Come help and high water. In flood-ravaged Calgary right now, social media isn't just a place to share cat photos -- it's become a tool for volunteers to find out where and how they can lend a hand with rebuilding.
From idyllic to apocalyptic. The Fairy Meadows of Pakistan -- one of the world's most beautiful plateaus -- are the site of a massacre, when ten mountain climbers are ambushed and murdered.
International man against mystery. Edward Snowden has disappeared -- and, as we'll hear, the kinds of revelations he's brought to light about government surveillance have been illuminated before.
Nearly six days in the tundra almost makes one weak. But luckily, a Nunavut fisherman had the strength to survive for that long on his own in the elements, after his snowmobile broke down.
A man of many tastes -- all of them Bland. We'll pay tribute to the late Bobby "Blue" Bland, whose surname belied his blistering take on the blues.
And...there are eight million stories in the naked city -- but first you have to undress it. Archaeologists discover the remains of a lost Mayan city -- after hacking their way through the dense Mexican jungle.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that assumes a certain amount of guesswork was involved -- but their guess was as good as Mayan.
It's a timely demonstration that "sharing" is more than something you do on Facebook.
As Calgarians begin the daunting task of cleaning up from this weekend's flooding, people need help cleaning out their basements, clearing uprooted trees, and restoring order to their devastated neighbourhoods. It's a daunting task, but one group of residents has used the power of social media to match volunteers to the work they can do.
Brian Singh is a political research consultant, and he helped create YYCHelps-dot-ca, a digital clearinghouse for real-world volunteers. We reached Brian Singh in Calgary.
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Catch me if you can.
That's how it felt today in the ongoing story of the American NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who remains on the run.
Mr. Snowden is the man who leaked top secret National Security Agency, or NSA, documents that revealed the agency has direct access to the servers of most Internet companies -- for the purposes of tracking and spying.
Over the past 48 hours, Mr. Snowden is believed to have gone from Hong Kong to Moscow. Then he was believed to be on a plane bound for Havana -- but wasn't. And talk of him seeking asylum in Ecuador continues.
For Pat Shea, the "Snowden Affair" is déja vu all over again. He was the deputy director of what became known as the "Church Committees". Between 1975 and 1976, these Senate Select Committees on Intelligence Operations -- named after Democratic Idaho Senator Frank Church -- produced more than a dozen reports on the illegal activities of the NSA, the CIA and the FBI. Those activities included intercepting telegrams, opening mail and wiretapping.
We reached Pat Shea in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Though it's looking like summer in a lot of places in Canada, in Resolute Bay the cold still bites, and the wind still howls. And if someone asked you to spent a few days outside, you would definitely say "No."
Unfortunately for Oolateeta Iqaluk, no one asked him.
The Nunavut fisherman was on a fishing trip, alone, when his snow machine broke down -- stranding him on the tundra for nearly six days.
He's now safe back in Resolute Bay -- which is where we reached him.
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In 1957, Bobby "Blue" Bland sounded like this:And in 1958, Bobby "Blue" Bland sounded like this:The difference: between the first song, "Farther Up The Road", and the second, "Little Boy Blue", he had his tonsils out. And what could have been a disaster for a man with one of the greatest voices in blues music turned out to be a triumph.
Bobby "Blue" Bland -- a singer whose range went from croon to caterwaul -- died yesterday. He was 83.
He died in Memphis -- which was where his career began in the late 'forties, when he was a teenager. He became part of a loose collective there called The Beale Streeters, who included future blues legends Johnny Ace and B.B. King. And given the power of those peers, Mr. Bland had to work to figure out what it was that made him special.
He figured it out. And he did so by infusing his blues songs with gospel. In particular, he was influenced by the sermonizing of Detroit Baptist preacher Bishop C.L. Franklin -- who was also an influence to Aretha Franklin. Because he was her father.
He listened to Bishop Franklin's sermons on record, and combined that urgent, musical style with his own.
The results were songs that were like miniature sermons unto themselves -- although they usually had more secular concerns. And without tonsils, Mr. Bland's voice also seemed without limits.
