Trailers for sale or rent. One disaster spills into another, when
FEMA's contaminated Katrina trailers turn up as lodgings near the
ongoing BP oil spill.
Infractions in fractions. Scam artists make millions of dollars, by
sneakily billing people's credit cards for a few cents at a time.
Getting to the bottom of the summit. The Canadian Civil Liberties
Association demands a public inquiry into police behaviour at Toronto's
Where the streets have your name. You can paint a New Zealand town red
-- or whatever colour you want -- if you're willing to buy it first.
We've all been crying Wolfgang. If you're trying to make your kid a
genius, turns out Mozart provides no more benefit than "Rock Me
And...O brave moo world that has such people in it! A British theatre
group hits cows with the broadside of a bard -- and finds their milk
production goes up. The cows', that is.
As It Happens, the Canada Day edition. Radio that presents a midsummer night's cream.
Usually a second chance is a good thing. Not so in the case of the
hundred-and-twenty thousand or so trailers that were provided after
Hurricane Katrina by the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- better
known as FEMA.
Because they've been
linked to serious health risks, the trailers were banned by the U.S.
government from being used as permanent housing. Nevertheless, they've
begun popping up around Louisiana, as housing for workers cleaning up
the oil spill.
in March, when the trailers were being auctioned off, we spoke with
Becky Gillette. She's the formaldehyde campaign director for the
environmental organization, the Sierra Club, and she told us why she
thinks these FEMA trailers are dangerous.
DALET FOA: FEMA TRAILERS
From our archives, that was Becky Gillette from the environmental
group, the Sierra Club, speaking to Carol back in March about the health
risks associated with the FEMA trailers provided to victims of
Some of these trailers are now being used in Louisiana to house workers involved with cleaning up the BP oil spill.
To hear her reaction, we reached Becky Gillette once again, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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The visible signs of the G20 summit in Toronto are gone now. No more
chain-link fences or swarms of police and protestors. But the
controversy over the security operation remains.
night, we spoke to Howard Morton, a lawyer representing a Toronto man
arrested in the lead-up to the summit, under the Public Works Protection
Act. The act was quietly invoked by the provincial government to give
police temporary special powers to arrest people near the G20 zone.
the message from the police and the government about the extent of
those powers changed several times over the last few days. And,
according to Mr. Morton, the police and the government were both wrong
-- the law is even more far-reaching than either group said.
Nathalie Des Rosiers, that demonstrates why our laws need to be
reformed. She's the general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties
Association and we reached her in Toronto.
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You're in the middle of a job interview, and things are going pretty
well. The only thing you've done wrong so far is describe yourself as a
"plerfectionist". But your prospective boss didn't raise an eyebrow, so
you're pretty sure you've still got a shot. But then, she fixes you with
an intense look, and you know the next question will be pivotal. And then she asks you: "Edward...or Jacob?"
It all comes down to this moment. And you have no idea who Edward or Jacob even are.
Well, you do if you're a fan of the "Twilight" books, or movies.
Edward is a vampire who's in terrific shape considering he's a
hundred-and-four, and is utterly devoted to the series' main character,
Bella. In the films, he is played by the brooding British actor Robert
Pattinson, whose hair is remarkable. Jacob, meanwhile, is a
shape-shifter who can transform into a wolf. He is also utterly devoted
to Bella. In the films, he's played by the American actor Taylor
Lautner, whose upper body is remarkable.
either on Team Edward, or Team Jacob. There's no fence-sitting. Except,
perhaps, when you're a candidate for the United States Supreme Court.
In that case, you have to try to maintain a certain bipartisan appeal.
Or maybe, you just have no idea who Edward or Jacob even are.
on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation
hearings, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar tried to get Ms. Kagan to
reveal whether she was on Team Edward or Team Jacob. Here's what that
sounded like, for the record.
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If you think that you can make your children smarter by playing a
little something called "Quartet Number Two in D Major", some academics
have four words for you:
"Mozart Effect, Shmozart Effect."
the conclusion -- and the title -- of an article published in a
psychology journal called Intelligence. It debunks the widely-held
belief that playing classical music to your kids --- Mozart in
particular --- will make them cleverer.
Frances Rauscher, the conclusion is a long time coming. She's the
psychology professor behind the original 1993 article that spurred
parents everywhere to buy Mozart for babies and toddlers.
We reached Professor Rauscher in Wales, Wisconsin.
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Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I feel more intelligent. So
before my brain expands any more, we're going to take a break. But we'll
be back after the news with more As It Happens -- and when we return:
When you steal pennies, the dollars take care of themselves. Inside a
credit-card scam that made its perpetrators millions -- a few cents at a
Giant steps. A new study shows that elephants have a lot of nerve -- which is why it takes them so long to do anything.
