CBC’s As It Happens host, Carol Off, has been covering human interest stories worldwide for decades. Her new book All We Leave Behind tells the story of an Afghan man, who exposes the warlords working arm in arm with the American and NATO troops. Once the secrets are out, he and his family are forced to go. Off will share Asad’s story with you in an interview with Catherine Porter. Hosted by Ania Szado.
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Carol Off is the host of CBC radio’s As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, 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 won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books, most recently, All We Leave Behind, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. She lives in Toronto.
Catherine Porter has been the Toronto bureau chief for The New York Times since February 2017. Previously, Porter was a journalist at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. She started there in 2001 as an intern, and worked her way up to general assignment reporter, city hall reporter, environment writer, feature writer and columnist. She proved herself as an international correspondent, covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and returning to the country 18 times to report on its reconstruction efforts. Porter has received two National Newspaper Awards, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for grassroots community work.
Ania Szado is the bestselling author of Studio Saint-Ex – a novel about fashion and The Little Prince in 1940s NYC – and Beginning of Was, which was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Ania was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read” (2014). Her short fiction has been anthologized, most recently in Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction.