As it Happenswith Carol Off


Kenyan farmers are turning crop-eating locusts into sustainable animal feed

The Bug Picture is working with communities in Kenya to harvest the insects and mill them, turning them into protein-rich animal feed and organic fertilizer for farms.

Melting butter hard? Palm oil may be the culprit, says food researcher

Many Canadians have struggled melting butter to room temperature. Food scientists say the reason for firm butter may be palm oil in cow feed.

Violinist gives long-distance lessons to teenager in coronavirus lockdown

Kevin Tang was having a hard time cooped up at home in Chengdu, southwest China. His violin teacher, acclaimed violinist Anthea Kreston, assigned him difficult concerto on a tight timeline to take his mind off things.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

This Texan didn't lose power during the storm. But his electricity bill hit $16.8K US

Scott Willoughby thought he dodged a bullet when his electricity kept running during the brutal Texas cold snap. But then he got the bill.

'We can't just back down,' says Myanmar protester as demonstrations grow

Veiled threats, water cannons and arbitrary arrests aren't stopping people from protesting the military coup in Myanmar. 

Author explores a missing piece of Africville history — its 'happiness and love and laughter'

Amanda Carvery-Taylor's new book, A Love Letter to Africville, tells the Black Nova Scotia settlement's history through the eyes of the people who actually lived here. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Feb. 22, 2021

'She's just perfect,' says scientist who helped clone an endangered ferret

Ben Novak will never forget the time he met Elizabeth Ann, the black-footed ferret clone. The little critter's birth marks the first time scientists have cloned an endangered species in the U.S.

After fleeing to Canada, activist helps secure victory for LGBTQ rights in Jamaica

Thanks to Gareth Henry and his co-defendant, an international human rights tribunal is calling on Jamaica to repeal its colonial-era anti-gay laws.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Feb. 19, 2021

'This has been a statewide debacle': Texas lawmaker calls for action after prolonged blackout

Ron Reynolds, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, is one of the people promising to get to the bottom of the state's current energy crisis.

This British veteran, kicked out of the RAF for being gay, can proudly sport his medal again

The British military is allowing former service members who were stripped of medals because of their sexual orientation to apply to have them restored — more than two decades after Britain lifted its ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service personnel.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Feb. 18, 2021

Why a Canadian in the U.K. signed up to be a volunteer vaccinator

Over the weekend, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated a "significant milestone" in the country's efforts to eliminate COVID-19 — more than 15 million people received their first shot of a vaccine.  A year after experiencing the virus herself, Natasia Kalajdziovski is set to be a volunteer vaccinator.

Researchers accidentally discover living creatures under Antarctic ice shelf

Scientists were drilling through nearly a kilometre of Antarctic ice shelf on the Weddell Sea, hoping to get a sample of the sediment below. But instead, they hit a boulder and found something completely unexpected — stationary life forms.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Feb. 17, 2021

Bill Blair says new gun bill will help keep handguns off the streets without a federal ban

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is defending his government's choice not to include a national handgun ban in its sweeping new gun control legislation.

Hundreds of rare New Zealand seagulls take over earthquake-damaged building

A colony of black-billed gulls nesting in an earthquake-ravaged building in New Zealand are either a symbol of hope or a nasty nuisance, depending on who you ask.

Story about Florida man's skeleton guitar appears to be a hoax, say local reporters

A Florida musician who claims to have built a guitar from his uncle’s skeleton bears "a striking resemblance" to a known local prankster, say two reporters covering the story.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Feb. 16, 2021

10 years after the Arab Spring, this Egyptian family is still being targeted

Ten years after the Arab Spring, Mona Seif is still intensely worried for her family.

A fish was caught on camera attacking and eating a baby bird

Birds have often been seen swooping down into the water to grab fish for dinner. But now a scientist in Georgia has captured first-of-its-kind footage of a fish chowing down on a bird, still in its nest. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Feb. 15, 2021

Jazz pianist Chick Corea was an 'explorer and a seeker,' says friend Jack DeJohnette

Chick Corea was the kind of musician who was never afraid to try something new, says his longtime friend collaborator Jack DeJohnette.