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May 24, 2010

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Hard habit to break. Jamaica's pledge to deport alleged drug lord Christopher Coke triggers an explosion of violence on the streets of Kingston.

Blowing the whistle. A U.S. swim team official says he's been thrown in the deep end for speaking out about the sport's growing sex abuse scandal.

Fer-gie and her get. The luckless Duchess of York gets got by a British tabloid trying to get rich selling access to her royal ex.

What does it profit a rogue state, if it angers the world and loses its connection to Seoul? North Korea faces the diplomatic wrath of South Korea and its allies, over the downing of a warship.

Secrets and eyes. NASA says its X-37B is a clandestine space plane with a covert purpose. Amateur astronomers say it's something else -- obvious.

And . . . His new material. Controversial author Phillip Pullman speaks about his latest novel -- a story about a pair of fictional twins named Jesus and Christ.

As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that would never dream of taking His Name in twain.


KINGSTON VIOLENCE Duration: 00:07:11

Tonight, chaos continues in parts of the Jamaican capital.

In Kingston's streets, a battle is playing out between security forces and supporters of an alleged drug baron. Christopher Coke is wanted for extradition to the United States on weapons and drug charges.

Jamaican authorities have already declared a state of emergency in some neighbourhoods.

Karyl Walker is a crime reporter for The Jamaica Observer in Kingston. We reached him earlier today in the capital.


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

FERGIE SCANDAL Duration: 00:07:17

You know how I like to spend Victoria Day? Wondering to myself how much it would cost to get an audience with a British royal. Well, now all that's ruined. Thanks, Fergie.

You see, according to the Duchess of York, around three-quarters of a million dollars should get you the ear of a prince.

In one of their notorious "Fake Sheikh" stings, the British tabloid The News of the World recorded Sarah Ferguson saying she could provide access to her former husband, Andrew, for that princely sum. The Prince is currently Britain's special representative for international trade and investment.

James Whitaker has been covering the British royal family for decades, formerly as The Daily Mirror's royal correspondent and now as a freelance journalist. We reached him in Estepona, Spain.


DISCOVERY Duration: 00:00:19

Album:WAITING/WOOD, ROYAL

Label:MAPLEMUSIC

Persons/Roles:
ROYAL WOOD - COMPOSER
DEAN DROUILLARD - PRODUCER
ROYAL WOOD - PRODUCER
ROYAL WOOD - VOCALS

NASA SHUTTLE SIGHTING Duration: 00:06:23

It's supposed to be one of the best-kept secrets in the American military: A new NASA robotic spaceplane whose description and purpose have been shrouded in the Pentagon's shadows. Nameless, it's known just by the code X-37B.

Just don't try telling Ted Molczan that. He's been watching it from his balcony in mid-town Toronto.


FACE THE FUTURE Duration: 00:00:18

Album:WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA/FEMME FATALE

Label:ETAGE

Persons/Roles:
MARCUS FUREDER - COMPOSER
GABRIELLA HANNINEN - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA - JAZZ GROUP

DA: ZOE V. RENAULT Duration: 00:01:54

Dateline: The roadways of France.Long before there was a company famous for putting personal pronouns in front of its various phones, pods, and pads, there was Rénault.

And Rénault created a product called "Le Car." A name as simple, thoughtful, and utilitarian as a definite article can be. Le Car was a runaway success -- and not it the Toyota sense of the word.

However, in recent years, Rénault hasn't had such luck in its product nomenclature. For example, it recently lost a court case after objecting that a set of parents, whose last name is Rénault, named their daughter Mégane, which also happens to be the name of one of Rénault (the car company)'s models.

And now Rénault (the car company, not the parents) is in trouble again.

This time, it wants to name its new electric car "Zoé," which apparently comes from the Greek work for "life."

This does not sit well with a 23-year-old Parisienne student named Zoé Renault (who is no relation to the car company, or the parents). Envisioning a lifetime of sarcastic rejoinders ('Oh, 'Zoé's broken down again,' or 'Zoé needs an overhaul,' and so on), she's had a lawyer threaten Rénault (the car company). In short: if it carries on with naming its electric car, "Zoé," she will seek damages in court.

And now, her idea has caught on: there are apparently at least 30,000 women named Zoé in France, and most of them object to being objectified in the name of a car too.

All of which has Rénault (the car company, not the woman or the parents) reversing quickly, claiming that the name was merely a concept, and that no final decision has been made on what to officially call the car, which isn't scheduled to come out until 2012.

So what should it be called?

As far as we know, the "iCar" is still available. Although, of course, that might get them une pomme-ling in court, too.


