*Arctic Research Secrecy. An American oceanographer says the Canadian government tried to muzzle him.
*Florida Drivers License Law. A Canadian expat on why he's still worried even though Florida backs down on plans to make snowbirds buy international drivers permits.
*US Ambassador. David Jacobson tells us why the Harper government should heed Obama's message on climate change.
*Mosh Pit Physics. A Cornell physics graduate student takes his research to the heavy metal music hall.
*Oscar Pistorius Charged. The "fastest man on no legs" is charged with the murder of his girlfriend.
*Pope Odds Maker. Ireland's biggest betting company has been taking bets on who'll be next in the Vatican.
Limiting northern exposure. The federal government asks an American scientist to agree not to share the results of his research in the Arctic -- which he refuses to do.
Show your work. The United States ambassador to Canada has some neighbourly advice: if we want to do business, we'll have to demonstrate we're committed to action on climate change.
Driving: a hard bargain. After a proposed Florida highway law puts the squeeze on Canadian snowbirds, the grandson of a former Prime Minister applies a little bit of political pressure of his own.
He was not attracted to the runway model. After an MP pooh-poohed a bill that would establish rights for people mistreated by airlines, you demanded he be grounded.
Might of the living dead. It's funny that hackers have hijacked the emergency broadcast systems of various TV stations in the U.S. to announce the arrival of zombies -- but it's also dead serious.
And...moshin' impossible. You might think there's no way you could apply the behaviour of slamdancing concertgoers to physics -- but one graduate student has become a smashing success by doing just that.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that wishes you a happy violent times day.
It would seem that the waters of Arctic ocean research in Canada are freezing over.
Recently, Andreas Muenchow, a University of Delaware oceanographer, says the Canadian government tried to get him to sign a strict confidentiality agreement. The agreement would apply to a project Dr. Muenchow is working on in Canada's Arctic, in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. And it would have prevented him from communicating the results of his research to anyone without government approval.
Dr. Muenchow refused to sign the agreement.
Jeffrey Hutchings is a Fisheries scientist at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
To hear the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' perspective on this story, we reached Kevin Stringer. Mr. Stringer is the Assistant Deputy Minister on Ecosystems and Ocean Sciences. We reached him in Ottawa.
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Canadian snowbirds can drive easier tonight.
A new Florida law had made it illegal for Canadians to drive without a pricey new permit. Then, this afternoon the Florida Motor Vehicles Department announced that the law wasn't exactly road-ready.
Where can the snowbirds direct their thanks? Possibly to the Geneva Conventions on Road Traffic, 1949, which the permit requirement appears to violate. Or, maybe it would be easier to thank the champion of the anti-permit movement.
He's the President of le Soleil de la Floride, Florida's biggest French-language newspaper. He also happens to be the grandson of a Prime Minister. We reached Louis St-Laurent in Coral Springs, Florida.
The snowbird licensing issue came up this afternoon during a media scrum with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. A quick warning to our listeners in Florida: if you're driving, you might want to pull over for just a moment.
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Sweethearts have been around for almost a hundred-and-fifty years. Not human sweethearts -- the ones popping chocolates into each other's mouths and talking baby talk today. "Sweethearts" the candy -- you know, with the heart-shaped things with cute messages printed on them that nearly break your molars.
Over their century-and-a-half of cute messages, some have been "retired" -- because they now mean something completely different, or have no meaning at all.
For example, "fax me." For anyone under twenty who's listening, a fax machine was something used in the last century that allowed you to slide a piece of paper into a machine and have a copy of it pop out of a similar machine anywhere else in the world. It was kind of like e-mail, except that it killed lots of trees.
Then there's, "dig me." That's also last century, and it has nothing to do with shovels, but about liking or understanding something. You dig?
And, of course, chief among the sweetheart slogan retirees is, "you're gay." Which, depending on who receives it, might be a lovely thing to say. A hundred years ago, it meant something else entirely. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Apparently, they've also retired the expression, "pucker up". Not because it's out of date, but because the printer had a difficult time properly printing the letter "p". And what was printed instead was not cute.
The hot words for 2013? "U R hot," "text me," and "L-O-M-L". And if you don't know what that last one stands for, you're too old to be eating kids' candy.
And now, further reflections on hearts: this is Twin Shadow, with his 2012 hit, "Five Seconds."
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In his State of the Union address, U-S President Barack Obama made it clear that aggressively addressing climate change was near the top of his agenda.
And the implication is that, if other governments want to do business in the United States, they'd better be taking action as well.
David Jacobson is the man charged with delivering that message in Ottawa. He's the U-S ambassador to Canada. We reached him in Toronto.
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You've probably heard the old adage: "do what you love." Well, normally that might be difficult for a physicist who loves heavy metal. But one graduate student at Cornell University found a way to mix business and pleasure. And the results of his research may have broader-ranging applications than he could have ever imagined.
Jesse Silverberg is that grad student in physics. We reached him in Ithaca, New York.
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When you're a first responder, you're never really off-duty.
Late last year, we told you about one Toronto paramedic who went from run-of-the-mill commuter to victim, and then to life-saver -- in the blink of an eye.
Geoff MacBride was driving home when his car was violently rear-ended by a drunk driver. Here, from November of last year, is Mr. MacBride telling Carol what happened.
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Just plane wrong.
On last night's show, Larry Miller, the Conservative Chair of the House of Commons Transport Committee, told us why he opposed a private member's bill that would require airlines to compensate passengers for delays and cancellations because of airline failures.And after that interview went to air, right on schedule and with no overbooking, we heard from you.
