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August 18, 2010

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WEDNESDAY BILLS Duration: 00:01:41

Hello, I'm Laura Lynch.

Good evening. I'm Mary Ambrose.

This is As It Happens.

Tonight:

The vetting process. A Gulf War veteran explains why former soldiers need a strong, independent advocate -- and why, thanks to Ottawa, they don't have one.

Tour of duty. A Pakistani politician returns from the country's flood zone and calls on her fellow citizens to step up and help those in need.

Talking tough. The Harper government vows to strengthen laws against human trafficking -- but one expert says there's no way they can get any stricter.

A parent's desparation. A father searches the streets of St. John's for his daughter, after her nightly phone calls home abruptly end.

It's a shame. A teenage girl in West Bengal is forced to walk through the streets naked. Her crime? Talking to a young man.

And . . . Putting the odd in audition. An actor shows up to a New York casting call without his pants and finds out the role is not exactly tailor-made for him.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that's always more than its seams.


VETS OMBUDSMAN FOLO Duration: 00:08:12

One Canadian war veteran put it this way: "When we need it most... we're kind of hung out to dry and left on our own."

He and other veterans gathered at a news conference yesterday to voice their disappointment that their ombudsman was losing his job.

Last night on As It Happens, that man -- Veterans Ombudsman Pat Stogran -- shared his irritation in dealing with what he called a "deceptive bureaucracy."

Sean Bruyea is familiar with that bureaucracy. He's a retired intelligence officer from the first Gulf War and he's a long-time advocate of disabled veterans. He was also instumental in establishing the veterans ombudsman's position. We reached Mr. Bruyea in Ottawa.


GOES NOWHERE Duration: 00:02:45

Album:SPANISH WAITER/HOPKINS, MIKE

Label:CUSTOM

Persons/Roles:
MIKE HOPKINS - COMPOSER
RYAN FAIRHEAD - PRODUCER
MIKE HOPKINS - GUITAR
MIKE HOPKINS - PRODUCER

FTR: MISSING DAUGHTER Duration: 00:02:15

Samantha Goodyear usually phones her father every night. But, since Monday, the twenty-year-old Memorial University student hasn't called.

Now, Gilbert Goodyear is roaming the streets of St. John's every day, hoping to find out what's happened to his daughter. He spoke to CBC Newfoundland this morning. Here is part of what he had to say, for the record.


CURDLED JOURNEY Duration: 00:00:33

Album:FAVOURITE COLOURS/SADIES

Label:OUTSIDE, 23339-9005-2

Persons/Roles:
MIKE BELITSKY - COMPOSER
SEAN DEAN - COMPOSER
DALLAS GOOD - COMPOSER
TRAVIS GOOD - COMPOSER
MIKE BELITSKY - PRODUCER
SEAN DEAN - PRODUCER
DALLAS GOOD - PRODUCER
TRAVIS GOOD - PRODUCER
SADIES - POP GROUP

TAMIL: TOUGHER LAWS? Duration: 00:06:46

The prime minister's first words on the Tamil asylum-seeks who recently landed here by boat constituted some pretty tough talk. Mr. Harper's message -- that he sees a wave of human smuggling, and he plans to put a stop to it.

Raoul Boulakia is an immigration and refugee lawyer based in Toronto. For his thoughts on the prime minister's proposals, we reached him at his office.


THEME FROM TWIN SHEIKS Duration: 00:00:28

Album:BOMBAY 2: ELECTRIC VINDALOO

Label:MOTEL

Persons/Roles:
ANANDJI - COMPOSER
KALYANJI - COMPOSER
ANANDJI - CONDUCTOR
KALYANJI - CONDUCTOR

RUN Duration: 00:00:35

Album:CONTRA/VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Label:XL, XL CD 429

Persons/Roles:
CHRIS BAIO - COMPOSER
ROSTAM BATMANGLIG - COMPOSER
EZRA KOENIG - COMPOSER
CHRISTOPHER TOMSON - COMPOSER
ROSTAM BATMANGLIG - PRODUCER
TOY SELECTAH - REMIXER
VAMPIRE WEEKEND - POP GROUP

NO PANTS NO PART Duration: 00:06:55

In a closet in Brooklyn, New York, there is a lonely suit jacket, longing to be reunited with its matching pants.

The pants -- and the jacket -- belong to Adam Grossetti. And Mr. Grossetti lost his pants on his way to an audition. So, he did what almost no one would do. He posted flyers all over his neighbourhood asking people to help him find his lost trousers.

We reached Adam Grossetti in Manhattan.


CLOSING WEDNESDAY Duration: 00:00:39

We've got to take a break for the news and weather. But we'll be back with more As It Happens in just a few minutes. When we return:

A crop-out to a problem. Farmers in Louisiana convert their fields into bird habitats in a bid to save flocks migrating south towards the Gulf.

Dance of diplomacy. An American ballet troupe heads to Cuba to perform for the first time in half a century.

And . . . I am woman hear me oar! A Venetian woman becomes her city's first femme canal -- that is, its first female gondolier.

