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Viral video of emaciated polar bear may not be what it seems

'I wasn't totally surprised. These things happen,' the Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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3 concussions later

After her concussions Miranda would fight for the next six years to get her life back.

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Alabama newspapers vs. Roy Moore

Alabama's biggest newspapers say Roy Moore is unfit for office.

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Going on your own terms

Will Pegg's knows he doesn't want to die from metastatic bone cancer. So he's chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.

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3 concussions gave Miranda Currie a (temporary) French accent, and a new outlook on life

When Miranda Currie woke up on the ice, she was confused. Her phone was ringing. It was her dad. "I don't know where I am," she told him... Miranda would fight for the next six years to get her life back.

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The man who became Michael Jackson in an Edmonton homeless shelter

At 20, living on the streets with a drinking problem, Robert L'Hirondelle was spinning out of control. Until he moonwalked his way to becoming Edmonton's only Métis Michael Jackson tribute artist.

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The things that made the trip

What's that thing you just can't leave behind? Objects that stay with us, and what they mean.

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Podcast Exclusive: How three bags of chips almost ruined a documentary

A hilarious, behind-the-scenes chat between Acey Rowe and Pete Morey, maker of the doc "Dungeon Master For Hire". Hear about the scene that was almost ruined by chips, the surprising cost of hiring a Dungeon Master, and how Pete unearthed this story.

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Gâteau à l'orange: The story of a recipe that survived the Holocaust

In the Ravensbruck women's concentration camp, Rebecca Teitelbaum risked her life to write down every recipe she could remember, on stolen paper. Now, her nephew is sharing them to keep her story alive.

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Travel disasters

Two journeys gone wrong: a couple survive six natural disasters during their honeymoon, and a volunteer works to save the life of a migrating sparrow after a brutal collision.

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Camp 33: A Remembrance Day special

During the Second World War, the RCMP rounded up close to 600 Canadian residents of Italian origin. One of them was Francesco Scappatura. He was interned at Camp 33, now CFB Petawawa.

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Humans of the Arctic: the expedition that's discovering the true north (UPDATED)

Meet someone, listen to their story, ask to be introduced to someone else, repeat — how Jennifer Kingsley's simple formula is transforming her perception of the Arctic.

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Thanks to Stranger Things, business is booming for this Canadian Dungeon Master for Hire - UPDATED

John Dempsey was in a career crisis until he took a chance on his life's obsession — and the Netflix smash Stranger Things made it cool to like Dungeons & Dragons again.

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Facing your fears, one trigger at a time

When your destiny takes a sudden turn, what happens to that version of yourself you leave behind? In this week's show, two women must face their fears to reconcile their present with their past.

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This barefoot busker has a mortgage

Playing on the streets wasn't what Ezra Azmon's life was supposed to look like, but busking has turned into his passion. Now, his family is trying to come to terms with it.

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These girls will stop at nothing to get their own hockey team

For the young players of Eabametoong First Nation's first-ever girls' hockey team, hockey is about a lot more than hockey. It’s about freedom. And friendship. Independence and optimism. At least, that’s where the story starts.

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Fighting to save your home from rising waters

Two stories of rising waters right here in Canada, and the homeowners who face a difficult choice: do they stay, or do they go?

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The Day it Mattered I Was Human

With the threat of automation looming large for many of us in the workplace, we bring you three stories about that time only a human could have stepped up the plate and delivered.

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Finding your people

From a Halifax punk show to a Toronto coffee shop, two stories of identity and community.

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From Canoes to Caskets: When Family Bonding Gets Weird

Two stories of awkward, dangerous and beautiful family bonding - from the last time a family of five ever agrees to get in a canoe together to a mother and daughter who "bury themselves in their work" building a casket.

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"I was worried about science class. And now I'm getting married?"

Sadia Rafiquddin was a Grade 9 student in Mississauga when her mother said to her, "Your dad and I got a proposal from my sister. Would you agree to marrying her son?"

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"A Tsunami of Practicalities": making decisions in the face of death

Most women have nine months to prepare for motherhood. But for Mahalia Verna, it happened suddenly. PLUS, when he was 21, Graham Isador sat in a hospital room with his wheelchair-bound mother and comatose dad. That day his role as a son changed forever.

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[UNCENSORED] From men's prison to the beauty salon - Judy Thompson's quest to shake her demons

Judy Thompson spent over four decades behind bars... in a men's prison. Now, she's adjusting to a new life as the woman she feels she was all along. But will her past loosen its grip?

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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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