All hands off deck. The chair of the Free Gaza movement -- which sent a
convoy of ships on an interrupted journey to deliver aid -- gives us
her eyewitness report.
Nigeria, in crude terms. As the spill continues in the Gulf of Mexico, a
country half a world away suffers from similar disasters -- and utter
Haute Bourgeois. We'll pay tribute to an artist whose giant spiders
provoked arachnophilia in the art world: the late Louise Bourgeois.
Reservoir dogs. Bass fishermen on a Texas lake are surprised to find themselves targeted by Mexican pirates.
All work and no plié. Dame Margot Fonteyn could certainly pirouette --
but when it came to actual revolution, she was just dizzy.
And...heads of their depart-mints. Two Americans get explosive results
combining Mentos and Coke -- and find a way to power a very sticky
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio on a geyser roll.
It's safe to say it didn't turn out the way anyone expected.
Yesterday morning, hundreds of people aboard a convoy of ships stormed
by Israeli troops were arrested. Today, some of those people were
Huwaida Arraf was one of them. She is also the chair of the Free Gaza
Movement, the organization that sent the flotilla. We reached Ms. Arraf
earlier today in Ramallah.
Israel continues to stand behind its actions. Although it has
expressed regret at the loss of life, the Israeli government is
reiterating the message we heard last night on the program, from its
spokesperson Mark Regev: that Israel did nothing wrong and was perfectly
within its rights to act. Here is an excerpt from Carol's interview
with Mr. Regev last night.
Despite the robust defence of the raid by the Israeli government,
media in the country has been less supportive. Although mainly
sympathetic to the reasons for such a raid, there are journalists in
Israel who are critical of how the operation was handled -- and are
questioning the need for such an aggressive action.
Aluf Benn, editor-at-large of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is one of these voices. We reached Mr. Benn in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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A deluge of admirers, a flood of memories.
Last night we spoke with one former Manitoba premier about another.
Gary Filmon paid tribute to Duff Roblin who died this past Sunday at the
age of ninety-two. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Roblin is
remembered for initiating the development of the Red River Floodway --
better known as "Duff's Ditch" -- a vast network of waterways that
continue to protect Manitoba from serious flooding whenever the Red
That interview prompted this message to Talkback.
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Taken by itself, Coca-Cola can be refreshing -- both to you, and to
your dentist. But taken with the round mints called Mentos, Coke turns
into a foaming explosion, like a corrosive, sugary Old Faithful.
Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of Buckfield, Maine, rode that fizzy torrent to fame. On YouTube, they're known as The Coke and Mentos Guys.
For obvious reasons: they put some Mentos in Coke bottles and watch
them erupt like geysers. Their video have been viewed -- and imitated --
millions of times.
Their experiments developed into a full-time job for Fritz and
Stephen. And today they unveiled their latest variation: the
We reached Fritz Grobe at their lab headquarters in Buckfield, Maine.
And that brings us to the end of the first part of tonight's program.
But we'll be back in just a few minutes, after the news, with these
The root of oil evil. If you think the Gulf Coast is bad, wait until you hear about the nightmare in Nigeria.
Shot to hell. A Winnipeg neighbourhood experiences a week of violence
-- and one mother describes finding her two daughters wounded by
A politician with a deferens. A snipped vas deferens, that is -- as New
Zealand's Prime Minister has revealed to reporters' surprise.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm CH.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm CH. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
The shapes of things to stay: the art of the late, and late-blooming, Louise Bourgeois.
Smelling the light fantastic: altered fruit-fly larvae find that blue
light has the odour of bananas -- which is science, apparently.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
According to reports today, BP has spent about a billion dollars so
far, trying -- unsuccessfully -- to stem the flow from the Deepwater
Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico.
It has waged a very expensive PR campaign, too, and brought the focus
of the world's media to the shores of Louisiana. But environmental
activists say that, sadly, spills like this happen in Nigeria all the
time -- and neither the media nor the large oil companies pay much
John Vidal would like to change that. He's the environment editor of
the Guardian newspaper in Britain, and he's travelled to Nigeria to see
firsthand the result of decades of rampant oil pollution -- in the name
of supplying North America and Europe with oil.
We reached John Vidal in London.
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Over the last week, one neighbourhood has been anything but hospitable.
In the past seven days, a west-end community in Winnipeg has
experienced a series of violent acts. A six-year-old girl was sexually
assaulted in a park, and there were two shootings involving children.
One teenager died, while gunfire injured two little girls playing in a
Today, the girls' mother spoke to CBC. For the record, here's part of
that conversation. Her voice has been altered to protect her identity.
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To become familiar with her work, all you need to do is take a stroll
outside Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada. There, poised in front of
the building, is a giant bronze spider, its spindly legs stretching
nearly ten metres off of the ground. Its centre of gravity -- a bulging
egg sack -- dangles overhead. The sculpture is called "Maman". And the
artist who created it is Louise Bourgeois.
Yesterday, the French-born American artist died. She was ninety-eight years old.
For someone of such small stature, Ms. Bourgeois' artwork packs an
enormous emotional punch: at times grotesque and sexually explicit; at
other times, quiet and sensual.
She was born on December 25th, 1911 on Paris's Left Bank. A childhood
that was marked by conflict and resentment would go on to shape much of
her artwork. But that artwork was a long time coming: it wasn't until
her seventies that Ms. Bourgeois finally stepped into the limelight.
In 2008, a documentary called "The Spider, the Mistress, and the
Tangerine" was released . Here is Louise Bourgeois, describing the
creative process that goes into her work.
