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Dam betrays Trudeau's pledge to First Nations, say critics

Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government's support of the Site C dam is facing criticism. The dam is opposed by First Nation leaders, the Royal Society of Canada and Amnesty International.

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'Some relief': Taran Killam's SNL ax

Well-liked and versatile actor Taran Killam reflects on life after his six season run with Saturday Night Live.

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Toll of assisted deaths on doctors

What impact do assisted deaths take on the doctors involved? Dr. Jeff Blackmer says some doctors will struggle, and Canada needs a framework to support them.

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Conservation officer kills 9 bears in 'most difficult week'

A B.C. conservation officer says Revelstoke residents' carelessness with their food and trash led to the euthanization of nine bears there last week. Guest host Laura Lynch interviews Dan Bartol.

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Monday, August 29th, 2016 - Hearings impaired. Protests put a stop to the National Energy Board's hearings in Montreal -- but they can't stop Laval Mayor Marc Demers from telling us why the Energy East pipeline proposal should be blocked.

Also, The New York Post's revelations of still more sexting from former Congressman Anthony Weiner appear to have ended his marriage -- but according to Dan Savage, the photos shouldn't have appeared publicly at all.

Download Monday, August 29th, 2016 - Hearings impaired. Protests put a stop to the National Energy Board's hearings in Montreal -- but they can't stop Laval Mayor Marc Demers from telling us why the Energy East pipeline proposal should be blocked.
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Friday, August 26th, 2016 - All too familiar, and all too familial. For the second time, two men have discovered they were switched at birth by a hospital in northern Manitoba -- and our guest says that's nothing short of a crime.

Also, It's unusual for a convicted criminal to thank the FBI agents who caught him -- but that's what a Mississippi man did this week, when he was sentenced for planning to join ISIS.

Download Friday, August 26th, 2016 - All too familiar, and all too familial. For the second time, two men have discovered they were switched at birth by a hospital in northern Manitoba -- and our guest says that's nothing short of a crime.
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PODCAST EXTRA: Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs

Hear our extended interview with Filipina Senator Leila de Lima, and her inquiry into 1,900 killings since President Duterte took office.

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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.

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Thursday, August 25th, 2016 - Bolts from the blue. The deaths of three people in a Toronto neighbourhood were shocking enough -- and then we learned that they had apparently suffered injuries from a crossbow.

Also, In the midst of a crushing economic crisis, thousands of people in Venezuela have abandoned their jobs to find work in gold mines -- which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying malaria.

Download Thursday, August 25th, 2016 - Bolts from the blue. The deaths of three people in a Toronto neighbourhood were shocking enough -- and then we learned that they had apparently suffered injuries from a crossbow.
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 - Darkest before the dawn. In the middle of the night, an earthquake strikes Italy -- and the historic buildings in several remote towns were no match for the power of the tremors.

Also, A Red Cross worker tells us how search-and-rescue efforts have gone in the aftermath -- and we'll speak with a woman who made a narrow escape before the town around her collapsed.

Download Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 - Darkest before the dawn. In the middle of the night, an earthquake strikes Italy -- and the historic buildings in several remote towns were no match for the power of the tremors.
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 - The courage to look past their convictions. The state of Virginia restores voting rights to thirteen thousand ex-felons, and for our guest, that development hasn't just changed his status -- it's changed his life.

Also, Waukesha has a drinking problem. At least, that's the opinion of various angry mayors around the Great Lakes -- who say granting the Wisconsin city the right to divert water from Lake Michigan could eventually leave everyone parched.

Download Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 - The courage to look past their convictions. The state of Virginia restores voting rights to thirteen thousand ex-felons, and for our guest, that development hasn't just changed his status -- it's changed his life.
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Monday, August 22nd, 2016 - The blunting of the snark. After fourteen years of breaking news and cracking wise, Gawker-dot-com is dead, killed by a lawsuit -- and tonight, a former Gawker writer tells us what the site meant to him.

Also, For a time in the 'nineties, the late Lou Pearlman sent multiple boy bands to the top of the charts -- and our guest, who was in one of those bands, says he wouldn't wish Mr. Pearlman's guidance on anyone.

