As it Happenswith Carol Off


Mathematician crunches the numbers to find most efficient way to board a plane

A new study finds that the fastest way to board an airplane is to let the slowest passengers board first.

As It Happens co-hosts Carol Off and Chris Howden play with puns

AIH Hosts Carol Off and Chris Howden play a little game of wordplay to celebrate Chris's move from the writer's chair to the studio at CBC Radio's As It Happens.

B.C. woman left in a Calgary parking lot as a newborn 32 years ago finds her birth parents

More than three decades after Teanna Elliot was found abandoned in a Calgary parking lot as a newborn, she has reconnected with her birth parents. 

For 1st time in 40 years, extreme snowstorm keeps St. John's cabbie off the road

In his 40 years of driving a cab in St. John's, N.L. Joe White never let extreme weather stand in his way — until Friday.

From chesterfields to bunnyhugs, Canadians share their local slang

We asked our listeners to tell us their favourite Canadian colloquialisms. Here's what they had to say.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 17, 2020

Squirrel 'had a party' at Georgia couple's new home, doing thousands in damage 

A Georgia man says his family is facing a $20,000 bill, after a squirrel found a way into their newly-purchased home over the holidays.

U.S. Virgin Islands sues Jeffrey Epstein estate over alleged abuse of girls on private island

Jeffrey Epstein used his private Caribbean islands as a "safe haven" to traffic and sexually abuse dozens of underage girls and women up until 2018, according to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rocky Johnson was a champion for black equality, says tag-team partner Tony Atlas

To some, he's best known as the father of wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. But to wrestling fans, Rocky Johnson was a legend all his own. 

Veteran who tweeted his experience with homelessness gets new apartment

A veteran who has been homeless since Canada Day signed the lease on his new Toronto apartment Thursday.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Jan. 16, 2020

Homeless moms vow to keep fighting after being forcibly evicted from vacant Oakland house

Dominique Walker says she was forced out of the home where her son took his first steps so that a private company can profit off her city's housing crisis.

Dating apps like Grindr and Tinder are sharing 'really sensitive' data: report

Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are sharing users' personal information — including their locations and sexual orientation — with potentially hundreds of shadowy third-party companies, a new report has found. 

Baby Archie may sound more like Joe Canada than Prince Charles if Royal Family moves

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son will likely grow up with a Canadian accent if the family moves, says UBC sociolinguist Stefan Dollinger.

Collector sues after rare $78K Pokemon card goes missing in the mail

"Maybe it's under someone's shelf, or fell under a desk," Mark Zaid, the lawyer for the buyer, told As It Happens host Carol Off. 

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Jan. 15, 2020

Why Goodnight Moon didn't make New York Public Library's list of most checked-out books

The New York Public Library turns 125 this year and compiled a list of its 10 most checked-out books ever to celebrate. Many are children's books, but one title is conspicuously absent: Goodnight Moon.

Downed jet victims were 'collateral damage' from U.S. strike on Iranian general, says Democrat

If U.S. President Donald Trump hadn't ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the 176 people aboard Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 would still be alive, says a Democratic congresswoman.

Russians likely hacked Ukrainian company to 'create chaos' in U.S. election, says tech expert

A report by a U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian intelligence agents launched a phishing campaign against the Ukrainian gas company at the centre of U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment.

Rare Indian coin spotted on vintage charm bracelet fetches $500K at Ottawa auction

An Ottawa auction assessor spotted something unusual on a charm bracelet and wound up netting his lucky client a little history lesson and $500,000 to boot.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Jan. 14, 2020

Marc Garneau says Canada is demanding a strong role in the Flight PS752 investigation

Canada will hold Iranian authorities to their commitments about investigating the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 disaster, says Transport Minister Marc Garneau. 

Paralyzed marathoner breaks world record for finishing race in exoskeleton suit

The man who broke the world record for finishing a marathon in a robotic exoskeleton says there was one point in the race where he didn't think he would make it.

Why Scott Gilmore regrets Maclean's column linking Trump impeachment to Iran crash

"I knew that that column would go viral," says Scott Gilmore. "And that made me question what my motivation was for writing it."

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Jan. 13, 2020