As It Happened

Those As It Happens interviews you just can't get out of your head. For 46 years, the show has been bringing listeners the hilarious, dramatic and downright strangest news of the day – straight from the people making it. Tune in each week to hear the show’s most compelling characters and their sagas all over again with our host Jeff Douglas.

Starting on July 1st, tune in each week this summer on Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m. or Fridays at 7:30 p.m. to hear the show's most compelling characters all over again.


As It happened 2015

  • Victory at World Swamp Soccer Championships

    Friday September 02, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Finnish Episode

    It seems like a good place to end. As it Happened: The Archive Edition wraps up its 2016 season with The Finnish Episode. We’ll speak with the organizer of Finland’s World Swamp Soccer Championships, and we'll hear a performance by the Finnish Men’s Shouting Choir.

    Posted: Sep 02, 2016 3:12 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016 12:46 PM ET
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  • Al Purdy and his privy

    Friday August 26, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Privy Episode

    On The Privy Episode of As it Happened: The Archive Edition, we’ll hear about late poet Al Purdy’s newly refurbished privy and we’ll speak with the woman who rescued Margaret Thatcher’s former loo from a dumpster.

    Posted: Aug 26, 2016 2:37 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 26, 2016 4:39 PM ET
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  • Anthony Planakis aka Tony Bees

    Friday August 19, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Birds + Bees Episode

    On the The Birds and Bees Episode of As it Happened:The Archive Edition, we'll hear from NYPD Officer Anthony Planakis. For more than 35 years he was in charge of handling New York City's problems with roving gangs of ... bees. If there was a swarm anywhere in the city, "Tony Bees" was on it.

    Posted: Aug 19, 2016 11:58 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2016 3:31 PM ET
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  • Winter Weather Washington

    Friday August 12, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Discoveries Episode

    This week's episode includes the story of an Associated Press photographer in Washington, D.C. When she headed out to take pictures of homeless people in the cold, she had no idea her work would wind up reuniting a family from upstate New York.

    Posted: Aug 12, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 12, 2016 5:07 PM ET
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  • Axel and Eigil Axgil

    Friday August 05, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Rights Episode

    They were the first couple in the world to enter into a legal same-sex partnership. Former As it Happens host Michael Enright speaks with Eigil Axgil, the day after Axgil said “I do” to his partner of 40 years in Copenhagen.

    Posted: Aug 05, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 05, 2016 2:26 PM ET
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  • Cat steals underwear

    Friday July 29, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Four-Legged Episode

    It's all things four-legged this week on As it Happened: The Archive Edition, including the story of Boris the pig. In 2011, Boris broke through the gate of his pen and managed to impregnate every sow in site, siring more than 100 piglets.

    Posted: Jul 29, 2016 1:37 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 29, 2016 5:03 PM ET
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  • Hipster

    Friday July 22, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Research Episode

    In our 48 years on air, As it Happens has covered some of the important research stories of our time. This week on The Archive Edition, we revisit those ground-breaking studies, which include a look a the phenomenon of toothbrush swallowing, whether ‘old people smell’ really exists, and why some belly buttons collect so much lint.

    Posted: Jul 22, 2016 1:21 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016 5:38 PM ET
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  • Message in kilt

    Friday July 15, 2016

    As It Happened: The Archive Edition - The Paper Episode

    A man's kilt usually contains just the one obvious secret. But stitched into a kilt that's been in her family for generations, a British woman discovers a hidden note of somewhat romantic intent.

    Posted: Jul 15, 2016 12:48 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 15, 2016 6:08 PM ET
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  • Nose

    Friday July 08, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Nose Episode

    This week, As it Happened: The Archive Edition reaches the point of nose return, with an episode all about schnozzes. You’ll hear about a man who unknowingly had a nail stuck in his nose for three decades, we'll speak with a 12-year-old girl who set a world record for sneezing.

    Posted: Jul 08, 2016 1:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 13, 2016 10:36 AM ET
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  • Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

    Friday July 01, 2016

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Frank Episode

    All summer long listen for some of the very best from the As It Happens archives. In this week's episode, Frank, there is a man with Down syndrome offering some frank advice to Ann Coulter after she refers to President Obama as a 'retard', and a woman whose job is to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

    Posted: Jul 01, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 13, 2016 10:35 AM ET
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  • Last Frosted Flakes

    Wednesday September 02, 2015

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Goodbyes Episode

    It’s all about goodbyes this week on As it Happened: The Archive Edition. We bid adieu to Stumpy, the 32-year-old one-legged seagull, and to a German catfish famous for eating a small dog. We also hear the story of the last box of Frosted Flakes produced at the Kellogg's plant in London, Ont.

    Posted: Sep 02, 2015 2:25 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 02, 2015 5:38 PM ET
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  • Robert King

    Wednesday August 26, 2015

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Justice Episode

    They are known as the Angola Three. Three members of the Black Panthers, all convicted of murdering a white prison guard while already in Angola Prison, all detained in solitary confinement for decades.

    Posted: Aug 26, 2015 3:49 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015 4:44 PM ET
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  • World's oldest cured ham

    Wednesday August 19, 2015

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Extremes Episode

    He was a fine swine. Alas, he did not get better with age. Ham, the aptly named ham, is now the world's oldest cured ham. In the summer of 2014, the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield, Virginia celebrated Ham's 112th birthday.

    Posted: Aug 19, 2015 3:44 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2015 4:57 PM ET
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  • Phil Campbells

    Wednesday August 12, 2015

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Collections Episode

    In 2011, Phil Campbell, who lives in New York, decided to gather all the Phil Campbells of the world for a Phil Campbell reunion. He even had the perfect place for them to meet: a town called Phil Campbell, Alabama.

    Posted: Aug 12, 2015 5:44 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015 6:20 PM ET
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  • Boring and Dull

    Wednesday August 05, 2015

    As It Happened As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Challengers Episode

    Dull and Boring may seem so close as to be indistinguishable. But the truth is, they're an ocean apart. Dull is the name of a town in Scotland. Boring is the name of a town in Oregon. And in 2012, Dull challenged Boring to become its partner town.

    Posted: Aug 05, 2015 5:35 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015 6:12 PM ET
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2014 Season