As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, May 13, 2022

Part One

Finland Sweden NATO
After two centuries, Sweden may be ready to forgo neutrality for security by joining NATO -- and our guest says that's clear evidence of the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

Trans superhero comic
The creator of Marvel's new transgender superhero tells us her new comic is for LGBTQ readers, to be sure. But the character named Escapade's escapades are meant to entertain everyone. 

Part Two 

China COVID zero critics
The World Health Organization says China's zero-COVID approach is unsustainable -- but it will take more than the WHO's condemnation for the nation to change course. 

Mushroom musician
Tarun Nayar is hardly the first to make what's known as "plant music," but he's taking botanical soundscapes to new heights by jamming with mushrooms. 

Part Three

Encore: Brian Thomas Isaac
For retired brick-layer and oilpatch worker Brian Thomas Isaac, the publication of his debut novel last year was a lifetime in the making. And now, the Okanagan First Nation writer has another milestone to celebrate. He's been shortlisted for the 60-thousand-dollar Amazon Canada First Novel Award. In recognition of that achievement, we'll revisit the author's October conversation with former host Carol Off ,about his coming-of-age novel "All the Quiet Places" -- and what it's like to publish your first book at the age of 71.

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