Download Monday, August 22nd, 2016 - The blunting of the snark. After fourteen years of breaking news and cracking wise, Gawker-dot-com is dead, killed by a lawsuit -- and tonight, a former Gawker writer tells us what the site meant to him.
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Friday, August 19, 2016 -- The swimsuit issue. Some French beaches have become a lot less relaxing, now that several towns have banned the full-body suit known as the "burkini" -- and our guest says Islamophobia is behind the new fashion crime.

Plus, Wanted post-er. An Australian man has been in detention in Dubai for nearly a month, for the crime of trying to raise money for children in refugee camps -- through an unapproved charity in a Facebook post.

Download Friday, August 19, 2016 -- The swimsuit issue. Some French beaches have become a lot less relaxing, now that several towns have banned the full-body suit known as the "burkini" -- and our guest says Islamophobia is behind the new fashion crime.
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'EXTRA: Olympic Runner'

'We call up Canadian marathoner Krista Duchene in Rio, who was last on As It Happens when she broke her leg... mid-race.'

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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 Police Officer Anthony Planakis, who was in charge of handling New York City's problems with roving gangs of ... bees.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 -- Death and taxis. Last week, police officers killed ISIS supporter Aaron Driver in a cab in Strathroy, Ontario -- and now, the driver of that cab says no one warned him the operation was happening, which put his life at risk.

Also, the speed demon who tested his Rubik's Cube wrist work against Usain Bolt's 100 metre time came out first

Download Thursday, August 18, 2016 -- Death and taxis. Last week, police officers killed ISIS supporter Aaron Driver in a cab in Strathroy, Ontario -- and now, the driver of that cab says no one warned him the operation was happening, which put his life at risk.
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Wednesday, August 17th,2016 - Burned, but not beyond recognition. For sixty-plus years, the Summit Inn diner on what used to be Route 66 served the famous and the simply famished -- but now, the landmark has been destroyed by a wildfire.

Also, We'll speak with a transgender runner who sympathizes with the South African Olympic athlete -- but says Caster Semenya's elevated testosterone levels mean she shouldn't be allowed to compete.

Download Wednesday, August 17th,2016 - Burned, but not beyond recognition. For sixty-plus years, the Summit Inn diner on what used to be Route 66 served the famous and the simply famished -- but now, the landmark has been destroyed by a wildfire.
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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 - The Great Communicator -- and the Great Exasperator. They've both used the slogan "Make America Great Again" -- but our guest says Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have nothing else in common.

Also, Thirty-eight years ago, a Montreal woman's baby disappeared -- and now, a Y-shaped birthmark may be the clue that leads Liliane Cyr to her long-lost child.

Download Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 - The Great Communicator -- and the Great Exasperator. They've both used the slogan "Make America Great Again" -- but our guest says Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have nothing else in common.
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Monday, August 15th, 2016 - "Paranoia on both sides." The Chief of Saskatchewan's Red Pheasant First Nation says no one should take the law into his own hands after a young man from his community is shot and killed on a nearby farm.

Also, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale promises new investments to improve the lot of immigration detainees, but warns Canada will always need to jail some newcomers.

Download Monday, August 15th, 2016 - "Paranoia on both sides." The Chief of Saskatchewan's Red Pheasant First Nation says no one should take the law into his own hands after a young man from his community is shot and killed on a nearby farm.
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Friday, August 12th, 2016 - PODCAST EXTRA

In this Podcast Extra, we'll revisit an interview we did last week to mark the passing of Marianne Ihlen. Many people knew Ihlen from the Leonard Cohen song "So Long, Marianne," but few knew of the love that her and Cohen shared throughout the 60s.

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Friday, August 12th, 2016 - Medal-morpho-sis. With Penny Oleksiak turning the Olympic podium into her own personal step machine, the swimmer's sister takes us on a dive into her competitive roots.

Also, An Aleppo doctor has little time for ceasefire proposal, as he does his best to treat the patients of a chemical attack.

Download Friday, August 12th, 2016 - Medal-morpho-sis. With Penny Oleksiak turning the Olympic podium into her own personal step machine, the swimmer's sister takes us on a dive into her competitive roots.
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As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Discoveries Episode

This week it’s The Discoveries Episode, which includes the story of an Associated Press photographer whose picture of a homeless man on the streets of Washington, DC led to him being reunited with his family.

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016 - The "sweetheart" son he could not reach. Aaron Driver's father says he's shocked and saddened, but has sympathy for authorities, after his radicalized son dies in a confrontation with police.

