*Magdalene Laundry Survivor. The Irish government admits it played a major role in forcing women into work camps.
*Anne of Green Garters. Anne Shirley is given a sultry update with a new edition of the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic.
*Kazemi Prosecutor Jailed. The man who imprisoned a Canadian photojournalist who died is himself behind bars in Iran.
*Sask Cattle Rustling. Glen Strube lost ten of his herd to rustlers, before using some CSI tricks to track down the culprits.
*Environment Commissioner Report. Scott Vaughan describes gaping holes in the way we govern our resource sector.
*As it Happens Burlesque. Talkback riffs on our theme music, with revealing remembrances about people who take off clothes to that song.
The dirtiest laundries. The Irish government confesses its role in sending tens of thousands of women to workhouses called the "Magdalene laundries" -- but our guest, a so-called "Maggie" herself, is not impressed.
Justice aside. Zahra Kazemi's prosecutor is imprisoned in Iran -- but our guest says the arrest says less about human rights than it does about a Presidential power grab.
Changing the fetal position. The state of Arkansas is close to passing legislation that would severely restrict women's access to abortions -- including a law that would outlaw the procedure if a fetus's heartbeat is detected.
His band struck a chord -- and then two more. Over forty years as the frontman for The Troggs, the late Reg Presley belted out "Wild Thing" thousands of times -- and still found it made his heart sing.
It's not her Green Gables they're looking at. A new edition of the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic features a cover picture that has purists saying, "Shirley, they can't be serious."
And...probable cows. After ten cattle go missing from his herd, a Saskatchewan farmer undertakes an investigation on his own -- and finds his neighbour is overflowing with the milk of human crime-ness.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that guesses it was heifer-y man for himself.
The young women of Ireland's Magdalene laundries were removed from their families and removed from their schools.
Girls and young women who were deemed "troubled," or who were single mothers, were forced to perform backbreaking labour, day and night in the workhouses run by the Irish Catholic Church.
From the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-nineties, women across Ireland were forced to work in harsh conditions with no pay and no social insurance, often without knowing why they were there.
Many died in the workhouses.
Today, the Irish government released a report on the so-called Magdalene Laundries, admitting it played a major role in sending thousands of women into what it called "enslavement" in the laundries...and keeping them there.
Mary Smyth is a survivor of a workhouse in Cork. We reached her in Dublin.
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If you won the lottery, quitting your job might be the first thing you do. Not me, of course: I'd be right here, every night, on your radio. Counting my money aloud.
But Saskatoon's Bernice Stefanuik has a different approach. When she found out she'd won the one-million-dollar provincial lotto jackpot, she didn't say goodbye to the nine-to-five -- she decided to take a new job.
Here's how she described her reaction...for the record.
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Two weeks ago, pro-choice advocates in the U.S. celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Roe V. Wade. And today -- in Arkansas, at least -- they're wondering whether they'll be celebrating its fiftieth.
Arkansas is about to make it much for women to seek an abortion, with two separate bills. One has already been approved by the state Senate. It would force women to undergo a procedure to detect signs of a fetal heartbeat. If a heartbeat is found, no abortion would be allowed.
And yesterday, the Arkansas House voted to criminalize most abortions done after twenty weeks of pregnancy.
Greg Leding is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. He was the only member to speak in the House to speak against the twenty-week law...and in the minority to vote against it.
We reached him in Little Rock.
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Anne of Green Gables got a makeover. And these days, she's blonde, and has a certain glint in her eye, that she never seemed to have in the past.
That at least, is the way she's portrayed on the cover of a new edition of the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic.
The edition was put together on the self-publishing site CreateSpace.
Beth Cavert is with the Lucy Maud Montgomery Literary Society. We reached her in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
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Zahra Kazemi's prosecutor is in prison tonight -- the same Tehran prison where the Canadian photojournalist was tortured and killed.
Although the announcement of Saeed Mortazavi's arrest came with no official explanation, it happened after he was accused of being involved in the deaths of three people who had been arrested for protesting in the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian election.
Hadi Ghaemi suspects there may be another explanation. Mr. Ghaemi runs the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. We reached him in New York.
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Jane Urquhart's Away spent a hundred-and-thirty-two weeks on the bestseller list after its release. That was twenty years ago. Now, Away is one of five finalists for Canada Reads 2013.
This year's battle of the books is a region-against-reading-region literary grudge match, with Ms. Urquhart's novel representing everyone's favourite province, Ontario.
