As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Episode transcript

Part One

Gord Downie obit: Allan Gregg
With the death of Gord Downie, Canada loses an artist who served as a poet, an entertainer, and a conscience — and 30 years ago, Allan Gregg saw a spark of genius in the singer and his band, the Tragically Hip. 

Gord Downie obit: Braiden Metatawabin
When Gord Downie visited the Fort Albany First Nation in northern Ontario, he wound up performing with a band of teens in a high school gym — which he helped them turn into a stadium. 

X-ray music
Inspired by an old Soviet system for eluding censorship, an L.A. music company is re-purposing X-ray films, by turning them into records you play on your turntable.

Part Two

Raqqa former citizen
U.S.-backed Syrian forces have finally liberated Raqqa from ISIS. But the state of the city, and the state of the state, raise serious questions about what comes after liberation. Abdalaziz Alhamza founded a citizen journalist group called "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently." He now lives in Berlin. 

Bigfoot 50th
It's been 50 years since two men managed to capture Bigfoot on film — and tonight, one of them takes us back to that fateful day. 

Part Three

Sima Wali obit
Sima Wali — the most visible and persistent advocate for the rights of Afghan women — continued to fight for others, even as she lost her voice. 

Googletown Toronto
The people from Google sign a deal to help turn Toronto's waterfront into a futuristic urban laboratory. A labratory that is environmentally, economically, and technologically friendly. Which sounds somewhere between utopian and impossible.