Also, A Toronto judge lifts the publication ban on Rob Ford's infamous crack video. But one of the first people to report on the late mayor's drug use says there are secrets still to tell.

Download Thursday, August 11th, 2016 - The "sweetheart" son he could not reach. Aaron Driver's father says he's shocked and saddened, but has sympathy for authorities, after his radicalized son dies in a confrontation with police.
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 - No safe haven. After documents detailing the sexual exploitation of children emerge, an Australian senator says her country should stop directing migrants into offshore detention centres.

Also, Rio officials says divers shouldn't worry, but we hear from a former athlete who says no one knows why a pool has turned lime green.

Download Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 - No safe haven. After documents detailing the sexual exploitation of children emerge, an Australian senator says her country should stop directing migrants into offshore detention centres.
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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 - Lucky day at the races. A refugee family loses their son during the journey from Turkey and Greece, only to find him by pure chance at a Swedish horse track.

Also, More than a thousand design nerds promise to spend their money on a reissue of a 1974 CBC manual dictating the proper use of its exploding pizza logo.

Download Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 - Lucky day at the races. A refugee family loses their son during the journey from Turkey and Greece, only to find him by pure chance at a Swedish horse track.
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Monday, August 8th, 2016 - Spy versus much more famous guy. A little-known former CIA agent says he's joining the US presidential race because Donald Trump doesn't represent real Republican conservatism.

Also, Lawyers in Quetta,Pakistan gather at a hospital, following the assassination of a colleague. Then a bomb went off. A survivor struggles to describe the horror.

Download Monday, August 8th, 2016 - Spy versus much more famous guy. A little-known former CIA agent says he's joining the US presidential race because Donald Trump doesn't represent real Republican conservatism.
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Friday, August 5th, 2016 - The road to hell is now closed to good intentions. As one surgeon tries to find a way into Aleppo through the siege, we hear from one of the last doctors to make it out before the final road was blocked.

Also, an Uber driver prepares to watch his son compete in Rio after he tells a ride share fare he can't afford the trip and she rallies a team of supporters.

Download Friday, August 5th, 2016 - The road to hell is now closed to good intentions. As one surgeon tries to find a way into Aleppo through the siege, we hear from one of the last doctors to make it out before the final road was blocked.
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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 he said “I do” to his partner of 40 years in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Thursday, August 4th, 2016 - Charitable misgivings. Israel arrests World Vision's manager in Gaza, accusing him of funding Hamas. But the president of the charity's Canadian arm says he's seen no evidence to support the allegations.

Also, A study of easy-breathing Amish children suggests that early exposure to large farm animals might reduce the incidence of asthma.

Download Thursday, August 4th, 2016 - Charitable misgivings. Israel arrests World Vision's manager in Gaza, accusing him of funding Hamas. But the president of the charity's Canadian arm says he's seen no evidence to support the allegations.
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Wesdnesday, August 3rd, 2016 - "Something's gotta change." Bernadette Smith says the inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women must offer real answers before more women vanish, like her sister Claudette.

Also, A Vancouver resident says he's having panic attacks after the city's new foreign buyer tax leaves him with a shocking bill and a date in court.

Download Wesdnesday, August 3rd, 2016 - "Something's gotta change." Bernadette Smith says the inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women must offer real answers before more women vanish, like her sister Claudette.
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 - Whatever floats his boat. As the athletes arrive in Rio, German sailor Heiko Kröger tells us how he's preparing for both the reek and the health risks of the Games' polluted water venues.

Also, Newfoundland and Labrador Justice Minister Andrew Parsons says he's disappointed that Ottawa's new process for picking Supreme Court judges may leave his province off the bench -- again.

Download Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 - Whatever floats his boat. As the athletes arrive in Rio, German sailor Heiko Kröger tells us how he's preparing for both the reek and the health risks of the Games' polluted water venues.
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Monday, August 1st, 2016 - Fighting words. Donald Trump lashes out at the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier who spoke at the Democratic National Convention. And a former Marine joins those chastising the Republican candidate.

Also, a drug used to tranquilize elephants is now being sold on the streets to unsuspecting users with deadly results. An enforcement officer in Cleveland warns that carfentanyl could soon turn up in Canada.

Download Monday, August 1st, 2016 - Fighting words. Donald Trump lashes out at the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier who spoke at the Democratic National Convention. And a former Marine joins those chastising the Republican candidate.
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Law enforcement's crime enforcement. They were convicted of plotting a bombing at the BC Legislature -- but today, a judge stayed their convictions, saying the couple had been coerced into the crime by the RCMP.

