* School Girl Cold Case. A Scottish woman believes her late father killed a girl in 1957 and has convinced police to reopen the case.
* Belfast Riots. Northern Ireland's Justice Minister, David Ford, talks about the protests over flying the Union Jack.
* GM Food Folo. An expert on genetically-modified food counters the pro-GM arguments made by yesterday's guest.
* Hugo Chavez: "New Yorker" writer John Lee Anderson on the Venezuelan President missing his Inauguration while recovering from surgery.
* Vets Benefits Folo. Ottawa reaches a deal on disability benefits with Canadian veterans.
* PFLAG Founder Obit. We remember Jeanne Manford, the founder of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The sins of her father. A Scottish woman convinces police to re-open an investigation into the disappearance of a young girl, more than fifty years ago -- because she's convinced her late father was to blame.
"Frankenfood" for thought. Last night, environmentalist Mark Lynas told us why he now believes GM foods are a good thing -- and tonight, we'll hear from an activist who thinks he's out to lunch.
Pole position. There are new rules restricting the flying of the Union Jack in Belfast, Northern Ireland -- and angry Loyalists are flagging what they see as a serious problem.
Standing up ceremony. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez can't attend his inauguration -- which has politicians arguing about whether someone should be sworn in in his place.
Show-stopping good looks. Top tenor Marc Hervieux pulls out of rehearsals after the Opera de Montreal uses models who look nothing like him in their advertisements -- until the company changes its tune.
And...the magic fruit. A California man puts the finishing touches on a facility that helps you meet your daily quotas of culture and potassium: the newly opened International Banana Museum.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that's ahead of the curved.
On February twenty-third, 1957, an eleven-year-old girl named Moira Anderson left her home in Coatbridge, Scotland, to do an errand from her grandmother. Her family never saw her again.
At the time, Sandra Brown was eight years old. And over the intervening years, Ms. Brown has come to a harrowing conclusion: that her father -- a bus driver named Alexander Gartshore, now dead -- was almost certainly responsible for Moira Anderson's disappearance.
For years, Ms. Brown and Moira Anderson's sister campaigned to have the case re-opened. They finally succeeded. And now, police are conducting a new investigation, in a graveyard in central Scotland.
Sandra Brown now operates the Moira Anderson Foundation -- an organization that supports victims of sexual abuse. We reached her at the Old Monkland Cemetery in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
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Today is the Duchess of Cambridge's thirty-first birthday. Which means it's one of the days the Union Jack is flying above the city hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
That's under new rules agreed upon by the city council last month. Previously, the Union flag flew every day.
The move to restrict the number of days the flag can be raised has been met with some of the worst violence Northern Ireland has seen in a decade. Yesterday, police were attacked by loyalist protesters with gas bombs and fireworks for the sixth straight night.
The Alliance party, which holds the balance of power in the council, has come under threat from loyalists for proposing the limit.
David Ford is the leader of the Alliance party, and he's also the justice minister for Northern Ireland. We reached him at home in Antrim, just outside Belfast.
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As a business venture, it was quite clearly bananas.
It has been two years since Fred Garbutt and his mother purchased a treasure trove of many thousands of banana-related artifacts from a man named Ken Bannister, whose International Banana Club was forced to close in 2010.
And now he's in the pink. Well, the yellow. A few weeks ago, Mr. Garbutt finally opened his new International Banana Museum in Mecca, California. And that is where we reached him.
Not every conversion story inspires a following.
Yesterday, Carol spoke with Mark Lynas. He's been described as one of the founders of the fight against genetically modified foods. Then he changed his mind. Last night, Mr. Lynas explained that, when he took a serious look at the science, he decided that "Franken-foods" were the only hope for the planet's hungry billions.
Then our listeners started calling and writing in to ask us to check on Mr. Lynas' scientific method.
Claire Robinson has debated the science of GM foods with Mr. Lynas in the past. She's an editor with an organization called GM Watch. We reached her in Exeter, UK.
