The truth shall threaten his freedom. A former computer tech for the CIA reveals that he's the source of recent revelations about U.S. government surveillance -- and tonight, a fellow whistleblower gives us his take.
If you want summit-thing done right, you have to do it yourself. Mountaineer Simone Moro had a busy few weeks recently -- first getting in a well-publicized fight with Sherpas, then rescuing an ailing Canadian climber from Everest.
The plot thickens. First a fisherman disappears from a Cape Breton fishing village -- and now, three men have been arrested, and one of them is charged with murder.
"Ici" come, "Ici" go. After a sleepless weekend, Radio-Canada rethinks its re-branding, and decides to re-re-brand itself -- and re-insert the "Radio-Canada" part.
It's one thing to acquaint yourself with a country's customs. It's another thing when being on a cancelled flight leads to a kerfuffle about whether you, and the rest of the passengers, have to re-acquaint yourself with Customs.
And...a landmark recording. Joseph Bertolozzi didn't go to the Eiffel Tower to sight-see, he went to sound-hear -- by clanging away on the thing, and turning it into an enormous musical instrument.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that gives you an earful of Eiffel.
He is being hailed as a hero, or a traitor, depending on which side of the US National Security Administration you fall on. But either way, everyone will agree that Edward Snowden is a very brave man.
Over the weekend, the former technical assistant to the C-I-A and N-S-A contractor outed himself. He announced that he was the source of documents that revealed the N-S-A has access to the servers of all the major internet companies -- Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and others.
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, here is part of what Mr. Snowden had to say about what might happen to him, and his rationale for becoming a whistleblower.
Christopher Pyle knows a thing or two about blowing whistles. In 1970, while in the U-S Army, he disclosed the extent of the military's surveillance of the protest movement -- which led, in part, to the Watergate scandal.
Mr. Pyle now teaches politics at Mount Holyoke College and is the author of several books on military surveillance of civilians. We reached him in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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|WILLIAM CARN|| - ||TROMBONE|
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|DAVID OCCHIPINTI|| - ||GUITAR|
|JOE PHILLIPS|| - ||DOUBLE BASS|
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|JESSE ZUBOT|| - ||VIOLIN|
"Ici" today...gone tomorrow.
Last Wednesday, Radio-Canada unveiled its new name. It was to become "Ici" -- "here" in English.
The name change cost French-language counterpart four hundred thousand bucks for external consultants, as well as a promotional video -- which sounded like this.
Well, Radio-Canada's new brand had a rocky go of it over the last few days. Federal Heritage Minister James Moore criticized the move. The hoopla over the name change even made The New York Times.
And, on Friday, it was revealed that a soon-to-be launched Montreal TV station had also chosen to call itself "ICI" -- and had already trademarked the name.
Now, Radio-Canada is going back on its name-change decision. Sort of.
Today, Hubert Lacroix, the CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, said it was amply clear that Canadians didn't like the proposed change. He also said people had misunderstood the change, but that that was Radio-Canada's fault.
So: starting this summer, the word "ici", meaning "here", will be officially tacked on to the name. "Radio-Canada" will officially become "Ici Radio-Canada".
So a new new name is here, but not just "here".
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|DAVID MITCHELL|| - ||COMPOSER|
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Philip Boudreau is still missing. But the Nova Scotia fisherman is presumed dead. And today, three other Nova Scotia fishermen appeared in court, charged with his murder.
All four men are from the small Cape Breton village of Petit-de-Grat.
Although few details are known about what led to Mr. Boudreau's disappearance, the small fishing community is abuzz with speculation.
Phonse Jessome is a CBC journalist. He has been spending time talking to people in Petit-de-Grat and was also at the provincial court in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia earlier today. We reached Mr. Jessome in Sydney.
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|GABRIEL HUBERT|| - ||COMPOSER|
|UTTAMA HUBERT|| - ||COMPOSER|
|GABRIEL WALLACE|| - ||COMPOSER|
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Some go to gaze at it, some to smooch beneath it. But one American composer went to the Eiffel Tower for a very different reason... and that is, to play it.
