* Former UN Head - Sudan. Mukesh Kapila describes how nearly a million people face starvation in the remote mountains.
* Olympic Wrestling Pulled. Medalist Tonya Verbeek is dismayed at the decision to drop the sport from the Games.
* Zen Scandal Whistleblower. A Zen priest makes some startling accusations about sexual abuse in the Buddhist community.
* Amadou and Mariam. Amadou, the famous musician from Mali, reflects on the state of his homeland.
* Gorilla Attention Study. A researcher shows how radiologists looking for cancer cells can't see a gorilla in their midst.
* Penguin Poop. Scientists find a large colony of penguins in Antractica -- by tracking their poo from outer space.
What we don't know is hurting them. The former head of the United Nations in Sudan tells us about a staggering humanitarian crisis unfolding in remote parts of the country -- one that's going unnoticed elsewhere.
Darkness on the road to enlightenment. More details emerge after a Zen Buddhist priest in Victoria, B.C. writes an open letter accusing a prominent teacher of sexual misconduct.
Hope against Pope. One critic of the outgoing Benedict XVI says he hasn't done enough to deal with the Catholic Church's abuse crisis -- but there's still time to act.
Celebrations abroad -- lamentations at home. Amadou -- half of the internationally successful musical duo Amadou and Mariam -- reflects on winning an award in France while his native country of Mali struggles.
It was right there in brown and white. Years after seeing an enormous trail of penguin poop in satellite images of Antarctica, researchers finally track down the penguin colony itself.
And...questioning their 2020 vision. The IOC announces it will drop wrestling from the Olympics, starting in seven years -- and Canada's three-time medallist Tonya Verbeek grapples with the decision.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that knows there are three holds that devastate wrestlers: the half-nelson, the full nelson...and no nelson at all.
In Sudan, the bombs are falling in silence.
The remote provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile have become a war zone, with few witnesses from the outside world. For nearly two years, the Sudanese government has fought an independence movement there by burning villages and raining terror from the sky.
The UN now says that close to a million civilians are in urgent need of aid. But the Sudanese government has prohibited aid agencies from entering the region. And so one of the largest humanitarian crises anywhere in the world is unfolding in almost complete obscurity.
Mukesh Kapila is the former head of the United Nations in Sudan. Last month, he entered a remote area of South Kordofan called the Nuba Mountains to see for himself. We reached Mr. Kapila in Bellagio, Italy.
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As the world continues to buzz over yesterday's surprise resignation by Pope Benedict the sixteenth, some also continue to speculate about the reasons behind it. And others are making wish lists for what this Pope could still do before he leaves office.
Our next guest has a suggestion. It's related to the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church for almost three decades. And he made it known today in a New York Times editorial entitled "The Pope Could Still Right The Wrongs".
Jason Berry is an award-winning author and journalist, best known for his work on sexual abuse by Catholic priests, with the National Catholic Reporter.
We reached Jason Berry at his home in New Orleans.
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It was the takedown no one expected.
Today, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee announced that it planned to drop wrestling from the Olympics starting with the 2020 Games.
Wrestling has been a part of the Olympics since the ancient Games in Greece. In fact, it was once the marquee event, with Plato as one of its stars.
In 2004, women's wrestling was introduced at the Olympic Games in Athens.
Tonya Verbeek won a silver medal for Canada in Athens -- the first for a Canadian female wrestler. And she is the country's most decorated wrestler of all time.
We reached Tonya Verbeek on her way to wrestling practice in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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Dateline: Cornwall, United Kingdom.James Tillie had a plan. He would rise through the ranks, become a nobleman, and then sit and wait to be resurrected. Well, he did the first two, and half of the third. And then he became a problem. And then he disappeared.
Mr. Tillie began his career serving a rich family on their estate. He eventually became the manager. And when that estate's owner died -- under mysterious circumstances -- James Tillie married the extremely rich widow, and set his plan in motion.
He commissioned the construction of Pentillie Castle, on nearly two thousand acres. As you might expect, it"s ostentatious. But evidently Mr. Tillie -- now Sir James Tillie -- loved it, and his life as a nobleman.
Because in his will, he asked that he stay there forever. Or at least, until he was called to heaven.
When he died -- his will stated -- he wanted to be dressed to the nines, tied to a "stout chair", surrounded by his beloved books and wine, given his pipe, and then placed on the estate to await God's certain intervention.
That was in 1713. And apparently, Sir James's servants honoured his request for the next two years -- before getting understandably fed up with refilling a corpse's wine glass. Then he was buried.
Somewhere. And for centuries, no one has known where.
People said his remains had been moved to a church. But recently, archaeologists were working on the mauseoleum in Pentillie Castle, and a hidden vault underneath.
In the vault, they discovered human remains. There's no pipe, or books, or wine, but there is apparently evidence of what might be a busted-up chair.
So that solves that mystery. Although it doesn't solve Sir James Tillie's problem: that he's not with his books or wine, and -- most vexingly -- that he's still dead.
We'll send this out to him. This is Stars, with "Death to Death".
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A Zen priest in Victoria, B.C. is making some profoundly unsettling accusations about one of North America's most important Buddhist leaders.
In November, Eshu Martin published a online letter which he titled, Everyone Knows. It accuses the 105-year-old Los Angeles Abbot Kyozan Joshu Sasaki of sexual misconduct against women in his community. He goes on to suggest that nearly fifty years of incidents have been an open secret within the Rinzai-ji community. The police are not involved, but his letter has prompted a community investigation.
