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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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Took his own life after being bullied on the job

Robert Duhaime’s employer denies bullying, but Workers’ Compensation Board has ruled differently.

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The sticky story of gum

It conquered our planet and today chewing gum is fighting just to survive.

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Adventures in medicine

Dr. Lori Regenstrief took a job as the doctor on a luxury cruise liner and ended up having to treat herself.

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The eating disorder voice inside

Belle has a voice inside her head that torments her with messages of self-hate. She turns to food to feel better.

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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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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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