As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

June 11, 2020

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Cecil Rhodes Statue
Thousands are demanding that Oxford University remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes. A South African student who campaigned for its removal five years ago says he's hopeful. But he's also learned never to underestimate Oxford's obstinance.

New Brunswick Doctor follow
A New Brunswick doctor outed as the source of the province's COVID infections says a private investigator he hired proves he wasn't responsible for bringing Coronavirus into the province. 

Canned Unicorn Meat
On April Fools Day, 2010, a company posted a prank ad for a product called "Canned Unicorn Meat" -- and the resulting cease-and-desist order from the National Pork Board proved not everyone was in on the joke.

Part Two

University of Alberta Posthumous Grads 
We hear from a member of the University of Alberta's graduating class. Tomorrow five of her classmates will be awarded posthumous degrees; they all died in January when Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran.

Racism Dictionary Definition
The Merriam-Webster dictionary has announced that it will be updating its definition of racism, to include more information about systemic racism. We hear from Kennedy Mitchum, the young Black woman who caused the change to happen.

Part Three

Yemen Covid 
For most of the world, dealing with COVID has been a monumental challenge. In Yemen, it's been a disaster. An aid worker says the Coronavirus has brought the country's healthcare system to the breaking point.

Covid 19 Light-Up Mask
It's an electrically-altered COVID-19 mask, and it simulates your facial expressions, by lighting up in the shape of your mouth. We'll speak to the mask's creator, Tyler Glaiel. 

German One-On-One Concert
Stephanie Winker is a flute player in Stuttgart. She came up with a way for the city's orchestra to play through the pandemic - to one listener at a time.