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April 20, 2010

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Questions over seizure, overseas. More questions about the military and tortured Afghan detainees -- but this time, they're being asked in Britain.

Can you keep a secret? If you're Google, the answer is "No" -- and a group of international privacy commissioners want you to clam up.

Eruptile dysfunction. The airlines believe authorities have mishandled the Icelandic volcano situation -- and they want compensation.

Transmission problems. Astronomers pick up mysterious radio waves from a distant planet -- which may or may not be me, broadcasting from the future.

As interviews go, this one's pro formal. A crime writer believes that one memorable scene from "Goldfinger" was a case of tux redux.

And...the gold bug variations. Where most Australians see a plague of locusts, one enterprising mayor sees something more positive: Nature's pepperoni.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that suggests you do not order the pest-oh pizza.


UK AFGHAN DETAINEES Duration: 00:07:22

Familiar concerns on foreign soil.

The question of whether the Canadian government knowingly allowed soldiers to hand over Afghan detainees to prisons where they were allegedly tortured continues to plague Parliament. And while the Harper government denies culpability, the opposition has been calling for a public inquiry into the matter.

But it is not just a Canadian story. Today in London, a team of British human-rights lawyers stood before a judicial review making similar allegations about the treatment of Afghan prisoners by British soldiers.

Phil Shiner is the head of the U.K. law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which is handling the case. We've reached him in Birmingham.


RAINY DAY IN EAST L.A. Duration: 00:00:23

Album:III X 13 (THREE BY THIRTEEN)/DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA

Label:STRAVINGUS

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

FTR: NB COLD CASE Duration: 00:02:19

It's cold comfort about a very cold case.

Today in Sackville, New Brunswick, police announced they'd charged a man who's already in prison with two counts of first-degree murder. Raymond Joseph White is serving time in British Columbia for three armed robberies in Nova Scotia. Corrections Canada moved him to B.C. so he could be closer to his family.

Police laid the double-murder charge after a recent break in the case, when some new information came their way.

At a news conference today, Larry Mills talked about his son and his ex-wife, who were both strangled in 1995. Here are some of his comments, for the record.


ARKANSAS/ARKANSAS: PART 2 Duration: 00:00:16

Album:DISFARMER/FRISELL, BILL

Label:NONESUCH, 478524-2

Persons/Roles:
SANFORD FAULKNER - COMPOSER
BILL FRISELL - ORIGINATOR
BILL FRISELL - GUITAR
VIKTOR KRAUSS - DOUBLE BASS
GREG LEISZ - GUITAR
GREG LEISZ - MANDOLIN
JENNY SCHEINMAN - VIOLIN
LEE TOWNSEND - PRODUCER

VOLCANO AIRLINES COMPENSATION Duration: 00:07:19

As flights slowly begin to take off again in Europe, airlines are left counting the costs of the near-week-long flight ban, due to ash from the Icelandic eruption. Many airlines claim they have lost millions of dollars as a result of the ban. Some say they will be demanding compensation. And since the volcano itself can't provide any, humans are getting the blame.

The International Air Transport Association, or IATA -- the body that represents the world's airlines -- believes European regulators have overreacted to the ash threat. And furthermore, IATA officials are angry about what they perceive as a lack of leadership during the crisis.

Steve Lott is a spokesperson for IATA. We reached him in Washington DC.


JAMES BOND THEME Duration: 00:00:20

Album:100 ANS DE MUSIQUES DE FILMS, VOL. 2/TORELLI, BERNARD

Label:GUY CLOUTIER, PGC-CD-9347

Persons/Roles:
MONTY NORMAN - COMPOSER
BERNARD TORELLI - CONDUCTOR

GOLDFINGER REAL SCENE Duration: 00:07:28

With the announcement that MGM's uncertain future could leave the production of the latest James Bond film rather shaken -- but, heaven forbid, not stirred -- we at AIH thought we'd take a look back at one of 007's more iconic moments.

At the beginning of the movie "Goldfinger", James Bond emerges from the ocean in a wetsuit. He punches out a security guard, and sets up an explosive to destroy an international heroin dealer's operation. Then, cool as a cucumber, he unzips his wetsuit to reveal an immaculate white tuxedo. Dressed appropriately, he enters the local bar without suspicion, glances at his watch and then..."Boom!"

It's a particularly excellent example of the wildly unrealistic action that makes the Bond film franchise so beloved around the world. Or is it wildly unrealistic? Well, actually, no. That's why I asked.

