As It Happens

About As It Happens

About the show

Air Times

Stream live or on-demand on CBC Listen, or download the CBC Listen app. 

CBC Radio One
Weekdays at 6:30 p.m. (7:00 Newfoundland)
Monday-Thursday at 12 a.m. (12:30 Newfoundland)

Weekdays 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Midnight Edition: Monday-Thursday at 12:00 a.m.
As it Happened: The Archive Edition Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET

As It Happens is broadcast in select U.S. cities by Public Radio Exchange.

About the show 

About the hosts →

In 1968, As It Happens premiered on CBC Radio, with what may have seemed like a gimmicky premise: so many other shows rely on a call-in format – what if we call out? It was so simple it was brilliant. It enabled the program to interview people across the country and around the world, just by dialing a number: Canadian and world leaders, regular people in extraordinary circumstances, excited scientists, and proud eccentrics of all kinds.

And it proved prescient as well. We no longer have to reach people via rotary phone in their living rooms or offices — As It Happens can get hold of anyone, anywhere, who's got a story to tell. Night after night, host Nil Köksal brings you in-depth, conversations with the people near, or at, the centre of the day's news.

As it Happens. Radio that found its calling: calling.

About the hosts

Nil Köksal

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As It Happens co-host Nil Köksal. (CBC)

Nil Köksal is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster with more than 20 years of experience and a passion for telling stories in all of their nuance and complexity.

Before joining As It Happens in 2022, Nil hosted CBC Radio's World Report, taking viewers on a trip around Canada and the world every morning. She also took the show on the road to bring listeners live coverage from London as Brexit took effect, and to Windsor for the royal wedding.

She is known for her live reporting and agility when news breaks. She covered the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and has hosted several network specials, including the historic installation of Gov. Gen. Mary Simon in 2021.

Nil was a foreign correspondent for CBC News in Istanbul, heading up the network's bureau there between 2015 and 2018.

Her work has also taken her to Syria, South Korea, Tunisia, the U.S. and the U.K.

She is a winner and two-time Canadian Screen Award nominee.

She loves the range of conversations As it Happens allows her to have, and says: "Every show is full of surprises, laughter, and sometimes even tears. It is a joy to share those emotions with our audience and learn about the world together every day."

Chris Howden

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As It Happens co-host Chris Howden. (CBC )

Chris is self-conscious about the length of his bio, which, as you can see, is a little skimpy on fascinating detail. For this reason, he has written several sentences, in the third person, which contribute nothing to understanding his life, but undoubtedly help you understand the kind of person he is, and not in a good way. Also, he was the valedictorian of his high school class. In cases where he's uncertain what else to write, he simply keeps typing until eventually he, like you, reaches the period.

Chris grew up in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and now lives in Toronto with his family.