Topic: documentaries

The promise of egg freezing is 'very real.' So are the pitfalls, say experts

Young women are increasingly freezing their eggs and storing them for a chance to become pregnant later in life. But experts say it's not an airtight solution.

How a Canadian woman's imaginary feasts helped starving WW II prisoners

At the height of the Second World War, trapped inside a Singapore prison, Ethel Rogers Mulvany gathered fellow starving women to dream up imaginary feasts. The CBC's Alisa Siegel speaks with Ottawa historian Suzanne Evans about how the women's make-believe dishes became their tool for survival.

For almost 80 years, the Glace Bay Chip Truck has been serving fabulous fries to Cape Bretoners

You can get french fries at any number of fast-food chains and diners. But there's something about fries from a chip truck. Mike and Marielle Yorke’s fryer on wheels — the Glace Bay Chip Truck — and its 80-year tradition of hand-cut fries is a Cape Breton institution. Holly Conners’ documentary is called “The Blessed Wagon.”

Meet the scientists exploring the frontiers of physics in Nelson, B.C.

Nelson, B.C. is known for is organic food co-ops, yoga studios, microbreweries and beautiful natural setting. Some brainiac scientists have also made the small mountain city their headquarters for exploring the frontiers of physics. Bob Keating’s documentary is called “Physics in the Forest.”

The man who brings astronomy to downtown Montreal

Defying the light pollution of downtown Montreal, Trever Kjorlien sets up his telescope in the city's busiest streets. His mission: to bring the wonders of the planets to the people of Montreal.

After winning a jackpot, a former nurse dedicated her life to others

As a former nurse and charity worker, Rachel Lapierre has always wanted to give back. After a fateful scratch ticket guaranteed her $1,000 every week for life, Lapierre focused her efforts entirely on helping her community. David Gutnick follows a life of generosity in his documentary "What Makes Rachel Run?"

'The fiddle is laughing': How this teen and 83-year-old keep Ti-Jean Carignan's music alive

Maxim Bergeron is a teen violin virtuoso from Berlin. Gilles Losier is an 83-year-old Acadian pianist from New Brunswick. The bond between them was forged by the music of legendary Quebec musician Ti-Jean Carignan.

A thank you dinner for the 'forgotten' migrant workers who pick Canada's food

Migrant farm workers from the Caribbean and Latin America toil in the blazing sun, but live largely in the shadows. Except when a businesswoman in Leamington, Ont., throws them a party — a feast full of the tastes and sounds of home. Alisa Siegel takes us to that 2019 party in her documentary "The Forgotten Ones."

Meet the 96-year-old Ottawa woman who contributed to the discovery of DNA's double helix

In 1948, young physicist June Lindsey's crystallography work in a British laboratory helped Watson and Crick discover the famous double-helix structure of DNA. Today, the 96-year-old's contribution goes unheralded, but a group of Ottawa scientists wants to change that.

Solve a Rubik's Cube in under 5 seconds? These teens say an algorithm is key

They’re known as "speedcubers," young people who can solve the puzzles presented by the colourful cubes in just a few short seconds. Alisa Siegel takes us to a Toronto competition where teens race to solve the puzzle in record time.

Photographing his mother's dementia made her feel alive again

In Alisa Siegel's documentary, photographer Tony Luciani describes how taking photos of his mother, who is suffering from dementia, brought her a sense of purpose and a feeling of joy. “She was playing again, and to hell with what people think,” he said.

The tech-fuelled hunt for the perfect night's sleep

Sleep deprived? There's an app for that. In fact, there's a lot of apps for that. In his documentary, Ira Basen explores the exploding world of high-tech fixes for insomniacs — and speaks to one doctor who cautions against putting too much faith in them.

After losing her daughter to fentanyl, this mother finds solace and community with her daughter's friends

Sarah Vee was a talented young busker who lived on the streets. Now her mother, Karen Valiunas, invites other young people who live on the street for a home-cooked dinner every Friday, as a way to connect with her daughter. Bob Keating's documentary is called, "The Universe is a Friendly Place."

What can be done about violence against elementary school teachers?

Our recent documentary, "Hard Lessons," told the shocking story of elementary school teachers who are regularly physically attacked by their young students. Why is this happening? What can be done to prevent it? And why do principals and school boards want to keep this issue from the public?

