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November 10, 2009

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The guys who came in from the cold. We'll talk to one of three men who leaped from a plane to rescue a teenager trapped on an ice floe in Nunavut.

A defendant's defiance. In The Hague, the prosecution begins its cross-examination of Charles Taylor -- who stands accused of war crimes.

A new stage. Oscar-winning actor Emma Thompson explains her latest project: an exhibit on the horrors of sex trafficking.

Urine go bragh. An Irish town experiences a urinary act infection -- and is forced to consider changing courses mid-stream.

Murdoch most foul. The Australian media mogul threatens to yank all his newspaper content from Google News.

And...Hitting below the pelt. An infestation leads the government of Saskatchewan to put a bounty on the head of every wild canine in the province.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that announces it's all coyote on the Western front.


ICE FLOE RESCUE Duration: 00:07:21

It was some high drama on the high seas of Canada's far north.

There's a happy ending to the story of the young man who was stranded for almost two days on an ice floe in the Arctic. That's due largely to the efforts of search-and-rescue experts dispatched from Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg.

Sergeant Randy McCormand was one of the rescuers who jumped from a plane to save the boy. The sergeant in Toronto tonight, and we reached him on his cell phone.


BQE, FILM MUSIC/3RD MOVT, LINEAR TABLEAU WITH INTERSECTING SURPRISE Duration: 00:00:22
Album: BQE, SOUNDTRACK/STEVENS, SUFJAN
Label: ASTHMATIC KITTY, AKR 278
Persons/Roles:
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
SUFJAN STEVENS - INSTRUMENTAL

EMMA THOMPSON Duration: 00:11:55

Academy Award-winning actor Emma Thompson is in New York City this week. She's not there to promote a film or to perform on Broadway. Instead, Ms. Thompson will be spending the week in Washington Square Park with her outdoor interactive art exhibit.

The work is called Journey -- a project which exposes the issue of the international trafficking of women and young girls for sex. Ms. Thompson is its co-curator. New York is the third stop for her project, after previous installations in London and Vienna.

A word of warning to our listeners: some of the content and language in this interview may offend some listeners.

We reached Emma Thompson earlier today in Washington Square, New York City.


SAMUDRA Duration: 00:00:16
Album: ALCHEMY/TASA
Label: CUSTOM, TASA004
Persons/Roles:
RAVI NAIMPALLY - COMPOSER
CHRIS GARTNER - PRODUCER
RAVI NAIMPALLY - PRODUCER
TASA - FOLK GROUP

FTR: GORDON BROWN CALL Duration: 00:02:30

Gordon Brown will be glad when this week is over.

Speaking at a news conference today, the British Prime Minister said that he "understands" the grief felt by a dead soldier's mother who called his condolence letter a "hastily scrawled insult". He's also apologised for any mistakes that had been made in his correspondence with Jacqui Janes.

Jacqui Janes is the mother of Jamie Janes, who was killed in Afghanistan in October. Subsequently, Gordon Brown sent Ms. Janes a letter of condolence for her loss. But in that letter, he addressed her as "Ms. James", and made a number of other spelling mistakes. An incensed Jacqui Janes turned the letter over the British tabloid The Sun -- which published it under the headline "Bloody shameful".

The Prime Minister then telephoned Ms. Janes to apologize for the faux pas -- but unbeknownst to him, Ms. Janes was taping the conversation. She turned that tape over to The Sun as well -- and today, the paper put the entire thirteen-minute conversation online. For the record, here's a brief excerpt of that call. Prime Minister Brown has just told Ms. Janes that he understands how strongly she feels.


TRAVELLING RIVERSIDE BLUES Duration: 00:00:14
Album: GEOFF MULDAUR AND THE TEXAS SHEIKS
Label: TRADITION & MODERNE, T&M 045
Persons/Roles:
ROBERT JOHNSON - COMPOSER
BRUCE HUGHES - PRODUCER
GEOFF MULDAUR - PRODUCER
GEOFF MULDAUR - VOCALS
TEXAS SHEIKS - FOLK GROUP

DATELINE: TICKER TAPE Duration: 00:02:24

Dateline, New York City.

