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!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - A former nurse is charged with killing eight residents at nursing homes in Ontario -- and our guest, whose parents were in one of those homes, is in a state of disbelief.  

Also, up against the Walloons. Everyone, especially Canada, blames one region for threatening the billion-dollar trade deal with the EU -- but a Belgian politician says he understands where Wallonia is coming from.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - Time's running out, and it's unclear whether the lone holdout -- Wallonia -- will agree to the trade deal before a Canada-EU summit this week. Jean Charest says maybe Canada should take a rain check on that summit.  

Also, Ottawa police release a report showing they're far more likely to stop young, male, black and Middle-Eastern drivers than anyone else -- and the study's author wants it to spark discussion, and change.

PODCAST EXTRA: Kids on the US Election  

After an interview with a grade seven teacher about the election, we decided to check in with a few students.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - Belgian waffling. Despite Canada's best efforts, Wallonia will not support a Canada-Europe trade agreement -- and one former trade minister is furious that a small region in Belgium has put the deal in jeopardy.  

Also, It's ridiculous and insulting -- to put it invisible-planely. The UN proudly announces its new ambassador for women's empowerment -- but actual women are disappointed that it's the comic-book superhero Wonder Woman.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Donald Trump continues to claim the election is "rigged" -- by the media, by Hillary Clinton's campaign, by "Saturday Night Live" -- but the former chief counsel for the RNC says his claims are ridiculous.  

Also, it's been fifty years since Charlie Wenjack froze to death trying to get home. Tonight, his sister Pearl Wenjack tells his story, and talks about two people who've brought that story back to light: Gord Downie, and his brother Mike.

Wednesday, October 10, 2016 - Three girls between twelve and fourteen. And now a fourth, who was ten. All have killed themselves in Northern Saskatchewan within the past few weeks -- leaving families and neighbours desperately seeking answers.  

Also, capital idea. Two-and-a-half centuries after their ancestors contacted the Crown about a treaty, the Algonquin of Ontario finally ink an agreement in principle for an enormous piece of land, including Parliament Hill.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -  Ezra Levant is upset that reporters with his company, "The Rebel," won't be allowed into an upcoming United Nations climate summit -- but a UN spokesperson says cooler heads may convince him to reverse that decision.  

Also, on one side: ISIS. On the other side: Iraqi forces. And inside Mosul are nearly a million-and-a-half civilians who are in grave danger, as the fight for control of the city continues for a second day.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - The RCMP offers compensation to women on the force who have been harassed. And yet a Mountie who is suing for abuse while serving on the Musical Ride is still waiting.  

Also, after police charge 9 protesters at Muskrat Falls, we hear from hunger-striking artist Billy Gauthier who says his death would only be the first if the power project is allowed to flood their land.

PODCAST EXTRA: Not Your Mascot  

As It Happens producer Imogen Birchard talks to Anishinaabe comedian and podcaster Ryan McMahon about Cleveland's baseball team and #NotYourMascot.

Friday, October 14, 2016 - Former federal cabinet minister and Alberta premier Jim Prentice dies in a plane crash in British Columbia -- and politicians of all stripes are paying tribute to a man who put principles before partisanship.  

Also, another former premier, Alison Redford, remembers Mr. Prentice's dedication to the province where he moved as a teenager, became a lawyer, and served -- if only briefly -- as leader.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - The long road toward redemption. Eleven years after the brutal murder of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte, the youngest offender involved in her killing is finishing her sentence -- and her youth worker says her rehabilitation has  

Plus, Ain't it weird when you discover that he really was where it's at? Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature -- but even our Dylan-loving guest isn't sure the committee made the right decision, and a whole lot more.

Wednesda, October 12, 2016 - Home is where the harm is. The deadly weekend airstrike on a funeral in Yemen was just part of the new normal for Mohammed Al-Asaadi -- who's trying to raise a family in Sanaa, even as the bombs fall.  

Plus, Under a mushroom cloud. A child in Victoria, B.C. dies after eating a wild "death cap" mushroom. And a warning to other foragers: it's indistinguishable from a mushroom that's perfectly safe.

Monday, October 10, 2016 - Not political discourse so much as a course of political disses. Last night's nasty debate confirms what a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin has long believed: that Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency, and the GOP.  

Also, the founder of a group called "Trumpettes USA" says we're overlooking Hillary Clinton's failings, and overlooking the obvious: that her candidate will make America great again.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - A hospital worker and a mayor in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew plead for help -- and tell us many communities are still completely cut off since the storm.  

Also, Alison Azer just wants action in the case of her children, who've been taken to Iran by her ex-husband -- but she's disappointed by the disrespectful action shown by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

PODCAST EXTRA: Marking 10 years since killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya  

On October 6 2006, Anna Politkovskaya was shot at point-blank range in her Moscow apartment building. We ask whether it's any safer to be a journalist in Russia, ten years since her death.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - There was no calm before the storm. And after Hurricane Matthew ravages Haiti, people there are wondering what this latest disaster will mean for the future of their beleaguered country.  

Also, the RCMP apologizes to hundreds of female members who were harassed and abused -- and we'll talk to one of the Mounties who led the charge for that apology: former Inspector Linda Gillis-Davidson.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - Montreal philosopher Charles Taylor bags a million dollar prize for his deep thoughts regarding a more tolerant understanding of our diverse age.  

Also, the Iceland Pirate Party wants to decriminalize drugs and crack down on corruption -- and it may form the country's next government.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - BC's representative for children and youth finds more than one hundred kids have been subjected to sexualized violence while in her province's care -- and most of them are Indigenous girls.  

Also. the most powerful storm in the Caribbean in nearly a decade tears through Haiti and a representative of the UN's children's agency says the true toll of Hurricane Matthew may be yet to come.

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