As the American government winds up the second day of the shutdown, a federal worker shares her concerns for the future, now that she's without a job and without pay.
Former federal cabinet minister turned big-bank big-wig Jim Prentice says new regulations governing foreign takeovers of Canadian companies are scaring off investors.
A Canadian soldier disabled in Afghanistan reflects on the Veterans' Charter -- and his feeling that he's been abandoned by the Harper government.
She's won four medals and set a world record -- but now, Paralympic champion swimmer Victoria Arlen has been told she can't compete, because she may not be disabled enough.
For her entry into a local art festival, a Michigan woman knits an entire dwelling out of wool, that's not only as sturdy as a thick knit-house, it is one.
A new study suggests that musicians seeking inspiration should put down their instruments, close their books, and start whistling, tapping, or humming their way through a tune.
The Stars and Stripped. As the American government winds up the second day of the shutdown, a federal worker shares her concerns for the future, now that she's without a job and without pay.
Canada's big red flag. Former federal cabinet minister turned big-bank big-wig Jim Prentice says new regulations governing foreign takeovers of Canadian companies are scaring off investors.
Unexpected resistance. A Canadian soldier disabled in Afghanistan reflects on the Veterans' Charter -- and his feeling that he's been abandoned by the Harper government.
A victim of her own success? She's won four medals and set a world record -- but now, Paralympic champion swimmer Victoria Arlen has been told she can't compete, because she may not be disabled enough.
We're not just spinning a yarn here. For her entry into a local art festival, a Michigan woman knits an entire dwelling out of wool, that's not only as sturdy as a thick knit-house, it is one.
And...when playing lip service pays off. A new study suggests that musicians seeking inspiration should put down their instruments, close their books, and start whistling, tapping, or humming their way through a tune.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that prefers to play things by ear.
It's a word that hundreds of thousands of U.S. government workers are hearing this week: "furloughed".
It means, simply: no work, and no pay.
And on Day Two of the shutdown, there's still no end in sight.
Lori Stanislaus is a human resources officer for the U.S. federal government.
We reached her in West Hempstead, New York.
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When it comes to foreign investors, Canada has a big "unwelcome" mat at the door.
At least that's the impression our government is presenting, according to Jim Prentice. Mr. Prentice was a senior cabinet minister with Stephen Harper's government and is now the Vice Chairman of CIBC. He spoke yesterday at the "Oil and Money" conference in London, England -- where he told the audience that new rules on foreign takeovers of Canadian firms -- rules that came into effect last December -- are scaring off investment.
We've reached Jim Prentice in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta -- about three hours south of Calgary.
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Gas sniffing has haunted the small Labrador community of Natuashish for years.
And this week, the community has been shocked by an image of a young man sprawled across the hood of a truck, a plastic bag in his hand.
The man in the photo is the nephew of Chief Simeon Tshakapesh. And it has prompted a trip by the chief to St. John's, to demand a meeting with the premier.
Yesterday, the chief spoke to CBC Reporter Curtis Rumboldt. This is for the record.
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He was caught in the crossfire. But he survived.
Last month, three-year-old Deonta Howard was shot in the face, when rival gangs fired at each other in Chicago's Cornell Square Park. Yesterday, a rally was held to protest gun violence in the city. And a recovering Deonta was in attendance. We've posted a video on our Facebook page of his appearance at the rally -- smiling, laughing and thanking the crowd for their support.
The best part is that it's mortgage-free.
Annie Belle is twenty-two and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This year she built her own house. It's small, open concept, neutral decor. And it's made entirely out of wool. Even more impressive - and you might want to sit down for this part knitters - she used her arms as the needles. Mind. Blown. It even has cable... knit.
The house is Annie Belle's entry into the ArtPrize festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We reached her at her house-slash-exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids.
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After their service, they're being done a disservice.
Yesterday on "As It Happens", we spoke to Veterans' Ombudsman Guy Parent. Mr. Parent had released a report that said the Harper government's "Veterans' Charter," first introduced in 2009, was letting some soldiers down. But he added that all soldiers had gained from it, in some way.
The benefits of the Veterans' Charter may be hard to see for Corporal Dan Boudreault, however, who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2007, in Kabul and Kandahar province respectively.
