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Listening to As It Happens is like taking a trip around the world five nights a week. For more than 35 years, using the simplest of tools - the telephone - this current affairs program has explored the heart of a story, whether it's happening in the streets of Belgrade, the dockyards of Vancouver, the boardrooms of Bay Street, or the kitchens of Paris.
As It Happens gets its stories from "the horse's mouth" - securing interviews with world leaders, rabble-rousers, bingo callers and deposed dictators. The show has a soft-spot for "characters" and never turns its nose up at something wild, weird or wacky. And, on the complex and troubling stories of the day, As It Happens searches for greater understanding in the story behind the story.
It takes a special talent to introduce the wide range of stories presented on AS IT HAPPENS. It calls for authority and sincerity, for humour, sometimes a little cheekiness - and the ability to create character voices when a reading of a short story is programmed in a live 90-minute broadcast.
With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has covered Canadian military missions around the world including its latest combat operation in Kandahar.
As it Happens co-host Jeff Douglas brings a wealth of experience to CBC Radio One. He has hosted the award-winning documentary series Ancestors in the Attic (History, Global),chronicling the stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences.