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Monday: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on the Environmental Lakes Area, Syria: Clare Short, Canadian Navy Accident

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Part One:
*Experimental Lakes Area: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne agrees to keep the fresh water research facility going until March.
*Syria: Clare Short: She quit her job as a minister in Tony Blair's cabinet to protest the decision to invade Iraq. Now Clare Short is speaking out against military intervention in Syria.

Part Two:
*Canadian Navy accident: Commodore Bob Auchterlonie describes the damage after HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur go bump in the Pacific en route from Esquimalt to Hawaii.

Part Three:
*Fukushima far worse: After Japan warns that radiation levels at the Fukushima plant are eighteen times higher than previously reported, industry critic Mycle Schneider says the reactor may be in worse shape than anyone is willing to admit.  
Show:AS_IT_HAPPENS
Date:2013/09/02
Time:17:30:01

PART ONE


MONDAY BILLS Duration: 00:01:41

Tonight:

Better lake than never. After months of negotiations, Ontario's premier explains how her government is going to keep the Experimental Lakes Area operating -- at least for now.

Intervening against an intervention. Former British cabinet minister Clare Short argues against air strikes in Syria - just as she argued -- and resigned -- over attacking Iraq.

When they said the market was on fire, it wasn't a good thing. A blaze destroys the historic main building housing the farmers' market in St. Jacobs, Ontario.

You nearly sunk my battleship! A Canadian Navy destroyer and supply ship collide in the Pacific Ocean, leaving both damaged -- and the skippers embarrassed.

Treated with kid baseball gloves. Toronto police are amused by the frustrations of a Blue Jays fan who ran onto the field during a game the losing team was expected to lose... again.

And, thematically speaking, it's always been in tune with the world. Tonight, we'll recall conversations from a burlesque dancer to Pickles the Dog -- all in honour of the Moe Koffman music that's opened As It Happens for more than four decades.

As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that promises music to stir the curried soul.


EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA: KATHLEEN WYNNE Duration: 00:07:21

The problems are far from over. But today, world-renowned research being done at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario was given an another lease.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province had reached an interim deal that would keep the freshwater research station operating - but only until next March.

The 40-year-old facility had been run by Ottawa. But its future was cast in doubt last year when the federal government decided the environmental research no longer fit its mandate, and cut the funding.

We reached Premier Wynne on the road to the airport in Kenora, Ontario, after making the announcement today.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK THEME Duration: 00:00:20
Album:CAT POWER: JUKE BOX
Label:MATADOR, OLE 754-2
Persons/Roles:
FRED EBB - WRITER
JOHN KANDER - COMPOSER
CAT POWER - ENS IN-V

SYRIA: CLARE SHORT Duration: 00:07:21

The debate over military intervention in Syria continues to dominate headlines today.

President Obama is now lobbying for support for military action. This comes after his decision to let the US congress decide whether the US should conduct air strikes in the war-torn country.

Today, the Syrian government called on the UN to halt -quote "any aggression" - by the US.

For many, the intervention debate is reminiscent of the road to war in Iraq, back in 2003. At the time of that conflict, Clare Short was a cabinet minister in the UK government. But resigned her post in protest soon after the UK-backed American intervention in Iraq began. Now she is speaking out against any military action in Syria. We reached Clare Short at her office in London, England.


WISHING WELL Duration: 00:00:19
Album:AL-JADIDA/ RABIH ABOU-KHALIL
Label:ENJA, 60902
Persons/Roles:
RABIH ABOU-KHALIL - COMPOSER
RABIH ABOU-KHALIL - COMPOSER
RABIH ABOU-KHALIL - PRODUCER
RABIH ABOU-KHALIL - SAXOPHONE
SONNY FORTUNE - SAXOPHONE
GLEN MOORE - BASS

ST JACOBS FIRE Duration: 00:06:44

A fire has devastated one of Canada's oldest farmers' markets. The St. Jacobs Farmers Market, near Waterloo, Ontario, has been around for decades.

The fire started in the main building early this morning, and by daybreak the historic structure was leveled.

Donna Reist is a co-owner of Hilltop Acres Poultry Products. Her family has been part of the St. Jacobs market for the past 40 years. We reached her at her home in Bloomingdale, Ontario.


BITTERSWEAT Duration: 00:00:20
Album:WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA/FEMME FATALE
Label:ETAGE
Persons/Roles:
MARCUS FUREDER - COMPOSER
S GHITTONI - COMPOSER
C MALFATTI - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER - COMPOSER
WOLF MYER ORCHESTRA - JAZZ GROUP

SOUND OF THE DAY: JOURNALIST CALLS NSA Duration: 00:03:42

Now here's something they don't hear every day.

As you likely know, The United States National Security Agency -- or N-S-A -- has been taking a lot of heat lately, for the scope of its surveillance and data collection programs. Of particular concern is the PRISM program -- first leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden -- which reportedly used major internet service providers like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook to collect information on citizens.

Well, one Dutch journalist wanted to know how much the NSA knew about his online presence. And he decided the best way to find out was to simply call up the agency's headquarters.

Here's some of the conversation he had with the NSA -- our Sound of the Day.


