As it Happens with Carol Off


Why this British teen is cycling to Glasgow for COP26

British climate activist Jessie Stevens, 16, is riding her bike about 100 kilometres a day to get to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, more than 917 kilometres from her home in Devon, England.

Toy with a 'menacing side glance' crowned creepiest doll of 2021

The worn toy from the 1920s has been voted 2021’s creepiest doll at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minn. 

A rare 'penis plant' that smells like rotting flesh has bloomed in the Netherlands

People are lining up in the Netherlands to spend time with a giant plant that looks like a penis and smells like a corpse.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Oct. 27, 2021

Why scientists are mapping the fruit fly's surprisingly complex brain

It’s taken dozens of scientists to compile hundreds of pages of data about the hundreds of thousands of neurons firing between millions of synapses inside a fruit fly’s poppy seed-sized brain. 

Ohio man builds giant skeleton bursting through his house for Halloween

Alan Perkins worked his fingers to all kinds of bones for Halloween this year and built a terrifyingly gigantic skeleton display.


The man behind the mask — Matt Geiler, a.k.a. Dancing Pumpkin Man — tells his story

Nebraska comedian Matt Geiler explains how he became the Halloween phenomenon in a black leotard known as "Dancing Pumpkin Man."

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

Oct. 26, 2021

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Organizers of deadly 2017 Charlottesville, Va., rally on trial in civil lawsuit

Jury selection has begun in a civil trial against the men and groups who organized a deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia four years ago.

This Welsh man has ridden the same roller-coaster 6,000 times

When Ryan Hackett first laid eyes on the Megafobia roller-coaster in Wales, he rode it 21 times in a row. And he hasn’t stopped since.

How can Canada roll out COVID-19 vaccines in a 'child-friendly' way?

As Canada gears up to vaccinate children against COVID-19, a Toronto pediatrician wants to make sure the doses are administered “in a child-friendly way, in spaces that children feel comfortable in.”

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Oct. 25, 2021

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Rich countries only shared 14% of COVID-19 vaccine doses promised to poorer nations: report

A coalition of human rights organizations lays the blame on pharmaceutical companies and rich countries like Canada for contributing to vaccine inequality around the world. 

Saskatchewan putting lives at risk by not sending more ICU patients to Ontario, says doctor

Saskatoon's intensive care units are so overwhelmed with COVID patients that some people are being treated in a laundry room, says Dr. Hassan Masri. He's calling on the province to transfer dozens of ICU patients to Ontario for care.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Oct. 22, 2021

Hospital chief hopeful Nunavut will soon resume surgeries postponed during water crisis

The chief of staff at Nunavut's only hospital says he's hopeful they'll be able to resume surgeries and other postponed procedures by next week. 

Moms and short people need not apply: Miss France pageant sued over eligibility rules

If you want to be crowned the epitome of "beauty and elegance" in France, you have to be unmarried, childless, at least 5-foot-5 and no older than 24. That's why a French feminist organization is suing the pageant’s production company for what it says are discriminatory hiring practices.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Oct. 21, 2021

Why are COVID cases spiking in the U.K., but dwindling in Japan?

André Picard, a health columnist at the Globe and Mail, has been covering COVID-19 since it first emerged, and says each government's success or failure comes down to how quickly they're willing to act, and whether the people are willing to listen. 

New exhibit revives Dial-a-Poem — a free poetry hotline once investigated by the FBI

A new exhibition is reviving John Giorno's Dial-a-Poem public service. The late poet and artist created the free hotline in 1969, featuring avant garde poets like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, and Patti Smith.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Oct. 20, 2021

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Why a museum is carefully preserving a 95-year-old sandwich

A 95-year-old sandwich, believed to have belonged to daring American aviator, Clyde (Upside Down) Pangborn, has been carefully preserved by curators at a Wenatchee, Wash., museum.