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September 24, 2009

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The unexamined life is not worth Libyan. So we take a closer look at Muammar Gaddafi's surprise stopover in St. John's, Newfoundland.

No trial, but tribulations. And today, those tribulations came to an end, when a federal judge gave terror suspect Adil Charkaoui his freedom.

The wages of death. The British government reveals its guidelines for prosecution in cases of assisted suicide -- and one woman is ecstatic to see them.

Love and theft. A Nova Scotia woman confronts the dark circumstances in which she adopted a child from China.

A thing of booty is a joy forever. A man with a metal detector beeps his way to the largest trove of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever uncovered.

And...strings attached. A rare violin goes from mantelpiece to showpiece -- ending up in the capable hands of a musician with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that warns: tonight's program contains graphic depictions of Saxon violins. Sorry, that's "Saxons and violins."


GADDAFI IN ST. JOHN'S Duration: 00:00:53

It's been an exhausting week for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

He admitted as much during his hour-and-a-half-long speech at the United Nations' General Assembly yesterday, when, among other things -- a lot of other things -- he mentioned he was jet-lagged.

But it wasn't just the time difference that wore him down. It was all the little hassles that come with international travel. You know, the mundane things -- things like not being allowed to pitch your giant Bedouin tent in Central Park for the duration of your visit. Or having to make arrangements for the dozens of armed, camoflauge-clad women who make up your personal security detail.

It's no wonder, then, that the Colonel and his crew have decided to take a bit of a breather before heading home. And where better to refresh himself than the serene city of St. John's, Newfoundland?

To sketch out his plans for entertaining Colonel Gaddafi, we reached the Mayor of St. John's, Dennis O'Keefe.


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

UK RIGHT TO DIE Duration: 00:00:56

Debbie Purdy wants two things. She wants the right to die. And she wants to know what will happen to her husband if he helps her.

Ms. Purdy has a progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis, and wants to end her life by assisted suicide in a Swiss clinic. But she was worried about how this choice would legally affect her husband. In 2001, Debbie Purdy began a campaign to get the British Government to explain exactly how her husband could be prosecuted, if he assisted in her suicide. And now, after eight years of campaigning, Ms. Purdy has finally got her wish. Yesterday, the director of public prosecutions spelled out what factors would be considered when deciding whether they would prosecute.

We reached Ms. Purdy at her home in Bradford.


ROADS Duration: 00:00:25
Album: DUMMY
Label: GO, 422 828600
Persons/Roles:
ADRIAN UTLEY - COMPOSER
GEOFF BARROW - COMPOSER
BETH GIBBONS - COMPOSER
PORTISHEAD - POP GROUP
PORTISHEAD - PRODUCER
ADRIAN UTLEY - PRODUCER

ANGLO-SAXON TREASURE Duration: 00:00:44

If Terry Herbert's hobby were his profession, he would certainly be outstanding in the field. Come to think of it, that's precisely what the fifty-five year old Englishman was doing one day in July -- standing out in a farmer's field in Staffordshire, indulging an eighteen-year passion for metal detecting. Imagine his surprise when he stumbled upon what is now believed to be the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon booty ever discovered.

Kevin Leahy is an expert in early medieval metalwork with the England and Wales' Portable Antiquities Scheme. We reached him in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.


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

CLOSING

Well, we've dug up everything we can for the time being. The news is next, but there's more As It Happens to come. When we return:

An Adil whose time has come. Terror suspect Adil Charkaoui is granted his freedom.

Print Dalai. The Vancouver Sun enlists Tibet's spiritual leader to edit its Saturday edition.

Bow regard. You heard the first part of the tale of a rare violin last night -- and tonight, the triumphant conclusion.

We'll be back. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

The U.N. Security Council lends a hand to the eradication of nuclear arms.

This past spring, Egypt killed every single one of its pigs -- but it really shouldn't have gone the whole hog.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


CHARKAOUI RULING Duration: 00:00:35

For the past six years, Adil Charkaoui has been held without trial by the Canadian government. The Montreal man is one of five Canadians detained under a national security certificate. He's accused of being a terrorist operative, and spent twenty-one months behind bars before being released to a strictly monitored house arrest.

Today, Adil Charkaoui is a free man. A federal court judge has lifted all the conditions of his detention.

We reached Adil Charkaoui in Montreal.


LE GENRE HUMAN Duration: 00:01:30
Album: COURAGE D'AIMER, SOUNDTRACK
Label: CHRISTAL MUSIK, CMCD9949
Persons/Roles:
FRANCIS LAI - COMPOSER
ROLAND ROMANELLI - SYNTHESIZER

UN NUCLEAR RESOLUTION Duration: 00:00:41

I'll get rid of mine, if you get rid of yours.

