelaya can stay in the capital as long as he likes -- five to ten years in fact -- so long as he remains in the Brazilian Embassy.

That's where Zelaya emerged yesterday after almost three months in exile.

Supporters who gathered to greet him were themselves greeted with police tear gas this morning.

Sandra Cuffe is a Canadian freelance journalist. She was in a nearby building when police began moving in on the crowds.


ISOLATE Duration: 00:00:28
Album: WAIT FOR ME/MOBY
Label: MUTE, 724596941621
Persons/Roles:
MOBY - COMPOSER
MOBY - PRODUCER

DATELINE: INDIANA DIVORCE Duration: 00:01:22

Dateline: Indiana.

Love and marriage may still go together like a horse and carriage in the Hoosier state. But when it comes to a same sex-couple trying to get a divorce, Indiana courts still see it as a case of the carriage before the horse.

A lesbian couple from Pennsylvania were married in Toronto in 2005, and eventually moved to Indiana. The couple have since decided to go their separate ways, and since there were no assets to divide or children involved, they assumed it would be relatively simple to get a divorce. But there really is no such thing as a simple divorce -- and according to Indiana law, there's no such thing as same-sex divorce, period.

Since Indiana bans same-ex marriage, the judge didn't have the authority to grant a same-sex divorce. And the ironically titled federal Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. gives states the right to deny recognition of same-sex marriages from other states. Heading back to Toronto for a divorce is not an option for the couple, because Canadian law has a residency requirement before a divorce for anyone can be granted.

The couple unsuccessfully argued their case in a hearing that came about after a court employee noticed two women's names on the petition for divorce. And while the judge said his hands were tied by the law, he did declare their marriage null and void.

And so, despite the outcome, the couple very likely feels like they're stuck in the horse-and-carriage age indeed.


ALL GOOD NAYSAYERS, SPEAK UP, OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE Duration: 00:00:27
Album: MICHIGAN/STEVENS, SUFJAN
Label: ASTHMATIC KITTY, AKR007
Persons/Roles:
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
SUFJAN STEVENS - PRODUCER
SUFJAN STEVENS - VOCALS

FTR: DOG BITE VICTIM Duration: 00:00:45

A few nights ago, Shiloh Berscheid had one of the most frightening experiences of his six-year-old life. He was attacked by a stray dog while playing near his home in Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan.

Here is Shiloh describing what happened, for the record.


SASK STRAY DOGS Duration: 00:06:48

His mom heard Shiloh scream and ran to find him. Angella McKay acted quickly, getting Shiloh to someone who could give him the sixty-odd stitches he needed.

But simply patching up her son isn't enough for Ms. McKay. She says something needs to be done to deal with packs of stray dogs in northern Saskatchewan communities like hers.

We reached Angella McKay at her mother-in-law's home in Saskatoon, shortly after Shiloh was released from the hospital.


SCREAM PILOTS Duration: 00:00:37
Album: WAIT FOR ME/MOBY
Label: MUTE, 724596941621
Persons/Roles:
MOBY - COMPOSER
MOBY - PRODUCER

SOD: DESTROYED GUITAR TRAVELLER Duration: 00:00:56

They were disgruntled on the plane. They were disgruntled when they disembarked. And they were no more gruntled when they arrived on Capitol Hill today.

The cranky airline passengers gathered for a Congressional hearing organized by a group called Flyers Rights. The group is trying to introduce legislation that would allow passengers to get off planes that are delayed at least three hours on airport tarmacs.

Among the participants in the hearing was Halifax singer-songwriter Dave Carroll, who testified and performed one of his songs. In 2008, Mr. Carroll became famous after United Airlines mishandled and broke his thirty-five-hundred dollar guitar.

He tried to get compensation from the airline, but after months of phone calls and e-mails, he realized he was "fighting a losing battle". So he told the airline that he would write not one, not two, but three songs about the incident.

So far, he's written two -- and here's the first one. It's called "United Breaks Guitars".


UNITED BREAKS GUITARS Duration: 00:04:17
Album: UNITED BREAKS GUITARS/CARROLL, DAVE
Label: CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
DAVE CARROLL - COMPOSER
DAVE CARROLL - VOCALS

JOHN DEE RECOGNITION Duration: 00:06:42

John Milton, Francis Bacon, Thomas More -- just a few of the great names associated with the English Renaissance that can be found in every history textbook written on the subject.

But what about John Dee? "What about who?" you ask. Well, John Dee was also one of the greatest scholars of the English Renaissance: a brilliant mathematician, and the man who coined the idea of a British Empire. And if you haven't heard of him, join the club.

This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of John Dee's death -- and scholars from around the world have gathered in Cambridge for a two-day conference to celebrate his life.

Jennifer Rampling is a doctoral student at University of Cambridge's Department History and Philosophy of Science. She's at her office.


