As It Happened

Those As It Happens interviews you just can't get out of your head. For 49 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 June 30th, As It Happens: The Archive Episode airs each Friday of the summer at 7:30 PM — following As it Happens.


As It happened 2015

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    Friday July 14, 2017

    AS IT HAPPENED As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Aliens Episode

    What on Earth happened to Travis Walton when he went missing for five days back in 1975? According to him, he left it — in a flying saucer.

    Posted: Jul 14, 2017 2:15 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017 4:11 PM ET
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  • Tehran 1980

    Friday July 07, 2017

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Neighbours Episode

    After militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took dozens of Americans hostage, Canada stepped in to help its neighbour — in a risky and covert operation to sneak some of the captives out of the country.

    Posted: Jul 07, 2017 2:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 2:25 PM ET
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  • Former PM John Diefenbaker/Canadian flag

    Friday June 30, 2017

    As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Home Episode

    For most Canadians today, July 1st is practically synonymous with Canada Day. But before 1982, it was called Dominion Day. And if one prime minister had had his way, it would have remained forever thus.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2017 2:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017 6:35 PM ET
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  • 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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