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The Doc Project

 

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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How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.

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The Ear Hustle

Hear the podcast creators talk about life inside San Quentin State Prison.

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The origin of Betty Boop

Mark Fleischer, CEO of Fleischer Studios, talks about the history of the Betty Boop character.

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Whipped cream canister kills Instagram star

Rebecca Burger died after a whipped cream canister struck her in the heart — and a French consumer watchdog group says they've warning about this product for years.

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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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Just doing my job: a day in the life of a parking enforcement officer

There's nothing like a parking ticket to make your blood … boil. Enter: the parking enforcement officer. A few months back, CBC producer Karen Chen began to wonder what it's like to have one of society's most hated jobs? So she decided to find out.

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PODCAST EXTRA: Behind the 'Exiled' series with Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic

In this podcast extra we're talking with Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic. Over the past two weeks they've brought us stories about what it looks like to reintegrate a sex offender into society — in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Exiled in Canada: a sex offender finds refuge with Mennonites

Michael is a sex offender. He's nervous to talk with us, but he's doing it for one reason: to tell you about the people who helped support him as he returned to society. People who helped him when no one else would — a group of Mennonites from Regina.

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Exiled in the U.S.: Sex offenders at the Boardwalk Motel

The process of reintegrating sex offenders into society is a mess — and ignoring it isn't helping anyone. Researcher Chris Dum wanted to study the situation, but he didn't just visit and interview the offenders; he lived with them, in a motel, for a year.

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Leonard Cohen's Marianne: meet the woman behind the music

In 1960, Leonard Cohen met 23-year-old Marianne Ihlen on the Greek island of Hydra — hear the story of their sun-soaked romance that would later become immortalized in song.

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My surrogate and me: an unconventional arrangement takes an unexpected turn

After a particularly devastating loss, a couple struggling to have a family enlists the help of a surrogate. In most cases, people use a surrogate when getting pregnant isn't an option. But for Nancy and Lee, this surrogacy served a different purpose.

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From Yukon to Texas: a long distance solution for the San Antonio Four

Darrell Otto is a curious guy — he gets interested in things and just starts digging. This is the story of how a reclusive Canadian biologist became the most important person in the lives of four women in a Texas prison, more than 5000 km away.

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Right hands, wrong piano: a game changer for small-handed pianists

The piano, as we know it, was built for the larger hands of a man, and that leaves a lot of women and smaller-handed men struggling to play. But with an idea from one Canadian, and the help of one American, everything could change.

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Surviving survival: what happens when you expect to die ... and don't

There are times when the line between life and death can feel very thin. For a lot of us, the closest we'll get to the other side is losing a loved one. But some people get a lot closer — they've reached out and touched their own death.

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