Sep 5, 2012 | 6:48As It Happens Berlin Artist Squat Audio
As It Happens Berlin Artist Squat Sep 5, 2012 | 6:48On Tuesday, after twenty-two years of occupation, authorities finally cleared the last forty or so people out the Tacheles art centre.
In 1990, artists moved in and prevented the run-down East Berlin building from being destroyed. The threat of closure has loomed ever since.
The Canadian musician Peaches is one of those who worked at Tacheles. We reached her in Berlin.
Sep 5, 2012 | 6:18As It Happens Syrian National Symphony Audio
As It Happens Syrian National Symphony Sep 5, 2012 | 6:18Now in its second year, the uprising in Syria has spread across the country, and has grown increasingly violent.
Yet, amidst the all that destruction and carnage in Syria, life must, and does, continue. Sometimes in surprising ways.
Case inpoint: the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, which is preparing its new season. Missak Baghboudarian is its conductor. We reached him in Damascus.
Sep 5, 2012 | 29:00As It Happens Sept 5 - Part 1 Audio
As It Happens Sept 5 - Part 1 Sep 5, 2012 | 29:00For the Record: Pauline Marois/Quebec Election: Parti Quebecois at Party/Tape: Quebec Students, Mahjoub's Lawyer, From Our Archives: No Model Magazie, Tape: Goodbye BBC Giggles
Sep 5, 2012 | 28:22As It Happens Sept 5 - Part 3 Audio
As It Happens Sept 5 - Part 3 Sep 5, 2012 | 28:22For the Record: Jean Charest/Jean Charest Career, Framed Pakistani Girl, Sound of the Day: Return of the Televised Bullfight, Newfoundland Sailor Obit, Script: Gentle Tazmanian Devils
Sep 6, 2012 | 7:10As It Happens Pratte on Charest Audio
As It Happens Pratte on Charest Sep 6, 2012 | 7:10Jean Charest stepped down as leader of the Quebec Liberal Party on Tuesday. The election saw his party surrender power to Pauline Marois' PQ and the loss of his own seat in the riding of Sherbrooke.
His retirement marks the end of a long and varied public career.
For his take on the Charest legacy, we went to Charest biographer and La Presse Editorialiste-en-Chef, Andre Pratte.
Sep 6, 2012 | 2:09As It Happens Farewell (and a giggle) to BBC presenter Charlotte Green Audio
As It Happens Farewell (and a giggle) to BBC presenter Charlotte Green Sep 6, 2012 | 2:09BBC presenter Charlotte Green will be leaving the station at the end of the year. She's taking voluntary redundancy because of cuts.
Ms. Green has been a regular on Radio 4 since the nineteen-seventies. She's famous for her husky, breathless voice and steadfast composure when reading the news.
But for audiences outside the U.K., Ms Green is perhaps more famous for an instance when those characteristics failed her.
From March 28th, 2008, here is BBC Radio 4 newsreader, Charlotte Green, losing her composure during the news.
Sep 7, 2012 | 6:29As It Happens Irish Ghost Estates Audio
As It Happens Irish Ghost Estates Sep 7, 2012 | 6:29When Graham Usher put down a deposit on a new place in the Priory Hall development in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005, it seemed his dreams were coming true.
In 2007, the dream began to sour. Problems arose with the plumbing, the heating, the boiler: problems not typical of new constructions. By 2009, the City Council, which owned 26 of the apartments for use as assisted housing, got its tenants out. It had concerns about fire safety. In 2011, the company that had been insuring Priory Hall said it was withdrawing its policy - again with concerns about fire.
In October, the building was condemned the building and everyone was ordered out.
Priory Hall is just one of reportedly 2000 plus 'ghost estates'.
We reached Graham Usher on his mobile phone in Dublin.
Sep 7, 2012 | 6:20As It Happens Junk DNA Mystery Audio
As It Happens Junk DNA Mystery Sep 7, 2012 | 6:20Scientists had long been confounded as to the purpose of millions of pieces of DNA in the human genome -- so confounded they branded the genetic material "junk-DNA".
But now, scientists with the international Encyclopedia of DNA Elements project have published research showing the DNA they were studying can no longer be called junk -- and may actually hold the key to understanding the development of diseases.