While researching his latest novel, crime fiction writer Jeremy Duns discovered that a Dutch spy used an almost identical technique during the Second World War. What's more, Mr. Duns believes it's more than just coincidence that it ended up in the "Goldfinger" film script.

We reached Jeremy Duns in Stockholm, Sweden.


CLOSING

Well, Barbara and I are going to put our wetsuits back on while you listen to the news. But we'll unzip them to reveal exquisite tuxedos in just a few minutes, when we return with these stories:

Why Canada's privacy commissioner wants Google to try harder at keeping your private stuff private.

Whether cows that spend more time on their hooves are more likely to take a load off -- and why one scientist is thinking about that in the first place.

And whether putting locusts on pizza is disgusting. Here's a hint: oh yes.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


PRIVACY GOOGLE Duration: 00:06:37

If you use Google's e-mail service, GMail, you may have noticed the "Buzz". It's a little coloured speech bubble somewhere up near the top of the page. Released a couple of months ago, Buzz was designed to be Google's answer to the micro-blogging platform, Twitter. But it also revealed GMail users' personal information to people they contacted by e-mail.

Without them knowing.

Now, following a litany of complaints, Google has redesigned the software to allow users to share information only with those they choose to share with. But that is cold comfort to Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's privacy commissioner. She and nine of her colleagues from around the world sent Google a letter yesterday, suggesting some guidelines it ought to follow before releasing software like Buzz -- and Google Street View, which came to Canada last year -- to the Internet at large.

We reached Jennifer Stoddart in Washington, DC.


ON A BAYONET Duration: 00:00:17

Album:MARCH OF THE ZAPOTEC/BEIRUT

Label:POMPEII, POMP 001

Persons/Roles:
PERRIN CLOUTIER - COMPOSER
ZACH CONDON - COMPOSER
BEIRUT - POP GROUP
ZACH CONDON - ARRANGER
KELLY PRATT - ARRANGER
CHRIS TAYLOR - PRODUCER

AUS. LOCUST SWARM Duration: 00:06:29

While much of Europe remains under a giant cloud of volcanic ash, another kind of haze has darkened the skies over a huge swath of Australia. And this one is hungry.

Swarms of locusts have descended on the eastern inland region of the country, infesting about five-hundred-thousand square kilometres, an area roughly the size of Spain.

Chris Adriaansen is the director of the Australian Locust Commission. We reached him in Canberra.


LOCUST PIZZA Duration: 00:04:35

Now while many Australians resign themselves to living la vida locust for the next little while, one resourceful leader sees a killer opportunity in the infestation. Glenn Milne is the mayor of Mildura, in the north of Victoria state. And he had a message for the local pizza joint: when life deals you locusts, make locust thin-crust pizza.

We reached Mr. Milne in Mildura.


LOOSEY GOOSEY Duration: 00:00:16

Album:ROLL ON/FOUR80EAST

Label:NATIVE LANGUAGE, NLM-0975-2

Persons/Roles:
ROB DEBOER - COMPOSER
TONY GRACE - COMPOSER
ROB DEBOER - PRODUCER
FOUR80EAST - POP GROUP
TONY GRACE - PRODUCER

MUSIC OBIT/MUSIC: GURU Duration: 00:02:14

His real name was Keith Elam -- but he went by the sobriquet "Guru". It stood for "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal". And Guru himself stood for more than that: together with his partner in the influential duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier, he stood for a whole new standard in East Coast hip-hop.

Yesterday, Guru died of cancer. He was forty-three.

Both Guru, who was the voice of Gang Starr, and Premier, who handled production, hailed from Boston. But in the early 'nineties, the pair became famous as representatives of the New York scene. They were pioneers of what's been called "jazz-rap". DJ Premier used samples from sources including Cannonball Adderly, Ahmad Jamal, and Charles Mingus -- over which Guru delivered socially conscious, witty lyrics in a super-cool voice.

The duo released six albums over fifteen years, several of which are considered classics, including Daily Operation and Moment of Truth.

In the mid-'nineties, Guru took things a step farther. On his solo album Jazzmatazz, Volume One, he combined live jazz musicians with hip-hop beats. By recording with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Donald Bird, and Roy Ayers, he created music that was ahead of its time -- as possibly evidenced by the fact that it was a cause célèbre in Europe, while its American sales were sluggish.

