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Toni Morrison on race, racism and her novel God Help the Child

From our archives: Nobel Prize-winning U.S. novelist Toni Morrison talks to As It Happens host Carol Off in 2015.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - A day in the life of As It Happens

On that Monday in March, 1977, host Barbara Frum found herself helping to mediate a hostage crisis in a downtown Toronto bank; trying to make sense of a complex conspiracy surrounding a Canadian band believed to be The Beatles in disguise; and reminiscing with a former White House barber about Henry Kissinger's hairdo.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - Wade Davis on early quests to summit Everest

In the early 1920s, George Herbert Leigh Mallory led a small army of 25 men on three attempts to scale Everest. At the time, England was desperately seeking solace from the abysmal carnage of the First World War. Reaching the roof of the world presented the perfect remedy. Wade Davis tells the story in his 2011 book Into the Silence.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The evolution of As it Happens

In November, 1968, CBC Radio debuted a new supper-hour current affairs show called As it Happens. It was broadcast live across Canada, from east to west over six hours — picking up listeners in the country's different time zones.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire

Roméo Dallaire witnessed the horrors of the genocide in Rwanda up close. From our archives, Dallaire speaks to As It Happens host Carol Off about his 2016 book and his struggles with PTSD.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - Former British PM Tony Blair defends Iraq mission

In 2010, former British prime minister Tony Blair sat down with As It Happens host Carol Off for a feature interview to reassert his case for leading his nation into war in Iraq

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The evolution of the Canadian $10 bill

In the first of our That Was Then, This is Now series, we trace the show's coverage of the changing face of the Canadian $10 bill — from the design introduced in 1971 featuring Sir John A. MacDonald, to the current version featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - Memorable 50th Anniversaries

As we look ahead to our 50th anniversary celebrations in November, As it Happens turns back to revisit some other 50th anniversaries we've covered over the course of the show's history.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Fake News Episode

In terms of common usage, "fake news" may be a relatively new term — propelled in large part by the current U.S. president. But it's hardly a new idea, as the stories featured in this episode illustrate.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Next Generation Episode

The individuals featured in this episode may be young, but they're not kidding around. Meet a dogged nine year-old journalist, an eight year-old mooing champion, a tweenage taxidermist and more.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Extraordinary Encounters Episode

The interviews in this episode are remarkable not only because of the circumstances covered, but because of the extraordinary individuals at the centre of them.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The 'How To' Episode

This episode serves as a do-it-yourself guide to things you may never see yourself doing — with a few that should never be tried at home.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Forgiven Episode

Forgiveness can be extremely difficult in itself. And once expressed, it is often met with resistance — even condemnation of the person who has chosen to forgive.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Against All Odds Episode

Incredible tales of survival, inconceivable chances of birth, and a two-in-a-row one-in-a-million shot — this episode explores what happens when fortune and fervour overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Crime & Punishment Episode

From one man's fight to kill Canada's death penalty to a spellbound victim of the 'Black Magic Bandit', the stories on this episode run the gamut of crime and punishment — from petty offences to hefty sentences.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The New Beginnings Episode

The individuals in this episode have each faced experiences that few of us will ever have to face in our lifetimes.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Shakespeare Episode

A Trump-themed 'Julius Caesar' production sparks furor; a South African performance of 'Othello' features a black actor for the first time; the star of 'Deep Throat' explains how he transitioned from doing Shakespeare to doing porn, and more...

As it Happened: The Archive Edition — The Fightin' Words Episode, Part II

When hockey commentator and coach Don Cherry gets cornered on his team's failing fortunes, he comes out swinging — but his "best-defence-is-a-good-offence" tactics end up sounding like sour Grapes.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Fightin' Words Episode, Part I

After Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme tried to gun down the US President, her roommate and fellow Manson Family member shot down "As it Happens" host Barbara Frum's questions — before threatening to kill the interview altogether.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Four Weddings and a Funeral Episode

Darren Black Bear of Oklahoma faced a lot of resistance when he decided to tie the knot back in 2013. Not from friends and family, but from his state. But Mr. Black Bear found a way to marry the love of his life, Jason Pickel, all the same — with a little help from his tribe.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Great Outdoors Episode

Our fearless host, Carol Off, is at home pushing for truth and certainty on air — but she's admittedly a fish out of water when it comes to pushing trapped cetaceans off a beach.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Marathon Episode

Terry Fox was heartbroken when he had to cut short his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope. But of course, the end of the road was only the beginning.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Road Trip Episode

Before it was a big-screen comedy smash, The Cannonball Run was an actual illicit cross-country car rally, complete with Ferraris and a souped-up ambulance — and Jim Hunt was the first Canadian to enter.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Flight Time Episode

Captain Bob Pearson pulled off the impossible, when he safely glided a Boeing 767 onto an abandoned airstrip that was serving as a track for drag racing — after running out of fuel at 12,000 metres.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Aliens Episode

What on Earth happened to Travis Walton when he went missing for five days back in 1975? According to him, he left it — in a flying saucer.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Neighbours Episode

After militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took dozens of Americans hostage, Canada stepped in to help its neighbour — in a risky and covert operation to sneak some of the captives out of the country.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Home Episode

For most Canadians today, July 1st is practically synonymous with Canada Day. But before 1982, it was called Dominion Day. And if one prime minister had had his way, it would have remained forever thus.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Finnish Episode

It seems like a good place to end. As it Happened: The Archive Edition wraps up its 2016 season with The Finnish Episode. We’ll speak with the organizer of Finland’s World Swamp Soccer Championships, and we'll hear a performance by the Finnish Men’s Shouting Choir.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Privy Episode

On The Privy Episode of As it Happened: The Archive Edition, we’ll hear about late poet Al Purdy’s newly refurbished privy and we’ll speak with the woman who rescued Margaret Thatcher’s former loo from a dumpster.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Birds + Bees Episode

On the The Birds and Bees Episode of As it Happened:The Archive Edition, we'll hear from NYPD Officer Anthony Planakis. For more than 35 years he was in charge of handling New York City's problems with roving gangs of ... bees. If there was a swarm anywhere in the city, "Tony Bees" was on it.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Discoveries Episode

This week's episode includes the story of an Associated Press photographer in Washington, D.C. When she headed out to take pictures of homeless people in the cold, she had no idea her work would wind up reuniting a family from upstate New York.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Rights Episode

They were the first couple in the world to enter into a legal same-sex partnership. Former As it Happens host Michael Enright speaks with Eigil Axgil, the day after Axgil said “I do” to his partner of 40 years in Copenhagen.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Four-Legged Episode

It's all things four-legged this week on As it Happened: The Archive Edition, including the story of Boris the pig. In 2011, Boris broke through the gate of his pen and managed to impregnate every sow in site, siring more than 100 piglets.

As It Happened: The Archive Edition - The Paper Episode

A man's kilt usually contains just the one obvious secret. But stitched into a kilt that's been in her family for generations, a British woman discovers a hidden note of somewhat romantic intent.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Nose Episode

This week, As it Happened: The Archive Edition reaches the point of nose return, with an episode all about schnozzes. You’ll hear about a man who unknowingly had a nail stuck in his nose for three decades, we'll speak with a 12-year-old girl who set a world record for sneezing.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Frank Episode

All summer long listen for some of the very best from the As It Happens archives. In this week's episode, Frank, there is a man with Down syndrome offering some frank advice to Ann Coulter after she refers to President Obama as a 'retard', and a woman whose job is to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Goodbyes Episode

It’s all about goodbyes this week on As it Happened: The Archive Edition. We bid adieu to Stumpy, the 32-year-old one-legged seagull, and to a German catfish famous for eating a small dog. We also hear the story of the last box of Frosted Flakes produced at the Kellogg's plant in London, Ont.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Justice Episode

They are known as the Angola Three. Three members of the Black Panthers, all convicted of murdering a white prison guard while already in Angola Prison, all detained in solitary confinement for decades.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Extremes Episode

He was a fine swine. Alas, he did not get better with age. Ham, the aptly named ham, is now the world's oldest cured ham. In the summer of 2014, the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield, Virginia celebrated Ham's 112th birthday.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Collections Episode

In 2011, Phil Campbell, who lives in New York, decided to gather all the Phil Campbells of the world for a Phil Campbell reunion. He even had the perfect place for them to meet: a town called Phil Campbell, Alabama.
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As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Challengers Episode

Dull and Boring may seem so close as to be indistinguishable. But the truth is, they're an ocean apart. Dull is the name of a town in Scotland. Boring is the name of a town in Oregon. And in 2012, Dull challenged Boring to become its partner town.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Monuments Episode

It’s been under construction for 68 years… and counting. American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began work on his monument to Lakota Chief Crazy Horse in 1947. And though Ziolkowski died in 1982, work on the massive monument in South Dakota continues.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Mysteries Episode

His portraits were a haunting mystery to photo historians and amateur sleuths around the world.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Survivors Episode

She's known as the little girl who fell down the well. For 3 days in 1987, the world watched and waited to see if Jessica McClure would be pulled from the well alive. "Baby Jessica," as she known, was only 18-months-old when she fell down an abandoned well in Midland, Texas.
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As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Lost & Found Episode

It all began when Lefty O'Doul's left arm was stolen. For years, a mannequin of the late baseball great sat in the entrance of the San Francisco bar and restaurant bearing his name, greeting customers. But in 2007, thieves made off with Lefty's left arm.

As It Happened: The Archive Edition - The Message Episode

When Dari Yates was 13-years-old, she wrote a message, put it in a bottle, and threw it in Alberta’s Bow River. The imaginative teen hoped that someone would find that bottle and get in touch with her. That was in 1970.

As It Happened: The Archive Edition - The Message Episode

When Dari Yates was 13-years-old, she wrote a message, put it in a bottle, and threw it in Alberta’s Bow River. The imaginative teen hoped that someone would find that bottle and get in touch with her. That was in 1970.

Toni Morrison on race, racism and her novel God Help the Child

At fewer than 200 pages, God Help the Child may be one of Toni Morrison's shortest books, but it contains rich explorations of love, race, and the effects of childhood trauma — and is one of her rare novels to be set in the present day. 

