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Take a trip around the world with CBC Radio's As It Happens. Hear from the people at the centre of the stories of the day. From the complex to the weird and wacky, As It Happens brings you the voices you want to hear. Listen to our podcast and on Fridays, we pull back the curtain on how we make the show with the podcast extra.

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Blondie

Who was Sheryl Sheppard? David speaks to her family, friends and coworkers to try to find out clues to explain her sudden disappearance.

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How drug use fuelled Nazi Germany

German writer Norman Ohler argues methamphetamines and opioids played a significant role in fuelling the Nazi war machine.

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6 podcasts on trotting the globe: Outside/In, Vox Tablet, The Expats, The Moth, Still Buffering, The Memory Palace.

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Cities need to plan for sex in public parks

Jen Roberton argues all those users have a right to be in the park, and that cities should plan for public sex in their parks.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 - Rockets and a hard place. A teacher in Aleppo is living under constant bomb and artillery attacks -- but he tells us it's still safer than to leave the city, and put himself in the hands of the Syrian regime.

Also, a semi-hostile climate on making the climate less hostile. As the premiers meet the PM, almost all the provinces are on board with a carbon tax -- but there's a cold wind blowing in from the West.

Download Friday, December 9, 2016 - Rockets and a hard place. A teacher in Aleppo is living under constant bomb and artillery attacks -- but he tells us it's still safer than to leave the city, and put himself in the hands of the Syrian regime.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - For staying in one spot, she's going on the ten-spot. Seventy years ago, Viola Desmond refused to leave the whites-only part of a Nova Scotia cinema. Now she'll be the first Canadian woman to appear on the front of a banknote.

Also, it's called the Berkley Pit -- but to birds, it's "Never, Never Land". Thousands of snow geese are dead after choosing the wrong place to touch down: a toxic lake at a former Montana mine.

Download Thursday, December 8, 2016 - For staying in one spot, she's going on the ten-spot. Seventy years ago, Viola Desmond refused to leave the whites-only part of a Nova Scotia cinema. Now she'll be the first Canadian woman to appear on the front of a banknote.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Take this job claim and shove it. Donald Trump has been very vocal about the number of jobs he saved at an Indiana plant -- but our guest says the president-elect should save his breath.

Also, did she blow it by not coughing up? A former Liberal volunteer and entrepreneur turned down a ticket to an expensive Liberal fundraiser -- and now wonders if paying to play would have gotten her work.

Download Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Take this job claim and shove it. Donald Trump has been very vocal about the number of jobs he saved at an Indiana plant -- but our guest says the president-elect should save his breath.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Standing up against the watered down. More than a thousand cancer patients were given diluted chemotherapy -- and now, some of them say a settlement for their suffering is too weak as well.

Also, she was a devoted doctor committed to health care for those who didn't have access to it. Now, Elana Fric-Shamji is dead, her husband has been charged with murder, and Toronto's medical community is in shock.

Download Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Standing up against the watered down. More than a thousand cancer patients were given diluted chemotherapy -- and now, some of them say a settlement for their suffering is too weak as well.
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Monday, December 5, 2016 - The ghost of a chant. Conservative leadership hopeful Chris Alexander explains why he did what he did, and didn't do what he didn't do, when people chanted "Lock her up!" at a rally -- about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

Also, it started as a party -- and ended as a tragedy. Our guest was at an Oakland warehouse on Friday night, when the fire began -- and he's still waiting to hear about friends who've been missing since.

Download Monday, December 5, 2016 - The ghost of a chant. Conservative leadership hopeful Chris Alexander explains why he did what he did, and didn't do what he didn't do, when people chanted "Lock her up!" at a rally -- about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
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Friday, December 2, 2016 - Amid the relentless attacks, Anas al-Basha put on face paint and a costume to entertain kids as "the clown of Aleppo" -- before he was killed by an airstrike this week.

Also, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were famously executed for spying in the 'fifties -- and now, their son explains why he's calling on President Obama to exonerate one of them: his mother.

Download Friday, December 2, 2016 - Amid the relentless attacks, Anas al-Basha put on face paint and a costume to entertain kids as "the clown of Aleppo" -- before he was killed by an airstrike this week.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - It began with one ember and then he was driving for his life. Michael Luciano says he had to rely on memory to keep on the road after fire engulfed his Tennessee town.

