As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part One

U.S. Coronavirus response
The virus is spreading and so is the misinformation. We talk to a Harvard epidemiologist who tells us the United States should be investing in testing — and inoculating itself against political rhetoric.

Blockades: Nathan Cullen
With police patrols and new construction stopped for now, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and government officials resume talks. Nathan Cullen helped broker the meeting and says that's a huge step in the right direction. 

Leaning Tower of Dallas
Crews are doing everything they can to topple a Dallas office building. But it just won't come down. And now, people in the city are doing their level best to have the leaning tower designated a World Heritage Site. 

Part Two

Scotland sanitary products
Scotland is poised to become the first country to make pads and tampons freely available to all women. But the Parliamentarian behind the bill fears there are still hurdles ahead. 

No leap year calendar
With February 29th fast approaching, our guest says it's high time we turn the page on leap years — and ditch the Gregorian calendar altogether.  

Part Three

India Internet shutdown
It's been nearly seven months since India cut off Internet access in Kashmir. We talk to a local newspaper editor who tells us the blackout has forced him to lay off nearly a dozen staffers.  

Calgary "Barley Belt"
Last month, Labatt purchased a craft brewery in Calgary. Now, pressure is mounting in a part of the city known as the "Barley Belt" — over who's allowed to tap into that name.