Sticking with the Wal-Mart theme, CBC Radio show As it Happens (2007-05-09) interviewed Dan Loney of Cloverleaf Grocery.

In recent years, Wal-Mart has tried to trademark all sorts of things. But a family-owned grocery store in tiny Emo, Ontario may be beating it at the price and the name game –by using Wal-mart’s own identity in its advertising. Dan Loney, owner of the Cloverleaf Grocery, has raised an oft-asked question: “What’s in a name?” Plenty, according to Wal-mart’s Canadian lawyers, who’ve just sent him a cease and desist order. Guest host Jane Hawtin speaks to Dan Loney.

Click on the player below to listen to the podcast.

The Washington Post will close its Canadian news bureau following the lead of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

“Frankly where they’re based is less important than what they do in the world we live in now,” David Hoffman, manager of foreign news for the Washington Post, said in an interview with CBC Radio.

In the last three months the Washington Post’s man in Canada has reported on everything from trappers in Yellowknife to separatists in Quebec.

That’s crazy… where will Americans get their Canadian trapper news from? You can listen to this CBC Radio Podcast for the story. Click on the player below to listen [2.5min].

Shapetionary

March 21, 2007

shapetionarycropped_art-42732.gifCBC Radio interviewed Margaret Flood about her Shapetionary project. Shapetionary will be a dictionary-like book that will include illustrations for 9500 object nouns. Check out Margaret Flood’s blog for further information.

Click the player below to listen to the Editor’s Choice podcast.

Didn’t NY City recently consider a ban on crossing the street while talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod? How ’bout filming a video podcast while driving.

Lindsay: Why do you have your blinker on?

Howard: You never know when I’m going to turn.

I reported earlier about chimpanzees using tools to hunt bushbabies. CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks interviewed Dr. Jill Pruetz about the discovery. Click the player to listen.

Quirks and Quarks segment Bugs and the Bulge discusses the possibility that gut bacteria (Bacteroidetes) and viruses (AD-36) contribute to obesity. The New York Times has a long (10 page) article named Fat Factors that discusses the same topic. Click on the player to listen to Bugs and the Bulge [22 min].

Sandblasting Saturn’s Moons

February 13, 2007

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This is a photo I took of our own moon rather than one of Saturn’s moons, but it is the best I can do with a 300mm lens. CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks podcast discusses how the moon Enceladus releases ice that sandblasts some of the other moons of Saturn making them shiny. Click below to listen to the podcast.