Also, the Liberals say a committee was too quick to call for a referendum on the way we vote, but a Conservative member says the MPs have done their job and now it's the government's turn.

Download Thursday, December 1, 2016 - It began with one ember and then he was driving for his life. Michael Luciano says he had to rely on memory to keep on the road after fire engulfed his Tennessee town.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - A Judicial Committee recommends that Justice Robin Camp be removed from the bench after a sexual assault trial where he asked a witness why she didn't just keep her knees together.

Also, an employee at an Indiana air conditioner factory says he can hardly believe the news after Donald Trump claims credit for keeping some of the plant's jobs from moving to Mexico.

Download Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - A Judicial Committee recommends that Justice Robin Camp be removed from the bench after a sexual assault trial where he asked a witness why she didn't just keep her knees together.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Two out of three ain't good. Prime Minister Trudeau says "No" to the Northern Gateway pipeline, but "yes" to the Line 3 and the Trans Mountain -- and our guest is deeply unhappy about that last one, in particular.

Also, eight people have died so far in Melbourne, Australia, after a rare outbreak of something called "thunderstorm asthma" -- which had our guest gasping for breath.

Download Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Two out of three ain't good. Prime Minister Trudeau says "No" to the Northern Gateway pipeline, but "yes" to the Line 3 and the Trans Mountain -- and our guest is deeply unhappy about that last one, in particular.
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Monday, November 28, 2016 - One man was an island. For more than fifty years, the late Fidel Castro imposed his personal ideology and authority on his country -- and tonight, we'll look at his complicated legacy.

Also, Juanita Castro has especially complicated feelings about the Cuban leader -- because her criticism of her brother's government forced her to leave Cuba, but her family ties made her an outsider in Florida.

Download Monday, November 28, 2016 - One man was an island. For more than fifty years, the late Fidel Castro imposed his personal ideology and authority on his country -- and tonight, we'll look at his complicated legacy.
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Friday, November 25, 2016 - A wholly surprising half-measure. A judge cuts an Alberta sex offender's twelve-year sentence in half -- because the man was abused by guards and fellow inmates while waiting for trial.

Also, a hamlet in Nunavut goes to the Supreme Court to stop companies from seismic testing in the Arctic -- and we'll speak with the local man who spearheaded the case.

Download Friday, November 25, 2016 - A wholly surprising half-measure. A judge cuts an Alberta sex offender's twelve-year sentence in half -- because the man was abused by guards and fellow inmates while waiting for trial.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Kevin help us. Reality TV star and investor Kevin O'Leary sees only one figure powerful enough to lead the Conservative Party, defeat Justin Trudeau, and take on Donald Trump -- and it's Kevin O'Leary.

Also, to deflect questions about a pay-to-play fundraiser, and a dubious donation to the Trudeau Foundation, the PM says everything's cool because Chuck Strahl is a Foundation director. At which point Mr. Strahl resigns.

Download Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Kevin help us. Reality TV star and investor Kevin O'Leary sees only one figure powerful enough to lead the Conservative Party, defeat Justin Trudeau, and take on Donald Trump -- and it's Kevin O'Leary.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - When it comes to NASA, the sky will be the limit. An advisor to president-elect Donald Trump says the space agency's climate-change research is "politicized science" -- which is why it will be scrapped.

Also, he has ways of helping you talk. In the aftermath of spying revelations against a group of Quebec reporters, one senator introduces legislation to protect journalistic sources and whistleblowers.

Download Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - When it comes to NASA, the sky will be the limit. An advisor to president-elect Donald Trump says the space agency's climate-change research is "politicized science" -- which is why it will be scrapped.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - You ain't seen nothing jet. But you're about to, because the federal government is set to pick up 18 fancy new jet fighters as a stop-gap measure -- and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will explain why that's a great idea.

Also, Illinois congressman Danny Davis tells us about the victim of Chicago's 701st homicide -- a teenage boy allegedly killed because of an argument over shoes, who happens to be Congressman Davis's grandson.

Download Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - You ain't seen nothing jet. But you're about to, because the federal government is set to pick up 18 fancy new jet fighters as a stop-gap measure -- and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will explain why that's a great idea.
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Monday, November 21, 2016 - Fighting for water, against water. Indigenous protesters are still standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- even after being tear-gassed and sprayed with water by police in freezing temperatures.

