The Doc Project

 
 

The Doc Project

High-stakes storytelling at its most artful and human -- radio documentary on the next level. Stories lived, stories told.

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Solar probe set to embark on perilous journey to the sun

Humanity's first mission to touch the sun thrills NASA scientists.

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Salesperson of the year

Digging through archives in Saskatchewan, host Connie Walker makes a shocking discovery.

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How to tell the perfect lie

Oriana can't lie and it's hurting those closest to her.

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Amber Valley (Summer Rebroadcast)

"Where are you from, from?" Jesse Lipscombe is tired of being asked this question. Especially because the people asking never seem to accept his answer. Jesse is 4th generation Canadian and his family hail from Amber Valley, Alberta, a community formed by black settlers in 1908. (Originally aired February 27, 2018)

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Wait, is that my sister? (Summer Rebroadcast)

Coral and Candace always knew they had a long-lost half-sister, Machelle. They also knew they'd never meet her - they thought she'd been adopted by a family, somewhere far away. But it turns out that for almost 50 years, their sister had been living right under their noses. (Originally aired March 13, 2018)

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PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes of "Dungeon Master for Hire"

A hilarious, behind-the-scenes chat between Acey Rowe and Pete Morey, producer of the documentary "Dungeon Master for Hire". Find out how much it costs to hire your very own Dungeon Master, and hear the story of how three bags of chips almost ruined the doc. (Originally released November, 2017)

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Dungeon Master for Hire (Summer Rebroadcast)

John Dempsey was in a career crisis until he took a chance on his life's obsession - Dungeons & Dragons. But could he make a living with the game? Things weren't looking good... until help came from an unexpected source: Netflix. (Originally aired October 31, 2017)

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Quest for the Golden Spurtle (Summer Rebroadcast)

Held in a tiny Scottish village every year, the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship is a "grueling" business. (Originally aired January 2, 2018)

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PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: advice from a porridge champion

Acey speaks with two-time porridge making champion, Neal Robertson (2010 winner of the Golden Spurtle and 2011 Speciality winner) and Canadian hopeful, Denise Wright Ryback, who will be competing at the World Porridge Making Championship for the first time this year. Listen as Acey admits the arguably disgusting way that she eats porridge to Neal... PLUS hear Neal's advice for Denise as a first time competitor.

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Blackflies and Bears (Summer Rebroadcast)

It's a quintessentially Canadian story: the wildlife run in. From The Doc Project's vaults, two stories about bears and what happens when you run into them on their turf. Plus, an updated intro from Acey about her new (and unwelcome) furry roommates. Happy camping! (Originally aired May 2017.)

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Evidence of a Father (Summer Rebroadcast)

Author Camilla Gibb's father was brilliant, talented, but also menacing. Thirty years after he disappeared, Camilla got a message from a doctor saying, "I believe I am taking care of your father." Suddenly Camilla knew where he was... and what had happened to him. The discovery sent Camilla on a journey into her past and across the country. (Originally aired April 17, 2018)

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Engaged at 14 (Summer Rebroadcast)

Sadia Rafiquddin was a Grade 9 student in Mississauga, Ontario, when her mother said to her, "Your dad and I got a proposal from my sister. Would you agree to marrying her son?" Sadia said yes. She was 14 years old. (Originally aired September 5, 2017. Winner of two silver medals at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.)

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PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Forced marriage in Canada

Acey Rowe speaks with Aruna Boodram from The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario about the issue of forced marriage in Canada. Boodram is a licensed paralegal and project coordinator for SALCO's "Non-Consensual/Forced Marriage Project".

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PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes of "Operation Good Times"

Acey Rowe speaks with Samira Mohyeddin, producer of the award-winning documentary "Operation Good Times," about the making of her doc, her family's reaction to it, and what it was really like to live in a palliative care ward for 28 days.

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Operation Good Times (Summer Rebroadcast)

When Samira Mohyeddin's dad was dying of cancer, she moved into his hospital room and transformed his last 28 days into a non-stop party. She filled it with fun, friends, and his favourite disco music - like Studio 54, including the drugs. She called it "Operation Good Times." (Originally aired February 6, 2018. Gold medal winner at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.)

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The Kim Kardashian of cows

In 2014, Danny Da Silva moved to Cathedraltown, a suburban development in Markham, Ontario. He was particularly pleased to have found a spot on Charity Crescent - a semi-circle of two-storey houses around a parkette. But one day Danny came home and there was an incredibly large statue in the middle of the parkette. The statue was of a cow. A giant, stainless steel cow, looming two stories high, on stilts. According to its plaque, the statue was an homage to Charity the cow, an award-winning Holstein. Award-winning or not, Danny and his neighbours wanted the cow gone. But moo-ving Charity wasn't going to be that simple.

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The Canadian Shield

Colin MacAdam has spent decades digging up the Canadian Shield around his cottage. Now, his daughter Veronica Simmonds digs to the bottom of why... Meanwhile, Jesse Kinos-Goodin pulls over at a rock face by the side of the Trans-Canada Highway, to visit the spot where his mom died - the same spot where she was born.

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"Dearest Joan..."

During the Second World War, the Canadian government interned approximately 22,000 Japanese Canadians. And among them were teenagers, taken away from their schools, their homes and their friends. Now, a trove of letters received by one pen pal, Joan Gillis, offers a new glimpse of wartime through teenage eyes.

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Everything old is new again

From construction boots at the local dump to a historic but under-attended church, two stories of giving things a much-needed second life.

