As It Happens

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Aug. 19, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Afghan protests
A freelance journalist in Afghanistan says the fact that protesters are flying the country's flag in defiance of the Taliban is telling. And Afghanistan's true future remains very much untold. 

Mary Cunningham Simpson obit
A friend of the late lesbian activist Mary Cunningham Simpson tells us she was an extraordinary person trying to live an ordinary life. But her fight for housing rights became a fight for the rights of LGBTQ people everywhere. 

Cuttlefish memory
Scientists have confirmed that cuttlefish can form crystal clear memories right up until their final moments — and we've got an inkling that could challenge some age old assumptions about aging. 

Part Two

Election panel 
A federal election is coming. And a pair of political journalists says it's shaping up to be full of surprises. Including the fact that all of Canada's major parties are promising to spend plenty of money.