Border murders cross a line. When three people linked to the American
consulate are killed in Mexico, the U.S. vows to crack down on the drug
Detroit crop city. The home of the formerly Big Three automakers prepares to turn vacant lots into farmland.
Going public about privacy. Matthew Vienneau says his three-year search
for a sister missing in Syria is being hindered by
confidentiality-obsessed Canadian officials.
They don't observe standard hours; they just sleep after they eat.
Turns out Arctic reindeer are the lazy teenagers of the animal world.
The collapse of a house of curds. The venerable Cooper's Hill Cheese
Rolling contest is cancelled -- and some feel cheated out of the choice
to chase cheese.
And...the rest isn't silence. A British scholar finds the truth about a
play called "Double Falsehood": it was likely the last play written by
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that can hit the broadside of a bard.
There are thousands of murders in Ciudad Juárez each year. Located
near the Texas border, Juárez is a hotspot for drug-related violence,
and ranks as Mexico's deadliest city.
But while many of those deaths go under-reported, three murders this
weekend have drawn considerable condemnation from both Mexico and the
United States. All three victims had ties to the U.S. consulate in
Diana Washington Valdez is a reporter for the El Paso Times, in Texas. We reached her at work.
Today, we also reached Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz. Her opera ---
which premiered this weekend in Mexico City --- is based on a folk
ballad, or corrido that tells the story of a woman, Camelia la Tejana,
who sets out to smuggle marijuana across the border.
Corridos are ballads initially written to celebrate the
accomplishments of Mexican revolutionaries. But in the fairly recent
past, corridos have taken a twist, and now they often celebrate drug
barons. Here is part of our interview with Gabriela Ortiz, whom we
reached in Mexico City.
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It's been nearly three years since Matthew Vienneau has heard anything
from his sister, Nicole. She disappeared while travelling in Syria on
March 31st, 2007. Since then, Matthew and his family have been
desperately trying to find out what might have happened to his sister,
whose full name is Jacqueline Nicole Vienneau.
When we first spoke to Matthew in 2007, he was in Syria searching for
his sister, with assistance from Canadian officials. Now, though, more
often than not, he feels that his family's efforts are being thwarted by
bureaucrats in Canada -- in the name of "privacy".
We reached Matthew Vienneau in Toronto.
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There are few things more quintessentially British than chasing a
wheel of Double-Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. And there are few
things more quintessentially As It Happens than doing interviews about
Brits chasing wheels of Double-Gloucester cheese down a steep hill.
But alas, those two great traditions appear to be coming to an end.
The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling And Wake, which has been going on
annually for some three hundred years, has been cancelled, because of
As it has gone on, and as As It Happens has talked about it, it has
become more and more popular. Last year, fifteen thousand people showed
up to chase, or watch people chase, a three-kilogram,
thirty-centimetre-wide roll of cheese down a very steep hill.
That, police say, is more than three times as many people as the site,
near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, can handle. Roads leading to the
site have become too congested, making it impossible for emergency
vehicles to get out with the inevitably injured.
So unless organizers can find a way to make the cheese-rolling less popular, it won't be held again.
If that makes you sad -- because it certainly makes us sad -- try not
to feel so blue. Principally, because Double Gloucester is a firm,
almost brittle cheese that is nothing like a Stilton or other blue
cheese. And because we've prepared this retrospective of our coverage
over the years:
I'm not crying -- I just have some Parmesan in my eye. Garvia will help
me get it out during the news, and then we'll be back with more As It
Happens. When we return:
They unpaved parking lots, and put up paradise. The city of Detroit gets ready to turn disused land into farmland.
The grim repo. A new American report details the dangers of car repossession -- and it's not just repo people at risk.
It's sort of stodgy -- but tonight it'll be Stooge-y. The Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame prepares to induct one of the filthiest bands in music
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm GB.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm GB. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
Overdue Bill: after three centuries, a scholar identifies a play called "Double Falsehood" as the work of William Shakespeare.
And when a dog swallows a three-carat gem, a jeweller has to wait for
it to emerge -- giving new meaning to the phrase "Diamonds are forever."
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
The city of Detroit is in rough shape.
With the American auto industry in shambles, the Motor City isn't what
it used to be. Back in the nineteen-fifties, when things were booming,
the city was teeming with two million inhabitants. Today, the population
has dipped below nine-hundred thousand. And keeping a large, relatively
empty city running is expensive.
Which is why Mayor David Bing is taking some steps to downsize. Later
this month, Mayor Bing will announce his strategy to shrink the city of
Detroit, and that plan will include a transformation towards
agriculture. Vacant lots will be converted to farmland.
Mark Dowie is an investigative historian. He spent some time in
Detroit documenting the new urban landscape of that city for Guernica
Magazine. We reached him at his home, in Point Reyes Station,
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All right, Shakespeare scholars. Put your powdered wigs on, and tell me which of The Bard's plays this quotation comes from.
