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October 26, 2009

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His future looks bright. After nearly four years, a blind Algerian man seeking refuge in Canada leaves his Montreal church sanctuary.

Bedlam in Baghdad. More than a hundred-and-thirty people are dead after two huge bombs rock the Iraqi capital.

The life of the party. Canadian writer Paul Quarrington, diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, is the celebrated real-life protagonist at a literary festival.

Rail to the Chief. As General Rick Hillier's memoirs go on sale across the country, the former head of Canada's military comes under fire from a University of Ottawa professor.

This lens is your lens, this lens is my lens. Get ready for a snap test in Canadian history, with the new book "100 Photos That Changed Canada".

And Mash of the Titans...According to a Cambridge university professor, the French art of turning grapes into wine stems not from the Romans, but from their ancient Hellenic rivals.

As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that loves absorbing the Greek.


END OF SANCTUARY Duration: 00:06:19

Abdelkader Belaouni is a free man again today. For almost four years, the Algerian-native has been living in St.Gabriel's Church in Montreal, in defiance of a deportation order.

Mr.Belaouni, who is blind, came to Canada in 2003, claiming asylum. After his request for refugee status was turned down, he sought sanctuary in the church.

He received support from human rights groups, as well as some politicians. And while holed up in the church, he hosted a community radio show and worked with a group of Montreal musicians on his debut album.

Now he's finally received permanent resident status and has finally left the church. We reached Mr. Belaouni in Montreal.


SNAKES AND LADDERS Duration: 00:00:21
Album: OH, MY DARLING/BULAT, BASIA
Label: HARDWOOD, HW006
Persons/Roles:
BASIA BULAT - COMPOSER
HOWARD BILERMAN - PRODUCER
BASIA BULAT - VOCALS

BAGHDAD BOMBING Duration: 00:07:19

After months of relative calm, Baghdad is once again the site of death and destruction. Yesterday, two powerful suicide bombs tore apart a busy government office complex in the city.

While suicide attacks are, to some extent, part of the routine in the Iraqi capital, this blast was the most powerful the city has seen in at least two years. The most recent reports suggest that more than one hundred and thirty people were killed and upwards of seven hundred were injured -- destroying what little sense of security the city had gained.

Jane Arraf is a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and she visited the scene of the bombings shortly after the attack. We reached her in Baghdad.


GOES NOWHERE Duration: 00:02:45
Album: SPANISH WAITER/HOPKINS, MIKE
Label: CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
MIKE HOPKINS - COMPOSER
RYAN FAIRHEAD - PRODUCER
MIKE HOPKINS - GUITAR
MIKE HOPKINS - PRODUCER

FTR: PAUL QUARRINGTON #1 Duration: 00:03:27

Paul Quarrington knows he is likely to die soon. So do his friends and family. Earlier this year, the writer and musician was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

On Saturday, those who know Mr. Quarrington best got a chance to pay tribute to him -- and he had the opportunity to return the favour -- during a event at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

One of those who spoke was Nino Ricci. He's is not just a fellow writer. He's also one of Mr. Quarrington's poker buddies. Here is part of what he had to say about those card games, for the record.


POINCONNEUR DES LILAS Duration: 00:00:12
Album: GAINSBOURG AU BAR
Label: CULTURE PRESS, CP 1038
Persons/Roles:
SERGE GAINSBOURG - COMPOSER
PATRICK PERONNE - PIANO
PATRICK PERONNE - PRODUCER
OLIVIER MERGER - PRODUCER

GREEK EMPIRE Duration: 00:07:20

Perhaps you're enjoying a glass of full-bodied French wine right now. Well, if so, I'm jealous. And I'd also like to point out that that fancy French tipple might never have been vinted, if it wasn't for the Greeks.

Sure, the Ancient Greeks get credit for a lot of things already -- great architecture, sculpture, lore. But there are many, many other things that they've got bragging rights to. Like bringing wine production to southern France. And Paul Carledge wants you to know it.

In his new book, Ancient Greece, A History In Eleven Cities, the Cambridge University professor argues that the Greek world spread much further than we originally believed. We reached Professor Cartledge at his home in Cambridge, England.


CLOSING

We have to leave you for a few minutes, but we'll be back after a palate cleanse and the news with these stories:

Taking aim at the man who called the shots. A University of Ottawa professor points a critical eye at General Rick Hillier, Canada's former Chief of Defence Staff.

Getting cut off. Talkback responds to our story last week that a Mi'k Maq children's choir was dumped from the Vancouver Olympics without a word of explanation.

And...does less week make you stronger? The state of Utah hopes so. In a bid to save energy and resources, it instituted a three-day weekend.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


HILLIER'S LEGACY Duration: 00:07:39

It offers a rare glimpse inside military politics. Today, a memoir by Canada's former chief of defence staff, Rick Hillier, hit the bookshelves. The book offers the general's typically blunt take on peacekeeping, the war in Afghanistan, and his own skirmishes with the political establishment in Ottawa. Lionized as the man who made the military popular again, the book will doubtless become a bestseller. But not everyone is buying into Gen. Hillier's interpretation of his three-and-a-half years as Canada's top soldier.

A recent essay in the International Journal questions Hillier's stellar reputation. The essay was written by Philippe Lagasse, an assistant professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. We reached Professor Lagasse at his office.


DUNKIN' IN THE DEEP Duration: 00:00:22
Album: III
Label: TELARC, CD 83648
Persons/Roles:
WILL BERNARD - COMPOSER
STANTON MOORE - DRUMS
ROBERT WALTER - ORGAN
WILL BERNARD - GUITAR
STANTON MOORE - PRODUCER
MIKE NAPOLITANO - PRODUCER

TB EMAIL: MI¿K MAQ CHOIR Duration: 00:01:20

Join the chorus.

