Out In The Open


Out In The Open

Out in the Open is an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly show about the nitty-gritty of real life. Host Piya Chattopadhyay and her team look at how one timely topic is affecting regular people, and invite listeners to join in on the conversations we need to have ... out in the open.

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#85: The Aftermath of Mass Tragedy (Part One)

On April 23, 2018 a man in a van barreled into pedestrians in north Toronto, killing 10 and injuring 16. The attack rocked the city and reverberated across the country. In the first part of a two-episode edition of Out in the Open -- Piya explores what happens in the aftermath of mass tragedy with a survivor of the attack, and the family of one of the victims.

Download #85: The Aftermath of Mass Tragedy (Part One)
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#84: Patrick Brazeau's Quiet Comeback

Once a rising Indigenous leader with a Senate seat at 34, Patrick Brazeau says he hit 'rock bottom' after facing a string of charges for breach of trust, fraud, assault, sexual assault, drug possession and more. In a candid conversation, Brazeau opens up about his roller coaster life and career, and why he thinks he deserves a second chance in public life.

Download #84: Patrick Brazeau's Quiet Comeback
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#52: Ageing*

When we imagine old age, we tend to picture - and fear - mental decline, physical breakdown, and loss of independence. This week, Piya speaks with people facing additional challenges in the process of getting older... just because of who they are.

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#83: The Secret Lives of Parents

How well do you really know your parents? This week, Piya speaks with people who discovered bombshells about their folks that didn't just change how they saw them, but how they saw themselves, their childhoods and their places in the world.

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#59: Unintended Consequences

You set out to do something. You have the best of intentions. You can almost taste that golden carrot just dangling in the distance. The dream may be alive. The problem is... sometimes reality gets in the way. This week, Piya asks: How do you recover when things don't go according to plan?

Download #59: Unintended Consequences
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#49: Modern Family

What does your family look like? If you're on trend [and we're sure you are]... it's probably more complex than mom, dad and 2.3 kids. This week, Piya goes nuclear on the so-called 'nuclear family' and asks: What makes a modern family?

Download #49: Modern Family
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#62: After Escape

We love stories of escape. They're high stakes. There's drama. They often have happy resolutions. But we don't often consider the other side of getting out... and that can be the really tough part. This week, Piya asks: What happens after you escape?

Download #62: After Escape
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#57: Rewriting History

We're at a time of reckoning over what to do with people, objects and facts of history that are at once significant... but also troubled. This week, Piya explores collective and personal takes on the question: How far should we go to rewrite history?

Download #57: Rewriting History
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#55: Can Robots Be Human?

We often talk about technology as a matter of threat versus convenience. But now more than ever, it's encroaching on the things that make us... us. This week, Piya asks: Can robots be human?

Download #55: Can Robots Be Human?
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#48: Blacklisted

It's one thing to feel left out and excluded from opportunities. But what happens when you're officially cut out or cut off? Piya will speak with people who've been blacklisted.

Download #48: Blacklisted
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#82: Sense of Dread

Dread, that gnawing-and for some debilitating-feeling that something bad is going to happen, it's in the air. Just look at how much of our entertainment these days is based on a doomsday premise. From facing it head on, to working really hard to ignore it, this week, Piya asks: How do we harness dread?

Download #82: Sense of Dread
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#46: Hyphen State

As Canada marks 151 years as a country we repeat our Canada Day episode from last year. Piya speaks with people about the words that so often live on the left side of our national identities and their relationship to the identifier on the right, 'Canadian.' So, what is the state of the hyphen today?

Download #46: Hyphen State
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#81: Done and Done

From confronting addiction to quitting your job, there are myriad ways we all hit the brakes in life. But sometimes the toughest part can be knowing when to stop. This week, Piya asks: When is it time to say, 'I'm done'?

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#80: Impostors

No matter how confident you are in your own skin or how experienced you are at what you do, both in work and in life, many of us have times when we feel like we're faking it. This week, Piya asks: How do you deal with feeling like an impostor?

