As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Aug. 9, 2019

Episode Transcript

Part One

Detained Canadian released
A Canadian man who was detained in Syria last December after travelling there on a tourist visa is finally released — and his long-time friend says that frightening experience confirmed his own pre-trip misgivings.

Detroit man deported
A Detroit man had never even been to Iraq before American authorities deported him there — and this week, he died there, alone. 

Gestures dictionary
The man who translated a French "Dictionary of Gestures" explains what it means when we do this, this, and this — and if he seems cool, we'll even ask him about this. 

Part Two

Transcontinental cyclist winner
German cancer researcher Fiona Kolbinger is the first female winner ever of the Transcontinental — a race that takes cyclists thousands of kilometres through several European countries, without directions. 

Octopus face
A Washington woman tries to win a photo contest in time-honoured fashion — by putting a live octopus on her face — but her stunt goes sideways when the creature becomes extremely attached to her. 

Gas station toilet
Gas station toilets are notoriously nightmarish — but one Alberta Shell station could win Canada's Best Bathroom.