For thousands of Yankees fans, the ticker-tape parade last Friday to celebrate their World Series Champions was a heady experience. But for some, it was a lose-your-heady experience.

I'm talking specifically about some of the fans who were rejoicing in office towers along the parade route. Maybe someone spiked their water coolers, or maybe they just plain ran out of streamers and confetti to hurl triumphantly out the windows. Because a bunch of overenthusiastic Yankees-lovers apparently grabbed whatever pieces of paper they could find to toss exultantly at their heroes on the street below. And if those pieces of paper included documents that should have gone into the shredder, they thought in the heat of the moment, well -- what was the harm?

Turns out that shouldn't have been a rhetorical question. They should have asked the people whose Social Security numbers or trust fund balances were sent floating down into the crowds. After the parade was over, people picking through the paper debris covering the sidewalks found law firm memos, invoices and court files. One alert parade-goer even found the pay stub for a vice-president of a financial services company, which gave away his salary. Someone else picked up the medical records of one Tammy Sowells, which contained her birth date, address and confidential test results. When the Bronx resident learned from the New York Post that her test results weren't safely filed away, but instead chucked in the general direction of Alex Rodriguez, she was understandably outraged.

And we can't say for sure, but we're guessing that whoever who had his or her paperwork for an invention patent thrown out into the parade would probably feel the same. Although that person's unwilling sacrifice does prove this: celebrating the victory of the team with the biggest payroll in professional baseball by throwing people's private stuff out the window is patently ridiculous.


CLOSING

That's it for the first part of As It Happens. The news is coming up next, and then we'll be back with much more -- including these stories:

A defence that's Taylor-made. The prosecution gets its chance to cross-examine former Liberian president Charles Taylor in The Hague.

All the Acme gizmos in the world won't save them now. Saskatchewan's wily coyotes are the subject of a province-wide bounty.

Under the Rufus of Paris. A new short film intended to increase tourism to the City of Light features a soundtrack by a certain Mr. Wainwright.

Stay tuned. I'm DS.

And I'm BB.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm DS.

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

Coming up:

Juneau a dirty secret? Even if you throw in Sarah Palin's wardrobe, buying Alaska may not have been worth it for the U.S.

Snakes and bladders: a problem with public peeing forces an Irish town to propose "urine wardens".

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


CHARLES TAYLOR CROSS Duration: 00:06:22

Charles Taylor is accused of horrific crimes. The former Liberian president is on trial in The Hague, and the charges include murder, rape, sexual slavery, and recruiting child soldiers. However, the crimes he allegedly committed did not take place in Liberia. Charles Taylor is being tried by the U-N-backed court for Sierra Leone, because of his alleged support of the rebel Revolutionary United Front during that country's brutal civil war.

For the past thirteen weeks, Charles Taylor has been testifying in his own defence. Now it's the prosecution's turn to question him.

Ottawa native Jeremy Waiser is the special assistant to the prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is in The Hague, Netherlands.


POWERS OF FIVE Duration: 00:00:27
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

COYOTE BOUNTY Duration: 00:05:16

There's a gang of miscreants out there that's been causing trouble all over Saskatchewan. And now there's a bounty on their furry heads.

Yes, I said furry. They're coyotes. And they've always been a problem in the province. But lately they've been causing even more trouble for farmers, attacking their livestock and even coming uncomfortably close to their homes.

Today, the provincial government placed a twenty-dollar bounty on the head of every coyote in Saskatchewan.

David Stewart, for one, thinks it's about time something was done about the coyote problem. We reached him on his cattle ranch in Edam, Saskatchewan.


