For Robert Mugabe, there is an "i" in "team". One year into Zimbabwe's
power-sharing government, there's more discord than accord.
The rites and wrongs of Rights and Democracy. A Canadian human-rights
agency descends into a chaos of name-calling, resignations, and
Mia culpa. A new book accuses celebrities -- including the star of
"Rosemary's Baby" -- of oversimplifying and exacerbating the crisis in
Good crop, bad crop. When India withdraws its approval for genetically-modified eggplant, it cultivates a controversy.
The minis-culinary arts. A Montreal sommelier's award-winning cookbook
reveals the molecular relationships between food and wine.
And...bald-faced fliers. A month ago, a Virginia woman was under siege
by vultures -- but now she's not receiving such rapt-or attention.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that urges everyone to keep calm, and carrion.
It was a deal that put an end to months of months of political turmoil and violence in Zimbabwe.
But a year after the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, led by
Morgan Tsvangirai, agreed to share power with president Robert Mugabe
and the Zanu-PF, some say little of that deal's promise has been
fulfilled -- and Zimbabweans are paying the price.
John Makumbe is a political scientist at the University of Zimbabwe. We reached him in Harare.
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At first blush, the idea of Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Mia
Farrow and George Clooney showing up in war-stricken parts of the
developing world seems like a great thing: the actors use their status
to draw public attention to a devastating, ongoing war and make it more
attractive -- literally -- for the Western media to cover.
But that attractiveness also has an ugly side. According to Rob
Crilly, a reporter who has been covering the war in Darfur since 2004,
it can actually harm the cause more than it helps. Mr. Crilly explains
this in his new book, "Saving Darfur -- Everyone's Favourite African
War". We reached Rob Crilly in Brighton, England.
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Like a lot of other people, Paul Appleton, from Cleveland, Ohio,
escapes the winter cold by repairing to the sunny climes of Florida. He
has a house in Pompano Beach. The climate suits him, he likes the people
and the clear blue Florida skies are a great place to pursue his
passion: flying helicopters. He regularly takes to the air and circles
around the Florida coast.
On Sunday, however, Mr Appleton's passion took a turn for the
unexpected -- when he took on board an uninvited, and unwanted, guest.
We reached Mr. Appleton at his winter home in Pompano Beach, Florida.
All this vulture talk reminded us of poor Nancy Cox from Virginia,
whom we spoke to a month ago today. You'll remember that Ms. Cox's home
had been overrun by vultures, who were picking away at her roof,
attacking her pets and generally making her life a living hell.
Well, we thought it was about time we checked back with Nancy Cox to
find whether she was able to get rid of her unwelcome guests.
Unfortunately, she's suffering from laryngitis, but her caregiver Suzie
Brown, who visits the house each day, was able to fill us in on the
We reached Ms. Brown at Nancy Cox's home in Ridgeway, Virginia.
Well, we'll be lurking ominously on the roof of the Broadcast Centre
while you listen to the news. But we'll descend again in just a few
minutes with more As It Happens. When we return:
One rights group makes a lot of wrongs. The bizarre ongoing saga of a federally-funded agency called Rights & Democracy.
Disc-o tech. A wristful remembrance of Fred Morrison -- the man credited with inventing the Frisbee.
Snowpocalypse now. In the face of an oncoming blizz-aster, one American weatherman melts down.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm CH.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm CH. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
A big purple vegetable is at the centre of a battle over GM crops in India.
Pheasant-under-microscope: an award-winning cookbook that looks at the molecular relationships between food and wine.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
From arms-length to hands-on.
For much of the past year, the government-funded agency known as
Rights & Democracy has been in turmoil. This past spring, Prime
Minister, Stephen Harper replaced two members of the agency's board of
directors. That move caused considerable tensions within the
organization, when the new board members clashed with the old. At the
heart of that clash were the claims -- made by the newly-appointed board
members -- that Rights & Democracy had been funding terrorist
In all likelihood, these internal politics would have remained
internal, if it hadn't have been for the death of the agency's
president, Remy Beauregard -- who suffered a fatal heart attack. On the
day of his funeral, the Montreal offices of Rights & Democracy were
broken into, and computers and several files were stolen.
