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July 27, 2010

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A definite explosion over a possible explosion. A leaked document that says Canadian soldiers were killed by friendly fire ignites a firestorm of controversy.

Clement's inclemency. While opposition MPs demand the government come to its senses, the Industry Minister insists people will not be forced to come to the census.

An ad homonym attack. Toronto police apprehend a Somali-Canadian suspect named Sharmake Abdi -- but he's not the Sharmake Abdi they were looking for.

Memento Maury. Remembering one of Canada's great character actors, Maury Chaykin -- who has died on his sixty-first birthday.

A toast to the boaster who's tossed the most coasters. A British man raises the bar at the bar, shattering the record for flipping the most beer mats at once.

And...you know that age-old question about bears and woods? Well, in this story, the answer is "Yes" -- except that this bear did it behind the wheel of a stolen car he'd just crashed.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that figures he should have left himself and the car in park.





FRIENDLY FIRE FOLO Duration: 00:11:01

Last night on As It Happens, we brought you the story of a leaked document from the U.S. military. The document describes a friendly fire incident, when American forces dropped a bomb on Canadian soldiers. The log is dated September 3rd, 2006 -- just a few days into one of the biggest Canadian-led operations in Afghanistan. It was called "Operation Medusa".

The U.S. military log says four Canadian soldiers died that day. Seven others were wounded, along with an interpreter. The Canadian government has since called the document a mistake. And the families of the soldiers who died that day say their loved ones died in combat fighting Taliban insurgents -- a view that is also supported by the Canadian Forces.

However, the fact this document even exists raises a lot of questions. Last night, we heard from a former Canadian Colonel. Tonight, we get the view from the other side. Janis Karpinski is a former United States Brigadier General. We reached her earlier today in New Jersey.


BITTERSWEAT Duration: 00:00:20

Album:WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA/FEMME FATALE

Label:ETAGE

Persons/Roles:
MARCUS FUREDER - COMPOSER
S GHITTONI - COMPOSER
C MALFATTI - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA - JAZZ GROUP

MISTAKEN IDENTITY BEATING Duration: 00:06:46

Sharmake Abdi was wanted for murder. The Toronto Police were on the lookout for the twenty-six-year old Somali-Canadian -- one of two suspects in the death of a third man, who died after being thrown out of a moving car earlier this year. Last Thursday, the police got their man -- a 26-year old Somali-Canadian named Sharmake Abdi.

He had the right name -- but he was the wrong guy.

We reached Sharmake Abdi -- the entirely innocent Sharmake Abdi -- in Toronto.


THE CORNER (PHARRELL REMIX) Duration: 00:00:18

Album:PHARRELL PRESENTS: THE REMIX INSTRUMENTALS, VOL.2

Label:CUSTOM

Persons/Roles:
PHARRELL WILLIAMS - COMPOSER
PHARRELL WILLIAMS - PRODUCER

FOA: OBIT: MAURY CHAYKIN Duration: 00:03:07

Maury Chaykin was the quintessential character actor. One of those performers whose names you may not recognize -- but as soon as you see them on the screen you immediately think: "Hey! I love that guy!"

And while character actors often go unrecognized on the street, Maury Chaykin was recognized with Gemini and Genie Awards, and was well-loved and well-respected by his fellow actors and audiences alike.

Maury Chaykin died this morning, on his sixty-first birthday.

Mr. Chaykin played a role in several landmark TV series, including "The King of Kensington," "Night Heat," "Street Legal" and "Due South." On the big screen, he appeared in films big and small, including Dances With Wolves, My Cousin Vinny, The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica.

But Maury Chaykin is probably most recognized for his role as an eccentric, lonely rock star in Whale Music. It was based on the novel by the late Paul Quarrington -- and presented a fictionalized version of the life of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Mr. Chaykin won a Genie for that performance in 1994.

Most recently, he was part of the ensemble cast of the HBO Canada series "Less Than Kind."

In February, Maury Chaykin appeared on CBC Radio's Q, to discuss the second season of "Less Than Kind." Here's part of his conversation with Q host Jian Ghomeshi, from our archives.


YEAR OF THE ROOSTER Duration: 00:00:15

Album:RUN RABBIT RUN/OSSO

Label:ASTHMATIC KITTY, AKR049

Persons/Roles:
GABRIEL KAHANE - ORIGINATOR
SUFJAN STEVENS - COMPOSER
MARLA HANSEN - VIOLA
MARIA BELLA JEFFERS - CELLO
OLIVIER MANCHON - VIOLIN
ROB MOOSE - VIOLIN
OSSO - STRING QUARTET

BEAR DRIVES CAR Duration: 00:04:55

When Ben Story found out his car was stolen, the seventeen-year-old resident of a small Colorado community found the crime mind-boggling. And he was right.

We reached Ben at his family home in Larkspur, Colorado.


CLOSING



RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20



FTR: CENSUS HEARINGS Duration: 00:03:27

He's out to save Canadians from an invasive, threatening force. Its name: the long-form census.

Today, Industry Minister Tony Clement budged not at all on the government's decision to make the census voluntary. He was appearing before a Parliamentary committee that was debating that decision. Mr. Clement defended his party's controversial position -- saying that some questions on the long-form census were too personal, and that people shouldn't be threatened with jail time for failing to fill it out.