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Disbanded: Why my grandfather dissolved our reserve

Colleen Underwood was raised a "white kid" in suburban Edmonton. Two generations earlier, her grandfather, Johnny Rodgers, led the movement to disband his reserve, the Michel First Nation. What was behind Johnny's determination to assimilate?

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The Grader Operator

April 1, 2017, a snowy Easter Saturday. That's the day Brenda Duhaime thinks it all started going wrong for her husband. Robert Duhaime worked as a grader operator, clearing the roads in rural Saskatchewan. But that day, his grader got stuck in a ditch. And shortly after, Brenda says he started receiving angry phone calls from work. Four months later, Robert took his own life. And now his widow is trying to get answers.

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From homeless to "Homeward Bound"

In the small city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 120 homeless people have been given housing for less than half the cost of a single house in Vancouver or Toronto. The apartments are fully subsidized and, unlike most shelters, you don't need to be clean to get a spot.

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Weirdest Trade Ever (Rebroadcast)

In 1999 two friends struck a strange deal: they traded stories. Each chose his favourite story about himself and told it to the other. From then on, they agreed to stop telling their own story, and to only tell each other's. 19 years later, we find out how the stories held up. Spoiler alert: the results are totally bizarre. (Originally aired January 23, 2018)

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Would you befriend the person who turned you into a viral video?

Beulah Chandler was on her favourite Cape Breton beach when she witnessed the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen. It was Duncan Gillis, a stranger, helping his ailing wife walk on the beach. Beulah posted a video of the couple online. Forty thousand views later, their story is only beginning, starting with the real reason Beulah was on the beach that day.

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Crossing the divide

From university students bunking with seniors to an outpouring of support for a northern Ontario hockey team, two stories of the remarkable rewards that come from reaching out to others.

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Evidence of a father

Camilla Gibb's father was brilliant, talented, but also menacing. Thirty years after he disappeared, Camilla suddenly learned his whereabouts, sending her on a journey both into the past and across the country.

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Saving the train to Churchill

When the Hudson Bay Railway shut down in 2017 it didn't just hit Churchill's polar bear tourism industry... it cut off a major lifeline to the northern communities along the railroad, places that depend on the train for survival. But the people who live along the tracks have a plan — a dark horse plan, one that's 15 years in the making — to save the train.

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The border next door

On Roxham Road in Quebec, some 19,000 asylum seekers sought entry into Canada last year. That's near where Sue Heller and Frances Ravensbergen live. They want to help these people, but aren't sure how -- because they've never really spoken to them. Also, Acey makes a call to an airport restaurant where security plays out like dinner theatre.

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How Michael Jackson helped a homeless man get his life back (Rebroadcast)

At 20, living on the streets with a drinking problem, Robert L'Hirondelle was spinning out of control. Until he moonwalked his way into a new life. (Originally aired December 5, 2017)

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When saving lives makes you a target

As a doctor in Venezuela, José never considered himself a political person. But with the country's economic collapse, his ongoing work to get medical aid to those who needed it became increasingly dangerous.

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Wait, is that my sister?

Coral and Candace always knew they had a long-lost half-sister, Machelle. They also knew they'd never meet her — they thought she'd been adopted by a family, somewhere far away. But it turns out that for almost 50 years, their sister had been living right under their noses.

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All the people on my street

Tom Howell always assumed his street just wasn't very neighbourly. But after he started knocking on doors, he realised he couldn't have been more wrong.

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"Where are you FROM, from .. this question sucks"

The Lipscombes hail from Amber Valley, Alberta. And they're getting kind of tired of being asked, "Where are you from, from?" The answer is Amber Valley, a community formed by Black settlers starting in 1908.

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Charting a course through life and death

In this episode, two men navigate the shifting tides of life and death. A Quebec coroner explains his poetic streak; and a California man with terminal cancer turns to the laws of the sea to decide when to die.

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Nature and Nurture

A stoic trapper in rural Manitoba and an anxiety-prone writer in downtown Toronto tell "tails" of connecting with nature, from the debate around the contemporary fur trade to how to make a baby squirrel pee on command.

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Operation Good Times

When Faraj Mohyeddin was admitted to the hospital with terminal cancer, his daughter Samira wouldn't settle for the regular visiting hours and care regime. She moved in, and turned the last days of his life into a non-stop party.

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Surviving the shooting

A year after the mosque shooting, a survivor fights to rebuild his life in Quebec City. Meanwhile, in Yukon, a small community of Muslims are turning a trucking warehouse... into a mosque.

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Weirdest trade ever

In 1999 two friends struck a strange deal: they traded stories. Each chose his favourite story about himself and told it to the other. From then on, they had to stop telling their own story, and could only tell each other's. 19 years later, we find out how the stories held up. Spoiler alert: the results are totally bizarre.

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Sexy, strong, and sixty something

65-year-old neighbours Debbie Wight and Lulu Keating are slamming stereotypes as the newest (and oldest) members of the League of Lady Wrestlers.

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Finding family

Two stories of Canadians who broadened their family circles, whether by blood or choice, sheer luck or planned generosity.

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The Quest for the Golden Spurtle

Held in a tiny Scottish village every year, the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championships are a "grueling" business.

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Hey Good Lookin'

When Josh Ruth was in Grade 8, he saw a classmate do something so bold, romantic, and downright embarrassing — that he has never forgotten it. Now, 20 years later, Josh has tracked that classmate down to ask him why he did it. (Originally aired June 2017)

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Big food, big feels

The holidays can be joyful, but they can also be tough — especially for those who've lost family members. And when those family members helmed the food side of the proceedings? It hits you right in the gut.

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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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