Also, A Colorado man died trying to find a million dollars' worth of loot hidden by Forrest Fenn -- and now, that man's ex-wife says Mr. Fenn should get the truth -- that there is no chest -- off his chest.

Download Law enforcement's crime enforcement. They were convicted of plotting a bombing at the BC Legislature -- but today, a judge stayed their convictions, saying the couple had been coerced into the crime by the RCMP.
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Friday July 29th - PODCAST EXTRA

Ever wonder what a typical morning is like at As it Happens? Listen in on one of our story meetings, via this week's podcast extra.

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

This week, it's The Four-Legged Episode on As it Happened: The Archive Edition. We’ll hear about a cat that stole dozens of pairs of men’s underpants and we’ll hear from a Texas lawyer who decided to take his pet donkey to court, to mixed reaction.

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Thursday, July 28th, 2016 - Well, it's got the crashing and burning part down. But the payroll system called Phoenix shows no signs of rising from the ashes, as thousands of federal employees experience problems with their cheques -- or get no cheques at

Also, In 1964, a Republican actor starred in an ad, sharing his fears that the GOP had lost its way -- and in 2016, that same actor tells us how he ended up delivering that old message in a new commercial.

Download Thursday, July 28th, 2016 - Well, it's got the crashing and burning part down. But the payroll system called Phoenix shows no signs of rising from the ashes, as thousands of federal employees experience problems with their cheques -- or get no cheques at
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 - Two months after resigning from the Liberal caucus, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has completed treatment for alcohol addiction and is back to work -- and tonight, he'll tell us what his next steps are.

Also, Residents of the Faroe Islands slaughter more than a hundred pilot whales as part of an annual hunt called The Grind -- but our guest, a Danish MP, rejects calls for the killing to grind to a halt.

Download Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 - Two months after resigning from the Liberal caucus, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has completed treatment for alcohol addiction and is back to work -- and tonight, he'll tell us what his next steps are.
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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 - "Justice for Abdirahman." That's what Ottawa's Somali community is demanding this week, after a 37-year-old man was fatally beaten by police officers outside his apartment building.

Also, Last night, we spoke with a woman who's fighting so-called "creepshots" on Twitter -- and tonight, Canada's Minister of Status of Women weighs in.

Download Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 - "Justice for Abdirahman." That's what Ottawa's Somali community is demanding this week, after a 37-year-old man was fatally beaten by police officers outside his apartment building.
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Monday, July 25, 2016 - Siege mentality. After the latest in a series of attacks in Germany, people are blaming the country's generous asylum policies -- but one Bavarian MP tells us why that's the wrong instinct.

Stop the presses. The post-coup crackdown continues, as the Turkish government issues arrest warrants for dozens of journalists -- which is why our guest will speak to us from a safe house.

Download Monday, July 25, 2016 - Siege mentality. After the latest in a series of attacks in Germany, people are blaming the country's generous asylum policies -- but one Bavarian MP tells us why that's the wrong instinct.
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Friday, July 22nd, 2016 - At least nine people are killed in a shooting on a German mall, and the attackers are still on the loose. Amid the ongoing confusion, we'll find out as much as we can about the situation.

Also, Surprising new research may make an enormous impact on the spread of malaria -- when scientists discover that mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of chickens.

Download Friday, July 22nd, 2016 - At least nine people are killed in a shooting on a German mall, and the attackers are still on the loose. Amid the ongoing confusion, we'll find out as much as we can about the situation.
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Friday July 22nd - PODCAST EXTRA

True confessions of the As It Happens studio crew. We take you behind the scenes as the AIH director, technicians and host scramble to put the live show on air. And we find out what co-host Jeff Douglas says when - he thinks - his mic is off.

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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, including the phenomenon of toothbrush swallowing, and ‘old people smell.'

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Thursday, July 21st, 2016 - He couldn't have done any more -- or any less. Charles Kinsey was on the ground, on his back, with his hands in the air, speaking calmly to Miami police -- but an officer shot and wounded the black behavioural therapist anyway.

Also, Since last week's failed coup, the Turkish government has arrested thousands of people -- and now thousands of the country's university deans are facing pressure to resign.

