As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Sept. 8, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Afghanistan women's rights
A young woman in northern Afghanistan who took to the streets to protest against the Taliban tells us why she's determined to keep raising her voice despite the dangers.

Leylah Fernandez father
After her remarkable week at the U.S. Open, Leylah Fernandez's father and coach tells us the teen tennis phenom knows she can't play perfectly — but that doesn't stop her from trying.

New Brunswick pirate boat
In his pandemic downtime, a New Brunswick man built his own pirate ship, only to find it sinking because of troublesome stowaways: the otters who've taken up residence below decks. 

Part Two

Hospital anti-vax protest
A Vancouver doctor who writes medical thrillers describes the mood in his hospital, as health-care workers navigate vaccine hesitancy, anti-vaxxers, and protests against COVID-19 mandates.

Patricia Maginnis obit
After the death of Patricia Maginnis, her grand-niece reflects on how the prominent abortion rights activist would feel about the rollbacks happening in the U.S. today. 

Part Three

Paris attack trial
Almost six years after the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, more than a dozen men were put on trial today. But the father of one of the victims says no sentence could end his grief and anger.

UK spider silk show 
For centuries, people tried to create fabric from the shimmering silk of the golden orb spider and failed. But after years of effort, our guest succeeded.