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April 5, 2010

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TERREBLANCHE MURDER Duration: 00:00:42

He was a polarizing figure in life. And now, he's a polarizing figure in death.

On Saturday, the South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche was attacked and killed on his farm. Two of his farm workers were charged with the killing, which police say was the result of a dispute over pay. But his death has enraged members of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, or AWB -- the party founded by Mr. Terreblanche in the 1970s to fight against ending apartheid. Over the weekend, the party's secretary-general said that the killing was a declaration of war by South Africa's black community, and that it would be avenged.

Steven Friedman is a political scientist, and the Director of the Institute of Democracy and Governance at the University of Johannesburg.


MEETING BY THE RIVER Duration: 00:00:10

Album:MEETING BY THE RIVER

Label:WATER LILY ACOUSTICS, WLA-CS 29

Persons/Roles:
RY COODER - COMPOSER
RY COODER - GUITAR
V.M. BHATT - GUITAR

BEIJING MINING Duration: 00:00:22

They spent eight days in a dark, flooded mine, clinging to life. By all accounts, it was as hellish an ordeal as it's possible to imagine. But three-thousand rescuers --- many of them fellow miners --- didn't give up. And early this morning, in Shanxi province, dozens of Chinese miners were pulled out, alive.

Damian Grammaticus is a BBC reporter living in Beijing. And that's where we reached him.


YOU DONE TORE YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Duration: 00:00:30

Album:GOODUNS/KING BISCUIT BOY

Label:STONY PLAIN CLASSIC, SPCD 1222

Persons/Roles:
RICHARD NEWELL - COMPOSER
KING BISCUIT BOY - POP GROUP
HOLGER PETERSEN - PRODUCER

TB: REDACTED DOCUMENTS Duration: 00:00:38

Here at "As It Happens," we get a lot of calls and emails that we don't air, for various reasons. Unfortunately, none of those reasons are quite as exciting as the reasons the Conservative government has given for redacting thousands of documents dealing with the transfer of detainees by Canadian Forces to Afghan prisons in 2006 and 2007.

According to the government, these redactions have been done to protect national security.The opposition, however, however, thinks otherwise, accusing the government of covering up information that could implicate the Harper government.

Whatever the reason, redacting seems to be contagious. Talkback has a fever. And the only cure, is more music.


HANDS FREE NEWSPAPER STAND Duration: 00:00:51

It is a struggle we face at every breakfast: just how do you fold a newspaper in such a way that allows you to read, yet doesn't inhibit eating? Since the dawn of the daily, it has prevented all humans from simultaneously eating oatmeal and reading about health care reform. But now, just when newspapers are at their most popular, one man has come to the rescue.

After seeing his father struggle with the breakfast/paper dilemma, Gareth Jones decided to do something about it. That something is the Binski: a hands-free newspaper stand that allows broadsheet lovers to eat and read to their hearts' content.

We reached Gareth Jones, inventor of the "Binski", in Old Colwyn, North Wales.


CLOSING



MEPHEDRONE - EXPERT RESIGNS Duration: 00:00:32

The legal high called "mephedrone: has been closely linked to the recent deaths of nearly thirty young people in the UK. As we reported last week, the public outcry caused by these deaths gained such momentum that the British Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, announced an imminent ban of the substance.

However, not all have welcomed the move. Including Eric Carlin, a member of the government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Angry at how the British government is tackling drug issues, this weekend Mr. Carlin resigned his post. We reached Eric Carlin in Brussels, Belgium.


GET YOUR GOOD DRESS ALICE Duration: 00:00:16

Album:SOUNDTRACK/CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET

Label:CUSTOM, ABJ 0303

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

PARKINSON'S BICYCLE RESEARCH Duration: 00:00:32

Albert Einstein once said, "Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Well, for people living with Parkinson's disease, life moves forward, even if they cannot. And now, a Dutch neurologist studying the disorder has discovered a way for some patients to find temporarily relief from Parkinson's, and "keep moving." And, oddly enough, it involves a bicycle.