Joseph Bertolozzi used mallets, drumsticks, and even a log wrapped in lamb's wool, to pound out tunes up and down the tower.
He plans to weave the sounds together to create a piece he calls tower music.
We reached Joseph Bertolozzi in Beacon, New York.
The spring climbing season on Mt. Everest has come to an end.
After a brief window of good weather in May, the summit has once again been eclipsed by monsoons. And for another year, the climbers have left the mountain.
Of the hundreds of climbers on the mountain this season, Simone Moro stands out.
Days after a high-altitude fight on the side of the mountain forced him to call off his expedition, the veteran Italian climber returned to Everest with his own helicopter to fly as a rescue pilot.
And in no time at all, he piloted the highest altitude rescue ever flown, lifting a stricken Canadian climber from the side of the mountain.
We reached Simone Moro at home in Bergamo, Italy.
|MARC MAZIADE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ROBIN BOULIANNE|| - ||VIOLIN|
|OLIVIER HEBERT|| - ||DOUBLE BASS|
|MAZ || - ||JAZZ GROUP|
|MARC MAZIADE|| - ||ELECTRIC GUITAR|
|MARC MAZIADE|| - ||PRODUCER|
Right now in much of the world, it's illegal to be a homosexual. The Russian government is poised to debate a law that would allow people to be arrested for behaviour that promotes homosexuality. And thousands in France are protesting the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, today, Canada is marking the tenth anniversary of the very first legal same-sex marriage in this country.
On June tenth, 2003, the couple referred to as "The Michaels" -- Michael Stark and Michael Leshner -- tied their legal knot with a civil ceremony in Toronto, just hours after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the traditional understanding of marriage was unconstitutional.
But the battle for equal treatment under the law for the Michaels did not start or end ten years ago. Back in 1992, one of "The Michaels" were celebrating another win.
At that time, Michael Leshner -- an employee of the Ontario Attorney General -- wanted his pension to be extended to his partner Michael Stark, when Mr. Leshner died. But his employer, the Ontario government under the leadership of Bob Rae and the NDP, denied his request.
Mr. Leshner went to an independent board of inquiry, and under the Ontario Human Rights code, the government was ordered to extend survivor benefits to gay and lesbian employees. From our archives, on September first, 1992, here is former "As It Happens" host Michael Enright, speaking with Michael Leshner.
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|ADRIAN DOLAN|| - ||PRODUCER|
|OLIVER SWAIN|| - ||PRODUCER|
|OLIVER SWAIN|| - ||VOCALS|
He was the rare writer who managed to be a star in two genres: literary fiction and science fiction. Just two months ago, Scotland's Iain Banks wrote a public letter to his fans, sharing that he was doing poorly. He was suffering from advanced cancer. On Saturday, Mr. Banks died. He was fifty-nine.
Dark humour suffused his works, although his science fiction managed to be utopically optimistic in a genre obsessed, these days, with dystopia.
As a writer of literary fiction -- using the name Iain Banks -- his works, including The Wasp Factory, Complicity, and The Crow Road , are bestsellers. Writing science fiction under the name Iain M. Banks, however, earned him a cult following for his space operas set in a future where poverty, and class had been eliminated.
He was also witty in person, as this interview with the BBC's Matthew Stadlen -- which begins about the use of his middle initial -- shows. Here's part of that interview, from earlier this year.
Ken MacLeod -- the writer Mr. Banks mentioned in the clip, was one of Mr. Banks's best friends. We reached Ken MacLeod just outside Edinburgh, Scotland.
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|BONOBO|| - ||DJ PRODUCER|
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A Winnipeg woman took a moment this weekend to remember her son.
Kyle De Vasconsalos had died the Sunday before. He was just 23, but his death didn't come as a complete surprise to his mother. Mr. De Vasconsalos had been a longtime drug addict, and an associate of Winnipeg's murderous Mad Cowz street gang.
In the end, it was a homeless woman who found Kyle's body, slumped in a parking lot. Police say there'd been a party the night before. Kyle had gotten into an argument, which had turned into a beating. Kyle made it out of the party but died of his injuries.