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It's a presidential inauguration that won't happen just yet -- and may never happen at all.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela would not attend his swearing-in ceremony for his fourth consecutive term in office, which was set for tomorrow. And today, the Supreme Court ruled that the indefinite postponement of the inauguration by the pro-Chavez National Assembly is constitutional.
The National Assembly wants to allow the President more time to recover from his fourth round of cancer surgery in Cuba. The opposition, on the other hand, says that Mr. Chavez should be declared absent, and that an interim leader be sworn in.
Jon Lee Anderson has been a keen observer of Latin American politics for decades, writing profiles of political leaders including Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet and Hugo Chavez.
We reached Jon Lee Anderson in London, England.
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Without Fred Turner, the might not have been a McRib.
That's tough to digest. The thought of no McRib, I mean. And consider that no Fred Turner also would have meant no Chicken McNuggets or Egg McMuffins or the Happy Meal, for that matter. Mr. Turner helped develop them all for McDonald's. He started out working the counter in 1956 -- and eventually became company founder Ray Croc's protege and right-hand man.
Fred Turner died on Monday of pneumonia. He was eighty.
George Cohon is the founder of McDonald's of Canada. He was a good friend of Mr. Turner. We reached Mr. Cohon in Palm Beach, Florida.
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In the case of Manuge versus Her Majesty the Queen, Mr. Manuge won. And today, Canadian veterans are reaping the benefits of that victory.
Dennis Manuge is a former member of the Royal Canadian Regiment who served in the Bosnian War. He was medically discharged after injuring his back at CFB Petawawa. And when he was discharged, the government began deducting his disability benefits from his pension. So Mr. Manuge took the government to court.
He won that case in May, and today, a tentative settlement has been reached to return millions of dollars in long-term disability clawbacks to Canadian veterans.
We reached Dennis Manuge in Halifax.
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The winner will take home twenty-five thousand dollars. And the chances of winning are now one in five. Only prerequisite: you have to have spent years writing up your painstaking research into a compelling book.
Today, the Charles Taylor Foundation announced the Canadian authors who made the shortlist for this year's Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The nominees include a book about poet and artist P.K. Page, and one about Leonardo DaVinci's painting of the Last Supper.
In putting together the shortlist, the jury read one-hundred-and-twenty nine books by Canadian authors this year.
Carol will interview all five shortlisted authors in the coming weeks. Tune in to hear the interviews on "As It Happens".
And be sure to check out the list of finalists at cbc.ca/books.
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Last night on "As It Happens", we interviewed an official from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, about the agency's attempts to control the hundreds of bush fires burning in southern Australia.
Well, the fires continue to burn, and Aussies are bracing for more record-breaking heat in the coming days.
John Nairn is the acting regional director for the South Australia Bureau of Meteorology. We reached him in Adelaide.
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Jeanne Manford once said, "I'm very shy, by the way. I was not the type of person who belonged to organizations. I never tried to do anything. But I wasn't going to let anybody walk over Morty."
"Morty" was Ms. Manford's son -- and he was the reason a schoolteacher who'd never belonged to organizations wound up starting one that changed the discussion about gay, lesbian and transgender rights in the United States.
Jeanne Manford -- the founder of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or P-FLAG -- died yesterday. She was ninety-two.
The story of how Ms. Manford became an unlikely, but staunch, activist begins in 1972. And in October, 2009, President Barack Obama told that story at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. Here's part of his speech from that night.
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It was a powerful silence.
The Opera de Montreal was barely two weeks away from curtains-up on its new production of Die Fledermaus. But there was a problem: the star --- Marc Hervieux -- had gone on strike.
The "prince" of Quebec tenors wasn't happy about the ads being used to sell tickets to the show. So he stopped rehearsing.
Then, this afternoon, the opera company caved. The ads are out, if only Monsieur Hervieux will sing.
We reached Marc Hervieux in Montreal.
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