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'These aren't Tic Tacs': Author Eden Robinson on her experience with hydroxychloroquine

When U.S. President Donald Trump urged medical professionals to take a malaria medication to protect themselves from COVID-19, he asked: "What do you have to lose?" Eden Robinson knows the answer to that question all too well. 

Georgia bar takes $5K in cash off its walls to pay staff during shutdown

For over a decade, it has been tradition for customers at Jennifer Knox’s Georgia bar to put money on the walls and ceiling. But now, those bills have been taken down. 

What does a pandemic sound like? Artist maps audio from people's daily lives

British sound artist Stuart Fowkes is trying to capture how pandemic is audibly changing our world through the #StayHomeSounds project.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

April 9, 2020

Forced to pick a side, this Canadian nurse decided to fight COVID-19 in the U.S. 

Nikki Hillis-Walter of Windsor, Ont., says working in harder-hit Michigan is the "nursy" thing to do.

'Very, very tough': Sports writer says MLB's plan to bring back baseball is a long shot

According to a leaked plan, Major League Baseball could aim to start this year's regular baseball season next month — with players and league staff sequestered in Arizona, and no fans in the stands.

This Mississippi school district is making free meals for students during COVID-19

In one of the "poorest counties in America's poorest state," a superintendent is determined to keep a food program which provides thousands of free meals to the area's students going as schools close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

April 8, 2020

Ohio pastor calls on governor to shut down church services during pandemic 

An Ohio pastor is calling on his state's governor to shut down in-person church services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

'This is Tim's fault': Triathlete kicked out of virtual race after husband trips over cord

Mirinda Carfrae was halfway through her virtual Ironman race when her husband ruined everything.

From our archives: Maine woman's moose poop crafts are flying off the shelf

Mary Winchenbach quit her job at a seaweed plant last week so she can solely focus on her business Tirdy Works.

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

April 7, 2020

Fired Amazon employee who staged walkout says company is trying to 'smear' him

An Amazon employee who was fired after staging a walkout says the company is taking personal shots at him in order to distract from the bigger picture — which is the health and safety of all workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norwegian balloon-popping artist falls onto sculpture made of 100 knives

A Norwegian artist who gained viral internet fame for popping balloons using various contraptions rigged with sharp blades had an unfortunate mishap with a knife sculpture over the weekend. 

From our archives: Meet the Flemings, the internet-famous Irish family who freaked out over a bat

As It Happens host Carol Off touches base with the Fleming family of Ballymacelligott, Ireland, whose efforts to rid their kitchen of a rogue bat have gone viral.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

April 6, 2020

A tale of 2 cities: Belfast housed its homeless, Vegas moved them to a parking lot

Cities around the world struggle to protect homeless populations from COVID-19 during global pandemic.

Manitoba couple begins quarantine with 11 adopted kids from Ukraine

Sharon and Rob Steeves didn’t mean to travel across the globe with eight newly adopted children in the midst of a global pandemic. It just worked out that way.

Snow penises and squirrel CPR: 5 fun stories to distract you from the news

As we enter yet another week of physical distancing and horrifying headlines, it's important to take a break from the pandemic news and have a laugh.

How this B.C. artist uses sliced up Air Jordans to connect with his Indigenous roots

Brian Jungen is known for transforming everyday objects into extraordinary things, and the iconic basketball shoes are one of his favourite materials to work with.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

April 3, 2020

A doctor explains why Detroit's COVID-19 cases are 'pretty much exploding right now'

Detroit is set to become one of the U.S. hot spots of this pandemic largely due to the city’s higher risk and “socially disadvantaged” population, according to an infectious disease specialist.

California entrepreneur defends idea for remote COVID-19 'escape community'

The website shows dreamy photographs of people having dinner parties, laughing together in a hot tub and doing yoga in groups — all the sorts of things we’re supposed to avoid in the age of COVID-19.

This Maryland nurse is joining N.Y.'s COVID-19 front lines 'for the greater good'

More than 1,900 people have died from COVID-19 in New York state, a number Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls "staggering."

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

April 2, 2020