* US Election: Howard Dean. The former Presidential hopeful and Democratic National Committee Chair shares his thoughts on Obama and Romney.
* Looking for Callier. A British record company head put the late soul singer Terry Callier in the limelight -- despite Mr. Callier's reluctance.
* Antarctica Horror Movie. A Scottish filmmaker goes to Antarctica to shoot a documentary, and returns with a horror film.
* Reform Party Anniversary. 25 years ago, a new, conservative Western party came on the scene, and changed the Canadian political game.
* Giller Winner. We've confirmed it - this is no e-mail scam. Will Ferguson wins the Scotiabank Giller prize for his book 419.
* Masked Protest Bill. MP Blake Richards convinces MPs to crack down on people wearing costumes at unlawful protests.
The impact of the impact. Howard Dean, former head of the United States Democratic Party, tells us about the effect of Hurricane Sandy on next week's presidential vote -- and his candidate's chances of re-election.
It's as plain as the nose on your face that the nose on your face should be plain. Conservative MP Blake Richards explains the need for legislation that makes it illegal to wear masks during riots.
The ones that got away. A B.C. judge issues his report on the disappearance of millions of salmon from the Fraser River -- and criticizes Federal Fisheries management.
Reinventing the Will. He won three Leacock medals for humour -- and then Will Ferguson surprised everyone by writing a serious novel that's just won the Giller Prize.
Terry incognito. On Monday, we paid tribute to the late soul singer Terry Callier -- and tonight, I'll speak with the man who helped bring Mr. Callier the long-overdue recognition he deserved.
And...the hills have ice. Kirk Watson went to Antarctica to make a documentary -- but instead returned with a horror movie that at least he and his actors found deeply chilling.
As It Happens, the Halloween edition. Radio that presents a film in which you can see your last breath.
For many Americans the list of things to get done before Tuesday's presidential vote has grown and changed dramatically since Hurricane Sandy.
Despite the storm, the U.S. election is coming, and it's coming fast.
Howard Dean is the former Governor of Vermont and a former Democratic National Committee Chairman. We reached him in Montpelier, Vermont.
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In 2009, between ten and thirteen million sockeye salmon were expected to make their annual return to B.C.'s Fraser River.
Only one-point-four million actually came back.
That dramatic statistic prompted a twenty-six-million-dollar inquiry into, among other things, the way the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has managed and protected salmon along the West Coast. It also sought to assess the impact of salmon farming on the runs of wild fish.
This afternoon, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen released his commission report publicly in Vancouver.
Craig Orr attended most of the commission's hearings. He's an ecologist and the executive director of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society. We reached him in Vancouver.
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When it came to talent, Terry Callier should have been world-famous. But when it came to the obstacle course he faced during his career, it's remarkable anyone heard of him at all.
On Monday night, we paid tribute to Mr. Callier, who died Sunday at the age of sixty-seven. He was terrific soul singer who had a lot of lousy luck, before being rediscovered in the late 'eighties by a British record label. And after the tribute, we received this email from Richard Neal of Vancouver. He wrote:
"Very nice to hear the obit for Terry Callier -- a great singer. The story of how Acid Jazz Records tracked down Terry is interesting in itself. A good friend of mine, Eddie Piller, started Acid Jazz Records back when we were both living in London. He was the one playing detective, trying to track down Terry after years of obscurity. Give Eddie a call if you want more info."
Thanks for writing, Richard. And we took your advice: we called Eddie Piller, the co-founder of Acid Jazz Records.
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When Kirk Watson packed his camera and set off to spend the winter with a group of scientists at a remote Antarctic research facility, he was planning to make a documentary.
But things didn't go at all according to plan. And when Mr. Watson finally emerged from the long, frozen months he spent in pitch-dark isolation, the film he was clutching contained something very, very disturbing.
The results of his expedition premiere tonight, on Halloween.
We reached Mr. Watson at home in Aviemore, Scotland
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Twenty-five years ago today -- Halloween, 1987 -- a new federal political party was born.
The Reform Party was the offspring of a coalition of frustrated Western interest groups, who felt their voices and concerns were being ignored in Ottawa. And to air those concerns, the party elected Preston Manning as its first leader.
The Reform Party became a populist conservative party on the right. It advocated democratic reforms such as a triple-E senate, privatizing some government services, and the end of bilingualism. The Party mantra became "the West wants in."
In 1988, the Reform Party failed to win a seat. But by the next election, it was just two seats short of forming the Opposition. And in 1997, the West got in -- the Reform Party became the official Opposition.
In 2000, though, the Reform Party became the Canadian Alliance, which merged in 2003 with the Progressive Conservatives to formed the new Conservative Party of Canada. Which, as you may know, has proven to be remarkably successful.
