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October 12, 2009

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Tonight, Pakistan is recovering from yet another attack by militants. A suicide bomber hit a busy market in Shangla District, close to the Swat Valley. More than forty people are dead.

It's the latest in string of deadly assaults in Pakistan over the past few weeks -- and a sign that the war between the Taliban and Pakistani military is far from over.

Irfan Ashraf is a reporter who has been following the story and we reached him in Karachi.


WIDOW'S MEDITATION Duration: 00:00:17
Album: DANCES, PRAYERS & MEDITATIONS FOR PEACE
Label: HEADS UP, HUCD 3111
Persons/Roles:
NESTOR TORRES - COMPOSER
JULIO REYES - COMPOSER
NESTER TORRES - FLUTE
JULIO REYES - PRODUCER
JULIO REYES - PIANO

TB & EMAIL: COWICHAN SWEATERS Duration: 00:04:12

When it comes to high-end designer duds, knock-offs are a dime a dozen. But what about the traditional sweaters worn by the Cowichan tribes on southern Vancouver Island.

Women have been knitting the garments for nearly a century. The sweaters are bulky, extremely warm, and made with lanolin-rich sheep's wool -- which makes them resistant to rain. So, both practically and culturally, the sweaters are ideal for the Canadian Olympic team.

But the Hudson's Bay Company -- the official clothing supplier of the Canadian team -- has opted not to sell the original Cowichan sweaters -- which would have retailed for two-hundred-and-fifteen dollars. Instead, they're selling a more expensive imitation -- which will hit shelves last week with a price tag of about three-hundred-and-fifty bucks.

On Friday's program, the general manager of the Cowichan tribes, Ernest Elliot, told As It Happens how disappointed he was with the decision.

After that interview, Talkback heard a yarn or two.

Thanks for all of your calls and we got a lot. We also got email.

Juris Ezergailis writes:

"I'm amazed that the relevant decision makers couldn't see the obvious opportunity to highlight local native culture, provide jobs and have an even more sought-after games item. It could have set a precedent and standard. Other games planners could have emulated a model that merged history, culture, art and sport."

That email came to us from Juris Ezergailis.

Well, our lone email from the other side comes from Richard Frizell. In short, he writes:

"Mr. Elliott said the Cowichans never put a formal proposal to HBC. No proposal, no contract -- end of story! It's a flap over nothing."

For its part, HBC says they initially approached the Cowichan tribes to knit the sweaters. But, HBC says, talks broke off. Their company statement claims:

"It was clear that [the Cowichan tribes] were unable to meet Hudson's Bay Company requirements as a national retailer for consistent quality, speed to market and volume for delivery."

Thanks for all of your emails and calls to Talkback.


MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, FILM MUSIC/SENDERO Duration: 00:00:26
Album: MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, SOUNDTRACK
Label: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 000329402
Persons/Roles:
GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA - COMPOSER

PUMPKIN REGATTA Duration: 00:05:06

PUMPKIN REGATTA

MP

OCT 12/09

Chip Peterson doesn't canoe, he doesn't row, and he doesn't kayak. But each October, when he stands at the water's edge, paddle in hand, he's got his eye on the prize. Everyone else, mind you, probably has their eyes on him.

For the eleventh year in a row, Chip "Pumpkin Head" Peterson has competed in the Windsor Pumpkin Regatta. To tell us about yesterday's race, we reached him in Falmouth, Nova Scotia.


MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL Duration: 00:00:23
Album: PASSION SESSION
Label: NARADA, 72438 47218
Persons/Roles:
DON ROSS - COMPOSER
DON ROSS - GUITAR
DON ROSS - PRODUCER

CELTIC FRINGE RODENTS Duration: 00:05:28

CELTIC FRINGE RODENTS

AK

OCT. 7/09

BB:

Have you ever noticed that people from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are a bit, well, different from the English? Many attribute that 'difference' to the so-called "Celtic Fringe" -- the theory that the genetic stock from which they evolved is different than that of the English.

Now, a team of biologists have discovered that the Celtic Fringe isn't just limited to people -- it's present in rodents, too. Jeremy Searle led the investigation. He's a professor at the University of York, in England.

DALET: CELTIC FRINGE RODENTS

BB:

Jeremy Searle is a biologist at the University of York, in England. His study is published in the journal, Proceedings B.


GRACIAS A LA VIDA Duration: 00:00:14
Album: LUNA ROSSA
Label: JUSTIN TIME, JTR 8521
Persons/Roles:
VIOLETA PARRA - COMPOSER
QUADRO NUEVO - JAZZ GROUP
QUADRO NUEVO - PRODUCER

OBIT: HERB LEBLANC Duration: 00:00:59

You may have heard the saying that Acadians are born with songs in their veins and music in their fingertips. Well, Herb Leblanc was no exception.

The Acadian music icon, known for his popular French-language folk songs, died on Sunday. He was eighty-one years old.

