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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".

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


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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.

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


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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.

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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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.

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
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Friday, January 27, 2017 - Choice isn't free. The Netherlands wants help to replace the foreign aid that Donald Trump has withdrawn from groups that help women access abortions - and our International Development Minister says Canada will answer the call.

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, nearly eighty years after a black man was dragged from his jail cell and shot to death, a police chief in Georgia apologizes for his department's role in the lynching.


Media Files:
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Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Underprepared for overdoses. Last year, a 20-year-old BC man died after OD-ing on opioids in an addiction treatment centre -- and today, the jury at a coroner's inquest issued 21 recommendations to prevent similar deaths.

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, up for the wall -- or up against it. U.S. President Donald Trump says he'll put a "big, beautiful wall" on the border with Mexico -- but one of our guests thinks it's too much and the other thinks it's not enough.


Media Files:
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - A breath of fresh air. Before her transplant, an Ontario woman was kept alive for six days without her lungs -- and now, months later, Melissa Benoit's life is one long sigh of relief.

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, getting the General idea. We ask former General Andrew Leslie to share his marching orders, as he becomes the parliamentary point man on relations with the U.S. under Donald Trump.


Media Files:
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - He was left alone with children. He didn't leave them alone. Now, the city of Westmount, Quebec is paying a settlement to victims of a man who coached children's hockey there for thirty years -- and sexually abused his players.

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Keystone O-K. The new U.S. President turns the controversial pipeline project around -- and despite campaigning against it, the Alberta government now says it's happy with the White House's reversal.


Media Files:
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Friday, January 20, 2017 - "Now arrives the hour of action" The words of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, who thrilled his supporters today with an inaugural speech that promised, as he's always promised, to make America great again.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a hero's son's welcome. There is no greater icon to American conservatives than Ronald Reagan -- and tonight, his son Michael shares his hopes for the incoming administration.


Media Files:
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Thursday, January 19, 2017 - A landscape turns lethal. After a series of earthquakes, an avalanche buries an Italian ski resort in snow and debris -- and we'll get the latest on a rescue effort that may be too late.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, she knows how fast things can go downhill. Which is why the CEO of a snowboard company says she'll pay for any of her employees to attend the Women's March on Washington this weekend.


Media Files:
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Les mots un-justes. Our guest says the Prime Minister disrespected her yesterday when she asked him about the mental healthcare needs of Quebec's English-speaking minority -- and he insisted on responding in French.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a good deed goes punished. The president of a Missouri college lets a homeless student crash in the school library on a cold night -- and is promptly given the boot for lending a hand.


Media Files:
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - To cut a long sentence short. Chelsea Manning -- who was convicted for leaking U.S. secrets -- will be released from prison almost thirty years early, after President Obama commutes her sentence.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, it will never be off his radar. Investigators suspend the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the father of a passenger on that lost plane worries he'll never know what happened to his son.


Media Files:
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Monday, January 16, 2017 - All helicopter's breaking loose. The PM says he's happy to chat with the Ethics Commissioner about his chopper trip to the Aga Khan's private island -- but Tom Mulcair says Trudeau should be grounded for breaking the law.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a monumental civil rights moment gets its monument. President Obama announces an official commemoration of the firebombing of a bus full of "Freedom Riders" in Alabama in 1961 -- and we'll speak with a survivor of that attack.


Media Files:
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Friday, January 13, 2017 - Worse case scenario. She's already been charged in the murders of eight seniors -- and today, a former Ontario nurse appeared in court to face six new charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Alvin Fiddler, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief, tells us how a northern Ontario community is coping after the suicides of two twelve-year-old girls.


Media Files:
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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - A reverend in Charleston, South Carolina is relieved the trial is finally over -- after the white supremacist who murdered his wife and 8 others at the Mother Emanuel AME church is sentenced to death.

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, what else could he do? Arthur Manuel's sister remembers the First Nations leader as a man who's passion for both his family and his people would know no end.


Media Files:
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - News you can prove. Salacious headlines about Donald Trump's far-from-proven bad behaviour in Russia lead a watchdog from the Poynter Institute to issue a plea about journalism and the truth.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, yes we can. And yes, he did. A Chicago pastor and friend of Barack Obama's reflects on the legacy of the community activist who became his country's first black President.


