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November 5, 2009

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It was, President Obama said, a "horrific outburst of violence."

Today, at the U.S. Military base at Fort Hood Texas, Major Mlik Nadal Hasan walked into the Soldier Readiness Center carrying two hand guns. He opened fire on his fellow soldiers. When he was done, 11 people were dead, and at least 31 wounded.

According to the base commander, Major Hasan - who is 39 or 40 - was also killed. Two other suspects - who are also soldiers - have been apprehended.

The military base at Fort Hood is the largest in the world, and is a point of deployment for U.S. operations in

Iraq and Afghanistan.

Janice Karpinski is a retired U.S. Army General. We reached her in .... South Carolina.


MORPHIC RESONANCE Duration: 00:00:26
Album: ONE DAY DEEP/PRAFUL
Label: CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
ROB GAASTERLAND - COMPOSER
PRAFUL - COMPOSER
DANIEL TESTAS - COMPOSER
ROB GAASTERLAND - PRODUCER
PRAFUL - PRODUCER
PRAFUL - SAXOPHONE
DANIEL TESTAS - PRODUCER

FTR: ABBOTSFORD HEAT Duration: 00:02:41

Yesterday on the program, we heard some of the reaction to the story that some players on the Calgary Flames and their families had received the H1N1 vaccine last week -- at a special clinic arranged with the help of Alberta Health Services. A senior staff member with Alberta Health Services has been fired over the controversy.

But the heat isn't off the Calgary Flames yet. It was also revealed that the Calgary Flames farm team in Abbotsford B.C., the Abbotsford Heat, may also have jumped the queue for their shots as well. After some of the players became ill during a recent road trip, they were deemed "high-risk" by the team doctor and received the vaccine.

Rick Cluff, host of CBC Radio Vancouver's The Early Edition spoke to Dave Sheldon, the director of Communications about that decision -- for the record.


DATELINE: KOOP LETTER Duration: 00:03:18

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

If you're the Surgeon General of the United States, your focus is public health. But here's a health warning for former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop: focusing too closely on public health can make you a little myopic.

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a letter, addressed by hand, with no postage. Somehow, this piece of mail had made it to Mr. Reid's office without passing through a mandatory screening process. As soon as a postal clerk noticed the mystery envelope, police leaped into action. They sealed the corridor immediately outside the office -- and then the corridor Senators usually use for press conferences.

The tension mounted as a team of hazardous materials technicians bustled sternly onto the scene. Sweat beaded on the foreheads of onlookers. In the background, a clock ticked loudly. Soundless prayers were muttered. Sobs were stifled. One Senate staffer caught another's eye across the sealed hallway, and whispered, "I love you." And then...the haz-mat specialists opened the letter.

Turns out it was from C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General in the Reagan Administration. He had a few tips for Harry Reid vis-à-vis health care, so he thought he would just drop 'em by .

After all the hullaballoo, Mr. Koop grumbled, "I wasn't aware that sending a hand-delivered letter was an offense...I don't have a lot of secretarial help and I'm ninety-three."

He's right. A hand-delivered letter is not an offense. But a postage- and postmark-free letter of uncertain provenance that hasn't been screened is certainly suspect -- and maybe instigating a security freak-out isn't the best way to get your message across.

Although in the context of the hysterical health-care debate in the U.S., maybe it is.


GO TO SLEEP Duration: 00:00:23
Album: ALL OF OUR NAMES/HARMER, SARAH
Label: ZOE, 0249861775
Persons/Roles:
SARAH HARMER - COMPOSER
SARAH HARMER - PRODUCER
SARAH HARMER - VOCALS
MARTIN DAVIS KINACK - PRODUCER

BC SALMON INQUIRY Duration: 00:06:16

It's the mystery of the missing fish.

More than ten million sockeye salmon were supposed to return to the Fraser River in British Columbia this year. At least, that's what the federal government predicted after a record number of young fish were born a few years back. They migrated out to sea. But only a fraction of them have returned to the river this year.

Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched a judicial inquiry to find out what happened to those millions of missing salmon.

Craig Orr has been pushing for Ottawa to take just this step. He's an ecologist with the Watershed Watch Salmon Society and we reached him in Coquitlam, B.C.


KALEIDOSCOPE Duration: 00:00:25
Album: ALL OVER THE MAP
Label: STRING PLUNKER, SPRCD 16842
Persons/Roles:
LES FINNIGAN - COMPOSER
LES FINNIGAN - GUITAR

STORYTELLING LAUREATE Duration: 00:08:10

Sixty-year old literature and drama teacher Taffy Thomas has already been honoured with an M.B.E. from the Queen of England. And he's also received the greatest honour of all: he was a guest on this program, back in 1992.

