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August 30, 2010

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Overs, and out. As Pakistan continues to suffer from devastating floods, a betting scandal engulfs cricket, the country's national sport.

Mercury rising. A new report shows that, despite claims to the opposite, extraction from the tar sands is increasing the amount of downstream toxins in the Athabasca River.

Denial. Rwanda's justice minister says the UN report of a genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- at the hands of Rwandan soldiers -- is untrue, and doesn't warrant investigation.

Labour's love lost. A two-week old general strike in South Africa has fractured relations between the African National Congress and trade unions.

Pressed for a way to memorialize someone? A new service called "And Vinylly" offers to make LPs from a loved one's ashes.

And a fen time was had by everyone. A new swimming record is set at the world bog-snorkeling championships.

As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that loves to stroke the mire.




PAKISTAN CRICKET SCANDAL Duration: 00:07:25

There are allegations that players from the Pakistan Cricket team have deliberately overstepped the mark. In a new scandal to hit the sport, it is alleged that players are throwing "no balls" at specific times in matches to correspond with advance information bought by bettors. Armed with this knowledge, these gamblers are making a small fortune betting on the smallest of details of the game.

The British tabloid 'the News of the world' has released a video showing their reporter paying a cricket agent 150,000 pounds to get details of when three "no balls" would be thrown in the Pakistan team's most recent game against England. The allegations have sent shockwaves across the cricketing world and British and Pakistani police are now investigating the papers' claims. Faraz Sarwat is a columnist for the Toronto Star and has written extensively about the sport. We reached him on his mobile phone in Montreal.


NIHAVENT SIRTO Duration: 00:00:19

Album:FLOODPLAIN/KRONOS QUARTET

Label:NONESUCH, 518349-2

Persons/Roles:
CEMIL BEY - COMPOSER
HANK DUTT - VIOLA
DAVID HARRINGTON - PRODUCER
DAVID HARRINGTON - VIOLIN
KRONOS QUARTET - STRING QUARTET
JAMIE PAPISH - DARABUKA
STEPHEN PRUTSMAN - ARRANGER
JOHN SHERBA - VIOLIN
JEFFREY ZEIGLER - CELLO

SCHINDLER ON ATHABASCA Duration: 00:06:26

It's another knock for the oil sands industry.

A new peer-reviewed study from the University of Alberta has found toxins related to oil sands development are making their way downstream in the Athabasca River -- a claim the government and oil industry have long denied. David Schindler is the University of Alberta biologist who wrote today's report.

We reached him in Edmonton.


FLIGHT Duration: 00:00:08

Album:ACOUSTIC EP/JUDGEMENT DAY

Label:DEMO

Persons/Roles:
JUDGEMENT DAY - COMPOSER
JUDGEMENT DAY - STRING TRIO

OLD JELLICO... Duration: 00:00:16

Album:BELA FLECK: THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS

Label:WARNER BROS, CDW 47332

Persons/Roles:
BELA FLECK - COMPOSER
BELA FLECK - BANJO
BELA FLECK - SINGING

CONGO GENOCIDE: MINISTER Duration: 00:06:32

On Friday's program, we told you about a leaked United Nations draft report that says actions by soldiers in the Rwandan Patriotic Army, or R-P-A, could amount to genocide. The attacks took place over a seven year period -- beginning in 1996 -- and according to the report, resulted in the brutal and systematic deaths of tens of thousands of Hutus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The accusations have caused fury among Rwanda's Tutsi leaders. And over the weekend, a letter surfaced suggesting that Rwanda will withdraw all its troops from UN peacekeeping missions worldwide -- including Darfur -- should the UN insist on linking the Congo killings to a possible genocide.

The UN is expected to release its final report in a matter of days.

Tharcisse Karugarama is Rwanda's Justice Minister. He's in Kigali.


