As it Happenswith Carol Off


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.

Edmonton diner adds carbon footprint info to menu — and red meat is the worst offender

Highlevel Diner has teamed up with an Edmonton non-profit to launch a menu that includes the total estimated carbon footprint of each meal.

Nationwide rail blockades could go 'from an inconvenience to a real harm,' says CEO

Murray Mullen, CEO of the Mullen Group, is worried about the impact anti-pipeline protests will have on the economy, referring to Wet'suwet'en solidarity blockades as a form of "eco-terrorism."

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, February 17, 2020

U.S. veteran sues military half-century after classified Cold War disaster

After an American B-52 bomber exploded over Spain in 1966, hundreds of soldiers were deployed to help scrub plutonium from the area. Now, one of those veterans tells us how it feels to be filing a class-action lawsuit against the government a half-century later.

This New York woman built her own rotary cellphone

Justine Haupt, who created her own cellphone with a rotary dial, said she did so because she doesn't like how hyper-connected society is to their phones.

Edmonton honours Kathleen Andrews, the city's 1st female bus driver

Edmonton names its new transit garage after its first female driver, Kathleen Andrews. He daugher, Lisa, also works for the Edmonton Transit Service and says the challenges her mom faced in the '70s helped paved the way for other women.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, February 14, 2020

Kenyan farmers traumatized as swarms of locusts devour crops in seconds

Billions of locusts have been tearing across East Africa, decimating crops in their path.

This photo taken in the London Underground wins top wildlife photography prize

London's Natural History Museum awarded Sam Rowley Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his photograph 'Station Squabble.'

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, February 13, 2020

'No place to go': Syrian doctor says more than 700,000 Idlib residents stranded

More than 700,000 civilians have tried to flee fighting in Syria's north-west Idlib province since December, but with a closed Turkish border, people are effectively trapped.

Scientists: lose the jargon, or you'll lose readers, says communications prof

A new study finds that when people encounter scientific jargon they tune out — and even worse, it often kills their interest in science.

Stressed at work? New study suggests staring at a plant can help

New research suggests three minutes staring at a small desk plant can decrease your heart rate and remedy your workplace blues.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

'People are afraid to speak up': Wet'suwet'en member defends her support for pipeline

Bonnie George is a Wet'suwet'en member of B.C.'s Witset First Nation. She speaks with As It Happens host Carol Off about her support for the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Activist fights homophobia in Poland with photo series of 'LGBT-free' zones

Bartosz Staszewski is capturing attention for his portrait series of local LGBT people posed outside Polish towns that have declared themselves LGBT-free. 

Archeologists unearth 1,200-year-old board game piece on U.K. island

Archeologist David Petts says a glass artifact discovered during an excavation on the island of Lindisfarne is a piece from a board game played during the Viking Age.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Pope turned a luxurious 19th-century Vatican palace into a homeless shelter

For luxury accommodation in Rome, Palazzo Migliori has got it all — plenty of room, a great location, rooms with a view. And now, thanks to Pope Francis, the 19th-century building is being used to feed and house the homeless.

Why a new $150K literary prize is just for women and non-binary writers

From the Booker to the Nobel to the Pulitzer to the Giller, there's no shortage of literary prizes in the world. There is, however, a notable shortage of women winning those prizes. Susan Swan wants to change that. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, February 10, 2020

Montreal family stranded in Wuhan 'very grateful' to be back in Canada and all together

Megan Millward and Lie Zhang say they have everything they need — a place to stay, room for their kids to play, access to Wi-Fi and most importantly, each other.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Feb. 7, 2020

Bayard Rustin, gay civil rights leader prosecuted for his sexuality, posthumously pardoned

California has posthumously pardoned gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. He worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and helped organize the March on Washington and was arrested in 1953 for having consensual sex with a man.