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April 1, 2010

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RCMP TASER FOLO Duration: 00:06:58

Today, the RCMP formally apologized to the mother of Robert Dziekanski, the Polish traveler who was repeatedly tasered back in October 2007. At today's press conference, Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass said he was sorry for the role the RCMP played in Mr. Dziekanski's "tragic death". There was also a confidential settlement reached, putting an end to his mother's civil suit against the police. Today, Zofia Cisowski sat beside the Deputy Commissioner -- and accepted his apology.

We reached Zofia Cisowski at her home in Kamloops, British Columbia.


MILES OF SKY Duration: 00:00:22

Album:SOUNDTRACK/CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET

Label:CUSTOM, ABJ 0303

Persons/Roles:
ANDREW COLLINS - COMPOSER
CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
BILL VORNDICK - PRODUCER

HAITI INDEPENDENCE DOC Duration: 00:06:12

After January's earthquake, many had Haiti on their minds -- and Julia Gaffield was one of them.

The P-H-D student has been studying the country's origins for years. So it's fitting then that this week, as the international community met in New York to discuss the long process of rebuilding Haiti, the twenty-six-year-old from Ottawa has been credited with discovering its original blueprint: the first -- and only known-- official copy of Haiti's Declaration of Independence.

We reached Julia Gaffield in Durham, North Carolina.


THE PASSENGER Duration: 00:02:00

Album:KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON FILM

Label:BARSUK, BARK68

Persons/Roles:
RICKY GARDINER - COMPOSER
IGGY POP - WRITER
IGGY POP - SINGING

NYATITI Duration: 00:00:21

Album:NOBLE BEAST/BIRD, ANDREW

Label:FAT POSSUM, FP1124-2

Persons/Roles:
ANDREW BIRD - COMPOSER
ANDREW BIRD - PRODUCER
ANDREW BIRD - VOCALS

FTR ALFREDSSON Duration: 00:03:25

He's a leader on the ice. Now he wants to be a leader in his city.

The Ottawa Senators' captain, Daniel Alfredsson, has announced that he is joining the race to be the city's next mayor. The hockey star talked about his campaign with guest host Stu Mills on today's CBC Ottawa morning show. Here's part of their conversation, for the record.


HURT ME SO Duration: 00:00:19

Album:DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND FEATURING THE DIPLOMETTES

Label:PRAVDA

Persons/Roles:
DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND - COMPOSER
DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND - POP GROUP

PLUCKY DUCK Duration: 00:05:35

One thing that long-distance drivers have to be wary of is an uninvited stowaway. A secret hitch-hiker causes a wealth of complications. He or she could be dangerous. And quite frankly, a stowaway can be a liability.

Just ask Paul Murphy. He had an uninvited guest in his van for more than five-hundred miles. But when he found out, instead of calling the authorities, he called a vet. We reached van driver Paul Murphy on his mobile phone, somewhere in France.


HAITIANS HELD IN U.S. Duration: 00:07:35

In the tumultuous days after the earthquake in Haiti, a group of survivors might have thought themselves lucky when they were waved onto planes and flown into the United States.

Those survivors would not have expected to end up inside an immigration jail. But many did -- and they've been held there ever since.

Cheryl Little is the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center. We reached her earlier today, just outside of Broward County Transitional Center, in Pompano Beach, Florida.


DAKONCERTO Duration: 00:00:20

Album:UNFINISHED SYMPHONY/DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA

Label:KUFALA

Persons/Roles:
GEOFFREY GALLEGOS - COMPOSER
DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA - PERFORMER

INT MUD SNAIL INFESTATION Duration: 00:07:00

Have you ever had guests from out of town who just won't leave? They take up way too much space, eat all your food, and no matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to evict them.

Well, that situation is significantly worse if your unwelcome guests make themselves at home -- and then start multiplying. And keep on multiplying.

My point is: don't lease your basement apartment to the invasive New Zealand mud snail. The asexual creatures are steadily infesting waterways in the American West, the Great Lakes -- and Canada.

Mark Abramson is a stream restoration expert for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and we reached him in Malibu.


CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Duration: 00:00:13

Album:HI, I'M ELVIS BOSSA NOVA!/ELVIS BOSSA NOVA

Label:CUSTOM, EBN0001

Persons/Roles:
LUIGI CREATORE - COMPOSER
HUGO PERETTI - COMPOSER
GEORGE WEISS - COMPOSER
MICHAEL DAVIDSON - VIBRAPHONE
ELVIS BOSSA NOVA - PERFORMER
ELVIS BOSSA NOVA - POP GROUP
BRIAN KOBAYAKAWA - DOUBLE BASS
JAKE OELRICHS - DRUMS
JAMES ROBERTSON - GUITAR
ROMAN TOME - PERCUSSION

NEW PHONE APP Duration: 00:06:10

There are phone applications these days for so many things that's difficult to imagine there's room for a new one. Heck, we could do a story on a new one every day.

Well, here's a phone app we couldn't ignore. It's called Homework for Parents. And it's a program that allows teachers to post information and instructions for all individual homework assignments, so that parents can -- in the words of the creator of this new program -- "share responsibility for their child's success at school".

Vicky Thomas is the person behind this product, which is already in high demand. She's also a retired high school math teacher. We reached Ms. Thomas in Vancouver.


BUCOVINA Duration: 00:02:37

Album:GYPSY GROOVE

Label:PUTUMAYO, PUT 262

Persons/Roles:
F. W HENRICKS - COMPOSER
SHANTEL - DJ PRODUCER

INT COLOMBIA FARC RELEASE Duration: 00:06:58

Twelve years.

That's how long Sergeant Pablo Emilio Moncayo was held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or "FARC". Until this week, that is -- when FARC released the soldier, on humanitarian grounds.

At the heart of the releases is the Colombian arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Representatives of that group are serving as mediators between FARC and the Colombian government.

Pascal Jequier is with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia. We reached him in the Colombian countryside, two hours outside Bogota.


COPY EMAIL: PUNS Duration: 00:03:12

Throughout the year, we get messages from listeners on one subject in particular. Some of these are laudatory; some are tut-tutting; and some combine disgust, misery, and fury. The subject...is puns.

Now, this program was built on puns. If you're interested, I suggest you pick up Michael Enright's book-length analysis entitled, "Radio with an 'Oh Pun' Mind: The Use of Humourous Wordplay on As It Happens". You'll find it in most bookstores' remainder bins for about fifty cents.

Some people refer to the puns on the show as "groaners". And some people just groan. We recently received this email, from Shane S., location unknown. It reads, in part:

"The introduction to As It Happens is so strange. To roughly describe it, it's a slowly-building assemblage of puns based on headlines, culminating in the ultimate witticism of your in-house quip-master.

At this point, your entire audience is supposedly rolling on the floor with laughter. But what happens next? Your first story is usually the most serious (or sad or heinous) story of the day.

"This progression from knee-slapping groaners to intensive self-reflection on serious matters is handled so haphazardly that one wonders if the pun-writer and producers of the show are even on the same page, let alone working in concert to deliver a cohesive broadcast.

"Your pun-writer has to go. He or she may have been necessary when AIH began -- oh so many years ago -- but the time of Happy Gang-like wordplay has long past. Just give us the news."

That was from Shane S., somewhere on Earth. And we also got this related suggestion from Robert O'Callaghan, whose location is also unknown. He writes:

"I have an April Fool's suggestion and challenge for AIH. Every night we are subjected to sweet and sour, unapologetic PUNishment on your program. This is not a complaint. Au contraire. But, how about, on this April Fool's Day not airing a single pun, no matter how obvious or tempting. I am suggesting a kind of PUNUS INTERUPTUS or PUNch line denial, if you like. Set up the puns as usual but don't deliver the PUNch line, leaving your listeners confounded and begging for relief."

That suggestion came from Robert O'Callaghan. And it's a good one. We considered it -- and we reflected on Shane S.'s bafflement.

But the problem is, our "writer" is really just an old computer program. Every day, we load that program -- which is called "Punmaster 2000" -- into an old Commodore VIC-20, from eight cassette tapes. Until one of those tapes breaks, we're stuck with this clunky, outdated wordplay.

