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Pt 2: Modern Exorcism - We started this segment with a clip from the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist. If you have any frame of reference for what an exorcism looks and sounds like, it probably comes from that movie. Just a few years after it came out, a real-life exorcism made headlines. It involved a young German woman named Anneliese Michel who was convinced that she had been possessed by the devil. Her parents and two local priests were convinced too. So she underwent 67 exorcisms, many of which the priests recorded.
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Pt 3: Vandana Shiva - The word "miracle" is often used to describe India's economy. Before the global economic crisis took hold, it was growing at a rate of 8 per cent a year. And even now, India is awash in foreign investment. But not everyone is benefitting from the boom.
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Today's guest host was Nancy Wilson.
It's Friday, April 10th.
Billy Bob Thorton's awkwardly belligerent appearance on CBC Radio's "Q" is front-page news all over the world, giving the CBC an unprecedented global profile.
Currently, Heritage Minister James Moore even sent us this personal message of congratulations.
[Billy Bob Thorton Clip: "It's like mashed potatoes without the gravy, you know what I'm saying?]
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Bunnies - University of Victoria
It's spring. And across the University of Victoria's campus, the bunnies ... well, they're breeding like rabbits. In fact, the campus is pretty much over-run by feral rabbits to the point that it's become a serious problem.
We sent freelance journalist Sterling Eyford out to the campus for a look around.
Well, it's up to Neil Connelly to come up with a plan to deal with them. He's the Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability at the University of Victoria and he was in our Victoria studio.
As we mentioned earlier, there is a Victoria veterinarian who thinks mass vasectomies for male bunnies might be a good solution. His name is Nick Shaw. He's hoping to test that theory starting next week. And he was at the Shaw Pet Equine Hospital in Central Saanich, just east of Victoria.
And if the vasectomies don't work ... well, there's always Wallace and Gromit's humane solution -- to mess with the minds of those bunnies as the famed animated duo did in the feature film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. We aired a clip.
We started this segment with a clip from the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist. If you have any frame of reference for what an exorcism looks and sounds like, it probably comes from that movie. Just a few years after it came out, a real-life exorcism made headlines. It involved a young German woman named Anneliese Michel who was convinced that she had been possessed by the devil. Her parents and two local priests were convinced too. So she underwent 67 exorcisms, many of which the priests recorded.
Anneliese Michel died from malnutrition brought on by nearly a year of partial starvation during the rights of exorcism. Both her parents and the two priests were convicted of manslaughter for failing to get her medical help. At the trial doctors testified that she was mentally ill and not possessed.
It was a rare and devastating case. But it cast a shadow on the Catholic Church's practice of performing exorcisms even though many in the church insist that those examples are in no way representative of what they see as an important religious practice.
Today the Catholic Church stands by exorcism as a cure for demonic possession. And in the last couple of years, the Vatican has begun offering a new course that trains priests on how to perform a proper exorcism. It's called "Exorcism and Prayer Liberation." Journalist Matt Baglio chronicled one priest's journey through the course. His new book is called The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist and he was in Rome.
Modern Exorcisms: Factboard
Exorcisms aren't particular to Catholicism. Many of the world's major religions perform exorcisms including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.
In Judaism an evil spirit that enters a person is called a dybbuk. The spirit is believed to cause mental illness and personality disorders. It is believed that the dybbuk can only be expelled through that person's little toe.
In Hinduism exorcisms are common practice. Some of the exorcism rites include blowing cow-dung smoke, pressing salt between the victims fingers and beating and pulling the victims hair.
In Islam evil spirits that possess someone are called Jinns. They are exorcized through the recitation of specific passages of the Koran.
The word "miracle" is often used to describe India's economy. Before the global economic crisis took hold, it was growing at a rate of 8 per cent a year. And even now, India is awash in foreign investment. But not everyone is benefitting from the boom.
According to the World Food Programme, a quarter of all the malnourished people in the world live in India. And India's farmers are among the country's poorest. We aired a clip of some farmers in Hyderabad, protesting against India's land and social policies.Bogged down in debt, required to purchase seeds, fertilizers and pesticides ... some farmers came to see suicide as the only way out.
Vandana Shiva is trying to do something about the situation. She was trained in quantum physics. But she has spent most of her adult life campaigning alongside poor farmers for better economic conditions, environmental protection and women's rights. She's also the founder of Navdanya -- a movement that promotes ecological diversity and the use of native seeds. Vandana Shiva was in New Delhi.
Vandana Shiva is an environmental activist, physicist and writer in New Delhi. And she'll be in Toronto next week speaking at the Total Health Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday, April 17th.
Last Word - Bunnies and Exorcists
Earlier in the program, we heard about the rampant rabbits that are threatening to take over the University of Victoria's Campus. And we also heard about a course that The Vatican offers to Catholic Priests about how to perform a proper exorcism.
So in the spirit of Easter, we ended the program today with a mashup ... cartoon bunnies performing The Exorcist ... the entire tale in 45 seconds, as satirized by Angry Alien Productions.