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August 26, 2010


From worse to worse. Doctors treating rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo find the scale of the violence was more terrible than they thought.

Blaming one cell on another. An imprisoned Iranian journalist sues Nokia -- claiming the phone company's technology helped authorities track him down.

Tusks redux. An enormous cache of ivory is seized at a Kenyan airport -- proving the international trade in dead animal parts isn't just alive, but flourishing.

Deas of wine and roses. More than a hundred and forty years after his death, an American painter named Charles Deas is feted with a museum exhibit.

Take his wives...please. When two thoroughbreds with "Wife" in their names go head-to-head, an announcer very carefully talks himself horse.

And...he wanted to be buried in the mountains -- so they Alp-ed him out. The well-preserved "Otzi the Iceman" wasn't murdered by enemies, it seems -- but interred by friends.

As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that knows how the Iceman goeth.


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CONGO RAPES FOLO Duration: 00:08:55

You wouldn't think that the situation could be worse than we've already heard. But apparently it is.

On last night's program, Laura spoke with Roger Meece, the United Nation's special representative in Congo. He told As It Happens that the agency's efforts were not enough to stop the rapes of more than a hundred-and-fifty women and young boys in Congo.

The attacks, which included systematic gang rapes in a number of eastern villages, took place in late July and early August. They unfolded over a period of four days.

At the time, the United Nations knew that rebels were in the area a day after the attacks began, but officials say they had no idea that mass rapes were taking place. That's despite the fact that the agency has a camp stationed just thirty kilometres away from the village.

As you also heard in last night's interview, the U.N.'s investigation into the rapes is just beginning. While that work continues, so does the treatment of the victims. An aid group called International Medical Corps has been caring for those who were attacked. Today, the group is saying the total number of women who were raped is even higher than first reported.

Miel Hendrickson is the I-M-C's regional director for the area. We reached her in Kinshasa.


VANMYREN Duration: 00:00:21

Album:TRILOGI/FREDRIK

Label:THE KORA RECORDS

Persons/Roles:
FREDRICK - COMPOSER
FREDRICK - POP GROUP

IRANIAN SUES NOKIA Duration: 00:06:59

Isa Saharkhiz is behind bars in Tehran. During the height of last summer's post-election unrest, he was arrested -- along with hundreds of others.

But the veteran journalist and activist doesn't think his jailors are the only ones responsible for his loss of freedom. He also blames the cell phone company Nokia. And he's doing something about it.

We reached Mr. Saharkhiz's American lawyer, Ali Herischi, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


CAUGHT Duration: 00:00:18

Album:WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA/FEMME FATALE

Label:ETAGE

Persons/Roles:
MARCUS FUREDER - COMPOSER
REBECCA KOLLAND - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA - JAZZ GROUP

KENYA: SMUGGLED IVORY Duration: 00:05:32

Wildlife preservationists in Kenya have seen saying it for years: poaching and smuggling animals parts is illegal and unethical. But it seems that message is still being ignored.

Just this week, hundreds of pieces of elephant ivory and five rhino tusks were seized at an airport in Nairobi, just before they were about to be illegally smuggled out of the country. And the problem is getting worse.

Paul Udoto is with the Kenya Wildlife Service and we reached him in Nairobi.


WELCOME TO BUSHWOOD Duration: 00:00:13

Album:DEAD SOLID PERFECT, SOUNDTRACK

Label:SILVA SCREEN, 000013

Persons/Roles:
EDGAR FROESE - COMPOSER
TANGERINE DREAM - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

E-MAIL NASA WAKEUP SONGS THURS Duration: 00:02:06

Talk about creating a cosmonautic cacophony! Ever since we revealed on Monday that NASA was asking the public to pick the song that will be used to wake up the astronauts on board the space shuttle Discovery's last flight, As It Happens listeners have been sending in more suggestions than the Enterprise has photon torpedoes.

So far, we've played Rush, The Arcade Fire, and Prism. See the pattern? They're all as Canadian as the Canadarm. Remember the Canadarm? Do they still use the Canadarm?

Anyway, here are a few more suggestions to pass along.Brian Pratt, from Burnaby, BC, writes:

"Concerning these space wake-up songs: a Canadian choice would be the one Morningside used to play on occasion: Paradise by Daisy DeBolt. Those astronauts probably like raw and steady like many of us!

And John Nenadovich, who is currently at Larder Lake, Onatrio, says:

"I know just the song to wake up those space travelers. The song is titled Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship."The singer is Hank Snow.

