Helm and high water. Four years ago, the ferry "Queen of the North"
capsized -- and today, the man responsible for steering the ship was
Unhappy trailers to you. FEMA auctions off tens of thousands of
formaldehyde-tainted trailers, dirt cheap -- and the response is toxic.
Explosive revelations. A new report on the Omagh bombing questions the
investigation after the fact -- and the intelligence community's work
Documenting a movement in black and white. Remembering Charles Moore,
whose civil-rights-era photographs brought the struggle home to
Save the Earth and spoil the child. A new study shows that, if you're
environmentally friendly, you just might be more interpersonally
And...Professor Sandman, bring me a dream. Here's a class Scottish
teenagers can pass with their eyes closed -- a crash course in how to
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that assumes all the exams will be fill-in-the-blanket.
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It has been nearly twelve years since the Omagh bombing in Northern
Ireland -- and a lot of people are still waiting for answers.
1998 had been a year of hope and promise for the people of Northern
Ireland. Many believed the signing of the Good Friday agreement had
finally put the province on the path to peace. But on Saturday, August
15th of that year, the nation was shocked when the small town of Omagh
suffered the deadliest bombing Northern Ireland had seen in more than
thirty years. Twenty-nine people died in the Omagh blast, sparking
outrage from all sides of the community.
Although the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the attack, no one
has ever been convicted for the bombing. Today, a new report from the
British government's Northern Ireland Affairs Committee questions the
response of the security forces in tracking down those behind the
bombings. It also asks whether a better flow of information may have
even prevented the bombing from happening.
Michael Gallagher lost his son Aiden in the bombing. He spoke to the
committee on behalf of the victim's relatives. We reached him in Omagh,
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Anyone who has ever tried to wake up their sixteen-year-old for school
would naturally assume there was one thing teenagers needed no help
with: sleeping. But according to the Scottish charity "Sleep Scotland",
teenagers are actually crying out for help. Or maybe yawning out for
"Sleep Scotland" claims that many teenagers are, in fact,
sleep-deprived. And what's more, this lack of sleep is affecting their
academic performance, increasing their risk of obesity and increasing
their risk of depression. So, in an attempt to curb the problem, the
charity has been giving teenagers a nod in the right direction: it has
teamed up with schools in Glasgow to give students lessons in how to
Jane Ansell is the director of "Sleep Scotland". We reached her in Edinburgh.
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It's nice to imagine being celebrated after your death. Although one
downside to such celebrations is that you won't be alive enough to enjoy
them. And another is that your community might commemorate you by
scattering giant fibreglass toads everywhere.
I wouldn't worry about that much, if I were you. Your municipal
council isn't likely to go with the fibreglass-toad thing when you die.
Communities only suggest fibreglass toads when they're a fitting tribute
to the deceased. As in the case of the late British poet, Philip Larkin
-- author of the poems "Toads" and "Toads Revisited".
This year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Mr. Larkin's death.
Because he spent thirty years as a librarian at the University of Hull,
the city of Hull is holding a festival called "Larkin 25".
Celebrations will include theatrical performances inspired by Philip
Larkin; musical performances reflecting the tastes of Philip Larkin;
exhibits of Philip Larkin's photography; and giant toads.
Unless festival organizers can't afford the toads any more. Until
yesterday, Hull City Council was committed to contributing more than
three-hundred thousand dollars for dozens of the giant toad statues,
which are to be placed throughout Hull for ten weeks this summer. But
then the story of the toads started getting a lot of publicity -- and
Hull Council's leader suddenly felt that giant toads were not a
"suitable use" of council money.
Festival officials are confident they can still raise the money to get
the toads built. Otherwise, they'll have to scale down. The whole
kerfuffle would amuse Mr. Larkin. All this fuss over some manufactured
amphibians -- all because of this bad-tempered poem. Here's As It
Happens producer Ben Edwards, reading Philip Larkin's "Toads".
