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July 30, 2010

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FRIDAY BILLS Duration: 00:01:41

Hello, I'm Laura Lynch.

Good evening. I'm C. David Johnson.

This is As It Happens.

Tonight:

One story ends -- but there may be an epilogue. Relatives of his victims are pleased Robert Pickton will get no second chance in court -- but some still demand a public inquiry.

It's like extortion by a babysitter you didn't hire. The state of Oregon keeps a child separated from his Canadian mother for two years -- and then sues her for the cost of his foster care.

Slow and steady may end the race. Thousands of endangered sea turtles are released into the Gulf of Mexico -- where they'll run into a whole lot of crude that was released in the same place.

Post post script. Sixty years after a crash that killed everyone on board, an airplane's lost mailbag surfaces in the Alps.

Super-size matters. Especially when you're a hunger striker who's accused by British newspapers of succumbing to a Big Mac attack.

And...if music be the food of love, then some of it's spoiled mayonnaise. In a week where we've combined telephony with cacophony, we'll present another affectionate example of the world's worst tunes.

As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that proposes a Hippocratic oath for bad musicians: first, do no harmony.


FTR: VANCOUVER POLICE Duration: 00:00:30

It's the end of the line for Robert Pickton.

Today, his chances for a new trial ended, when the Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold his conviction for the murder of six women.

Speaking this morning at a press conference, Vancouver's Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard broke from his prepared statement to express his condolences and regrets to the families of the murdered women. For the record, here's part of what he had to say.


PICKTON PUBLIC INQUIRY Duration: 00:07:47

Following the Supreme Court's decision not to grant Robert Pickton a new trial, the B.C. Crown announced today that they would stay the remaining twenty charges against the pig farmer.

Ernie Crey is an advisor to the Sto:lo Tribal Council on fisheries and social policy issues. His sister Dawn disappeared ten years ago, and her DNA was found on the Pickton farm. We reached Mr. Crey in Chilliwack, BC.


TRIP AND FALL Duration: 00:00:29

Album:VESPERS/REDHOOKER

Label:SOFT LANDING, SLR002

Persons/Roles:
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - COMPOSER
MARLAN BARRY - PRODUCER
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - ELECTRIC GUITAR
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - PRODUCER
PETER HESS - BASS CLARINET
MAXIM MOSTON - VIOLIN
REDHOOKER - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
ANDIE SPRINGER - VIOLIN

GULF SEA TURTLES RELEASE Duration: 00:06:46

Throughout the past week, thousands of tiny sea turtles -- each about the size of a toonie -- have trudged their way past the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

The newborn Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are an endangered species. They were released into the Gulf despite the fact that some are certain to end up at the site of the BP oil spill off Louisiana.

Allan Strand is the Field Supervisor for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ecological Services in Texas. We reached him in Corpus Christi.


KOTHBIRO Duration: 00:00:15

Album:REVERSE THREAD/CARTER, REGINA

Label:E1, E1E-CD-2090

Persons/Roles:
MBARAK ACHIENG - COMPOSER
AYUB OGADA - COMPOSER
REGINA CARTER - PRODUCER
REGINA CARTER - VIOLIN
ALVESTER GARNETT - DRUMS
WILL HOLSHOUSER - ACCORDION
CHRIS LIGHTCAP - DOUBLE BASS
YACOUBA SISSOKO - KORA

TREASURE OF LIMA FOUND? Duration: 00:06:58

Tucked away on a small Costa Rican island, there is reportedly a goldmine waiting to be found.

The Cocos Island, three-hundred-and-fifty miles off the Costa Rican coast, are supposedly the resting place of "The Treasure of Lima" - a booty of gold and silver worth over a hundred-and-fifty million dollars. Many adventurers have attempted to find the treasure, including Hollywood star Errol Flynn, but the lucrative prize has eluded all of them.

Now Englishman Mike Munroe is convinced he knows where the treasure is and is planning an expedition to go and get the loot. We reached painter-turned-treasure-hunter Mike Munroe at his home in Melton Mowbray, England.


GAILY, GAILY, FILM MUSIC/TANGO I SAVED FOR YOU Duration: 00:00:14

Album:HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST HITS/CZECH PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Label:PRIMARY WAVE, 509995 00609 24

Persons/Roles:
HENRY MANCINI - COMPOSER
CZECH PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - ORCHESTRA
RICHARD FIOCCA - CONDUCTOR
DAN LIEBERSTEIN - PRODUCER

TB: MORE BAD MUSIC Duration: 00:02:25

I bet the Germans have a word for something that is so awful that it's fabulous. Kitsch doesn't quite do it. Schadenfreude is too gloat-y. Maybe schadenkitsch? Kitschenfreude? German speakers, help me out here.

In any case, we've been talking about wonderfully dreadful music all week here at As It Happens. It all started with a would-be singer named Emma whose dreams of stardom were rightfully, if painfully, crushed by Simon Cowell on "Britain's Got Talent."

Since then, Talkback has been compiling its own mix-tape of the best worst music out there.

First up was the late Florence Foster Jenkins, who spent the 'Twenties and 'Thirties singing badly, not knowing it and not caring one bit. And she became a star in the process.

Then, last night, we heard one Darlene Edwards singing the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" badly -- on purpose.

Tonight, Talkback adds one more track to the compilation.


ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA, TONE POEM Duration: 00:00:59

Album:DEAD PARROT SOCIETY: THE BEST OF BRITISH COMEDY

Label:RHINO, R2 71049

Persons/Roles:
RICHARD STRAUSS - COMPOSER
MARTIN LEWIS - PRODUCER
PORTSMOUTH SINFONIA - ORCHESTRA

FRIDAY RETURN Duration: 00:00:24

Hello again, I'm LL.

