As It Happens

As It Happens reaches real people where news is really happening, wherever it's happening. Hosts Carol Off and Jeff Douglas dial up the people at the heart of power struggles, war zones and scientific discoveries. People from every country and walk of life. Whether world leaders, rabble-rousers or deposed dictators.

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Episodes

As It Happens Octopus Broods Eggs over Four Years

An octopus off the coast of California has broken the record for the longest brood. The dedicated mom guarded her eggs for 53 months until they were ready to hatch. So why such a long brood? "There's a tremendous advantage to being well-developed when you hatch," researcher Bruce Robison tells As It Happens. Robison led the research at the Monterey Bay ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:49
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Acetaminophen No Better than Placebo for Lower Back Pain

Acetaminophen, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published in July. The study published in The Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine was no better than placebo, or dummy, pills for hastening recovery from acute bouts ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:15
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Winnipeg Bans Singing in Buses

Winnipeg is trying to make city buses safer. Most of the 40 ticketable offenses in its new transit bylaw aren't controversial — bans on drinking alcohol, rules against climbing out of bus windows, that sort of thing. But one particular new rule is causing debate: a ban on singing on the bus. Brian Mayes, a city councillor and the chairman of ...
  • 2014
  • 00:09:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Rare Plague Contracted

Jennifer House, veterinarian at the department of epidemiology with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, talks about how a man in Colorado has been diagnosed with pneumonic plague, an inhaled form of the disease very similar to bubonic plague. The last case of a human catching the plague in Canada was 1939.
  • 2014
  • 00:06:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Right to Farm Amendment in Missouri

This summer the state of Missouri has been debating an amendment to enshrine farming as a constitutional right. At first glance the "right to farm" seems uncontroversial. But some say the amendment is an underhanded attempt to shield big farming and agricultural corporations from public scrutiny, regulation and the enforcement of animal rights rules. As It Happens discusses the issue with Eric ...
  • 2014
  • 00:06:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens RCMP First Responder Suicide

Ken Barker was a retired RCMP officer who had suffered with PTSD for many years. A week ago, Mr. Barker, who was a police dog handler, killed himself at his home in Winnipeg. Thirteen first responders in Canada have taken their own lives in the past 10 weeks. And Mr. Barker's wife, Shari, says it's time for first responders to ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:04
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens 3D Printing and the $350 Robotic Arm

3D-printed robotic arm for six-year old: $350. The ability to hug mom: priceless. Alex Pring was born missing his right arm from just above the elbow. The cost of a traditional robotic limb, which would have to be replaced as Alex grows, has a hefty price tag. But now, thanks to Albert Manero and his team of aerospace engineering students, ...
  • 2014
  • 00:06:40
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Teen Develops App to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths

Every year, dozens of small children are forgotten in cars. Sometimes a parent remembers and rushes back to the car, but sometimes they don't get there in time to prevent the child suffering harm. Seventeen-year-old Alissa Chavez has designed a car-seat alarm system and app to alert parents when they've left their child in the car. She's been working on ...
  • 2014
  • 00:05:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Narcissism Study

Narcissists can be disruptive in social situations and in the workplace. And that's why, in part, researchers have developed a new, faster method for identifying narcissists. The faster they're identified, the faster they can get help. And in the age of social media and selfies, narcissism is increasing. The new test is completed with one simple question.
  • 2014
  • 00:07:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Up in Smoke: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Tony Abbott's Australian government has made good on his big election promise. They've scrapped a controversial carbon tax that had once been hailed as a progressive way to combat climate change. This makes Australia the first developed nation to implement and then scrap a tax. Many environmentalists in Australia had hoped Mr. Abbott's election promise to repeal the tax wasn't ...
  • 2014
  • 00:07:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014