Also, he was in prison for shooting her. Now, he's out of prison because of her. We'll speak with a Florida man who received early release this month -- and the woman he shot 26 years ago, who's in his corner now.

Download Monday, November 21, 2016 - Fighting for water, against water. Indigenous protesters are still standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- even after being tear-gassed and sprayed with water by police in freezing temperatures.
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Friday, November 18, 2016 - Pretty far right and pretty far wrong. In the Eighties, our guest testified against Jeff Sessions becoming a federal judge -- and tonight, he'll testify against the Alabama Senator being Donald Trump's Attorney General.

Also, dozens of allegations of police abuse in northern Quebec result in just two charges -- and the head of one native friendship centre says women in her community are now more afraid.

Download Friday, November 18, 2016 - Pretty far right and pretty far wrong. In the Eighties, our guest testified against Jeff Sessions becoming a federal judge -- and tonight, he'll testify against the Alabama Senator being Donald Trump's Attorney General.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Post-Dean age wasteland. The Democratic Party lost the White House, and Congress, and several formerly blue states -- and past DNC chair Howard Dean says he's just the man to fix things as the the future DNC chair.

Also, after a young woman was murdered in London, Ontario, the police kept her purse before giving it to her sister -- and now, she wants to know why they held on to it for decades.

Download Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Post-Dean age wasteland. The Democratic Party lost the White House, and Congress, and several formerly blue states -- and past DNC chair Howard Dean says he's just the man to fix things as the the future DNC chair.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Some people just click. For example, Iowa State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, who was telling us about his new bill that would punish schools for coddling college students with silly hang-ups -- and then just hung up.

Also, a Canadian imam is among thousands of people detained in Turkey after the failed coup -- but his wife insists her husband had nothing to do with it.

Download Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Some people just click. For example, Iowa State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, who was telling us about his new bill that would punish schools for coddling college students with silly hang-ups -- and then just hung up.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - If you want to move, you're in good company. And tonight, the CEO of that Philadelphia company explains why he's responding to employees disturbed by a Trump presidency -- by letting them transfer to the Canadian office.

Also, he said he was the right man for their jobs. But despite Donald Trump's promises, an Indianapolis factory is headed to Mexico -- which will leave our guest unemployed and uncertain about his vote and his future.

Download Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - If you want to move, you're in good company. And tonight, the CEO of that Philadelphia company explains why he's responding to employees disturbed by a Trump presidency -- by letting them transfer to the Canadian office.
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Monday, November 14, 2016 - Alt-right-hand man. Critics have called Steve Bannon a bigot, a misogynist and a fascist -- and now, President-elect Donald Trump has called him his chief White House strategist and senior advisor.

Also, Margot Bentley spent years in a vegetative state before her death last week in a B.C. nursing home -- even though her living will specifically asked she be allowed to die.

Download Monday, November 14, 2016 - Alt-right-hand man. Critics have called Steve Bannon a bigot, a misogynist and a fascist -- and now, President-elect Donald Trump has called him his chief White House strategist and senior advisor.
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Friday, November 11, 2016 - Remembering Leonard Cohen

Tonight, we dedicate the As It Happens podcast to the life of poet and musician Leonard Cohen. We'll hear from those who loved him and collaborated with him over his long career.

Download Friday, November 11, 2016 - Remembering Leonard Cohen
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Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Donald Trump is big on the word "unbelievable." Unfortunately, it's a word he also applies to climate change -- and a prominent scientist says the president-elect's environmental agenda could be disastrous.

Also, a sense of the senselessness. A Maryland man visiting Toronto for a bachelor party is viciously beaten outside a club and later dies -- and tonight, his father tells us about the late Julian Jones.

Download Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Donald Trump is big on the word "unbelievable." Unfortunately, it's a word he also applies to climate change -- and a prominent scientist says the president-elect's environmental agenda could be disastrous.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - The end of establishment politics. People are predictably polarized in the United States today -- but almost no one predicted what they would be polarized about: Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election.

Also, held up by the Rust Belt. The Republican candidate was lifted to victory by a part of the country that was once the heart of industry -- and one Ohio voter explains why she rejected the Democrats in favour of the outsider.

Download Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - The end of establishment politics. People are predictably polarized in the United States today -- but almost no one predicted what they would be polarized about: Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - It's still standing -- but it's definitely a house divided. And on election day, the Pennsylvania home of Priscilla Shotter is about as starkly split as it gets.