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

Coming up:

A Tamil activist wins a libel suit against two British newspapers that claimed he had eaten McDonald's during a hunger strike -- and no, he does not want fries with that.

And...postcards from the edge. While working in the Alps, a Scottish student finds the mailbag from a plane that crashed in 1950.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


CLOSING



ORE. FOSTER CARE BILL Duration: 00:07:18

This week, a Calgary mother was sent a hefty bill by the state of Oregon. And it added expensive insult to serious injury.

Two years ago, the woman's son was visiting his stepfather in Oregon. The boy was picked up by the police for riding a bike without wearing a helmet. That minor infraction was the start of a bizarre series of events that kept him separated from his family in Canada until last month. And now, after battling all that time to get her son back, his mother is scheduled to appear in court -- the state of Oregon has sued her for the cost of keeping her son in foster care, while she fought for his return.

Tony Merchant is the Canadian lawyer representing the Calgary mother. We reached him in Regina.


CHRISTY Duration: 00:00:17

Album:COURTING STORIES/SKYE CONSORT

Label:OMBU, OMBU1012

Persons/Roles:
SEAN DAGHER - COMPOSER
SKYE CONSORT - ENSEMBLE
SKYE CONSORT - PRODUCER

TAMIL HUNGER STRIKE Duration: 00:03:52

Last April, as thousands of Tamil people in Sri Lanka were being killed in the crossfire between the government and the Tamil Tiger militia, Parameswaran Subramanyam, -- a Tamil living in England -- went on a hunger strike for twenty-three days. He was trying to convince the British government to protect his community.

But a few newspapers were skeptical. The Sun newspaper and the Daily Mail both ran stories claiming Mr. Subramanyam secretly ate McDonald's during his hunger strike.

They were completely wrong. Mr. Subramanyam never ate anything during that time. And yesterday, a British High Court judge ordered the newspapers to apologize for their stories -- and to pay Mr. Subramanyam close to a hundred-and-twenty-five thousand dollars in damages for libel.

We reached Parameswaran Subramanyam in London, England.


JAI HO Duration: 00:00:30

Album:SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, SOUNDTRACK

Label:INTERSCOPE, B001250202

Persons/Roles:
ALLAH RAKHA RAHMAN - COMPOSER
ALLAH RAKHA RAHMAN - PRODUCER

SC: THINGS WE LEARNED THIS WEEK Duration: 00:02:19

Here at As it Happens, we endeavour to bring the news of the day to life. But in doing so, we must agree -- however reluctantly -- to become story killers as well.

In the course of any given week, we pore over countless potential news items before ultimately deciding to run 'em or shun 'em. We have just enough time to bring you the very best of the best.

A couple of years ago, we actually toyed with the idea of releasing a director's cut of the show, which included all the stories that didn't make it to air earlier in the week. It was to run all through the night Friday, and into Saturday. But we realized it would have cut into The Vinyl Cafe's regular time slot, and a redfaced Stuart McLean said in a voice that wasn't small but was big, that he knew exactly how to handle a bunch of turkeys like us.

So, as we approach the end of this week's programs, we're simply going to tell you about some of the things we learned this week. The following are just a few the stories that wound up on our cutting room floor.

Researchers at Aberdeen University in Scotland have found that women with high-pitched voices go gaga for men with deep ones. The higher the woman's voice, the more she appreciates sonorousness in a fellow.

Another study from the Max Planck Institute for Linguistics, in Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, concludes that right-handed people -- and politicians in particular -- gesture with their right hand when expressing positive ideas, and with their left when conveying negative ideas. The reverse is true for left-handed people.

Also out of Holland, a Dutch brewery whose name translates as "The Refrigerated Ship" claims it has created the world's strongest beer, at sixty per cent alcohol by volume. After a glass of that, most people's left hands can't tell what the right one is doing.

And speaking of being well-oiled, there are five-hundred, eighty thousand kilometres of pipeline across Canada. Just one of the things you won't find on Wikileaks, but that you do learn when you're following an oil leak.

And on that note, please enjoy this lovely little musical interlude, while I step outside the studio for a brief moment.


INTRODUCTION ET RONDEAU ECOSSAIS Duration: 00:08:22

Album:HERITAGE BEETHOVEN/MARSOLAIS, LOUIS-PHILIPPE

Label:ATMA, ACD2 2592

Persons/Roles:
IGNAZ MOSCHELES - COMPOSER
DAVID JALBERT - PIANO
LOUIS-PHILIPPE MARSOLAIS - HORN
ANNE-MARIE SYLVESTRE - PRODUCER

1950 MAILBAG FOUND Duration: 00:06:58

After sixty years lost in the ice, letters from a doomed Air India flight may soon finally reach their destination.

On November 3rd, 1950, Air India Flight 235 from Bombay crashed into the side of Mont Blanc on its way to London. Rescuers battled severe weather conditions to search for survivors -- but they searched in vain. None of the forty-eight aboard the "Malabar Princess" survived.

Scottish geography student, Freya Cowan, first heard the story of the "Malabar Princess" on a field trip to the mountain last week. Just before stumbling across something strange in the ice.

We reached Ms. Cowan, a University of Dundee student, in North Berwick, Scotland.


FEDERAL MAIL Duration: 00:02:23

Album:JUSTIN RUTLEDGE: AND THE JUNCTION FORTY

Label:SIX SHOOTER, SIX 018

Persons/Roles:
JUSTIN RUTLEDGE - COMPOSER
JUSTIN RUTLEDGE - WRITER
JUSTIN RUTLEDGE - SINGING



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