As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

April 17, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part 1

Orphan Wells

Not fillin' well. The feds announced today that they'll put thousands to work cleaning up deserted oil and gas wells. But an Alberta farmer says after drilling down on the plan, there's some serious unfinished business.

Ventilator Use

Air support. Ventilators have been in high demand since the pandemic began. But newly published research suggests we may be overusing them. We reach an ER doc who says it's time to clear the air. 

From Our Archives: Penis Museum

In 2007, Carol spoke with the founder of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, about his quest to find a human penis donor -- and the exhibitionists who were eager to complete his exhibition.

Part 2

Taiwan Baseball 

Covering their bases. Taiwan gives sports lovers around the world something to cheer for: Baseball is back -- though not exactly the way you remember it, especially the robots.  

Virtual Haircuts 

Fringe benefits. As the quarantine grows longer, so to does our hair ... which has prompted some stylists to offer virtual haircuts. Quality not guaranteed.

Part 3 

COVID Business Closes

Closing time. We reach a small business owner who -- without rent relief or other financial support arriving in time -- is closing up shop for good. He says it's the people he'll miss the most.

Hastings Museum Robot

It looks like an iPad, on a stick, with wheels. The director of Hastings Contemporary in England tells us about the robot that's allowing her to keep her art gallery open to art lovers, while it's closed.

Viking Age Finds

Glacial relations. Hundreds of artifacts have been uncovered on a melting ice patch in Norway -- including parts of mittens, walking sticks and sleds used by Vikings.