Dr. Bastiaan Bloem is a professor of neurology and medical director of the Parkinson's Center at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. We reached him in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


KING OF YOU Duration: 00:00:25

Album:PSAPP: THE ONLY THING I EVER WANTED

Label:DOMINO, DNO 095

Persons/Roles:
PSAPP - COMPOSER
PSAPP - WRITER
PSAPP - ENS IN-V

SC/MUSIC: CHINA BARS DYLAN Duration: 00:01:43

The big kid on the block won't let him play, so he's taking his band and going home.

Bob Dylan's plans to extend his Never Ending Tour into China have ended, after officials there denied him permission to hold concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. That means not only disappointed fans in China's two largest cities, but in Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong as well. According to his Taiwan-based promoter, the chance to play mainland China for the first time was the main reason Dylan agreed to the Asian leg of the tour. So with the Chinese dates no longer on the table, he's called the whole thing off.

It's up to China's ministry of culture to decide which foreign artists get to perform in the country. And Dylan's past as an icon of counterculture appears to be a factor in his not being allowed to play, as his promoter explained recently to a Hong Kong newspaper. Officials are on heightened vigilance since a Bjork concert in Shanghai two years ago. The Icelandic rocker followed up her performance of a song called "Declare Independence in Shanghai" by chanting "Tibet! Tibet!" from the stage. In an effort to prevent such controversy from recurring, the ministry toughened its approach to overseas acts.

But clearly no one in the ministry is in step with modern times, because for Dylan, things have changed. At sixty-eight, he's a lifetime away from his days as the reluctant poster boy of protest music. And in the intervening years, Dylan's challenge to live audiences has often been less "don't criticize what you can't understand", and more one of "just try to understand a word I'm saying".

So by refusing to let him play, China has provoked much more of a political stance from Dylan than he was otherwise likely to make. By turning his back on all of east Asia, he's turned the tables on China, and left it standing alone and red-faced in the field.


MOST LIKELY YOU GO YOUR WAY AND I'LL GO MINE Duration: 00:03:29

Album:BOB DYLAN: BLONDE ON BLONDE

Label:COLUMBIA, CK 92400

Persons/Roles:
BOB DYLAN - COMPOSER
BOB DYLAN - WRITER
BOB DYLAN - SINGING

LILIN Duration: 00:02:09

Album:JOHN ZORN - THE CIRCLE MAKER

Label:TZADIK, TZ 7122

Persons/Roles:
JOHN ZORN - COMPOSER
BAR KOKHBA SEXT - ENS INSTR

STATINS FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE Duration: 00:00:43

Is an ounce of prevention too heavy a burden for people in good health? Well, it depends on the kind of prevention.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of the cholesterol medication Crestor for preventive use, for people who don't have high cholesterol problems. Health Canada has approved the drug for similar use in Canada. But some medical experts question the long-term benefits of prescribing cholesterol medications -- known as statins -- to healthy people.

Dr. Mark Hlatky is a professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. We reached him in Stanford, California.


WIPALA Duration: 00:00:55

Album:BARAKA FILM

Label:MILAN, 356522

Persons/Roles:
MICHAEL STEARNS - WRITER
RON FRICKE - WRITER INSP
GONZALO VARGAS - COMPOSER
INKUYO - ENS INSTR

MUSEUM GUARD MAG Duration: 00:00:52

Say you and your chum are planning a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Now, your friend doesn't know much about art, so it's kind of tempting, when you come to, say, Picasso's Dying Bull, to make up your own bull on how the piece is "representative of the struggle for artistic self-realization" or whatever. Your friend wouldn't be any the wiser.

But the guard standing behind you probably would be. Because the majority of the Met's guards are themselves budding Picassos. That is to say, many of them are practising artists. And, this month, they're launching their very own art magazine called SW!PE.

Christopher Boynton is SW!PE's editor. We reached him in New York City.


READING: THE SELFISH GIANT Duration: 00:00:23

On Easter Monday, with spring in the air, we have two traditions on As It Happens. The first tradition is sitting around filled with candy and ham and regret. The second is airing a reading of a really beautiful short story: Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant". It's the tale of how a cold heart can be warmed when you let the world in.

Without further ado, here's Barbara, reading "The Selfish Giant".


OLEANDER Duration: 00:03:28

Album:SARAH HARMER: I'M A MOUNTAIN

Label:COLD SNAP, 7697423922

Persons/Roles:
SARAH HARMER - COMPOSER
SARAH HARMER - WRITER
SARAH HARMER - SINGING


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