A dissident, deceased. Tens of thousands are in mourning at the death
of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri -- a leading figure in Iran's reformist
Now what? With the Copenhagen Summit over, Thomas Homer-Dixon tells us
how Canada could become a pioneer, instead of a pariah.
Can't win for muezzin. Muslim men who make the call to prayer are about
to get shushed in Cairo-- because that city has automated the process.
philosopher and a dental man. We told you about Charles Dickens'
extremely fancy toothpick -- and that set Talkback gnashing its teeth.
against the current. An encore broadcast of our conversation with an
Alaska man who struggled to save his girlfriend, his dogs, and himself,
when the Yukon River burst its banks.
And...to beep or not to beep -- that is the question. American theatre
director Diane Paulus explains why she encourages audience participation
-- even in the form of cellphone ringtones.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that puts the "we" in "soliloquy".
That's the sound of crowds of Iranians at the funeral of Grand
Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, from an amateur video posted on
Tens of thousands of mourners came out onto the streets of the holy
city of Qom. They gathered to honour the man who had become the
spiritual leader of Iran's opposition movement -- and to re-articulate
their criticisms of the government.
Ayatollah Montazeri had long been a leading voice of dissent among the
country's clergy. Mohsen Kadivar was once one of his religous students.
He now teaches religion at Duke University. We reached Ayatollah
Kadivar in Durham, North Carolina.
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The Copenhagen summit is over. And there is, at best, a watery
commitment from countries around the world to keep trying for lower
Whatever agreement the international community eventually reaches on
carbon emissions, one thing is clear -- climate change is coming. And,
so, governments around the world are to starting to recognize the
importance of adapting to the coming change.
Now, Canada wasn't exactly the belle of the ball in Copenhagen, but
Thomas Homer-Dixon argues we still have what it takes to dazzle the
world when it comes to adapting to climate change. Thomas Homer-Dixon is
a professor at the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty
of Environment, University of Waterloo. We reached him in Toronto.
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|HEY ROSETTA || - ||POP GROUP|
|HAWKSLEY WORKMAN|| - ||PRODUCER|
You might think a morsel of Christmas turkey, a piece of corn, or a
pesky shred of spinach look disgusting when they're stuck in your teeth.
But when any of the above is dangling on the end of a retractable
gold-and-ivory toothpick engraved with the initials "C-D", it looks
The toothpick isn't mine, unfortunately. It belonged to Charles
Dickens. And last week, we told you that someone had paid more than nine
thousand dollars at auction for this luxurious dental apparatus.
Well, Talkback let us know that the author of "Bleak House" wasn't the one who had a taste for the finer things in life.
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| ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE VICTOR|| - ||ORCHESTRAT|
| CHARLES O'CONNELL|| - ||DIR|
Five times a day, in thousands of cities around the world, that sound
is heard. And it's been heard for more than fourteen-hundred years.
The Muslim call to prayer to the adhan, in Arabic, has been recited by
men since the beginning of Islam. They climb to the tops of the
minarets to inform the congregants and believers that it is time to
But next year, in Cairo, Egypt, the age-old call will sound different.
The government has begun what's called a "Unification Project" -- so the
call to prayer will be broadcast through the city's four thousand
mosques by a single voice through wireless receivers. That will put the
muezzins -- the men who make those calls -- out of work, and put an end
to a historic custom.
Anna Kipervaser is creating an audio archive of the prayers for Egypt,
and she's also making a documentary called "Voices and Faces of the
Adhan: Cairo." We've reached her today in Chicago.
And we're out of time for the first part of tonight's program. But
after the news, we'll be back with some of our favourite interviews from
the past year.
Malone again, naturally. Greg Malone, that is -- whom Carol spoke to
after the publication of his memoir, You Better Watch Out.
A river didn't run through it before. But when the Yukon burst its
banks, Alaskan Andy Bassich had to save himself and his dogs from a
Phoning in a performance. Why one American artistic director thought it was a good idea to let audiences leave their cells on.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm DJ.
And now a holiday encore of one of our favourite feature interviews of the past year: a conversation with Greg Malone.
