As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

June 20, 2019


Part One

Uighur Author Death
When he was detained, he was one of the China's best-known Uighur writers. Then shortly after his release Nurmuhammad Tohti died and his loved-ones were too afraid to tell his Canadian daughter that he was gone. 

Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh makes his pitch for corporations and the ultra-rich to pay for his expansion of health care to include dental, eye-care, and prescription drugs. 

Rare Whale Song
Scientists record and identity the song of the extremely rare north Pacific right whale for the first time — and they believe the males may be trying to find mates among their population of only 30 whales.

Part Two

No Impeachment Democrat
She's a Democratic Congresswoman, and she's had a ring-side seat for the impeachments of two American presidents. Now Zoe Lofgren tells us why she doesn't yet want Donald Trump to be the third.

Tripping Treadmill Study
Researchers in Nashville create a "tripping treadmill" so that they can study how their subjects stumble — and, in the process, build a better prosthetic leg. 

Part Three

Behrouz Boochani
The UN says World Refugee Day is a time to think about the seventy million people currently forced from their homes. We take the opportunity to talk to an author who fled Iran in 2013 — and wrote a prize-winning book, with texts on WhatsApp, from inside Australia's immigration detention centres on Manus Island.