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Tuesday: Rob Ford crack admission, Senate vote, Gandhi spinning wheel, Giller gala, and more...

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Schadenford? Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits he smoked crack cocaine, then tearfully apologizes -- but refuses to step down.

An unsettling vote about unseating. The Senate decides whether to suspend Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, and Patrick Brazeau.

A little more cash to catch the cheaters. Canada's anti-doping agency gets more funding to enhance its drug-testing program.

It was the wheel that put India's change in motion. And now it's been auctioned off. Mahatma Ghandhi's famous prison spinning wheel is sold at auction.

A book, a bank, and a chunk of money. You'll hear part of my conversation last night with all five of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists.

Maybe the evidence was in the scarcophagus. New research shows King Tut died after being hit by a chariot wheel, likely in battle.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that wonders whether an un-Pharoah advantage might have saved him.


Show:AS_IT_HAPPENS
Date:2013/11/05
Time:17:30:01

PART ONE


FOR THE RECORD: ROB FORD - MORNING Duration: 00:00:58

It's been a strange day for Torontonians -- and others around the world who have taken an interest in the city's mayor, Rob Ford. This morning, Mr. Ford emerged from the elevators across from his office and held court with reporters. This is some of what he had to say.


FOR THE RECORD: ROB FORD - AFTERNOON Duration: 00:03:25

And after his stunning admission, questions about his future filled Toronto's city hall.

A few hours later, the mayor held another news conference.


FORD: CRACK ADMISSION Duration: 00:07:08

Many of Toronto's municipal councillors are calling for the mayor to resign, or step aside to get some help.

Not Frank Di Giorgio, however. He's a councillor and a member of Rob Ford's executive committee.

We reached him in Toronto.


AIR RAID Duration: 00:00:17
Album:ACOUSTIC EP/JUDGEMENT DAY
Label:DEMO
Persons/Roles:
JUDGEMENT DAY - COMPOSER
JUDGEMENT DAY - STRING TRIO

SENATE: DALLAIRE Duration: 00:06:59

Rob Ford wasn't the only politician with his job on the line today.

The Senate voted this evening to suspend Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau.

The unprecedented vote was deeply entangled with the Prime Minister's own Senate problems. The RCMP are investigating a scheme involving Stephen Harper's then-Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, to trick Canadians into thinking that Senator Duffy had paid off his dubious claims. Now, all three senators have been suspended after the government motion passed.

Roméo Dallaire hasn't been shy about sharing his concerns over the government motion. We've reached the retired General and Liberal Seantor on Parliament Hill.


I'M WITH YOU BUT I'M LONELY Duration: 00:00:29
Album:LUCKY SHINER/GOLD PANDA
Label:GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL, GI-123
Persons/Roles:
GOLD PANDA - COMPOSER
GOLD PANDA - INSTRUMENTAL
GOLD PANDA - PRODUCER

TUTANKHAMUN DEATH THEORY Duration: 00:07:11

British Egyptologists claim to have solved the mystery of King Tut's death.

Pharoah Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922. And ever since, historians have debated how the nineteen-year-old king died.

Well, now researchers believe twenty-first century technology has provided the answers.

Chris Naunton is the director of the independent research group the Egypt Exploration Society. And he was lead Egyptologist on the research into King Tut's death. We reached Mr. Naunton at his office in London, England.


PART TWO


CURRIED SOUL 2.0 Duration: 00:00:51
Album:CURRIED SOUL 2.0 (SINGLE)/SOCALLED
Label:CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
MOE KOFFMAN - COMPOSER
MOE KOFFMAN - SAMPLED PERFORMER
SOCALLED - INSTRUMENTALS
SOCALLED - REMIXER

ANTI-DOPING FUNDING: BECKIE SCOTT Duration: 00:07:02

The Sochi Olympics are only a few months away. And today Canada announced new initiatives to deal the uglier side of the Olympics - doping.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport - or CCES - has received almost a million dollars from the federal government and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees. Today the CCES announced they would be increasing intelligence gathering on doping. New measures will include an anonymous hotline for athletes to report drug taking.