Nothing? Well, don't get your codpiece in a twist. The play featuring
that speech hasn't been performed since the eighteenth century.
Scholar Lewis Theobald first billed the play "Double Falsehood" as an
original Shakepeare play back in 1727. Unfortunately for Mr. Theobald,
most of his contemporaries derided the play as a forgery -- not
Shakespeare at all. But now, nearly three hundred years later,
Nottingham University Professor Brean Hammond may well have exonerated
Mr. Theobald. Professor Hammond has uncovered evidence that "Double
Falsehood" is. in fact. a genuine Shakespeare piece. Well, mostly.
And as a result, respected Shakepeare publisher Arden is going to issue a fully annotated version of the play next week.
We reached Professor Brean Hammond earlier today at his office in Nottingham, England.
Now, when we record an interview, we usually leave some things on the
cutting room floor. Carol often shares a little conversation with a
guest before the interview starts, just to ensure the telephone line is
acceptable. That usually elicits a generic response from our
interviewees -- perhaps a count to ten, or a brief weather forecast.
Today, Professor Hammond gave us something a little different.
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You know those days that, no matter what you do, just turn out to be a dog's breakfast?
Well, consider George Kaufmann. Last week, the Washington, D.C.
jeweller was about to examine a beautiful, three-carat diamond. It had
been brought into his shop by a dealer. But, as the dealer reached to
show Kaufmann the $20,000 rock, it, unfortunately, got dropped.
And more unfortunately, it was dropped right next to the snout of Sollie, Kaufman's Golden Retriever.
Who, most unfortunately, promptly gobbled it up.
You can imagine the scene. A moment of shock, followed by panicked
attempts to reach down poor Sollie's throat to recover the gem. But that
proved unsuccessful; dogs, as anyone who has ever fed one knows, are
not typically thoughtful gourmands who savour their food.
So a vet was called. And the vet said, perhaps unsurprisingly, that
the only way to recover the valuable piece of kibble was to, um, let
nature take its course -- and sift through the results.
Which meant Mr. Kaufmann couldn't let Sollie out of his sight. And be very thankful for the invention of latex gloves.
After due course, and a lot of careful examination, the diamond, we're
pleased to say, was recovered. And polished. Thoroughly. And returned
to a very grateful dealer.
All this, of course, merely demonstrates Mr. Kaufman's skill as a
jeweller -- because as everyone knows, it takes a special talent to
identify a diamond in the roughage.
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With one hateful diatribe, David Ahenakew offended millions of people, and destroyed his reputation.
Mr. Ahenakew, a longtime aboriginal-rights activist, died on Friday
night at the age of seventy-six, after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Ahenakew was a sergeant in the Canadian Forces, and a former Grand
Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He received an Order of Canada
for his work. But that order was taken away. And the truth is, David
Ahenakew is now best-remembered for his Anti-Semitic remarks in 2002,
when he sympathized with Hitler and the Nazis' extermination of the
At a meeting that was supposed to be about health care for the
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Mr. Ahenakew decided to share
stories of serving in Germany in the nineteen-fifties. And he also
shared his opinion that Jews had started the Second World War.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix reporter James Parker challenged David Ahenakew
on his views on the war -- and here is what the former Grand Chief
Mr. Ahenakew continued his anti-Semitic rant for several minutes. And
by the time his rant was finished, so was his reputation. His remarks
forced him to resign from his post as the chairman of the Federation of
Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
In 2005, he was convicted of inciting hatred for those statements -- but that conviction was eventually overturned.
Before his infamous outburst, David Ahenakew had spent decades
dedicating his life to advocating for the rights of First Nations people
In 1985, Canada was on the verge of a new agreement on native
self-government. Ottawa, seven provinces, Métis groups and non-status
Indians approved an accord -- but Canada's status Indians did not
support it, because it didn't go far enough, and it allowed the
provincial governments to interfere with aboriginal sovereignty.
On April 3rd, 1985, As It Happens spoke with David Ahenakew, when he
was the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, opposing the
agreement. Here's part of what he had to say, for the record.
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The lethargic United States' economy has actually enlivened certain industries. Among them, the repo industry.
There has been a spike in car repossessions, because people can't make
their car payments. Many small dealers rely on repo companies to get
their cars back from negligent owners. And a new report from the
National Consumer Law Centre says that the repossessions can be
hazardous to your health -- whether you're repossessing a car, having a
car repossessed, or just standing around while a repossession occurs.
Over the past three years, dozens of people have been injured, and six
people killed, during repo jobs. The report says that states need to
change their laws to offer both vendors and buyers more protection.