Until yesterday, the Harper government has maintained that the
agency's problems were its own to solve. But now Lawrence Cannon, the
Minister of Foreign Affairs, says he'll be stepping in to sort things
Paul Wells is a columnist with Maclean's magazine. He's been following
the machinations at Rights and Democracy. We've reached him in
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That's Journey, with "Wheel In The Sky" -- a song that's either about
some powerful celestial force that predetermines our actions, or the
Frisbee. Or both.
Since the flying disc by that name went on the market in the
Nineteen-Fifties, it has soared into the public consciousness like few
other toys. This week, the man who tossed it there died. His name was
Fred Morrison -- and he was ninety years old.
There were flying discs before Fred Morrison. In fact, before Mr.
Morrison perfected his own product, he -- and many others -- used cake
pans or pie plates. What set Mr. Morrison apart was a combination of
salesmanship, tenacity, and entrepreneurial spirit. The latter of which
kicked in one day when he and a girlfriend were throwing a cake pan back
and forth. A stranger stopped to offer him a quarter. The pan had cost
Mr. Morrison a nickel. And he could do math.
So he started designing his own, more aerodynamic cake pan. And after
serving in World War II, he decided the future was in plastics. So he
first created a plastic disc called "the Flyin-Saucer" -- and then the
"Pluto Platter". The outer part of the circular disc was listed in the
patent as the "Morrison Slope" -- a slope which is common to almost all
flying discs nowadays.
The tireless Fred Morrison travelled around the U.S. to fairs, dressed
up as an astronaut, demonstrating the Pluto Platter, and probably
sweating a lot. His outlandish promotion caught the attention of a
newly-formed company called "Wham-O". And in 1957, Wham-O bought Mr.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, college students were eating a lot of pie.
These pies were manufactured by the Frisbie Baking Company. That's
"Frisbie" spelled "F-R-I-S-B-I-E". The students then used their empty
pie plates as flying discs. It was an East Coast phenomenon.
So Wham-O cleverly took the pie-company's name, changed the second "i"
to an "e", and called their discs "Frisbees" -- any similarity purely
Mr. Morrison, incidentally, hated the name "Frisbee". He thought it
was stupid. But he wasn't complaining: ten years after he sold the
rights to the Pluto Platter to Wham-O, he was able to retire on the
The Frisbee became so popular among people who otherwise did little
with their hands that, in 1975, two doctors diagnosed an unusual
ailment. It was called "Frisbee Finger". And in August of that year,
guest host Ken Dryden spoke with medical student Hallie Fost and Doctor
Mark Dembert about their work.
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Every year, on his wedding anniversary, John Edwards took his
now-estranged wife Elizabeth to Wendy's. So all of you who believe
that's a relationship to emulate should go ahead and share a Frosty with
your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Since that's no one, that means everyone will be taking their beloveds
elsewhere. But where? And what they should eat while there? And what
they should drink with what they're eating?
Well, one man who might have some answers is Montreal sommelier
Francois Chartier. He's an innovative gastronomist who uses the latest
in food chemistry to match the best grub with the best grape.
His book, "Papilles et Molecules" -- which translates to "Taste Buds
and Molecules", has just won the prestigious title of "Most Innovative
Food Book in the World", at the World cookbook Awards in Paris, France.
That's where we reached him.
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Have you ever found yourself face-to-face with a new acquaintance,
wishing you could know more about them? Where they came from, where
they're going, or if they've ever been or are now involved in espionage
or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or whether,
between 1933 and 1945 they were involved, in any way, in persecutions
associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?
All right, unless you work for U-S immigration, you probably don't
wonder about that last part during a first handshake. It's one of the
questions asked of foreign nationals entering the United States without a
visa. And, as such, it's one of the lyrics in Andy Fite's "Do Any of
the Following Apply to You?"
Having already set to music such subjects as the Book of Revelations,
Colin Powell's 2003 U-N speech on Iraq, and spam e-mails, Mr. Fite has
included "Do Any of the Following Apply To You?" on an album called
"Other People's Problems" -- fitting, because, while the musician has
lived in Sweden for the past fifteen years, he's an American citizen, so
that entry card doesn't apply.
