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May 6, 2010

Addressing duress. At an American military hearing, the men who interrogated Omar Khadr reveal their harrowing methods.

Greece's new Spartanism. The Greek government approves new austerity measures -- while protesters continue to adamantly disapprove.

Britons to ballot boxes: get stuffed. Allegations of voter fraud complicate an already-fraught Election Day in the U.K.

They can't handle the roof. City officials in Coquitlam, B.C. order a body-shop owner to take down his makeshift shelter for homeless people.

You will pay for many Tuesdays for this hamburger today. If you ate a Canadian chef's record-breaking beef patty, you would meat your Waterloo -- emphasis on "meat".

And...saluting the pillers of the community. Fifty years ago this week, the birth-control pill went on the market -- changing the world, and inspiring Loretta Lynn.

As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that recognizes the value...of pregnant pauses.


KHADR INTERROGATORS Duration: 00:00:44

Interrogating the interrogators.

The pre-trial hearing for Canadian Omar Khadr is underway at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay. The thrust of the hearing is to determine whether the testimony Mr. Khadr gave to his American captors while he was held at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan can be used at his trial this coming July.

Omar Khadr was captured and arrested after allegedly killing a U.S. soldier in 2002. He was fifteen at the time, and he has been in U.S. custody ever since.

Today, the court heard testimony from Omar Khadr's lead interrogator.

Michelle Sheppard is a reporter with the Toronto Star. She's written extensively about Omar Khadr, and this week she's at the U.S. Army base in Guantanamo Bay covering the trial. We reached her there on her cell phone.


SYMPATHETIC RESPONSE SYSTEM/PART ONE Duration: 00:00:25

Album: TOMORROW BECOMES YOU/SLOW SIX

Label: WESTERN VINYL, WEST071

Persons/Roles:
CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR - COMPOSER
ROB COLLINS - KEYBOARD
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - GUITAR
BEN LIVELY - VIOLIN
THEO METZ - DRUMS
SLOW SIX - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR - COMPUTER
CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR - VIOLIN

UK ELECTORAL FRAUD Duration: 00:06:57

Right now, ballot boxes around the U.K. are being emptied -- and the nation eagerly awaits the outcome of one of closest elections in decades.

But as the results start coming in, there is concern that some constituencies may not be returning fair ballots.

There are allegations that postal vote fraud is widespread in some areas, which would influence the outcome of key marginal seats in Britain's cities.

Jerome Taylor, a reporter for the Independent newspaper, has been looking into electoral fraud in Britain -- and he discovered firsthand that it can be a bloody business: when Mr. Taylor tried to research the issue in London's East end, he was viciously attacked.

We reached Jerome Taylor at the offices of the Independent newspaper in London, England.


THIS WORLD Duration: 00:00:23

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

FTR: AHMADINEJAD ON TV Duration: 00:02:20

They say that when you're searching for something, it's always in the last place you look. Well, that's mostly because the vast majority of us stop looking for something once we've found it. But it's also because the object of our search is often found in the most unexpected place. To find it, you need to think like a maverick. You need to think wrong.

And if there was anyone who looks at the world in a way both bold and wrong, it's Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For instance, he believes that the Holocaust never took place. And that his trademark beige zip-up jacket is not only a bold fashion statement, but a look that works for any and all occasions.

So he was bound to have an unusual viewpoint on the location of the world's most wanted man. Yesterday, President Ahmadinejad spoke with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America. And he offered an unorthodox theory about where Osama bin Laden might be hiding. Here is part of that interview, for the record.


HANUMAN Duration: 00:00:41

Album: 11:11/RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Label: ATO, ATO0080

Persons/Roles:
GABRIELA QUINTERO - COMPOSER
RODRIGO SANCHEZ - COMPOSER
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA - GUITAR DUO
RODRIGO SANCHEZ - PRODUCER

SC: FOA: THE PILL IS 50 Duration: 00:03:17

There are very few inventions that touch the lives of just about everyone. But The Pill probably qualifies as one of them.

Its release half a century ago this week meant women could finally exercise real control over if and when they had children. They could put off getting married. They could pursue an education and a career.

These days, the majority of women take The Pill at some time during their reproductive lives. So even if you haven't taken it -- and, if you're a man, you would likely only have done so by accident, in which case, don't panic -- it's likely that your friend, your aunt, your mother or your sister has.

When The Pill was first introduced, it was both hailed and feared. Its boosters promised it would end unwanted pregnancies and reduce divorce. Its detractors claimed it would destroy sexual morals. Neither proposition turned out to be accurate. Nonetheless, its effect was undeniable -- and almost immediate.

And, at least at first, it was controversial. Here are people on the streets speaking to a reporter from the CBC's This Hour Has Seven Days about The Pill, just a few years after the little coloured tablets went on the market. You'll hear the show's studio audience reacting with nervous laughter to some of the remarks.


BLUE JUICE Duration: 00:00:20

Album: BLUE BREAK BEATS

Label: BLUE NOTE, CDP7991062

Persons/Roles:
UNKNOWN - COMPOSER
JIMMY MCGRIFF - ORGAN

RETURN THURSDAY Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

A Coquitlam man lodges homeless people on his property -- until the city lodges an official complaint.

