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Out In The Open


Out In The Open

Out in the Open is an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly show about the nitty-gritty of real life. Host Piya Chattopadhyay and her team look at how one timely topic is affecting regular people, and invite listeners to join in on the conversations we need to have ... out in the open.

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Afraid of the dark

As host Connie Walker shares some shocking news with Cleo's siblings, the truth about what happened to her remains just out of reach.

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Hit Putin in his wallet

The man who calls himself Putin's number-one enemy says expelling 23 diplomats that doesn't go far enough.

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Get to know Canada Reads

An introduction to the great Canadian book debate, for the uninitiated.

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Top 5 JUNO Acceptance Speeches

Of the thousands given at the JUNOS, there are five that stand out. Hear them now!

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#33: Invisible Illness

When you can see symptoms, hear pain and touch scars, you can sympathize with sickness. But sometimes, it wears a mask. This week, Piya speaks with people whose disabilities, disorders and diseases live beneath the surface and asks: What's it like to live with 'invisible illness'?

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#69: Estrangement

The model family is often depicted as close, loving and in contact. But new research shows a less-romanticized reality: estrangement from a loved one is more common than we think, and yet we still don't fully understand or accept it. This week, Piya speaks with people who have cut off — and been cut off from — their immediate family members to find out the many motivations and effects of estrangement.

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#68: Crossing Divides

We have more ways than ever to communicate with each other. Yet even with all our discourse, it seems we're more divided than ever too, entrenched in camps by our politics, identities, abilities and values. This week, meet people who stepped over the line as Piya asks: What can you learn from crossing divides?

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#67: Breaking Silence

For months, we've been hearing countless people speak out about sexual assault and harassment, as part of the #MeToo movement. As a whole, it can look very emboldening. But for the people who choose to go public and make their voices heard, that empowerment can come at a great personal cost. This week, Piya asks people in a variety of circumstances: What does it take to break your silence?

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#66: Last Words

The last words you ever say -- or the ones said about you -- can be like the closing chapter of your life story. This week, Piya explores the cultural weight we give to them and asks: What do you say on the way out?

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ENCORE: What Does Colten Boushie Say About Us?

NOTE: This episode originally aired in January 2017 | On February 9, 2018, Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley was found not guilty in the 2016 shooting death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man. Boushie's death resurfaced divisions in the area and shone a light on racism Indigenous people continue to face across Canada. One year before the trial, Piya sat down for an interview with Boushie's family, and explored what the case says about all Canadians.

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#42: Public Shaming

It burns when you feel shame. But the pain and humiliation is something else when being shamed is blown up for the world to see. This week, Piya asks: What are the consequences of public shaming?

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#65: Freedom Ltd.

Most of us give up certain liberties to maintain peace and live in civil society, like agreeing not to kill, steal or take justice into our own hands. But some freedoms are more nuanced, challenging... and can even define who you are. This week, Piya asks: What limits would you accept on your freedom?

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#64: That F Word

One year after the Women's March, months after #MeToo took off, and fresh off Merriam-Webster crowning 'feminism' as 2017's word of the year, discussion and activism around women and equality are dominating our cultural conversations. And yet, divisions about how effective it's all been — and what feminism should be trying to achieve — continue. This week, Piya asks: How should we talk about feminism today?

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EXTRA: 'I had to tell myself I'm not like him': When your friend becomes a mass shooter

When Andrew Page found out his good friend Kimveer Gill was the Dawson College mass shooter, it was hard to take. It also made him question who he is as a person.

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#63: A Complicated Closeness

The recent rash of public figures accused of sexual misconduct, assault and violence has compelled us to consider how we view them and their work. But what most of us share in these cases is the safety and comfort of distance. This week, Piya speaks with people who know and care about those accused of doing terrible things to find out how being one rung removed complicates their relationships.

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After Escape

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?

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#61: Cut Through Hate

From strident political divides, to protesting other people at rallies, to numerous stories of harassment and assault...it feels like hate is all around us today. This week, Piya speaks with haters and their targets, and asks: How do you cut through hate?

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#30: Past Lives

You can't change the past. But can you ever leave it behind? This week, we bring you stories of criminal, familial, traumatic and famous pasts that some are struggling to let go, and others are trying to repair.

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#23: Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays can be uncomfortable, difficult and downright awkward. Out in the Open's got your back with this hour all about how to survive the season...from dealing with family differences to reconciling who you are with what the holidays demand of you.

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#60: See Ya, 2017

This week, Piya speaks with those at the crux of Canada's top stories of 2017, including Canada 150, the Quebec City mosque shooting, illegal border crossings in Manitoba, and Quebec's religious neutrality law.

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#59: Unintended Consequences

You have the best of intentions. You can almost taste that golden carrot 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?

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#58: Stranger in Your Own Land

It can be tough when you're the odd one out, whether it's because of what you do for a living, where you reside, or simply because of who you are. This week, Piya speaks with people who feel like strangers in their own land.

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#57: Rewriting History

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?

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#56: Singles

There's all kinds of stigma, the way we romanticise it, the awkward drama of the third wheel, the kindly concerns from others that you'll, you know, die alone... well, there's a lot. This week, Piya asks: What's wrong with being single?

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#41: Sexual Consent

Recent high profile sexual assault cases have prompted widespread conversations about consent, fuelled campaigns to stop the problem, and revealed that there's still a lot of contradiction at play. This week, OITO explores how to navigate consent.

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EXTRA: How a sex worker negotiates consent

As a sex worker, Alice has a lot of experience navigating consent. She explains how to translate it to personal relationships.

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#55: Can Robots Be Human?

We often talk about technology as a matter of threat versus convenience. But now more than ever, it's encroaching on the things that make us... us. This week, Piya asks: Can robots be human?

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#54: Double-Edged

From the art that inspires us, to the junk TV that entertains us, to whatever gets us off in the bedroom...the things that bring us happiness can often also leave a bittersweet aftertaste. This week, Piya asks: Why does it feel so bad to feel good?

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#53: The Violent Hour

Sometimes, it's sanctioned by society. Most of the time it's not. And for some, it's a necessary tool... no matter what other people think. This week, Piya asks: How does committing violence change you?

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#52: Ageing*

When we imagine old age, we tend to picture — and fear — mental decline, physical breakdown, and loss of independence. This week, Piya speaks with people facing additional challenges in the process of getting older... just because of who they are.

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EXTRA: Prescribed Fentanyl

Greg Carney wants fentanyl off the shelves after his wife, Ann, died from a prescription to it.

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#51: Faces of Fentanyl

It killed hundreds last year. This year, thousands more will die. And the crisis is cutting across regions, class lines, and ages. This week, Piya talks to people directly affected by fentanyl, the lethal drug that's moving its way across Canada.

Download #51: Faces of Fentanyl
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PREVIEW: Faces of Fentanyl

Christine Zinni is a harm reduction worker and a former addict who's become a de facto first responder when people overdose in her Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale.

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#50: Caregivers by Circumstance

Their loved ones fell ill, struggled with addiction, found themselves in need and had nowhere else to turn. This week, Piya speaks with people who've become caregivers by circumstance.

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