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September 28, 2009

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Our representative in a land without one. With Afghanistan's election still unresolved, we'll speak with the Canadian ambassador, in Kabul.

Watched pot boils over. Marc Emery -- Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" -- turns himself in for extradition to the U.S.

Hot air and Coderre. Amid much intra-party bluster, the Liberals' Quebec lieutenant resigns -- halfway.

Cold comfort. Getting to the bottom of prostate cancer diagnosis -- by getting away from the bottom entirely.

Recipes for disaster. An expert tells us not to fear being engulfed by kudzu -- because the plant that ate the South could become the plant the North ate.

And...the spitting image of our splitting image. Stella Artois decides that nothing goes better with beer than an exploding pizza -- but its designer is a little nonplussed.

As It Happens, the Monday edition. This radio's mission: to boldly logo where one man has lo-gone before.


AFGHAN: CDN AMBASS Duration: 00:07:46

It could hardly be described as "easing into the role".

This summer, William Crosbie took over as Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan. And he barely had time to unpack before being thrust into the complicated and controversial world of Afghan politics.

In August, the country went to the polls to vote for a president. More than a month later, Afghans are still waiting for a result. Supporters of both incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, have been accused of widespread vote fraud.

About ten per cent of the disputed ballots are now being further investigated by election officials -- throwing the whole process into limbo.

We reached Ambassador Crosbie in Kabul.


GAMAR BADAWI Duration: 00:00:20
Album: ACOUSTIC ARABIA
Label: PUTUMAYO, PUT 282-2
Persons/Roles:
JAMAL PORTO - LYRICIST
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
JAMAL PORTO - VOCALS

FTR: CODERRE Duration: 00:02:50

Au revoir, Monsieur Coderre -- sort of.

This morning in Montreal, the Liberal Party's Quebec lieutenant and defence critic announced he would be resigning from those duties. We haven't seen the last of Denis Coderre, though -- he also announced that he would continue to serve as a Member of Parliament.

For the record, here is part of what he had to say to reporters today.


CODERRE RESIGNS Duration: 00:07:08

Part of that exchange was with Montreal Gazette reporter Hubert Bauch -- a reporter of long standing with the Gazette. He joined us from Montreal to give us some insight into the significance of this departure.


IGNATIEFF CHEZ ANGELINE 1 Duration: 00:01:26

Denis Coderre obviously reached a crossroads today. And meanwhile, his leader was talking about a crossroads of his own.

It's always interesting to learn about a key moment of inspiration in a politician's life -- that singular experience that clarifies the path ahead. For Trudeau, it was his famous walk in the snow. For Jack Layton, it was the unemployed worker he met in Oshawa. Or was it Windsor? Maybe somewhere in B.C.

Anyway, for Michael Ignatieff, the setting was the sort of place that speaks to a person's gut: a restaurant. Apparently, the Liberal leader enjoyed quite a memorable meal in Trois Rivieres over the weekend. He talked about it in a scrum today with reporters. First he offered the anecdote in French.


IGNATIEFF CHEZ ANGELINE 2 Duration: 00:00:22

Then he served it up again in English.


IGNATIEFF CHEZ ANGELINE 3 Duration: 00:00:28

And for dessert, he offered another delicately sliced allusion to his supper in Trois Rivieres.


LOLA R. FOR EVER Duration: 00:00:18
Album: MONSIEUR GAINSBOURG REVISITED
Label: BARCLAY, 983708
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SERGE GAINSBOURG - COMPOSER
BORIS BERGMAN - ADAPTOR/LYRICIST
PAUL IVES - ADAPTOR/LYRICIST
MARIANNE FAITHFULL - VOCALS
SLY AND ROBBIE - POP GROUP
SLY DUNBAR - PRODUCER
ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE - PRODUCER
MARIANNE FAITHFULL - PRODUCER

CBC PIZZA LOGO Duration: 00:04:11

It has been called an exploding pizza, an exploding cabbage, and an exploding expletive. But whatever it reminds you of, the kaleidoscopic CBC logo is definitely iconic to this institution.

In 1974, the CBC commissioned a man named Burton Kramer to design the company logo. Without question, he did a stellar job. But now it's become a Stella job. Stella Artois, that is. The Belgian beer company has adopted a strikingly similar motif on its London subway campaign, without so much as raising a glass to the so-called Mother Corp.

We reached the original designer of the logo, Burton Kramer, in Toronto.


CLOSING MONDAY Duration: 00:00:42

As we always say, bringing the first part of the show to a close is as easy as falling off a logo. We'll be back after the news with much more As It Happens. When we return:

The smoke clears. Canadian cannabis crusader Marc Emery turns himself in, to be extradited south of the border.

Prostate of the art. Men everywhere give a new, non-invasive test for prostate cancer a standing ovation.

Put a sockeye in it, smart guy. A neuroscientist gets some eye-opening results when he puts a dead salmon in an MRI machine.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


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

RETURN MONDAY Duration: 00:00:25

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

He'll go no more a-Roman: to mark the arrest of director Roman Polanski, we'll go back in time.