But Liberal MP Anthony Rota took exception to that reasoning. Here's part of his exchange with Minister Clement today, for the record.


OH ME, OH MY Duration: 00:00:16

Album:ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW QUARTET/ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW QUARTET

Label:NETTWERK, 06700307922(8)

Persons/Roles:
ABIGAIL WASHBURN - COMPOSER
ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW QUARTET - ENSEMBLE

DUCH: AUTHOR Duration: 00:06:49

He has admitted to his crimes. He's apologized for them. But he won't accept his sentence.

Yesterday, we reported that the U.N.'s Khmer Rouge Tribunal had sentenced former jailer Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known as Comrade Duch. He oversaw the torture and execution of thousands of prisoners at the infamous Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh, during the Cambodian genocide of the nineteen-seventies. Comrade Duch will spend the next nineteen years in prison for his crimes -- much to the anger of many in Cambodia who feel the sentence is far too lenient.

But for the man convicted, the sentence wasn't lenient enough. Today, Duch's lawyer announced that the former Khmer Rouge jailer would be appealing his sentence -- prompting a tribunal spokesman to comment, "He would have appealed a sentence of even one day."

The fact that Comrade Duch sits in prison at all is largely due to the efforts of photographer and author Nic Dunlop. Back in 1998, Mr. Dunlop decided to track down Comrade Duch -- and found him the following year in Northwestern Cambodia. We reached Nic Dunlop in Devizes, England.


MY SHIP ISN'T PRETTY Duration: 00:00:14

Album:DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE/KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

Label:VIRGIN, 50999 3 06840 2 7

Persons/Roles:
ERIK GLAMBEK BOE - COMPOSER
ERLEND OYE - COMPOSER
DAVIDE BERTOLINI - PRODUCER
ROBERT JONNUM - PRODUCER
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - POP GROUP
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - PRODUCER

FTR: HANS BLIX - CHILCOT Duration: 00:01:48

Hans Blix didn't mince words. Today, at the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War., the United Nations' former chief weapons inspector described the justifications for the 2003 invasion of Iraq as "absurd".

Mr. Blix led the U.N. investigation into whether Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction. Much to the frustration of supporters of the invasion, he failed to discover any.

In his testimony today, Mr. Blix said that, at the time, he told both U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair that there might not be any "smoking guns" in Iraq. And that he had asked the British PM: "Wouldn't it be paradoxical if you were to invade Iraq with two-hundred-and-fifty thousand men and find very little?"

Here is an excerpt of Hans Blix speaking to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War earlier today, for the record.


MERA MEHBOOB HAI TU Duration: 00:00:14

Album:B-MUSIC: DRIVE IN, TURN ON, FREAK OUT

Label:FINDERS KEEPERS, FKRCD021CD

Persons/Roles:
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF - COMPOSER
NAHID AKHTAR - VOCALS

BEER MAT FLIPPER Duration: 00:05:13

As the sporting world was focused on the outcome of the Tour de France -- and Alberto Contador's impressive third victory in four years -- the achievements of one world record breaker seem to have gone largely ignored.

Dean Gould of Felixstowe, England smashed three world records last week, but you're unlikely to find his picture adorning the sports pages of your daily newspaper. That's because Dean Gould broke the records in 'Beer Mat Flipping' - one of Britain's best-loved pub pastimes. Just place a pile of coasters in front of a British relative and you'll see what I mean.

We caught up with record-breaker Dean Gould at his home in Felixstowe, England.


TB: SIMON COWELL MEAN Duration: 00:04:03

We all have to face a painful truth from time to time. But whether we decide to ignore that truth, or slap it across its snarky, bleach-toothed British mug -- that's entirely up to us.

Unfortunately, the truth does sometimes come in guise of a smug Brit with a fake tan. His name is Simon Cowell. And he's made a fantastic living out of telling the untalented about their lack of talent in precise and cutting detail on the TV shows "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent."

As we told you last night, when an aspiring singer named Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai found herself on the receiving end of the talented Mr. Cowell's merciless evaluation, she decided to sue him for being mean.

That prompted Talkback to get a little judgy itself.


SECONDARY WALTZ Duration: 00:00:10

Album:MARK KNOPFLER: KILL TO GET CRIMSON

Label:MERCURY, 0251742073

Persons/Roles:
MARK KNOPFLER - COMPOSER
MARK KNOPFLER - WRITER
MARK KNOPFLER - SINGING

FOA: FLORENCE

Now, some of you might not be familiar with the musical stylings of Florence Foster Jenkins. After all, her career hit a high note -- which is more than you can say for her voice -- about sixty-five years ago.

I'll let a much kinder Brit tell you about Ms. Foster Jenkins. In 2001, Chris Ballance spoke to As It Happens about a play he staged about her. From our archives, here's his description of Florence Foster Jenkins:


LIKE A BIRD Duration: 00:01:18

Album:FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS & FRIENDS: MURDER ON THE H

Label:NAXOS NOSTALGIA, 8.120711

Persons/Roles:
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS - WRITER
COSME MCMOON - COMPOSER
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS - VOCALS
COSME MCMOON - PIANO



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