Leblanc lived his entire life on Nova Scotia's French Shore. And he loved songs that told stories and spoke to where he was at in his life.

But Leblanc didn't always embrace the French language. In fact, he hated French as a kid.

Leblanc started off singing English country and western songs. It wasn't until the Seventies that he started writing music in his own language -- and helped kick off a French-Acadian folk renaissance.

Leblanc eventually became well known as the front man of the group Tymeux de la Baie. The group, with its bouncy rhythms and energetic sound, represented Acadia at Expo '86.

They are no longer together. But here they are with a song called "Embarque Dans Mes Bottes, " which translates literally to "Get into my boots" or, more loosely to, "Take a walk in my shoes."


EMBARQUE DANS MES BOTTES Duration: 00:02:23
Album: COLLECTION ACADIE/
Label: LA RAQUOISE INC, RAQ-CD-942
Persons/Roles:
TYMEUX DE LA BAIE - COMPOSER
TYMEUX DE LA BAIE - FOLK GROUP

RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

Birds of a feather, fffflock together. A new study shows that unattractive female finches seek out mates that are equally unable to get their mojo workin'.

Fifty-two years ago today, a Canadian politician was honoured with the Nobel peace prize. Who could it be? That's right. Lester B.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


NEW ORLEANS FLOATING HOUSE Duration: 00:00:36

NEW ORLEAN'S FLOATING HOUSE BE

OCT. 9/09

When Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans's Ninth Ward, dozens of houses were destroyed or swept away. Now, the Make It Right Foundation unveiled a new kind of house for the Ninth Ward. And the Foundation has made some simple, weather-friendly changes to standard home design. The main change: this new house can float -- and its designers also claim it can withstand hurricanes.

Pritsker Award-winning architect Thom Mayne designed the floating house. We reached him in Los Angeles.


SATELLITE Duration: 00:00:30
Album: COLIN JAMES & LITTLE BIG BAND
Label: V2391902, V2391902
Persons/Roles:
JAMES C - COMPOSER
JAMES COLIN - MALE VOCAL

FINCH STUDY Duration: 00:00:51

Turns out birds of a feather really do flock together -- no matter how lousy that feather may be.

The widely-held belief is that, whenever possible, female animals and birds will always choose to pair up with the best mate available. But in a study carried out on zebra finches, the researchers found that inferior females would prefer to mate with similarly inferior males -- even if a better mate was available.

How can the birds tell the studs from the duds? And how does a low-quality finch know she's low-quality?

Those were rhetorical questions, but Carol's won't be. We reached Dr. Katharina Riebel, the co-author of the zebra finch study, at her home in Leiden, the Netherlands.


CLEO Duration: 00:00:28
Album: FRAGILE STATE/VOICES FROM THE DUST BOWL
Label: BAR DE LUNE
Persons/Roles:
NEIL COWLEY - COMPOSER
FRAGILE STATE - POP GROUP

FTR PEARSON NOBEL Duration: 00:01:01

On this day in 1957, a Canadian politician made headlines around the world. Lester Bowles Pearson, affectionately known as Mike, won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

At the time, Pearson was a member of Parliament and Canada's minister of external affairs.

The Nobel Foundation said it was not awarding the peace prize to the politician, but to the man. They praised Mr. Pearson for "the powerful initiative, strength, and perseverance he has displayed in attempting to prevent or limit war operations."

Among other achievements, Lester B. Pearson spearheaded the creation of the world's first peacekeeping operation, the United Nations Emergency Force, which diffused the Suez Crisis in 1956.

Shortly after the Nobel announcement, CBC reporter Bill Beatty spoke with Lester Pearson. Here's part of that conversation, for the record.


SERENADE SCHIZOPHRANA/END TAG Duration: 00:00:34
Album: ELFMAN, DANNY: SERENADA SCHIZOPHRANA
Label: SONY CLASSICAL, 82876 89780
Persons/Roles:
DANNY ELFMAN - COMPOSER
JOHN MAUCERI - CONDUCTOR
DANNY ELFMAN - PRODUCER

GRETZKY'S TEARS Duration: 00:00:12

Today is Thanksgiving. And one of the things you can bet many Canadians are thankful for is hockey. And many of those fans, even today, may be especially thankful for Wayne Gretzky.

There is no doubt about the impact of "The Great One" on hockey.

It's just over a decade since he retired as a player. But for many fans the day we lost Gretzky happened over 20 years ago, when Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

Stephen Brunt is the author of Searching for Bobby Orr. He chronicles Wayne Gretzky's career and the trade in his new book Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada and the Day Everything Changed. He joined Carol in our studio


GRETZKY ROCKS Duration: 00:01:28
Album: WHERE'S THE BONE/PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Label: IRON, 77876 51003 2
Persons/Roles:
MOE BERG - COMPOSER
MOE BERG - PRODUCER
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - POP GROUP
AUBREY WINFIELD - PRODUCER
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