Also, actually, he's got the best words. Because Peter Sokolowski works at Merriam-Webster -- and he'll tell us how the words Americans looked up defined the 2016 presidential race.

Download Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - It's still standing -- but it's definitely a house divided. And on election day, the Pennsylvania home of Priscilla Shotter is about as starkly split as it gets.
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Monday, November 7, 2016 - Standing up to be counted. Election Day is tomorrow, but Latino voters have already turned out in unprecedented numbers in Florida -- and we speak with a woman who's been helping galvanize those voters.

Also, they're with her -- because of her. Tomorrow, the United States may elect a woman president for the first time -- and Rochester, New York is making it easier for people to pay tribute at the grave of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.

Download Monday, November 7, 2016 - Standing up to be counted. Election Day is tomorrow, but Latino voters have already turned out in unprecedented numbers in Florida -- and we speak with a woman who's been helping galvanize those voters.
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Friday, November 4, 2016 - Now that we know Canadian police monitored journalists and our spy agency's been duping judges about its own illegal snooping, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will tell us what he's going to do about it.

Also, an Ontario pilot project plans to address poverty by simply giving money to the people who need it -- and former Senator Hugh Segal explains how he thinks that could pay off.

Download Friday, November 4, 2016 - Now that we know Canadian police monitored journalists and our spy agency's been duping judges about its own illegal snooping, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will tell us what he's going to do about it.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - They were watching their backs but someone else was too. Now, Quebec police confirm they got warrants to monitor the phones of six journalists -- and tonight, Alain Gravel tells us what's it like to know he was being tracked.

Also, he wrote a bestseller -- but wishes he couldn't have. Mohamedou Old Slahi, author of "Guantanamo Diary," is finally allowed to return home to Mauritania -- after being held at the U.S. military prison for 14 years.

Download Thursday, November 3, 2016 - They were watching their backs but someone else was too. Now, Quebec police confirm they got warrants to monitor the phones of six journalists -- and tonight, Alain Gravel tells us what's it like to know he was being tracked.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - It's supposed to alleviate pain. But after the BC Coroner's Office announces an inquest into the death of her son, Michelle Jansen talks to us about the agony the opioid has brought to her family.

Also, an indigenous Australian man demands the British Museum give back a tree-bark shield stolen from his ancestors by Captain Cook.

Download Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - It's supposed to alleviate pain. But after the BC Coroner's Office announces an inquest into the death of her son, Michelle Jansen talks to us about the agony the opioid has brought to her family.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Closed minds closed doors. And now, fired public servants and discharged military personnel are filing a class-action suit against Ottawa -- saying they lost their jobs because of their sexual orientation.

Also, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is serving 28 years in prison for fraud and extortion -- but thousands of his former constituents are asking President Obama to grant him a reprieve.

Download Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Closed minds closed doors. And now, fired public servants and discharged military personnel are filing a class-action suit against Ottawa -- saying they lost their jobs because of their sexual orientation.
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - The check is on the mail. By announcing a review of newly discovered emails, FBI Director James Comey threw the U.S. election into further chaos -- and according to our guest, he may also have broken the law.

Also, La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé is shocked to find Montreal police were granted dozens of warrants to monitor his phone -- and now he has a few questions for the judges who issued those warrants.

Download Monday, October 31, 2016 - The check is on the mail. By announcing a review of newly discovered emails, FBI Director James Comey threw the U.S. election into further chaos -- and according to our guest, he may also have broken the law.
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Friday, October 28, 2016 - Armed and danger-less. The Bundy brothers and their gun-slinging cohorts occupied an Oregon wildlife reserve for weeks -- so our guest is shocked and disappointed to hear of their acquittal.

Also, former airline pilot Beverly Bass flew into Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11 -- and this weekend, she'll go back to see the musical about that day, which is finally opening in the town where it's set.

Download Friday, October 28, 2016 - Armed and danger-less. The Bundy brothers and their gun-slinging cohorts occupied an Oregon wildlife reserve for weeks -- so our guest is shocked and disappointed to hear of their acquittal.
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PODCAST EXTRA: A reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"

It's an As It Happens tradition to celebrate holidays with readings. This Halloween, we've got a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven."

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - They were gathered at their school when the airstrikes started. Now, at least 22 children in Idlib province are dead -- and according to UNICEF, more Syrian schools have been bombed since.

