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September 1, 2010

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Forfeiting rights in the wake of a wrong. After an oil spill, an American Congressman claims Enbridge has pressured Michigan residents into giving up their right to sue.

First the flood, then the drought. Facing a dearth of donations to Pakistan, the Minister of International Cooperation urges Canadians to give.

Intensity in Tent City. A ban on urban camping in Victoria may force a makeshift community of homeless people to pull up stakes.

We'll just check in to see what position the opposition is in. After a summer on the barbecue circuit, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff stops by for a different kind of grilling.

Name that tomb. Now that you can have your ashes embedded in a vinyl record, Talkback explains how it would get into the groove.

And...fry me to the moon. You'll always remember where you were when I said the following: a Texan genius has found a way to deep-fry beer -- including Guinness.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that knows it's rare when both an inventor and his invention are stout of heart.


ENBRIDGE SPILL FOLO Duration: 00:07:38

"Reprehensible."

That's just one of the words used to describe Enbridge's actions, following the July oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and other Michigan waterways.

Today, members of the U.S. Congress are outraged that the energy company may be pressuring victims of the spill to give up their legal rights -- and, in other cases, asking them to sign over complete medical records.

Congressman Mark Schauer -- whose district is located in the area where more than eight-hundred-thousand gallons of crude oil spewed into the river -- is one of the members who is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Enbridge's claims practices.

We reached Congressman Schauer on the road near Jackson, Michigan.


ENBRIDGE RESPONSE Duration: 00:07:56

Terri Larson is a spokesperson for Enbridge. We reached her today in Marshall, Michigan.


SCAREDY CAT Duration: 00:00:20

Album:THE NEIL COWLEY TRIO: LOUD LOUDER STOP

Label:CANDID, CACD78551

Persons/Roles:
NEIL COWLEY - COMPOSER
NEIL COWLEY - PIANO
EVAN JENKINS - DRUMS
NEIL COWLEY TRIO - ENS INSTR
RICHARD SADLER - CONTRABASS

MICHAEL IGNATIEFF Duration: 00:06:27

It's time to put down the barbecue tongs, head back to Ottawa and park the bus.

This summer, opposition leader Michael Ignatieff has traveled across the country on his Liberal Express bus tour. And while he says the tour has changed him, many Canadians still question whether he has what it takes to be leader -- and whether he has what it takes to stand up to Stephen Harper.

We reached Michael Ignatieff at the Sydney Airport in Nova Scotia.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20

Hello again, I'm Laura Lynch.

Good evening. I'm Robert Fisher.

This is As It Happens, Part Two.


PAK FLOODS: BEV ODA Duration: 00:07:07

So far, Canadians have been slow, or downright unwilling, to donate any money at all for Pakistani flood relief.

According to a new Angus Reid poll, thirty-eight percent of Canadians donated to earthquake relief for Haiti -- but only four percent have given anything for Pakistan. The report calls this difference in contributions "staggering". And what's even more surprising is that donations remain minimal, even after the federal government's pledge to match every dollar donated by Canadians.

Bev Oda is the Canadian Minister of International Cooperation and we reached her in Orono, Ontario.


ALL TO ALL Duration: 00:00:25

Album:FORGIVENESS ROCK RECORD/BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

Label:ARTS & CRAFTS

Persons/Roles:
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - COMPOSER
OHAD BENCHETRIT - GUITAR
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - POP GROUP
EVAN CRANLEY - GUITAR
KEVIN DREW - KEYBOARDS
SAM GOLDBERG - GUITAR
LISA LOBSINGER - VOCALS
JOHN MCENTIRE - DRUMS
PAUL VON MERTENS - FLUTE
JULIE PENNER - VIOLIN
JUSTIN PEROFF - DRUMS
CHARLES SPEARIN - ELECTRIC BASS
ANDREW WHITEMAN - GUITAR

EMAIL: VINYL SONGS Duration: 00:01:13

A few nights ago, we asked you to respond to a pressing issue: what would you like to be your vinyl testament?

For a fee of about three thousand dollars, a British company called "And Vinyly" will create a old-school LP record, embedded with your ashes, after you die. And you can get just about anything you want recorded onto it -- your own voice, someone else's or, of course, a song.

So we asked, "How would you make an ash of yourself?" -- or rather, "What would you like made out of your ashes?"

This note came from David Brown, somewhere out there. Out there in cyberspace. Not "out there" beyond this mortal coil. At least as far as I know. Mr. Brown writes:

"Being a big fan of Neil Young's music, his song 'Long May You Run,' quickly came to mind. But I couldn't help but wanting to add The Crash Test Dummies' 'Funeral Song.' Then the memorial disk would do double duty as a keepsake AND an invitation!"

Well, David, you only get one death. And you only get one song request on As It Happens. So let's go with your first instinct for your final tribute.

Here's Neil Young with "Long May You Run", the title track to his 1976 album with Stephen Stills and a tribute to his first car -- a Buick hearse named "Mortimer Hearseburg".


LONG MAY YOU RUN Duration: 00:02:00

Album:LONG MAY YOU RUN/STILLS, STEPHEN

Label:MS2253, MS2253

Persons/Roles:
YOUNG N - COMPOSER
STEPHEN STILLS - VOCALS
NEIL YOUNG - VOCALS

WEDNESDAY CLOSING

That's Neil Young, with "Long May You Run". Which couldn't be less fitting, because there are mere seconds left before we make way for the news. And then we'll be be back with more As It Happens. When we return:

A rush of water, a trickle of donations. We'll speak with Minister Bev Oda about Canadians' slow financial response to the floods in Pakistan.