Trial by Safire: remembering the man who worked for Nixon, and for language -- but rarely at the same time.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


FTR: EMERY INTERVIEW Duration: 00:02:48

Over the years, Marc Emery has frustrated American authorities to the point where you could nearly see the smoke coming out of their ears. The cause of said smoke has, in part, been Mr. Emery's chronic advocacy for the legalization of marijuana. As the head of British Columbia's Marijuana Party, he has been touting the virtues of the drug for much of the past decade.

But it was Mr. Emery's business activities -- shipping pot seeds from Canada to customers within the United States -- that really got U.S. federal prosecutors huffing and puffing. In fact, they've been been pushing for Canada to extradite him since 2005. And it looks like they've won.

Today, Mr. Emery announced he had reached a deal with American prosecutors, and will serve a five-year sentence south of the border. And there's no doubt about it, going from the "Prince of Pot" to life in the big house will be a big life change.

For the record, here is part of a conversation between Marc Emery and Larry Levine, a Los Angeles-based consultant who specializes in preparing people for life in the federal prison system in the U.S. It was recorded earlier today on the Early Edition, CBC Vancouver's morning radio show.


MARC EMERY SURRENDERS - RAINEY Duration: 00:07:42

Mr. Emery wasn't the only one the U.S. government wanted extradited for selling marijuana seeds. Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams -- two of Marc Emery's colleagues -- were both originally wanted on the same charges. However, they've both gotten off with much, much lighter sentences than their Mr. Emery -- and some reports have suggested their reduced sentences are the result of his voluntary surrender.

We reached Michelle Rainey in Vancouver.


PUNJABIS, PIMPS & PLAYERS Duration: 00:00:19
Album: BOMBAY THE HARD WAY: GUNS, CARS & SITARS
Label: MOTEL RECORDS
Persons/Roles:
ANANDJI V SHAH - COMPOSER
KALYANJI V SHAH - COMPOSER
DAN THE AUTOMATOR - PRODUCER
ANANDJI V SHAH - PERFORMER
KALYANJI V SHAH - PERFORMER

FTR: POLANSKI INTRO Duration: 00:01:21

That, of course, was the voice of former As It Happens host Alan Maitland. He was describing the plea-bargain agreement reached by French-Polish film director Roman Polanski in August, 1977, after pleading guilty to what is now called statutory rape.

Following forty-two days in a California prison under psychiatric evaluation, the Academy-Award-winning director of Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby was released on bail to be sentenced. But instead of going to the courtroom, he got on a plane, and ended up in France. And he has subsequently evaded American authorities seeking his extradition for the past thirty-two years.

Here, for the record, is prosecutor Roger Gunson speaking to then-host Barbara Frum the day Polanski skipped bail, in February, 1978.


FTR: POLANSKI INTERVIEW Duration: 00:03:11

As most people know by now, his lawyer obviously didn't have much luck persuading his client to come back: Mr. Polanski has never returned to the U.S. That, however, is about to change. On Saturday, the 76-year-old was arrested at the airport in Zurich after arriving there to receive an award.

Many say the saga may not have a climax as thrilling as those Mr. Polanski created on the silver screen. Analysts say that after a very lengthy extradition process, his sentence will likely be dismissed, or commuted for the time he has already served, or will serve while awaiting his extradition in Switzerland. Even the victim of his crime, Samantha Geimer, has asked that the charge be dismissed.

One thing is certain, though. As the next few months go by, Roman Polanski's sordid business from three decades ago will likely be described again and again. It's like Evelyn Mulwray says in Chinatown: "I see you like publicity, Mr. Gittes. Well, you're going to get it."


EATING SPIDERS Duration: 00:00:18
Album: PSAPP: THE ONLY THING I EVER WANTED
Label: DOMINO, DNO 095
Persons/Roles:
PSAPP - COMPOSER
PSAPP - WRITER
PSAPP - ENS IN-V

HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM Duration: 00:06:44

How's this for stepping on a hornet's nest: deciding what belongs in a museum of human rights, and what doesn't.

That challenge is in the hands of the people overseeing the construction of a new museum in Winnipeg. Last week, officials with the yet-to-be-opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights held the first of a series of public hearings across the country, inviting people to share the stories they think belong in the institution.

Victoria Dickenson is one of the people who's listening to those stories. She's the "Chief Knowledge Officer" for the museum. We reached her in Winnipeg.


DIVERSION Duration: 00:01:19
Album: VERSION/RONSON, MARK
Label: SONY BMG, 88697080032
Persons/Roles:
MARK RONSON - COMPOSER
MARK RONSON - INSTRUMENTALS
MARK RONSON - PRODUCER

NEW PROSTATE DEVICE Duration: 00:07:01

As every man of a certain age knows, the most accurate way to diagnose prostate cancer today is through a biopsy. And as the shuddering of every man of a certain age attests, that procedure is invasive and quite uncomfortable.

But such shuddering may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a device being developed by two Toronto scientists. The new gizmo requires only a urine sample from the patient -- and a microchip will do the rest.

Ted Sargent holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology -- and he's one of the scientists that developed the new testing device.


