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Horizon author Barry Lopez describes 'emotional blow' of witnessing melting Canadian Arctic

Horizon is an examination of life on this planet, what it means to be human and what we can do to prevent our own extinction.

Wildfire guts Cape Town library's priceless collection of African history, literature and film

Ujala Satgoor stood frozen, watching in horror as one of the world's most comprehensive collections of African history and scholarship went up in flames this weekend.

Long-lost record brings 94-year-old's dreams of singing back to life

Madeline Forman was cleaning out her closet when she discovered a record she forgot she made as a young woman. Now the 94-year-old is finding the audience she always deserved but never had — and realizing a dream seven decades in the making.

Why do people shout for joy? New study looks at the psychology of human screams

Scientists have a pretty good idea about why we scream when we're angry or scared. But not much has been known about the psychology of positive screaming — until now.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

April 21, 2021

Having trouble booking your shot? These volunteer 'vaccine hunters' want to help

A group of web-savvy volunteers says they have helped thousands of Canadians book vaccine appointments so far, and they’re just getting started.

Minneapolis streets filled with 'joy' after Derek Chauvin verdict: activist

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Tray Pollard, an activist and friend of Floyd's, called the verdict "a true testament that the times is really changing."

Critics of Florida's anti-riot bill say it's a racist attack on people's right to protest

A new Florida law that cracks down on protesters proves the governor is more interested in protecting the tourism industry than the lives of Black people, says State Sen. Shevrin Jones.

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

April 20, 2021

This doctor almost quit Ontario's COVID-19 scientific advisory table over Ford's response

The director of Ontario's COVID-19 scientific advisory table says he's so frustrated by the government's pandemic response that he considered stepping down on Friday.

Texas softball player who pitched perfect game says response has been 'mind-blowing'

The University of North Texas softball team swept its series in El Paso this weekend, but it's a game it won earlier this month that people are still talking about — and that's all because of pitcher Hope Trautwein. 

California county to return the land they took from a Black family 96 years ago

A century ago, a beach resort in Southern California was taken from Black owners by white city officials. The owners, Willa and Charles Bruce, faced racism and harassment from the white-run city, fighting until their death to get their property back.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

April 19, 2021

This Alaskan glacier is moving at an 'awe-inspiring' pace, 100 times faster than usual

A massive glacier in Alaska is on the move for the first time in 64 years, and U.S. National Park Service geologist Chad Hults got to experience it first-hand.

'We cannot police our way out of this pandemic,' says Ontario doctor

Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care doctor in Toronto, says the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford don't go far enough to protect essential workers.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

April 16, 2021

'This absolutely is not a carbon tax,' Conservative MP says of party's new price on carbon

Conservative MP Tim Uppal says the Conservative Party’s proposed carbon pricing scheme is not, in fact, a carbon tax.

How the small nation of Bhutan vaccinated 93% of its adults in just 2 weeks

Bhutanese Health Minister Dasho Dechen Wangmo credited the success of her country's vaccination program to the king's leadership, a strong health-care system and a population that learned the hard way that vaccines save lives. 

Ancient cave poop reveals how bats have adapted to humans and climate change

The University of Ottawa's Lauren Gallant led an investigation into a mountainous mound of bat guano that dates back thousands of years — and hopes to glean secrets from their fecal focal point.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

April 15, 2021

Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape

Nearly five decades after Maria Campbell first published her seminal memoir Halfbreed, she says feels like it's finally finished.

Former Buffalo police officer who was fired for stopping a colleague's chokehold vindicated in court

For years, Cariol Horne has maintained that she was fired from her job as a police officer in Buffalo, N.Y., for saving a man's life. And now, she's won her day in court.

Child psychiatrist helps reunite migrant boy with his mom — but thousands of children remain in U.S. custody

Dr. Amy Cohen helped reunite one migrant child with his mother this week, but thousands more remain trapped in U.S. government-run detention facilities. 

After the Trump administration ignored him, this 18-year-old is set to advise U.S. climate policy

Jerome Foster is not going to miss standing outside the White House, calling for climate justice, now that he's been invited to the other side of the fence. Last month, the White House announced that the 18-year-old activist will be part of a team advising U.S. president Joe Biden.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

April 14, 2021