WISH TO PAINT Duration: 00:00:30
Album: LOST AND FOUND EP/WOOD, ROYAL
Label: DDR, DOR 015
Persons/Roles:
ROYAL WOOD - COMPOSER
DEAN DROUILLARD - PRODUCER
ROYAL WOOD - PRODUCER
ROYAL WOOD - VOCALS

FTR: HERO TRAIN DRIVER Duration: 00:01:35

Thanks to the quick thinking of a Boston train driver, a twenty-six-year-old woman is alive today.

The woman had fallen onto the subway tracks of Boston's Orange Line just moments before the train pulled into the station. Fortunately the train's driver, twenty-seven-year-old Charice Lewis, managed to react in time. Here is Ms. Lewis explaining what happened, to the CBC News Network, for the record.


NEEDLE AND THREAD Duration: 00:00:31
Album: PSAPP: THE ONLY THING I EVER WANTED
Label: DOMINO, DNO 095
Persons/Roles:
PSAPP - COMPOSER
PSAPP - WRITER
PSAPP - ENS IN-V

ALASKA NET LOSS Duration: 00:06:26

Could it be that acquiring the largest state in the union was a large waste of money?

In 1867, the United States bought Alaska from Russia for seven-point-two million dollars in gold. Now, an economist has crunched the numbers, and discovered that the last frontier should have stayed unpurchased. David Barker teaches economics and finance at the Universty of Iowa, in Iowa City.


NE-NE Duration: 00:00:40
Album: NEXT/SOULIVE
Label: BLUE NOTE, 7243 5 35869 2 8
Persons/Roles:
ERIC KRASNO - COMPOSER
SOULIVE - JAZZ GROUP
SOULIVE - PRODUCER

IRISH URINE WARDENS Duration: 00:06:47

There's a wee problem affecting the businesses of Ennis, Ireland -- literally.

Weekend revellers seem unable, or unwilling, to find a suitable place to relieve themselves, and are instead using shop doorways as a point of convenience. And shopkeepers aren't just standing by and absorbing the onslaught. One owner has gone as far as installing an electric shock device to deter urinators -- and it has already zorched one incontinent victim.

In recent town council meetings, various measures have been discussed to curb the problem, including the introduction of "Urine Wardens". Councillor Paul O'Shea is the man who proposed that idea. We reached him in Ennis.


BEATITUDE Duration: 00:00:16
Album: MULTIDIRECTION: BROWNSWOOD WORKSHOP
Label: TALKIN' LOUD/BROWNSWOOD
Persons/Roles:
YASUHIRO NARA - COMPOSER
EIJI TAKEHANA - COMPOSER
TSUKASA YAMAGUCHI - COMPOSER
JAZZ BROTHERS - JAZZ GROUP

SCR: TRANSLATION GLASSES Duration: 00:01:48

You're vacationing in parts unknown. The landscape is unfamiliar, you can't find an "Olive Garden" anywhere, and the language -- well, there's just no making head or tail of it.

Nevertheless, when in Rome, as they say. So you sit down in a restaurant, and carefully, politely order a much-needed snack. You look expectantly at your waiter. He looks at you with utter confusion. You are stricken. "Have I offended him?" you wonder. "Did I try to say 'I'll have a sandwich, please', but accidentally invite him to take part in a ménage à trois?"

An awkward silence descends. Your heart thuds. You begin to perspire, and go to Plan B -- which is to repeat the exact same thing you just said, only louder.

Well, good on you. That's exactly what you should have done. Provided you're wearing the brand-new Tele-Scouter Glasses.

The Tele-Scouter glasses have just been unveiled by Japanese manufacturer N.E.C. They're high-tech specs with a small camera and microphone built in to the frames, which listen in on your cross-tongued conversation. A small computer, strapped discreetly to your body, analyzes what your glasses heard, and then, voilà! Translated phrases are beamed to a small retinal display in the glasses, allowing you and your waiter to see completely eye to eye.

Thanks to your translator glasses, the crisis is averted. And all that's left to say to the Japanese inventors is "Thank you." Or should I say "Domo arigato?" Oh yes -- now, there's no need.


