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The Doc Project

A place to hear stories and meet the people who brought them to life. From CBC Radio's original documentary initiative.

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Why do we feel so bad about feeling good?

If most drug users take substances because it feels good, why is pleasure left out of policy conversations?

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Music and Indigenous youth

Meet Indigenous youth who are finding deeper meaning in music — and finding their voices along the way.

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Undercover

A family of four examines their sleep habits, vying for the spare bedroom.

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Why the Google 'manifesto' misses the point

Critics argue the Google "manifesto" debating a woman's biological abilities is another example of discrimination in the workplace.

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Inside the first night of Trump's travel ban

Stanford student Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman was in Sudan when she heard about President Trump's imminent travel ban. She decided to fly home to the US before the order could be signed. But she missed her flight, delaying her a crucial three hours...

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Rape jokes are the worst - except when survivors tell them

Heather Jordan Ross is a comedian. After she reported her sexual assault, the first question she asked herself was, "Now how do I make this funny?" That question led to a national comedy tour featuring rape jokes told by survivors.

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There's something queer about Devine Lake (2017 remix)

Jennifer Warren grew up in small town Ontario, in the heart of cottage country, at the the height of the AIDS crisis. The epidemic seemed far away from country life — so when a lakeside resort opened for an LGBT clientele, it divided the town.

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Up Close: How Antoinette GreenOliph went from closeted and broke to living her dream up north

"At the age of 40, something happened where everything came to a head." Antoinette GreenOliph is now one of the best-loved restaurateurs in Whitehorse — but it meant leaving everything behind.

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Up Close: Amber Neumann on choosing between herself and her children; Kathy Grant on finishing her father's life's work

At the age of 28, Amber Neumann found herself trapped in an unhappy marriage with three kids and little hope for her future. That's when she moved to Cairo. Also, Kathy Grant on preserving and sharing the untold stories of Canada's black veterans.

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Up Close: Fabienne Colas on her very full Montreal house, post-Haitan earthquake; Olympian Karina Leblanc on perseverance

In episode three of our special series, hosted by Lyndie Greenwood, Montrealer Fabienne Colas tells the story of finding her family after the 2010 Haitian earthquake; and Olympic bronze medallist Karina Leblanc talks about her dad's tough love.

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Up Close: Nasra Adem and Tanara McLean break down privilege; Afua Cooper on coming of age in Jamaica

CBC Edmonton's Tanara McLean is black... and has no black female friends. Enter Nasra Adem, the city's youth poet laureate, for a heart-to-heart. Also: poet and scholar Afua Cooper on the old men talking politics who changed her life.

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Up Close: Yvonne Ben brought her passion for fashion from Nigeria — and slayed

It took Yvonne Ben more than 10,000 kilometers and a year away from her home city of Eket in southern Nigeria to remember her love of African fashion.

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Deaf at 13, open-heart surgery, and rapping on a fishing boat: young Indigenous filmmakers turn life into art

Hear personal stories that dive deep and get real, from Indigenous youth across Canada, told with the help of the travelling film production team Wapikoni Mobile.

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This Edmonton wrestling celebrity is in his 70s, wears a straw hat, and doesn't wrestle [Full broadcast]

It's Saturday night, at the Northgate Lions Seniors Centre in Edmonton. But don't let the quilts and crafts display fool you, this place is ready to rumble. And: revisiting a grand romantic gesture (gone wrong) 20 years later.

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'We didn't think America would be like this': Why Somalis facing deportation are turning to Canada

Last January Abdirahman was ordered by U.S. Immigration to board a plane — his asylum claim had failed and he was being deported back to Somalia. He had been trying to get to Minneapolis where the largest population of Somali immigrants in the U.S. live.

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Blackflies and bears: a uniquely Canadian horror story

When a group of researchers were dropped into a remote part of central Labrador during blackfly and bear season — they thought they were prepared.

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'Plump and sexy' and other stories from unlikely songwriters

The Davenport Songbook is a community composition project where people with no formal musical training write, perform and produce original songs. Listen in as songs take shape alongside personal stories.

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Finding freedom: ​3 Alberta women on leaving the Mormon church

Emily, Michelle and Jane have all left the Mormon church after decades of being devoted and faithful members in southern Alberta. They share their soul-searching, lonely experiences that changed their lives and altered how they view their communities.

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How well do you really know your mom?

When Richard Kemick was growing up his mom worked full time but she always found time for her kids. Years later, Richard realizes he’s never given much thought to what his mom actually did or about who she really was outside of just being his mom.

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'The smartest, funniest person you know is dead': Five roommates on a tragic loss

Once, there were six college roommates and close friends. But then, there were only five. Now, four years have passed, and the five guys have come together to pay tribute to the friend who was lost.