The story begins in the eighteen-forties, off the coast of Ireland, on Rathlin Island. One day, young Mary O'Malley finds the remains of a ship washing onto the beach.
Here is Jane Urquhart reading from her novel, Away.
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When ten of his cattle vanished, Saskatchewan rancher Glen Strube was baffled. After all, it's not like losing your car keys -- you can only check so many possible hiding spots before you start to get suspicious.
Which he did: he started to suspect his neighbour might be behind the cattle rustling. So he turned into Glen Strube, B.I.: Bovine Investigator.
We reached Mr. Strube at his ranch in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan.
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In late 1965, a band called Jordan Christopher and The Wild Ones released this song as a single:Well, the singer was kind of overdoing it, but it wasn't bad. Still, that single went nowhere. Until a band from the town of Andover in the south of England re-recorded it, with a few changes. Mainly: they took out pretty much anything that sounded even slightly subtle, and turned it into this:That band was originally called The Troglodytes. But that name also sounded slightly subtle -- so they shortened it to The Troggs.
Reg Presley -- the singer for The Troggs -- died yesterday. He was seventy-one.
His real name was Reginald Maurice Ball, but a publicist decided "Presley" would sell more records. And for a year-and-a-half, The Troggs sold a lot of records. In 1966, their version of "Wild Thing" went to Number One on the Billboard charts. And between 1966 and 1968, they had seven hit singles in their native U.K. -- including "With A Girl Like You", "I Can't Control Myself", and the ballad "Love Is All Around". Which, in case you've never heard it, showcases The Troggs' sensitive side:<noweb
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JD:In terms of chart success, that was pretty much it for The Troggs. Which didn't stop them from playing and touring for the next forty years -- until Mr. Presley was diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 2012.
That eighteen-month period in the mid-'sixties was pretty influential, though: The Troggs' garage-rock sound is credited with influencing punk rock -- with a song like this: "With A Girl Like You".
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Where do you call home?
That question that can take on nostalgic, cultural, or even metaphysical dimensions for many. But most of us would say something like, "In a red house."
But for some Canadian Senators, it's more complicated.
Take PEI Senator Mike Duffy. Mr. Duffy has a residence in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island -- that's within the riding he represents. And he has a house in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata.
Now, some opposition critics say the PEI home is really just Mr. Duffy's cottage, and that Kanata is his real home. And if that's true, Mike Duffy would be breaking the rules...and getting money for it, too.
Wayne Easter is the Liberal MP for the PEI riding of Malpeque. We reached him in Ottawa.
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Our talk over these past few days about whether the "As it Happens" theme song is actually depressing to some people -- who want us to change it -- has prompted some of our listeners to become slightly sentimental.
We have received dozens of emails and phone calls over the past couple of days. Including this one:
And from our archives, here is former "As it Happens" host Mary Lou Finlay speaking with the burlesque performer in question, on Febuary thirteenth, 2002.
That very night, Sasha Von Bon Bon was recorded at an undisclosed club in downtown Toronto.
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The recent troubles in Belfast seem to be having a wake-up effect.
Last week, the EU's Commissioner for regional policy said that part of a new two-hundred million dollar peace fund for Northern Ireland will target young men -- like those currently involved in the recent and ongoing loyalist street violence in Belfast.
He added that he considers these young men to have been left behind by the peace process, and in need of help.
That's good news for Glenn Jordan. He is the director of SKAINOS, an urban regeneration project in East Belfast that works with the young men the EU Commissioner says are on his radar.
We reached Glenn Jordan at his home in Belfast.
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Scott Vaughan is out of here.
Canada's Environmental Commissioner is leaving his job two years early, but it's not because his work is complete. In Ottawa today, Mr. Vaughan delivered a final report that describes gaping holes in the government's environmental safety net. He warns of consequences for a country where the resource sector is booming from sea, to fish-farmed sea.
We reached Commissioner Vaughan in Ottawa.
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Call it manual, stick shift or straight shift...cars with a clutch pedal are still the standard in Europe.
But not so in North America. Just five percent of cars sold here have manual transmissions.
This morning, CBC Edmonton's morning show called Joe Wiesenfelder of cars-dot-com to find out why. He figures it's because automatic transmission cars are now nearly as fuel-efficient as their cousins with a clutch. And he says many of us just can't be bothered taking the extra trouble it takes to learn to drive stick.
But he also says he'll only lend his car to someone who can drive standard -- even if it has an automatic transmission -- because he says they're just better drivers.
And that's when the calls started coming in from Edmonton AM listeners. Here are some of the calls.