*India Gang Rape. Women in Delhi are taking to the streets to protest the brutal rape of a woman on a bus.
*Free Stanley. If the NHL season is cancelled, a group want to organize playoffs of their own.
*Reading: To Every Thing There is a Season. Alistair MacLeod's short story, read by Les Carlson.
*First Family Christmas. We hear the earliest known recording a family celebrating Christmas.
*Sarajevo Part 4. An encore presentation of our series that marked 20 years since the beginning of the siege.
Too much is enough. Women in Delhi take to the streets to protest the brutal gang rape of a woman on a bus, hoping to finally stem sexual violence in a city known as "the rape capital of India."
A paused trophy. With the NHL lockout threatening to erase the season, the "Free Stanley" people are back -- demanding the storied cup be relinquished by the League, and won by a deserving team.
A downhill battle. Sebastian Boucher gets lost in the mountains of B.C. while snowboarding for two days -- after a personal tragedy destroys his compass.
Home is where the art is. Tonight, in our encore presentation of the series "Sarajevo Remembered", Carol looks at how arts and culture survived the war -- only to be threatened twenty years later.
Meet the beatless. If all you wanted for Christmas was to know whether rhesus monkeys can understand rhythm, well, consider us Santa Claus.
And...it has to be seen to be believed -- but it can't be seen to be leaves. Scientists discover spiders in the Peruvian Amazon construct decoys on their webs that look like larger spiders -- but are actually made of forest debris.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that alerts you to the presence of webbings of mass distraction.
Tens of thousands of women in Delhi are fighting back against the men who gang-raped a female medical student on a bus -- and left her for dead on the side of the road.
All this week, crowds of protesters have come out to voice their anger at the attack. They hope it's not too late for the twenty-three-year-old victim. She has undergone surgery and remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Prabhsahay Kaur is one of those who've been demonstrating. She's a rights lawyer and we reached her in Delhi. And a warning -- parts of this conversation are very disturbing.
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"It's very pleasant news."
That was Glen Semenchuk's understated reaction to the news that his oilsands environmental policy agency will have its funding restored.
Mr. Semenchuk is the Executive Director of the Cumulative Environmental Management Associaton, also known as CEMA. We spoke with him last week, after the agency had its funding cut in half.
Well, today we have an update to that story: CEMA will now receive full funding for next year. CEMA receives most of its funding from oil companies, and after meeting with Alberta's Environment Minister earlier this week, the companies agreed to continue their funding of the agency. They will also seek clarification of CEMA's role in the oilsands in the New Year.
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It's not just fans stuck between owners and players in the middle of the NHL lockout. It's also the Stanley Cup. And there are those who believe it's time to get the Cup unstuck.
You might remember during the hockey lockout seven years ago, a group organized to try to "Free Stanley". A group that emphasizes: the Stanley Cup wasn't created just for the NHL -- especially since today the league cancelled games through January 14th.
Now, some of those same people are getting organized again. Tim Gilbert is leading the charge. We reached him in Toronto.
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How fantastic would it be to have a larger, scarier version of yourself as a sidekick? If you, say, spilled your low-fat, lactose-free half-caf latte on some angry guy's foot, you could just say, "Take it up with Big Me," and point at your larger, more imposing doppleganger.
That seems to be the intention of certain spiders in the Peruvian Amazon Forest. They've been discovered building decoys of themselves in their webs. Larger, more imposing decoys.
Phil Torres is the biologist who first noticed the decoys hanging from webs around the Tombopata Research Centre. He writes a blog for the travel company Rainforest Expeditions about his discoveries in the Peruvian Amazon.We reached him in Denver, Colorado.
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That's Daphni, with a track called "Pairs". And I don't know about you, but I just can't sit still while it's playing. I get the rhythm in my hips, and then I start to dance with the beat -- you know that feeling, when you're really feeling that beat, it's --Oh, gosh. I'm so sorry. That was insensitive of me. I -- no, come on, Arthur, don't be like that, I didn't mean anything.