And an important clarification to those who might think I've gotten too big for my bi-...I mean, "britches".

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


GREECE PROTESTS Duration: 00:06:35

These are stormy days in Athens.

Today, the Greek parliament approved tough new spending cuts, as riots continued to rage in the streets. The government's new austerity measures are meant to keep the country from going bankrupt, as it prepares to receive a massive bailout package. Protesters say the plan --- which includes cuts to salaries and pensions --- unfairly punishes low-income Greeks.

Christine Pirovolakis is a Canadian journalist, now based in Greece. We reached her in Athens.


THE LAST SERENADE Duration: 00:00:24

Album: PLACE BETWEEN PLACES/HAYDN, LILI

Label: NETTWERK, 0 6700 30788 2 5

Persons/Roles:
LILI HAYDN - COMPOSER
LILI HAYDN - VIOLIN
LILI HAYDN - VOCALS
ADAM MACDOUGALL - ORGAN
MANOSE - FLUTE

FTR: LEE AND JAFFER Duration: 00:01:29

According to the Conservatives, there is a kettle amongst the pots accusing former MP Rahim Jaffer of selling his influence as a lobbyist.

According to Transport Minister John Baird, longtime Liberal MP Derek Lee also promotes his services as a lobbyist on the website of the law firm for which he is counsel. Here is part of what Mr. Baird had to say during Question Period today, for the record.


SQUEEZIN'S Duration: 00:00:23

Album: SOUNDTRACK/CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET

Label: CUSTOM, ABJ 0303

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

COQUITLAM HOMELESS SHELTERS Duration: 00:06:56

It was a Sly plan to provide shelter for the homeless in Coquitlam B.C. But now, that kind gesture has been slapped down by the city.

Gerry Sly is the owner of Boyd Auto Body and Glass in Coquitlam. For a few weeks, he was allowing up to eight people a night to sleep in specially built container rooms, located in the yard of his shop. But then the city stepped in and shut the housing units down -- because officials say Mr. Sly's property is not zoned for residential use. Now, he's trying to get them reopened.

We reached Gerry Sly in Coquitlam, B.C.


IN OUR BLOOD Duration: 00:00:20

Album: WORDS ARE DEAD/HORSE FEATHERS

Label: LUCKY MADISON, LMD 35

Persons/Roles:
PETER BRODERICK - COMPOSER
JUSTIN RINGLE - COMPOSER
HORSE FEATHERS - POP GROUP

SC: JOE THE PLUMBER UPDATE Duration: 00:00:22

On October eighteenth, 2008, during the third and final American presidential debate, we first heard the name of a man who would play a prominent role in the campaign of Senator John McCain.


FTR: McCAIN Duration: 00:01:22

Over the course of the debate, Joe the Plumber would be invoked by both candidates more than twenty times.

It didn't matter that his name wasn't "Wurzelburger", but "Wurzelbacher". And it didn't matter that his name wasn't actually "Joe", but "Samuel".

What mattered was that he was a plumber, except that he wasn't officially licensed as a plumber, so he wasn't really a plumber.

What did matter was that "Joe The Plumber" -- or, more accurately, "Samuel The Unlicensed Employee of a Plumbing Contractor" -- became a symbol of every anxious, hard-working middle American who might be victimized by an Obama tax hike.

Instantly, the media tried to contact the man known as "Joe the Plumber". And at first, he seemed both taken aback and admirably open about his lack of political acumen.

That didn't last long. In short order, he was calling then-Senator Obama's tax plan "socialist", and raising questions about the candidate's loyalty to the United States. And he wasn't exactly an ardent supporter of Senator John McCain, either. At one point, he failed to show up for a McCain rally -- leading to this awkward moment:


JO-JO Duration: 00:02:12

Album: TEN LOUSY POP SONGS/PENNEY, KIRK

Label: DAMN ROAD

Persons/Roles:
KIRK PENNEY - COMPOSER
LEA-ANN BIDDISCOMBE-PENNEY - VOCALS
DARREN BROWNE - GUITAR
ROMANO DINILLO - DRUMS
SARAH MCELCHERAN - TRUMPET
KIRK PENNEY - GUITAR
KIRK PENNEY - KAZOO
KIRK PENNEY - PRODUCER
KIRK PENNEY - VOCALS
KEITH POWER - BASS GUITAR
KEITH POWER - PRODUCER
KEITH POWER - VOCALS
GEORGE SPANOS - VOCALS

BLUE JUICE Duration: 00:00:20

Album: BLUE BREAK BEATS

Label: BLUE NOTE, CDP7991062

Persons/Roles:
UNKNOWN - COMPOSER
JIMMY MCGRIFF - ORGAN

SHAW BUYS CANWEST Duration: 00:06:59

Some are saying the deal is a bargain; others, that it's a risky venture. And still others are a little worried about how the whole thing will affect their viewing of future episodes of "Glee".