Download Thursday, July 21st, 2016 - He couldn't have done any more -- or any less. Charles Kinsey was on the ground, on his back, with his hands in the air, speaking calmly to Miami police -- but an officer shot and wounded the black behavioural therapist anyway.
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It should have been a glorious summer away. But an Edmonton university student won't be coming back from France, after he was killed in Nice last week -- and tonight, a friend describes what his loss means to the school.

Also, Of all the populist filmmakers, he was the populist-est. The late Garry Marshall did whatever it took to make you laugh and cry -- and tonight, we'll speak with a close friend who appeared in almost every one of his movies: the great character actor

Download It should have been a glorious summer away. But an Edmonton university student won't be coming back from France, after he was killed in Nice last week -- and tonight, a friend describes what his loss means to the school.
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Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 - After a report alleging state-sponsored doping, the entire Russian Olympic team is facing a possible ban from the upcoming Rio Games.

Also, at the RNC, Melania Trump's first speech turns out to be a repeat performance -- and our guest, a former speechwriter for George Bush Sr., wonders how such blatant plagiarism happened.

Download Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 - After a report alleging state-sponsored doping, the entire Russian Olympic team is facing a possible ban from the upcoming Rio Games.
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Monday, July 18, 2016 - Remote control. After the coup in Turkey fails, the government cracks down on the people it claims were involved -- and blames an ex-pat cleric living in the U.S. for orchestrating it from afar.

In a Facebook post, he wrote "Please don't let hate infect your heart." Just days later, Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson was killed -- and tonight, his aunt tells us about her late nephew.

Download Monday, July 18, 2016 - Remote control. After the coup in Turkey fails, the government cracks down on the people it claims were involved -- and blames an ex-pat cleric living in the U.S. for orchestrating it from afar.
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Friday, July 15, 2016 -- One man. One truck. By the time both were stopped for good, more than eighty people had been killed by a Bastille Day rampage in Nice -- and France was once again plunged into a state of fear and grief.

The coup attempt in Turkey. A Muslim leader in Nice pays tribute to her friend, the mother of seven children -- and one of the first to be mowed down after the fireworks ended and the attack began.

Download Friday, July 15, 2016 -- One man. One truck. By the time both were stopped for good, more than eighty people had been killed by a Bastille Day rampage in Nice -- and France was once again plunged into a state of fear and grief.
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EXTRA: The Tenors, O Canada, and why 'All Lives Matter' is controversial

In this week's Podcast Extra, we talk about The Tenors' rendition of O Canada and discover it isn't the first time someone's tinkered with the anthem. Also, a look at why changing the lyrics to include the 'All Lives Matter' slogan is controversial.

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‘If single drop a line’: handwritten mystery note to soldier found in World War I kilt

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.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 -- Keeping the faith. In his first interview since the church narrowly voted in favour of same-sex marriage, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada tells us how he plans to unite a divided church.

A piece of his mind. After looking at the case of a man who managed to carry on a normal life despite missing ninety per cent of his brain, our guest says we have to redefine human consciousness. Plus, the dinosaur's roar reduced to a mumble, and more.

Download Thursday, July 14, 2016 -- Keeping the faith. In his first interview since the church narrowly voted in favour of same-sex marriage, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada tells us how he plans to unite a divided church.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- Justice is blind -- and possibly tone-deaf. Critics say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is out of line for vilifying Donald Trump -- but Florida Congressman Alan Grayson overrules their objections.

Justice is blind -- and possibly tone-deaf. Critics say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is out of line for vilifying Donald Trump -- but Florida Congressman Alan Grayson overrules their objections.

Download Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- Justice is blind -- and possibly tone-deaf. Critics say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is out of line for vilifying Donald Trump -- but Florida Congressman Alan Grayson overrules their objections.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- When we first spoke with our guest, a lesbian Anglican minister, she was crushed that the church had voted against same-sex marriage -- but everything changed after a recount.

When we first spoke with our guest, a lesbian Anglican minister, she was crushed that the church had voted against same-sex marriage -- but everything changed after a recount.

Download Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- When we first spoke with our guest, a lesbian Anglican minister, she was crushed that the church had voted against same-sex marriage -- but everything changed after a recount.
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As It Happens for Monday, July 11, 2016: A British Conservative MP considers her future under the prime-ministership of Theresa May, and more.

A British Conservative MP considers her future under the prime-ministership of Theresa May, and more.