We reached Corporal Boudreault in Ottawa.
Corporal Boudreault's story is not new to Colonel Pat Stogran. Colonel Stogran, a former commander of Canadian and American forces in Afghanistan, was himself the federal Veterans' Ombudsman. He was replaced by Guy Parent in 2010 -- largely over his complaints about the Veterans' Charter. We reached Colonel Stogran in Ottawa.
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Cymbal crash, double cymbal crash, wailing guitar riff thingy, and then...kazoo solo -- no, wait, sustained power chord...and...OUT.
That's it. That's totally it.
Guys, I'm pretty sure I just wrote the most epic instrumental power ballad ever. I mean, I can't write it down because I don't know how to write music -- or read it, or play it. But it was sick. You just gotta trust me on this.
Or if you can't trust me, trust science: new research suggests that musicians come up with their most creative stuff when they're not actually playing music.
According to a team of researchers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and London's Royal College of Music, there's evidence that musicians are most inspired when thinking about music, without their instruments.
The real breakthrough moments -- what the researchers refer to as "creative episodes" -- occur most often when musicians hum to themselves, or tap out rhythms on a table, whistle, conduct themselves, or even engage in inspirational dance to the piece they're working through.
The study's authors say these non-performing moments may free up the musicians -- affording them more flexibility, spontaneity, and a willingness to take risks, than when they are committed to following a score, or relying on feedback from an instructor.
I probably could've told them that. I can play anything -- when I'm not actually playing anything, to the deafening applause of an imaginary audience.
Banjo solo -- sustained tuba blast -- cymbal crash, cymbal crash, cymbal crash -- and OUT.
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There's no dispute that Victoria Arlen is a world-class swimmer.
Despite paralyzed legs, the nineteen-year old brought home four medals and set a world record at the last Paralympic Games in London.
But it's precisely her ability that's landed her in trouble.
Since the summer, the International Paralympic Committee has refused to let her compete -- arguing she is not disabled enough to take part.
We reached Victoria Arlen in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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They were trained to tackle the worst, most out-of-control wild fires. But back in June, nineteen members of an elite Arizona firefighting crew died when they were overtaken by a wall of flames. And now, we are a bit closer to understanding how it happened.
Earlier this week, the Arizona State Forestry division released a report that revealed there was a communications blackout for more than half an hour just before the deaths. That blackout may have hampered efforts to help the firefighters.
But the report found no indication of negligence in the deaths.
A few days after the tragedy, "As It Happens" guest host Jim Brown spoke to Lou Beneitone. Mr. Beneitone is a retired phys-ed teacher in the town of Prescott, Arizona. He taught three of the men who died.
Here is part of that conversation, from our archives.
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This next interview is brought to you by the letters C, T, and W -- for Children's Television Workshop -- and by the number 4. Why? Because forty-four years ago, CTW -- now Sesame Workshop -- created Sesame Street.
The show -- and its ageless cast of Muppets -- just seem to get cooler with age. It's still an enormous cultural force: just this week Google Earth introduced a new interactive layer that lets you explore Sesame Street productions all over the world.
Last Tuesday marked what would have been Jim Henson's seventy-seventh birthday. So it's fitting that the Smithsonian Institution chose September 24th to celebrate the donation of twenty-one Muppets -- including Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Cookie Monster, and Bert and Ernie. They'll be part of the Jim Henson Collection at the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
And less high-minded institutions want in on the act too. Check out this recent segment from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- who, it's worth noting, wasn't even close to being born when the show began broadcasting.
Here's the Sesame Street gang, riffing on the classic theme song with Mr. Fallon and his late-night band, The Roots:
There's a lot more to the question of how to get to Sesame Street than we tend to think about -- or rather, how it got to us. And how does a show that kicked off in 1969 remain so timely and relevant today -- to the point that a presidential candidate in 2012 can unwittingly unleash a controversy by bringing up Big Bird?
Well, Michael Davis is a man who knows his Muppets. He's the author of "Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street". Carol first spoke with him back when Sesame Street turned the big Four-Oh. We thought that conversation deserved another listen. Here it is now.
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