As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

April 21, 2021

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Vaccine Patent Waiver 
Economist Joseph Stiglitz tells us why he's among the dozens of Nobel Prize winners and former heads of state calling for urgent action on vaccine patents.

South Africa Wildfire
A devastating fire tears through a Cape Town library holding one of the world's largest collections of African history. The library's director describes the horror of watching it burn.

UK Coffee Beans 
A researcher finds some century-old coffee beans languishing in the archives of the UK's Royal Botanical Society. He ends up with a tiny cup of joe that might save your morning ritual from the ravages of climate change. 

Part Two

Navalny Ill
Protesters planned demonstrations in Russia today -- to press the government for better treatment of hunger-striking opposition leader Alexei Navalny. But the authorities had other plans.

NWT Chief Changed Name
Clearing his name. The Grand Chief of the Gwich'in Tribal Council has a new name, that's actually an old name. He tells us what it's like to reclaim it.

Part Three

Chad President Death
The unexpected end of an era. People in Chad are mourning the loss of their president just hours after he was re-elected. The military says he died in combat with rebels.

Cycling Water Ban 
Bottle service. Cyclists and fans alike are enraged that the sport's governing body has banned the tradition of tossing water bottles into the crowd during a race.