Questions over seizure, overseas. More questions about the military and
tortured Afghan detainees -- but this time, they're being asked in
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
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
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that suggests you do not order the pest-oh pizza.
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
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.
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|GEOFFREY GALLEGOS|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA || - ||PERFORMER|
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.
|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|
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.
|100 ANS DE MUSIQUES DE FILMS, VOL. 2/TORELLI, BERNARD|
|GUY CLOUTIER, PGC-CD-9347|
|MONTY NORMAN|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BERNARD TORELLI|| - ||CONDUCTOR|
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.
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
And whether putting locusts on pizza is disgusting. Here's a hint: oh yes.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm BB.
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
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.
|MARCH OF THE ZAPOTEC/BEIRUT|
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|PERRIN CLOUTIER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ZACH CONDON|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BEIRUT || - ||POP GROUP|
|ZACH CONDON|| - ||ARRANGER|
|KELLY PRATT|| - ||ARRANGER|
|CHRIS TAYLOR|| - ||PRODUCER|
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.
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.
|NATIVE LANGUAGE, NLM-0975-2|
|ROB DEBOER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|TONY GRACE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ROB DEBOER|| - ||PRODUCER|
|FOUR80EAST || - ||POP GROUP|
|TONY GRACE|| - ||PRODUCER|
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
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
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.
|KEITH ELAM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|KEITH ELAM|| - ||WRITER|
|DONALD BYRD|| - ||PIANO|
|DONALD BYRD|| - ||TRUMPET|
|GURU || - ||RAP|
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
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.
|WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA/FEMME FATALE|
|MARCUS FUREDER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|REBECCA KOLLAND|| - ||COMPOSER|
|WOLF MYER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA || - ||JAZZ GROUP|
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.
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|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|
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
"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 email@example.com. Or you can call our toll-free Talkback line at
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|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|
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
And if your name is Bert Tolkamp, you're with the the Scottish
Agricultural College, and you're in Penicuik, Scotland. Where we reached
|URBS: TOUJOURS LE MEME FILM|
|URBS || - ||COMPOSER|
|URBS || - ||DEEJAY|
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
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.
|BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG/MAY, TIM|
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|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|
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".