As it Happenswith Carol Off


Divers locate world's oldest known slave ship — only to find it run over by trawlers

Kramer Wimberley leads the maritime archaeology program Diving With a Purpose. They preserving the ruins of slave ships along international coastlines. 

Swedish virologist says her country's COVID-19 strategy has failed, but nobody will admit it

Sweden's health authority maintains its approach to COVID-19 was a success. But our guest says the data speaks differently, and that new measures announced Monday are insufficient.

Man from 'Halloween Capital of the World' grows heaviest pumpkin of 2020

The 35-hour drive from Minnesota to California was a smashing success for Travis Gienger when his massive pumpkin won the 47th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Oct. 19, 2020

N.S. fishermen's union head quits, says lobster dispute is 'too much of a toll' on his family

Joel Comeau says it's no longer safe for him to be the president of Local 9 of the Maritime Fishermen's Union in Nova Scotia.

First Nation chief says he fears for his people after attacks on Mi'kmaw lobster fishery

Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack says he worries someone will get hurt or worse after hundreds of Indigenous fisherman stormed two Mi'kmaw lobster facilities on Tuesday, hurled threats, set a van ablaze and stole hundreds of lobsters. 

This man decorated his lawn for Halloween with 'the scariest thing' he could imagine

James Worsham doesn't usually decorate his front yard for Halloween, but this year he decided to display something truly horrific.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Oct. 16, 2020

Toronto police identify killer in cold case of 9-year-old Christine Jessop

Toronto police have identified the killer of nine-year-old Christine Jessop, who was abducted from Queensville, Ont., before being raped and killed in 1984 — a case that resulted in the years-long wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin. 

'Incredibly rare' male-female bird spotted at Pennsylvania nature reserve

Researchers at the Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania were thrilled to be visited recently by a half male, half female rose-breasted grosbeak.

Why this Georgia mother waited almost 10 hours in line to vote

Everlean Rutherford wasn't prepared for the hours-long lineup, but she was determined to make her vote count.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Oct. 15, 2020

Canadian YouTubers engineer hyper-realistic plasma lightsaber that can cut through steel

James Hobson and his team at Hacksmith Industries in Kitchener, Ont., have created a hyper-realistic, retractable plasma lightsaber that reaches a scorching heat of 2,200 C.

Don't mind the smell of fish? It could be in your genes

If you ask most people if something smells fishy, they’ll be able to give you a straight answer. But those with a certain genetic mutation might not know what the heck you’re talking about. 

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Oct. 14, 2020

Couples don't actually look more alike over time: study

Researchers at Stanford University have tested the age-old theory that couples grow to look like one another and debunked it with modern science.

Friends and family 'completely destroyed' after Russian journalist sets herself on fire

Irina Slavina left a Facebook message before she took her own life: "I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death."

From premier to published author: Andrew Furey releases book about work in Haiti

Furey's first book, Hope in the Balance: A Newfoundland Doctor Meets a World in Crisis, was released Tuesday.

That time Iceland's president admitted he went 'too far' with threat to ban pineapple pizza

Nearly two years after the president of Iceland drew Canada's ire with his disparaging comments about pineapple pizza, he told As It Happens host Carol Off that he regretted his off-the-cuff remarks.

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

Oct. 13, 2020

Cronutt the sea lion's experimental brain surgery offers hope for dying sea mammals

When Cronutt the sea lion wandered ashore in California three years ago, he was so disoriented and confused and that he tried to break into people's houses. Since then, his condition has only gotten worse.

This musician recorded Mozart's concertos on the composer's original violin

Playing Mozart's concertos on Mozart's own violin is like reaching through 250 years of history to commune with the legendary composer, says Christoph Koncz.

'We need a bit of whimsy': Calgary's mayor on why the city re-installed totally fake bench plaques

This week, an unknown person installed some bench plaques professionally engraved with "historical facts" at Bowmont Park in northwest Calgary.

Days before the World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize, one of its convoys was attacked

The World Food Program won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the organization's South Sudan director says their work is far from done.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Oct. 12, 2020