As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

March 23, 2022

Episode Transcript

Part One

Taliban girls school
Today in Afghanistan, girls in Grade Seven and up were supposed to return to school. But the Taliban abruptly barred them from classrooms — and our guest fears it's a sign of things to come. 

Rome Indigenous archive to open
Ahead of an Indigenous delegation to the Vatican, a Catholic religious order that operated dozens of residential schools in Canada is finally opening its archives in Rome to researchers. 

Ash Barty retires
Top-ranked women's tennis player Ash Barty has announced her retirement at the ripe old age of 25, and our guest says she's shocked — even though it's an outcome she once predicted. 

Part Two 

Ukraine street artist
A graffiti artist in occupied Ukraine is using abandoned Russian tanks as his canvas. And he says he's not afraid to express himself — in the streets or on our airwaves. 

Liberal/NDP deal: John Brassard 
Conservative House Leader John Brassard says the new alliance between the federal Liberals and the NDP is going to cost Canadians money — and he hopes it will cost his opponents votes. 

Part Three

Malawi polio campaign
A healthcare worker in Malawi tells us the whole country is mobilizing to respond to a single case of polio — and prevent the kind of outbreak many recently graduated clinicians won't even remember. 

Missing 9/11 photos 
An employee at New York City's 9/11 museum tells us about his long search for an image of a victim whose photo was missing from a memorial wall. He says there's more to its inclusion than meets the eye.