As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 17, 2020
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Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Newfoundland cabbie 
A St. John's cabbie who's rarely taken a day off in four decades says no one should venture on Newfoundland's roads while an extreme blizzard rages.

Hydromorphone vending machine
It's a vending machine that dispenses opioids — and the Vancouver doctor behind it says it's crucial to ensuring high-risk users don't overdose on street drugs.

Airplane boarding study
He'll need time just to get everyone on board with the idea. But he's done the math — and a computer scientist thinks he's discovered an out-of-the-box way to make air travel a lot less annoying.  

Part Two

China: Canadian detainees
It's time for Canada to secure the release of two Canadians held in China, by offering up the detained Huawei executive in exchange — says a former prime minister's chief of staff.

Abandoned baby reunited
She was known as "Baby Mary" — an infant abandoned in a Calgary parking lot. Thirty years later, the Kelowna woman shares what it is like to reunite with her birth parents.

Part Three

Michigan speed limit
A reporter in Michigan found that after the state increased the speed limit on some freeways in 2017, the number of road crashes and injuries accelerated too.

Georgia squirrel destruction
A Georgia family returns home from the holidays to discover their home has been turned completely upside-down by an uninvited visitor, who came in through the chimney Sure, we've hosted some cheeky guests before — but this is nuts. 

Impeachment sketch artist 
Whatever happens in the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump, there's sure to be plenty of sketchy behaviour. Thanks to Art Lien — who will be documenting the Senate proceedings with a series of drawings. Since photos and video are prohibited in the upper chamber, it's up to the sketch artist to capture the action.


As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Kevin Ball
Kate Cornick
Katie Geleff
Sheena Goodyear
Chris Harbord
Sarah Jackson
Samantha Lui
Morgan Passi
Kevin Robertson
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

and Kate Swoger

Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves. The show director this week is John McGill

Our intern is Yasmin Gadham. Austin Webb is our senior producer this week. 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 MacIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Max Paris in Ottawa
Ruby Buiza, Keith Hart, Ben Shannon, Varad Mehta, Andrew Nguyen, Jonathan Ore, Luke Williams — all in Toronto
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg
Jennifer Keene in Calgary
and Anne Penman in Vancouver. 

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