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!


An amicable divorce -- or the onset of a splitting headache? British Prime Minister Theresa May officially sets the two-year process of Brexit in motion -- and our guest, a Conservative MP, is looking forward to the U.K. going it alone.  

Mar. 29: Also, a wrenching decision. Farmers with so-called "smart tractors" can't afford the maintenance, so they're turning to illegally downloaded, hacked software -- and tonight, a John Deere spokesperson gets a fix on the situation.

Military imprecision. An airstrike targeting ISIS snipers in Mosul killed as many as 200 civilians this month -- and it looks more and more like the U.S.-led coalition is responsible.  

Mar. 28: Also, return to dissenter. Three years after they participated in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, nine activists are arrested -- immediately following the election of a new Beijing-friendly chief executive.

The detention mounts. Tens of thousands of Russians take to the streets to protest corruption, and hundreds are arrested on the charge of "illegal provocation" -- including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and our guest.  

Mar. 27: Also, if you buy a so-called "smart tractor," you're locked into a restrictive contract that makes repairs prohibitively expensive -- so some desperate D-I-Y farmers are resorting to buying hacked software.

The art of "No deal". The House vote on U.S. President Donald Trump's first major legislative push -- the repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" -- is pulled at the last minute, when it becomes clear that it's DOA.  

Mar. 24: Also, President Trump did make progress on another promise, though, giving the go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline -- although a Nebraska farmer says that progress will come to a screeching halt at his property line.

Put your money where their mouths are. The Liberal's new budget earmarked billions more dollars for Indigenous health, education, and infrastructure -- but Cindy Blackstock says they've left out Indigenous children and youth.  

Mar. 23: Also, he was off to meet our guest. Instead, he met an assassin. Today, a former Russian lawmaker and critic of Vladimir Putin was gunned down in Kiev -- and the man he was scheduled to see is pointing the finger at Moscow.

An attack in the shadow of Big Ben. We speak with a witness to today's shocking violence near the British parliament -- in which someone drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and was shot after stabbing a police officer.  

Mar. 22: Also, a car and a knife. Those two simple things were apparently the assailant's only weapons in London today; we'll ask a former security official if it's time to issue guns to British police.

The divisive uniter. The late Martin McGuinness was an IRA commander first, and later a key figure in negotiating peace in Northern Ireland. Tonight, one guest says goodbye to a great man -- and the other says good riddance to a scoundrel.  

Mar. 21: Also, keep calm and do not carry those things on. The U.S. and the U.K. both announce a ban on laptops and other electronic devices on flights from certain airports in the Middle East and Africa.

Sea change. So far this year, the number of refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean has risen dramatically -- and tonight, we speak with a doctor aboard a ship that saved nearly a thousand people just yesterday.  

Mar. 20: Also, At a hearing in Washington, James Comey offers another extraordinary revelation: this time, that the FBI is investigating Russian interference in the election -- and any links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Showing some restraint. A Honolulu judge issues a temporary restraining order against the latest version of President Trump's travel ban -- and tonight, Hawaii's attorney general tells us why he challenged it in the first place.  

Mar. 17: Also, Close encounters of the burned kind. A BBC team went up Mount Etna in Sicily to do a story on volcano monitoring -- and ran down at top speed when it abruptly erupted.

The glory's still there -- but the power is iffy. Hydro bills in rural Ontario have gotten so high that people are appealing to local churches because they can't make ends meet -- and now, neither can the churches.  

Mar. 16: Also, pre-emptive spike. After a white rhino at a French zoo is brutally killed for its horns, a Czech zoo decides to dehorn all its rhinos before poachers can even try.

A moment's peace. In the photograph, a man listens intently to his gramophone in front of shattered windows in a rubble-strewn bedroom in Aleppo. Tonight, we speak with the man who took that photo.  

Mar. 15: Also, make lakes great again. The Trump Administration may be preparing to slash the funding of the Great Lakes clean-up program -- and a Wisconsin mayor tells us what he's doing to keep that program from being watered down.

All right now. As The Netherlands prepares to go to the polls, the two main choices are a conservative party -- and the party of a man who's been called the "Dutch Donald Trump" -- among other things.  

Mar. 14: Also, house of discards. They made their homes in a gigantic landfill in Ethiopia. Then, the whole thing came crashing down. Now, the death toll keeps climbing.

Monday, March 13, 2017 - Going nowhere fast. Girl Guides of Canada won't be needing tour guides of America -- because the organization has just announced all trips south of the border are suspended, due to the travel ban.  

Plus, the enormous toll on the smallest people. It has been six years since the civil war began in Syria -- and UNICEF says more children were killed there last year than ever before.

Trying his patients. They voted Trump and they hate Obamacare -- but, according to a West Virginia doctor, his Red State patients will be left in a sorry state by the Republicans' proposed health care plan.  

Mar. 10: Also, a story that may have more than one big payoff. An investigative reporter says Sweden's arrest of a Bombardier employee for suspected bribery may only be the beginning of the company's legal problems.

The official opposition. Liberals in a Montreal riding reject the candidate the party wanted, and nominate a virtual unknown instead -- and the local mayor, who was shut out of the race, says resentment fueled the rebellion.  

Mar. 9: Also, making a federal case of it. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister wants Ottawa to take action to stem the flow of refugees entering illegally from the United States -- but he won't say what action.

Variety and the spies of life. It's being called the biggest leak of CIA documents ever -- and if it's real, Wikileaks has revealed that the agency can spy on you through your TV, even when it's off.  

Mar. 8: Also, they were dressed as doctors. But they weren't at the hospital in Kabul to help, they were there to kill -- and tonight, a journalist tells us about the deadly attack that ISIS says it orchestrated.

A killing behind bars. In the dead of night, poachers break into a French zoo, kill an endangered white rhinoceros, and saw off its horn -- which is worth thousands of dollars on the black market.  

Mar. 7: Also, he was bounced -- but next year, he'll be bouncing. After years of being banned from the All Native Basketball Tournament because he didn't pass the "blood quantum" test, Jos Wilson wins his fight to play.

Rolling out the unwelcome mat -- again. After his first executive order is blocked, U.S. President Donald Trump issues a revised version of his travel ban -- but opponents say it still discriminates against Muslims.  

Mar. 6: Also, sudden death, delayed response. Seven months after a mentally ill Somali-Canadian man dies following a confrontation with police, Ontario's police watchdog charges an Ottawa officer with manslaughter.

She was right, but she's not celebrating. An Irish historian urged the government to dig up the grounds of a former home for unmarried mothers, believing hundreds of infants were buried there -- and today, the government confirmed her fears.  

Mar. 3: Also, from online byline to way out of line. Police charge a disgraced former journalist with making a number of anti-Semitic threats across the U.S. -- and our guest believes the same guy has been harassing him for months.

Video player is in betaClose