* Ralph Klein Obit. Ralph Klein, who dominated Alberta's politics for more than a decade, dies at the age of 70.
* North Korea. The new leader has issued a rare judgment: attack the United States soon. * Ear to the Ground: Spain. One cash-strapped family shares their story of being evicted, and then reclaiming their home.
* Sue Gardner. The Canadian who headed Wikipedia, the world's most informative website, is stepping down.
* Bulls Loose. It's the running of the bulls...in Austria. A small town is overrun by stampeding steers.
*Saskatoon Auto Show. Members of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club revel in the opportunity to restore a 1927 Derby -- a car that was pieced together by a businessman who later vanished.
* Reading: The Selfish Giant. Al Maitland reads Oscar Wilde's short story, The Selfish Giant.
Remembrance of a King's past. Ralph Klein, who dominated Alberta's politics for more than a decade, dies at the age of seventy -- and we'll look back at his tumultuous reign.
Something Wiki this way comes. For years, a Canadian woman has overseen one of the world's most-visited websites -- and now, Sue Gardner is editing her Wikipedia entry to include the phrase, "moving on to other projects".
You could call it "sabre-rattling" -- if the sabres were thermonuclear. Kim Jong-un orders North Korea's missiles to be put on stand-by -- and it's hard to tell whether he's continuing a war of words, or starting an actual war.
Where the Wilde thing is. To celebrate Good Friday, we'll air one of our all-time favourite stories: Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant", read by the late Alan Maitland.
All of a sudden, all of a sedan. A Saskatoon antique car club restores an extremely rare car made in the city ninety years ago -- and recovers the story of the dubious businessman who made it.
And...the hills are alive with the sound of mooing. Traffic on the streets of an Austrian town isn't bumper-to-bumper so much as horns-to-rump, after dozens of bulls escape from their pens.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that figures, when you're counting rogue bulls, just get a rough estimate -- and round up.
Candid and uncompromising.
That was an excerpt from Ralph Klein's victory speech, when he became mayor of Calgary in 1980 -- but it could have been from any of the many victory speeches he made over the next quarter-century.
Ralph Klein died today, in Calgary. He was 70.
Mr. Klein was as comfortable talking to people in aisles of a grocery store as he was talking to people in the corridors of power. And when it came to defending Alberta's interests at home or abroad, he gave no quarter.
In governing Alberta, he saved a lot of quarters, slashing budgets and taxes, eliminating its debt, and helping to turn the province into the political powerhouse it is today. And despite scandals, a deaf ear for political correctness, and admitted alcoholism, he remained immensely popular with all Albertans - from oil barons to blue-collar workers.
Don Martin is the host of CTV's "Power Play", and the author of "King Ralph", a biography of Ralph Klein. He's in Toronto.
Back on December 16, 1992, Ralph Klein was a guest on "As It Happens". It was two days after he became premier of Alberta. Here is an excerpt of his conversation that day with former host Michael Enright.
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North Korea versus...everyone else.
Its channels of communication with the South, the UN and the Red Cross have all been severed. And its leader, Kim Jong-un, has "judged" it time to "settle accounts" with the United States.
Earlier today, he ordered missiles put on stand-by. It is the latest move in weeks of posturing, sanctions and fiery rhetoric, including a threatened pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S.
Only one thing remains as unclear as ever. What is Kim Jong-un thinking?
Aidan Foster-Carter is a research fellow on North Korea at Leeds University in England. We reached him at home in Exeter.
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There's a new Occupy movement growing in Spain -- made up of people who have lost their homes returning to reclaim them.
Since the economic crisis hit the country, banks have evicted hundreds of thousands of people. Freelance reporter Lindsay Mackenzie recently met some who've decided to fight back. And she sends this dispatch -- part of our Ear To The Ground series.
It's the fifth-most popular website on the planet, and the go-to source for facts for hundreds of millions of people every day.
And since 2007, Wikipedia has been overseen by Canadian Sue Gardner.
This week, the former CBC producer announced she's stepping down from her role as the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, to pursue other projects.
We reached Sue Gardner at Wikimedia's office in San Francisco.
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We first meet Uncle Monty at his home. And it's clear within a minute that he's an unusual man.