Canadian skier Beckie Scott won gold for cross country skiing in the 2002 Salt Lake City games. But only after the original first-and second-placed athletes were disqualified for using banned substances.

Beckie Scott is now a board member of WADA - the World Anti-Doping Agency. We reached her on her mobile phone in Calgary.


SAVE YOUR NECK, SAVE YOUR BROTHER Duration: 00:00:24
Album:THE ELECTRICITY IN YOUR HOUSE WANTS TO SING/I AM ROBOT AND PROUD
Label:DARLA
Persons/Roles:
I AM ROBOT AND PROUD - COMPOSER
I AM ROBOT AND PROUD - DJ PRODUCER

TAPE: REDFORD/CLARK Duration: 00:03:00

Over the past year, pipelines have made their relationship more adversarial than amicable. But today, the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia came to an agreement on the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford was in Vancouver with her B-C counterpart Christy Clark today. And after earlier cancelling a joint news conference, the two leaders emerged with smiles on their faces, saying that they've agreed to each other's energy strategies. That could pave the way for further oil pipeline development in B-C.

Here are some of the details of that announcement from the Premiers. The first voice is that of B-C Premier Christy Clark.


FRICTION Duration: 00:00:26
Album:VESPERS/REDHOOKER
Label:SOFT LANDING, SLR002
Persons/Roles:
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - COMPOSER
MARLAN BARRY - PRODUCER
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - ELECTRIC GUITAR
STEPHEN GRIESGRABER - PRODUCER
PETER HESS - BASS CLARINET
MAXIM MOSTON - VIOLIN
REDHOOKER - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
ANDIE SPRINGER - VIOLIN

GANDHI SPINNING WHEEL Duration: 00:06:44

It was a symbol so important in India's struggle for independence that it now adorns the centre of the country's flag.

Today, Mahatma Gandhi's simple spinning wheel went up for auction. During the time he was imprisoned by the British, Gandhi sat at his spinning wheel every day and described the act as meditation.

Mullock's Auctioneers offered that spinning wheel and several other Gandhi-related items at the auction. The bidding has closed, and we've reached one of their experts, Richard Westwood-Brookes, near Ludlow, England.


WATER GIRL Duration: 00:00:29
Album:ALL-EARS REVIEW, VOL. 1
Label:ROM, ROM 21001
Persons/Roles:
ZAKIR HUSSAIN - COMPOSER
HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA - FLUTE
JAN GARBAREK - SAXOPHONE
ZAKIR HUSSAIN - TABLA
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN - GUITAR

SCRIPT: ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS ROBOT Duration: 00:02:04

It was with a kind of resignation that, back in 1997, many chess aficionados received the news:

A computer called Deep Blue had bested chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. Then, just two years ago, another computer, Watson, took down the World's top two human Jeopardy champions. And now, friends, the motherboards have struck again.

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have created a robot that is unbeatable at Rock, Paper, Scissors -- or Janken, as it's called in Japanese. I'll let that sink in a second: a robot that's unbeatable at Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Analyzing its opponent's hand movements, the machine unfailingly predicts what form that hand is taking. Then, within microseconds, it shoots out its winning move.

Well, you can begrudge the new robot for sucking all the fun from the game. But I for one, bow solemnly to the new robot Janken master. And, I'd like to remind it that, as a trusted radio personality, I can be helpful in rounding up other humans to do its every bidding.

Which is why we turned to Twitter for your musical suggestions to honour Robot Janken Master's supremacy.

Johanna Preston suggested "Wondering Where the Cylons Are?" Which is a great idea, except it's not a real song. It's a play on Bruce Cockburn's "Wondering Where the Lions Are".

Lori M Olson suggests the Arrogant Worms "Killer Robots From Venus" -- a real song, but a satirical one. I hope Robot Janken Master has a sense of humour.

