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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The Skinny Twin

Bridget and Brianna are identical twins. And they are really close. Growing up, they had the same friends, liked the same sports, and shared everything - except Bridget had and eating disorder and Brianna didn't. Now, a decade since the height of Bridget's illness, the twins are asking if their DNA is identical, why did this happen?

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Raising Hair

Amelia "Ed" Pittbrooke will never forget the first time she walked into a barbershop. She was hoping to finally get what she'd always wanted - a typical men's haircut. But it didn't go according to plan. Lots of people have a bad haircut story, but for LGBTQ people, getting your hair cut can be a minefield. ALSO, for almost 20 years Tej Swatch was in a battle... with his beard. And his beard was winning. The story of the lengths one man went to to conquer his beard.

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All I Have Is Now

Looking back, there were warning signs. Starting in his late fifties, John Alex McDonald would forget things. He would continually misplace his keys and his wallet, but he chalked it up to absent-mindedness. Then, one day, he was driving on the highway and suddenly forgot everything. Where he was. Who he was. It was 10 minutes before he remembered, and his new reality set in. PLUS, when author Ivan Coyote went to visit their 97-year-old grandma for the last time, they'd been warned that Grandma Patricia now gets things, especially people, confused. But that night Grandma Patricia knew exactly who Ivan was.

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PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes with John Alex McDonald

Acey speaks with John Alex McDonald and Alison Cook, subject/writer and producer, respectively, of the essay "Can't Remember, Can't Forget." They discuss making a piece about early-onset Alzheimer's while navigating the effects of the disease. This behind the scenes conversation pairs with the episode "All I Have Is Now."

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Toronto Blind Jays

The Jays have one big dream: to make it to the World Series. Not the Toronto Blue Jays... the Toronto Blind Jays! They play "Beep Ball" - baseball for the blind, so named because the ball beeps, as do the bases. The Blind Jays are Canada's only blind baseball team. They're headed to the World Series of Beep Ball in Wisconsin, determined to beat their rivals and move up in the rankings. One beep at a time.

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The Hopeless Mountain

While desperately trying to make space in his home for his girlfriend to move in, Tom Howell unearths 20 years of unfinished To-Do lists. He dubs the chaos "The Hopeless Mountain". What follows is a personal quest in which Tom sets out to master the art of completing a To-Do list. For once.

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Medieval Combat

Steve Pearson has had more than his share of challenges. Born with a short femur, he had 26 surgeries on his right leg throughout his childhood and teens. But the surgeries didn't stick, and at 20 his leg was amputated. So what did Steve do? He joined The Company of The White Wolf - Yukon's medieval combat team. Now, Steve is on his way to Scotland to compete against the best knights in the world. And he has a lot to prove.

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Auntie Karrie

Karrie Würmann always knew she was adopted. But only last year did she learn the context of that adoption, when a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights introduced her to the Sixties Scoop. This new information changed how she saw her past and her family. Now, Karrie has decided to return to the people and community she was taken from. And her adoptive nephew, Isaac, is going with her.

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Beulah's Beach (Summer Rebroadcast)

Beulah Chandler was on her favourite Cape Breton beach when she saw the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen. It was Duncan Gillis, a stranger, helping his ailing wife walk. 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. (Originally aired April 30, 2018)

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All the people on my street (Summer Rebroadcast)

Tom Howell has lived in his house in Toronto's East York neighbourhood for 15 years. But last year, he learned that there was a New Year's Eve party for the people on his street... and he hadn't been invited. This discovery, and the realization that he has only learned the names of 5 people on his street in 15 years, leads Tom on a quest to find out what exactly it means to be a good neighbour. (Originally aired March 5, 2018)

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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

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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Beulah's Beach

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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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:03]


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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[mp3 file: runs 00:29:15]


"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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