As It Happens"Fireside Al" Maitland reads Frederick Forsyth's "The Shepherd"Dec 20, 2013 | 32:22Fireside Al Maitland's reading of "The Shepherd", by Frederick Forsyth, has been an annual tradition at As it Happens since 1979.
The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas. Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost.
As It HappensThe Gift of the MagiDec 19, 2014 | 13:11Words of the wise. A young couple in love, wanting to buy each other the perfect present. Fireside Al reads the O. Henry Christmas classic, "The Gift of the Magi."
As It HappensReading: To Every Thing There is a SeasonDec 19, 2014 | 15:40A Cape Breton Christmas. An eleven-year-old boy shares his family's Christmas at home, in the late Alistair MacLeod's short story, "To Every Thing There is a Season."
As It HappensMeet Dave Barrett, a real-life World War II "shepherd"Dec 23, 2014 | 12:01The narrator of "The Shepherd" owes his life to a miraculous encounter with the Mosquito-flying pilot who, he later learns, flew with the illustrious WWII Pathfinder squadron. Dave Barrett is a real-life former pilot, who flew with this ace unit.
As It HappensFilm documents Canadian restoration of a De Havilland Mosquito airplaneDec 23, 2014 | 12:01It was an airplane ahead of its time. And the "Timber Terror", or "Wooden Wonder", as it was known, earned a reputation as the plane that won the war. April Butler is the director of that documentary, called "Gaining Altitude: The Mosquito Reborn".
As It HappensHoodoo McFiggin's ChristmasDec 19, 2014 | 7:22Hoodoo? Hoo don't. Fireside Al reads Stephen Leacock's classic tale "Hoodoo McFiggin's Christmas," about a boy who has big dreams for Christmas, and big nightmares too.
As It HappensCape Breton workers among first victims of oil price collapseDec 10, 2014 | 7:04Thousands of Nova Scotia tradespeople and labourers who regularly work in the oil patch are bracing for a grim New Year if oil prices stay low - and they don't have work.
As It HappensTo Everything There is a Season, by Alistair MacLeodDec 20, 2013 | 15:40An older brother coming home for Christmas. A father, enjoying perhaps his last holiday season, and a boy trying to hold on all that makes Christmas magical.
All of them come together in a short story about Christmas on Cape Breton Island.
As It HappensWill the Gavle Goat survive this year?Dec 18, 2014 | 5:51The city of Gavle has an annual tradition of erecting a 13-metre-tall straw goat for Christmas. And arsonists have a tradition of torching it. Will it survive to Christmas this year?
As It HappensWarblers appear to 'hear' deadly storms approach from hundreds km awayDec 22, 2014 | 6:32When the gold-winged warblers that University of California biologist Henrey Streby had been tracking showed up in Tennessee this spring, he thought it was a cause foe celebration.
As It HappensThe Hockey SweaterDec 19, 2014 | 10:28To Hab and Hab not. Roch Carrier reads his beloved Canadian story, "The Hockey Sweater," about growing up in in smalltown Quebec and being forced to wear a Leafs jersey.