And on that poetic note, we'll take a short break so you can hear the
news. But there's a lot more As It Happens to come -- including these
Opportunity noxious. FEMA's got a lot of super-cheap trailers to sell -- only problem is, they're uninhabitable.
Downhill battle. The mayor of Revelstoke tells us what he plans to do, and what he plans not to do, after a deadly avalanche.
It's psychological -- full-stop. An expert who's studied the phenomenon
of "sudden acceleration" says it's all in our heads -- and our
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.
We'll look back at the work of photographer Charles Moore -- who risked
injury, and worse, to snap civil-rights-era abuses in the American
And new research shows that people who are devoted environmentalists may also be vicious recyclers.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
For sale. Cheap.
More than a hundred thousand trailers used by FEMA -- the Federal
Emergency Management Agency of the U.S. government -- are on the auction
block. You'll remember those FEMA trailers. They were used as temporary
homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. and later found to be
toxic. Now, critics are worried for the people who snap up the used
trailers.. and concerned about what they'll be used for.
Becky Gillette is the formaldehyde campaign director for the
environmental organization, the Sierra Club. We reached her in Eureka
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You may not know his name, but you have seen his work.
Charles Moore's poignant and powerful black-and-white photographs
documenting the civil rights struggle in the American South of the
'fifties and 'sixties became iconic. Those images of black men and women
being abused, assaulted, and arrested -- published in Life Magazine --
captured the tensions of the era, and made everyone a witness to the
struggle they depicted.
On March 11th, Charles Moore died in Florida, at the age of seventy-nine.
John Kaplan, an award-winning photographer himself, was a longtime
friend of Charles Moore. We reached Mr. Kaplan at his office in
Gainesville, at the University of Florida, where he is a professor.
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On Saturday afternoon, about two hundred people gathered on
Revelstoke's Boulder Mountain to watch the annual Big Iron Shootout --
an "extreme" snowmobile event. Suddenly, an avalanche swept down the
mountain. And while a swift rescue response saved most of the people
caught in the avalanche, two people were killed.
In the investigation following the tragedy, questions are being raised
about why numerous avalanche warnings were ignored. B.C.'s Public
Safety Minister and Solicitor General Kash Heed announced Monday that
the government is looking into a number of new regulations for
snowmobilers. But he also said that believes that government action
alone will not prevent fatalities.
David Raven has his own opinions about government intervention. He's the mayor of Revelstoke, B.C.
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It was another day, another mea culpa for Toyota.
Today on Parliament Hill, the car company's North American head, Yoshi
Inaba, extended Toyota's apologies to Canadian customers for the
problems that lead to a massive recall.
That problem is called "sudden acceleration." Drivers describe the gas
pedal sticking, making it impossible for them to stop their cars.
Toyota has been trying for months to find the cause.
But one expert thinks that drivers, not car parts, might be at fault.
Richard Schmidt is a psychologist who studied reports of "sudden
acceleration" in the nineteen-eighties. We reached him at the University
of California, Los Angeles.
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History is often buried so well, you couldn't find it if you tried. I mean that both metaphorically and literally.
Here's what I mean: for more than a century, most Newfoundlanders
believed that Shawnadithit, the last known Beothuk Indian, was buried in
a church graveyard. But now, the truth has been uncovered --
metaphorically speaking. An archaeological consulting firm has
determined the location of the graveyard where Shawnadithit is very
likely buried. Literally.
Bob Cuff is a historian with the firm. We reached him in St. John's, Newfoundland.
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It's not easy being green.
That saying doesn't just apply to famous felt frogs. It goes for
people too. New research shows that buying environmentally-friendly
products doesn't necessarily have the kind the psychological effect
Nina Mazar is the co-author of the study, published in the latest
edition of the journal Psychological Science. She's a marketing
professor at the University of Toronto and she's currently a visiting
scholar at New York University. We reached her there.