I remember it well, since it came out about 1954!"And finally, Mack Furlong, from St. John's Newfoundland, writes:"All the songs you've played have been thematically correct; musically, the Arcade Fire tune is the most interesting. But filed in the 'I can't believe they haven't played this one yet' category is another legendary Canadian band's space-age song. Klaatu -- named, for heaven's sake, after a famous movie space man played very well by Michael Rennie -- and their memorable anthem Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.

Talk about hitting the nail on the head!

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!"

Well, Gort indeed, Mack Furlong. Here some classic Canadian prog-rock! This is Klaatu ---Wait! I've just been handed a message by the director. He says we can't play Klaatu. We played Klaatu earlier this year, and we're only allowed to play them once per decade. And besides, the only copy in the library is on vinyl and it's signed out by Bob MacDonald.

So let's play some Hank Snow instead!


HONEYMOON ON A ROCKET SHIP Duration: 00:01:50

Album:SINGING RANGER/SNOW, HANK

Label:ASV, CD AJA 5476

Persons/Roles:
JOHNNY MASTERS - COMPOSER
RAINBOW RANCH BOYS - COUNTRY GROUP
HANK SNOW - VOCALS

THURSDAY CLOSING Duration: 00:00:35

You're listening to Hank Snow, with his 1954 recording, Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship.

And that's the end of this Snow flurry for the time being. The news is next, and then we're back with more As It Happens. When we return:

Lending an alpine hand. We thought a five-thousand-year-old mummy found in the Alps had died alone -- but the truth may be gentler.

Paintings from memory. An American art-history professor tracks down dozens of paintings by a nearly-forgotten artist.

Swede and sour. A politician who advocates voluntary drug tests for Swedish students agrees, and then refuses, to take one himself.

Stay tuned. I'm LL.

And I'm CN.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20

Hello, I'm Laura Lynch.

Good evening. I'm Craig Norris.

This is As It Happens, Part Two.


ICE MAN BURIAL Duration: 00:06:46

Whenever I feel sorry for myself, I always have the same thought: "At least I'm not Otzi the Iceman."

For example, today, the sandwich guy put honey mustard on my sub when I specifically asked for Dijon. And I know he did it on purpose. But instead of going back to the sub shop and giving that sandwich guy a piece of my mind, or crying, I remembered poor old Otzi -- who was killed in the Alps more than five thousand years ago, and died wounded, cold, and alone.

That calmed me down. Until I read about a new study that suggests the place where the so-called iceman was discovered wasn't a murder site at all -- but the site of a respectful burial. Which may mean it really wasn't so bad to be Otzi. So look out, sandwich guy.

Alessandro Vanzetti is a professor of archaeology at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. He was in Rome.


MELT Duration: 00:00:17

Album:UPHILL CITY/I AM ROBOT AND PROUD

Label:DARLA, DRL215-2

Persons/Roles:
SHAW-HAN LIEM - COMPOSER
I AM ROBOT AND PROUD - POP GROUP

FOA: NATE'S DELI Duration: 00:02:28

Fifty years of smoked meat, up in smoke. Figuratively speaking.

Until May 31st of this year, Nate's Deli was a staple for sandwich lovers and late-night crowds in Ottawa. On that date -- which marked its fiftieth anniversary -- the Rideau Street restaurant served its last smoked meat sandwich.

And then, yesterday, the building that housed Nate's was torn down.

Just before Nate's closed its doors for good, As It Happens spoke to its owner and co-founder, Dave Smith. He told Carol he was retiring, partly because he was too busy fundraising for his other passion: helping youth overcome substance abuse. Here's part of that conversation, from our archives.


BON TEMPS ROULER Duration: 00:00:22

Album:BEST OF LOUISIANA MUSIC

Label:ROUNDER, 000022

Persons/Roles:
EDDIE SHULER - COMPOSER
CLARENCE GARLOW - COMPOSER
BEAUSOLEIL - POP GROUP
MICHAEL DOUCET - PRODUCER
KEN IRWIN - PRODUCER
KEN GORZ - PRODUCER

SC/CLIPS: SWEDISH DRUG TESTING Duration: 00:03:41

There's a rumour going around here at the CBC that management is considering random testing of its radio announcers. It's whispered that, very soon, my colleagues and I will be stopped arbitrarily in the halls, and asked a skill-testing question, such as, "What is the capital of Albania?" or "What is Alan Thicke's hometown?" If we fail to answer correctly, we'll be sent for "re-education" -- a process that apparently resembles Malcolm MacDowell's re-education in "A Clockwork Orange". Obviously, this rumour is making people pretty uncomfortable. Not me: I happen to know that the capital of Albania is Tirana, and Alan Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Management, please take note.

Well, students at some Swedish schools are feeling similarly uncomfortable right now -- because they may soon be subject to mandatory drug testing. That's what Sweden's current Justice Minister, Beatrice Ask, wants. Her predecessor, Thomas Bodstrom -- currently the chair of the country's Parliamentary Justice Committee -- favours voluntary drug testing for students.

