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March 9, 2010

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NATUASHISH ELECTION FOLO Duration: 00:07:56

Now that the Innu community of Natuashish has a new leader, many residents are wondering where he will lead them.

Simeon Tshakapesh was elected chief of the reserve in northern Labrador last Friday. One of the main issues in the election was the town's ban on alcohol, introduced just over two years ago by the outgoing mayor, Prode Poker.

Last night As it Happens spoke with Katie Rich, the current band manager in Natuashish. She worked with Chief Poker to implement the ban, and she said it has greatly improved conditions in the community. But she said she fears things will now change for Natuashish, because the new chief wants to rescind the prohibition bylaw.

Chief Tshakapesh says that's not necessarily true. We reached him in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador.


PHENOMENA Duration: 00:00:22

Album:FUZZBOX/THE SECTION QUARTET

Label:DECCA

Persons/Roles:
BRIAN CHASE - COMPOSER
KAREN ORZOLEK - COMPOSER
NICK ZINNER - COMPOSER
THE SECTION QUARTET - STRING QUARTET

GERMAN CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE Duration: 00:08:37

When it comes to the many sex abuse scandals that plague the Catholic church, the Vatican usually tries to maintain some distance. But the latest scandal that has emerged over the past few days in Germany hits the Vatican very close to home. Or rather, to the home of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth.

Former members of Germany's Regensburger Domspatzen boys' choir say they were sexually and physically abused at the choir's boarding schools. The Pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger, led the choir from 1964 to 1994. For his part, Reverend Ratzinger said he was completely unaware of allegations of sexual abuse. However, today, he admitted he was aware of allegations of physical abuse at one of the boarding schools, but did nothing about it.

The German composer Franz Wittenbrink lived in the Regensburg choir boarding school until 1967. He is one of the former pupils who has now come forward. We reached Mr. Wittenbrink in Hamburg.


L'√ČTOILE (FEAT. MAX THE SAX) Duration: 00:00:24

Album:COCO, PT 1/PAROV STELAR

Label:HIGH NOTE

Persons/Roles:
PAROV STELAR - COMPOSER
PAROV STELAR - PERFORMER

EMAIL: BONOBO SHARING Duration: 00:03:11

Today, I tried to share lunch with a stranger. But he got all possessive about the lunch in question, just because he had paid for it. That got me to thinking about the generosity of other members of the animal kingdom -- particularly bonobo monkeys and crows.

On last night's program, anthropologist Brian Hare told us about his research into bonobo monkeys. He told us that they share food with complete strangers, just like some humans, except for that guy in the food court. And after we aired that conversation, Sandra Chatterton from Ottawa, got in touch with us. She wrote:

"For over a year, I took care of fourteen crows who had been rescued by the Wild Bird Care Centre in Ottawa. I was living in Wakefield, Quebec at the time. These birds were damaged and would never fly.

"Each morning I would bring them two large bowls of food, mostly warm dog food soaked in broth, canned dog food, table scraps, and occasionally roadkill.

"When spring came and the wild crows returned, the caged crows called out to them. Within a few days I watched my caged crows pass food through the chicken wire to the wild crows. They passed the food beak-to-beak. These crows had no way of knowing one another: the caged birds were urban crows from Ontario and the wild crows were from rural Quebec.

"Your scientist noted that the bonobos gained nothing from this social interaction. Neither did my crows: they were not being harrassed by the wild crows; they were not related."

Thanks for sharing, Ms. Chatterton.

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FPS FANFARE Duration: 00:00:20

Album:MANGOES/MOYER, JEREMY

Label:CUSTOM, MSV1-JM09

Persons/Roles:
JEREMY MOYER - COMPOSER
JEREMY MOYER - ERHU
JEREMY MOYER - PRODUCER

YORKSHIRE PUDDING BAN Duration: 00:06:28

Europeans aren't like us. For one thing, they tend to be extremely picky about what they eat. And even pickier about what they call what they eat.

Here, you can go to the grocery store and buy a glorified version of bacon labelled "Parma Ham". In Europe, Parma ham comes exclusively from Italian swine.

And soon, if a group of foodies from in England gets its way, your mom's Yorkshire pudding will have to go by another name. Unless, of course, she lives in Yorkshire.

Andrew Pern is the chef at the Star Inn in Harome, North Yorkshire and he's backing the movement. We reached him in his kitchen.


