Out in the Openwith Piya Chattopadhyay


She ditched it all to follow her dreams, then reality came crashing in

Leap and the net may not appear. Tasneem Jamal and her husband uprooted their lives and moved their young family to Tanzania to follow their dreams. But even before they left Canada, the plan started to go sideways, and soon, Tasneem was in freefall.

Unintended Consequences

You set out to do something. You have the best of intentions. You can almost taste that golden carrot just dangling in the distance. The dream may be alive. The problem is... sometimes reality gets in the way. This week, Piya asks: How do you recover when things don't go according to plan?

How a law meant to curb infanticide was used to abandon teens

With good intentions, Nebraska passed its Safe Haven Law in 2008 without an age restriction. Many didn't expect older children would be dropped off.

A planned adoption delayed — by nearly three decades

When Regina Louise was 13 years old, bouncing between foster homes and institutions, she met a woman who was kind, who she could trust, and who she wanted to be able to call Mom. For Regina, that was a first. But the plan wasn't to be. At least, not right away.

When the plan to 'date Indigenous' gets complicated

When Sarain Fox’s life was going according to plan, she found out that maybe the plan wasn’t everything she wanted in the first place.

Designers of Toronto condo lands apparently didn't plan for all the poo

Professional dog walker Gilleen Witkowski says urban communities need to better accommodate for pets.

Figuring out co-parenting in a polyamorous family

A polyamorous family of five are navigating the idea of having kids and what co-parenting looks like for them.
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Modern Family

What does your family look like? If you're on trend [and we're sure you are]... it's probably more complex than mom, dad and 2.3 kids. This week, Piya goes nuclear on the so-called 'nuclear family' and asks: What makes a modern family?

Mothers who used the same sperm donor are forming a family of 'diblings'

Uniting their children with their biological half brothers and sisters has given a global group of moms a new extended family.

The complicated nature of feeling a part of the family you work for

Herly Bautista is a live-in nanny. She’s both an employee and says she feels a part of the family she works for

Looking to the past to thrive in the present as a modern family

Christine Birak on how moving close to her extended family helps her, her partner and their two children live as a modern family.

When you're childless by choice, you are looked at as a 'couple' and not a 'family'

Cami Uchoa and her husband are childless by choice. But they consider themselves a family that includes their dog, Ty, of course.

The 'daddy' problem: when children of two-mother families start asking where dad is

Out in the Open producer Lisa Bryn Rundle asks, when will children’s entertainment catch up and portray the many ways people are now forming families?

'You have to learn to walk in your mind': What happens after you escape a truly terrible childhood

Until the age of eighteen, Maude Julien was imprisoned and subjected to tests and drills by her father, who wanted to make a superhuman. She escaped, but it took over ten years to be free from the prison her father had constructed in her mind.
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After Escape

Culturally, we love stories of escape. They're high stakes. There's drama. They often have happy resolutions. But we don't often consider the other side of getting out... and that can be the really tough part. This week, Piya asks: What happens after you escape?

Canadians claiming to have 'electromagnetic hypersensitivity' feel forced to escape modern life

People who believe they have “EHS” report debilitating headaches, pain, ear ringing and heart palpitations in the presence of electromagnetic fields, but some experts say they’re no scientific proof for their illness.

Life after a gang: Saskatoon woman wants 'to know what it feels like to love myself'

Jorgina Sunn traces the drugs and gang involvement of her early adulthood back to childhood trauma and abuse, but she’s trying to take responsibility for the wrong she’s done.

The aftermath of escaping a shark attack

Nicole Moore survived a shark attack and went on to advocate for shark conservation.

How R.E.M.'s biggest hit inspired one man to escape from his life as cult member

Perry Bulwer was a member of a religious cult for nineteen years. He escaped, but he is still haunted by his experiences.

Surviving cancer can be just as hard as having it

Geoff Eaton has had cancer twice. He wants more people to realize that the fight against cancer continues long after you’ve survived the disease.

How a teen's apparent flashback of childhood abuse set off a debate over repressed memory

At 17 years old, Nicole Kluemper seemed to remember sexual abuse that she’d described to a psychiatrist a decade earlier. And then a false memory expert claimed it never happened.

Should we demolish or preserve remaining residential school buildings?

In the debate around whether to preserve or demolish remaining residential school buildings, Carey Newman thinks objects matter in remembering history.

Is erasing Lord Jeffrey Amherst's name a way to expose hidden history?

Keptin John Joe Sark wants the name Amherst erased from PEI’s historic site, Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst.
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Rewriting History

From John A. MacDonald to residential schools, we're at a time of reckoning over what to do with people, objects and facts of history that are at once significant... but also troubled. This week, Piya explores collective and personal takes on the question: How far should we go to rewrite history?

'I didn't tell anybody': Why a respected social worker hid her criminal past

A marijuana conviction as a teen left Frances Cappe with a criminal record and a big problem. If she disclosed her secret, that one mistake would have altered the course of her entire life, which turned out to be one filled with helping others, especially troubled teens.