As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

May 8, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part One

Nebraska COVID Testing
A Nebraska lab is experimenting with testing multiple COVID-19 swabs with a single test kit -- and the results are promising.

VE Day Vet Professor 
Royal Military College historian Lubomyr Luciuk marks VE day by honouring the Canadian veteran who helped tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees flee oppression and whose motto was 'just do something.', 

Georgia Drivers Licences 
Nearly 2,000 teenagers in Georgia have obtained a driver's licence without taking a road test, since tests in the state were waived last month. We'll hear from one driving instructor who's running a petition to have those on-the-road tests reinstated. 

Part Two 

Africa Flooding
Floods displace hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa, many of whom are already struggling with famine and coronavirus. And aid workers like our guest are fighting to help these vulnerable communities stay above water.

Naked Python Attack 
An Australian man, woken from deep sleep to rescue a kitten from a python, only later realised he had performed his act of heroism while stark naked

Part Three

Susan Sontag
A recent biography of Susan Sontag paints a complex portrait of the person behind the persona. An encore presentation of Carol's conversation with the biographer Benjamin Moser. This week he won a Pulitzer Prize for "Sontag: Her Life and Work."

As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong 
Tayo Bero
Justin Chandler 
Katie Geleff 
Sheena Goodyear 
Chris Harbord
Sarah Jackson 
John McGill 
Morgan Passi 
Kevin Robertson 
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

and Kate Swoger

Our technician this week is Annmarie Karugonjo. The show directors this week are Reynold Gonsalves and Susan McReynolds
The writer this week is Lisa Bryn Rundle. Austin Webb and John Perry are our senior producers 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 
Paul MacInnis in Ottawa, 
Adam Jacobson, Sinisa Jolic, Varad Mehta, Eric Van, Jason Vermes, Luke Williams, and Brandie Weikle -- all in Toronto 
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg 
Jennifer Keene and Danielle Nerman in Calgary 
and Anne Penman in Vancouver.

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