Friday, October 28, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Just a few of the highlights from the latest show. For a more detailed rundown, click on "Read More" at the bottom of this entry.
COSELL PRANKSTER. He didn't float like a butterly, or sting like a bee -- just convinced Howard Cosell he was Muhammad Ali. Michael Banks recalls the elaborate prank he played on the celebrity sportscaster from his university dorm room in London, Ontario, way back in 1974. One of the many great moments in AIH history we'll have on offer over the next several days as the CBC celebrates its 75th anniversary.
JENNIFER STODDART- PRIVACY. E-snoops, e-spies. Privacy Commisioner Jennifer Stoddart has written an open letter to Public Safety Vic Toews, expressing deep concerns about his proposed "lawful access legislation." These measures, which did not pass under the previous minority government, would give police and national security agencies new digital surveillance powers. Carol speaks to the privacy commissioner.
DATELINE. This week at a high school in Kompong Cham, Cambodia, a hundred-and-thirty-six students fainted. The obvious reason: the students were being punished for failing to adequately respect their national flag, and were forced to stand at attention outside. This long period of standing -- possibly coupled with a lack of food -- caused the kids to swoon en masse. Case closed. Case re-opened. Listen in to hear how officialdom explained the mass pass-out. Hint: never trust a Cambodian tree.
SOMALIA/KENYA ANALYSIS:Kenya is on edge. After a string of terrorist attacks, a hard-line militant group in Somalia urges its supporters to do much worse. Carol speaks to EJ Hogendoorn, project director for the Horn of Africa at the International Crisis Group.
TREADMILL REINDEER. Reindeer games? Please. This is major league stuff - Carol speaks to a Norwegian scientist who trains reindeer to run on a treadmill.
BEAVER BASHING. One could argue the beaver is a fitting Official Emblem of Canada. It is industrious, strong, family-oriented and extremely cute. But not according to Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton, who yesterday called the beaver a "dentally defective rat." She'd rather our emblem be a more majestic specimin, to wit: the polar bear. Now, here at As It Happens, we have nothing against polar bears. Any animal that has ten-centimeter-long claws earns our immediate respect. But we do have a special fondness for the beaver. Back in 1974 -- the year before the beaver was made an official emblem -- co-hosts Barbara Frum and Alan Maitland wanted to get a closer look at the prospective national animal. So they brought one into the studio -- a beaver named "Scruffy", Listen in, from our archives, to what happened.
MORGUE-NAMING CONTEST.Out with the old, in with the dead. Dundee University in Scotland needs to build a new morgue. And Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist at the university, thinks she knows how to get the money to build it -- a contest between crime novelists to have the morgue named after them.
SELF-DESTRUCTING SYRINGES. Making a point... a British charity persuades Tanzania to only use self-destructing syringes.