To listen to "As It Happens" is to see the world through a clear, sharp Canadian lens. For more than 35 years, the CBC's popular 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" talks to any and everyone, 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 the weird or wacky. And on complex or troubling issues, it searches for greater understanding in the stories behind the main story.