YA NAS Duration: 00:00:10

Album:AWARDS FOR WORLD MUSIC 2004

Label:UNION SQUARE, MANTDCD223

Persons/Roles:
FARIH ALLAH AHMED - COMPOSER
KAREEM AL IRAQI - COMPOSER
KAZEM AL SAHIR - COMPOSER
KAZEM AL SAHIR - VOCALS

3:10 TO YUMA, FILM MUSIC/WHO LET THE COWS OUT? Duration: 00:00:33

Album:3:10 TO YUMA, SOUNDTRACK

Label:LIONSGATE, LGM2-0010

Persons/Roles:
MARCO BELTRAMI - COMPOSER
MARCO BELTRAMI - CONDUCTOR
JAMES MANGOLD - DIRECTOR

BOG SNORKELING UPDATE Duration: 00:05:10

The town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales is a sporting capital - but not for the kind of sports you might expect. Back in June we reported on the town's Man vs Horse race, which as pits a man against a horse in... well in a race. And during that interview, Gordon Green, the Horse vs Man race's creator, listed all the other events in the town, including the World Bog Snorkeling championships. In this event competitors have to snorkel two lengths of a 60-yard trench cut into, you've guessed it... a bog.

Yesterday, the town held its latest championship and since the last time we touched base with the World Bog Snorkeling Championships was way back in 1993, we thought it was about time for an update. Sheelagh Tompkins is the organiser of the competition. We reached her at her home in Llanwrtyd Wells.


MONDAY CLOSING Duration: 00:00:37

It's time for us to come up for air, and take a break for the news. We'll be back after that for the second part of As It Happens. When we return:

Unions, and disunity. After two weeks of violent confrontations between police and labour activists in South Africa, Jacob Zuma struggles to hold the African National Congress together.

Taking this trip could be habitat-forming. To expand their living space, dormice are encourage to use a specialized, three-hundred-thousand-dollar bridge over a busy highway in Wales.

A groovy way to remember. A company offers to press the ashes of the departed into a long-playing record.

Stay tuned. I'm LL.

And I'm RF.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20



S. AFRICA STRIKE ESCALATES Duration: 00:07:31

It has become one of the greatest tests of Jacob Zuma's leadership in South Africa.

For the past two weeks, violent clashes between unions and police have eroded the relationship between Zuma and the labour movement.

Schools and hospitals are closed, and emergency rooms are being run by the military and volunteers. Striking workers want higher wages amid widespread poverty and economic inequalities.

Those inequalities are threatening the strength of Jacob Zuma's African National Congress, an anti-Apartheid party of alliances -- and some members of those alliances now question Zuma's leadership and spending.

Gretchen Wilson is a freelance reporter who written extensively on issues in South Africa.

We reached her in Johannesburg.


ANTHEM WITHOUT NATION Duration: 00:00:19

Album:BEYOND SKIN/NITIN SAWHNEY

Label:OUTCASTE RECORDINGS

Persons/Roles:
NITIN SAHWNEY - COMPOSER
DEVINDER SINGH - COMPOSER
NITIN SAHWNEY - PROGRAMMER
STEVE SHEHAN - PERCUSSION
DEVINDER SINGH - VOCALS

SC: AND VINYLY Duration: 00:01:58

For most of us, there comes a time in our lives when thoughts turn to how we'll be remembered after we're gone. Often this inspires some kind of memoir, an attempt to live on in the hearts and minds of future generations. Well, now a British company, called And Vinyly, is offering a whole new spin on life after death.

And if your life didn't play out exactly as you expected, with this service you can ensure that once it's over, it plays out -- over and over again -- just as you envision it. So if being laid to rest isn't quite your speed, you can be pressed to rest in style -- in a vinyl recording. Or what's left of you, anyway. You see, for just over three-thousand dollars, And Vinyly

takes your ashes, and sprinkles them onto a raw piece of vinyl -- what's known in the biz as a "biscuit" or "puck". Your biscuit is then literally "pressed" between two plates, creating a grooved record into which your humanly remains have now been eternally ingrained.

The recording itself can include almost anything -- your voice, your favourite tunes, or your last will and testament. Or if you like to think your life's record rather speaks for itself, you can simply settle for the resultant pops and crackles from your ashes being pressed into the vinyl.

