As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Episode transcript

Part One

Syria Hospital
A Syrian hospital inside an underground cave was built to survive anything — but today, five massive airstrikes finally found its weak spot, and left the facility in ruins.

Autonomous Trucks
Suncor Energy plans to have driverless trucks hauling stuff around Alberta's oil patch — which means human truck operators are not in it for the long haul. 

Crosby Kid
A Quebec teenager is enjoying some solo ice time when an intruder shows up wanting to run drills — and he agrees, because he could use the practice, and also because the intruder is Sidney Crosby. 

Part Two

West Virginia Opioids
The population of Williamson, West Virginia is under 3000 — so why did pharmaceutical companies send more than 20 million opioid pills to the small town's two pharmacies over a decade? 

Alcatraz Letter 
Looks like they got to the hard place from The Rock. 55 years ago, the only three men ever to escape Alcatraz plunged into San Francisco Bay — and new evidence suggests they made it, and one may still be alive. 

Part Three

Lottery Cancer Death
It was the luckiest day of his life. But a New York State man's buzz over his lottery win didn't last: the winnings allowed him to go to a doctor, where he found out he had terminal cancer. We'll talk to the cashier who sold that winning ticket. 

Elon Musk Flamethrower
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk manages to sell ten million dollars' worth of flamethrower-like-toy-slash-weapons in just four days. That's ignited a debate about whether that's a good idea — and our guest is worried it will cause a lot of other things to be ignited too. 

Yodelling Degree
A university in Lucerne becomes the first in Switzerland to offer students a chance to yodel their way to a post-secondary degree.