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April 14, 2010

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Picking up the pieces. More than five hundred are dead and thousands more injured after a powerful earthquake in a remote part of China.

Up in alms. Canadian charities reveal what they're paying their bosses -- casting doubt on the state of your donation.

Aground beef. A week-and-a-half ago, a Chinese ship got stuck on the Great Barrier Reef -- and now, two crew members are in court.

Only two things are certain in Ciudad Juarez: death and Texas. A feature interview with Charles Bowden -- whose book "Murder City" examines the mayhem in a Mexican city.

I wanna hold your band. The Catholic Church picks an odd time to declare its forgiveness and love of a defunct British pop band called The Beatles.

And...unnecessary roughness. The RCMP calls an indefinite time-out on road hockey in a Nova Scotia town -- leading one breakaway politician to drop the gloves.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that sees a case of cutting off your roads to spite your face-offs.


CHINA EARTHQUAKE Duration: 00:08:02

Nearly two years after a devastating earthquake struck China's Sichuan province, the country is once again in a race to rescue survivors.

The latest earthquake, with a magnitude of six-point-nine, occurred northwest of Sichuan, in a remote part of Qinghai province. At least four hundred people have died, thousands more are injured.

Many of the victims live in the town of Jiegu -- a place that Canadian Marc Foggin knows very well. He's the director of Plateau Perspectives, a non-profit organization that works with people and wildlife on Qinghai's Tibetan Plateau. Tonight, we reached him in the province's capital, Xining.


RANGIN KAMAN Duration: 00:00:15

Album:MUSIC OF CENTRAL ASIA, VOL.8: RAINBOW/KRONOS QUARTET

Label:SMITHSONIAN, SFW CD 40527

Persons/Roles:
HOMAYUN SAKHI - COMPOSER
HANK DUTT - VIOLA
DAVID HARRINGTON - PRODUCER
DAVID HARRINGTON - VIOLIN
ABBOS KOSIMOV - PERCUSSION
KRONOS QUARTET - STRING QUARTET
THEODORE LEVIN - PRODUCER
SALAR NADER - TABLA
FAIROUZ NISHANOVA - PRODUCER
STEPHEN PRUTSMAN - ARRANGER
HOMAYUN SAKHI - RABAB
JOHN SHERBA - VIOLIN
JEFFREY ZEIGLER - CELLO

FTR AFGHAN HOUSE COMMITTEE Duration: 00:03:41

Yesterday, the Military Police Complaints Commission was the venue for revealing testimony on the issue of Afghan detainees. Today, the testimony at the House of Commons Special Committee on Afghanistan had some revelations of its own.

On the stand was an Afghan-Canadian named Malgarai Ahmadshah. Mr. Ahmadshah worked with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan as a Pashtun translator from June 2007 to June 2008. But what he said to the committee today required no translation. His language was blunt and forceful, as he described the types of Afghans that Canadian forces were handing over for detention.

Here now is a part of Mr. Ahmadshah's exchange with the Bloc Quebecois M-P Claude Bachand, for the record.


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

GREAT BARRIER SHIP Duration: 00:06:35

Accidents happen. But one that clearly shouldn't have now threatens Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

It's been almost two weeks since a Chinese coal carrier struck a coral shoal near the southern tip of the Reef, after veering almost thirty kilometres off course. Crews acted swiftly to contain a slick of leaked engine fuel. And the ship, the Shen Neng One, was refloated -- but not before it ground back and forth on the coral. Divers have just recently revealed the extent of the damage.

Darren Kindleysides is the director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. We reached him in Brisbane.


BORROWED NEW AND BLUE Duration: 00:00:21

Album:THREE HENS ESCAPE OBLIVION/FAFARD, JOEL

Label:CUSTOM, JFI-3

Persons/Roles:
JOEL FAFARD - COMPOSER
JOEL FAFARD - GUITAR
JOEL FAFARD - PRODUCER

NS STREET HOCKEY Duration: 00:06:03

Everyone who's played road hockey knows one word that stops the game. And that word is "Car!"

But in Enfield, Nova Scotia, cars are the least of road-hockey players' problems. After some anonymous complaints from naysayers, the RCMP has stepped in to put a pox on the classic Canadian street game.

Bill Estabrooks is not amused. He's not just a big hockey fan, he's also the province's Minister of Transportation. We reached him earlier today in Halifax.


CLOSING

Well, we're pulling both our goalies for the next few minutes so you can listen to the news. But we'll return in just a few minutes with more As It Happens. And when we return;

Alms and the mad. Not everyone is feeling charitable, after the salaries of the top executives at Canadian charities are published.

Prisoner: Cell Block HIV. In two American states, HIV-positive prisoners are isolated from the population -- and two rights groups want that isolation to stop.

A trip to "Murder City". Author Charles Bowden tells us about his new book -- which details the grim state of Mexico's Ciudad Juarez.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm CO.

And I'm BB. This is As It Happens, Part Two.

Coming up:

If you're a convict with HIV in Alabama or South Carolina, you're in prison inside a prison.

And the Vatican finally goes public with a controversial revelation: The Beatles were actually pretty good.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


CHARITY SALARIES Duration: 00:07:38

When you donate money to a charity, it may not cross your mind that you're helping to pay the salaries of the people who are running the place. But of course, you are. And it's possible that more of your money is going to those people than you might think.

