As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Oct. 6, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Dawson Creek anti-vax
A councilor in Dawson Creek, B.C., explains how a livestream of a routine council meeting wound up being distributed world-wide, as a source of pandemic disinformation. 

Trillion dollar coin
With Washington about to hit its debt ceiling, one idea is gaining currency: the suggestion that the U.S. government should mint a one-trillion-dollar platinum coin. 

OED Korean words
More than 20 words of Korean origin will appear in the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary — and a linguistic professor says that's a defining moment for Korean culture. 

Part Two

Afghan musicians in Portugal
The director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music says he was thrilled to hear that some of its members had reached safety in Doha this week — but he's not giving up hope they'll be able to perform at home again one day.

Genius dogs
Researchers teach six especially bright border collies to understand words — and one of the scientists behind the project says we have a lot to learn from what the dogs have learned. 

Part Three

Slavery signs removed
A Hamilton, Ontario author says the city was too quick to tear down the signs he's been putting up to draw attention to some overlooked history.  

Minnesota cyclist rescue 
An emergency room doctor was heading into a mountain bike trail in Minnesota to blow off some steam when he came across a fellow rider in distress — and saved his life by performing his first ever tracheotomy.