John Van Alst is the principal author of the report, and a lawyer for
the National Consumer Law Centre. We reached him in Winchester,
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You've got the graceful elegance of ballet. The complicated, sultry
tango. The forbidden dance, which I'm scared to mention: the lambada. We
have dances celebrating the belly, the chicken, and the line. And now,
there's a dance that's just been officially recognized for its
popularity -- even though it's been around for a long time. It's called
"The Bamboo Dance" -- and on Friday, that dance made the Guinness Book
of World Records.
In the state of Mizoram, in north-eastern India, ten thousand, three
hundred and seventy-eight young dancers set the record for the "largest
and longest bamboo dance". To give you an idea of what that looked like
-- bamboo dancing is sort of like jump-rope.
Picture thousands of boys with long bamboo sticks, keeping them low to
the ground and snapping them together as girls in sarongs jump in
between the snapping bamboo sticks. The dancers maintain the beat
extra-carefully, so their feet don't hit the bamboo, which is creating
Last Friday, the lines of dancers went on as far as the eye could see,
performing the dance in unison for eight minutes. And tens of thousands
of spectators from around the region came to watch the spectacle.
Those rhythmic bamboo sticks are our Sound Of the Day.
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After springing forward for daylight saving time, many of us are
falling back. Turns out missing an hour of sleep can really...um...wait,
what was I saying? Oh yeah: a lot of us are finding our body clocks
have been thrown way out of whack by the time change.
Well, Arctic reindeer may not understand the clocks going forward. But
you might guess that their body clocks are a real mess, from living in a
land of such extremes. Bright half the year, dark the other half --
you'd think it would wear on them. Well, it doesn't. According to new
research, Arctic reindeer may have actually managed to turn off their
natural body clocks. Which allows them to rock and roll all night and
party every day --or at least join in all the reindeer games, without
the aid of a triple espresso.
Professor Andrew Louden is a professor of Animal Biology with the University of Manchester in England.
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He was a spy in Stalag 17, Agent Phelps in Mission: Impossible, and
the voice of Biography. And in one role, he played off his reputation as
a straight man to portray a truly bizarre pilot.
Film and television actor Peter Graves has died at the age of eighty-three.
Mr. Graves starred in more than seventy films and television series.
With his rugged look and calm demeanour, he was normally cast as the
wholesome good guy. But he was not afraid to stretch out of that typical
role and spoof his own image, as he famously demonstrated when he took
on the role of a pilot in the 1980 comedy Airplane!
When he first read the script for the disaster spoof, with his
character making jokes about Turkish prisons, Mr. Graves was concerned
that the role might cause his career to self-destruct, and turned down
the part. But he did agree to meet with the filmmakers, who explained
their idea to have an actor of his stature and dignity to play the comic
role absolutely straight -- a request they also made of Lloyd Bridges,
Leslie Nielsen, and Robert Stack. That idea appealed to Peter Graves and
he took a chance and jumped in the pilot's seat.
Here's Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Oveur, along with his
co-pilots Roger and Victor. And you may remember those names leading to a
bit of confusion in the cockpit...
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It doesn't seem to matter how transgressive, hostile, or disgusting
you are in your youth -- at some point, you want some recognition from
the establishment. Here's one example: in 1975, John Lydon was
approached to join the Sex Pistols, because he was wearing a T-shirt
that read, "I Hate Pink Floyd". He became Johnny Rotten, one of the most
anti-social, angry figures in punk rock. Now, in the twenty-first
century, he's appeared on a reality show called "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me
Out Of Here!", and in TV commercials for Country Life butter. And in a
recent interview, he admitted that he loves Pink Floyd. Especially Dark
Side of the Moon. "Dave Gilmour I've met a few times," John Lydon said,
"and he's an all-right bloke."
Here's another example: in the late 'sixties and early 'seventies, no
band was more anti-social than The Stooges. And what made them
especially compelling was that their jerkishness seemed to be only
partly a gimmick -- and mainly a reflection of their genuine contempt
The Stooges' singer, Iggy Pop, was a weird combination of Jim
Morrison, an oversexed Komodo dragon, and Satan. In 1973, Iggy and The
Stooges performed at a club called "Max's Kansas City" in New York.
After a while, the stage was littered with broken glass -- so Iggy threw
himself down on it. Over and over again. And, despite the ensuing gore,
he refused to stop the show. After performing a full concert, the
singer graciously allowed Alice Cooper to take him to the emergency
room. And on his way out, the only thing he had to say to the crowd was,
"Is there a professional photographer in the house?"
Well, that was then, and this is now. Tonight, at the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in Cleveland, there will be a slew of professional
photographers in the house, and no broken glass whatsoever. And among
tonight's inductees -- who include The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis and
ABBA -- are the Stooges.
They'll be represented by the two members of the band who are still
alive: Iggy Pop and drummer Scott Asheton. And if it seems bizarre that
members of one of the loudest, nastiest rock bands ever will be
celebrated at the same ceremony as the group that sang "Chiquitita" --
well, that's just what happens. Sooner or later, you stop searching and
destroying, and start accepting and thanking.
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