Between 1957 and 1985, Bobby "Blue" Bland recorded 63 songs that made the R & B charts. Songs like "Turn On Your Love Light", "I Pity The Fool", and "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City".
Now, 63 hits is a lot of hits. And we have a way to make you want to hear all of them: we'll play one. From 1958, this is Bobby "Blue" Bland, with his first post-tonsillectomy hit: "Little Boy Blue".
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In a country fraught with instability, the Fairy Meadows of Pakistan was like an island of calm.
It's a lush plateau at the foot of the Himalaya mountains, sometimes referred to as "Heaven on Earth." But on Sunday night, it was not that at all.
A group of ten visiting mountaineers, preparing to climb one of the world's highest peaks, were ambushed and murdered. A Taliban-linked group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack would appear to cast doubt on the newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's promises of peace and security.
Talat Masood is a retired three-star general in Pakistan's army. We reached him at home in Islamabad.
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They're waterlogged -- but they're staying put.
Among the communities under an evacuation order in Alberta is Morley, the Stoney Nakoda First Nation just west of Calgary.
Nearly all the homes are flooded. There's no power. Roads are washed out. But despite that, it's been difficult to convince people to leave.
Marcel Dubois is the emergency coordinator for the Stoney Nakoda Nation. This morning, he explained the situation to host David Gray on the CBC Calgary program, The Eyeopener.
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As we learned last week -- when we told you a similar story in Cambodia -- if you want to discover an ancient city, you have to look under a bunch of gooey stuff.
And sure enough, under piles of red, loamy soil; bugs; roots; and jungle debris, a team of Slovenian archeologists has now uncovered a Mayan city deep in the mexican jungle.
Ivan Sparajc is the archeologist leading the team and an expert in Mesoamerican archeology. We reached him in Mexico City.
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This weekend, one of Canada's smallest villages joined a list that includes The Lost City of the Incas and the Egyptian Pyramids -- by becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Friday on As It Happens, we spoke with Cindy Gibbons of Red Bay, Labrador. For years she's been part of an effort to get UNESCO to designate the town a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its significance as a Basque whaling station in the sixteenth century.
On Saturday UNESCO did just that.
Red Bay Mayor Wanita Stone was in Cambodia where UNESCO was meeting. For the record, here's part of what she said as she thanked the delegates:
Shortly after UNESCO added Red Bay to its list of World Heritage Sites, Mayor Stone and Trudy Taylor Walsh -- also of Red Bay -- spoke with CBC Newfoundand and Labrador's Weekend host, Angela Antle. Here's part of their conversation, for the record:
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Dateline: Paris, France. The month of June is an enormous hurdle for a high school student. On the other side of that hurdle are two months of freedom: cruising down the main street to the malt shop, hula-hooping, lawn-bowling -- all the stuff today's kids enjoy. But before you leap that hurdle, you've got the crushing stress of...exams.
Well, one nineteen-year-old student in Paris recently attempted to side-step that hurdle altogether. Rather than show up for her English Baccalauréat Exam, she sent her fifty-two-year-old mother in her place.
The mother, apparently, put on some jeans, laced up some Converse sneakers, and put on a fair amount -- or an unfair amount -- of make-up.
And for a while there, everything seemed to be going according to plan. She made it two-thirds of the way through the allotted time, before she got a tap on the shoulder. Turned out the invigilator had been on to her the entire time, but let her continue writing. She was walked out of the hall, and met by a plainclothes officer ready to escort her to the local police station.
It may have been immediately evident that the fifty-two-year-old mother wasn't nineteen. But it's not immediately evident what the penalty is for pretending to be thirty-three years younger than you are in an exam. So the authorities are still working out exactly how to penalize the mother-daughter duo. They could be fined -- or the daughter could be prohibited from writing any exams for the next two years. Which doesn't sound like punishment, exactly.
To go back to that hurdle metaphor, what you had there was a failed leap of faith. And you have to give the mother and daughter some credit -- if not, you know, an actual credit.