Also, Quebec's Associate Chief Justice says a shortage of indigenous-language interpreters in northern communities is causing trials to be delayed -- or cancelled.

Download Thursday, October 27, 2016 - They were gathered at their school when the airstrikes started. Now, at least 22 children in Idlib province are dead -- and according to UNICEF, more Syrian schools have been bombed since.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Home stretch. The Calais camp is empty, and its residents are heading to communities across France -- and while our guest has volunteered to welcome refugees to her village, some of her neighbours aren't so receptive.

Also, she was driving home when a random bullet punched through her side window. Now, twenty-six-year-old Precious Land is paralyzed -- one of thousands of Chicago residents who were shot, but survived.

Download Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Home stretch. The Calais camp is empty, and its residents are heading to communities across France -- and while our guest has volunteered to welcome refugees to her village, some of her neighbours aren't so receptive.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - A former nurse is charged with killing eight residents at nursing homes in Ontario -- and our guest, whose parents were in one of those homes, is in a state of disbelief.

Also, up against the Walloons. Everyone, especially Canada, blames one region for threatening the billion-dollar trade deal with the EU -- but a Belgian politician says he understands where Wallonia is coming from.

Download Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - A former nurse is charged with killing eight residents at nursing homes in Ontario -- and our guest, whose parents were in one of those homes, is in a state of disbelief.
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Monday, October 24, 2016 - Time's running out, and it's unclear whether the lone holdout -- Wallonia -- will agree to the trade deal before a Canada-EU summit this week. Jean Charest says maybe Canada should take a rain check on that summit.

Also, Ottawa police release a report showing they're far more likely to stop young, male, black and Middle-Eastern drivers than anyone else -- and the study's author wants it to spark discussion, and change.

Download Monday, October 24, 2016 - Time's running out, and it's unclear whether the lone holdout -- Wallonia -- will agree to the trade deal before a Canada-EU summit this week. Jean Charest says maybe Canada should take a rain check on that summit.
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PODCAST EXTRA: Kids on the US Election

After an interview with a grade seven teacher about the election, we decided to check in with a few students.

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Friday, October 21, 2016 - Belgian waffling. Despite Canada's best efforts, Wallonia will not support a Canada-Europe trade agreement -- and one former trade minister is furious that a small region in Belgium has put the deal in jeopardy.

Also, It's ridiculous and insulting -- to put it invisible-planely. The UN proudly announces its new ambassador for women's empowerment -- but actual women are disappointed that it's the comic-book superhero Wonder Woman.

Download Friday, October 21, 2016 - Belgian waffling. Despite Canada's best efforts, Wallonia will not support a Canada-Europe trade agreement -- and one former trade minister is furious that a small region in Belgium has put the deal in jeopardy.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Donald Trump continues to claim the election is "rigged" -- by the media, by Hillary Clinton's campaign, by "Saturday Night Live" -- but the former chief counsel for the RNC says his claims are ridiculous.

Also, it's been fifty years since Charlie Wenjack froze to death trying to get home. Tonight, his sister Pearl Wenjack tells his story, and talks about two people who've brought that story back to light: Gord Downie, and his brother Mike.

Download Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Donald Trump continues to claim the election is "rigged" -- by the media, by Hillary Clinton's campaign, by "Saturday Night Live" -- but the former chief counsel for the RNC says his claims are ridiculous.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2016 - Three girls between twelve and fourteen. And now a fourth, who was ten. All have killed themselves in Northern Saskatchewan within the past few weeks -- leaving families and neighbours desperately seeking answers.

Also, capital idea. Two-and-a-half centuries after their ancestors contacted the Crown about a treaty, the Algonquin of Ontario finally ink an agreement in principle for an enormous piece of land, including Parliament Hill.

Download Wednesday, October 10, 2016 - Three girls between twelve and fourteen. And now a fourth, who was ten. All have killed themselves in Northern Saskatchewan within the past few weeks -- leaving families and neighbours desperately seeking answers.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Ezra Levant is upset that reporters with his company, "The Rebel," won't be allowed into an upcoming United Nations climate summit -- but a UN spokesperson says cooler heads may convince him to reverse that decision.

Also, on one side: ISIS. On the other side: Iraqi forces. And inside Mosul are nearly a million-and-a-half civilians who are in grave danger, as the fight for control of the city continues for a second day.

