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!


Friday, December 9, 2016 - Rockets and a hard place. A teacher in Aleppo is living under constant bomb and artillery attacks -- but he tells us it's still safer than to leave the city, and put himself in the hands of the Syrian regime.  

Also, a semi-hostile climate on making the climate less hostile. As the premiers meet the PM, almost all the provinces are on board with a carbon tax -- but there's a cold wind blowing in from the West.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - For staying in one spot, she's going on the ten-spot. Seventy years ago, Viola Desmond refused to leave the whites-only part of a Nova Scotia cinema. Now she'll be the first Canadian woman to appear on the front of a banknote.  

Also, it's called the Berkley Pit -- but to birds, it's "Never, Never Land". Thousands of snow geese are dead after choosing the wrong place to touch down: a toxic lake at a former Montana mine.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Take this job claim and shove it. Donald Trump has been very vocal about the number of jobs he saved at an Indiana plant -- but our guest says the president-elect should save his breath.  

Also, did she blow it by not coughing up? A former Liberal volunteer and entrepreneur turned down a ticket to an expensive Liberal fundraiser -- and now wonders if paying to play would have gotten her work.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Standing up against the watered down. More than a thousand cancer patients were given diluted chemotherapy -- and now, some of them say a settlement for their suffering is too weak as well.  

Also, she was a devoted doctor committed to health care for those who didn't have access to it. Now, Elana Fric-Shamji is dead, her husband has been charged with murder, and Toronto's medical community is in shock.

Monday, December 5, 2016 - The ghost of a chant. Conservative leadership hopeful Chris Alexander explains why he did what he did, and didn't do what he didn't do, when people chanted "Lock her up!" at a rally -- about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.  

Also, it started as a party -- and ended as a tragedy. Our guest was at an Oakland warehouse on Friday night, when the fire began -- and he's still waiting to hear about friends who've been missing since.

Friday, December 2, 2016 - Amid the relentless attacks, Anas al-Basha put on face paint and a costume to entertain kids as "the clown of Aleppo" -- before he was killed by an airstrike this week.  

Also, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were famously executed for spying in the 'fifties -- and now, their son explains why he's calling on President Obama to exonerate one of them: his mother.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - It began with one ember and then he was driving for his life.  Michael Luciano says he had to rely on memory to keep on the road after fire engulfed his Tennessee town.  

Also, the Liberals say a committee was too quick to call for a referendum on the way we vote, but a Conservative member says the MPs have done their job and now it's the government's turn.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - A Judicial Committee recommends that Justice Robin Camp be removed from the bench after a sexual assault trial where he asked a witness why she didn't just keep her knees together.  

Also, an employee at an Indiana air conditioner factory says he can hardly believe the news after Donald Trump claims credit for keeping some of the plant's jobs from moving to Mexico.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Two out of three ain't good. Prime Minister Trudeau says "No" to the Northern Gateway pipeline, but "yes" to the Line 3 and the Trans Mountain -- and our guest is deeply unhappy about that last one, in particular.  

Also, eight people have died so far in Melbourne, Australia, after a rare outbreak of something called "thunderstorm asthma" -- which had our guest gasping for breath.

Monday, November 28, 2016 - One man was an island. For more than fifty years, the late Fidel Castro imposed his personal ideology and authority on his country -- and tonight, we'll look at his complicated legacy.  

Also, Juanita Castro has especially complicated feelings about the Cuban leader -- because her criticism of her brother's government forced her to leave Cuba, but her family ties made her an outsider in Florida.

Friday, November 25, 2016 - A wholly surprising half-measure. A judge cuts an Alberta sex offender's twelve-year sentence in half -- because the man was abused by guards and fellow inmates while waiting for trial.  

Also, a hamlet in Nunavut goes to the Supreme Court to stop companies from seismic testing in the Arctic -- and we'll speak with the local man who spearheaded the case.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Kevin help us. Reality TV star and investor Kevin O'Leary sees only one figure powerful enough to lead the Conservative Party, defeat Justin Trudeau, and take on Donald Trump -- and it's Kevin O'Leary.  

Also, to deflect questions about a pay-to-play fundraiser, and a dubious donation to the Trudeau Foundation, the PM says everything's cool because Chuck Strahl is a Foundation director. At which point Mr. Strahl resigns.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - When it comes to NASA, the sky will be the limit. An advisor to president-elect Donald Trump says the space agency's climate-change research is "politicized science" -- which is why it will be scrapped.  

Also, he has ways of helping you talk. In the aftermath of spying revelations against a group of Quebec reporters, one senator introduces legislation to protect journalistic sources and whistleblowers.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - You ain't seen nothing jet. But you're about to, because the federal government is set to pick up 18 fancy new jet fighters as a stop-gap measure -- and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will explain why that's a great idea.  

Also, Illinois congressman Danny Davis tells us about the victim of Chicago's 701st homicide -- a teenage boy allegedly killed because of an argument over shoes, who happens to be Congressman Davis's grandson.

Monday, November 21, 2016 - Fighting for water, against water. Indigenous protesters are still standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- even after being tear-gassed and sprayed with water by police in freezing temperatures.  

Also, he was in prison for shooting her. Now, he's out of prison because of her. We'll speak with a Florida man who received early release this month -- and the woman he shot 26 years ago, who's in his corner now.

Friday, November 18, 2016 - Pretty far right and pretty far wrong. In the Eighties, our guest testified against Jeff Sessions becoming a federal judge -- and tonight, he'll testify against the Alabama Senator being Donald Trump's Attorney General.  

Also, dozens of allegations of police abuse in northern Quebec result in just two charges -- and the head of one native friendship centre says women in her community are now more afraid.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Post-Dean age wasteland. The Democratic Party lost the White House, and Congress, and several formerly blue states -- and past DNC chair Howard Dean says he's just the man to fix things as the the future DNC chair.  

Also, after a young woman was murdered in London, Ontario, the police kept her purse before giving it to her sister -- and now, she wants to know why they held on to it for decades.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - If you want to move, you're in good company. And tonight, the CEO of that Philadelphia company explains why he's responding to employees disturbed by a Trump presidency -- by letting them transfer to the Canadian office.  

Also, he said he was the right man for their jobs. But despite Donald Trump's promises, an Indianapolis factory is headed to Mexico -- which will leave our guest unemployed and uncertain about his vote and his future.

Monday, November 14, 2016 - Alt-right-hand man. Critics have called Steve Bannon a bigot, a misogynist and a fascist -- and now, President-elect Donald Trump has called him his chief White House strategist and senior advisor.  

Also, Margot Bentley spent years in a vegetative state before her death last week in a B.C. nursing home -- even though her living will specifically asked she be allowed to die.

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