To make that film, friend, filmmaker and art critic Amei Wallach
followed Ms. Bourgeois for fourteen years. Today, we reached Ms. Wallach
in New York.
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Falcon Lake in Texas is known for its bass fishing. The large reservoir
attracts anglers from all over the state. But now that fishing spot
that straddles the Mexican border has become a spot for pirates.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued warnings, after
incidents of fishermen being robbed. Their boats were boarded by heavily
armed, masked pirates, demanding cash and valuables.
Fernando Cervantes is a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife
department. He regularly patrols Falcon Lake. We reached him in Zapata,
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The Diocese of Antigonish has its cross to bear...and it's a very expensive one.
In order to cover the costs of last year's settlement with victims of
sexual abuse, the Diocese needs to pull together eighteen-point-five
million dollars. So far, it has collected about one-third of that
Father Paul Abbass is spokesperson for the Diocese of Antigonish. We reached him in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
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New Zealand is known for a lot of things: among them, sheep, marmite, and being the neighbour to our friends "Down Under."
But this week, the country's Prime Minister is grabbing headlines for comments made regarding himself, down under.
While defending changes in funding to Early Childhood Education
centres, John Key was asked some hypothetical questions about his wife,
Bronagh, and their two kids. And while politicians are known for talking
a lot but saying little, the New Zealand PM offered up an extremely
revealing clip -- about a clip of his own.
That comment -- since dubbed "the snip quip" -- shocked reporters into
silence, which is shocking in and of itself. But it wasn't long before
they were ready to press the Prime Minister for more details.
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Dame Margot Fonteyn was one of the most respected ballerinas of the
20th century -- renowned for her sublime grace in the roles of
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Juliet. But there was one role in which
she fell flat: political revolutionary.
Last week, the National Archives in Britain released newly de-classified documents
revealing Dame Fonteyn's role in an attempted coup of the Panamanian
government in 1959 -- with the help of a young Fidel Castro.
Mark Dunton is a historian at the National Archives. We reached him in London, England.
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And now, for the final chapter in the tale of Dusty the Cat.
Dusty, you'll recall from a story we aired last week, was travelling
from Calgary to Saint John, New Brunswick, in the cargo hold of an Air
Canada plane. But Dusty never arrived. Instead, he went the mysterious
way of lost baggage. Needless to say, Dusty's owner, Jillian Zwicker was
However, yesterday, we spoke with Ms. Zwicker, and found she had since
received an apology from Air Canada -- and more importantly, she had
since received Dusty.
But, despite the happy ending, Jillian says Dusty will never set paw
on a plane again. And that detail prompted this email from Armand
Caputi in Oakland, California:
"I'm sure we all are genuinely relieved that Dusty is home. But since
Dusty will never fly again, can Ms. Zwicker use Dusty's frequent flyer
miles?""I don't think it works that way. Anyway, Dusty's misadventure
also rang a bell with Derek Cutler, of Yellowknife. He wrote:
"This story was told to me some years ago by the Iqaluit cargo manager
of the now defunct Canadian North Airlines: A family had shipped their
cat via cargo from Montreal to Vancouver. Upon arrival, the cat was dead
in its cage. Rather than deal with the possible bad press and
paperwork, the resourceful cargo handlers in Vancouver went to the local
SPCA and found a replacement cat, apparently of identical color and
markings. The owners arrived to pick up the cat and, right away, the
counter person detected that all was not going as hoped. When asked if
there was a problem with the cat, the owners replied: 'Yes, our cat was
dead when we shipped it from Montreal.'"Now, that story also rang a bell
with us, so we did a little snooping and, Derek, it looks like the
cargo manager was re-telling a version of a popular urban legend. We
found an nearly identical story on the rumour-busting website,
Snopes.com. Looks like the cat's out of the bag on that one.
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Unless you are a scientist, it may seem hard to believe that scientists
hold the key to a fulfilling life. But if you're frustrated with the
way things are going, you could do a lot worse than to put down your
copy of "He's Just Not That Into You", and pick up a scientific journal.
Like the one called "Personal Relationships", which really exists, and
which we stack next to our copies of "O Magazine" in the "As It Happens"
A new study, published in that journal, has found that everyday
gratitude can be a booster shot for romantic relationships. Researchers
found that gratitude can be a powerful mechanism for relationship
growth, that can trigger a whole cascade of responses.
They also discovered that the little things may make a big difference
in the daily lives of individuals in romantic relationships. This is
shocking news to those of us who believed resentment and taking things
for granted were aphrodisiacs.
But what sorts of "little things" should we be showing gratitude for?
Well, again, we need only look to science for the answers. Here's one
now: a team in Germany has succeeded in genetically modifying fruit fly
larvae to allow them to smell blue light.
Obviously, that's a terrific breakthrough. Unless you wonder why it's
important to smell blue light. Well, apparently the scientists are
grateful about this because it will allow them to measure the effect
"electro-physiologically" -- whatever that is. Essentially, it will help
them understand how neural networks work. I think.
As for the fruit fly larvae -- you might think they would be more
grateful to smell some real food. But it turns out that blue light
smells pretty good. Ordinarily, fruit flies would avoid light
altogether, but the blue light stimulates a pleasant reaction in the
genetically modified larvae. It simulates the smell of an "odourant"
--such as a banana --- that attracts them, well, like fruit flies. It's
an incredibly complicated way to brighten a larva's day, with the flick
of a light switch.
It proves, scientifically, that it is indeed the little things that
count. And since we know you're grateful to hear that: you're welcome.
And here's something else to be grateful for. Some music to enjoy
odoriferous blue light by. Here's David Wilcox with "Crazy Blue".
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