Tent flap. Victoria city council's proposed crackdown on camping is aimed at busting up a tent city of homeless people.

What has Mark Zable invented, and will it save the world? The answers are: deep-fried beer...and yes.

Stay tuned. I'm LL.

And I'm RF.


GAMAR BADAWI Duration: 00:00:20

Album:ACOUSTIC ARABIA

Label:PUTUMAYO, PUT 282-2

Persons/Roles:
JAMAL PORTO - LYRICIST
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
JAMAL PORTO - VOCALS

VICTORIA TENT CITIES Duration: 00:06:27

When most of us think about camping, the idea of pitching a tent or sleeping in a city park probably doesn't cross our minds. But then again, most of us aren't homeless.

Since a bylaw was struck down two years ago prohibiting camping in city parks, the 900-block of Pandora Avenue in Victoria has become the site of a makeshift tent city -- home to dozens of otherwise homeless people.

This week, the city will decide whether to ban "boulevard camping" -- which would effectively evict the homeless residents of the tent city.

Robert Randall is the chair of Victoria's Downtown Residents Association. We reached him in Victoria.


STAY LIT Duration: 00:00:18

Album:LATIN/HOLY FUCK

Label:XL, YT 033CD

Persons/Roles:
BRIAN BORCHERDT - COMPOSER
MATT MCQUAID - COMPOSER
MATT SCHULZ - COMPOSER
GRAHAM WALSH - COMPOSER
HOLY FUCK - POP GROUP
HOLY FUCK - PRODUCER

SC: GLENN BECK RALLY Duration: 00:03:24

This past Saturday, American TV host Glenn Beck invited everyone to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for a rally, which was called "Restoring Honor". And it was a great success.

Reflecting on the rally on his Fox News program this week, Glenn Beck said the following:In other words, it's nearly last call -- not the bar kind -- and God has a train, with seatbelts in it, which you should fasten, because something bad is going to happen that won't affect trains, or at least

God's train.

And also, the "Restoring Honour" rally was about "the truth", of which Mr. Beck believes there is a shortage in the United States -- which Mr. Beck himself can counteract, because he has a surplus of the stuff, which he generously dispenses at will.

Mr. Beck has said, repeatedly, that half a million people turned up to restore honour at "Restoring Honour". As evidence, he points to some photographs of the event -- aerial photographs that depict the scale of the crowd. One photo, in particular -- the one Mr. Beck describes humbly as "iconic" -- certainly shows an enormous group of supporters. You could say, without fear of contradiction, that the pictures show "plenty" of people. Pressed further, you could probably place the number of people as somewhere between "a fair number" and "a whole bunch". But Mr. Beck would insist that you were definitely seeing photos of five hundred thousand people. Minimum.

The media types at CBS News disagree. They asked some experts to provide an estimate of attendance at the rally. And those experts -- who consist of a company called AirPhotosLive-dot-com, and a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and professor with his own slightly different crowd-estimating methodology -- came up with slightly less impressive numbers. The company said eighty-seven thousand people were at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. The professor said eighty thousand. Margin of error of both estimates: nine thousand people.

Eighty-seven thousand people is a lot of people. It's just a significantly smaller number than five hundred thousand. Still, Glenn Beck isn't going to defer to bean-counters. Here he is, speaking on Fox News on Monday.


SMALL TOWN Duration: 00:00:15

Album:DISFARMER/FRISELL, BILL

Label:NONESUCH, 478524-2

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

STATE FAIR FRIED FOOD Duration: 00:04:51

Some inventions change the course of history and send all humanity soaring forth on the wings of progress. Think: the printing press, the steam engine and penicillin.

And now, deep-fried beer.

Our grandchildren will obviously take the combination of beer and super-heated grease for granted. But it's new to us. So we've reached the Johannes Gutenberg, the James Watt, the Alexander Fleming of deep-fried beer: Mr. Mark Zable. He's the inventor of the...uh, food...or drink...or whatever it is exactly. And he's so proud of his invention, he's entering it in the Big Tex deep-fried food competition at this year's Texas State Fair.

We reached Mark Zable in Dallas.


UNSQUARE DANCE Duration: 00:00:12

Album:QSF PLAYS BRUBECK/QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO

Label:VIOLINJAZZ, JCCD106

Persons/Roles:
DAVE BRUBECK - COMPOSER
ANDREA LIGUORI - PRODUCER
QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO - STRING QUARTET

FOA: MOOING KID Duration: 00:02:13

At As it Happens we consider it our daily duty to round up some of the day's most interesting voices from around the world. And once in awhile, one of those voices stands out from the herd enough to warrant another listen.

Philip Prantle is one such voice. He was just eight years old when we first heard from him two summers ago -- one of that rare and lucky breed who found his calling early on in life. His calling happens to be imitating cows. And boy, does he know how to milk it.

Laura spoke to him just after he won the Wisconsin State Fair's world-famous mooing contest, Moo-la-Palooza. From our archives, here's part of that conversation from August, 2008.

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