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December 18, 2009

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He'll be home for Christmas. After twenty-three years in prison, Frank Ostrowski is free on bail -- and his murder conviction is under review.

More a "plateau" than a "summit". They're announcing a "meaningful agreement" in Copenhagen -- but some disagree on the meaning of "meaningful".

Following his convictions to convictions. An interview with Jerry Mitchell -- a reporter whose research on civil-rights era crimes has put KKK members behind bars.

Circling the Square. An encore broadcast of Carol's conversation with a Chinese activist-turned-scholar -- who recalls how Tiananmen Square changed her life.

The cold bug variations. How one anti-freeze molecule keeps one Alaskan beetle from freezing its abdomen off.

And...a second taste of second sight. We're looking forward to looking back at our forward-looking interview with The Amazing Kreskin.

As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that, in the near future, will play an interview from the past, as a present.


OSTROWSKI RELEASED Duration: 00:06:51

Frank Ostrowski has always maintained that he was an innocent man. Now, after twenty-three years, he's a free one. Today, a judge in Winnipeg granted Mr. Ostrowski bail while the federal government reviews his murder conviction.

Mr. Ostrowski has been behind bars since 1987, when he was found guilty of ordering the murder of a drug dealer named Robert Nieman. The key to the case against him was the testimony of his partner in crime, Matthew Lovelace. There is now evidence that the Crown secretly agreed to drop cocaine charges against Mr. Lovelace in return for his testimony -- and that the jury knew nothing about that deal.

Now, Mr. Ostrowski can wait in his daughter's home for his case to be resolved. We reached Mr. Ostrowski and his lawyer, James Lockyer, in Winnipeg.


ME IN YOU Duration: 00:00:19

Album:DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE/KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

Label:VIRGIN, 50999 3 06840 2 7

Persons/Roles:
ERIK GLAMBEK BOE - COMPOSER
ERLEND OYE - COMPOSER
DAVIDE BERTOLINI - PRODUCER
ROBERT JONNUM - PRODUCER
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - POP GROUP
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - PRODUCER

COP: FINAL DAY Duration: 00:06:20

The Canadian government is declaring victory. But for environmentalists, the deal ultimately reached at the Copenhagen Summit fell far short of what they'd been hoping for.

The one thing that did come out of the summit is a commitment for a multi-billion-dollar fund, aimed at helping poorer countries adapt to climate change. The idea is this: developing nations are already starting to face the hard edge of climate change. They're more susceptible to drought, flood, famine and disease than richer countries. And things are only going to get worse for them. So, no matter what what happens in the way of C-O-2 cutbacks, they're going to need a contingency plan.

But there's a snag: no one knows exactly what that plan ought to be.

Dr. Haresh Bhojwani is an international development officer at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society. We reached him earlier today at him home in New York.


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

TB: BABA BOOEY Duration: 00:01:50

It was a riddle, wrapped in a rolling paper, and shrouded in smoke.

In our interview last night with Steve Horwitz, the owner of The Ganja Gourmet restaurant in Denver, Colorado -- who is also known as Steve Weed -- he made reference to "his god and his king." He didn't say who it was. But he gave us a hint: "Baba Booey." We put it to you to tell us what he meant.

And Talkback blew back billows of responses -- which included a stern warning or two.


BQE, FILM MUSIC/5TH MOVT, SELF-ORGANIZING EMERGENT PATTERNS Duration: 00:00:15

Album:BQE, SOUNDTRACK/STEVENS, SUFJAN

Label:ASTHMATIC KITTY, AKR 278

Persons/Roles:
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
SUFJAN STEVENS - INSTRUMENTAL

SUPER COLD BEETLE Duration: 00:06:23

Normally, when we refer to a cool person, we say she has ice in her veins. But, really, that's not terribly practical, is it? It would make it very hard to bend your arm, for starters. Gripping something would make a horrible cracking sound, too.

But what about this: what if you could have ice in your veins -- just not enough to impede your movement? Now that would be cool -- but not too cool, if you catch my drift.

Well, biologists in Alaska have found just such an ability in an otherwise unremarkable beetle. Brian Barnes is one of a group of scientists who have studied the beetle's biology. He's the Director of the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska, in Fairbanks. But we reached him in San Francisco.


THREE TO GET READY Duration: 00:00:13

Album:QSF PLAYS BRUBECK/QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO

Label:VIOLINJAZZ, JCCD106

Persons/Roles:
DAVE BRUBECK - COMPOSER
ANDREA LIGUORI - PRODUCER
QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO - STRING QUARTET

COP: THOM YORKE Duration: 00:00:26

Anyone who is anyone was in Copenhagen today -- the final hurrah before the summit wraps up, and Planet Earth is saved.