Judgment day looms for Nova Scotia's Boat Harbour

Every day, tens of millions of litres of treated effluent pour into Boat Harbour from Northern Pulp, a mill located across the water from Pictou. Successive governments have attempted — and failed — to clean up Nova Scotia's most contaminated site. Now, a deadline looms. The company has been ordered to stop the effluent flow into Boat Harbour by Jan. 31, 2020.

A great honking joy! How the majestic trumpeter swan was rescued from extinction

When swan lover Beverly Kingdon and biologist Harry Lumsden joined forces, good things happened. The woman who loved swans and the Ontario wildlife scientist with a cause have worked tirelessly to bring the largest swans in the world back from the brink. Theirs is an environmental success story. Alisa Siegel’s documentary is called “A Village of Swans, A Village of People.”

'I felt helpless': Teachers call for support amid 'escalating crisis' of classroom violence

Educators say incidents of verbal and physical violence by students targeting staff and fellow classmates are leaving them exhausted — and they’re calling on governments and school boards to provide more support.

Anguish, hope and resistance: 40 years since the Iranian Revolution

In a special one-hour broadcast on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, The Sunday Edition explores why Iranians rose up against the shah in 1979, and what became of their dreams for a freer, democratic nation under Ayatollah Khomeini.

Elisapee Ishulutaq's art helped define how the Inuit are seen around the world

Elisapee Ishulutaq’s drawings of men hunting seals, women caring for babies, and polar bears out on a jaunt are simple and striking. In 2014, she received the Order of Canada, and David Gutnick produced this documentary about her work. Ishulutaq died on December 9, 2018 at the age of 93.

Newfoundland knitters rescue trigger mitts from extinction

Trigger mitts are designed to make it easier for people to hunt or work outdoors during the winter. The pattern started to disappear - but the two reigning queens of traditional Newfoundland knitting are trying to revive the art. Heather Barrett’s documentary is called "A Yarn About Mittens."

'We've lost a beautiful voice': B.C. musician Sarah Valiunas dies of fentanyl overdose

Sarah Valiunas, 26, was a popular busker in Nelson, B.C., who died of an overdose in Toronto in August 2018. Bob Keating's documentary is called "The Voice of Sarah Vee."
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Four Small Candles - a Bill Richardson documentary

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." The great human 'whirligig' Bill Richardson returns to the radio with a quirky, beautiful documentary inspired by candles, light and those old-fashioned twirling angel chimes.

How Justin Clark's fight for independence transformed disability rights in Canada

In 1982, Clark sued his parents for the right to leave the institution they placed him in as a child. It was a pivotal moment in the Canadian disability rights movement, and still has echoes today. David Gutnick's documentary revisits the landmark case.

Alumnus Michael Enright on the failure of leadership at St. Michael's College School

"There seems to be something in the DNA of large and hallowed institutions, especially Catholic ones, which breeds delay, dissembling, cover-up," says Michael Enright, who attended St. Michael’s high school in the 1950s.

​A beloved typewriter store is mourned and celebrated by its customers

Twin State Typewriter served the town of White River Junction, Vermont for half a century, selling and fixing typewriters that arrived by mail from across the country. Alisa Siegel attended the farewell party for the store’s owners, Wanda and Don Nalette. Her documentary is called “Beautiful Instruments.” (Correction: Twin State Typewriter is in Vermont, not New Hampshire as was originally written here.)

How desegregation led this TSO trumpeter to the teacher who changed his life

In 1981, Andrew McCandless, 10, was bused from his white working-class community to an overwhelmingly black middle school, where he met Robert Jarrett. More than 30 years later, he honoured his mentor.

What a crucial battleground district in rust-belt Wisconsin tells us about the midterm elections

Wisconsinites swung from Obama to Trump in 2016. Now, Democrats hope a so-called “blue wave” will lift its candidate Randy Bryce, to victory on Tuesday. Ira Basen explores a local race in a bitterly divided state with national implications in his documentary “First Wisconsin."

How 100-year-old photographer Thelma Pepper captured the extraordinary in the 'ordinary women' of Saskatchewan

She didn't pick up a camera till she was 60, but since then, she's taken thousands of striking portraits. At 100, she's still passionate about photography, creativity and the beauty and strength of ordinary people - on Saskatchewan's backroads and in nursing homes. David Gutnick's documentary profile of Thelma Pepper is called, "These Women Live On."

