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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#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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Introducing Season Two of Other People's Problems

Other People's Problems takes listeners behind the doors of real life therapy sessions. In season two, therapist Hillary McBride and her clients tackle heartbreak, new love, and, as you're about to hear, co-parenting with an abusive ex. If you like what you hear, you can subscribe to Other People's Problems at cbc.ca/opp or wherever you get the Out in the Open podcast.

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#91: Crisis Reactors

Between natural disasters, targeted attacks, and everyday run-of-the mill accidents, we hear about crises happening to other people on the news all the time. This week, Piya speaks with people who were there when crisis struck, to find out how they responded... and what their reaction says about them.

Download #91: Crisis Reactors
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#90: Allies

The word "ally" is thrown around a lot these days, especially by people who work to support women, people of colour, and those in the LGBT community. This week, we go beyond the buzz of the word to see what it really means to be an ally... and whether it makes a difference.

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#61: Cut Through Hate

From strident political divides, to protesting other people at rallies, to numerous stories of harassment and assault...it feels like hate is all around us today. This week, Piya speaks with haters and their targets, and asks: How do you cut through hate?

Download #61: Cut Through Hate
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#89: #MeToo and You

It was one year ago this month that the hashtag #MeToo took off, motivating victims of sexual harassment and assault to go public about their experiences. This week, Piya speaks with people about how it has, or has not, changed their own lives.

Download #89: #MeToo and You
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EXTRA: 'They are the forgotten victims': Ex-inmate says kids of incarcerated parents need more support

How do you rebuild after family separation, especially when it happened as a result of a choice you made to break the law? In this podcast extra, Piya speaks with a woman separated from her kids after she was convicted of fraud.

Download EXTRA: 'They are the forgotten victims': Ex-inmate says kids of incarcerated parents need more support
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#88: Parent-Child Separation

North Americans were shocked when they discovered thousands of kids were divided from their families as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy earlier this year. This week, Piya delves into different ways parent-child separation happens in the name of immigration enforcement here in Canada, with people who have directly experienced it.

Download #88: Parent-Child Separation
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#87: Inside Haley House

This week, Piya Chattopadhyay visits an Ontario halfway house that specifically caters to older offenders on parole. Prison advocates argue we need more places like it to address the growing number of aging federal offenders in Canada.

Download #87: Inside Haley House
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#86: The Aftermath of Mass Tragedy (Part Two)

In the second part of a two-episode edition of Out in the Open, Piya explores what happens in the aftermath of mass tragedy through the lens of the Toronto van attack that rocked the city and country on April 23, 2018. She speaks with a man who witnessed it, a former mayor who's tasked with distributing charitable donations to victims and their families, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Download #86: The Aftermath of Mass Tragedy (Part Two)
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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'?

Download #81: Done and 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?

Download #80: Impostors
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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.

Download #78: Youth 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.

Download #39: Perfect Strangers
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