Most people retire after such achievements. But Mr. Thomas is on a mission to protect an endangered art: storytelling. So dedicated to the art is he, that Britain has decided to bestow a new title on the already-richly-decorated gentleman: "Storytelling Laureate". Which is a first, because while the U.K. has a long tradition of "Poet Laureates", it has never before had its yarn-spinning equivalent.

We reached Taffy Thomas at his home in Grasmere in England's Lake District, to find out what his new position entails.


THE DAWN Duration: 00:00:12
Album: JAZZ BRAKES VOLUME 5/DJ FOOD
Label: NINJA TUNE
Persons/Roles:
MATT BLACK - COMPOSER
PATRICK CARPENTER - COMPOSER
JONATHAN MORE - COMPOSER
COLDCUT - PERFORMER
PC - PERFORMER

INSHORE GREAT WHITE SHARKS Duration: 00:06:07

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

A team of researchers in California has debunked the belief that Great White Sharks are solitary, lonely hunters who rarely venture close to shore. If you wish to keep believing that, hum something other than the "Jaws" theme to yourself while I continue.

The fact is that Great Whites spend months patrolling inshore areas of the California coast -- often hanging around popular beaches, and even venturing into San Francisco Bay.

The study was published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Salvador Jorgensen was the lead author on the study. We reached him at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, in Pacific Grove, California.


CLOSING

And he'll live happily ever after. And As It Happens is "to be continued", right after the news. When we return:

TB Guide. When Manitoba authorities refused to talk about tuberculosis, the Winnipeg Free Press started its own investigation.

Parallel park. A new study finds that, while tourists amble around Yellowstone National Park, a whole world of other species are doing their things.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm CH.


RENACIMIENTO Duration: 00:00:06
Album: JASON LINDNER: AB AETERNO
Label: FRESH SOUND, FSWJ 033
Persons/Roles:
JASON LINDNER - COMPOSER
OMER AVITAL - CONTRABASS
OMER AVITAL - UD
JASON LINDNER - PIANO
LUISITO QUINTERO - PERCUSSION

IVORY COAST BLACKMAIL Duration: 00:07:20

It should have been a triumph.

A couple of weeks ago, Trafigura -- the London-based multinational oil-trading company -- agreed in court to pay out more than forty-five million dollars to tens of thousand of victims in the Ivory Coast for one of the worst toxic dumping scandals in years.

But that triumph is shaping up to become a second tragedy.

The British lawyer who represented the victims in the case says that the money had been successfully transferred to the capital, and was ready to be paid out to the victims. But then Martyn Day received the news that a mysterious figure in the Ivorian government had frozen the funds -- and was demanding a personal payment before any money would be distributed to victims.

Martyn Day is a Senior Partner with Leigh Day and Company, the London law firm which represents the Ivory Coast victims. We reached him in London.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

Crime of poison: corruption keeps victims of toxic dumping in Ivory Coast from getting the millions they're owed.

You know those people who sit so close to the buffet they can just reach out and grab more chicken balls? Yeah, that's what Great White sharks are like.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


FTR: NFLD HELICOPTER CRASH Duration: 00:04:53

It's an amazing, harrowing story of survival.

Today, for the first time, the only person to live through a horrific helicopter crash told the world what happened. Robert Decker was one of eighteen passengers on a Sikorsky helicopter that dropped from the sky last March. The helicopter was carrying workers to the Hibernia oil field.

Mr. Decker, who had previously refused to speak to the media, agreed to tell his story in public for the first time today. He spoke at an inquiry set up by the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board -- where he was questioned by his lawyer, Dan Simmons.

His story begins on the morning of March 12, 2009. Here's Robert Decker, for the record.


YAMORE Duration: 00:00:55
Album: MOFFOU
Label: UNIVERSAL, 440 016906
Persons/Roles:
SALIF KEITA - COMPOSER
SALIF KEITA - VOCALS
SALIF KEITA - PRODUCER
JEAN LAMOOT - PRODUCER
FREDDY ZERBIB - PRODUCER

MANITOBA TB: REPORTER Duration: 00:06:25

It started with a simple question. A reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press wanted to know how many people were suffering from tuberculosis within Manitoba's First Nations. The government refused to answer.

So Jen Skerritt and her newspaper decided to investigate the question themselves. After months spent on the ground, she's discovered that the disease is rampant in First Nations communities -- in part because of widespread poverty, run-down housing and overcrowded homes.

We reached Jen Skerritt at the newspaper's office in Winnipeg.


