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 "Mr.Big" and the Recent Supreme Court Ruling

The "Mr. Big" ruling is a game changer for those convicted in sting operations. A Supreme Court of Canada ruling calling into question the reliability of confessions obtained during so-called Mr. Big sting operations could prompt the review of dozens of convictions, some legal experts say. This type of sting involves police posing as criminals in an attempt to obtain ...
  • 2014
  • 00:11:53
  • 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 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 Alice Coachman Davis: First Black Woman to Win a Gold Medal

She broke records and broke down barriers. In 1948, Alice Coachman Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, paving the way for other black athletes — both male and female — to follow in her spiked-shoe footsteps. She passed away on July 14 and is remembered here as a sports pioneer.
  • 2014
  • 00:07:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Alvin Dixon on Residential School and Nutritional Experiments

Alvin Dixon remembered being so hungry as a child that he had to steal food. Mr. Dixon was a survivor of the residential school system and a victim of a government-run malnutrition experiment. He died on July 20 at the age of 77. In his first year at a B.C. residential school, Alvin Dixon said he remembered finding it strange ...
  • 2014
  • 00:03:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Attawapiskat's New School

At last the people of Attawapiskat are getting a new school. It's been 14 years since the former elementary school there was condemned for toxic contamination. As It Happens speaks with Chelsea-Jane Edwards, one of the people who campaigned hard for the school. Chelsea co-founded Shannen’s Dream, a campaign for safe, comfortable schools and equitable education on reserves across Canada. The campaign ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

As It Happens Homophone Blogger Fired

If you know the difference between the words "homophobe" and "homophone," you're well ahead of one American English language school administrator who fired an employee last week for allegedly promoting "some kind of gay agenda" through a blog post about grammar. Timothy Torkildson was let go from his position as a social media specialist at the Nomen Global Language Center ...
  • 2014
  • 00:06:07
  • 15-17
  • 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 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 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