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March 25, 2010

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HEALTHCARE DEMS THREATS Duration: 00:06:54

Along with the euphoria Democrats are feeling after Sunday's landmark vote on healthcare in the U.S. is another emotion: fear. Several Democratic lawmakers have received death threats and been the targets of vandalism after supporting the legislation.

One of these Democrats is Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, U-S Representative for New York's twenty-eighth District. We reached her in Washington.


MAGIC WAND OF LOVE Duration: 00:00:20

Album:UNITED FUTURE ORGANIZATION: NO SOUND IS TOO TABOO

Label:VERVE, 314 526722-2

Persons/Roles:
EARL DEROUN - COMPOSER
EARL DEROUN - WRITER
LINDA MURIEL - SINGING
UFO - ENS INSTR

US SEX ABUSE: ROME Duration: 00:07:47

What did he know, and what did he do? These are questions being asked about Pope Benedict, by victims of sexual abuse by priests.

Today, members of the U.S.-based Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests demonstrated at the Vatican. They want the Pope to open up files from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith -- the Vatican department that judges cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Before he became Pope Benedict, then-Cardinal Ratzinger headed the department from 1981 to 2005. The victims want to know how he handled the abuse cases -- in particular, the case of a priest in Milwaukee, Father Lawrence Murphy. He's been accused of sexually abusing as many as two hundred deaf boys.

Barbara Blaine is the President of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP. She is in Rome.


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: MONCTON WOMAN FAMILY Duration: 00:02:31

Last night, we told you the story of a Moncton woman who was reunited with her family. Today, her children are saying they're celebrating a miracle.

A publication ban is now in place, so we can no longer identify the woman, or her family.

RCMP say the fifty-four-year-old was held in a basement apartment before escaping and flagging down a Purolator truck for help yesterday, around lunchtime.

Sixty-two-year-old Romeo Jacques Cormier has been charged in connection with the case. Today, he had his first court appearance in Moncton, where he was charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, stealing money using violence, assault using a knife, uttering a death threat and sexual assault.

Today, the rescued woman's family spoke with reporters at the Codiac RCMP detatchment in Moncton.


THE STORM Duration: 00:00:20

Album:PATRICK WATSON: CLOSE TO PARADISE

Label:SECRET CITY, SCR 002

Persons/Roles:
PATRICK WATSON - COMPOSER
PATRICK WATSON - ENS IN-V

HOCKEY INSURANCE FIGHT Duration: 00:07:23

During a recreational inline hockey game -- which is hockey played on rollerblades -- Stanley Ho went headfirst into the boards, and everything changed. The accident left the twenty-one-year-old partially paralyzed. Doctors say he may require the assistance of a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Stanley was required to pay for personal injury insurance coverage as part of his registration fee, before he could play in the Vancouver Inline Hockey League. But now, eight months since the accident, Stanley has not received any insurance settlement. And he and his family want to know why.

James Ho is Stanley Ho's Father. We reached him in Vancouver.


CLOSING



REASONABLE ACC FOLO Duration: 00:06:41

Shama Naz is in the minority in her province -- in more ways than one.

Many people in Quebec -- including the government -- argue that the niqab is oppressive. But she begs to differ. Ms. Naz is one of a handful of women in the province who wears the face-concealing garment.

Yesterday, Quebec introduced a new law that would bar Muslim women like her from covering their faces when going to school, to the hospital, or to a government office.

We reached Shama Naz at her home in Montreal.


QUERUBIM Duration: 00:00:23

Album:BRAZIL CLASSICS 3: FORRO ETC.

Label:LUAKA BOP/SIRE, CD 26323

Persons/Roles:
DOMINGUINHOS/CLODO - COMPOSER
DAVID BYRNE - PRODUCER
DOMINGUINHOS - UNKNOWN

CHEESE SHOP COW Duration: 00:05:25

It's fair to say if you had a cow on your roof, you'd have a some serious problems to solve. First among them: getting the cow off your roof.

Well, that's not quite the problem Jacques Leary is having. Yes, he has a cow on his roof. But he doesn't want it to come down.

We've reached Jacques Leury at the Cheddar Et Cetera cheese shop in the Ottawa suburb of Orléans.


SALPICA Duration: 00:00:02

Album:EURO LOUNGE

Label:PUTUMAYO WORLD, P209-A

Persons/Roles:
ARGENIS BRITO - DESIGNER
PIER BUCCI - DESIGNER
MAMBOTUR - ENS IN-V

CLIP: LIMBAUGH Duration: 00:00:31

Maybe, just maybe, you will recognize this voice:


RUSH LIMBAUGH PROMISE Duration: 00:07:42

Well, one thing is for sure, health care reform didn't take five years. So now, a couple of guys from Brooklyn, New York are holding Mr. Limbaugh to his word. In fact, they're vowing to help the controversial radio host leave the U-S-of-A by setting up a website called a-ticket-for-rush-dot-com. Mike and Patrick are accepting one-dollar donations to buy the radio host a first-class ticket to Costa Rica.

Mike is in New York and Patrick is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


LE'ESPALACE Duration: 00:01:59

Album:DO MAKE SAY THINK/DO MAKE SAY THINK

Label:CUSTOM

Persons/Roles:
OHAD BENCHETRIT - COMPOSER
JASON MACKENZIE - COMPOSER
DAVE MITCHELL - COMPOSER
JAMES PAYMENT - COMPOSER
JUSTIN SMALL - COMPOSER
CHARLES SPEARIN - COMPOSER
DO MAKE SAY THINK - POP GROUP

COLOMBIA FREE TRADE Duration: 00:07:58

Stephen Harper signed it -- but he'll have the Liberal trade critic to thank for sealing the deal.