Download As It Happens for Monday, July 11, 2016: A British Conservative MP considers her future under the prime-ministership of Theresa May, and more.
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Friday, July 8, 2016 -- In Dallas, a gunman kills five police officers and for the first time ever, police use what they call a "bomb robot." Also, two old Dutch masterpieces reunite at a show in London.

In Dallas, a gunman kills five police officers and for the first time ever, police use what they call a "bomb robot." Also, two old Dutch masterpieces reunite at a show in London.

Download Friday, July 8, 2016 -- In Dallas, a gunman kills five police officers and for the first time ever, police use what they call a "bomb robot." Also, two old Dutch masterpieces reunite at a show in London.
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EXTRA: Listeners respond to a violent week

In this podcast extra, we play some listener response to the stories we've covered this week, plus a statement from an Ohio police officer that caught our ears.

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As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Nose Episode

This week, it’s all about noses. We’ll hear from a twelve-year-old girl who sneezed every twenty seconds for nearly two hundred days straight.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016 -- A local pastor talks about his friend Philando Castile, Chelsea Manning's lawyer on her reported suicide attempt, and more.

A local pastor talks about his friend Philando Castile, Chelsea Manning's lawyer on her reported suicide attempt, and more.

Download Thursday, July 7, 2016 -- A local pastor talks about his friend Philando Castile, Chelsea Manning's lawyer on her reported suicide attempt, and more.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - The long-awaited Chilcot Report, the lawyer for Alton Sterling's family, Jason Kenney's big announcement, and more.

The long-awaited Chilcot Report, the lawyer for Alton Sterling's family, Jason Kenney's big announcement, and more.

Download Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - The long-awaited Chilcot Report, the lawyer for Alton Sterling's family, Jason Kenney's big announcement, and more.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016: Observer Open Letter, Clinton Emails, Ukrainian Opera Singer, Macy's Lawsuit, Thame Stocks, PBS Fireworks, and more!

Download Tuesday, July 5, 2016: Observer Open Letter, Clinton Emails, Ukrainian Opera Singer, Macy's Lawsuit, Thame Stocks, PBS Fireworks, and more!
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Monday, July 4th, 2016 - Baghdad Attacks, Nigel Farage, Elie Wiesel Obit, Election Tie Bet, Safe Injection Site Mother, BC Campsites, Stolen Row Boat, Victor Jara Compensation and more.

They made sure the streets were packed. Then, they blew up a truck. More than 200 people are dead after an attack in Baghdad -- and tonight, I'll speak with a filmmaker who's spent the day at the blast site.

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EXTRA: Carol Off reflects on 2015-16 As It Happens season

In our first podcast extra, Carol Off looks back on some of the most memorable interviews of her tenth season hosting As It Happens.

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Friday, July 1st, 2016 - Self-Driving Car Death, Michael Gove, Lithuania Escape Tunnel, Douglas Coupland, Feature: The Stone Thrower, Podcast Promo and more

A dangerous lack of self-control. The death of an Ohio man in a car set to "autopilot" provides stark evidence that semi-autonomous vehicles are not yet safe enough.

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As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Frank Episode

All summer long we'll be bringing you some of the very best from the As It Happens archives. This week's theme - Frank. We'll interview a police officer named Frank tasked with delivering evidence to and from court - that evidence being a trout.

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Thursday, June 30th, 2016 - Boris Johnson Says No, Mail Bomb Lawyer, FOA: Alvin Toffler, Inuit Art Carving, Feature: Julian Barnes and more

Blonde bombshell. After a shocking betrayal from a now-former friend, golden-haired Brexit leader Boris Johnson realizes he's no longer the golden boy -- and announces he won't run for Prime Minister.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 - Turkey Airport Attack, Goodwill Folo, California Curbs, Belarusian Tweets, Aussie Ranked Ballot, Subban Trade, Kamloops Turban Rescue, Irish Fans, Mayfly Bridge

Terror in Turkey. Dozens of people are killed in an attack on Istanbul's main airport -- and amid the mourning, there are serious questions about the best way forward for Turkey in the fight against ISIS.

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 - Landon Webb Folo, BREXIT: Xenophobia, Tbay Coroners Inquest, Jack Daniels Slave, MMIW: Unresolved, BREXIT: Scotland, Library Cat

Free agency. A Nova Scotia man wins a five-year battle to be recognized as a competent adult -- and one of his first wishes is to deliver sugary treats to the people still inside the institution where he was once locked up.