On Friday's show, we told you about the Set'a'newey School Performance Choir and their unceremonious ejection from the 2010 Olympic opening ceremonies. The choir's musical director, Brenda Jeddore, told us how the official invitation by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell to perform had been withdrawn -- without explanation.

Then, Talkback chimed in.


BASIC SPACE Duration: 00:00:18
Album: XX/XX
Label: XL, YT031CD
Persons/Roles:
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - COMPOSER
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - LYRICIST
BARIA QURESHI - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - LYRICIST
JAMIE SMITH - COMPOSER
JAMIE SMITH - PRODUCER
XX - POP GROUP

100 CDN PHOTOS Duration: 00:11:25

The Komagata Maru, the ship that carried hundreds of migrants from India to British Columbia in 1914.

The devastation of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

A naked Kim Campbell, cloaked behind her barrister's robes, in 1990.

These are just some of the iconic images featured in a new Harper Collins book, "100 Photos That Changed Canada." It's a collection of photographs and essays that have shaped our country and its national narrative -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Mark Reid is the editor of The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine, and he is also the editor of this ambitious new book. We reached him at his office in Winnipeg.


TURKISH WINE Duration: 00:00:30
Album: THAO & JUSTIN POWER SESSIONS/PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
Label: KILL ROCK STARS, KRS 508
Persons/Roles:
ADAM SELZER - COMPOSER
DOUGLAS JENKINS - PRODUCER
PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

INGUSHETIA ACTIVIST KILLED Duration: 00:06:02

It's dangerous to ask questions in the still-volatile Caucasus these days. And, for some, it's become a downright deadly proposition.

Today, assassins killed another activist in the region. Maksharip Aushev died this morning in a drive-by shooting in Ingushetia. His car was sprayed with bullets from an automatic gun. But he's just the latest of a string of human rights critics who have been assassinated in the region over the last few months.

Mr. Aushev worked with the Russian branch of Human Rights Watch. Allison Gill is its director. We reached her in Moscow.


THE LAST SERENADE Duration: 00:00:24
Album: PLACE BETWEEN PLACES/HAYDN, LILI
Label: NETTWERK, 0 6700 30788 2 5
Persons/Roles:
LILI HAYDN - COMPOSER
LILI HAYDN - VIOLIN
LILI HAYDN - VOCALS
ADAM MACDOUGALL - ORGAN
MANOSE - FLUTE

OBIT LOU JACOBI Duration: 00:03:39

It seemed right to call Lou Jacobi a character actor because he was an actor and a character. His friend, film critic Roger Ebert described him as a man who could be introduced just like Jack Benny: a star of stage, screen, radio, television, records, and the violin.

Lou Jacobi died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 95.

New York became his home but the actor was born in Toronto. Like many actors climbing the ladder to stardom, he started out performing at nightclubs, weddings and private parties. By the 1950s and sixties, he'd appeared on stage in London and on Broadway, as well as in a variety of film roles. In 1964, Lou Jacobi appeared on the CBC Radio program Side By Side, and talked about how he avoided boredom when he played a part over and over again. Here's what he told host Pat Patterson, from our archives:

That was Lou Jacobi in conversation with Pat Patterson, host of the CBC Radio program, Side By Side, in 1964.

Even though he played small parts, the actor often was a scene-stealer. Here's a case in point. The film is Little Murders, directed by Alan Arkin. Lou Jacobi plays a judge, and he's reacting to news from an engaged couple that they don't want any mention of God in their wedding vows. Here's the reaction:


MISTRESS OF DANCE Duration: 00:00:21
Album: UNITED FUTURE ORGANIZATION: NO SOUND IS TOO TABOO
Label: VERVE, 314 526722-2
Persons/Roles:
FANTASISTA - DESIGNER
RAPHAEL SEBBAG - DESIGNER
TADASHI YABE - DESIGNER
UFO - ENS INSTR

BRITISH NO GAS Duration: 00:07:00

In 1986, historian Charles Townsend declared that British forces were the first to use gas in Iraq. It was during the 1920's, and the gas was reportedly used as a means of controlling Arab uprisings.

But new research claims the British never in fact used chemical weapons against any Iraqis --but not because they had no will. They simply hadn't discovered the way, according to Professor Ray Douglas of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

We reached Professor Douglas in Washington D.C.


SEVEN DAY WEEKEND Duration: 00:00:30
Album: ---
Label: R270971, R270971
Persons/Roles:
POMUS/SHUMAN - COMPOSER
GARY U.S. BONDS - MALE VOCAL

FOUR DAY WORK WEEK Duration: 00:06:29

Okay - so a seven-day weekend might be a bit unworkable. But for the past year many state office workers in Utah have been enjoying three-day weekends¿ every week. Last August, the state government introduced a four-day work week pilot scheme in a bid to save money, energy and resources.

Now the results of the pilot scheme are in. So we contacted Mike Hansen, the strategic planner for the Utah State's Governor's Office in Salt Lake City, to find out more.


BLUE JUICE Duration: 00:00:20
Album: BLUE BREAK BEATS
Label: BLUE NOTE, CDP7991062
Persons/Roles:
UNKNOWN - COMPOSER
JIMMY MCGRIFF - ORGAN

FTR: PAUL QUARRINGTON #2 Duration: 00:02:51

Earlier this evening, we told you about a tribute to Paul Quarrington that took place this weekend in Toronto. The fiction writer has terminal lung cancer. His friends and family gathered to honour him and launch a non-profit foundation in his name.

Mr. Quarrington, who plays in a blues band called Porkbelly Futures, took the opportunity to try his hand at a different style of music. Here he is, for the record.

You're listening to Paul Quarrington, accompanied by his brothers Joel and Anthony, with "Blame It On My Youth."

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