Both suggestions are controversial. In some schools, a voluntary drug testing system is already in place -- but, voluntary or not, students are feeling pressured to subject themselves to testing. So Sweden's Sveriges Radio sent out reporters to talk to Beatrice Ask and Thomas Bodstrom -- and to ask both politicians to voluntarily submit to drug tests.

Ms. Ask did so with no qualms. Mr. Bodstrom's response was a little more nuanced. Which is to say that he agreed to a test -- and then abruptly declined.

Here's his initial exchange, in Swedish, with a reporter from Sveriges Radio's P3 program. First, the reporter asks Mr. Bodstrom if he'll take a test. Mr. Bodstrom instantly accedes. And then the reporter says "we'll have to find a bathroom". That sound you hear is an eager Thomas Bodstrom removing his suit jacket to indicate his readiness. And then the nurse explains that Mr. Bodstrom's urine will be tested for amphetamines, hashish, opiates, and benzodiazepenes. At which point, Mr. Bodstrom's enthusiasm immediately dries up.He says, "No, never mind. I am backing out. I feel that it would be too personal and I feel all sweaty with my shirt and everything."

He later expanded on that answer, saying that he didn't want the nurse to see him naked -- which implies that, while he may have a clear understanding of drug policy, he's a bit hazy on how to use his fly. He also insisted that he hadn't used drugs in thirty years. And he noted that his own squeamish response to a request for a voluntary drug test underscores his point that students should not be subject to mandatory drug tests.

As you can imagine, his fellow citizens are a bit nonplussed by Thomas Bodstrom's refusal to urinate. After all, it's pretty clear that his decision-making process is extremely fluid. So, despite his protestations, some Swedes believe he failed the test by refusing to take it -- instead relieving himself by deciding not to.


LITTLE BIT OF SOUL Duration: 00:00:17

Album:WARNER MUSIC CANADA PROMOTIONAL CD, VOL. 461, NOVEMBER 2001

Label:WARNER, PROC 461

Persons/Roles:
KID BRAVO - COMPOSER
KID LOCO - DJ MIXER

UNKNOWN FAMOUS PAINTER Duration: 00:06:30

Most of us have no idea of how much junk we have hoarded in our basements, garages and attics. But a new art exhibition in Denver may give us cause to take a look.

The exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of Charles Deas -- an American painter who specialized in portraits, and scenes of frontier and Native American life in the mid-nineteenth century. But before the artist turned thirty, he went insane, and he and his paintings have since fallen into obscurity ... until now.

Carol C. Clark is a professor of art history and American studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She has tracked down thirty-nine of the troubled artist's paintings. We reached her in Boulder, Colorado.


DA: OLDEST SOCK Duration: 00:01:42

Dateline, North Yorkshire, England.While upgrading the A1 highway between the towns of Dishforth and Leeming, construction crews have unearthed what appears to be an ancient Roman estate.

Excavations have revealed the remains of a water-powered mill, used to grind flour and grain. Remains of food, clothing, timber buildings and graves were also found. Archaeologists believe the industrial site was likely used to supply a military outpost used by the Romans in the second century.

And while all of those finds are amazing, there was one especially stunning discovery: the world's first incidence of someone wearing socks with sandals.

Researchers found impressions of fibres on a rusty nail from a sandal on the site, which archaeologists conclude are from a sock-like garment. Makes sense: Claudius travels from Rome wearing sandals, and ends up in the damp British countryside. He probably had cold feet in more ways than one.

In fact, letters found at a nearby garrison prove that soldiers wrote home asking for more clothing, including socks and underwear.

According to experts, that settles it: two millennia ago, the fashionable Roman abroad was likely to sport socks with sandals, thus staying comfortable while making others uncomfortable.

So if you're a dad in North Yorkshire, wearing socks and sandals and enduring the mockery of your children, you now have an excuse. Just tell them the old saying: when on Romans, do as the Romans do.


S.O.D.: HORSE RACE CALL Duration: 00:02:22

Racehorses have weird names. That's because they have to be registered with a central racehorse authority that requires a unique name for every newly registered horse. Which is why they're called things like "Secretariat" or "Seabiscuit", instead of "Fast Horsie" or "Allan".

Horse racing announcer Larry Collmus is an old hand at making all these odd handles sound normal. But on Sunday, he called a race at Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey in which two horses had names that were more than odd -- they contradicted one another.

One was named "My Wife Knows Everything", and the other was called "The Wife Doesn't Know".

Here's how Larry Collmus managed it -- our Sound of the Day.

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