We reached Eshu Martin in Victoria.
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No sooner had the vessel sunk than questions started to surface. And today, some of those questions were heard.
You may remember that, on Monday, October twenty-ninth, Hurricane Sandy was causing very stormy seas off the east coast of the U.S. And in those stormy seas, off the coast of North Carolina, a tall ship called The Bounty -- a replica of HMS Bounty -- capsized. One crew member was killed -- and the ship's captain, Robin Walbridge, was never found.
Today, the U.S. Coast Guard began hearings, as part of its formal investigation into what happened.
Here is part of Carol's conversation with Claudia McCann, Captain Robin Walbridge's widow, on "As It Happens" this past November twelfth, from our archives. Ms. McCann is explaining to Carol why Captain Walbridge set sail on that day, despite Hurricane Sandy:
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Victory is so often bittersweet.
This weekend. Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia won their second "Victoire" -- the French equivalent of a Grammy or Juno. It was presented to them at a ceremony in Paris, for their latest album "Folila".
But in the weeks leading up to the event, things weren't celebratory for Amadou and Mariam: the couple -- both of whom are blind -- spent January in their hometown of Bamako, Mali. While they were there, Islamist rebels controlled two-thirds of the country. And among other measures, the rebels banned music.
Amadou and Mariam are in Paris. We'd arranged to speak with both of them in studio, but sadly, Mariam is sick today. Nevertheless, we have a healthy Amadou on the line.
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According to a famous experiment, many people won't notice a man in a gorilla suit crossing their field of vision when they are focused -- intensely -- on something else.
Incidentally, my own research proves that correct, since Carol hasn't commented on my gorilla suit yet today. Man, it's hot in here.
Anyway, a researcher at Harvard Medical School has done a bit more of a rigorous experiment updating that classic study -- this time, to see whether radiologists would notice a picture of a gorilla on slides they were told to inspect for cancer.
Trafton Drew is that researcher. We reached him at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. -- where he was waiting for a plane.
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Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. But nowadays, that man might have some questions about the fish.
Yesterday on the program, we heard from Sylvain Charlebois. He's a professor at the University of Guelph who sits on the advisory board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Professor Charlebois explained why the CFIA has allowed Cooke aquaculture in Nova Scotia to sell farmed salmon exposed to the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus to be processed for market.
Talkback heard a fish story.
We also received numerous e-mails about the interview with Mr. Charlebois. Here are a couple.
Clare Scullion of Ottawa wrote:
"Last night, I listened with considerable incredulity (not mention queasiness) to your segment with Sylvain Charlebois of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Advisory Board.
"Professor Charlebois suggested that consumers who are concerned about that proposal should ask their food retailers where the retailers' food comes from -- this despite the fact that it has been approved by the CFIA. It seems to me that, in the interest of full transparency, the disclosure should be by the CFIA itself. It seems ludicrous to suggest that retailers try and discern this themselves. It was not an appetizing segment."
That was from Clare Scullion of Ottawa.
And Christopher Taggart of Halifax had this response:
"What your CFIA guest forgot to mention is this: One millilitre of seawater -- about ten drops -- contains about one hundred
million viruses. Think about that next time you go swimming in the ocean or a lake. Every one of them compromises some organism somewhere. Every day we breath, drink, lick and touch many, many viruses. Think about that when you cuddle up to your buddy, your dog, your cat or your pillow. Clearly, most are of no consequence and clearly ISA is just one of them. Test some hamburger, test some celery, test some anything. They are everywhere. Spooky, spooky."
That e-mail was from Christopher Taggart of Halifax. We always want to hear your thoughts, fishy or otherwise. Call Talkback at 1-866-481-5718, or write us at email@example.com.
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"Ego sum tam libenter ego non skip classis Latine ludere hacky sacco."
Meaning, of course: "I am so glad I didn't skip latin class to play hacky sack." You know, in Latin.
I should add that I got that from Google Translate -- so my apologies if I misspoke and grievously offended any Latin speakers.
Of course, there aren't many of those left. Because beyond common Latin phrases like "caveat emptor" and "ad nauseam", there's usually no use for it.
Except sometimes there is. Take, for example, the case of Giovanna Chirri, the Italian Vatican reporter who was the first to break the news of Pope Benedict's resignation on Monday.
We reached Ms. Chirri in Rome.
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One of Saskatchewan's most respected aboriginal Elders, and a resident of the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation, has died.
Howard Cameron was a former RCMP officer, and a role model in his community.
Mr. Cameron died of cancer this morning. He was fifty-eight.
Howard Cameron inspired his daugther to also join the RCMP. And in 2006, it was the death of his daughter, Robin Cameron, that brought the family to national attention.
After Constable Cameron and her colleague were shot to death in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Howard Cameron's grief was profound, and public.
Here's a clip from a 2007 CBC radio documentary in which Howard Cameron speaks about his loss.
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It didn't take scientists at the British Antarctic Survey very long to realise what they were looking at. And oddly, given what they were looking at, they got excited.
The satellite images clearly showed a colossal trail of poop.
This could mean only one thing: a massive and previously undiscovered colony of penguins.
The trail of Antarctic poop was spotted in 2009. But for four years, the location of the colony in question remained a mystery. But several weeks ago, Alain Hubert -- of the International Polar Foundation -- led a daring mission to track down the source of the droppings.
We reached him at the Princess Elisabeth research station in Antarctica.