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Monday, June 27th, 2016 - Assisted Dying Challenge, Brexit: Labour Turmoil, Caribbean Whistle, Blind Gator, Somalia Attack - Minister, Seal & Busker, Austin Clarke Obit, Iceland Wins

A means to an end. Canada's new legislation makes assisted death available only to people with terminal illnesses -- which is why a BC woman with Spinal Muscular Atrophy is fighting it in court.

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Friday, June 24th, 2016 - Brexit, Tape: Winnipeg Duck, Brexit: EU MEP, Bernie Votes, Cancer Ruling, Brexit: LSE, Caribbean Whistle, Roma Family Returns, FOA: Kentucky Moonshine, California Gun Research

The Brex-periment begins. Voters in the U.K. vote to leave the EU -- and the so-called "Brexit" has already brought down a Prime Minister and the markets, and brought up a lot of questions about the future.

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 - Freddie Gray Verdict, Fort Mac Raises, Car On Roof, Brexit/Cats, CPP Expansion: Wynne, Mexico Caravan Newser, Robbed Paralympian, SOD: Iceland Chirps, Asst'd Dying Christian MDs, Frog Stops Development... And More

Gray area. Last year, Freddie Gray died after a ride in a Baltimore police van. Today, a judge acquitted the officer driving that van of second-degree murder -- which our guest says is a miscarriage of justice.

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 - Brexit: Remain, House Sit In, Illegal Bingo, Match Predicting Koala, Graffiti Ban, Bolivia Indigenous Calendar, Fired Nurse, Cheetos Artist, Grassy Narrows, Iceland Ties, Steinbach Pride... And More

Staying power. In a matter of hours, citizens of the U.K. will vote on whether to leave the European Union -- and our guest is a Welsh farmer who's going to spend those hours convincing his neighbours not to.

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 - CPP Expansion: Raitt, Ex Husband Harassment, Back Of Paintings, Twinkie Anniversary, Mississippi Case Closed, Eyeless Catfish, Chameleon Gloop, Trump Finances, Frostbite Lost Legs, Syria Strikes: Diplomat, Bath House Apology

Plan of factions. Eight premiers and one Prime Minister support it -- but Conservative Finance Critic Lisa Raitt says she still hasn't heard one good reason for yesterday's deal to expand the Canadian Pension Plan.

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Monday, June 20th, 2016 - Venezuela Food Shortage, Orlando Funeral Angel, Tape: Jo Cox, Nose Competition, BREXIT Voice, NB Sisters Reunited, Cleaveland NBA Win, Prince Be Obit, Oakland Police, Dissolve The Dead, Ottawa GOT impressionist... And More

Empty gestures. Venezuelans are looting and rioting -- and as the country's already-disastrous food shortage gets worse, so does the frustration and civil unrest.

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Friday, June 17th, 2016 - UK MP Threats, Tape: Bosma Verdict, Afghan Detainees, Iceland Volcano, Military Sex Assault, Tape: Trudeau Housing, London Escalator, As It Happened

The political becomes personal. After British Labour MP Jo Cox is killed, a fellow MP faces death threats of his own -- and wonders whether the political rhetoric in the UK has become dangerously overheated.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016 - Jackie Healey, Clip: Trump Rally, Delhi Street Kids, Vimy Parc, Tape: Jo Cox, Ralph Goodale, Filibuster Ends, NZ Avocados, Tape: Wolf Bear, Keane Moscow Hostage, Greenwhich Village, SCR: Earth Is Flat

Coming back -- and looking back. Last month, Jackie Healey told us about the brutal beating she'd suffered during a college work placement -- and tonight, as her school begins its investigation, she'll tell us how she's recovering.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 - Fort Mac Cleanup, Stanford Judge: Prof, Bog Butter, Hollerin', AR-15 CDN Petition, Tape: Grodie Howe, Tape: Brexit, Deer C-Section, SOD: Iceland Goal, Orlando Producer, Gun Control Filibuster, Afghan Detainee... And More

Should have saved their breath. Our guest says the company that hired him to do clean-up after the wildfire in Fort Mac gave staff no safety training -- and may have put their health at risk.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 - Obama Presser, Orlando: Trump Post, Orlando Survivors, SOD: London Gay Choir, Craigslist Dentist, SCR: Iceland Signs, Manila Negotiator, NHL Las Vegas, Simpsons NHL, Fake Mom Driving Test, Parking Lot Henry I... And More

Radical approaches. In the wake of the massacre in Orlando, Donald Trump attacks President Obama for his stance on terrorism, and then revokes the press credentials of the Washington Post for reporting on his criticism.

