As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, August 7, 2020
Listen to the full episode50:05

Part One

Beirut bride
We talk to a Beirut doctor who was posing for wedding photos when Tuesday's blast struck. She tells us how her dream day turned into a nightmare — and what it was like to tend to the wounded in a wedding dress. 

Canadian ICE death
He was a Canadian doctor who'd served a drug and medical fraud sentence in the United States. But he died while awaiting deportation to Canada. His nephew tell us the detention centre where he was held is facing a devastating outbreak of COVID-19. 

German nudist boar
A German nudist comes out on top after chasing down the wild boar that stole his bag. We speak with the photographer who captured the successful takedown. 

Part Two

Polish LGBTQ couple
A gay blogger in Poland tells us he's left his homeland for Spain — after his country re-elects a president who's promised to fight campaigns for LGBTQ rights.  

Brazil troll attacks 
A journalist in Brazil tells us rhetoric from President Jair Bolsonaro's supporters has become increasingly threatening during the pandemic — and is moving from online to the streets. 

As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Katie Geleff
Sheena Goodyear
Sarah Jackson
Mehek Mazhar
Susan McReynolds
Morgan Passi
Menaka Raman-Wilms
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

and Kate Swoger

Our technician is Annmarie Karugonjo. The show director this week is John McGill

This week our writer is Lisa Bryn Rundle and our senior producer is Chris Harbord. Austin Webb is the Executive Producer of As it Happens this week.

We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: 

Mary-Catherine MacIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie and Tu Thanh Ha in Montreal
Paul MacInnis in Ottawa
Nahlah Ayed, Varad Mehta, Jonathan Ore, Cathy Ross, Eric Van, Marie Vallis, Brandie Weikle and Luke Williams — all in Toronto
Jennifer Keene and Dan McGarvey in Calgary
Anne Penman and Jason Proctor in Vancouver
and Peter Sheldon in Yellowknife. 

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