Episode 126: Manhunt in Boston, Sandy Hook Families' Marathon, Shaking Up Canadian Music and more


** Boston on Lockdown ** Newtown Mother on Running Marathon ** Why Conspiracy Theories Prevail ** Enhanced Interrogation was Torture ** Blogger Shakes Up Music Establishment **

Boston cops_publish.jpgPolice in Boston didn't reveal images of the suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon attacks until late on Thursday afternoon. By dawn the next day, one of them was dead.

As Friday unfolded, an entire American city was on alert, streets deserted, traffic non-existent. The surviving suspect, 19-year-old  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was at large and the target of one of the most massive police manhunts ever.

Shortly after sundown on Friday night, police apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from a suburban backyard and took him into custody.

The Tsarnaev brothers were ethnic Chechens who entered the U.S. about a decade ago. Older brother Tamerlan described himself as very religious and isolated. Dzhokhar was defined as a normal kid.

The drama ended in Watertown where Jonathan Peck lives and where on Thursday night the shoot-out happened that killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Jonathan heard the gunshots and explosions after midnight. We spoke to him on Friday when police activity and presence in his neighbourhood was still high and he and his neighbours were still being told to stay inside.

Boston_med_publish.jpgSandy Hook to Boston

Laura Nowacki is a pediatrician from Newtown Connecticut with four kids. Her daughter is a student at Sandy Hook and on December 14th when the school was attacked by a gunman, Laura along with other parents raced to the crime scene to be with their kids. Her daughter was safe, but Laura stayed to attend to any wounded.

Four months later, Laura's entire family was in Boston on Monday. Her kids wanted to surprise her as she crossed the finish line at the Boston marathon. She was running for Newtown along with others to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. It was her way of pushing back against the violence that shattered their community.

Laura joins us to talk about what happened next and how she moves her family forward.

conspiracy_publish.jpgFilling in the Blanks

There was not only a lack of information about this week's events, there was also plenty of misinformation making the rounds- errors in the media, conspiracy theories, suppositions, speculation and conjecture.

None of it was evidence. But Michael Schermer, science writer and the author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, says there are reasons why we believe things when we have no evidence, and those belief systems are often hard-wired into us for good reasons.

Michael explains why conspiracy and other theories have such a strong grip on the things we choose to believe.

asa_publish.jpgNo Euphemism

"U.S. forces, in many instances, used interrogation techniques on detainees that constitute torture".

They're calling it torture. That's one of the conclusions of The Constitution Project, a nonpartisan, independent review of the interrogation and detention programs U.S. intelligence and military used after 9/11. It's not a definitive end to the debate on the use of those practices, and the parties who defended them, but the pedigree of the task force is impressive.

Asa Hutchinson is a conservative Republican, a former member of congress, chair of the NRA-funded National School Shield Task Force and co-chair of The Constitution Project. He backs the report's finding on torture, but dissents on the closing of Guantanamo Bay. He talks to us from Arkansas.

Factor_publish.jpgWho Gets the Money?

Blogger, musician and music entrepreneur Paul Lawton took some shots at the Canadian music industry and stirred up a lot of passion.

Paul was aiming at the main funding body for music, FACTOR which hands out millions every year to help artists produce music, fund a tour, make a video or market their stuff.

Paul thinks FACTOR money ends up in too few pockets, that some people are getting too much of it and there's too many people on FACTOR's board who have an interest in the process.

Lots of people have pushed back at Paul's blog, including musician and song-writer Dan Mangan.

Paul tells us what he thinks is wrong with Canadian music and then Duncan McKie of FACTOR explains how FACTOR operates.

That's it for Day 6 for this week, sharing  your Saturday breakfast since 2011. See you in seven.  

Brent Bambury, @CBCDay6

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