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Proof the '70s was the strangest decade ever

From reports of alien abductions to the battle for the beaver, here are some of the strangest interviews from an usual show in a very odd decade.

Maxime Bernier explains what he means by 'extreme multiculturalism'

The Quebec MP sat down in studio this week with As It Happens host Carol Off to discuss his plans to create the People's Party of Canada.

Why Stephen Harper's former policy director is defending Trudeau's carbon tax

While the Conservatives argue the Liberal government's proposed carbon tax would take money out of the pockets of everyday Canadians, a new report suggests the opposite is true.

How Golf Digest helped free a man wrongfully convicted of murder

When Gold Digest editor Max Adler received a tiny drawing of a golf course in the mail, his interest was piqued. But it was the accompanying letter that sent him on a six-year journey to help free Valentino Dixon from prison.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Why this comedian is purging 1,000 unread books from his shelves

Robin Ince, comedian and co-host of the Book Shambles podcast, is culling 1,000 books from his personal library, while encouraging his listeners to submit their top "must read" books that they've never actually got around to reading.

Italian lawmaker being sued for calling far-right party racist says she won't back down

An Italian lawmaker who has been compared to a monkey by her political peers and had bananas thrown at her during a rally is being sued for calling the country's popular far-right party racist.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

The NY Times wrote his first obit in 1980 — but prankster Alan Abel died last week at 94

Celebrated hoaxster Alan Abel was known for fooling everyone from The New York Times to the U.S. State Department with his elaborate pranks. And, on one occasion, he successfully targeted As it Happens.

How this cyclist hit 296 km/h to shatter a land speed world record

An American woman has become the fastest human to ride a bicycle over open ground, breaking a two-decade paced bicycle land speed record at nearly 300 km/h.

It's time to lose the 'negative attitude' about wasps, says researcher

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that people like bees and dislike wasps," reads the introduction to a new paper published in the journal Ecological Entomology.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Kavanaugh allegations conjure memories of Anita Hill saga for former congresswoman

With Christine Blasey Ford invited to testify at Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings, former congresswoman Pat Schroeder says it's déjà vu, all over again.

Hearts, brains and bones: Visitors to new museum will 'come a little closer to death'

The Maude Abbott Medical Museum is set to open on the Montreal campus Sept. 24.

This couple met 43 years ago through a matchmaking segment on As It Happens

When farmer Bob Craigue told As It Happens listeners he was looking for "a proper woman who would enjoy a country life," Karen from Toronto responded.

From talking pigs to spacelords: The 10 weirdest As It Happens stories of all time

Whether it’s a man who plays classical music on his teeth or a chicken that comes back from the dead, As It Happens is there.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

How to solve a 'Gordian Knot' of rodent tails — and rescue five clumsy squirrels

The Wisconsin Humane Society untied the tails of five young squirrels that somehow managed to become entangled in what's been described as a rodent "Gordian Knot."

Famed Dutch resistance member who killed Nazis as a teenager dies at age 92

Freddie Oversteegen, the last surviving member of the armed female Dutch resistance against the Nazis, died in early September 2018 at the age of 92.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

This N.C. alderwoman has been going door to door, rescuing people from flooded homes

Jameesha Harris, an alderwoman in New Bern, N.C., has been wading through chest-deep water, knocking on doors and trying to convince people to flee their homes for higher land.

The future of weather reports? New tech creates Hurricane Florence simulation

The vice-president of design at The Weather Channel describes new technology that creates more immersive weather reports.

Meet the former refugee, 27, who beat a veteran incumbent in a Democratic primary

Safiya Wazir dealt a crushing defeat to veteran New Hampshire lawmaker Dick Patten, who complained she was "treated like a princess" because she's from Afghanistan.

Notorious Chicago towing 'pirates' that inspired folk song shut down

Chicago-based company Lincoln Towing has had its Commercial Vehicle Relocators Licence revoked by the Illinois Commerce Commission. And drivers, like Cheryl Reed, who've been at the mercy of Lincoln for decades are rejoicing.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018