As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Dec. 1, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Mississippi Abortion Case
Today, Mississippi's only remaining abortion clinic challenged a restrictive state law before the U.S. Supreme Court. The owner of that clinic tells us what's at stake for her clients, and the country. 

Spam Call Crackdown 
Hot under the callers. Today, Canada's telecoms instituted a new system that's intended to stop the deluge of fraudulent calls -- but a technology watcher says it's a first step that spammers will probably find a way to side-step. 

Twitter Historical Fact Backfire 
Past due. Last week a Scottish historian made an offer Twitter users could not refuse, and now he cannot refuse their surprisingly large volume of requests for hand-picked historical facts.

Part Two

Yukon Opioid Deaths
Full-blown crisis. The Yukon's chief coroner says the territory has now surpassed B.C. with the highest opioid death rate in the country -- and the numbers will likely keep climbing.

Fungi Map
Read the shroom. An evolutionary biologist tells us why she's leading a team of scientists on a quest to map the world's fungi -- the often-overlooked circulatory system of the planet.

Part Three

Hungarian Censorship Resignation
Not quiet  the result she was hoping for. Concerned about the impact of censorship on Hungarian higher ed, one of the country's scholars said as much -- and was asked not to.

Toronto Cemetery Exhumations 
It started off okay but then it all began to go downhill... An Ontario cemetery has dug up the cremated remains of some 500 people in a battle against erosion. And a consultant on the project says grave care is being taken to prepare the site for their re-interment.