Aren't you too old for that? The late life plunge into a PhD

A truck driver, bartender, activist and justice consultant share stories of their bold decision to take up a PhD later in their lives.

Why aren't most women represented in the last names of their children?

In the old days, there would be no debate. Father's last name. Case closed. But now that many women are keeping their own names, why aren't they represented in the names of their children? Julia Pagel's documentary is called "The Tricky One".

Ontario man with dementia on crusade to plan his own death

A London, Ont., man in the early stages of dementia wants the right to end his life with medical assistance when his condition gets worse. But current laws make no provision for advance requests — effectively excluding people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Sixth-graders in a nursing home — an unlikely but 'life-changing' school year

For 25 Grade 6 students in Saskatoon, school happens in a nursing home — all year long. Talk about a different kind of education. David Gutnick's documentary is called "The School of Real Life."

Remembering Pauline Julien, who sang about Quebec independence and lost love

The film Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political follows the iconic Quebec singer and eternally free spirit on a journey through key moments in the province’s history. A “who’s who” of Quebec’s sovereignty movement attended the première in Montreal earlier this week; David Gutnick brings us a report.

You can't stop checking your phone because Silicon Valley designed it that way

Every ping, ding and vibration is designed with a purpose — to hook you, reel you in and keep you glued to your device for as long as possible. Is addiction inevitable? Is resistance futile? Ira Basen explores the past, present and future of persuasive technology in his documentary "Open to Persuasion."
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Landing pages, overlays and sticky bars — a bluffer's guide to 'tech talk'

There's no quicker way to sound 'dumb' than to be clueless about technology, and its language. Ira Basen is our bluffer's guide to Valley Talk. Silicon Valley, that is.

'He didn't have a choice': How depression cost Gerald Le Dain his Supreme Court post

Thirty years later, family and colleagues of Supreme Court Justice Gerald Le Dain break their silence, saying forced resignation for depression damaged his health, ended his career and erased his legacy.

Why one school board believes studying music is essential for all

Music education has been under siege in Ontario over the past two decades. But not in Windsor, Ontario. Its Catholic school board has promised every student the chance to study with teachers who have degrees in music.

Making bagpipes great again

Traditional bagpipe bands are in serious decline, as their players age out and die. But the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band is bucking the trend, with weekend get-togethers to help young enthusiasts master the pipes. Maureen Brosnahan’s documentary is called, 'A Big Noise.'
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'Time is the great editor': Brian Brett chooses his literary executor

The award-winning memoirist, journalist and poet is facing a difficult health challenge, so he asked a young friend, writer Chris Oke, to be his literary executor. Chris’s documentary is called "The Great Editor."

Meatless meat, miracle berries and big money. Welcome to the future of food

Ira Basen's documentary, Table Stakes, explores how science and innovation aim to save the world from food shortages. Ira visits the Future Food-Tech Summit in San Francisco.

My Mother's Threads: daughter weaves garment factory stories into art

Artist Sara Angelucci spent nine months in the Hamilton, Ont., factory where her mother once worked as a seamstress. The images, objects and recordings she collected are featured in her exhibit, Piece Work. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called “My Mother's Threads.”

The law court that helps addicts get clean

Brampton’s Drug Treatment Court offers drug addicts at high risk to re-offend a choice — go to rehab, or go to jail. It’s an alternative, non-adversarial criminal court; one of 22 in the country.

A memorial, a wake and a toast to a Canadian hero — 150 years after he was assassinated

Thomas D'Arcy McGee transformed from a revolutionary Irish Catholic agitator to a Father of Confederation.

From professor-in-waiting to florist: Why some PhDs are quitting academia for unconventional jobs

They’ve come a long way from the sciences and humanities. A florist, an instrument maker, a carpenter and a bike shop owner on why they, like so many others, said goodbye to academia, and how they built their "post-ac" lives.

The strange, joyful history of 'Hallelujah!' from the Old Testament to today

Although the Messiah is often associated with Christmas, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus originally was conceived as a work for Easter. Our documentary, “Hallelujah People!” traces the origins and the mysteries of this wondrous word, from ancient Israel to today.