DON'T FIGHT THE DARKNESS Duration: 00:00:07
Album: SEE MYSTERY LIGHTS/YACHT
Label: DFA
Persons/Roles:
JONA BECHTOTT - COMPOSER
YACHT - POP GROUP

FTR: WILLIAM SAFIRE OBIT Duration: 00:03:44

In a world filled with men of letters, he issued sentences.

William Safire was a speechwriter, political columnist, novelist and, arguably, the greatest American guardian of the English language. He died yesterday, from pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

William Safire never finished college -- the fact of which he would proudly point out. He began working as a journalist after working in public relations -- which for those who know this business, is flying against the usual migration. He was a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, and orchestrated the infamous "kitchen debate" with Nikita Khruschev in Moscow; he was a White House writer during Nixon's iconic trip to China,during the Vietnam War, and, of course, during the Watergate scandal, which put both Safire and his boss, out of a job.

Nixon didn't recover. But Safire began writing essays on the opinions page of the New York Times. His prose was a lonely sermon of conservatism amid a liberal congregation. And, in a world where the standard of conservative opinion is carried today by bombastic buffoons, Safire made his points with elegance and eloquism. And alliteration.

He wrote four novels, twenty-one other books, and won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

But he will be most fondly remembered for taking on another, more challenging establishment: those who perpetually violate the sacred rules of English grammar and syntax. For the last thirty years of his career, his weekly 'On Language' column in the New York Times Magazine was an ongoing lexicographic investigation. It taught readers the proper use of the subjunctive, the silliness of solecisms, and the origin of the expression, 'the proof is in the pudding.'

Over the course of his career, he estimated that he wrote some six million words. Without a single grammatical error, no doubt. From a clip posted on the New York Times website, here he is talking about those words, and how he kept them fresh.


THE NEST Duration: 00:00:20

CD: THE NEST

PERFORMER: KETIL BJORNSTAD

CUT:

Original Release Date: 2003

Number of Discs: 1

Label: Universal


USELESS RESEARCH MONEY Duration: 00:07:45

The team here at As It Happens always makes a point of bringing our listeners the hardest-hitting, breaking-est news. It's just part of our journalistic imperative.

You may recall, for example, that we were brave enough to tell you about a study claiming that prawns kept in captivity are less interested in sex than their wild counterparts. We courageously reported on groundbreaking research into biscuit-related injuries. And most recently, we told you, at the risk of losing our entire audience of unethical sportsmen, about a very important study on the tell-tale signs of faking dives in professional soccer.

But a British governmental agency may try to put an end to all such reportage, with its new policy on so-called "irrelevant research". Paul Cotrell is the Head of Policy at the University and College Union, in the UK. We reached him in Oxford.


HEART OF GOLD Duration: 00:00:30
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CHARLIE CHADWICK - DOUBLE BASS
BRIAN CHRISTIANSON - MANDOLIN
SHAD COBB - FIDDLE
SUSIE COLEMAN - VOCALS
AL GOLL - DOBRO
CHRIS JOSLIN - BANJO
TIM MAY - ARRANGER
TIM MAY - PRODUCER
TIM MAY - VOCALS
GRETCHEN PRIEST-MAY - FIDDLE
KYLE WOOD - VOCALS

KUDZU GURU Duration: 00:06:11

In Scott Smith's best-selling book, The Ruins, four tourists in Mexico find themselves stalked by sentient vines. The vines grow at an alarming rate, speak multiple languages, and eat people. Now, no one's saying that kudzu can do any of those things, exactly. But it has also never been definitely proven that kudzu can't do any of those things.

Just a little food for thought, now that "the vine that ate the South" has made an appearance in Canada-- on the shores of Lake Erie, near Leamington, Ontario. On Friday, Dr. Stephen Enloe told us how we could control it. But Talkback seemed relatively unconcerned.

Don Durham e-mailed to tell us he had had "an excellent kudzu stout in Greenville, South Carolina". And Thea Childs of Barton, Vermont, wrote:

"Not to worry -- my son lives in North Carolina with a pot-bellied pig who loves kudzu; she actually pulls out the roots and runs away afraid someone will steal her find from her." And Ms. Childs goes on to say, "You can make great baskets weaving kudzu."

Apparently, that's true -- as Diane Hoots well knows. She's been called the "Kudzu Guru", and made all manner of products out of the unruly vine. Today, to assuage our fears of a kudzu invasion, we reached Ms. Hoots in St. Petersburg, Florida.


STRANGE VINE Duration: 00:03:14
Album: ODE TO SUNSHINE/DELTA SPIRIT
Label: ROUNDER, 11661-9082-2
Persons/Roles:
JESSICA DOBSON - COMPOSER
JONATHAN JAMESON - COMPOSER
MATTHEW VASQUEZ - COMPOSER
SEAN WALKER - COMPOSER
KELLY WINRICH - COMPOSER
BRANDON YOUNG - COMPOSER
DELTA SPIRIT - POP GROUP
MATTHEW VASQUEZ - PRODUCER
SEAN WALKER - PRODUCER
KELLY WINRICH - PRODUCER
BRANDON YOUNG - PRODUCER

 

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