As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

full episode transcript

Part One

Manchester bombing: leaks
After the trauma of the Manchester suicide bombing, the UK begins an investigation — which now includes looking outside to determine why U.S. officials are leaking inside information. 

Foreign funding election
Amid claims that foreign money given to third parties played a role in the last election, former Chief Electoral Officer Jean Pierre Kingsley says it's time Canada takes steps to ensure we're kept safe from external interference. 

Quadraplegic parent MBA
In 2012, Marty O'Connor of California suffered an accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He's just graduated with an MBA— and arranged for his most helpful study partner to get, even though she wasn't officially enrolled: his mother. 

Part Two

Plastic-eating albatross documentary
Eight years ago, photographer Chris Jordan discovered that the stomachs of albatrosses on the island of Midway were full of plastic — and he's still documenting how our garbage dominates the majestic bird's life — and death. 

Part Three

Bear attacks car
The owner of a cafe in Colorado makes a donut that smells so un-bear-ably good, even the wildlife will stop at nothing to get their paws on it. 

Bacteria-powered workout gear
Scientists have designed bacteria-lined workout gear that lets your skin breathe. MIT researcher Wen Wang explains how these new "ventilated" duds work.

Endangered porpoise
The rare porpoise called the vaquita lives only in the Gulf of California. If it goes from there, it goes. And it's going. Andrea Crosta is the executive director and co-founder of the Elephant Action League, the conservation group that discovered what's driving it to extinction.