It's a car problem called "sudden unintended acceleration". And it's created a real business problem for Toyota.
Sudden unintended acceleration happens when gas pedals stick and cause
runaway acceleration. It's already led to the biggest recall in Toyota
history. And now the automaker has taken the unprecedented step of
halting the sale and production of eight of its models.
Sean Kane is an independent vehicle safety researcher. We reached him today in Washington, D.C.
|RHYME AND THE RIVER/WALLACE, SHARLENE|
|OCTOBER BROWNE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|EVELYNE DATL|| - ||PIANO|
|EVELYNE DATL|| - ||PRODUCER|
|SHARLENE WALLACE|| - ||HARP|
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. All across the world survivors
from the Nazi death camps have been among those commemorating the 65th
anniversary of their liberation.
In the aftermath of the camp's liberation, an American academic named
Dr. David Boder toured Europe gathering testimony from those who had
survived the genocide. Equipped with a recorder, Dr. Boder interviewed
about one hundred and thirty people between July and October 1946. The
stories that Dr. Boder discovered were poignant and often harrowing to
The majority of these recordings have been put online as the Voices of the Holocaust Project, curated by the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Here is an Austrian survivor of the Dachau camp named Otto Feuer
speaking to Dr. Boder on August 22, 1946. We apologize for the quality
of the recording.
|SIGNS/BADMARSH & SHRI|
|S SRIRAM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BADMARSH & SHRI || - ||POP GROUP|
SRI LANKA PRES ELECTION
Mahinda Rajapaksa = mah-HIN-dah rah-jah-PUK-sah
Sarath Fonseka = sah-RATH fawn-SAY-kah
Yohan Perera = YOH-han pur-AYR-ah
A winner has been declared in Sri Lanka's presidential election. But, tonight, the contest is anything but settled.
Earlier today, Sri Lanka's election commissioner declared the
incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the victor in the vote by a wide margin.
But his main political rival -- the former head of the military --
refused to accept those results. A few hours later, General Sarath
Fonseka found his hotel in Colombo surrounded by soldiers. The military
says that several hundred army deserters are holed up inside the
building with the general.
Yohan Perera is a senior journalist with Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror newspaper. We reached him in Colombo earlier today.
|BOMBAY THE HARD WAY: GUNS, CARS & SITARS|
|ANANDJI V SHAH|| - ||COMPOSER|
|KALYANJI V SHAH|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DAN THE AUTOMATOR || - ||PRODUCER|
|ANANDJI V SHAH|| - ||PERFORMER|
|KALYANJI V SHAH|| - ||PERFORMER|
We've all waited for a bus that didn't come, bracing ourselves against
the elements and complaining to anyone within earshot about the
inconvenience and poor service. But one transit-rider in Montreal has
taken his frustrations to the next level.
Professor Jeremey Cooperstock decided to take Montreal's public
transport commission, the STM, to small claims court after continually
paying cab fares when his bus failed to show up. We reached Professor
Cooperstock at his home in Montreal.
The humanitarian work continues in Haiti, more than two weeks after the devastating earthquake.
International medical crews are continuing to treat those injured in
the quake. Now gangrene and dehydration are becoming problems. The work
is hard, but it's even harder when there is nothing they can do.
Rick Bishop is a nurse, originally from Newfoundland. He has just
returned from Haiti, where he worked at a makeshift hospital set up by
Israeli doctors. We reached him at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
|FRIENDS HELP FRIENDS HELP FRIENDS|
|SANDRO PERRI|| - ||COMPOSER|
|SANDRO PERRI|| - ||VOCALS|
The proroguing of Parliament -- and the resulting lack of political
debate in the House of Commons -- is disturbing to many Canadians -- as
protests held across the country last weekend showed. However, things
such as international treaty negotiations continue, whether or not MPs
are gathered in Ottawa. And that includes the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
Agreement talks, which resumed this week in Guadalajara, Mexico.
ACTA, as it's called, will set new international guidelines for
internet use -- especially how people upload and download things.
Although the negotiations are being conducted in secret, leaked
documents have shown that some extraordinary measures may be included in
the treaty -- measures aimed at curbing internet piracy. But these
measures may also hurt people who are legally using the web.
