As It Happens

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Aug. 4, 2020

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Beirut explosion
Devastation in Beirut. Successive blasts rocked the Lebanese capital. We reach a newspaper editor who's office crumpled around him. He says in the five decades he's covered conflict in the area, he's never seen destruction on this scale.

Obesity guidelines
A new set of guidelines urges doctors to recognize obesity as a complex condition in its own right — one that has little to do with willpower or body-mass index.

TikTok sale
U.S. President Donald Trump says TikTok needs to find an American buyer soon and give American taxpayers a cut of the sale. Our guest says that sounds more than a titch like extortion.

Part Two

Biden VP
Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate any day now. A Washington political scientist runs down the virtues the Democrats are looking for as they pick a vice.

Trinity College lawns 
After more than 100 years of perfectly manicured lawns, Trinity College Dublin is putting down new roots in the form of wildflower meadows.