Canada reached a free trade pact with Colombia in 2008 -- at least on paper. But it was always contingent on ratification from Canada's Parliament. Back then, the Liberals opposed the deal, along with the NDP and the Bloc, who still do -- citing concerns over Colombia's human-rights record.

But now the Liberals are on board, providing the votes required for the bill to pass. Trade critic Scott Brison provided the clincher, with his proposed amendment to the pact. It would require an annual review between the two governments of the deal's impact on human rights, in both countries.

Dr. Daniel Garcia-Pena is the former High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia. He currently heads Planeta Paz, a peace organization based in Bogota, where we reached him on his cell phone.


SOUR TIMES Duration: 00:00:18

Album:DUMMY

Label:GO, 422 828600

Persons/Roles:
ADRIAN UTLEY - COMPOSER
GEOFF BARROW - COMPOSER
BETH GIBBONS - COMPOSER
PORTISHEAD - POP GROUP
PORTISHEAD - PRODUCER
ADRIAN UTLEY - PRODUCER

DA: BERLUSCONI BOY Duration: 00:02:29

Silvio Berlusconi is a lovely, energetic young fellow. He's popular; he has a carefree attitude and a head of thick, jet-black hair. He's respectful, and humble, and -- oh, wait. I should probably mention I'm not talking about the Prime Minister of Italy. No, I meant Silvio Berlusconi, the four-year-old boy who lives in the town of Modena, Italy, with his father, Anthony Boahene. It's easy to get confused. You know, because of the name.

Funny enough, it's no coincidence.

You see, Silvio Berlusconi's dad -- that's Silvio Berlusconi, the little boy -- likes Silvio Berlusconi -- the Italian Prime Minister -- so much that he recently re-named his son after the politician. Now, the choice may strike you as a little odd, particularly since Mr. Boahene is a fairly new immigrant from Ghana. And Silvio Berlusconi -- the Prime Minister -- is known for his restrictive immigration policies. But Mr. Boahene's admiration has nothing to do with policy. In fact, he admits he doesn't really follow Italian politics. His admiration is based on a more visceral impression. Mr. Boahene -- and I'm quoting here from the Resto del Carlino newspaper -- has said: "I like the way Berlusconi talks and the way he moves. He's a great leader and a great person. He's got a lot of style."

Now there's more to Mr. Boahene's vocal admiration than mere flattery. You see, he has plans for young Silvio. Big plans. He says he'd like to see the boy become ruler of either Italy or Ghana. Or, who knows, maybe both.

Anyway, Silvio -- the boy -- is already off to a great start. Apparently, the one thing he likes watching on TV more than Silvio Berlusconi's soccer team, A.C. Milan, is the Prime Minister himself -- who, apparently, the boy believes to be his real-life grandfather.

It's a little odd. But it could be worse. Apparently before Mr. Boahene settled upon the name Silvio Berlusconi he was considering the names of two other world leaders: Tony Blair and -- I'm not making any of this up -- George Bush.


BASIC SPACE Duration: 00:00:18

Album:XX/XX

Label:XL, YT031CD

Persons/Roles:
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - COMPOSER
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - LYRICIST
BARIA QURESHI - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - LYRICIST
JAMIE SMITH - COMPOSER
JAMIE SMITH - PRODUCER
XX - POP GROUP

GERMAN HOME-SCHOOLING-CANADA Duration: 00:06:58

The principal issue: whether parents can be principals.

Earlier this week, a German mother and father appeared before Alberta's Immigration and Refugee Board. They were there to request asylum, on the grounds that they would be persecuted in Germany for home-schooling their children. They claim that they risk being locked up, and losing their children, if they return to their homeland. A decision is not expected for several weeks.

The case comes on the heels of a similar one we told you about earlier this month, in which a German homeschooling family was granted asylum in Tennessee. U.S. authorities are now appealing that decision.

Defending the family in the current Canadian case is Jean Munn, the family's lawyer. We reached her in Calgary.


TB: BANANA MUSEUM Duration: 00:01:35

Sometimes the banana doesn't fall far from the tree.

Yesterday, Carol spoke with Ken Bannister, founder of the International Banana Club and Museum -- whose landlords were telling him to make like a banana and split. But before he closes shop, Mr. Bannister shared some tidbits about his favourite fruit, as well as a couple of recipes.

And as you can imagine...Talkback was golden.


CIDER DRINKERS ANGRY Duration: 00:06:45

It seems that Britain's 2010 Budget will be most remembered for one thing. Not income tax, or stamp duties...not even gas costs. No, this year, the budget will be remembered for cider -- the alcoholic kind that is.

Cider lovers across the country are livid, after the Chancellor's decision to increase taxes on the drink by ten per cent. In protest, angry cider drinkers have started an online petition on the government's own website and a "Leave Our Cider Alone" Facebook campaign has already attracted more than twenty-five thousand members. As well as putting a dent in their own wallets, many are worried that the tax hike could seriously damage the U.K. cider industry, which is mostly made up of small producers, locally sourced.

Simon Russell is a spokesperson for the National Association of Cider Makers in the U.K. We reached him in Bristol, England.


I AM A CIDER DRINKER Duration: 00:03:03

Album:GOLDEN DELICIOUS/WURZELS

Label:ATTIC, LAT 1025

Persons/Roles:
BLANCA - COMPOSER
BOB BARRATT - PRODUCER
WURZELS - FOLK GROUP



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