To recognize Reform's silver anniversary, here is Preston Manning, giving a speech at a rally in Calgary in 1990.
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Careful with that Hallowe'en costume.
This afternoon, the House of Commons passed a private member's bill that will make it an indictable offense to wear a mask, or other kind of disguise, at any kind of illegal assembly.
Activists and civil libertarians say the bill threatens freedom of speech, but the Conservative backbencher who introduced the legislation insists it's a tool we need to give our police officers.
Blake Richards is the Member of Parliament for the Alberta riding of Wild Rose. We reached him in Ottawa.
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When she appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1978, she was called "the nation's social arbiter." More often, she was known as America's Maven of Manners . But if you ever met her, Letetia Baldrige would ask to be called "Tish". And, whereas you might imagine a stickler for the placement of salad forks to be rigid and formal, Letetia Baldrige was known for her social ease and flexibility.
Tish Baldrige died on Monday in Bethesda, Maryland. She was eighty-six.
She may have been concerned about traditional manners, but when it came to women's rights, she was forward-thinking. She was the first female executive to work at Tiffany's jewellers, and soon after, she was called upon to help out at the White House. Ms. Baldrige served as Jacqueline Kennedy's chief of staff, arranging dinners and cultural events, and is credited with being one of the backstage architects of "Camelot".
When etiquette expert Amy Vanderbilt died in 1974, Doubleday was quick to call on Letitia Baldrige to update Ms. Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette and Guide to Contemporary Living.
From our archives on January twenty-fifth, 1979, this is part of Barbara Frum's interview with Ms. Baldrige, just after she had edited that revised edition.
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Wearing a kilt and sporran, and hoisting a flask, author Will Ferguson last night toasted the written word -- as he accepted this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel 419, about a Nigerian e-mail scam.
It's a departure for Mr. Ferguson, who's known as a humourist -- and whose work in that veing has earned him three Stephen Leacock Medals for Humour. But his switch to seriousness has clearly paid off -- at last night's gala, he accepted a cheque for fifty thousand dollars from Giller Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch.
We reached Will Ferguson in Toronto.
Now, here's Will Ferguson reading from 419. In this passage, he's relating the story of a young Nigerian woman who has left her tribe and is on a solitary trek south, in search of a better life.
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Gérald Tremblay is finding it hard to hold onto his friends.
The Montreal mayor has been under pressure to step down, as the Charbonneau Inquiry into corruption in Quebec hears more and more damning stories about the way the city has been doing business.
Then things got worse.
Yesterday, a former organizer with the Mayor's Union Montreal Party testified that Mr. Tremblay knew that there were two sets of books -- one for public consumption, and one that kept count of all the undercover cash coming in and going out.
Now Frantz Benjamin, who was elected to city council under the Union Montreal banner, has decided to leave the party and sit as an independant. We reached Mr. Benjamin in Montreal.
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And now, Quote/Unquote.
President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy has been heavily criticized -- but I imagine he's feeling pretty good about that. Because the critic is a man whose own coordination of hurricane relief has become synonymous with doing a "heckuva job".
Michael Brown was the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And he was quickly praised by then-president George Bush, who said, "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job."
That was before he resigned his position under intense public pressure. Apparently, most people agreed he'd indeed done a "heckuva job". It's just that they had a different idea of what "heck" meant.
Mr. Brown's recent advice to the President: Next time, maybe wait a little longer.
On Monday, he said, quote:
"One thing he's gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas? Why was this so quick?"
His magazine had just hit the newsstands across Greece, and Kostas Vaxevanis was giving a radio interview about his cover story. Then, live on air, this happened…
In case you don't speak Greek, that's audio of Kostas Vaxevanis, an investigative journalist and editor of the magazine Hot Doc, being arrested in the midst of a radio interview. As the interview abruptly finished, he said, "I must get off the line now. They've come to arrest me."
It's all because Mr. Vaxevanis dared to publish a list of more than two thousand Greek citizens who hold Swiss bank accounts in the pages of Hot Doc magazine.
Dina Kyriakidou is Reuters Bureau Chief for Greece. We reached her in Athens.
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If I had a package of Rockets or a Tootsie Roll for every time I heard the song "Monster Mash", I would have no teeth. And one heckuva sugar crash.
But, this year is an especially ghoulish one. It was a half-century ago that Bobby "Boris" Pickett released the single "Monster Mash" -- a song that went on to become a Halloween classic, while also being nightmarishly irritating.
Over the years it has been re-released and covered by everyone from the Beach Boys to the Misfits. But if there's one thing this year's Halloween is missing, it's a little ska. So from 1980, here is "Bad Manners" with Monster Mash.
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