Including Thom Yorke. Radiohead's frontman crashed the party yesterday afternoon, and has been blogging from Copenhagen ever since.

That's where we reached Thom Yorke right in the thick of it -- ever so briefly -- earlier today.


NO SURPRISES Duration: 00:02:00

Album:OK COMPUTER/RADIOHEAD

Label:PARLOPHONE, 7243 8 55229 2 5

Persons/Roles:
COLIN GREENWOOD - COMPOSER
JON GREENWOOD - COMPOSER
ED O'BRIEN - COMPOSER
PHIL SELWAY - COMPOSER
THOM YORKE - COMPOSER
RADIOHEAD - POP GROUP

CLOSING

While I digest the shock of apparently not being as interesting as the President of the United States, you'll be listening to the news. But we'll be back with these stories:

How a Hollywood movie started one reporter on a crusade that continues to this day -- a crusade that's won him a MacArthur "genius" grant.

Stay tuned. I'm DJ.

And I'm CO.


REPEAT: KRESKIN CONFIDENTIAL Duration: 00:20:12

There's a good chance that the guest featured in tonight's holiday encore already knows what he's getting for Christmas. And if you try and hide his present, he's probably going to find it anyway.

The Amazing Kreskin has been blowing the minds of audiences around the world for six decades now by demonstrating the powers of the human mind. He's the inspiration behind the recent feature film The Great Buck Howard. And his latest book is called Kreskin Confidential: The World's Greatest Mentalist Speaks Out.

Back in May, he dropped by our studio to speak out to Carol about his book and his amazing career.


LIFE IS AMAZING Duration: 00:02:28

Album:PRAIRIE SURFER/CASH, DYLAN

Label:CUSTOM

Persons/Roles:
DYLAN CASH - COMPOSER
DYLAN CASH - PRODUCER
DYLAN CASH - VOCALS

REPEAT: MACARTHUR GRANT MITCHELL Duration: 00:08:16

There are certain holiday movies that can change your life: It's A Wonderful Life, for example. Maybe Miracle on 34th Street. And I suppose it's possible that some people may have been deeply moved by The Santa Clause -- One or Two.

Earlier this year, we talked to a man whose life had been changed by a movie. And who, this past September, was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant -- due, in part, to that very movie.

The movie was Mississippi Burning. And the man was Jerry Mitchell, a one-time court reporter for the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1989, when he saw that movie -- which is a fictionalized account of an FBI investigation into the murders of three civil-rights workers in 1964 -- Mr. Mitchell decided to do some investigating of his own. He followed up on leads in the case that had long gone cold. And in the process, he made history.

Since then, Jerry Mitchell's reporting has led to the convictions of four members of the KKK, for crimes committed decades ago.

Carol spoke with Mr. Mitchell on September 23rd -- the day after he was awarded half a million dollars by the MacArthur Foundation to continue his work.


SECOND TO NUMB Duration: 00:00:19

Album:DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE/KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

Label:VIRGIN, 50999 3 06840 2 7

Persons/Roles:
ERIK GLAMBEK BOE - COMPOSER
ERLEND OYE - COMPOSER
DAVIDE BERTOLINI - PRODUCER
ROBERT JONNUM - PRODUCER
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - POP GROUP
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - PRODUCER

REPEAT: TIANANMEN STUDENT Duration: 00:17:10

Twenty years ago, the world watched, as student protests in China were crushed by the People's Army in Tiananmen Square. This is how began our coverage of that anniversary, this past summer.

For Rowena Xiaoqing He, that day has, in many ways, defined her life.

In 1989, she was a student activist in China's Guangdong province. After the crackdown, she had to suppress her anger and continue as if nothing had happened. She managed to do so for a decade. Then she moved to Canada. Now she writes about the events of 1989 as an academic.

In June, Carol spoke with Rowena Xiaoqing He, who was in our Montreal studio.


SYMPHONY N4 'TIANANMEN SQUARE'/IN MEMORIAM Duration: 00:02:07

Album:YANNATOS: PIANO CONCERTO/SYMPHONY N4

Label:ALBANY, TROY 278

Persons/Roles:
JAMES YANNATOS - COMPOSER
HARVARD-RADCLIFFE ORCHESTRA - ORCHESTRA
JAMES YANNATOS - CONDUCTOR

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