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Yazidi boy who survived ISIS captivity can't come to Canada unless he leaves his big brother behind

Nobody knows exactly what happened to Zainal Ato between the time he was kidnapped by ISIS at the age of six or seven, and when he was found last year — wounded and alone, in the battle-torn Syrian town of Baghouz.

Why 12 Dene adventurers paddled more than 500 km in a handmade mooseskin boat

Lawrence Nayally had never been in a mooseskin boat himself, but he grew up hearing about his grandfather's adventures in huge canoes made from as many as 14 moosehides.  So when former Dehcho grand chief Herb Norwegian and documentary filmmaker Geoff Bowie invited Nayally to be part of a 2018 recreation of a traditional Dene voyage by mooseskin boat, he didn't hesitate. 

Ontarian who found ancient spearhead thrilled to hold 'a piece of history' in his hands

A spear tip discovered near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., may be thousands of years old, but the man who found it says it "looks like it was made yesterday."

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Aug. 3, 2020

She took a job as a nursing home dishwasher just so she could see her husband

When Mary Daniel's husband was first diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, she promised that she would never leave his side. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Emus Carol and Kevin 'banned for life' from Australian outback pub

Carol and Kevin are no longer welcome in Chris Gimblett's pub. That's because the large, rowdy siblings keep stealing food off customers' plates and going to the bathroom all over the place. 

Ontario's back-to-school plan puts teachers at risk, says union leader

Students in Ontario are heading back to school in the fall, but a major teachers' union says the province's plan puts teachers and students at risk.

That time As It Happens put a fork-bending psychic to the test

This episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition is all about scams and schemes. You'll meet legendary bank robber Willis Newton, a California man who had a run-in with a sasquatch and a psychic who tried to bend forks over the radio.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

July 31, 2020

Why doctors and med students are posting bikini pics online

When Dr. Yalda Safai was in med school, she faced a lot of backlash over her decision to compete in beauty pageants in her free time.

Haida artist Bill Reid's family is 'just thrilled' to see his work on the new toonie

Nika Collison says she was blown away by how hard the Royal Canadian Mint worked to pay tribute to her grandfather Bill Reid in a way that honoured the Haida artist’s legacy, family and heritage.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

July 30, 2020

How a skydiver was reunited with his prosthetic leg after losing it in the skies of Vermont

A skydiver lost a prosthetic leg mid-jump over Vermont, prompting a massive search effort. A soybean farmer eventually found it for him — shoe attached and all.

The lonesome life of a baseball mascot, isolated in the stands because of COVID-19

As baseball players get back to business, mascots too are facing a new reality — performing in empty stadiums. In Philadelphia, Phillie Phanatic isn't letting it stop him. As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner spoke with Dave Raymond, the original Phanatic, for his perspective on the lonely life of a mascot during the pandemic.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

July 29, 2020

Iroquois Nationals, barred from World Games, say their people gave 'gift' of lacrosse to the world

The Haudenosaunee gave lacrosse to the world, and now they're being prevented from playing the game on the world stage, says the executive director of the Iroquois Nationals team. 

This British museum wants your help identifying its oddities

A group of British curators is in the midst of moving a massive collection of archival objects that includes some mysterious items they're hoping the public can help identify.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

July 28, 2020

That time As It Happens set up a radio reunion for a war-zone nurse and her parents

This episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition is all about reunions. You'll hear how As It Happens helped connect a nurse working in a war zone with her parents and how a transatlantic friendship formed via message-in-a-bottle.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

July 27, 2020

Cheeky contest has museum curators putting their best butts on display

The Yorkshire Museum recently chose “Best Museum Bums” as the theme of one of its curator battles, asking museums across the world to peruse their collections for the best butts, bottoms and behinds on display.

Bill Morneau's $41K WE Charity travel expenses 'really crosses the line,' says NDP ethics critic

NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus says the ethics commissioner should once again investigate Bill Morneau after the Liberal finance minister revealed that WE Charity covered $41,000 in travel costs for him and his family in 2017.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

July 24, 2020

Advocates call for release of Michigan girl, 15, incarcerated for not doing her homework

A Michigan judge's refusal to release a 15-year-old Black girl detained for not doing her homework proves that racism in the criminal justice system is "everyday business," says a woman advocating for the teen.

Huge, ancient and 'really pretty': Check out the NEOWISE comet now while you still can

An ancient and massive ball of ice is creating a dazzling light show in the night sky as it whizzes past our planet — and if you want to catch a glimpse of it, you had better hurry.