INDIA WOMEN VOTE Duration: 00:05:44

India's Houses of Parliament have been unusually rowdy over the past couple days. esterday, the government re-introduced a bill that seeks to increase the percentage of female MPs from ten to thirty percent. The bill was first proposed in 1996, but it's faced a lot of opposition. The kind of opposition that, yesterday, drove one Member of Parliament to grab a draft of the bill out of the Speaker's hand and tear it to shreds. Today, however, calmer heads prevailed, and the bill was finally passed.

Priya Nanda is with the International Centre for Research on Women, a women's rights group in New Delhi that has been pushing for the bill. We've reached her at her home.


WIDOW'S MEDITATION Duration: 00:00:20

Album:DANCES, PRAYERS & MEDITATIONS FOR PEACE

Label:HEADS UP, HUCD 3111

Persons/Roles:
NESTOR TORRES - COMPOSER
JULIO REYES - COMPOSER
NESTER TORRES - FLUTE
JULIO REYES - PRODUCER
JULIO REYES - PIANO

FTR: VIOLA DESMOND SISTER Duration: 00:04:41

Technically, Viola Desmond was a criminal.

More than sixty years ago, she was convicted and fined for refusing to give up her seat in a whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. It made her a hero to many in the African-Canadian community. And now, finally, the province has promised to grant her a posthumous pardon.

As Viola Desmond's sister Wanda Robson tells it, Ms. Desmond was somewhat uncomfortable taking up an activist role after the incident. Yet she was a strong-minded community leader. She ran a successful beauty parlour, and she helped those around her in need.

One of those people turned out to be her sister. Here is Wanda Robson speaking on CBC Halifax's Maritime Magazine back in 2006. She explains how Viola's determination saved her when she needed it most, for the record.


I COULD BE NOTHING Duration: 00:00:22

Album:BODIES AND MINDS/GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS

Label:WEEWERK, MSR035

Persons/Roles:
TONY DEKKER - COMPOSER
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS - POP GROUP

MONGOLIAN WINTER: UN Duration: 00:06:58

For nomadic herders in Mongolia, the winter is always long and difficult. But this year has been exceptionally awful. More than half of the country has been officially designated a disaster area. A series of extreme weather conditions have left it under the spell of what's called a "Dzud" -- a Mongolian term for a snowy, cold winter that causes livestock to starve. So far this winter, more than three million animals have died.

The United Nations Development Programme, or U.N.D.P., has stepped in to help the crisis-stricken country -- by spearheading the disposal of millions of livestock carcasses before the thaw.

Akbar Usmani is a regional representative of the U.N.D.P. in Mongolia. We reached him in Ulaanbaatar.


SC/MUSIC: FINNEGANS WAKE Duration: 00:06:57

"Sobs they sighdid at Fillagain's chrissormiss wake, all the hoolivans of the nation, prostrated in their consternation, and their duodisimally profusive plethora of ululation. There was plumbs and grumes and cheriffs and citherers and raiders and cinemen too. And the all gianed in with the shoutmost shoviality. Agog and magog and the round of them agrog."

That's one of the most straightforward passages of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake -- a book that took him seventeen years to write. What's it about? Well, it's about six-hundred and seventy pages long. I know, that's not helpful. But the thing is, no one is completely sure what it's actually about.

Mr. Joyce once said that "the book really has no beginning or end...It ends in the middle of a sentence and begins in the middle of the same sentence." Which sounds like a clue, except that when you read the middle of a sentence that ends the book and the middle of a sentence that begins the book as one sentence, that sentence is still fairly baffling. Since the first fragments of the book were published, in the early nineteen-twenties, scholars have pored over Finnegans Wake, deciphering its countless puns, religious references, anagrams, and dense word games. And about the only thing they all agree on is that you don't have to understand it all to like it. Which is good, because no one does.

Except, perhaps, Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon. The two textual scholars spent the last three decades going over every last manuscript, draft, stray note, and smudged napkin Joyce issued in putting together the book. And their thirty-year immersion has resulted in a definitive version of Finnegans Wake.

The scholars have made nine thousand corrections and changes to the text. They've amended misplaced punctuation, syntactical errors, and misspellings. That is, they've changed incorrect misspellings to correct misspellings, and replaced unintentional syntactical errors with intentional syntactical errors. And they did so by referring to dozens of notebooks written by Joyce himself, when he was laboriously constructing the book.

The new edition comes out this week. So you can throw out your useless old copy of Finnegans Wake, and pick up the beautiful new edition for a little more than four hundred dollars -- unless you'd like the special edition, which is twelve hundred dollars. Or you can wait for the paperback. Or you could just listen to this song, which, it's been said, was inspired by Finnegans Wake. At least the "goo goo g'joob" part.



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