As It Happens from CBC Radio

As It Happens from CBC Radio


CBC Radio's As It Happens' listening experience is like taking a trip around the world. From the complex headlines of the day to the weird and wacky, As It Happens brings you the story behind the story and now we're podcasting the whole show!


A rigged Presidential selection. For the umpteenth time, Donald Trump expresses his hostility toward the media -- but then, for the first time, his White House bars certain news outlets from a press briefing.  

Feb: 24: Also, a step forward -- or a step skipped. Two provinces announce they're reconsidering the role of preliminary inquiries in the court process to prevent unreasonable delays -- but our guest says that's unreasonable.

Disarming honesty. After his girlfriend is killed on live television, a former TV reporter runs for office -- advocating for nuanced gun-control policies he believes could save lives.  

Feb. 23: Also, an Iowa state senator wants universities to grill potential professors about their politics during job interviews -- to ensure Republicans and Democrats are equally represented at the lectern.

The seven wonders of the worlds. In a nearby solar system -- "nearby" in astronomical terms, anyway -- NASA discovers seven new planets about the size of our own, some of which may be habitable.  

Feb. 22: Also, belatedly guilty as charged. Jamal al-Harith was a former Guantanamo detainee who always insisted on his innocence -- but now he's died as a suicide bomber for ISIS in Iraq.

Inspiration in desperation. After a teenage boy overdoses in his garage, an Ontario father goes public about his own family's struggles with opioid addiction.  

Feb. 21: Also, when it comes to lost works of literature, Walt Whitman really does contain multitudes. A Texas grad student discovers a forgotten novel by the great American poet.

A human-caused humanitarian crisis. A hundred thousand people in South Sudan are facing starvation -- and officials with the World Food Programme say the famine is "man-made".  

Feb. 20: Also, the war over the war on drugs. Last summer, we spoke with a senator in the Philippines who was investigating President Duterte's violent drug crackdown. This weekend, she was charged with corruption.

A Texas lawyer says women are at risk after a client from Mexico asked an El Paso court for help with an abusive partner only to be picked up herself by Immigration officials.  

Feb. 17: Also, just grab your gear and go. The Canadian outfitter Arc'teryx says the fight has only begun after it leads a big outdoor trade show to leave Utah for a state that's keener to protect its nature preserves.

We speak with the chief of a First Nation about the death of a celebrated Indigenous artist in the Thunder Bay Jail -- and of the artist's sister, killed in a car accident on her way to retrieve her brother's body.  

Feb. 16: Also, Daniel Ramirez Medina was a so-called "DREAMer", protected from deportation -- but he and hundreds of other undocumented immigrants are abruptly learning that doesn't matter under the new U.S. President.

He contained multitudes. Dave and Morley, their many friends and neighbours, and Galway the cat -- after more than two decades, their stories have come to an end, with the death of the legendary CBC storyteller, Stuart McLean.  

Also, he talked the talk -- so he was forced to walk the walk. But the end of Michael Flynn's short tenure as U.S. National Security Advisor may just mark the beginning of an investigation into his conversations with the Russian Ambassador.

The take-away on how they were taken away. An Ontario judge rules that Ottawa failed Indigenous children removed from their homes during the so-called "Sixties Scoop" -- and it will have to pay.  

Also, more power to them. A new bill would let U.S. border officials search and question Canadian citizens on Canadian soil -- and we'll find out why Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale thinks that's a good idea.

The twain meet. Everything seemed mighty neighbourly today as Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump met for the first time in Washington -- but a shared stage doesn't mean shared policy.  

Also, they won't cross that bridge when they come to it. Given its proximity to the U.S., Windsor students usually take lots of field trips Stateside -- but for now, because of the travel ban, all American visits are off.

Visit revisited. After hearing our interview with a Quebec woman turned back from the U.S. border, a Vermont city clerk refuses to accept that she'd been rejected -- and personally invites her to cross the border for lunch.  

Also, a re-open door policy. Less than a year after adopting the so-called "Dubs scheme" to welcome unaccompanied child refugees, the U.K. shuts it down -- and Lord Dubs himself wants that reversal reversed.

It's no place like home. Yesterday, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos went for a routine immigration check in Phoenix, Arizona -- and today, her family's still there, but she's been deported to Mexico.  

Also, he kept his nose out of trouble. But the rest of him was in serious jeopardy -- and an Australian man's nostrils were what kept him alive after his excavator fell in a waterhole, trapping him inside for hours.

Turnabout is not fair play. A Quebec woman tries to take a routine shopping trip to the United States -- only to be turned back by an official who finds Muslim prayers on her phone and decides they're anti-American.  

Also, after a tornado in Louisiana, Yoshekia Brown is experiencing the worst kind of déjà vu -- because 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, her home has once again been destroyed.

Danger in numbers. On the weekend, 22 refugees crossed into a Manitoba community from the U.S. in freezing conditions -- and tonight, a community leader says Ottawa needs to act before one of his neighbours gets hurt.  

Also, art imitates strife. A German-Syrian artist recreates a dramatic scene from the streets of Aleppo, Syria, in the streets of Dresden -- and creates an unexpected controversy.

Heartbreak hotel. Eighteen-year-old Alex Gervais died by suicide at a B.C. hotel, after years of being shuffled around the province's child-welfare system -- and a new report details how that system failed him.  

Also, back at death's door. For the second time in two years, a Russian opposition activist is in hospital after suffering multiple-organ failure -- and his wife believes he was poisoned both times.

Crossing more than one line. Two members of a polygamous church are found guilty in a B.C. court -- after taking a thirteen-year-old girl across the U.S. border to marry a church leader in his forties.  

Also, felonious bunk. To bolster the case for U.S. President Trump's immigration ban, Kellyanne Conway brings up the "Bowling Green Massacre" -- which never happened.

He left Tunisia for Canada, hoping for a better life. Instead, today in Montreal, a funeral was held for Abubaker Thabti -- one of six people killed in the attack on the mosque in Quebec City.  

Also, the late author Bharati Mukherjee spent decades exploring what it meant to be an immigrant -- and tonight, her husband -- Canadian writer Clark Blaise -- shares his memories.

Dodging a ballot. He campaigned on a promise to change Canada's electoral system -- and now that Prime Minister Trudeau has voted against that, NDP MP Nathan Cullen says his government has betrayed Canadians.  

Also, even after she arrived, she was left in transit. A driver locks a 19-year-old woman with autism and epilepsy on the school bus for six hours -- and now, she's afraid to go back to school.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Paying personal tribute. A Quebec professor remembers a colleague shot dead in the attack on a mosque as a father, a husband, a teacher and a friend -- and vows not to allow the killings to destroy his faith in humanity.  

Also, in the chaos of the massacre, a member of the mosque was arrested by police. But he turned out to have nothing to do with the murders. Now he's been released -- and he says he doesn't blame the officers.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - Horror in Quebec City. A gunman's attack on a mosque has left six people dead and several others in critical condition. A member of the mosque, who lost two friends, shares his grief and his fear.  

Also, "humanity's ugliest face." That's how a Quebec MP describes the attack, calling it an act of terrorism. And he's urging all Canadians to reach out to members of the Muslim community to express their solidarity.

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