A comedy of udders. A Shakespeare troupe performs for cows -- and finds
that, as an audience, the quality of Guernseys is not strained.
If you'd like to comment on anything you hear on the program, call
Talkback. The number is 1-866-481-5718. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay
tuned. I'm PA.
And I'm CS.
It's a monthly ritual. The credit card statement arrives, and you
scratch your head in puzzlement and try to remember: "Where and when did
I spend my money?" If it's a small enough purchase -- say, a dollar or
two -- you might not even notice it.
kind of confusion is exactly what some scammers are counting on. Until
they were stopped a few months ago, fraudsters bilked millions of
Americans of millions of dollars through an elaborate micro-credit card
scam -- some victims for as little as a quarter.
Steve Wernikoff is a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. He's prosecuting the case. We reached him in Chicago.
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It's fair to say that certain members of the animal kingdom move with more grace and swiftness than others.
For example, elephants don't scurry, dash or scamper. And you're not likely to see a mouse lumber or waddle.
find out why that is, a kinesiologist from Simon Fraser University
decided to hit an elephant in the foot with a reflex hammer. His name is
Max Donelan. The kinesiologist, not the elephant. The elephant's name
is Lucy. We reached Dr. Donelan in Burnaby, BC.
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|HOWARD BILERMAN|| - ||PRODUCER|
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Classic cars and jewelry are fine status symbols, but the ultimate in
conspicuous consumption is surely the ownership of a whole town. So if
you're looking to generate the kind of envy and resentment that only
come with being the proprietor of a whole municipality, have we got a
deal for you: right now, for under seven-hundred-and-fifty thousand
dollars Canaidan, you can become the Donald Trump of Otira, a small
community at the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. You'll get a
hotel, and a pub, and eighteen houses. It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but
at that price, can you resist it?
Johnson is hoping you can't. He's a real estate agent with Tourism
Properties who's trying to sell Otira. We reached him in Christchurch,
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When it comes to culture, Holsteins may not be the Philistines you might think.
has long been established that cows have an ear for classical music,
but just how far does bovine appreciation of the high arts extend?
know the perfect guy to ask: Rob Forknall. He and his theatre company
have been performing Shakespeare to a herd of Friesan cows. We reached
him in Maidstone, England.
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|ALISON KRAUSS|| - ||PRODUCER|
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During the space race, the Americans had one dream -- to put a man on
the moon. But back then, we Canadians had our own dreams. Granted, they
were a little more modest. A little more Canadian
. And while Neil Armstrong was bravely stepping onto our satellite --
and botching a speech he had, frankly, had plenty of time to prepare --
our domestic space-dreams were far from being realized. It took nearly
forty years for our long-held plans to come to fruition. And according
to new documents, we succeeded a few years ago. We finally invented a
An Access to Information request by the Canadian Press has revealed
that, back in 2006, the Canadian Space Agency decided our long-held
national dream of developing a space cookie needed to be put on the
front burner. So C.S.A. officials commissioned scientists with
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to create a Canadian menu, that would
be served for a single-day menu on the International Space Station. With
a budget of more than four hundred thousand dollars, the scientists
went about providing astronauts their just desserts. Soon afterward,
plans for the menu were put on hold, but Canadian space cookie
think conjuring up a space cookie is a piece of cake... but apparently
making a nutritious and delicious snack is rocket science. The project
took several months, thirty-seven suppliers, and more than one-hundred
combinations of possible ingredients.
August, 2007, the sandwich cookie made its space debut, and Canadian
astronaut Dave Williams gave it a glowing review, describing it as a
"little bite that was out of this world". Get it? He said that because
it's small, and it was in space! Or, possibly, it was just an artful way
of saying nothing at all.
People who are actually familiar with the snack, and are less prone to
making space jokes, say it's a nutritious oatmeal cookie, flavoured with
Canadian ingredients like maple syrup, blueberry, and cranberry cream.
But although the cookie sounds delicious, its names did not. First, it
was dubbed the "Canookie". After careful consideration -- one hopes, no
more than twelve seconds' worth -- that name was discarded, in favour of
"Cana-snack". But although the Cana-snack took off to space three
times, the product never took off here on Earth. Efforts to mass-market
the cookies crashed and burned.
not clear why the evidence of our long-dreamed-of space-cookie success
was kept hush-hush until an enterprising reporter dug it up. But now we
all know, and can proudly say, as Canadians: it was one small step for
science, and a slightly less small leap for mankind.