Newfoundland's March Hare hops off into the winter night

The March Hare Festival started in 1987 as a simple evening of poetry reading to break up a Corner Brook winter. This month, after 31 years, it had its grand finale.

Young minds wrestle with big philosophical questions

Who am I? What is happiness? What is real? B.C.-based teacher Tiffany Poirier puts philosophy in the classroom along with the three Rs.

Big Brother meets Big Data, in an office near you

Welcome to a new world of workplace surveillance where every call, every keystroke, every conversation, every move you make is monitored and measured, in ways you've probably never imagined. Ira Basen’s documentary is called, “Just Watch Me.”

In search of the urge to yodel

Our documentary explores the complex and adenoidal world of yodelling. And no, it didn’t start with the Swiss yelling about cough drops. From 2011, Frank Faulk’s documentary is called “The Call of the Yodel.”

'The Bad Mother' teaches students about sacrifice and duty to ourselves

Marguerite Andersen waited until she was almost 90 to write a book about her decision to leave her two young sons in order to escape a bad marriage. Now, the book joins Ibsen and Kafka in an Ontario classroom.

La Bolduc still steals the show, decades after her short, brilliant career

88 years after her first hit record, Quebec's music superstar is making a comeback.

Bring your collar, bring your kipa… and throw those rocks!

Every Monday morning at a rink in Ajax, Ontario, about thirty clerics don their boots, pick up their brooms, sweep away their earthly cares — if not their sins — and knock a few rocks together.

He was a young refugee. She was a widowed mother of four. Their unlikely friendship has come full circle

In 1994, Placide Rubabaza fled war-torn Burundi and landed, terrified and alone, at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont. Teacher, mother and refugee activist Patricia Anzovino took him under her wings.

'Like-minded': Three 20-year-old-women reflect on the role Instagram plays in their lives

Three smart, funny, thoughtful young women are trying to change their relationship to Instagram, one of social media’s many anxiety-inducing, virtual popularity contests.

A love letter to tobogganing

A mini-documentary from the late Bob Carty

On a boat called Dainty, a young man and an old man contend with some of life's big questions

Lost sons, lost fathers and redemption in a sea of adventure.

A post office for the homeless

An organization in Quebec called Sac à Dos built a series of mail slots for people with no fixed address.
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The 'Men's Shed' movement helps older men stave off loneliness

David Gutnick visits The Men's Shed in Winnipeg — a place where several dozen older men regularly get together to drink coffee, play cards and chat. There are no rules, no uniforms and no expectations.

The joys of building a backyard ice rink

With most of the country in winter’s iron grip, we rebroadcast a classic documentary by the late Bob Carty, on the pleasures and perils of creating a skating rink in your own backyard.
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Meet the brave women patrolling Regina's toughest neighbourhood

"We don’t have [police] badges, but we have the experience and the same colour of skin."

The 'luminous companionship' of William Blake

The poet William Blake was often dismissed as a madman in his lifetime. But to his devotee, he is a prophet with much to tell the world about war, poverty and imagination.
The Sunday Edition

Shipocalypse Now: How online shopping is changing our cities and our lives

We are drowning in packages, thanks to the boom in online shopping. Our insatiable appetite for more stuff and our demand for instant gratification will affect the environment, the design of cities, who we work for and even where we live.
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Go Tell It On the Mountain

First sung by slaves a hundred and fifty years ago, it is now a much beloved Christmas favourite.

'From the Ashes': Rebuilding after the B.C. wildfires

Jennifer Chrumka visits four people whose lives were changed this past summer by the Elephant Hill wildfire, one of the most devastating fires in a record-breaking wildfire season in B.C. Her documentary is called “From the Ashes.”
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'Everybody else's news': The Moose Jaw Times-Herald closes its doors after 128 years

It has been a bloody week in local news. In Ontario, more than 20 small newspapers are shut down. In Saskatchewan, The 125-year-old Moose Jaw Times-Herald is folding. Now, Moose Jaw is just one of dozens of towns facing a no-newspaper future. David Gutnick’s documentary explains what happened, and why it matters.

How a rascally Irish immigrant became one of Canada's top scholars of Inuktitut

Mick Mallon came to the Canadian Arctic 60 years ago from Ireland. He has dedicated his life to learning and teaching the Inuktitut language. Janna Graham's documentary is called, “Pisusuuq — The One Who Walks.”

