As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

March 4, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part One

SCOTUS: abortion
The U.S. Supreme Court heard its first major abortion case today — since Donald Trump appointed two conservative justices to the bench. Our guest was there. And she says Roe v. Wade means nothing if women can't access care.

Afghan government and Taliban talks
A spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says the Taliban's agreement with the U.S. excludes the Afghan government — and it's putting Afghan lives at stake. 

O.E.D. women
In an open letter to Oxford University Press, activist and author Maria Beatrice Giovanardi urges it to change its definition of 'woman' — by taking out a whole bunch of pretty questionable words. 

Part Two

Basic income report
A new study says Ontario's basic income pilot project had exactly the intended effects. And its author argues we're all paying a price for the program's cancellation. 

Dinosaur roof prints
For a long time there was one theory to explain the footprints found on the ceiling of an Australian cave. But now, a chance encounter between a paleontologist and a dentist has changed all that. 

Part Three

Neptune exoplanet
A new study about a planet 125 light years from Earth is making waves — for stating the so-called mini-Neptune could sustain life. Its author tells us why he worked so hard to disprove his own theory. 

Moscow perfumery
Critics in Moscow say a plan to install a perfumery in a former military courthouse is terribly misguided. And our guest has come up with an innovative way of bottling his discontent.