As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 11, 2019
Listen to the full episode1:19:22

Episode transcript

Part One

Rahaf al-Qunun: former ambassador
After her story went around the world, Saudi exile Rahaf al-Qunun is coming to Canada — but our former ambassador to Saudi Arabia warns the feds that political showboating could make things worse for her.

Border sheriff
The U.S. President's plan is ill-defined. But it's not that an Arizona sheriff doesn't believe a border barrier is needed — he just thinks everyone misunderstands what Mr. Trump means by "wall".

Cyclist stripped of medal
A 90 year-old cyclist is stripped of a medal after testing positive for doping — but the likely culprit is the organ meat he ate before the race. 
 
Part Two

Myanmar Reuters journalists
After a judge in Myanmar denies their appeal, there is scant hope left for two Reuters journalists imprisoned after exposing a massacre. 

Easter Island study
Scientists have a convincing new theory about why the giant, extremely heavy stone busts on Easter Island were put where they are: to show thirsty residents where there were sources of fresh water. 

Part Three

Puerto Rican rapper killed
Yesterday, rapper Kevin Fret became the 22nd person murdered in Puerto Rico since the year began — and his fans in the LGBTQ community are mourning a fearless artist and advocate.

Encore: Ellen Gabriel on Oka Crisis
This week's standoff in BC got us thinking about the Oka crisis in 1990. So tonight, we'll revisit Carol's feature interview with Ellen Gabriel, the face of the frontline that summer — who reflects on that past impasse, and what may be to come. 

As It Happens was produced this week by:

 Jeanne Armstrong
Sarah Cooper
Sheena Goodyear
Tracy Fuller
Chris Harbord
Sarah Jackson
Allie Jaynes
Ashley Mak
John McGill
Kevin Robertson
and 
Kate Swoger

Our technician is ReynoldGonsalves

The show director is Kevin Ball. The writer is Chris Howden. And our intern is Zahraa Hmood.

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 Alexander in the Music Library, Andrea Bellemare, Ben Edwards, Varad Mehta, Jonathan Ore, and Luke Williams — all in Toronto
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.