Socks for the Homeless

Socks are cheap, disposable, easily replaced — unless you live on the street. As winter approaches, we've decided to re-broadcast Frank Faulk's documentary, "Socks for the Homeless."

A colonial-era statue hits the water

Performance artists Amy Lam and John McCurley created a replica of a bronze statue of King Edward VII (Emperor of India from 1901 to 1910) on his horse, cut it in half and sent it floating down Toronto’s Don river. For Aparita Bandhari and others, it brought back memories of a New Delhi childhood. Aparita’s documentary is called “Undercurrents.”

Imaginative solutions for an overheated housing market

In Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, urban sprawl, income inequality, globalization and poor planning have combined to create a crisis of affordability and availability. Three exciting new projects in these cities are helping those who need assistance to find affordable housing.

Take a tour through the aisles of Ottawa's first 'zero waste' grocery store

Valerie Leloup has just opened a grocery store called Nu. "This is me caring about the planet”, she says, “and not caring if you think I'm weird." David Gutnick’s documentary is called, "That's Okay, You Don't Need More."

At the Peace Bridge, there is both security and welcome for refugees

This year, thousands of would-be refugees crossed the Canadian border, hoping to be allowed to stay. Fort Erie is the site of a refugee program that's unique in Canada. It pairs Canada Border Services with a special kind of caregiving. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called, "At the Bridge."

An independent bookstore bucks the trend and thrives, with a little help from down on the farm

Ira Basen's documentary is called "Our Bookstore, Our Shelves."

Are Quebec's private high schools creating a segregated society?

The Quebec government spends half a billion dollars to subsidize private high schools. David Gutnick’s documentary is called “The Cream at The Top.”

A Muslim Newfoundlander comes home

Aatif Baskanderi, who now lives in Calgary. Recently, he returned to Newfoundland to tell his story of what it was like growing up brown and Muslim in tiny Clarenville. Heather Barrett’s documentary is called “Salaam B’y”.
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Love and laughter in the time of chemotherapy

Manjusha Pawagi is a Toronto judge and mother whose only chance to beat leukemia was a stem cell transplant. A world-wide search resulted in just one match. Ms. Pawagi has written a book about her story, and we reprise Alisa Siegel's documentary, "Manjusha Meets Her Match."

A café table of one's own

Gabriel Dancause decided to open a coffee shop that welcomes freelance knowledge workers — “digital nomads” in the “gig economy.” David Gutnick’s documentary is called “The Anti-Office.”
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New mothers are embracing the ancient Chinese tradition of 'sitting the month'

Right after the birth, someone else cooks, cleans and takes care of the baby. But the new mom can’t go outside, can’t bathe or even wash her hair. Lu Zhou’s documentary is called "Sitting the Month."

Anita Majumdar's coming-of-age stories of cultural identity and consent

The actress, playwright, dancer and choreographer has performed “Fish Eyes” for 13 years. Now it’s onstage again in Toronto, part of a trilogy of her one-woman shows, all about the struggle, heartbreak and joy of adolescence in a small town.

Deprived of a secular education, former Hasidic man takes on the Quebec government

Yohanen Lowen grew up in a Hasidic community just outside Montreal, never learning English or French. His legal challenge against the Quebec government could have implications for how the province deals with religious schools.

Can singing in a choir help with hearing loss?

Researchers are testing the theory that singing in a choir can actually improve the ability to hear as we age. Alisa Siegel’s documentary is called “Rx - Sing Your Heart Out.”

One man's quest to spread cribbage around the world

Peter Worden has a passion for cribbage. His documentary is called “The Cribsionary."
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Life inside a travelling school bus powered by vegetable oil

With artists, engineers and musicians, the mother and son at the heart of The Soulfire Project have travelled 30,000 miles in a colourful, rickety bus, using vegetable oil for fuel. They're on a musical/artistic/environmental mission. Brittany Amodeo's documentary is called "The Magic School Bus."

"I loved that boy, he was just like one of my own."

Alma Potter of Springdale, Newfoundland, cared for Marvin Swirsky when he was a little boy of 5. They hadn't seen or spoken to each other for 70 years. Then Alma tracked Marvin down. We listen in on a beautiful reunion.