FROM ME TO YOU AND YOU TO ME Duration: 00:00:25
Album: NOT EVEN IN JULY/JBM
Label: CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
JBM - COMPOSER
HENRY HIRSCH - PRODUCER
JBM - PRODUCER
JBM - VOCALS

FTR: GILLER LYON Duration: 00:03:06

Aristotelian philosophy is heady stuff. That's because Aristotle, as a philosopher, was interested in just about everything he encountered. As a culture, we've inherited his theories of ethics, biology, astronomy, mathematics, physics, drama, and art. Oh, and everything else. But despite his intellectual impact, we know very little about the life of the man himself. Which makes it such a compelling subject for fiction.

In her novel, The Golden Mean, Annabel Lyon gives us a flesh-and-blood portrait of the philosopher. The Golden Mean is one of five titles short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It's also short-listed for the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Annabel Lyon joined other nominees for the Giller at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto last weekend, where she read from her book.

In this abridged passage, the main character, Aristotle himself, explores the aftermath a battle in an effort to study anatomy. And please note, the passage contains language that some listeners might find offensive. Here's Annabel Lyon, for the record:


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

YELLOWSTONE BIO-BLITZ Duration: 00:06:44

It was a kind of research marathon. The idea: take a twenty-four-hour inventory of all living organisms in Yellowstone National Park.

The endeavour brought together scientists and volunteers in a kind of diversity scavenger hunt -- and it was dubbed a "bio-blitz".

Kayhan Ostovar organized the bio-blitz. He's an assistant professor of Environmental Science at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.


BLUE BASS Duration: 00:00:13
Album: ROLLING/REST AREA
Label: SELECT, JAJCD 817
Persons/Roles:
PATRICK DUBUC - COMPOSER
PATRICK DUBUC - PRODUCER
REST AREA - INSTRUMENTAL

DATELINE: LORNE SAUSAGE Duration: 00:05:04

Dateline: Scotland.

As you helplessly click on a link to some story about how Jon Gosselin may or may not be planning a reality show with Octo-Mom, you may wonder: are there any pockets of genuine culture in the world, untouched by the homogenizing hand of Western pop culture?

The answer is "Aye." Because our next story could only take place in Scotland -- and it concerns the official recognition of a sausage.

Butchers in Scotland are seeking special status for the sausage known as the Lorne Sausage. That's "Lorne" spelled the same way as Lorne Greene's first name. Or, more pertinently, the same way as the last name of the late Scottish comedian Tommy Lorne. He was a music hall entertainer who was apparently renowned for his catchphrase "Sausages is the boys!"

If you're Scottish, please drop me a line and explain why that was a catchphrase.

Anyway: the Lorne Sausage does not resemble a traditional sausage. It's more like a brick of ground meat. One story has it that Tommy Lorne -- who loved sausage sandwiches -- invented the boxy mix of pork and beef, so it would be easier to slice up and put between slices of bread. Others vehemently argue that the cubed meat cake was developed in a place called the Firth of Lorne. Research continues 'round the clock to solve this perplexing mystery.

But in the meantime, the Scots say the Lorne Sausage should be granted a Protected Geographical Indicator -- or P.G.I. These P.G.I.s are used to ensure that consumers are getting the genuine deal -- and that they know where this or that product came from. Asiago cheese, Parma ham, Melton Mowbray pork pies, and, of course, champagne are all the proud bearers of Protected Geographical Indicators. Now, Scottish butchers feel it's time for the Lorne Sausage's day in the sun.

Warning: do not literally give a Lorne Sausage a day in the sun.

As yet, the butchers have not secured the backing of the Scottish government. Will they end up victorious for Lorne, or defeated and forlorn? Is sausages, indeed, the boys?

We'll keep you posted.


VOU COM VOCE Duration: 00:00:15
Album: BRAZIL CLASSICS 3: FORRO ETC.
Label: LUAKA BOP/SIRE, CD 26323
Persons/Roles:
DOMINGUINHOS/ANASTACIA - COMPOSER
DAVID BYRNE - PRODUCER
DOMINGUINHOS - UNKNOWN

COAST GUARD BABY Duration: 00:07:40

Some kids are named after eminent members of their families. Some are named after Biblical figures. Some are named after cars. And parents with a literary bent often name their children after their favourite writer.

But then there are kids like Ari Eden Shaw Schiek, whose name evokes his unexpected and adventurous arrival. Last week, young master Schiek was born in a berth -- the berth, that is, of a Coast Guard boat with which he now shares a name.

We reached the young stowaway's father, Uwe Schiek, in French Creek, on Vancouver Island.

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