As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Dec. 14, 2018
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Episode transcript

Part One

China: John Manley
After arresting a Chinese executive on behalf of the U.S., Canada wants to downgrade a feud with China — but former Foreign Affairs Minister John Manley says the government could have avoided the problem altogether.

Basement remains
As a kid, he was told his dad had walked out and never come back. Now, a New York Man has found the remains of his father in his basement —  where they've been buried since 1961. 

Tunnel tree
One man is so upset that a Christmas tree sits in front of the "N" in the "Holland Tunnel" sign that he's demanding the holiday display be changed —  and hark, the Holland anger stings. 

Part Two

3D skull
Doctors in Montreal complete long, difficult surgery on a two-year-old whose skull was dangerously swollen.

Northern Ireland documentary 
Two journalists who worked on a documentary about police collusion in a massacre in Northern Ireland are arrested —  and they say it's a warning to other reporters not to investigate the past.

Encore: Mr. T
I feel compassion for the poor soul who misses this interview. Or, as the celebrity we got on the phone during the Winter Olympics to talk about his love of curling might put it, "I pity the fool." 

Part Three

China: International Crisis Group
A colleague of detained Canadian Michael Kovrig says he's relieved Canada's ambassador has been allowed to visit. But he and his colleagues won't stop working until China sets Mr. Kovrig free.

Reading: To Everything There is a Season
Our annual airing of Alistair MacLeod's Christmas story "To Everything There Is A Season". In which a young boy anxiously awaits his older brother's return home —  and develops a new understanding of what, exactly, the holiday can mean. 


As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Sarah-Joyce Battersby
Alison Broverman
Katie Geleff
Sheena Goodyear
Sarah Jackson
Ashley Mak
John McGill
Kevin Robertson
Kate Swoger

and Donya Ziaee

Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves. The show director is Kevin Ball. The writer is Chris Howden

John Perry is our senior producer. And the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.

We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: 

Mary-Catherine McIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Kristin Nelson in Ottawa
Keith Hart at Radio Archives, Patrick Mooney at the Reference Library, Brenda Carroll, Varad Mehta, Ben Shannon, Olsy Sorokina, and Luke Williams -- all in Toronto
Francis Bouchard and Kirthana Sasitharan in Sudbury
Cathy Alex and Jorge Barrera in Thunder Bay
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg
Michael O'Halloran in Calgary, and
Anne Penman in Vancouver.

As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Good night, and good weekend.