Media Files:
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - An education in anguish. She barely survived the La Loche school shooting. Now, a year into her recovery, a Saskatchewan teacher says it's time her community got the help it was guaranteed.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, shuffling his Trump card. Days before the new U.S. president takes office, Justin Trudeau rejigs his cabinet to include a new foreign minister whose focus so far has been entirely on trade.


Media Files:
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Monday, January 9, 2017 - Cold hands, warm hearts. A Toronto doctor fights to save asylum seekers from frostbite after they're smuggled overland from the United States and abandoned in the Canadian winter.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Iran mourns former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as a revolutionary hero but our guest says it's his power to temper anti-western views that will really be missed.


Media Files:
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Friday, January 6, 2017 - Afer a mass shooting at a Fort Lauderdale airport, several people are dead and more are injured. The gunman -- who was reportedly a passenger -- pulled a weapon from his checked baggage after his plane landed.

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, president de-flect. Donald Trump calls a briefing on Russian interference in the US election 'constructive', but the president-elect still doesn't say that the Kremlin did anything wrong.


Media Files:
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Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Serve. And protect. After four deaths from an apparent murder-suicide, Canada's military ombudsman calls on Ottawa to keep our soldiers in uniform until they can retire with the help that they need.

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a Chicago physician says she wouldn't be alive if it weren't for great medical care but her brush with death has inspired her to appeal to the people in her profession to exercise a little bit of empathy.


Media Files:
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - An ex-soldier in Nova Scotia is suspected of killing himself and his family. A relative says the veteran had recently sought help for PTSD.

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a TV presenter says the BBC's decision to leave some dark realities out of its new Planet Earth series will contribute to the extinction of the animals it portrays.


Media Files:
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - All the right's moves. On the first day of the new U.S. Congress, the Republicans execute an embarrassing public flip-flop -- and our guest believes the problems could multiply for the divided party.

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Also, throwing it in reverse. When protectionist U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes the wheel, this country's auto industry worries that he'll pump the brakes on Canadian exports -- and jobs.


Media Files:
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Monday, January 2, 2017 - The calendar changed -- but nothing else did. A horrific attack at an Istanbul nightclub leaves dozens of people dead -- and leaves no question that 2017 will be another year of attacks in Turkey.

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Plus, Crime against nature. To celebrate Canada's hundred-and-fiftieth birthday this year, admission to national parks is free -- which has an Alberta naturalist worried that a stampede of hikers will make the outdoors not-so-great.


Media Files:
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Friday, October 30, 2016 - Nothing to write at home about. In Turkey, a novelist is freed after months in jail for something she wrote -- but an investigative journalist is arrested for a single tweet the government deemed "terrorist propaganda".

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Plus, The very pictures of health. After looking at hundreds of paintings, scientists believe they can detect early signs that an artist developed certain conditions -- by carefully examining their brushstrokes. And a whole lot more...


Media Files:
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Thursday, December 29, 2016 - In retaliation for election cyberattacks that have been clearly linked to Russia, the Obama Administration imposes sanctions -- and boots dozens of Russian intelligence operatives from the country.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a pop up to shoot-up. In Nanaimo, B.C., a city councillor puts up a totally un-sanctioned tent, where drug users can safely inject drugs -- right beside City Hall.


Media Files:
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - Growing unsettled by growing settlements. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes what may be his last opportunity to address Israel on the world stage -- and his disapproval meets with disapproval.

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Plus, background comes to the foreground. Author Joseph Boyden becomes the subject of controversy, after an investigation raises questions about his claims of Indigenous ancestry.


Media Files:
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - A fare for fashion. A Bangladeshi labour leader says that hundreds of garment workers have been fired after protests for higher wages -- in order to put clothes on so many of our backs.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Force majeure. We remember Carrie Fisher, the actor who led the Rebellion against The Dark Side in Star Was before going public with her private battle against a dark side of her own.


Media Files:
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Monday, December 26, 2016 - Unsettling developments. Benjamin Netanyahu continues to blast Barack Obama over a UN resolution condemning settlements, but former peace negotiator Daniel Levy says the Israeli Prime Minister has only himself to blame.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Wham! Bam. Thank you, man. George Michael's friend and former publicist pays tribute to the singer as a gay icon whose battle to simply be himself, inspired Faith.