So the lame jokes will remain -- because, for the time being at least, the pun is mightier than the sore. ar


ALL GOOD NAYSAYERS, SPEAK UP, OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE Duration: 00:00:27

Album:MICHIGAN/STEVENS, SUFJAN

Label:ASTHMATIC KITTY, AKR007

Persons/Roles:
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
SUFJAN STEVENS - PRODUCER
SUFJAN STEVENS - VOCALS

OFFSHORE DRILLING Duration: 00:06:56

U.S. President Barack Obama, charted a course into some treacherous political waters this week. He announced he would seek to end a long-standing moratorium on offshore oil and gas development.

The move potentially opens up vast tracts of the American seafloor to development. Predictably, it's a move that has environmentalist types cringing, and oil industry types celebrating. But, devoted as we are, to objectivity, we're not going to speak to anyone from either of those groups.

Instead, we're going to speak with Chris Reddy. He's the Director of the Coastal Ocean studies at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachessetts. And that's where we've reached him.


YEAR OF THE ROOSTER Duration: 00:00:30

Album:RUN RABBIT RUN/OSSO

Label:ASTHMATIC KITTY

Persons/Roles:
GABRIEL KAHANE - COMPOSER
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
OSSO - STRING QUARTET

FIRST AND LAST WALTZ Duration: 00:00:28

Album:WHY SHOULD THE FIRE DIE?/NICKEL CREEK

Label:SUGAR HILL, SUG-CD-3990

Persons/Roles:
CHRIS THILE - COMPOSER
SARA WATKINS - COMPOSER
SEAN WATKINS - COMPOSER
TONY BERG - PRODUCER
NICKEL CREEK - POP GROUP
ERIC VALENTINE - PRODUCER

SMITH VICTIM NO COMPENSATION Duration: 00:05:30

There are few things worse than the death of a child. But there are things that can make that horrible event worse.

After her twenty-one-month-old daughter Jenna was killed in 1997, Brenda Waudby was prosecuted criminally for Jenna's death, based primarily on evidence of disgraced pathologist Dr. Charles Smith. And although the charges were eventually withdrawn -- and Jenna's former babysitter confessed and was convicted of manslaughter in 2006 -- the damage was done.

But according to Ontario's Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, which awards compensation to crime victims and their dependents, that damage was not enough. The board has denied Ms. Waudby's claim.

We reached Brenda Waudby in Peterborough, Ontario.


REBIRTH Duration: 00:00:29

Album:DJ KICKS - THIEVERY CORPORATION

Label:K7

Persons/Roles:
A FOREST MIGHTY BLACK - ARRANGER
A FOREST MIGHTY BLACK - DJ MIXER

OBIT: HERB ELLIS Duration: 00:01:11

Herb Ellis played what he called "straight-ahead jazz". Which is exactly what he wanted to play. He acknowledged that new styles of jazz had come along but said, "I wish everyone else good luck and God bless, but I've found mine and I'm going to stick with it." Jazz fans were lucky enough to be blessed with his straight-ahead approach for more than six decades.

The jazz guitar great has died at the age of eighty-eight.

Over his career, Herb Ellis played with jazz royalty including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Dorsey. He also played as a studio musician, and in the bands of television greats Steve Allen and Merv Griffin.

He was also once part of the Oscar Peterson Trio -- one of the most celebrated trios in jazz history. Along with bassist Ray Brown and Mr. Peterson himself, the group played together in the nineteen-fifties, and reunited in the 'eighties. Here's some straight-ahead jazz from their 1957 recording "The Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport." This is "Gal in Calico" -- featuring Herb Ellis on guitar.


TIME, THE PLACE AND THE GIRL, FILM MUSIC/GAL IN CALICO Duration: 00:06:14

Album:OSCAR PETERSON TRIO AT NEWPORT/OSCAR PETERSON TRIO

Label:VERVE, B0009526-02

Persons/Roles:
LEO ROBIN - LYRICIST
ARTHUR SCHWARTZ - COMPOSER
RAY BROWN - DOUBLE BASS
HERB ELLIS - GUITAR
NORMAN GRANZ - PRODUCER
OSCAR PETERSON TRIO - JAZZ GROUP
OSCAR PETERSON - PIANO

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