SWEET TO MAMA Duration: 00:00:21
Album: GEOFF MULDAUR AND THE TEXAS SHEIKS
Label: TRADITION & MODERNE, T&M 045
Persons/Roles:
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
BRUCE HUGHES - PRODUCER
GEOFF MULDAUR - PRODUCER
GEOFF MULDAUR - VOCALS
TEXAS SHEIKS - FOLK GROUP

MURDOCH AND GOOGLE Duration: 00:06:56

What would Google News look like without Rupert Murdoch? Some might argue it would look better -- but it's indisputable that it would be a whole lot emptier.

The world's last remaining press baron owns a considerable chunk of the media real estate in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, including such organs as the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, as well as Fox and Sky media. And now, Murdoch is saying he will block Google's access to his news outlets -- because, he says, the search engine is stealing his content.

Jon Abell writes extensively about the business of internet news for Wired magazine, and is the New York City bureau chief for wired-dot-com.


THIS WORLD Duration: 00:00:14
Album: ZERO 7: SIMPLE THINGS
Label: PALM PICTURES, QMG 5007-2
Persons/Roles:
HENRY BINNS - DESIGNER
SAM HARDAKER - DESIGNER
ORVILLE WRIGHT - DESIGNER
ZERO 7 - ENS IN-V

TRANSSEXUAL JESUS Duration: 00:07:46

Jo Clifford is an accomplished Scottish writer and playwright. Her work has appeared on the BBC, and on stages across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. And, by and large, it's been well received. That is, until Ms. Clifford debuted her play Jesus, Queen of Heaven, last week at the Glasgay Festival in Glasgow.

As you can likely guess, some people found the title of the play alone to be pretty upsetting. But that wasn't the only thing that caused such a kerfuffle. It was also the playwright herself, Jo Clifford -- who used to be Mr. John Clifford.

We've reached Jo Clifford at her home in Edinburgh.


WE LOVERS Duration: 00:00:18
Album: BEACONS/OHBIJOU
Label: LAST GANG, Q2 00766
Persons/Roles:
JAMES BUNTON - COMPOSER
RYAN CARLEY - COMPOSER
ANISSA HART - COMPOSER
ANDREW KINOSHITA - COMPOSER
HEATHER KIRBY - COMPOSER
CASEY MECIJA - COMPOSER
CASEY MECIJA - LYRICIST
JENNIFER MECIJA - COMPOSER
OHBIJOU - POP GROUP
OHBIJOU - PRODUCER

MUSIC: KISSES FROM PARIS Duration: 00:01:28

You'd think that a place like Paris wouldn't need a tourism board. I mean, sometimes you can't even find a real French person among the gaggles of dutifully be-sandal-ed, camera-toting foreigners that mob the city.

But Paris does, in fact, have a tourism board. And, apparently, they're looking for a different breed of visitor. Tourists with a bit more je ne sais quoi. Well, actually, I do know quoi. Hipness.

And what better way to lure the kids to your city than a short movie featuring a beautifully dishevelled, iPod-toting couple and a moody soundtrack?

The film is called "Kisses From Paris." French director Yvan Attal says it's meant to be a modern version of Robert Doisneau's famous 1950 photograph of a couple kissing.

The city is almost as big a part of the short flick as the couple -- not Paris's typical tourist destinations, but the more lived-in parts. And the soundtrack also has a starring role. Rufus Wainright's 2007 tune "Leaving for Paris No. 2" runs through the pretty much whole film. In fact, he has more lines than the actors.

Take a listen. Here is the soundtrack for the very short film, Kisses From Paris.


LEAVING FOR PARIS N2 Duration: 00:03:22
Album: RELEASE THE STARS/WAINWRIGHT, RUFUS
Label: GEFFEN, B000876702
Persons/Roles:
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - COMPOSER
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - PRODUCER
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - VOCALS
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