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#79: Family Tree

We all inherit so much from our families. And whether what gets passed down to you is helpful or hurtful, it's common to want to set yourself apart from what's handed down. This week, Piya asks: How do you branch out from your family tree?

Download #79: Family Tree
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#78: Youth Mental Health

From geographic location to social place, this week Piya speaks with young people across Canada about how where they are affects their mental health.

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EXTRA: Why one woman had to leave her religious community to get treatment for buried childhood trauma

While one woman was growing up in a rural, isolated, religious community, she was sexually abused. But she says she didn't get the mental health care she needed at the time, in part because of where she was raised. She speaks with Piya about how it wasn't until she became an adult and left her community that the consequences of that unaddressed trauma took hold.

Download EXTRA: Why one woman had to leave her religious community to get treatment for buried childhood trauma
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#77: The Lonely Road

It cuts across ages, genders, relationships, and classes. New research suggests it can lead to an early death. And in the United Kingdom, a minister has been appointed to tackle it with policy. This week, Piya asks: How do you confront loneliness?

Download #77: The Lonely Road
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#39: Perfect Strangers

This week, Out in the Open asks: What's behind the kindness of strangers? Piya speaks with people who share their homes, time, bodies... and bodily functions... all for the greater good of others.

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#76: Letting Go

We all have it. Some of us hoard it. It can give you a sense of power, agency and self-worth. But ceding control — whether by choice or circumstance — can open doors to a whole new kind of empowerment. This week, Piya asks: When is it time to let go of control?

Download #76: Letting Go
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#75: Split Loyalty

Have you ever been torn between two ideals, causes or people... and can't quite figure where your allegiance should lie? This week, Piya speaks with people who found themselves with split loyalty and either felt like they had to choose a side or embrace living on a border.

Download #75: Split Loyalty
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BONUS: Other People's Problems

Normally, therapy sessions are totally confidential — but this podcast opens the doors. Hillary McBride and her clients want to help demystify mental health. In this episode of Other People's Problems, we hear from Steve who wants to have more sex with his wife. But is his focus on the bedroom obscuring a bigger issue?

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#34: Deception Effects

This week, Out in the Open brings you some very real talk about faking it. Piya speaks with people peddling lies — and people buying them — to find out: What's the effect of deception?

Download #34: Deception Effects
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#74: Neighbours

You may think you're pretty similar to your neighbours. But you might be surprised by what you don't know about the people who live right next door. This week, Piya brings you stories of neighbours who have great differences, despite their close proximity to one another.

Download #74: Neighbours
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#73: Protection

For some, it's their children or their prospect of having kids. For others, it's their land and community, their past and their future. This week, Piya speaks with people who stood up to defend what they value and asks: What would you do to protect what's important to you?

Download #73: Protection
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EXTRA: 'People deserve a second chance' in wake of #MeToo movement, says online reputation manager

Matt Earle, founder of Reputation.ca, works with individuals and businesses whose reputations have taken a hit online. Some of his clients are victims of untrue rumours posted to blogs. But others are high-profile people whose reputations have taken a hit through widespread media coverage. In either case, he says accusations published online can be “devastating for someone who has worked hard all their life to be a good person.”

Download EXTRA: 'People deserve a second chance' in wake of #MeToo movement, says online reputation manager
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#72: Reputation

How you are seen in the wider world can change on a dime, whether you're caught up in a major news story, called out in public or make a misstep online. This week, Piya speaks with people whose characters became warped for all kinds of reasons and asks: How can you rebuild your reputation?

Download #72: Reputation
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#71: Enablers

You might do it out of love, fear or duty. It can be done with great purpose, or completely unintentionally. And it can happen for worse and for better in some truly surprising ways. This week, from the workplace to the bedroom, Piya asks: Why do we enable?

Download #71: Enablers
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#70: Untruth Be Told

In a time of so-called "fake news", spin and stories going viral before people check the facts... it can be hard for any of us to know where to draw a line between what's real and what's not. But imagine how much harder it would be if you were a character in the plot. This week, Piya asks: What happens when you're caught up in an untrue story?

Download #70: Untruth Be Told
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