Download Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Ezra Levant is upset that reporters with his company, "The Rebel," won't be allowed into an upcoming United Nations climate summit -- but a UN spokesperson says cooler heads may convince him to reverse that decision.
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Monday, October 17, 2016 - The RCMP offers compensation to women on the force who have been harassed. And yet a Mountie who is suing for abuse while serving on the Musical Ride is still waiting.

Also, after police charge 9 protesters at Muskrat Falls, we hear from hunger-striking artist Billy Gauthier who says his death would only be the first if the power project is allowed to flood their land.

Download Monday, October 17, 2016 - The RCMP offers compensation to women on the force who have been harassed. And yet a Mountie who is suing for abuse while serving on the Musical Ride is still waiting.
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Friday, October 14, 2016 - Former federal cabinet minister and Alberta premier Jim Prentice dies in a plane crash in British Columbia -- and politicians of all stripes are paying tribute to a man who put principles before partisanship.

Also, another former premier, Alison Redford, remembers Mr. Prentice's dedication to the province where he moved as a teenager, became a lawyer, and served -- if only briefly -- as leader.

Download Friday, October 14, 2016 - Former federal cabinet minister and Alberta premier Jim Prentice dies in a plane crash in British Columbia -- and politicians of all stripes are paying tribute to a man who put principles before partisanship.
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PODCAST EXTRA: Not Your Mascot

As It Happens producer Imogen Birchard talks to Anishinaabe comedian and podcaster Ryan McMahon about Cleveland's baseball team and #NotYourMascot.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - The long road toward redemption. Eleven years after the brutal murder of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte, the youngest offender involved in her killing is finishing her sentence -- and her youth worker says her rehabilitation has

Plus, Ain't it weird when you discover that he really was where it's at? Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature -- but even our Dylan-loving guest isn't sure the committee made the right decision, and a whole lot more.

Download Thursday, October 13, 2016 - The long road toward redemption. Eleven years after the brutal murder of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte, the youngest offender involved in her killing is finishing her sentence -- and her youth worker says her rehabilitation has
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Wednesda, October 12, 2016 - Home is where the harm is. The deadly weekend airstrike on a funeral in Yemen was just part of the new normal for Mohammed Al-Asaadi -- who's trying to raise a family in Sanaa, even as the bombs fall.

Plus, Under a mushroom cloud. A child in Victoria, B.C. dies after eating a wild "death cap" mushroom. And a warning to other foragers: it's indistinguishable from a mushroom that's perfectly safe.

Download Wednesda, October 12, 2016 - Home is where the harm is. The deadly weekend airstrike on a funeral in Yemen was just part of the new normal for Mohammed Al-Asaadi -- who's trying to raise a family in Sanaa, even as the bombs fall.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Whoever wins, it's a lock for Hillary Clinton. Or so says Donald Trump, who's said Clinton would "be in jail" if he were president. And George W. Bush's former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, says that's just not done.

Also, Donald Trump says he's glad to be "unshackled" from the Republican leadership -- but a Republican Congressman says it's the GOP that should be celebrating.

Download Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Whoever wins, it's a lock for Hillary Clinton. Or so says Donald Trump, who's said Clinton would "be in jail" if he were president. And George W. Bush's former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, says that's just not done.
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Monday, October 10, 2016 - Not political discourse so much as a course of political disses. Last night's nasty debate confirms what a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin has long believed: that Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency, and the GOP.

Also, the founder of a group called "Trumpettes USA" says we're overlooking Hillary Clinton's failings, and overlooking the obvious: that her candidate will make America great again.

Download Monday, October 10, 2016 - Not political discourse so much as a course of political disses. Last night's nasty debate confirms what a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin has long believed: that Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency, and the GOP.
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Friday, October 7, 2016 - A hospital worker and a mayor in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew plead for help -- and tell us many communities are still completely cut off since the storm.

Also, Alison Azer just wants action in the case of her children, who've been taken to Iran by her ex-husband -- but she's disappointed by the disrespectful action shown by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

Download Friday, October 7, 2016 - A hospital worker and a mayor in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew plead for help -- and tell us many communities are still completely cut off since the storm.
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PODCAST EXTRA: Marking 10 years since killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya

On October 6 2006, Anna Politkovskaya was shot at point-blank range in her Moscow apartment building. We ask whether it's any safer to be a journalist in Russia, ten years since her death.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - There was no calm before the storm. And after Hurricane Matthew ravages Haiti, people there are wondering what this latest disaster will mean for the future of their beleaguered country.