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The story of San Francisco's piano van busker

Six years ago Brandy was about to launch his passion project, but the unexpected loss of his girlfriend and muse sent him on a downward spiral. Also: Why I'm telling my daughter about my sexual assault.

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The night my father escaped Tibet

In 1970, Tsering Wangkhang was one of the first two Tibetan refugees to arrive in Canada. His son, Rignam, was 10 years old when his father died. Rignam doesn’t have many memories of his dad — but he has his father’s unfinished memoir.

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A wolf pack struggles to survive in Banff National Park

In Banff, Alberta, people and wolves have always had a complicated relationship. Now, the wolves are down to just three when, at the beginning of last summer, there were at least nine. So what's happening to the Bow Valley wolf pack?

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An unlikely fix: treating heroin addiction with heroin

With the introduction of fentanyl to the streets, heroin use has a new level of risk in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. So if you're an addict, how do you stay alive? At the one clinic, there's another approach: providing users with prescription heroin.

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ENCORE: Pushing the limits of life, coming to terms with a father's death

Neil Sandell is a guy who, a while back, made a big change in his life. Uncluttered it. At least, that's what he thought. Now he is in Nice, France — looking both forward at his life ahead and back at lives lived.

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Tantric sex class: What could possibly go wrong?

When he signed up for a tantra workshop, 21-year-old Pip Leason expected to pick up some tips to try out with his girlfriend. Instead, he found himself in a room full of people more than twice his age. Also: what it means to be 40 and embrace middle age.

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From Toronto to New Delhi: when your kids reject your hometown

Aparita Bhandari, was excited to share her love for New Delhi with her children but when she took her kids for a visit, they didn't have the reaction she was expecting. Also, two teenage best friends face mortality with humour.

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Insufficient funds: a grad's biggest secret ... is that she's broke [Full Broadcast]

After graduating, Yasmine Mathurin faced money anxiety. And part of that anxiety was that she didn't want her friends, family and colleagues to know she was actually broke. Also, the story of a mother and son reunion twenty years in the making.

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When who you were, can no longer be who you are

Today on The Doc Project, two stories: a 16-year-old is forced to retire from a promising gymnastics career; and, how lake swimming makes a cancer survivor feel whole again.

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Celebrating a side of Stuart McLean you may not know: documentary maker

We're celebrating the life — and storytelling — of Stuart McLean by replaying one of his extraordinary documentaries. If you listen to CBC Radio, you know Stuart and The Vinyl Cafe. But what you maybe don't know is that Stuart was also a doc producer.

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Lessons in long-distance love from the preening, dancing albatross

For the most part, monogamy is not common in the animal kingdom. Only something like 3-5 per cent of mammals stay with one mate for life. There's something else that humans do that most animals don't: long distance relationships.

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The dare you to listen episode

Today, we've got two stories that you're going to feel physically. Viscerally even. These tales are skin crawling, hair raising, stomach turning stuff. We promise. So we issue you this Doc Project challenge: and dare you to listen.

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Refugee, basketball star, young offender, entrepreneur: the fast life of David Mowa

David Mowa is only 21, but already, he's seen a lot. He was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and came to Canada when he was three. When a basketball injury sidelined him, he turned to the streets. But that's not where this story ends.

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The 50 year march: a lifelong activist returns to Washington

Anne Jackson's first march on Washington was in the late 1960s — she was a 20-year-old protesting the Vietnam War. She's marched on Washington for gender equality, human rights, the environment... and on January 21 2017, now almost 70, she marched again.

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Cassandro - Queen of Lucha Libre

The only thing more terrifying than competing in Mexican pro-wrestling, is doing so as openly gay. And this gay wrestler not only competes — he dominates — all the while dressed in drag.

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When faith isn't enough: a Hasidic Jewish woman escapes an abusive marriage

Tanya grew up in a Hasidic Jewish community and she was taught to act in certain ways in order to be a good Jewish woman and wife. But she was struggling to do what was right in the eyes of her religion — and keep herself safe.

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Digital pull: what happens when your online life won't let go?

When our digital lives won't let go: a reporter is pulled back to a refugee camp in Greece by texts from the people she met there, and a wife confronts her husband’s online ghosts — one email at a time.

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A dancer dies twice: what's next when a dancing career is cut short?

If you're going to the ballet this holiday season, spare a thought for the dancers. There's a harsh reality waiting for many of those extraordinary performers; dancing pushes a body to the extreme and careers are often cut short.

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A Doc Project Festivus: my Jewish friend and the Christmas village dictator

Happy non-denominational winter Festivus from The Doc Project! This week: the first Hanukkah for a Jewish convert, and one man's obsession with his miniature Christmas village.

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A family secret revealed leads one woman to embrace her newfound Metis identity

Family secrets tend to come out on deathbeds, but for Rebecca Hass, it was an ID card that let her in on her family secret: they were Métis. And, now that she knew? She set out on a journey to connect with her family, her culture ... and herself.

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