As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Oct. 20, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Afghan assassinations
A female volleyball player is reported to have been beheaded in Afghanistan — and one of her coaches says she's worried the rest of the team will be next.

Conservative MPs vaxxed
Parliament decides that MPs will have to be vaccinated if they want to enter the House of Commons — so we'll ask a Conservative strategist why his party is opposed. 

Miss France lawsuit
A French feminist organization has accomplished a lot already — but one of its members says winning a new lawsuit against the Miss France pageant would be a thing of beauty. 

Part Two

Iranian Canadian sentenced
A court in Iran sends an Iranian-Canadian professor to prison for "conspiring with an enemy state" — a charge our guest says is false, and meant to send a message to other Iranians with connections abroad.

January 6th hearing
After the U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack on the Capitol recommends holding Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress, we'll find out what may be next for the former Trump advisor. 

Part Three

Puerto Rico power outages
A Puerto Rican engineer says an intervention designed to solve the territory's electrical grid problems has only made things worse. And more than four years after Hurricane Maria the island's residents remain in the dark. 

COVID Moscow stay-at-home order
If you're unvaccinated and over 60 in Moscow — you're looking at four months of staying at home. And a Moscow Times reporter says this could be just the beginning if COVID cases in Russia continue to surge.