For the first time, Canadian charities are being forced to disclose information about their highest-paid executives, and the numbers are raising more than a few eyebrows.

Some of the largest and best-known charitable groups are paying upwards of three-hundred-thousand dollars to their top people. The list includes organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Red Cross and five hospital foundations.

Charity Intelligence Canada is a non-profit organization that analyzes charities to help people make informed decisions about where they donate their hard-earned dollars. Kate Bahen is their Managing Director, and we reached her in King Township, Ontario.


LITTLE GIRL Duration: 00:00:20

Album:BILL FRISELL: DISFARMER

Label:NONESUCH, 478524-2

Persons/Roles:
BILL FRISELL - COMPOSER
BILL FRISELL - GUITARS
VIKTOR KRAUSS - CONTRABASS
GREG LEISZ - MANDOLIN
GREG LEISZ - STEEL GUITAR
JENNY SCHEINMAN - VIOLIN

HIV PRISONERS Duration: 00:08:05

They are segregated from society because of their crimes -- and then segregated again because of their health.

In Alabama and South Carolina, HIV-positive prisoners are kept separate from the rest of the prison population. And some rights groups want to change that. In a report released today, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union claim the segregation of HIV-positive prisoners is inhuman and degrading.

Margaret Winter is the Associate Director of the A-C-L-U National Prison Project. She is in Montgomery, Alabama.


THIS WORLD Duration: 00:00:14

Album:ZERO 7: SIMPLE THINGS

Label:PALM PICTURES, QMG 5007-2

Persons/Roles:
HENRY BINNS - DESIGNER
SAM HARDAKER - DESIGNER
ORVILLE WRIGHT - DESIGNER
ZERO 7 - ENS IN-V

SC/MUSIC: VATICAN FORGIVES BEATLES Duration: 00:02:35

"Forgive and forget." It's easy to say, but hard to do. Maybe even impossible, depending on what it is you're trying to forgive, let alone forget.

But surely, in making the effort, it helps to have a little faith. Which is perhaps why the Vatican, after all these years, has seen fit to forgive The Beatles -- despite all their heinous, sinful, transgressions of the past.

Over the weekend, the Holy See's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, devoted two articles and a front-page cartoon to praising the Fab Four, forty years after the breakup of the band. "It's true they took drugs, lived life to excess because of their success, even said they were bigger than Jesus, and put out mysterious messages that were possibly even satanic," the paper said, "but, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless."

In a follow-up interview Monday with the Associated Press, the newspaper's editor even offered that John Lennon's infamous 1966 remark about Jesus "wasn't even that scandalous."

Yes, looking back on it now, it must seem rather a "petty" affair. But lest the papal paper has forgotten, here's what Lennon actually told a British reporter:

"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock 'n' roll or Christianity."

After his comments were subsequently re-quoted in an American magazine, outraged fans built bonfires of Beatles' records, and radio stations across the southern U.S. banned their music. Soon after, John Lennon apologized -- somewhat reluctantly.

But if the Vatican's hoping for forgiveness from any of the Beatles today, it can just forget it. "Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic?" Ringo Starr asked CNN, in response to the weekend articles. "And they still forgive us? I think they've got more to talk about than The Beatles."

And for his part, John Lennon was already ready to forget it all -- The Beatles, Jesus, and every other idol under the sun, including John Lennon -- when he went solo in 1970.


GOD Duration: 00:03:28

Album:JOHN LENNON/ PLASTIC ONO BAND/LENNON, JOHN

Label:EMI, 7243 5 28740 2 6

Persons/Roles:
JOHN LENNON - COMPOSER
JOHN LENNON - PRODUCER
JOHN LENNON - VOCALS
YOKO ONO - PRODUCER
PLASTIC ONO BAND - POP GROUP
BILLY PRESTON - PIANO
PHIL SPECTOR - PRODUCER

CHARLES BOWDEN/JUAREZ Duration: 00:25:38

You can walk from from El Paso, Texas to the neighbouring Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. But the reality is the two cities are worlds apart. One is a relatively safe community, with social programs and a reliable rule of law. The other is nick-named "the murder capital of the world."

And if you can't figure out which is which, here's a hint. It's rumoured the mayor of Juarez lives in El Paso.

In 2008, more than sixteen hundred people were murdered in Juarez, casualties of Mexico's war against drugs.

In his new book, "Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields," author Charles Bowden chronicles many of those deaths and tries to make sense of the violence that continues to plague the city.

He spoke to Carol from our New York studio.


LLORONA Duration: 00:03:26

Album:SOLA/MARTINEZ, AMANDA

Label:CUSTOM, NULL

Persons/Roles:
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
JULIO CESAR JIMENEZ - PIANO
GEORGE KOLLER - DOUBLE BASS
GEORGE KOLLER - PRODUCER
KEVIN LALIBERTE - GUITAR
ROSENDO "CHENDY" LEON - PERCUSSION
AMANDA MARTINEZ - VOCALS
OSVALDO RODRIGUEZ - VIOLIN
GEORGE SEARA - PRODUCER




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