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After the Tiananmen Square massacre, a Chinese dissident asked to sing a pro-democracy song on As It Happens

This episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition is all about protests. You'll meet a Chinese dissident who sang a pro-democracy song over the radio and the leader of a South African choir who used music to challenge the country's apartheid system.

German nudist goes on birthday suit pursuit of wild boar who stole his laptop

A German man who was simply trying to enjoy a swim on a hot afternoon at a beach in Berlin frequented by nude bathers, ended up in hot pursuit of an unusual thief — a wild boar.

Beirut bride seen in viral video says she thought she was 'about to die'

A video of Dr. Israa Seblani in her wedding gown at the time of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, has been seen around the world. Seblani tells As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner what that moment was like.
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Lebanese people have 'complete lack of trust' in Beirut blast investigation, says Human Rights Watch

The fallout from this week's devastating explosion in Beirut is by now all too clear — staggering numbers of dead and wounded, hospitals either destroyed or overwhelmed, and an economic crisis made crushingly worse. 

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, August 7, 2020

After the Tiananmen Square massacre, a Chinese dissident asked to sing a pro-democracy song on As It Happens

This episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition is all about protests. You'll meet a Chinese dissident who sang a pro-democracy song over the radio and the leader of a South African choir who used music to challenge the country's apartheid system.

Study rating the 'attractiveness' of endometriosis patients pulled after 7 years

A study that rated the “attractiveness” of endometriosis patients without their consent has been retracted seven years after it was first published. But a gynecologist who has the condition says it’s too little, too late.
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This scientist is living with thousands of ants because of COVID-19 campus restrictions

Entomologist Aaron Fairweather was meant to be spending this summer in a lab researching ants in agriculture. Now, thousands of the creatures are living in their home in Guelph, Ont.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Aug. 6, 2020
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Lebanon's economy minister blames Beirut blast on 'incompetence' and 'stupid' decisions

Raoul Nehme says he has no doubt that criminal negligence within successive Lebanese governments led to the devastating explosion that killed more than 135 people in Beirut on Tuesday.
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What it's like working in a hospital in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion

When the explosion first rang out in Beirut on Tuesday, Dr. Georges Saade was shocked and terrified; 24 hours later, he says he's just exhausted.
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Lebanese journalist describes office shattering around him in Beirut explosion

Hanna Anbar is used to covering war and violence — but he says he's never seen anything like Tuesday's massive explosion in the heart of Beirut.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Aug. 5, 2020
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Joe Biden needs a vice-presidential nominee who unites voters, says political scientist

There are less than 100 days until the U.S. presidential election and Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate soon. Lara Brown argues vice-presidential candidates are chosen to unify the electorate.
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Trump's demand for cut of TikTok deal is almost 'Mafia-like,' says tech reporter

U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to ban TikTok unless it finds a U.S. buyer and gives American taxpayers a cut of the sale "feels a little bit like extortion," says tech reporter Charlotte Jee.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Aug. 4, 2020

Yazidi boy who survived ISIS captivity can't come to Canada unless he leaves his big brother behind

Nobody knows exactly what happened to Zainal Ato between the time he was kidnapped by ISIS at the age of six or seven, and when he was found last year — wounded and alone, in the battle-torn Syrian town of Baghouz.

Why 12 Dene adventurers paddled more than 500 km in a handmade mooseskin boat

Lawrence Nayally had never been in a mooseskin boat himself, but he grew up hearing about his grandfather's adventures in huge canoes made from as many as 14 moosehides.  So when former Dehcho grand chief Herb Norwegian and documentary filmmaker Geoff Bowie invited Nayally to be part of a 2018 recreation of a traditional Dene voyage by mooseskin boat, he didn't hesitate. 

Ontarian who found ancient spearhead thrilled to hold 'a piece of history' in his hands

A spear tip discovered near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., may be thousands of years old, but the man who found it says it "looks like it was made yesterday."

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Aug. 3, 2020

She took a job as a nursing home dishwasher just so she could see her husband

When Mary Daniel's husband was first diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, she promised that she would never leave his side. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Emus Carol and Kevin 'banned for life' from Australian outback pub

Carol and Kevin are no longer welcome in Chris Gimblett's pub. That's because the large, rowdy siblings keep stealing food off customers' plates and going to the bathroom all over the place. 
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Ontario's back-to-school plan puts teachers at risk, says union leader

Students in Ontario are heading back to school in the fall, but a major teachers' union says the province's plan puts teachers and students at risk.

That time As It Happens put a fork-bending psychic to the test

This episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition is all about scams and schemes. You'll meet legendary bank robber Willis Newton, a California man who had a run-in with a sasquatch and a psychic who tried to bend forks over the radio.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

July 31, 2020

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