If you have anything to say about anything you hear on As It Happens, call our toll-free Talkback number: 1-866-481-5718. Or email us at aih@cbc.ca. Stay tuned. I'm LL.

And I'm MA.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20



PAK FLOODS: OPPOSITION POLITICIAN Duration: 00:06:17

One politician in Pakistan has a message for her people as they grapple with disaster -- charity begins at home.

It's been nearly a month of misery in the country, where the flooding has left millions of people desperate for help. The Pakistani government is urging the international community to step forward with aid relief. But one member of the national assembly has set out to see every part of the country that has been hit by the floods, urging those with the means to pitch in.

Marvi Memon is a member of the opposition Pakistani Muslim League and she has been collecting and distributing donations herself. We reached her today in Karachi.


JE N'AIME QUE TOI Duration: 00:00:24

Album:ACOUSTIC ARABIA

Label:PUTUMAYO WORLD, PUT 282-2

Persons/Roles:
SOUAD MASSI - COMPOSER
SOUAD MASSI - WRITER
SOUAD MASSI - SINGING

FTR: AMERICAN BALLET TO CUBA Duration: 00:01:23

Twyla Tharp once said that dancing is like a bank robbery -- it takes split-second timing.

And for the American Ballet Theatre, the timing is right. For the first time in fifty years, the troupe will be returning to dance in Cuba. The Obama administration has granted the dancers permission to perform at the Havana International Ballet Festival this fall.

The move is the latest indication of a softening of relations between the two old adversaries. It comes as U.S. officials are also considering loosening travel restrictions for American students, researchers, and religious and cultural groups.

Yesterday, the ballet's executive director, Rachel Moore, danced around the question of politics at a press conference in Havana. For the record, here's part of what she had to say.


ON THE WING Duration: 00:00:36

Album:OCEAN EYES/OWL CITY

Label:REPUBLIC, B001314102

Persons/Roles:
ADAM YOUNG - COMPOSER
OWL CITY - POP GROUP

WEST BENGAL WOMAN ABUSED Duration: 00:06:26

It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child. But it also takes a village to keep quiet about punishing one.

In the community of Masra, in West Bengal, India, a teenage girl was forced to walk naked through three villages. The accusation against her -- having "illicit contact" with a male from another community.

Malini Bhattacharya is the chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women, and she has spoken with the girl. We reached her in Calcutta.


BODEGA RIDGE Duration: 00:00:36

Album:DELHI 2 DUBLIN: PLANET ELECTRIC

Label:DELHI 2 DUBLIN, D2D003

Persons/Roles:
DELHI 2 DUBLIN - COMPOSER
DELHI 2 DUBLIN - WRITER
DELHI 2 DUBLIN - SINGING

FARMS INTO WETLANDS Duration: 00:06:59

Sad as it is to admit, the summer is winding down. And, for millions of migratory birds, the end of summer means preparing for a long trip south for the winter.

But many of those birds are headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, an area still ruined by the BP oil spill. So the United States government is trying to transform farmland into wetlands to create new habitats for the migratory birds.

Kevin Norton is a state conservationist involved with the The Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. We reached him in Alexandria, Louisiana.


ARKANSAS/ARKANSAS: PART 1 Duration: 00:00:12

Album:DISFARMER/FRISELL, BILL

Label:NONESUCH, 478524-2

Persons/Roles:
SANFORD FAULKNER - COMPOSER
BILL FRISELL - ORIGINATOR
BILL FRISELL - GUITAR
VIKTOR KRAUSS - DOUBLE BASS
GREG LEISZ - GUITAR
GREG LEISZ - MANDOLIN
JENNY SCHEINMAN - VIOLIN
LEE TOWNSEND - PRODUCER

DA: FIRST FEMALE GONDOLIER Duration: 00:02:06

Dateline, Venice.In his travel book Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain dedicates his entire twenty-third chapter to a single subject --- the gondolas of Venice, and the men who steer those boats --- the gondoliers. Here is some of what Twain wrote:

"The gondolier is a picturesque rascal for all he wears no satin harness, no plumed bonnet, no silken tights. His attitude is stately; he is lithe and supple; all his movements are full of grace."

Now, you may be focusing on the part that says that the gondolier isn't wearing silk tights. Or a feathered hat. And for heaven's sake, man, no silken harness? What should strike you, though, is that the picturesque rascal in question is, well, a he.

It turns out he's always been a he as long as we can remember. Even today, one-hundred and forty years after Innocents Abroad was published, he's still a he. In Venice, all four hundred and twenty five registered gondoliers are men.

That is, they were, until Giorgina Boscola came along.

Ms. Boscola is the city's first female gondolier. And she became so after an entire year of rigorous testing, both practical and written. The twenty-four-year-old mother of two proved that it certainly doesn't take a man to steer a gondola.

Well, not so fast, lady gondolier. This also happens to be a case of "one stroke forward, two strokes back" for the women of Venice.

The hiccup for Ms Boscola is that she still won't really be allowed to row. That is, unless one of her male colleagues wants to take the day off. So, on the canals of Venice, for women to truly be equals at the oar, it seems they'll have to rock the boat even harder.



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