Have your documents ready: here's Andy Fite.
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This evening, with the opening ceremonies, the Vancouver Winter
Olympics begin. And while the Games are primarily an athletic event,
they're also a tremendously important venue for local arts and culture.
The Cultural Olympiad is a showcase for performers, musicians and
artists to express their views of all things Olympic. Except that some
of the artists invited to participate feel that their views aren't
Paul Cran is the Poet Laureate for the city of Vancouver. He was
originally invited by the Vancouver Organizing Committee -- or VANOC --
to read some of his poems as part of the Cultural Olympiad. He declined
-- and in an open letter earlier this week, argued that the legal
agreement VANOC wanted him to sign was, in effect, a muzzle clause.
We reached Paul Cran at his office in Vancouver.
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No one likes to be growled at by the government, but the Canadian Real
Estate Association figures this may be a case of the bark being worse
than the bite.
Ottawa says there isn't enough competition in the Canadian real estate
business, and it wants to see the industry loosen up its rules. The
federal Competition Bureau believes it should be easier for homeowners
to buy only the real estate services they need, instead of paying high
commissions to agents for services they don't want.
Last night on As It Happens, the head of the Canadian Real Estate
Association said none of this makes sense to him. According to Dale
Ripplinger, there's plenty of competition in the real estate business --
and agents work hard to protect the interests of consumers.
Here's one of the calls that came in to our Talkback line:
And thank you for phoning in.
There were emails on this subject too. This letter is from Felicia Esposito in Calgary:
"Wow, while I was listening to Mr. Ripplinger, I was hoping you'd ask
him what world he lived in and if there was room for me. If not, I'd
like to invite him over to my world, here in Calgary.
"In Calgary, I challenge him to find an agent he can 'negotiate' with.
The fees have been standardized here at seven per cent for the first
one-hundred thousand dollars, and three-point-five per cent for the
"If you ask an agent to negotiate, they may knock five-hundred or a
thousand dollars off, but that is only on their half of the commission.
They can't control the listing or referring agent's fees, which would
also follow the fee schedule above. I believe in some circles, this is
That was from Felicia Esposito in Calgary.
And Diane Walle sent this letter from Victoria.
"There are discount services in B.C. that have been operating successfully for the past few years.
"I have bought and sold my last three properties through One Per Cent
Realty; my realtor offers all the same full services as the usual
realtors, including listing on the MLS listing service, showings, and
advertising at a fixed price fee. All three transactions with One Per
Cent went very smoothly, saving me thousands of dollars.
"Other realtors have told me they do not co-operate with One Per Cent,
and will often avoid taking their clients to see properties offered for
sale by that agency. Despite this, One Per Cent is becoming more
popular, as people realize they have been gouged enough over the years
by realtors who often get paid tens of thousands of dollars for only a
few hours' work.
"I believe it is time to change things."
Signed Diane Walle, in Victoria B.C.
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Last October, India's first genetically modified brinjal-- or
eggplant-- was officially approved for released. But on Tuesday, the
Indian government withdrew its approval, saying further testing needs to
be done before it can be cultivated.
Dr. Vanada Shiva is a food-safety and sustainability activist, based
in India. She is also the founder of the Organic Seed Bank Network,
which is used by food growers across India. We reached Dr. Shiva in
There is, of course, the argument that genetically modified crops
should not be completely discounted, especially when it comes to hungry
Dr. David Pimentel makes that argument. He is a professor of
entomology at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell
University. He has written extensively about pesticide and
pesticide-resistant crops. We reached him in Ithaca, New York.
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Sometimes when you look out your window in the morning, you want to
scream. The sight of the snow piled up outside -- and the thought of
digging out -- can instantly awaken your inner Howard Dean.
Well, imagine how they've been feeling in the Washington, D.C.-area
lately. As you may have heard, if you've been conscious, they've been
experiencing a snowpocalypse. Yes, the End of Days has apparently
arrived, in the form of a low pressure system.
So perhaps it's not surprising that weather predictions in the D.C.
region have been a little adjective-heavy in the last week or so.
Here's Jim Kosek of Accuweather.com delivering the forecast for Baltimore a week ago -- our Sound of the Day: