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That time Meat Loaf coached a high school girls' softball team

He was born Marvin Lee Aday. To his fans, he was Meat Loaf. But for Jen Carlson, he’ll always be Coach Meat.

U.K. rescuers dangle sausage from a drone to save stranded dog

A drone operator in Hampshire, England dangled a sausage from his device last week. After initial efforts whistling and yelling, Elliott Exton flew the delectable drone over an area of mudflats, to try rescuing a dog named Millie. 

Book about a random Sunday in the U.S. proves 'there's no such thing as an ordinary day'

Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten has a mantra: if you've got the patience to find it, and the skill to tell it, there's a story behind everyone and everything. 

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Jan. 21, 2021

Archeology in space? Researchers conduct a survey of the International Space Station

While most archeologists study ancient artifacts buried deep underground, these researchers have their sights set on a different kind of archeological site — one that's in orbit 408 kilometres above the Earth. 

Canada will meet Afghan refugee goals despite 'extraordinary' challenges, vows minister

A flight with more than 200 Afghan refugees landed in Vancouver on Tuesday night. But many Afghans with ties to Canada are still at risk. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says Canada won't abandon them.

Florida bill would ban making white people feel 'discomfort' about racist history

A Florida state senator is pushing back on a bill aimed at protecting white people from feeling “discomfort” or “guilt” while learning about racism in the nation’s past.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Jan. 20, 2022

January 20, 2022 Episode Transcript


Carol Off stepping down as host of CBC Radio's As It Happens

Veteran CBC journalist Carol Off is stepping down as host of As It Happens, CBC Radio's flagship evening current affairs show, after nearly 16 years of interviews marked by both doggedness and empathy.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Jan. 19, 2022

January 19, 2022 Episode Transcript


Weary sighs of 9-year-old shovelling snow go viral after Toronto storm

Carter Trozzolo just wanted to go back to school on Monday, but a massive snowstorm that dumped more than 30 cm of snow on Toronto kept him home. Still, the nine-year-old bundled up and went out — with his shovel. He cleared all the snow that came his way until he was exhausted.

This giant cast iron skillet can theoretically fry 650 eggs at once

If you’ve ever wanted to make an omelette for several hundred of your closest friends, a new museum in Tennessee has just the thing.

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

Jan. 18, 2022

January 18, 2022 Episode Transcript


Texas synagogue member describes horror of watching hostage situation unfold on Facebook

Anna Salton Eisen got a frantic message from a friend on Saturday morning that her rabbi was being held hostage and the whole thing was streaming live on Facebook.

This retired DJ is Jamaica's 1st Olympic alpine skier — and he got his start in Canada

The first time Benjamin Alexander went to a ski resort, he was just there to party and play tunes. Now he’s heading to the Olympics to represent Jamaica on the slopes.

Fish swim freely for 1st time in 106 years after defunct dam in Norway dismantled

After being blocked by a dam for more than a century, fish will soon be able to cruise the Tromsa River in Norway unimpeded — and it's all thanks to Tore Solbakken.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Jan. 17, 2022

January 17, 2022 Episode Transcript


'Oh right. I'm on a plane': Toronto doctor delivers baby on flight

After a fellow passenger went into labour on board a flight last month, Toronto's Dr. Aisha Khatib sprang into action.

He spent 7 months living in an airport, until Canada took him in. Now he's written a book about it

In his new memoir, Hassan Al Kontar describes the incredible nine-month journey from the moment he was barred from boarding a flight out of Malaysia to the day he finally arrived as a refugee in British Columbia.

Sexy, fun, and 'a little wild': Ronnie Spector remembered by a fellow '60s icon

“I think Ronnie would be 100 years old, still doing ‘Be My Baby’ on stage if she could,” said La La Brooks, former lead singer of the Crystals. “That’s how much she loved the fans."

File under nightmare: This man had a cockroach living in his ear for days

Zane Wedding is now in possession of knowledge that no person wants to have. He knows, down to the tiniest detail, what it’s like to have a cockroach live — and die — in your ear canal.