Media Files:
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Thursday, December 22, 2016 - They haven't met their grandchildren but they've seen them in a hostage video. Linda and Patrick Boyle share the heartbreak of having their son, their daughter-in-law and now two grandchildren held captive in Afghanistan

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Plus, Opportunity nukes. Russian president Vladimir Putin and U.S. president-elect Donald Trump are suddenly both keen to restart the arms race -- but our guest does not share their enthusiasm. And much more.


Media Files:
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - Stream come true. The CRTC rules that broadband internet service is "a basic telecommunications service" for all Canadians -- and we'll get the lowdown on what that means for downloads.

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Donald Trump dismisses FBI and CIA reports that Russia meddled in the election -- and tonight, former CIA operative and presidential candidate Evan McMullin tells us why he's dismissing the president-elect's opinion.


Media Files:
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - Alive and kicking. Three months ago, Kati Mather was a hard-core fentanyl addict who had overdosed 17 times. Now she's been clean for 60 days -- and tonight, she'll tell us how she turned her life around.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, the shots seen 'round the world. Our guest was there to photograph the art opening at the gallery in Turkey yesterday -- and even after the gunman started firing, Burhan Ozbilici kept taking pictures.


Media Files:
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Monday, December 19, 2016 - They were there to sip mulled cider, buy stocking stuffers, take in the lights. Then, a truck drove into the crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin, leaving at least nine people dead, and a lot of unanswered questions.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, out -- but not out of danger. As thousands of evacuees stream out of Eastern Aleppo, medical staff are working overtime to treat the wounded, and the weary.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161219_20976.mp3




Friday, December 16, 2016 - The only thing he can do tonight is cry. An activist and teacher in eastern Aleppo describes the desperation as evacuation buses that were supposed to take his family to safety simply fail to show up.

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, BC's government offers first-time home buyers no-interest loans, but the opposition NDP says the governing Liberals are trying to buy the next election by tempting British Columbians further into debt.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161216_42266.mp3




PODCAST EXTRA: SANTACON

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

On this week's podcast extra, we revisit a salty interview from 2014 with a bartender in Bushwick boycotting SantaCon.


Media Files:
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Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 'Twasn't right before Christmas. The story of a child dying in the arms of a professional Santa went around the world faster than the bearded man himself -- but some unwrapping shows it may not be what we thought it was.

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, a Democrat will be the governor of North Carolina, after a hard-fought election -- but state Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure the winner loses.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161215_95481.mp3




Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Nowhere fast. In less than twelve hours, the ceasefire in eastern Aleppo collapsed -- and now the fifty thousand residents still in the besieged city are anxiously waiting to hear if they can get out alive.

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, Ottawa unveils its new strategy on opioids -- but senator and former police chief Vern White says it doesn't do enough for addicts -- or against the people exporting the stuff from China.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161214_57510.mp3




Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Assad's win is everyone else's loss. There's a ceasefire in Aleppo after the regime finally takes control of the city -- and the UN's Special Adviser for Syria, Jan Egeland, tells us what this means for civilians.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, breaking news -- or, at least, twisting it hard. There's a new study on whether young people can distinguish between fake news and facts -- and it suggests that their critical thinking is in critical condition.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161213_24420.mp3




Monday, December 12, 2016 - The price of emissions. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she won't let the doubts of a premier here -- or a president-elect there -- keep her government from putting its climate change agreement into action.

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Also, the toughest customers. With increasing frequency, a BC funeral director is arranging services for families whose loved ones have died of fentanyl overdoses -- and he's doing what he can to reduce his clientele.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161212_82076.mp3




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.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161209_78418.mp3




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.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161208_71538.mp3




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.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161207_40284.mp3




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.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161206_92280.mp3




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.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161205_89521.mp3




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.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161202_80304.mp3




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.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161201_50553.mp3




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.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161130_73243.mp3




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.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161129_26044.mp3




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.

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161128_98290.mp3




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.

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161125_26513.mp3




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.

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161124_69906.mp3




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.

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/asithappens_20161123_67821.mp3