As It Happens

About As It Happens

About the show

Air Times

CBC Radio One
Weekdays at 6:30 p.m. (7:00 NL)
Monday-Thursday at 12 a.m. (12:30 NL)
As it Happened: The Archive Edition Friday at 7:30 p.m. (8:00 p.m. NL)Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. (midnight NL)

Weekdays 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Midnight Edition: Monday-Thursday at 12:00 a.m.
As it Happened: The Archive Edition Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET

As It Happens is broadcast in select U.S. cities by Public Radio International. Our American listeners can check their local listings.

About the show 

About the Hosts →

In 1968, As It Happens premiered on CBC Radio, with what may have seemed like a gimmicky premise: so many other shows rely on a call-in format – what if we call out? It was so simple it was brilliant. It enabled the program to interview people across the country and around the world, just by dialing a number: Canadian and world leaders, regular people in extraordinary circumstances, excited scientists, and proud eccentrics of all kinds.

And it proved prescient as well. We no longer have to reach people via rotary phone in their living rooms or offices — As It Happens can get hold of anyone, anywhere, who's got a story to tell. Night after night, hosts Carol Off and Jeff Douglas bring you in-depth, conversations with the people near, or at, the centre of the day's news.

As it Happens. Radio that found its calling: calling.

About the hosts

Carol Off

An arts reporter and Ottawa correspondent in the '80s. International CBC correspondent in the '90s and '00s. Award-winning documentarian. Award-winning author. And, since 2006, host of As It Happens.

Carol Off has somehow packed the work of about four careers into one. As a television reporter, she covered the Middle East, the Balkans, Afghanistan, the United States, the former Soviet Union — and most other places. She has also covered Canadian military missions around the world, including combat operations in Kandahar after 9/11.

Her work in the Balkans led her to write the best-selling book The Lion, The Fox, and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Since that book came out in 2000, she's written three more — including, most recently, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others, winner of the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

She's won a Gemini, two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a Gabriel Award; and ACTRA's John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Broadcasting, among other honours.

Jeff Douglas


He's a born storyteller with a background in theatre and narration. Born in Truro, N.S., Jeff Douglas has travelled the country, tackling projects as disparate as mushing dogs in Yukon to jumping out planes with search-and-rescue personnel from the 442 Squadron.

He was the host of the award-winning unscripted series Ancestors in the Attic, Working Over Time, and Things That Move. Jeff's received three Gemini nominations, and a Kari Award for his popular commercial work — which includes playing Joe Canadian in the now-legendary "I Am Canadian" campaign.

Jeff is currently the voice of CBC TV's Stats of Life, and has been the co-host of As It Happens since 2010.