Also, the RCMP apologizes to hundreds of female members who were harassed and abused -- and we'll talk to one of the Mounties who led the charge for that apology: former Inspector Linda Gillis-Davidson.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - Montreal philosopher Charles Taylor bags a million dollar prize for his deep thoughts regarding a more tolerant understanding of our diverse age.

Also, the Iceland Pirate Party wants to decriminalize drugs and crack down on corruption -- and it may form the country's next government.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - BC's representative for children and youth finds more than one hundred kids have been subjected to sexualized violence while in her province's care -- and most of them are Indigenous girls.

Also. the most powerful storm in the Caribbean in nearly a decade tears through Haiti and a representative of the UN's children's agency says the true toll of Hurricane Matthew may be yet to come.

Download Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - BC's representative for children and youth finds more than one hundred kids have been subjected to sexualized violence while in her province's care -- and most of them are Indigenous girls.
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Monday, October 3, 2016 - Cap and trade-off. The Prime Minister tells provincial leaders to adopt a carbon pricing plan, or he'll do it for them. Alberta's Environment Minister says that's fine -- provided the PM loosens up on pipelines.

Also, ten years after moving to Mexico and becoming part of a vibrant creative community, Canadian artist Barbara McClatchie Andrews is murdered.

Download Monday, October 3, 2016 - Cap and trade-off. The Prime Minister tells provincial leaders to adopt a carbon pricing plan, or he'll do it for them. Alberta's Environment Minister says that's fine -- provided the PM loosens up on pipelines.
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Friday, September 30, 2016 - A he said/they said scenario. A University of Toronto professor announces that he won't be using genderless pronouns -- and tonight, he'll explain why he's standing firm, after an angry backlash.

Also, his client left a man partly blind after attacking him with a hammer -- but an Ottawa lawyer says the court was right to find that client "not criminally responsible" for a fourth time.

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PODCAST EXTRA: Hiring Hermits

A story about a Swiss town looking to hire a hermit presents a challenge.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Horror in Hoboken. Amy Krulewitz was on a routine train journey -- until the train she was on entered the station at dangerously high speed, and crashed into the bustling passenger concourse.

Also, the U.S. Congress overrides the President's veto, and clears the way for people to sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11 -- and our guest says he's ready for his day in court.

Download Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Horror in Hoboken. Amy Krulewitz was on a routine train journey -- until the train she was on entered the station at dangerously high speed, and crashed into the bustling passenger concourse.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Ground to air -- and then air to ground. Investigators say it's definitive: a Russian missile launcher shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight, killing nearly three hundred people -- among them, our guest's son.

Also, a Sri Lankan journalist correctly predicted his own murder, and the failed inquiry that followed -- but now, a development he didn't see coming: a new investigation into his death.

Download Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Ground to air -- and then air to ground. Investigators say it's definitive: a Russian missile launcher shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight, killing nearly three hundred people -- among them, our guest's son.
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Tuesday September 27, 2016 - Jody Wilson-Raybould once protested alongside the Chief of the West Moberly First Nation aginst the Site C dam -- but now that she's a federal minister, she's lost her voice

AND, If you're suffering from kidney stones, you'll be relieved to hear that a doctor has made an amazing discovery: you can get rid of them by riding a roller coaster.

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Monday, September 26, 2016 - As far as he's concerned, the race will go not to the swift. One American professor has correctly predicted the outcome of presidential elections since 1984 -- but he's not happy about his own prediction this time.

Also, a federal judge described it as one of the worst prisons in the United States -- and now that the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility has been closed, our guest is among those saying "Good riddance."

Download Monday, September 26, 2016 - As far as he's concerned, the race will go not to the swift. One American professor has correctly predicted the outcome of presidential elections since 1984 -- but he's not happy about his own prediction this time.
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Friday, September 23, 2016 - Ex-convict Jose Vivar was leading a fitness class in a Toronto park this summer when someone shot him five times -- and tonight, he tells us what happened that day.

Also, Robert Hall was executed by a terrorist group in the Philippines in June -- and his sister wants to know why the Canadian government did so little to save him.