From Aurora, Ontario, Ernesto Springolo wrote:
"Mr. Larry Miller was displaying the misplaced tolerance of offenses that seems to be a Canadian characteristic, and which I think should change. "I've done enough traveling to agree with this quote from a U.S. airline ticket agent, reported in the NY Times in 2001. Quote: 'As long as customers are born faster than we can make them hate us, we're in business.' Unquote.Sam Punnett in Toronto wrote us to say:
"There are at least as many stories about poor treatment by airlines as there are about poor treatment by cell phone companies in this country. How does the Chair of the Transport Committee remain so detached from people? 'IF' these things are occurring indeed! Because he doesn't believe they are happening, therefore no action is necessary?! That's the kind of logic that sank the census."And from Fort McMurray, Alberta, John Hicks had this to say:
"Will you also ask someone who works for the airlines about the people who book simultaneously with a number of airlines so that they ensure that they have a flight out? Maybe that it doesn't happen as often as it used to, but it certainly did. No warning -- they just wouldn't show up, and that denied someone else a seat, and there were no assurances that the airline could fill that seat."Thanks to everyone who called or emailed us. If you want to get in touch with us, our Talkback number is 1-866-481-5718. And our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also click the "contact" button on our webpage -- www.cbc.ca/aih.
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That was the Emergency Alert heard by television viewers in Great Falls, Montana earlier this week. In case you missed it, the message says that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking. In short, it's a warning about a zombie offensive. Similar incidents occurred on stations in Michigan, New Mexico and California.
The Emergency Alert System for each station affected was hacked. And although the zombies have been a source of jokes for days, the hacking incidents do raise more serious questions about the newly revamped and now web-based alert system.
Greg MacDonald is the President and C-E-O of the Montana Broadcasters Association. We reached him in Bonner, Montana.
And zombies are also a serious issue here in Canada. Deadly serious.
Earlier this week, Quebec's public security department announced plans to hold a zombie-themed emergency training exercise. And that prompted this question from NDP MP, Pat Martin yesterday in the House of Commons, for the record.
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Today is Day One of a very new and different life for a man who has already lived through more than most of us could ever imagine.
Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee and golden boy of the London Summer Olympics and Paralympics, is being charged with the murder of his girlfiend -- well-known South African model, Reeva Steenkamp.
Like most South Africans, our next guest has been closely watching all of today's developments.
Abbey Makoe is the political editor with the South African Broadcasting Corporation. We've reached him in Cape Town.
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The Oxford English Dictionary defines "irony" as, quote: "a figure of speech in which the intended meaning is the opposite of that expressed by the words used; usually taking the form of sarcasm or ridicule." Unquote.
Bear that in mind when you hear this next sentence:
The Pirate Bay is launching a lawsuit becuase they claim their copyright has been infringed.
The Pirate Bay, if you're not aware, is the world's most famous clearinghouse of -- you guessed it -- pirated material, be it movies, music, software, or pretty much anything you can download. And although it's important to note that The Pirate Bay doesn't actually possess this material, its purpose is to facilitate access to it, wherever it might be stored.
So now, ironically, a Finnish anti-piracy group has allegedly pirated the code from The Pirate Bay's website, and copied it, so its website looks identical, except for the name, of course.
The operators of The Pirate Bay, which is based in Sweden, are said to be furious. Anonymously furious, but furious all the same. They say they're going to sue. And whether they win or lose, they'll win: either by succeeding in their case and embarrassing a group opposed to them and getting some sort of compensation; or, perhaps more ironically, by losing. Because if they lose the case, they underscore their argument against copyright as a legal concept.
So to sum up, an anti-piracy group pirates web code from a pirating site, and the pirating site is suing for the pirating of that code.
Somewhere, Blackbeard is rolling over in his grave.
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There are those who consider gambling a sin. Which raises the question: is it more or less of a sin to bet on the identity of the next Pope?
We'll all have to wait until March before the white smoke curls from the Vatican's chimney, signalling the choice made by the Cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel. But, if you're so inclined, you don't have to wait to start wagering on who the next pontiff will be.
Feilim Mac An Ionaire is with Ireland's biggest betting house, Paddy Power. We reached him in Dublin.
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Does Bigfoot exist?
I know your knee-jerk answer is "No." But think about it for a second: is it possible that a species of mysterious ape-like being has evaded humans for centuries --
You know what? If you keep saying "No," over and over again, it's going to make it hard for me to get through this.
Especially because you're forgetting about Dr. Melba Ketchum.
Last November, Dr. Ketchum -- the founder of something called DNA Diagnostics announced that her team had confirmed the existence of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, in North America. And everyone was excited, until they discovered there was no paper yet to validate any of Dr. Ketchum's claims.
Well, today, her research was published. It claims that DNA samples prove the existence of Bigfoot, and also prove Bigfoot is related to humans.
So there, naysayers. But wait. The paper is raising some doubts. In part, because the paper only got published in this journal because Dr. Ketchum and her team acquired the rights to the journal itself, and then published their paper in it. And also because -- according to people who understand the DNA science -- the results are, and I quote, "a mess".
Bigfoot believers are accustomed to naysayers, though. Just ask Vincent Chow.
We spoke to him a couple of times back in 2006. Back then, he'd successfully lobbied the Malaysian government to open up the country's rainforests and parks to Bigfoot researchers. Everyone was excited. Except -- as it turned out -- no one actually showed up to look for Bigfoot.
In March, 2006, guest host Helen Mann spoke with a crestfallen Vincent Chow.