As It Happens

About As It Happens

About the show

Air Times

Stream live or on-demand on CBC Listen, or download the CBC Listen app. 

CBC Radio One
Weekdays at 6:30 p.m. (7:00 Newfoundland)
Monday-Thursday at 12 a.m. (12:30 Newfoundland)

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 Exchange.

About the show 

As it Happens hosts Carol Off and Chris Howden. (Andrew Nguyen/CBC)

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, host Carol Off brings 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

As It Happens host 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.

Chris Howden

As It Happens co-host Chris Howden. (Andrew Nguyen/CBC)

Chris Howden started at As It Happens in 2003. Before taking the reins as co-host in 2020, he worked as a producer and director, and spent 10 years as the show's writer. His witty scripts and iconic puns helped define the program's unique tone. And he still contributes his writing chops to the show every day. 

Over his career with CBC Radio, Howden has also contributed to Sounds Like Canada, This Morning, and hosted the documentary show Living Out Loud. 

He got his start by writing what he calls "embarrassingly derivative" Star Wars fan fiction.

Chris is self-conscious about the length of his bio, which, as you can see, is a little skimpy on fascinating detail. For this reason, he has written several sentences, in the third person, which contribute nothing to understanding his life, but undoubtedly help you understand the kind of person he is, and not in a good way. Also, he was the valedictorian of his high school class. In cases where he's uncertain what else to write, he simply keeps typing until eventually he, like you, reaches the period.

Chris grew up in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and now lives in Toronto with his family.