Throughout his career, Mr. Malone has never been predictable. On the
TV show "The Wonderful Grand Band", he vigorously lampooned Canada's pat
stereotypes of Newfoundlanders. With the sketch group "CODCO", he
alternately outraged, puzzled, and convulsed viewers -- sometimes with
his spot-on impersonation of Barbara Frum, the one-time host of this
show. He's campaigned for awareness of HIV/AIDS, after his comedy
partner Tommy Sexton died of AIDS in 1993. He's run for office, as a
member of the federal NDP -- and very nearly won.
And now he's written a book called "You Better Watch Out". It's a
memoir of his childhood in St. John's, Newfoundland. And here's the part
most people didn't see coming: it's not a work of satire. Sure, it's
funny -- but it's also candid -- sometimes shockingly so -- and moving.
Greg Malone joined Carol in our Toronto studio.
|AS SEEN THROUGH WINDOWS/BELL ORCHESTRE|
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|MIKE FEUERSTACK|| - ||COMPOSER|
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A town destroyed by house-sized chunks of ice. Homes torn from their
foundations and sent floating. And a man, a woman, and a lot of dogs
forced to improvise frantically just to survive.
Earlier this year, an unprecedented ice jam caused the worst flooding
on record along parts of the Yukon River. At the beginning of May,
riverside resident Andy Bassich and his girlfriend, Kate Rorke, had to
battle wildly fluctuating water levels, and extreme currents, to save
themselves and their dogs from disaster.
Tonight, we'll rebroadcast our interview with Andy Bassich -- an
outdoorsman, a dog musher, and former relief captain of the Yukon Queen
-- a tour boat that travels between Eagle, Alaska, and Dawson City,
Yukon. Carol spoke with Mr. Bassich, who was in Eagle, on May 6th.
|THINGS MY GUITAR SAID|
|STRING PLUNKER, SPRCD 18732|
|LES FINNIGAN|| - ||COMPOSER|
|LES FINNIGAN|| - ||GUITAR|
Before you judge someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. And at
the end of October, thirteen-year-old Mustafa Ahmed invited everyone who
was listening to do just that.
Mustafa Ahmed is a Grade Eight student at Nelson Mandela Park School
in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. It's a community that
exemplifies the Canadian mosaic -- but it's also a community that's
beset by problems with gangs, drugs, and violence.
Mustafa's family emigrated to Canada from Sudan. He's one of six
children. He is referred to as his school's unofficial "poet laureate",
and has performed at film galas and school assemblies. On October 29th,
he performed his poetry on CBC Toronto's Metro Morning, with host Andy
Barrie. It was fantastic. So here it is again: Mustafa Ahmed with his
poem "I Walk" -- for the record.
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|CHARLES D'ALBERT|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JUDITH PLANT|| - ||BUGLE|
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Here's a moment you may have experienced over the holidays: the curtain
rises, a hush falls, and you settle into your seat to meet a cast of
characters who will whisk you away to that place only great theatre can
Then this...Or this?Or this?When you're not in a theatre, these sounds
just fade into the background. When you are in a theatre, they may as
well be the screeches of a pterodactyl. But Diane Paulus doesn't think
noise from the audience is such a big deal. In fact, she'd like to
unleash more of it.
She's the director of the current production of Hair on Broadway, and
the artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. And this is an encore presentation of her conversation on
As It Happens with guest host, Helen Mann.Diane Paulus spoke with Helen
Mann in July. She's the Artistic Director of the American Repertory
Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She's also the director of the
current production of Hair on Broadway.
Of course, we've been unleashing our audience for years -- and now
we're going to do it again. What do you think about Ms. Paulus's idea?
Call Talkback and let loose: 1-866-481-5718.
In the meantime, here's a little music from Hair to help get you in
the spirit of letting it all hang out. Throw something at the radio,
sing along, or jump on the table and ruin Christmas for your family.
Whatever you do: don't just sit there.
That was "Good Morning Starshine" from the current Broadway cast recording of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.
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|JAMES RADO|| - ||WRITER|
|GEROME RAGNI|| - ||WRITER|
|LYNN KELLOGG|| - ||SINGING|
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