As It Happens

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, December 28, 2020

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Saudi activist sentenced
Saudi rights activist Loujain Alhathloul was sentenced to nearly six years in prison on today. Her friend tells us she could be released much sooner — but freedom remains a long way off. 

Ontario vaccine rollout speed
Ontario says staffing shortages have forced a slow-down in COVID-19 vaccination plans. But plenty of healthcare workers in the province say they're eager to volunteer. We'll hear from one of them.

Chinese journalist convicted
A citizen journalist in China has been sentenced to four years in prison for contradicting prescribed narratives about the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Part Two

Encore: One Day
When Gene Weingarten set out to write a book comprised entirely of true stories that took place on a single day, he was less than thrilled to pull today's date out of a hat — circa 1986. That December 28th was a Sunday — in that infamously sleepy time between Christmas and New Years. But as Weingarten told Carol Off in a feature interview last year, it became the perfect proof that there's no such thing as an ordinary day. 

Part Three

Encore: As It Happened: Reunions 
We revisit some As It Happens interviews about folks revisiting each other after long absences and sometimes accidental separations. We'll hear the moment Barbara Frum managed to set up an over-the-radio family reunion for a nurse working in a war zone. We'll find out how a message-in-a-bottle helped two Montrealers reconnect with their childhood selves. And we'll revisit Carol Off's conversation with a grandfather who inadvertently took off with another person's progeny at an after-school pickup. 


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