OH NAPOLEON Duration: 00:00:30
Album: GLORY HOPE MOUNTAIN/ACORN
Label: PAPER BAG, PAPER027
Persons/Roles:
JEFF DEBUTTE - COMPOSER
KEIKO DEVAUX - COMPOSER
ROLF KLAUSENER - COMPOSER
ROLF KLAUSENER - LYRICIST
JEFFREY MALECKI - COMPOSER
HOWIE TSUI - COMPOSER
ACORN - POP GROUP
JARRETT BARTLETT - PRODUCER

CALAIS MIGRANTS CAMP Duration: 00:07:11

They travel thousands of miles, pay more than their life savings to do so, and take life-threatening risks en route. And at the end of the journey, many illegal migrants are dumped by their human traffickers in places like the so-called "Jungle" in Calais.

"The Jungle" is a makeshift encampment that was set up by illegal migrants on the beaches of Calais, France. And although it's just a scattering of tents with no running water, there is hope in the Jungle -- because England is only a channel away.

But today that hope was dashed for more than a thousand people. French authorities raided, dismantled and bulldozed the Jungle at the request of the French immigration minister.

To get a sense of how the raid played out in Calais, we decided to call a local café. Jean-Claude Farley is a retired ferry worker from Calais and he was having an evening drink at the Cafe du Minck when we reached him.


FTR: KASPAROV Duration: 00:01:57

It's a rematch that's sure to attract kings, queens -- and assorted very nervous pawns.

This week, chess legends Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov are in Spain for a twelve-game bout that Mr. Kasparov has dubbed a "ceremonial tournament". The match comes twenty-five years after the two grandmasters squared off the first time for the world crown -- a battle that lasted five months before it was halted.

The tournament inspired us to make a carefully considered move to our As It Happens archives. And we came across this interview that Garry Kasparov did with my former co-host Michael Enright in September of 1992, when another celebrated rematch -- which also seemed rather ceremonial to Mr. Kasparov -- was about take place.

Mr. Kasparov provided a sort of colour commentary for an upcoming match between Russian grandmaster Boris Spassky and the eccentric American chess genius Bobby Fischer...for the record.


BUCOVINA Duration: 00:00:20
Album: GYPSY GROOVE
Label: PUTUMAYO, PUT 262
Persons/Roles:
F. W HENRICKS - COMPOSER
SHANTEL - DJ PRODUCER

PEANUT BUTTER PLAN Duration: 00:07:02

A new trend spreads across the United States -- and it involves two spreads in particular: peanut butter and jelly.

Back in March, Jory John started the Peanut Butter Plan to help feed the homeless in his community easily and affordably. The Plan: to make peanut butter sandwiches and give them to hungry people.

That's it. And people in his neighbourhood are sticking by the idea the way peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth.

We reached Jory John in San Francisco, California.


YOUNG Duration: 00:00:16
Album: THIS SIDE/NICKEL CREEK
Label: SUGAR HILL, 2 49188
Persons/Roles:
CHRIS THILE - COMPOSER
ALISON KRAUSS - PRODUCER
NICKEL CREEK - POP GROUP

SC/MUSIC: FACEBOOK ROBBERY Duration: 00:01:34

Facebook can be dangerous. In your personal life, you could end up reconnecting with a high-school flame, dating him, marrying him, and then realizing that his Grade Eleven habit of smoking pot and listening to Deep Purple hasn't changed. And in your professional life, an addiction to checking your Super-Wall for L.O.L-quality videos can lead to unemployment. Even if you're self-employed.

Just ask Jonathan G. Parker. Although, if you actually want to ask him, you'll have to post his ten-thousand-dollar bail. The nineteen-year-old Pennsylvania man was recently charged with burglary in the borough of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. I'm going to lay out Mr. Parker's modus operandi, and I'll let you play detective.

First, Mr. Parker apparently broke into the victim's home through a bedroom window.

Then, he went through the victim's garage, and left some cabinets there wide open.

Then he went to the victim's bedroom, where he sat down at her computer, checked his Facebook status, and failed to log out, so that when the victim came back, Jonathan Parker's page and picture were still up on her screen.

Then he stole two diamond rings from her dresser, and left the premises.

If you think you've solved this puzzling case, write your answer on a self-addressed stamped envelope, and send it to Jonathan G. Parker. He may still be scratching his head, wondering just which part of his masterfully executed plan failed. It was the Facebook part, if you missed it. And if you're Facebook friends with Mr. Parker, you might want to unfriend him. Because, when a guy's in the pokey, he's bound to get a little "poke"-y.

Here's Kathleen Edwards, with "Independent Thief".


INDEPENDENT THIEF Duration: 00:03:10
Album: KATHLEEN EDWARDS: BACK TO ME
Label: MAPLEMUSIC, MRCD 6440
Persons/Roles:
KATHLEEN EDWARDS - COMPOSER
KATHLEEN EDWARDS - WRITER
KATHLEEN EDWARDS - SINGING
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