That's a clip from the movie "Withnail and I" in which we meet Withnail's eccentric Uncle Monty. Before the movie's over, he will have quoted Baudelaire, threatened to kill his own cat, and made an aggressive pass at the unnamed lead character -- before vanishing in regret and shame.
In the hands of another actor, Uncle Monty might have been ridiculous, or not ridiculous enough. But Richard Griffiths struck a perfect balance. And his reward was a kind of immortality -- and also to have rabid fans of the movie quote Uncle Monty's lines to him everywhere.
Richard Griffiths, one of the England's greatest character actors, died today after complications from heart surgery. He was 65.
He was a very large man -- which actually helped his career, rather than hindering it. And in roles from Shakespeare's Falstaff onstage to Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon onscreen, he brought a surprising physicality, and an incomparable delivery. His gift for language was especially remarkable because he grew up in silence: his mother was deaf-mute, and he conducted conversations at home through sign language -- and the family was too poor to have a TV or radio.
He won acclaim and awards for his performance in the play "The History Boys" -- including a Laurence Olivier Award in London, and a Tony Award in New York. He also won respect for repeatedly ordering people to leave the theatre when their cellphones rang.
But his performance as Uncle Monty in "Withnail and I" was his most indelible. In 2006, he discussed it with Sue Lawley, on the BBC Radio program "Desert Island Discs".
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The running of the bulls is all well and good, I guess, if you're in Spain, and crazy enough to let furious animals chase you through the streets.
But in the small Austrian town of Freistadt, a herd of stampeding steers was in no way well or good.
Yesterday, more than forty of the animals escaped their pen -- and headed toward town.
Wolfgang Affenzeller is a local veterinarian. We reached him near Freistadt -- where he and a group of police and firefighters are trying to corner the last of the animals.
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Earlier in the show we remembered the former Alberta premier who had a common touch -- Ralph Klein -- who died today.
But before he was Ralph Klein the politician, he was Ralph Klein the journalist.
In the nineteen seventies, he worked as a TV reporter for Calgary's CFCN.
Klein used his reporting career -- and his opposition to a plan to bulldoze a historic neighbourhood -- as a springboard to launch his campaign for mayor.
Well almost forty years later, Klein returned, briefly to broadcasting.
On August 2nd 2008, Ralph Klein was asked to host CBC Radio's The House.
And here's how he began that broadcast.
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There's nothing like getting your hands on a truly amazing piece of vintage machinery; tinkering with the...parts of an engine, like the -- pistons, or the...place where you put the windshield-wiper fluid...
Okay, I don't know anything about cars. But I know that members of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club have just had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and restore a piece of hometown history: a one-of-a-kind, extremely rare 1927 car called the "Derby".
Norm Mowles is the President of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club. We reached him today at the Draggins Rod and Custom Car Club Show.
It's been almost eight weeks since it was confirmed: the remains found under a parking lot in Leicester, England are in fact those of King Richard the Third.
To find that out, researchers had to dig the King up. And now, there's a heated debate over where to put him back in the ground.
As we've heard on "As it Happens" before, some want his remains to be placed in the cathedral in Leicester. But on the other side, there's the city of York, which believes the ruler should be re-buried in York Minster.
And now some of Richard's descendants are making their position known.
Stephen Nicolay is a member of the Plantagenet Alliance, and the sixteenth great-nephew of Richard the Third. We reached him in the town of Maldon, in England.
It's Good Friday -- the beginning of the Easter weekend. Which means it's time for one of our yearly traditions: Oscar Wilde's short story, "The Selfish Giant", as read by the late, great "As It Happens" co-host, Alan Maitland.
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And that song (by that excellent band) brings us to the end of As it Happens for this Good Friday, March 29th.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Diane Campbell, Natasha Fatah, Chris Harbord, Adam Killick, David McDougall...
Julia Pagel, Pedro Sanchez, Kate Swoger, and Jessica Walker. Our technicians this week were Reynold Gonsalves and John Lewis. Our intern is Michael Power. The show director is Kevin Ball. The show writer is me, Chris Howden.. doing double duty tonight.
John Perry is the Senior Producer.. and the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: Marie Wadden in St. John's, Susan McKenzie in Montreal, Vanessa Caldwell, Brian Cauley, and Michael D'Souza in Toronto; Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg, Jesara Sinclair in Vancouver, and Elena Cresci (CRESH-ee) somwhere in Wales.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Have a good weekend.