Charlie Angus has been following the issue closely. He's the NDP MP
for Timmins-James Bay and we reached him at home in Cobalt, Ontario.
|KINK KRONIKLES [VOL. 1]|
|RAY DAVIES|| - ||COMPOSER|
|KINKS|| - ||POP GROUP|
| SHEL TALMY|| - ||PRODUCER|
| RAY DAVIES|| - ||PRODUCER|
It's been decried as evil, satanic, and even just plain stupid. Yes,
heavy metal has long been the scourge of religions across the globe.
Now, metal fans in the UK are turning the tables. They want their
musical devotion recognized as a religion in its own right.
British metalheads are encouraging fellow headbangers to enter their
religion as 'heavy metal' in the country's 2011 census, giving credence
to the lives they lead and the rock gods they follow. Are they for real
or just full of Aerosmith?
Alexander Milas is editor of the magazine Metal Hammer and he's pioneering the campaign. We reached him in London.
|SONY BMG, 88697080032|
|MARK RONSON|| - ||COMPOSER|
|MARK RONSON|| - ||INSTRUMENTALS|
|MARK RONSON|| - ||PRODUCER|
As one wag said, "A tablet hasn't created this much excitement since
the ten commandments." And so it was with religious fervour that geeks
around the world fidgeted away, waiting for today's announcement of the
In case you've been living in Antarctica in a cave under a glacier --
without wi-fi -- you may not have witnessed the hype surrounding the
Apple tablet. In which case, you might be forgiven for thinking that the
iPad was a customized seat cushion or a computerized feminine product.
it is, really, is an e-reader and a computer and a phone and a video
game console and, if you ask it nicely, it will make a soufflé for you
as well. All in a sleek, glassy enclosure that's about the size of a
hardcover, albeit a very thin one.
Imagine an iPhone that's been flattened out with a rolling pin.
And if you have around five hundred dollars burning a hole in your
purse (it's too big to fit in your pocket), you can have one. And you
can waltz around with it the way people once did with their iPods and
their iPhones and whatever other iProduct people grabbed when it first
Because pretty soon, like the iPhone and the iPod, everybody will have
the iPad. Which will make the Apple tablet less cool -- but still a
bitter pill for Apple's competitors to swallow.
|STAR WARS IV: A NEW HOPE (2003) FILM|
|SONY, S2K 92950|
|JOHN (COMP/P/DIR) WILLIAMS|| - ||COMPOSER|
|LONDRES ORCH SYMPH || - ||ORCHESTRA|
|JOHN (COMP/P/DIR) WILLIAMS|| - ||DIR|
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the evil leader of a
powerful empire was growing stronger. The forces of good were concerned,
and they decided they must confront this tyrant, this dark lord.
OK, I'm getting a little carried away. By "galaxy," I mean Iraq. Also,
it wasn't really all that long ago. Oh, and, you can take the "forces
of good" with a grain of salt too.
Anyway, my point is this: back when the United States invaded Iraq --
the second time, I mean -- it did kind of read like the script from the
movie StarWars. You know, that scene when Luke Skywalker and his pals
flew in and blew up the Death Star? Except instead of zipping around in
X-wing fighters they were flying sorties in A-10 Thunderbolts. And of
course, it wasn't Darth Vader they were after, it was Saddam Hussein.
Well, it turns out, this seemingly facile analogy may be strangely
appropriate. At least, according to Michael Rakowitz. He's a visual
artist and his current exhibit at London's Tate Gallery explores the
real-life link between Saddam and Star Wars.
We've reached Michael Rakowitz in London
|DEVENDRA BARNHART: REJOICING IN THE HANDS|
|YOUNG GOD, YG 24|
|DEVENDRA BANHART|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DEVENDRA BANHART|| - ||SINGING|
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."
Ruth Proskauer Smith was a work of art. She packed a lot of living
into her hundred-and-two years of life. She died at home a few days ago.
Smith was a heroine in the movement for reproductive rights. In the
nineteen-forties, she was on the frontline of the fight to give women
access to birth control. And, in 1969, she was one of a dozen women on
the first steering committee of NARAL, the National Association for the
Repeal of Abortion Laws.
Ruth Smith remained active with the New York branch of the group, even
in recent years. On her hundredth birthday, she won a special
"lifetime achievement" award from the organization.
About a decade ago, Ruth Smith also became an advocate for choice at
the end of life, lobbying for laws that would allow for
physician-assisted suicide. So it was no surprise then that she had
given her family a detailed plan, in writing, instructing them on what
to do if she became incapacitated. They knew what she wanted at the end
of her life and promised to honour her wishes.