The basic package nets you up to thirty ash-imbued discs, each lasting twenty-four minutes, and your choice of accompanying artwork.

As the website promises, it's a chance to "live on beyond the groove".

Jason Leach, the company founder, admits the most difficult part of creating your record is deciding what will go on it because you want it to be the best album you can imagine. Even though he's begun thinking about it, he's still working on what his own will sound like.

So what about you? When it comes time to shuffle -- or spin, as it were -- off this mortal coil, what sounds would you choose? Talkback wants to know. Call us at 1-866-481-5718. Or email us at aih@cbc.ca.


CHORUS IN THE UNDERGROUND Duration: 00:03:24

Album:LOST CHANNELS/GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS

Label:NETTWERK, 0 6700 30830 2 7

Persons/Roles:
ERIK ARNESEN - COMPOSER
TONY DEKKER - COMPOSER
TONY DEKKER - PRODUCER
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS - POP GROUP
ANDY MAGOFFIN - PRODUCER

DORMICE BRIDGE Duration: 00:05:56

So it fell asleep at the Mad Hatter's tea party. Several times. But was that any reason to stuff the poor dormouse's head in a teapot? Well, now the charming little rodent has some good fortune, in the form of a three-hundred-thousand-dollar bridge over a highway in South Wales. The purpose of the bridge? An exclusive pathway for the sleepy creatures to safely cross the road.

Robert Jones Parry is the conservation manager of the Wildlife Trust of South Wales, and he was a consultant to the project. We reached him in Bridgend, Wales.


THIS UNFOLDS Duration: 00:00:30

Album:THERE IS LOVE IN YOU/FOUR TET

Label:DOMINO, DNO 229

Persons/Roles:
KIERAN HEBDEN - COMPOSER
FOUR TET - POP GROUP
KIERAN HEBDEN - PRODUCER

OBIT: DANNENBERG/NUREMBERG LAWS Duration: 00:06:12

They are four, typed, non-descript pages, yet the words on them carried an unparalled weight: they legalized the persecution of Jews and led to the Holocaust.

The Nuremberg Laws were signed by Hitler in 1935 and stripped Jews of their German citizenship.

Martin Dannenberg was a U.S. intelligence officer in the Second World War, and he found the original Nuremberg Laws in the final days of the war in 1945. Copies were later used in the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.

Martin Dannenberg died on August 18th at his home in Baltimore. He was ninety-four.

Last week, the Nuremberg Laws were transferred to the U.S. National Archives from the Huntington Library in California.

Greg Bradsher is a Senior Archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, which is where we reached him.


LION'S TEETH Duration: 00:00:16

Album:SINGER MUST DIE/PAGE, STEVEN

Label:PHEROMONE, PHER CD 1013

Persons/Roles:
JOHN DARNIELLE - COMPOSER
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
ANDREW BURASHKO - PIANO
ROBERT CARLI - CLARINET
ROBERT CARLI - SAXOPHONE
JONATHAN GOLDSMITH - PRODUCER
MARGARET JORDAN-GAY - CELLO
ELISSA LEE - VIOLIN
JIM MCGRATH - ARRANGER
STEVEN PAGE - VOCALS
JOSEPH PHILLIPS - DOUBLE BASS
ROB PILTCH - GUITAR

PROMISED LAND CLIP Duration: 00:01:54

For the past 9 weeks, every Monday evening following As It Happens, you've heard the summer series 'Promised Land' featuring the stories of people who risked everything to come to Canada.

From American draft dodgers to Vietnamese 'boat people'. From eastern Europeans fleeing Communism to Latin American communists fleeing right wing militias. Tonight's episode is the last one for this summer season, and it's called "Escape from the Holocaust."

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Max Eisen was a 10-year-old boy living with his large extended family in Czechoslovakia. By the end of the war, he was a teenage Auschwitz survivor and an orphan, who'd lost every single member of his family in the Holocaust. Here's a little bit what you'll hear in tonight's episode.

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