Because the subject matter of Guru's raps ranged from politics to prejudice, Gang Starr was always considered an "underground" act, their approach a little too cerebral to top the charts. But their innovative approach put them among the most respected acts in hip-hop history.

And today, Guru is being remembered as one of the smoothest and most lyrical rappers of all time. Here's some proof: from his 1993 solo album Jazzmatazz, Volume One, here's Guru, with "Loungin'" -- featuring Donald Byrd on trumpet and piano.


LOUNGIN' Duration: 00:01:41

Album:JAZZMATAZZ

Label:CHRYSALIS

Persons/Roles:
KEITH ELAM - COMPOSER
KEITH ELAM - WRITER
DONALD BYRD - PIANO
DONALD BYRD - TRUMPET
GURU - RAP

FTR: DANGEROUS OFFENDER Duration: 00:02:50

Nearly a decade has passed since Leo Teskey attacked his landlord, Dougald Miller, and left him for dead.

Mr. Miller lived, but has been left in a vegetative state. And on Monday, Leo Teskey appeared in an Edmonton courtroom once again, because the Crown is trying -- for the second time -- to get him declared a dangerous offender.

His victim, Dougald Miller was also in court yesterday, in a hospital bed, unable to move or speak. But he still managed to make himself heard -- moaning as his wife Lesley spoke to the judge about the impact Mr. Teskey's attack had on their lives.

Afterwards, Lesley Miller spoke with the CBC's Janice Johnson outside the courthouse -- for the record.


CAUGHT Duration: 00:00:18

Album:WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA/FEMME FATALE

Label:ETAGE

Persons/Roles:
MARCUS FUREDER - COMPOSER
REBECCA KOLLAND - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA - JAZZ GROUP

NS RACISM FOLO Duration: 00:05:07

They've been burned before. But this time, enough is enough.

A couple of months ago, a mixed-race couple living in Nova Scotia woke up to a burning cross in front of their house. When they learned they had moral support from their community, and that the police later made arrests, they thought their nightmare was over.

It wasn't. This weekend, Michelle Lyon's car was set on fire. We reached her again in Hant's County, Nova Scotia.


LIVE FROM TIGRE LOUNGE Duration: 00:00:14

Album:MULATU ASTATKE / THE HELIOCENTRICS: INSPIRATION IN

Label:STRUT

Persons/Roles:
MALCOLM CATTO - COMPOSER
JAKE FERGUSON - COMPOSER
ADRIAN OWUSU - COMPOSER
MALCOLM CATTO - DRUMS
MALCOLM CATTO - ELECTR INSTR
JAKE FERGUSON - EL BASS
ADRIAN OWUSU - EL GUIT
OLIVER PARFITT - KEYBOARDS
THE HELIOCENTRICS - ENS INSTR
JACK YGLESIAS - PERCUSSION

COPY EMAIL: VOLCANO PRONOUNCIATION Duration: 00:03:15

You many have noticed that the CBC, and nearly all the other networks, have been referring to that troublesome Icelandic volcano as just that: the Icelandic Volcano. If you've seen the name of this particular volcano, you'll understand why broadcasters are choosing to be cryptic. The name of the volcano itself is a dangerous eruption. And some people -- not me, some other people -- are scared that if they attempt to pronounce the name of the volcano mid-flight, they will choke, falter, crash, and burn.

Our listeners have noticed the omission. And, being helpful sorts, they've offered some help.

Bragi Simundsson in Arborg, Manitoba, sent us the following pronunciation tips.

"The name of the volcano is made up of three words - eyja, fjall, and jokull - which means 'island mountain glacier'. 'Eyja' is pronounced 'Ay-yeah'. You say the letter 'A', and 'yea' as in the Beatles song 'She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah...' So: 'A-yeah'.

"On to 'fjalla'. The 'F' sound is the same in Icelandic as in English. The 'ja' is pronounced the same as in 'eyja' so it's 'f-yeah'. And the 'lla' is pronounced as 'D-La' -- the 'D' as in 'did', and 'la'.

"'Jökull' starts with a soft 'Y' and the 'O' with the two dots over it is an 'uh' sound. Your lips need to be extended out in a pucker, as if you were blowing someone a kiss, as you make the 'uh' sound. 'Ku' is sounded like the 'cou' in 'could' -- and the double' L' as 'DL', similar to 'f-yeah-d-la', except for the 'a' at the end.

"You pronounce the 'DL' sound by placing your tongue against the front of the roof of your mouth, and then you let the 'DL' sound squeeze out past the sides of your tongue as you drop the back of our tongue as you exhale.