The Villains Episode: the most hated man on Jeopardy!, searching for Idi Amin, and a giant Grinch

This Jeopardy! champ's methods made some viewers loathe him. If you answered: "Who is Arthur Chu?" you are correct. Earlier this year, Mr. Chu racked up 11 consecutive wins on the TV trivia show. But he did it by trampling on unspoken rule of etiquette: "Thou shalt not jump around the board."...

The Extremities Episode: A human toe cocktail, Iceland's penis museum, and the most painful place for a bee sting

If you're ever in Dawson City, Yukon and someone asks you if you want a Sourtoe Cocktail, consider your answer carefully. The Sourtoe Cocktail a glass of booze with a real human toe in it. And, if you decide to give it a try, then sip carefully. Because the toe has been swallowed. More than once....

The One Of A Kind Episode: A man who showers with raccoons, Mike the headless chicken, and human bacteria cheese

Mark Brown loves his pets. He lets them sleep in his bed. He even dances and showers with them. Mr. Brown's pets are raccoons.In the summer of 2013, YouTube videos of Mr. Brown and his pets went viral. That's when state authorities in Tennessee seized one of the raccoons, Rebecca. And that's also when guest host Laura Lynch spoke with...

The Friendship Episode: A 30-year game of tag, an Irving Layton poem, and two pals - one with MS - run a marathon together

In high school, Mike Konesky and his buddies played tag. Thirty years later, they're still at it. The group of men have jobs and families and live in different cities. But each February, the game is on.Carol spoke to Mr. Konesky and his friend Joe Tombari in January 2013, just before that year's game began....

The Forgiveness Episode: Philomena Lee absolves the nuns who kept her from her son, a father forgives his son's assassin, and more

Philomena Lee had a lot to forgive. When she was an unwed teenager in Ireland in the 1950s, she got pregnant. Her family disowned her and sent her to a convent. There, the nuns shamed her and forced her to work. Then, when her son Anthony was a toddler, the nuns gave him away to an American couple. She never...

The Mistakes Episode: 12-year-old discovers errors in Gretzky statue, correcting Conrad Black, misplaced apostrophes and more

Joel Englund has a keen eye. So when he went to visit the Wayne Gretzky statue in Brantford, Ontario, in November 2013, he noticed a few details that even the artist, Mr. Gretzky, as well as the Great One's own parents had overlooked....

The Smell Episode: Axe Body Spray, Sriracha hot sauce, space perfume and Scratch-and-Sniff shirts

In 2013, Dahlia Lithwick decided to conduct an experiment. For a week, the mother of two doused herself in a scent with all the subtlety of the teenage boys who usually wear it -- Axe Body Spray....

The Parenthood Episode

Parents do a lot of thing that embarrass their teenagers. Breathing, for example. But Rain Price's dad decided to put some actual effort into it. A few years ago, he stood in front of his house each day and did something horrific. He waved at his teenage son's school bus. In costume....

The Unexpected Episode

A conversation, of sorts, with a robot named Bina48. A Welsh farmer who says his pig speaks to him -- with a French accent. An author who went many extra miles to satisfy an unhappy reader. All that and more....

The Perseverance Episode

A man who completed the London Marathon in a snail suit. A family that gave their pet chicken CPR. The world-record holder in fist-pumping. All that and more....

The Cheese Episode

The sport of cheese-chasing. An artist who covered a house in outdated cheese. Musical odes to cheddar. How to cook the perfect grilled cheese. All that and more....

The Nordic Episode

The Swedes love a fermented fish called surstromming that makes foreigners who eat it gag -- those who are brave enough to get past the rotten diaper smell. The Finns like a little accordion music with their wrestling. And when they gripe, they do it in song, creating a global phenomenon called The Complaints Choir. All that and more....

The Revenge Episode

John Franklin Stephens gets revenge by taking the high road, after political commentator Ann Coulter insults him. Plus, a Brooklyn man retaliates against honking drivers with poetry. A woman blows up the factory where her father died on the job. A Texas lawyer takes his donkey to court to get back at his neighbour....

The Mayors Episode

We've got mayors gone wild, mayors that just won't leave office, sharp-tongued mayors and mayors with missing body parts. We've even got a mayor who isn't human: Stubbs the cat, mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska....

The Sports Episode

Baseball legend Bill "Spaceman" Lee on pitching pro at 63. South Africa's number one soccer fan, who says he brought the vuvuzela to the game. A baseball DJ who got booted from the park by the ump. All that and more....

The Charlie Brown Episode

Hear Barbara Frum interview Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. Meet the real little red-haired girl -- the one that broke Mr. Schulz's heart. And find out just how bad Charlie Brown's baseball team was....

The Gay Pride Episode

We'll hear from Constance McMillen, a Mississippi high school student who wanted to take her girlfriend to the prom. To prevent the couple from attending, school authorities cancelled the dance. Then Constance McMillen took them to court. We'll also talk to the owner of New York's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck about what, exactly, makes his cold-treat-dispensing vehicle gay. All that and more....