This week, Shaw Communications, the Calgary-based cable and internet provider, announced that it had reached a two-billion-dollar deal to buy the TV assets of CanWest, which owns Global Television, Alliance Atlantis, and numerous specialty channels.

Peter Bissonnette is the president of Shaw. We reached him in Calgary.


NO SOUND Duration: 00:00:17

Album: THE MAGIC

Label: DEMO

Persons/Roles:
EVAN GORDON - WRITER
GEORGIE GORDON - WRITER
EVAN GORDON - SINGER
GEORGIE GORDON - SINGER
SYLVIE SMITH - SINGER

LE PLATEAU STREETS Duration: 00:07:14

In the last municipal election, a party called Projet Montreal fared very, very poorly -- with one big exception. The party swept the Montreal borough of Plateau-Mont Royal. It ran with on a green platform, promising more bike routes, better sidewalks and reducing car traffic. But politicians aren't exactly renowned for keeping election promises -- which is why so many residents in the borough were flabbergasted today, when they heard their borough was about to change dramatically. Without much warning, borough mayor Luc Ferrandez has announced a one-million-dollar program that will see about a dozen streets in the Plateau painted green, and closed off to car traffic.

We reached the politician behind this big shift, Luc Ferrandez, in Montreal.


MONTREAL-40°C Duration: 00:00:21

Album: L'ETE SHOW DU ROSEQ 2006

Label: ROSEQ, 2006

Persons/Roles:
JULIEN MINEAU - COMPOSER
MALAJUBE - ENS IN-V

TB: NWT LICENSE PLATES Duration: 00:01:42

Everyone knows, it's what you're made of that counts.

Earlier this week, we told you that the Northwest Territories will soon be making its popular bear-shaped license plates with environmentally-friendly aluminum, instead of the traditional steel. Well, that story took one of our listeners on a trip down memory lane...to 1995, when he and his wife packed up their Volkswagen van and drove from Yellowknife to Mexico and back again.


MAYBE SHE GO Duration: 00:00:18

Album: ODETTA AT THE GATE OF HORN

Label: TRADITION, TCD 1063

Persons/Roles:
MARY KATHERINE DELAPLANE - COMPOSER
ODETTA - GUITAR
ODETTA - VOCALS

UBC MUSCLE MAKING Duration: 00:04:23

There's a classic trope in movies set in the future: a character needs a new body part -- let's say a hand -- and science, somehow, is able to provide it. It looks and moves just like the old hand. There's only one problem: the hand is evil.

Well, researchers working in the United States and Canada have come one step closer to making science fiction a reality, except for the "evil" part. They have found a way to make an artificial substance, or biomaterial, that acts like muscle tissue.

Hongbin Li is one of the principal researchers behind this new substance. He's an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry at U-B-C. He's in Vancouver.


SAMUDRA Duration: 00:00:16

Album: ALCHEMY/TASA

Label: CUSTOM, TASA004

Persons/Roles:
RAVI NAIMPALLY - COMPOSER
CHRIS GARTNER - PRODUCER
RAVI NAIMPALLY - PRODUCER
TASA - FOLK GROUP

SC: THE B WORD Duration: 00:00:50

Elton John once asked us all, "Can you feel the love tonight?" To which I can answer: "Yes -- but it's not all love."

On last night's program, I told you that Elton John had been banned from performing in Egypt. It seems that the head of Egypt's Musicians Union was enraged by some comments the pop superstar made about Jesus -- and also by Mr. John's homosexuality. And just before we played one of the pop star's many hits, I said, "It looks like the bitch will not be back in Cairo any time soon."

Some listeners were concerned about my use of that epithet -- which I'll hereafter call "the B-word" -- to describe Elton John.

So let me set the record straight: when I said "the B-word will not be back in Cairo," I was referring to a song that went to Number One in Canada in 1974.

A song in which Elton John made it absolutely clear whom we were all meant to consider a "B-word":


BITCH IS BACK Duration: 00:00:19

Album: ELTON JOHN GREATEST HITS, VOL. 2

Label: MCA, MCAD37216

Persons/Roles:
ELTON JOHN - COMPOSER
BERNIE TAUPIN - LYRICIST
ELTON JOHN - VOCALS

COSMIC TREE Duration: 00:00:20

Album: 4 HERO PRESENTS EXTENSIONS

Label: RAW CANVAS, RCRCD03

Persons/Roles:
MARK CLAIR - COMPOSER
JENS "GROOVEMASTER 7" DOHLE - DRUMS
STEFFEN "STEVE BASS" ILLNER - CONTRABASS
OEZLEM - SINGING
CHRISTOPH REUTER - PIANO
YE: SOLAR - ENS INSTR
ANDRE ZIMMA - DIR

WORLD'S LARGEST BURGER Duration: 00:00:28

It's like something out of a carnivore's dream -- and a vegetarian's nightmare.

A Toronto chef today may have set a Guinness World Record for grilling the "Largest Hamburger - Commercially Available". The word "patty" is inappropriate here: what Ted Reader created was more of a monolith of meat, weighing in at about a hundred-and-thirty-six kilograms.

Carol caught up with Mr. Reader earlier today, in the midst of grilling.


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