As It Happens

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

Aug. 17, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Afghan soccer team
A founding member of Afghanistan's national women's soccer team says she doesn't believe for a second that Taliban will respect women's rights. History has taught her and her teammates otherwise. 

Lake Mead water
A Colorado researcher tells us why water levels in Lake Mead are "stunningly" low. And he says the shortage will have huge repercussions for farmers in the southwest — whose crops help feed Canadians. 

Maki Kaji obit
Japanese puzzle manufacturer Maki Kaji gave Sudoku its name and its international following. And to him, there was never anything puzzling about the puzzle's appeal. 

Part Two

Afghan stuck
Canada has promised to fly 20,000 Afghans who worked with Ottawa to safety. But our guest says he has no idea when he and his family will be able to leave — despite plenty of American planes overhead. 

Archive: Jerk cat 
This week's story about avant-garde animal names reminded us of a creature who's actual name — Perdita — wasn't all that remarkable. But who had also earned herself the title of "World's Worst Cat." Deservedly, it turns out.