The As It Happens Files: Radio That May Contain Nuts

By Mary Lou Finlay

Within the culture of Peter Gzowski’s The Morningside Papers comes a ebook that celebrates the good tales and personalities in the back of As It Happens.

For 8 years, Mary Lou Finlay had the excitement of being the co-host of 1 of CBC Radio’s so much enduring associations. On any given day she and Barbara Budd interviewed humans on matters various from the Air India research to a guy who invented a go well with that might face up to an assault from a grizzly endure to a cheese-rolling contest in Cheshire. The because it occurs Files supplies us the nice tales – the hilarious eccentrics, the viewers favourites, the poignant moments – that make up, for lots of Canadians the various fondest, such a lot shiny stories of the final decade.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Tom Norris, Vancouver, British Columbia Q: How do you get a thinker off your porch? A: Pay for the pizza. —Dave from Ottawa, Ontario René Descartes is sitting in a bar, and the bartender says, “Last name, René. you will have one other one? ” Descartes says, “I imagine not”—and disappears. —David Gearlock, Frankfurt, Kentucky Q: What do you get should you move a dyslexic agnostic with an insomniac? A: anyone who remains up all evening thinking about if there's a puppy. —Stewart Dudley, North Gower, Ontario Did you listen the only concerning the philosophy scholar who declined a call for participation to a brothel for you to research for his finals? He desired to positioned Descartes earlier than the whores. —Ian Bowater, l. a., California Did you listen concerning the pupil who left a be aware at the kitchen desk? “Gone to philosophy type; your dinner doesn’t exist. ” —Jill McCabe “If a tree falls within the forest”—shit, I screwed it up. The comic story is going, “If a guy speaks within the wooded area and there’s no girl there to listen to him, is he nonetheless improper? ” —this model referred to as in via Duncan Thompson from McLean, Virginia i feel I pay attention Bob giggling. SEVEN the guy within the undergo go well with Radio with the entire grizzly info I’m unsure simply whilst or why Troy Hurtubise made up our minds to devote his existence to creating a bear-proof go well with, yet he’s been at it for really some time and has obtained a global attractiveness for eccentricity. He’s additionally obtained an Ig Nobel prize at Harvard and attracted a good volume of funding capital through the years. while I first spoke to him in November 2001, he used to be approximately to check the Ursus Mark VI bear-proof go well with, i. e. , a go well with that he may possibly put on for a date with a truly huge bear—a grizzly, say, or perhaps a Kodiak, that's a brown undergo the dimensions of a polar undergo. ML: Mr. Hurtubise, you will have your go well with all pressed and polished and able to cross, have you ever? TH: Suit’s all prepped and every little thing, sure. ML: Now, how will you meet your challenger? Are you simply going to pour honey over it and stand within the woods or what? TH: No, I’ll primarily simply stand there and the handler will say, “Go on the suit,” and the endure will move on the go well with. ML: What handler? the place are you going? TH: I’ll be going to British Columbia, and the assault itself may be a managed assault. ML: Oh, it's going to. TH: Oh, completely. getting into on the subject of grizzly bears within the wild, doing examine by myself, is tough sufficient, by no means brain relying on the endure attacking to work out if, in reality, the go well with could paintings if issues went awry. ML: So you’re going to be attacked by way of a tame undergo? TH: convinced. A 1,300-pound Kodiak. ML: and how much a try out is that? TH: It’s a try out that can kill you if it doesn’t paintings. ML: ok. TH: You’ve bought 1,300 kilos, 10 toes, genuine claws, genuine teeth—real strength. So essentially, the suit’s a toy to the endure. ML: ok. TH: And while he’s advised to move on the go well with, it's going to rip aside the go well with. I’ve no illusions that the surface skeleton will [not] be ripped aside, that is the rubber base that holds the electronics in position. That’ll be thoroughly ripped aside. ML: What are you announcing?

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