Z IS FOR ZOE Duration: 00:02:03

Album:I'M AN ANIMAL/WEEKS, SARAH

Label:LIGHTYEAR, 54275-2

Persons/Roles:
SARAH WEEKS - COMPOSER
MICHAEL ABBOTT - PRODUCER
SARAH WEEKS - VOCALS

CLOSING MONDAY Duration: 00:00:38

Children's author and singer Sarah Weeks, with "Z is for Zoe."

And E is for the end of the first part of tonight's program. The news is next -- and then As It Happens will be back with these stories:

Going to great lengths. An American swim team official says he's being penalized for criticizing his sport's governing body over its handling of sex abuse allegations.

Cold Seoul. South Korea puts the diplomatic freeze on its neighbour, after uncovering evidence North Korea sunk one of its warships.

And . . . The Greatest Story Ever, retold. Phillip Pullman turns the tale of the New Testament's hero into a novel about a set of twins named Jesus and Christ.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm RB.


RETURN MONDAY Duration: 00:00:51

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

The Good Man Phillip and The Scoundrel Pullman. To some, Phillip Pullman is a literary giant. To others, he's an unabashed Jesus-hater. His new novel promises to widen the schism.

And . . . Putting the mass in mass media. The British Library creates a digital archive of tens of thousands of newspapers dating back three centuries.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


U.S. SWIM COVERUP Duration: 00:07:13

The U.S. national swim team is known as a powerhouse in the pool. But, lately, the sport has been making headlines for more inauspicous reasons.

Back in March, a former swimmer named Deena Deardurff Schmidt went public with allegations that she was sexually abused while training in the 1960s. Since then, more swimmers have come forward with stories of abuse.

Mike Saltzstein is the former vice-president of U.S.A. Swimming, and he's an outspoken critic of how the sport's governing body has dealt with the allegations.

Mr. Saltzstein is also a swimming official, who worked at the 2008 Olympics. He says he's now being denied work for speaking out against U.S.A. Swimming.

We reached Mike Saltzstein in San Diego.


DARK WAS THE NIGHT/DARK WAS THE NIGHT Duration: 00:00:20

Album:PARIS, TEXAS, SOUNDTRACK

Label:WARNER BROS, 9 25270

Persons/Roles:
BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON - COMPOSER
RY COODER - GUITAR
RY COODER - PRODUCER
RY COODER - ARRANGER

N KOREA ESCALATION Duration: 00:06:50

You might say that North Korea's Kim Jong-il has a way of getting people's attention.

His country is once again facing the indignation of the international community. The trigger -- last week's confirmation by Seoul that the pariah state was behind the sinking of a South Korean warship, which killed forty-six sailors.

Canada has already imposed sanctions on North Korea. Japan looks set to follow suit. And Washington is pushing China to take action against Pyongyang.

Today, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said that North Korea must "pay the price" for the torpedo attack, imposing a trade and investment freeze.

Ted Galen Carpenter is a defence and foreign policy expert at the Cato Institute. We reached him in Washington, DC.


NEW YORK Duration: 00:00:22

Album:LUKE DOUCET: ALOHA MANITOBA

Label:SIX SHOOTER, SIX 01

Persons/Roles:
LUKE DOUCET - COMPOSER
LUKE DOUCET - SINGING

BRITISH LIBRARY NEWSPAPERS Duration: 00:06:58

Time was, if you wanted to look up what was on the front page of, say, the December third, 1802 edition of the London Times, you'd have to do some serious digging through archives. But soon, that page, and some seven-hundred-and-fifty-million others, will be available online, in glorious colour -- or equally glorious black-and-white.

Patrick Fleming is the Associate Director of Operations and Services at the British Library, which is leading the project. We reached him in London.


DEATH IS NOT THE END Duration: 00:00:50

Album:DOWN IN THE GROOVE

Label:CBS, 40957

Persons/Roles:
BOB DYLAN - COMPOSER
BOB DYLAN - VOCALS

FTR: PHILLIP PULLMAN Duration: 00:02:03

His books have received a wealth of accolades -- and, more important, they're loved by millions. But while he's no stranger to success, best-selling author Phillip Pullman is also no stranger to controversy. His chldren's trilogy, "His Dark Materials," was condemned by Christians for its negative portrayal of God and the Church. As a result, the books are a constant presence on the United States' "most challenged books" lists -- and some Catholic Schools in Ontario have removed his titles from their library shelves.

Now Phillip Pullman is set to cause even more controversy with his new book, "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ." In the book, Mr. Pullman presents his own version of the story of the Son of God, through the eyes of two protagonists -- twin brothers Jesus and Christ.

Here is Phillip Pullman responding to a question about the title of the book, during an appearance at the University of Oxford earlier this year.


PHILLIP PULLMAN Duration: 00:26:43

But as much as it's a book about religion, it's also a book about stories and storytelling. In large bold letters, the statement, "This is a Story," proudly adorns the back cover of the novel.

We reached multi-award winning and best-selling author Phillip Pullman in Oxford, England.


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