"So, all put together, it would sound like: 'A-yeah, f-yeah-d-la, yuh-cou-dl."

Whew. Thank you, Bragi. That's so much clearer now.

We also received this equally helpful email, from somewhere in cyberspace:

"The U-S military are calling the Volcano, E15. E for the first letter and 15 for the next 15 letters."

E-15 it is then! Thanks to both our listeners for their help. I only hope that for all our sakes E-15 stops erupting very, very soon. If you'd like to comment on anything you hear on the program, our email address is aih@cbc.ca. Or you can call our toll-free Talkback line at 1-866-481-5718.


L.Y.G. Duration: 00:00:08

Album:SUN PLACE/JAFFA ROAD

Label:CUSTOM, JR0001

Persons/Roles:
AVIVA CHERNICK - COMPOSER
AVIVA CHERNICK - LYRICIST
CHRIS GARTNER - COMPOSER
AARON LIGHTSTONE - COMPOSER
AVIVA CHERNICK - VOCALS
CHRIS GARTNER - DOUBLE BASS
CHRIS GARTNER - PRODUCER
JAFFA ROAD - ENSEMBLE
AARON LIGHTSTONE - OUD
AARON LIGHTSTONE - PRODUCER
RAVI NAIMPALLY - TABLA
ERNIE TOLLAR - BANSURI
SUNDAR VISWANATHAN - SAXOPHONE
JEFFREY WILSON - PERCUSSION

LYING DOWN COWS Duration: 00:06:54

Of the infinite number of perplexing questions that life presents, it may never have occurred to you to ask this one:

"Are cows more likely to lie down the longer they stand?"

If it has, your name is probably Bert Tolkamp. And if your name is Bert Tolkamp, you're the lead author of a new study that poses that very question.

And if your name is Bert Tolkamp, you're with the the Scottish Agricultural College, and you're in Penicuik, Scotland. Where we reached you.


DRIVE ANYWHERE Duration: 00:00:10

Album:URBS: TOUJOURS LE MEME FILM

Label:G-STONE, GSCD022

Persons/Roles:
URBS - COMPOSER
URBS - DEEJAY

RADIO WAVES FROM SPACE Duration: 00:06:07

We know a thing or two about weird radio transmissions, having generated a few in our time. But this one has us stumped. And even more worryingly, astronomers are pretty baffled as well.

While monitoring supernovas in the M82 galaxy, which is some ten million light years from earth, scientists came across an unknown object that they just can't explain -- and what's more, it's emitting radio waves.

Tom Muxlow discovered the strange, distressing entity. He's an astronomer with the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in England. We reached Dr. Muxlow at his observatory near Macclesfield, England.


SUGAR MOUNTAIN Duration: 00:00:11

Album:BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG/MAY, TIM

Label:CMH, CD 9531

Persons/Roles:
NEIL YOUNG - COMPOSER
CHARLIE CHADWICK - DOUBLE BASS
BRIAN CHRISTIANSON - MANDOLIN
SHAD COBB - FIDDLE
SUSIE COLEMAN - VOCALS
AL GOLL - DOBRO
CHRIS JOSLIN - BANJO
TIM MAY - ARRANGER
TIM MAY - PRODUCER
TIM MAY - VOCALS
GRETCHEN PRIEST-MAY - FIDDLE
KYLE WOOD - VOCALS

FTR: OBIT DOROTHY HEIGHT Duration: 00:02:31

She's been called the dame, the queen, and the godmother of the civil rights movement in America. But Dorothy Height was not a household name. She spent much of her long life working behind the scenes, as a tireless fundraiser and networker for the civil rights movement.

Dorothy Height died early this morning in Washington D.C.. She was ninety-eight years old.

Ms. Height became involved in the fight for civil rights at an early age. As a teenager, she marched in Times Square in an anti-lynching rally. She went on to serve as the president of the National Council of Negro Women for four decades, from 1957 to 1997.

Dorothy Height's people skills were legendary. Friends say she could pick up a phone and get just about anyone to donate to her causes -- regardless of the colour of their skin.

Over her long life, Ms Height witnessed many milestones in the struggle for civil rights. But as a tireless campaigner for voting rights, one of the most significant milestones for she witnessed was the election of America's first black president -- a result she helped campaign for, at the age of ninety-six.

Here now is Dorothy Height, reflecting on the election of Barack Obama on the National Public Radio programme "Tell Me More".


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