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PODCAST EXTRA: Is it human smuggling to give a ride to a Syrian refugee family in Denmark?

When a Danish couple gave a ride to a Syrian refugee family, fed them, then bought them train tickets, they thought they were helping. But a Danish court called it human smuggling. We check in with activist Lisbeth Zornig -- after she lost her appeal.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Prime Minister Trudeau and the Chinese Premier meet in Ottawa -- but their closer relationship means nothing to our guest, unless it brings his client closer to freedom from prison in China.

Also, the wife of a Canadian human rights activist who survived imprisonment and torture in Bahrain remembers her late husband.

Download Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Prime Minister Trudeau and the Chinese Premier meet in Ottawa -- but their closer relationship means nothing to our guest, unless it brings his client closer to freedom from prison in China.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Mystery surrounds the shooting of a defence lawyer in Toronto yesterday -- and the subsequent shooting of a suspect by police who, for some reason, had the area under surveillance.

Also, a Pennsylvania cafeteria worker quits just weeks into the school year -- after she's ordered to enforce the school's new policy of taking hot meals away from kids whose parents haven't paid up.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - A shocking end to a shaky truce. Aid convoys headed for Aleppo with crucial supplies are pummelled by airstrikes, killing 20 aid workers -- most from the Syrian Red Crescent.

Also, She has described her late client as "unique, creative, and outrageously opinionated" -- and tonight, literary agent Carolyn Swayze shares her memories of author W.P. Kinsella.

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Monday, September 19, 2016 - An explosion in New York City on Saturday night set off a period of confusion and concern -- and in the first hour of that stressful time, our guest made a discovery in Manhattan that may have saved lives.

Also, a suspect in the bombings is arrested after a shootout with police -- and the mayor of the New Jersey town where that suspect's family ran a business tells us what he knows so far.

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Friday, September 16, 2016 - After a judge convicted Travis Vader of second-degree murder yesterday, law experts noticed a problem with the decision: the criminal code section he used to convict was declared unconstitutional.

Also, every young writer hopes to become a hot property. They don't hope to have to run into a hot property to save their novels -- but when his house caught fire, that's exactly what Gideon Hodge found himself doing.

Download Friday, September 16, 2016 - After a judge convicted Travis Vader of second-degree murder yesterday, law experts noticed a problem with the decision: the criminal code section he used to convict was declared unconstitutional.
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PODCAST EXTRA: What does squirrel taste like?

What does squirrel taste like? Nope, not chicken. More like the other white meat. On this week's podcast extra, how to cook nature's cutest rodents. And, from 1975, a recipe for earthworm cookies.

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Thursday, September 16, 2016 - Justice -- and a measure of peace. Six years after Lyle and Marie McCann's disappearance, an Alberta judge rules Travis Vader murdered them -- and the McCanns' son says his family feels a weight has been lifted.

Also, For the second time this year, the German town is the site of disturbing anti-migrant violence -- this time, because of an enormous brawl between about teenage refugees and right-wing extremists.

Download Thursday, September 16, 2016 - Justice -- and a measure of peace. Six years after Lyle and Marie McCann's disappearance, an Alberta judge rules Travis Vader murdered them -- and the McCanns' son says his family feels a weight has been lifted.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Dammed if he doesn't. Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette breaks ranks with his government's approval of a BC dam -- saying that a failure to consult local First Nations could violate the UN declaration on indigenous rights.

Also, Scottish missionary Jane Haining was a hero of the Holocaust, for refusing to abandon the Jewish children in her care -- and a new discovery sheds more light on her story.

Download Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Dammed if he doesn't. Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette breaks ranks with his government's approval of a BC dam -- saying that a failure to consult local First Nations could violate the UN declaration on indigenous rights.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - British Columbia is the only province in which forced psychiatric therapy, including electroconvulsive treatment, is legal -- and now, two people who say they suffered under that policy are trying to change it.

Also, he was kidnapped to teach someone a lesson and the family of David Sneddon, who went missing twelve years ago, believes that someone is Kim Jong-Un -- who learned English from Sneddon.

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - Going down with the ship. Using an underwater vehicle, researchers say they've found the well-preserved wreck of Franklin's long-lost vessel, HMS Terror, deep in the icy waters of an Arctic bay.

Also, to the head of one New York financial firm, it's not just a time to remember the 658 employees who died on September 11th -- it's a time to give on behalf of those who were taken.

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