Folks, I apologize. I have a rhesus monkey in the studio with me. And Arthur's giving me that look that rhesus monkeys give you when they're upset. You've all seen it.
And the reason Arthur is upset, I think, is that I should have remembered: scientists have just discovered that rhesus monkeys cannot detect the beat in music.
They did tests -- the same tests they've previously done on human adults and babies. They put on some music, and then they measured the electrical brain signals in the subjects to determine whether they're feeling the beat. Human adults do. Human babies do. Rhesus monkeys of all ages do not.
I know what you're thinking: why is it important to know that rhesus monkeys can't hear beats? Well, apparently this study proves that what's called "beat induction" -- the ability to grasp the beat of what you're listening to -- is a uniquely human phenomenon. Sorry, Arthur.
Don't be angry at me, Arthur. Be angry at the scientists who took all that time and energy just to point out that you and your fellow rhesus monkeys can't dance. Hey, it's not like scientists can dance, eh, Arthur?
That cheered him up. And so will this: we're going to play a song with almost no drums at all. For Arthur, this is Kevin Quain, with "Monkey Boy Dance".
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"I can't believe you're alive. I thought I was just looking for a body."
That's how a North Shore Search and Rescue volunteer greeted Sebastien Boucher on Tuesday night.
They were welcome words. Mr. Boucher had been lost in the mountains above Vancouver for more than two days.
On Sunday morning, he packed his car with his snowboarding gear and an emergency kit of water, food and clothes, then set off for Cypress Mountain.
Along the way, he got a call: his best friend was dead, struck by a car back home in Ottawa.
When he got to the mountain, Mr Boucher asked himself what his friend would have him do: head to Ottawa, or onto the mountain?
He grabbed his board. He forgot the emergency kit.
Mr. Boucher remembers crying like a baby on the lift up. He completed one run, as he always did, riding beyond the boundary lines, in search of powder and excitement.
On his second run, he left the trail again. He never found his way back.
Here's how Mr. Boucher described his second night in the snow, when he sat down yesterday with CBC-TV's Ian Hanomansing.
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In most of our lives, there's a time when Christmas is a time of getting stuff. A time of rushing to the tree at 4 a-m to see whether Santa had been by yet -- and then breathing a sigh of relief that you'd apparently made the "nice" list. And that Santa clearly hadn't noticed all the times that you'd hit your siblings and fed your dinner to the dog.
But at some point, Christmas becomes less about the guy in the sleigh, and the gifts, and more about meaning. And that can be a hard lesson to learn.
Here is Les Carlson reading Alistair MacLeod's 1977 short story, "To Every Thing There is a Season."
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The curators at the London Museum have been keeping a discovery wrapped up, waiting for Christmas.
It's a stack of old wax cylinders. On them are etched the earliest known recordings of a family celebrating Christmas.
The first is from 1902. That seems to be when Cromwell Wall starting cranking away at his phonograph as his wife Minnie, their nine children, and various other relatives sang, speechified, and made merry.
The recordings are pretty scratchy. After all, they were made eleven decades ago with a machine like a giant trumpet that sent sound vibrating down onto a trembling needle as it passed over a chunk of hardened fat.
So, please, be a little forgiving as you listen to seven-year-old Leslie Wall singing to his family. From 1904, this is our sound of the day.
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Sarajevo was a city of light, even at its darkest moments.
Artists, poets, playwrights and filmmakers kept the spirit of the place alive. Ballerinas would dodge sniper fire to make it to dance classes. Both performers and spectators risked their lives to arrive at a venue for a play or concert, amid the ruins.
Those that survived, still carry the same spirit with them today. Although, now, in peacetime, arts and culture face new, and perhaps even more difficult, challenges.
Tonight in our rebroadcast of our series Sarajevo Remembered . . . The City of Light.
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