Many of you suggested Dan Mangan's 'Robots' -- which is indeed a fine song, one we recently played on the show to accompany another story about robots taking over the world.

George S. Blott voted for Neil Young's "Transformer Man", and Ashley Comeau tapped "Robot Heart" by Hawksley Workman. Great suggestions, but we've also played those two artists recently on the show.

So I think we'll go with the suggestion by Val C @folkoasis. Here's Hannah Georgas, with "Robotic".


ROBOTIC (RADIO EDIT) Duration: 00:02:40
Album:ROBOTIC (RADIO EDIT)(SINGLE)/GEORGAS, HANNAH
Label:CANVAS MEDIA
Persons/Roles:
HANNAH GEORGAS - COMPOSER
HANNAH GEORGAS - VOCALS

PART THREE


TAPE: GILLER GALA Duration: 00:25:31

It's Giller time.

Five authors, five books. And tonight one of them will be awarded this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Last night at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Carol hosted a panel discussion with the finalists, a group comprised of Dennis Bock for his novel Going Home Again, Lynn Coady for her short story collection entitled Hellgoing, Craig Davidson for his novel Cataract City, Lisa Moore for her book Caught and Dan Vyleta for The Crooked Maid.

As we await news of the winner, here is part of Carol's conversation with the Giller Prize finalists.


LION'S TEETH Duration: 00:00:16
Album:SINGER MUST DIE/PAGE, STEVEN
Label:PHEROMONE, PHER CD 1013
Persons/Roles:
JOHN DARNIELLE - COMPOSER
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
ANDREW BURASHKO - PIANO
ROBERT CARLI - CLARINET
ROBERT CARLI - SAXOPHONE
JONATHAN GOLDSMITH - PRODUCER
MARGARET JORDAN-GAY - CELLO
ELISSA LEE - VIOLIN
JIM MCGRATH - ARRANGER
STEVEN PAGE - VOCALS
JOSEPH PHILLIPS - DOUBLE BASS
ROB PILTCH - GUITAR

TALKBACK: ONTARIO BARBER Duration: 00:00:43

On last night's show, we spoke with barber Frank Olsynko.

For forty-five years, he's been cutting men's hair and shaving beards at his barber shop in Stittsville, Ontario. But last night he told us that because of Ontario legislation that is now being enforced, he could be fined two-hundred-and-ninety-five dollars, unless he goes to school to be certified to style women's hair.

Well, that really ruffled Talkback's hair.


EMAIL Duration: 00:01:23

We also got an email from Cindy who said:

"I was sure that I was listening to and episode of "This is That". With so many more important things that the government of Ontario should be dealing with, this seems totally ridiculous. As well, I don't know how many women would go to their neighbourhood barber, for a cut and colour."

We got lots of comments on our webpage and on Facebook as well.

Elisabeth Baker commented: "If he were in my town, I'd give thought to raising the funds or paying his fine myself -- particularly if I had a family member who used his services."

And Peter Dunn wrote that the barber should just say "Show me a woman who wants an old-time barber to style her hair for fifteen dollars, and I'll show you two-hundred and ninety-five dollars

And Mary-Sue Haliburton said: "Unbelievable... how could they overlook the difference between barbers and hairdressers? Do hairdressers have to qualify to shave beards too?"

There's plenty more on Facebook and Twitter and on our webpage: cbc.ca/as it happens. And if you want to hear our interview with Frank Olsynko, you can find it there as well.

We love to hear what you have to say about what we have on the show. You can also e-mail us at aih@cbc.ca or call us at 1-866-481-5718.


HONEY HAIR, SUGAR LIPS, EYES OF BLUE Duration: 00:01:20
Album:BEST OF THE CREW CUTS: THE MERCURY YEARS/THE CREW-CUTS
Label:MERCURY, 314 532 731-2
Persons/Roles:
DICK RICHARDS - COMPOSER
BOB FURMANEK - PRODUCER
RON FURMANEK - PRODUCER
THE CREW-CUTS - POP GROUP

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