Pt 2: Cold Case # 2 - For 13 years, Danielle and Justin Greavette have been consumed with a single question -- Who killed their father. Wayne Greavette died instantly on December 12th, 1996, when a booby-trapped flashlight filled with explosives and roofing nails blew up in his face. The police investigation did not produce any arrests.
Pt 3: The Faith Instinct - Richard Dawkins is known for two things -- his passionate defense of evolution, and his belief that God is a dangerous delusion. For him, those two beliefs are inextricably linked. And that is where Nicholas Wade comes in.
Today's guest host was Linden MacIntyre.
It's Friday, Dec. 11th.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia say that flipping a coin is not as random as people believe.
Currently, well I guess NATO is going to have to come up with a new strategy in Afghanistan.
This is The Current.
We started the segment with a clip from Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin. His testimony kicked off what's turned out to be a tough month for Defence Minister Peter MacKay. Within hours of that testimony, Mr. MacKay was facing pointed questions about allegations that he did know -- or should have -- known that Afghan prisoners were being abused by The Afghan Security Police in 2006 and 2007 after Canadian Forces handed them over.
The Defence Minister's first reaction was to question Richard Colvin's credibility.But that approach didn't last long and Peter MacKay moved on to a message track he's stuck to ever since. Peter MacKay has maintained that position for weeks but it was badly shaken on Wednesday when Canada's Chief of Defense Staff appeared at a hastily arranged news conference.
General Walter Natynczyk said he wanted to correct something he said the day before in front of a House of Commons Committee. He said: The individual who was beaten by the Afghan Police was in fact in Canadian custody. The opposition heard that and it seemed to mean that the General wasn't just correcting himself but he was also correcting the Minister. In fact there was proof that a detainee handed over by Canadian Forces had been abused in 2006. The opposition then accused Mr. MacKay of having misled Parliament, and called for his resignation.
For his thoughts on where the story goes from here, we were joined by Paul Koring. He's the Globe and Mail's Washington correspondent. He has been covering the Afghan detainee story since it began.
We aired a clip of Prime Minister Stephen Harper responding to questions in the House of Commons yesterday. And despite the ongoing calls for Defence Minister Peter MacKay's resignation, the government is defending its record. Laurie Hawn is the parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister MacKay and he was in Ottawa.
Cold Case # 2: Wayne Greavette
For 13 years, Danielle and Justin Greavette have been consumed with a single question -- Who killed their father. Wayne Greavette died instantly on December 12th, 1996 when a booby-trapped flashlight filled with explosives and roofing nails blew up in his face. The police investigation did not produce any arrests.
And now, Wayne Greavette's children -- as well as his wife, Diane -- are conducting their own investigation with the CBC's David Ridgen. This morning, we have the second in David's series of documentaries about Canadian Cold Cases. It is called The Bomb That Killed Wayne Greavette.
Please be warned, this documentary has some harsh language and content that may not be suitable for children.
You can tune in to The National on Sunday night to watch David's television documentary about this case. And you can go to cbc.ca/news/coldcases for more on this crime and others in the series. There is also an anonymous tip line and information about the 75,000 dollar reward in the case.
Richard Dawkins is known for two things -- his passionate defense of evolution, and his belief that God is a dangerous delusion. For him, those two beliefs are inextricably linked. And that is where Nicholas Wade comes in.
Nicholas Wade is a science reporter for The New York Times and the author of the new book, The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures. In it, Wade argues that religion and evolution are indeed inextricably linked but in a very different way. He says that faith presents evolutionary advantages and as a result, we are genetically predisposed to embrace religion. Nicholas Wade was in our New York studio.
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Last Word - Anne of Beef Gables
Beef producers on Prince Edward Island have come up with an interesting marketing idea. They want to use Japan's fixation with Anne of Green Gables as a way of marketing high-end beef to Japanese women. And that got us wondering what exactly that ad campaign would sound like.
* Thanks to Nora Young, the host of CBC Radio's Spark, for helping us realize that little daydream.