PART TWO


CANADIAN NAVY ACCIDENT Duration: 00:07:07

Two key vessels in the Canadian Navy's Pacific Fleet have been knocked out commission - by each other.

On Friday, the fleet's only destroyer collided at sea with the fleet's only re-fueling ship.

Both HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur sailed back to base for repairs...but there's no word on how long those repairs will take.

Commodore Bob Auchterlonie is Commander of the Pacific Fleet. We reached him in Esquimalt, British Columbia.


ROMANCE TO THE GRAVE Duration: 00:00:37
Album:FORGIVENESS ROCK RECORD/BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
Label:ARTS & CRAFTS, A&C054
Persons/Roles:
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - COMPOSER
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - POP GROUP
BRENDAN CANNING - PIANO
KEVIN DREW - VOCALS
SAM GOLDBERG - SYNTHESIZER
LISA LOBSINGER - VOCALS
JOHN MCENTIRE - SYNTHESIZER
PAUL VON MERTENS - FLUTE
JUSTIN PEROFF - DRUMS
SAM PREKOP - VOCALS
CHARLES SPEARIN - GUITAR
ANDREW WHITEMAN - GUITAR

AS IT HAPPENS THEME PROJECT Duration: 00:13:20

Forty-five years ago this fall, a radio show called As It Happens debuted. Which might mean we're due for a mid-life crisis. I'll let you know if we go shopping for a convertible, or hair plugs.

If you're a longtime listener, you know that the show hasn't always sounded like it does now. For example, back in the early days, here's how we used to kick things off. And then we updated our music -- from the sound of robots vacuuming to the sound of a robot on a trampoline next to a band of human beings: But, like many things created in the heady days of the late 60s, the sound of the future became the sound of the past. And in 1972, a musician named Moe Koffman saved us from having to listen to that over and over again each weeknight for four-and-a-half decades.

In its place, of course, he gave us this.Before long, those opening bars of Moe's song, "Curried Soul," became an instantly-recognizable part of our show. Regular listeners cannot think our As It Happens and not think of that "da-dah-da-da-dah-da-dah-dah."

We love our theme -- and that's why we're celebrating it tonight. And we're not the only ones who are deeply attached to it. Every couple of days we get fan mail raving about it. They want to know where they can get a copy. They beg us to never, ever change it.But taste is subjective. Not everyone likes the various music flavours of "Curried Soul".

For instance, a few years back, a listener named Rusty Darbonne from Los Angeles wrote us this email:

"You have the worst -- and I mean the worst -- theme music of any program that has ever been broadcast on any medium, at any time, in the history of any intelligent civilization in any dimension, galaxy, or country."

I'm assuming here that Rusty has never watched an episode of "Three's Company." But in any case, he then added, "P.S. I mean, really! It's awful."

Or take, for example, Jaypetee Akeeagok. He's a narwhal hunter from Grise Fiord, Nunavut. And when Carol was interviewing him in February about the expansion of the hunt, he also proved to be a harsh music critic. Depressing?!? Ouch. But it got worse.

Mr. Akeeagok's remarks prompted Eric St-Laurent in Toronto to email us saying, "Like the guy said: the music theme is horrible -- in fact, it's totally depressing. In fact, it is as bad as Carol's interviews are great."And Katharine in Brennan's Hill, Quebec chimed in to say: "Think of him all the way up there in the far North listening to your show. The least you could do for him would be to change your theme music."Obviously, not everyone feels that way about our theme. Actually, it makes some people feel so good they want to take off their clothes. That's right: back in 2002, a burlesque dancer named Sasha Van Bon Bon performed in Toronto to "Curried Soul."

Here's Ms. Van Bon Bon speaking to former host Mary Lou Finlay about the musical selection.Now to most of you the As It Happens theme is a familiar sound. But to some of you it sounds eerily familiar.Over the years, some of you have written in to say that "Curried Soul" reminds you of this:That would be, of course, "Satisfaction," by the Rolling Stones.

It also makes some people think of this:Wilson Pickett back in 1967 singing "Mojo Mama."Now I ask you, "Do those tunes sound anything at all like this?"That was a rhetorical question.

Well, "Curried Soul" is a playful song. And that's inspired some of you to play around with it.

In February, after we told you about the narwhal hunter's theme-induced depression, we got this suggestion on Talkback:So we took up Mr. Rice's challenge. And this is what the backward, reverbed, double-speed theme sounded like:But perhaps the best twist on "Curried Soul" we've heard is when it was served up with some Pickles on the side.

Pickles is a poodle. And in 2005, her handlers got in touch with us to tell us about the daily duet she performed along with our theme. Here's former host Mary Lou Finlay speaking with Pickles' owner, Nancy LoPresti.Now, don't howl. But, to mark our 45th anniversary, we're making some changes to the As It Happens opening theme. It'll still be Moe Koffman's "Curried Soul." But it'll sound a bit different. I hope you'll like it. And I hope it'll perk up our narwhal hunter. Tune in tomorrow night, when all will be revealed.


