As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Full Episode

Friday, May 18, 2018
Listen to the full episode1:12:34

Part One

Texas school shooting
Just after classes started this morning at Santa Fe High School in Texas, the shooting started — and a Grade 10 student tells us about making her escape as soon as the gunman's rampage began.  

Beethoven's 9th Symphony
A conductor says that, because he sped up and slowed down the tempo, his new recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is what the composer intended — and he'll tell us about the andante-ing task. 

Part Two

Israel-Gaza: Hamas
After a week of Israel and the U.S. blaming Hamas for the violence at the Israel-Gaza fence, we'll go to Hamas directly — and ask what blame it deserves for Monday's deaths. 

Penis art
Upset that he was among the local artists excluded from a celebration in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, artist Henk de Boer builds a special fountain anyway — with a distinctly phallic theme. 

Part Three

Migraine drug
For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a medication specifically designed to prevent migraines — and doctors say it could be life-changing. 

Venezuela prison
After an uprising that began Wednesday, the Venezuelan government says it's taken back control of what was supposed to be its most secure political prison. But it's all in the lead-up to Sunday's presidential election, amidst hyper-inflation, a collapsing economy, and widespread hunger.

Stained-glass Bach & Beethoven windows
Missing stained-glass windows of Bach and Beethoven have been recovered in the basement of Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. Toronto professor Shirley Ann Brown photographed them in 1991.

As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Imogen Birchard
Sarah Cooper
Chris Harbord 
Katie Geleff
Sarah Jackson
Sheena Goodyear
John McGill
Chloe Shantz-Hlikes
Kate Swoger
Julian Uzielli
and 
Donya Ziaee.

Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves.  

The show director is Kevin Ball. Chris Howden is our writer.  

John Perry is the Senior Producer. 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 McIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Ashley Burke and Kristin Nelson in Ottawa
Keith Hart, Pauline Holdsworth, Ashly July and Luke Williams — all in Toronto
Colin Butler in London, Ontario
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg
Michael O'Halloran in Calgary
Anne Penman in Vancouver
Marion Barschel in Kelowna and
Derek Stoffel in Jerusalem. 

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