Here is some of what Michaela De Vasconcelos told the CBC's Nelly Gonzalez, for the record.
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|BALLAKE SISSOKO|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ABOUBACAR DEMBA CAMARA|| - ||LUTE|
|VINCENT SEGAL|| - ||CELLO|
|BALLAKE SISSOKO|| - ||KORA|
Build a library and they will come.
It sounds simple enough. And that's what a local librarian in Hobbema, Alberta is calling for -- a public library.
Originally from India, Manisha Kheterpal has been living in Hobbema for less than two years. And after learning about the poverty, isolation and crime that afflicts the First Nations community there, she found herself wondering why.
Then she discovered there's no public library. She sees that as a pretty basic problem that needs fixing.
Manisha Kheterpal is the head librarian at Maskwachees College in Hobbema. And that's where we reached her.
|RE-BOP: THE SAVOY REMIXES|
|DIZZY GILLESPIE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DJ SMASH || - ||PRODUCER|
Paul Cellucci was a fighter 'til the end.
On Saturday, the sixty-five-year-old former Massachusetts governor and U-S Ambassador to Canada, died of complications from A-L-S, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Over the weekend, praise poured in from all over the United States, and from both sides of the deep political divide, for Mr. Cellucci, who was a Republican. Much of that affection came from his native state of Massachusetts, where he served as Governor from 1997 to 2001.
He was a conservative, committed to tax cuts and reducing government spending. But many of his colleagues from the time describe him as congenial, and capable of reaching across the aisle.
Joe Malone, a former Massachusetts State Treasurer said, quote: "He had that innate ability to disagree without making it personal, and then to rebuild a bridge immediately." Unquote.
Most Canadians will remember Paul Cellucci best for his time as the U-S ambassador to this country, from 2001 to 2005.
He was unapologetic about what he thought Canada's role should be in the War of Terror. On March 25th, 2003, when Prime Minister Jean Chretien refused to follow the United States into a war with Iraq, Mr. Cellucci expressed his disappointment in a speech to the Economic Club of Toronto. This was part of what he had to say.
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|LYNDELL MONTGOMERY|| - ||COMPOSER|
|KRISTIN SWEETLAND|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|CAPTAIN DIRT & THE SKIRT || - ||PRODUCER|
|DAVID TRAVERS-SMITH|| - ||PRODUCER|
You've left the gate. You're taxi-ing toward the runway. And you're trying to relax -- to leave all the hassle of clearing Customs and getting through security behind. And then, suddenly, the plane stops -- and the captain announces that you won't be going anywhere.
And that's just the beginning.
That's what happened to Pittsburgh travel writer Abbie Synan last week. Her flight was cancelled, leaving her and all her fellow passengers stranded on a Toronto tarmac. And what happened next caused her to write a blog calling the whole experience "ridiculous."
We reached Abbie Synan at her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
|JOSHUA VAN TASSEL/VAN TASSEL, JOSHUA|
|JOSHUA VAN TASSEL|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JOSHUA VAN TASSEL|| - ||GUITAR|
|JOSHUA VAN TASSEL|| - ||PRODUCER|
Joni Mitchell does not do what people expect her to do.
She made her name as an artist who played folk music -- but then she moved into jazz. By the time listeners had caught up with her, she'd moved back to pop. Then she focused on her visual art. Then she quit the music business. Then she started recording again.
On June eighteenth and nineteenth, she'll be at Toronto's Luminato Festival, appearing at a tribute concert at Massey Hall called "Joni: A Portrait in Song". But she has no plans to sing. Instead, she'll be reciting poetry. Not that that will disappoint her fans -- who'll be grateful just to see her.
Tomorrow, CBC Radio's Q will air a ninety-minute special on Joni Mitchell -- including an interview with host Jian Ghomeshi. Some highlights from that interview will also air tonight on "The National" on CBC-TV.
In this excerpt from their conversation, Jian and Joni talk about how she responds to tributes -- which, as you'd imagine, she doesn't necessarily do the way you'd expect her to.
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|JONI MITCHELL|| - ||WRITER|
|JONI MITCHELL|| - ||SINGING|