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Monday, June 13th, 2016 - Orlando Shooting: Club/Aunt/Clinton On Shooting, Euro Violence, Orlando Shooting: Imam, Donald Trump, Orlando Shooting: Politics, SCR: Thank You, Cambodian Lost Cities, Toronto Vigil, Orlando Shooting: Toronto Pride.. And More

At two a.m. on Sunday, Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida posted an urgent message online: "Everyone get out of Pulse and keep running." For dozens of people inside the LGBT club, it was too late.

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Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Gordie Howe Obit: Mahovlich, Dementia Cases, Ugliest Colour, Black Sentencing, MS Patient, CO2 Stone, Ali Funeral, Vietnam Drains, DJ Couple Update, California Murder Reward ... And More

Not just amazing length -- but breadth. The late Gordie Howe didn't just play longer than any other NHL player, he played better -- and tonight, former teammate Frank Mahovlich reflects on his friend's immeasurable contribution to the game.

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Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Black Tickle Fuel, Iranian-Canadian Jailed, Valedictorian Speech, Curry Seagull, Journo Leaves Twitter, Malawi Albinism, Sci-fi, Crumbling Basements, S/A Firefighter, Trump University... And More

Left out in the cold. Residents of Black Tickle, Labrador learn they are about to lose their only fuel provider -- putting the future of the remote aboriginal community in jeopardy.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - Fort Mac Return, Clinton Nomination, Ottawa Sinkhole, Random Swede, Parrot Case, UBC Assault Policy, Kenya Monkey, Eritrea Smuggler Arrested, Boyd Kodak, Med Debt, Ivan Henry, Arctic Reserve and more

He can't go home again. A resident from one of the hardest-hit parts of Fort McMurray returns to survey his property -- and finds what he'd feared, instead of what he'd hoped.

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 - Bernie Supporter, Woodstock Suicides, NB Celtic Minister, Capybara search, Wolf Attacks, Star Sounds, Cheri Di Novo, Plane Crash, Diefenbunker Toilets

Sanders through the hourglass. By the time today's primaries are done, it appears that Hillary Clinton will have successfully beaten Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination -- but one Sanders supporter tells us the future will be no party for the par

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Monday, June 6, 2016 - Assisted Dying, Newfoundland Ball Signs, Muhammad Ali Obit, Fentanyl Theft, Gregor Robertson, Bobby Curtola Obit, El Salvador Baby, Meningitis Father, Printer Lawsuit, Jocelyn Lovell Obit, Oil Train Derailment and more

A law of diminishing returns. An Alberta woman who'd sought a physician-assisted death has died -- and her lawyer tells us the Liberals' current legislation would have done nothing to reduce her suffering.

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Friday, June 3, 2016 - Bison Rescuer, France Flooding: Gallery, Ruined Clock, Assisted Death Minister, Tronc Press Release, Somali War Criminal, Griffin Reading, As It Happened: Perseverance and more

He couldn't help it. A Quebec man defends his decision to "rescue" a baby bison in Yellowstone Park -- despite being convicted and fined, after the animal wound up being euthanized.

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 - Date Rape Stopped, MS Genetic Link, Viking Ship, Dengue Swimmer, Syria Aid Deadline, Island Military Drill, Julia Child, Vets Payments, Chinese Minister, Paris Cars, Wrong Kid Grandpa.. And More

Their finest happy hour. At a Santa Monica restaurant, three women watch a man put something suspicious into his date's drink -- and tonight, we'll hear how they took action to prevent a possible date rape.

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 - Thai Tiger Temple, Back To Fort Mac, Ice Cream Turf Wars, Assisted Death CMA, Hobo Graffiti, Secret Files Poetry, Vets Payments, Tape: Nalcor Phone-In, Russian Space Junk ... And More

Forty below zero. Animal rights activists have long accused a Buddhist temple in Thailand of trafficking in wildlife -- and this week, their worst fears were confirmed, with the discovery of forty dead tiger cubs in a freezer.

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