Today, he United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-sponsored resolution calling on states with nuclear weapons to get rid of their deadly stocks. It's something former Senator Sam Nunn has been advocating for years. He's the CEO and Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. It's a charitable organization working to reduce the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He was at the U.N. this morning when the resolution was announced.

We reached Senator Nunn in New York.

DALET - UN NUCLEAR RESOLUTION


3:10 TO YUMA, FILM MUSIC/WHO LET THE COWS OUT? Duration: 00:00:33
Album: 3:10 TO YUMA, SOUNDTRACK
Label: LIONSGATE, LGM2-0010
Persons/Roles:
MARCO BELTRAMI - COMPOSER
MARCO BELTRAMI - CONDUCTOR
JAMES MANGOLD - DIRECTOR

RARE VIOLIN FOLO Duration: 00:00:42

From a knick-knack on a bookshelf to a precious instrument in the hands of a virtuoso.

That's the path of a rare Vuillaume violin, and we heard all about it on As It Happens last night from the violin's owner, Greg Cook of Stouffville, Ontario. He told us he had decided to loan it to the Musical Instrument Bank -- and this morning, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the name of the musician who had won the right to play the Vuillaume.

Her name is Jessica Linnebach. She's a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and we reached her there.


PRESTO, BWV 1001 NO 4 Duration: 00:03:22
Album: BACH: SONATES ET PARTITAS, BWV 1001-1006
Label: FLEURS DE LYS, FL 2 3147-8
Persons/Roles:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - COMPOSER
JAMES EHNES - VLN PRNC

CHINA'S STOLEN BABIES - PARENT Duration: 00:00:45

When Cathy Wagner adopted her daughter from China, she fell in love with her new baby. But she also felt something else -- a nagging sense, in the back of her mind, that something wasn't quite right.

Now, three years later, she's looking more carefully into what left her so unsettled.

Last night, we spoke with a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Barbara Demick detailed stories of Chinese parents who had their babies stolen from them by local officials -- authorities driven by the money to be made from foreign adoptions.

Tonight, Cathy Wagner tells her story. We reached her in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.


MONSOON WEDDING, FILM MUSIC/FEELS LIKE RAIN Duration: 00:00:27
Album: MONSOON WEDDING, SOUNDTRACK
Label: MILAN, 73138 35981
Persons/Roles:
MYCHAEL DANNA - COMPOSER
MIRA NAIR - FILM DIRECTOR
MYCHAEL DANNA - PRODUCER
MYCHAEL DANNA - PIANO

EGYPT PIGS Duration: 00:00:39

It appears that Egyptian authorities have made a pig's ear of their swine flu prevention effort.

In an attempt to curb the pandemic, authorities conducted an extreme pig slaughter last spring. The cull, which incidentally had no effect on swine flu, wiped out Cairo's pig population, destroying a traditional and effective garbage collection system. The result? Many claim that the streets of Cairo now resemble nothing more than a pigsty.

Laila Iskandar Kamel is the chairwoman of a community development organization in Cairo.


FOR THE WIDOWS IN PARADISE, FOR THE FATHERLESS IN YPSILANTI Duration: 00:00:26
Album: MICHIGAN/STEVENS, SUFJAN
Label: ASTHMATIC KITTY, AKR007
Persons/Roles:
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
SUFJAN STEVENS - PRODUCER
SUFJAN STEVENS - VOCALS

JACK THE RIPPER RESEARCHER Duration: 00:00:33

The list of suspects who may have been the notorious Jack the Ripper is at least a hundred names long. And for each of these possibly nefarious characters, there's a full biography and an explanation of possible motives. But what about his victims? Their names are readily available, but if we know anything else about them, it's that they're usually dismissed as mere streetwalkers.

Now, new research into the 1881 census had shed some light on the lives of those murdered by the infamous Jack. And to lead us into that light, we reached Alex Werner, a curator with the Museum of London.


TESSALIT Duration: 00:00:21
Album: TINARIWEN: THE RADIO TISDAS SESSIONS
Label: WORLD VILLAGE, 468010
Persons/Roles:
TINARIWEN - COMPOSER
TINARIWEN - ENS IN-V

EDITOR DALAI LAMA Duration: 00:00:31

"Wanted: newspaper editor. Must be a 'people' person with top-notch leadership skills. Being recognized as the reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama a big plus."

Okay, there was no classified ad. In fact, the candidate got the job without presenting a detailed resumé, or references. And so, this Saturday, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, will sit as Guest Editor of the Vancouver Sun.

Fazil Mihlar is the Editorial Page Editor for the Vancouver Sun.

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