SATISFACTION Duration: 00:00:07
Album:ROLLING STONES: FLASH POINT
Label:ROLLING STONES
Persons/Roles:
MICK JAGGER - COMPOSER
MICK JAGGER - WRITER
KEITH RICHARDS - COMPOSER
KEITH RICHARDS - WRITER
THE ROLLING STONES - ENS IN-V

TWENTY-FIVE MILES Duration: 00:00:18
Album:BEST OF MOTOWN 1960S VOLUME 2/WEINGER, HARRY
Label:MOTOWN, 4400161602
Persons/Roles:
JOHNNY BRISTOL - COMPOSER
HARVEY FUQUA - COMPOSER
EDWIN STARR - COMPOSER
EDWIN STARR - VOCALS
HARRY WEINGER - COMPILER
HARRY WEINGER - PRODUCER

MOJO MAMA Duration: 00:00:18
Album:THE SOUND OF WILSON PICKETT/WILSON PICKETT
Label:RHINO ATLANTIC
Persons/Roles:
WEXLER BERNS - COMPOSER
WILSON PICKETT - VOCALS

BEAT IT Duration: 00:00:42
Album:DON'T BRING ME DOWN/HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND
Label:CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
MICHAEL JACKSON - COMPOSER
CHRIS BUTCHER - ARRANGER
CHRIS BUTCHER - TROMBONE
JONATHAN CHALLONER - TRUMPET
HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND - JAZZ GROUP
HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND - PRODUCER
PAUL METCALFE - SAXOPHONE
ROB TEEHAN - SOUSAPHONE
LOWELL WHITTY - DRUMS

PART THREE


TALKBACK: TERRACE SOUND Duration: 00:02:39

That freaky bit of audio was recorded by a woman in Terrace, BC on Thursday. As we heard on Friday's show, no one knows who or what might be making that sound. It's got folks in Terrace talking though. After all, this isn't the first time the noises have been heard. Listen to this call to our Talkback line.Thanks for the call, Trudy. But you haven't put my phonic fears to rest.

Wasn't War of the Worlds the one where the sound announces the arrival of three-legged aliens who have come to suck up human life like so many space slurpies?

Keep us posted, Terrace. And good luck.


STORIES SHE TOLD Duration: 00:00:14
Album:O2: SOLO FIDDLE/SCHROER, OLIVER
Label:BIG DOG, BD9901CD
Persons/Roles:
OLIVER SCHROER - COMPOSER
OLIVER SCHROER - FIDDLE

CLIP: FROST NIXON/CLIP: FROST ON NIXON INTERVIEW Duration: 00:01:41

That, of course, is Richard Nixon speaking to journalist David Frost in 1977.

As you heard on the news, Mr. Frost died suddenly on the weekend. He was 74.

Mr. Frost's interview with Mr. Nixon was his most famous. It spanned hours over which Mr. Frost hammered away at the disgraced ex-presdient.

Here is Mr. Frost speaking to The Daily Beast in 2008, when the Frost/Nixon movie was released, about his method of breaking Nixon down.


DAVID FROST OBIT Duration: 00:06:58

John Prescott knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of Mr. Frost's questions. He was Britain's deputy prime minister under Tony Blair. He's now a member of the House of Lords. We reached him in London.


LOVE AND HARD TIMES Duration: 00:00:15
Album:SO BEAUTIFUL OR SO WHAT/SIMON, PAUL
Label:HEAR MUSIC, HRM3281402
Persons/Roles:
PAUL SIMON - COMPOSER
PHIL RAMONE - PRODUCER
PAUL SIMON - PRODUCER
PAUL SIMON - VOCALS

FUKUSHIMA FAR WORSE Duration: 00:08:35

It's worse than they thought.

Today, the Japanese government said radiation levels from the Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than first reported. This comes hot on the heels of last month's announcement that 300 tonnes of radioactive water from the crippled nuclear facility is seeping into the Pacific Ocean every day.

Well, that scenario might paint a bad enough picture already. But nuclear industry consultant, Mycle Schneider, says the reality of the situation in Fukushima is actually much worse.

Mycle Schneider is the coordinator and lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. And he has visited Fukushima many times since the 2011 disaster. We reached him today via Skype on vacation near Rockingham, Ontario.


FOR AGENT 13 Duration: 00:00:15
Album:BESNARD LAKES ARE THE DARK HORSE
Label:OUTSIDE, 233990272
Persons/Roles:
OLGA GOREAS - CREATOR
JACE LASEK - CREATOR
THE BESNARD LAKES - ENS IN-V

CRAZY JAYS FAN Duration: 00:06:34

It's something that fans at professional sports games see perhaps too often -- a person who manages to elude stadium security and run onto the field of play, interrupting the game as guards make chase.

But whatever it was that caused an otherwise upstanding citizen named Joe Kelly to do just that at a Blue Jays game this past May, it came as a relief to many. And that apparently even included the burly men who tackled him near third base.

The accompanying Toronto Police arrest report can only be described as sympathetic:

"In what can only be described as an attempt to inject some kind of spark in our listless Jays, [the accused] ran onto the field 'interrupting' the game, giving Jays fans a brief respite from their season-long agony."

We reached Joe Kelly in Toronto. On a sailboat.


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