Her son, Anthony Smith, told the Wall Street Journal: "She died where
she wanted to, when she wanted to, and as she wanted to." He gave no
other details about her death.
Although Ruth Smith was born in New Jersey, she was raised in
Manhattan and lived there for most of her life. When she became a
centenarian, a reporter from the New York Times shadowed her on a
typical day, taking public transit to a branch of city college called
Quest, where she was teaching a class on the Supreme Court.
She also attended classes there, on everything from ethics and morality to the plays of Edward Albee.
Her home was the legendary apartment building, The Dakota, which
housed many notable New Yorkers. She shared with the New York Times a
story about the starlet who lived in her apartment before she did. Have a
|SEU JORGE: CRU|
|WRASSE, WRASS 160|
|JERRY LEIBER|| - ||DESIGNER|
| MIKE STOLLER|| - ||DESIGNER|
|SEU JORGE|| - ||SINGING|
Ernie Halliday wants to make his city safer. And he has a plan to do it.
The Calgary resident has devised a security bar for windows that with
the push of a button unfolds into an emergency escape ladder.
His invention, developed with his friend Randy Albert, follows an
increase in fire-related fatalities in Calgary over the past year. One
of the victims was Mr. Halliday's own nineteen-year-old stepdaughter,
There were illegal security bars on the window of her basement suite.
She and her two roommates couldn't escape through the window. Ms. Cox
died in hospital of smoke inhalation. Her roommates lost their lives as
Mr. Halliday named his invention "Tiffany Bars" in her memory. We reached Ernie Halliday in Calgary.
|GET SHORTY, SOUNDTRACK|
|ANTILLES, 314 529 310-2|
|JOHN LURIE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ERIC CALVI|| - ||PRODUCER|
When scientists sent the roving Spirit to Mars over six years ago,
they never expected the mechanical space explorer to have so much
stamina. After all, Spirit was only meant to rove for three months.
But the robot's travelling adventures are now at an end. But not its usefulness.
To tell us about Spirit's new studies, we reached Dr.Bruce Banerdt, the project scientist, in Pasadena, California.
|OCEAN EYES/OWL CITY|
|ADAM YOUNG|| - ||COMPOSER|
|OWL CITY || - ||POP GROUP|
A wise man once said, "Don't waste your time away thinkin' 'bout yesterday's blues."
Okay, that man was Jon Bon Jovi, and he didn't say it so much as he
sang it, but you get the point. It's inefficient to wallow. The time
spent thinking about yesterday's blues could be much better spent
elsewhere. For example, thinking about yesterday's blues singer -- Matt
Andersen -- who spoke with Carol last night after winning the
International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
And many of you were tickled pink by the blues singer's victory.
Joni Kilberg from Guelph writes:
"I loved hearing about Matt Andersen's success in Memphis. This past
Christmas, my family saw him at the Vinyl Cafe concert in Kitchener.
WOW. The audience was electrified. We forced ourselves to stay seated
until he had completed his first song and then leaped to our feet,
applauding wildly! Exultant is the word that comes to mind. It was such
a powerful experience listening to Matt sing and play."
That email was from Joni Kilberg of Guelph.
Bernard "Buzz" Cox from Brandon, Manitoba expressed a similar sentiment. He writes:
"I have been a blues and jazz fan most of my life and can honestly say
I have never seen a more passionate and talented person play the blues
than this man.
If he is anywhere close, you must tell your listeners to see this man
play live as it is an experience. My friend and I have what we call a
"Matt Radius." This is the maximal distance we will travel -- with our
wives' blessing -- to see him in concert. Our next encounter is in April
in Swift Current, Saskatchewan -- 600 kilometres away -- roughly half
of our "Matt Radius!"
Thanks again for giving this great Canadian talent the exposure he so richly deserves!"
That email was from Bernard "Buzz" Cox of Brandon, Manitoba.
Thanks to everyone who called and emailed. Just in case you missed
yesterday's show -- or are longing for another earful of Matt's music --
we thought we'd play another one of his tracks to keep you from feeling
Here's "Come By" from his 2008 album Something In Between:
|THICK & THIN|
|MATT ANDERSON|| - ||COMPOSER|
|MATT ANDERSON|| - ||VOCALS|