Wednesday July 08, 2015

How close is too close?

MINSK, BELARUS - JULY 04: A couple embrace next to the Svislach River at sunset on July 04, 2017 in Minsk, Belarus. The post-Soviet republic of Belarus, borders Poland to its West, Lithuania to its North West, Russia to its North East, and Ukraine to its South. A predominantly flat country of Lakes and Forests, home to Wolves, Brown Bears and EuropeÕs only population of Bison. The population is around 9.5 million people, and it often cited as being 'Europe's last Dictatorship'. Belarus' current President Alexander Lukashenko has been in power since 1994, winning his fifth term in October 2015 with 83.5 % of the vote. Visa restrictions to Belarus have recently been lifted, allowing citizens from the European Union, America and 51 other countries visa-free entry to the country for up to 5 days through Minsk International Airport. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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This week on the program we get up close and personal with two very intimate documentaries:

My First Time: CBC producer and self-confessed waxing virgin Mieke Anderson hits the salon for her first ever Brazilian bikini wax. She uses the opportunity to embark on a series of awkward and frank conversations with her friends, parents and long-time boyfriend. 

A Precious Thing: The Cuddlr is an iphone app that attempts to connect lonely people for mutual cuddling. Over 14,000 Canadians signed up, but critics call it a paradox ... a technological solution to a problem which is undoubtedly exacerbated by our immersion in technology. With his girlfriend living abroad, CBC producer Daniel Guillemette longs for some human closeness and decides to give the app a try. 

Plus, we'll talk to both Mieke and Daniel about the challenges of having their mics on and their guards were down.

About the doc makers: 

Mieke Anderson is a Toronto-based producer. You can usually find her working at q or Day 6. Her docs have aired on Metro Morning and Living Out Loud. But, as Mieke puts it, this is the first time she's "dropped her pants" for the radio.  (Thanks to for the drum beat!)

Daniel Guillemette has produced for CBC Radio for the past five years, in the field, in the newsroom, and for local and national programs. He has a master's degree from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Toronto.