An unusual family finds joy, connection and love in a remote Inuit community

The Elverums have had more than the usual share of life's sadness and surprises, and their adopted community has been there for them every step of the way. Now the non-biological members of the family outnumber the biological. The Elverums’ experience is absolutely unique to the north. Jenny Kingsley's documentary is called "Meet the Elverums."
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Meet the Street Thug Barbers of Vancouver

They're a loose group of guys with big hearts who've stared down hard times and addiction. They give back by offering free haircuts — with a side order of human contact — to people living on the streets in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

'Til grey do us part: the dramatic rise of grey divorce

It might be the slogan of a generation. Divorce among people over fifty — and much older — is on a dramatic rise. Marriages of many decades are imploding, exploding and plain old fizzling out.

How a shortage of British curry chefs helped win the Brexit vote

David Gutnick brings us the story of the looming crisis in the multibillion dollar British curry industry with his documentary, "The Battle of Vindaloo."

Politics, panache and pillbox hats - the fashion of Expo 67

50 years ago, Canada marked its arrival on the world stage with a kitchy, showy, giant World's Fair in Montreal. Alisa Siegel's documentary, "Chic et Choc", takes us on a guided tour of the fair through the lens of fashion. That summer marked a political awakening for many Canadians, and clothes were part of the story.

The Fort Hope education of Sarah Diamond

When the newly-graduated Ms. Diamond first travelled north to teach in an elementary school in the Eabametoong First Nation, she was brimming with idealism and energy, determined to make a difference in her students' lives. Now, two school years later, she’s pretty spent. She’s keenly aware of the longstanding pattern of white teachers from the south coming into the community — and then leaving it. Sarah Diamond has a tough decision on her hands. Julia Pagel’s documentary is called "Are You Going to Stay?"

Artificial intelligence - wonderful and terrifying - will change life as we know it

Now that "deep learning" allows computers to think in very human ways, everything is up for grabs. Ira Basen's special hour-long documentary is called, "Into the Deep: The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence."
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Europe's first all non-white orchestra is changing the face of classical music

Meet Chi-chi Nwanoku, the powerhouse double bass player who has founded the Chineke! Orchestra. David Gutnick's documentary is called, "Every Shade on That Stage."


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Young, smart and anything-but-white: surprise British bestseller 'The Good Immigrant'

The Good Immigrant is a collection of 21 essays by emerging writers about what it is like to be anything but white in Britain today. It has surprised everyone by becoming a British bestseller. David Gutnick was in England a few weeks ago, just as Article 50 — the Brexit plan — was triggered. He spoke to the book's editor and several contributors.

Meet the 15-year-old taxidermist turning roadkill into art

Tristan Meyer-Odell is a pretty normal 15-year-old guy. But recently, he has taken up an unusual hobby. Rachel Matlow's documentary is called "The Teenage Taxidermist."

After a stroke, the decades-long relationship between a poet and her therapist enters a new chapter

Poet Molly Peacock saw the same therapist on and off for forty years. Then the therapist had a stroke — and Molly the patient became Molly the friend. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called "The Returner."

First new feminist bookstore in a generation opens in Montreal

Once upon a time, there were feminist bookstores across Canada. And then there were none. Some brave young Montrealers decided to do something about that. David Gutnick attends the grand opening of L'Euguélionne, the first feminist bookstore to open in Canada in a generation.

Meet the Montreal optician on a radical mission to make glasses affordable for everyone

Philippe Rochette says multinational eyeglass manufacturers gouge consumers. When a pair of glasses in a stylish shop can set you back more than $1,000, Rochette says his for $100 or $200. David Gutnick's documentary is called "Two Sticks and Two Circles."

Meet the brilliant particle physicist who is unlocking the mysteries of the cosmos

Asimina Arvanitaki has nothing but mathematics — and a very big brain — in her tool kit. She is the first female holder of a research chair at Waterloo's Perimeter Institute. Sunday Edition producer Chris Wodskou's documentary is called, "The Language of the Universe."

At 93, pioneering avant-garde artist Françoise Sullivan paints every day and lives in the present

Françoise Sullivan — dancer, teacher, painter — is one the pioneers of the avant-garde movement in Quebec, and one of the last surviving signatories of the Refus Global, a manifesto that lit the spark of the Quiet Revolution. Her place in history is secure. But at 93, she is determined to live in the present and to continue her creative work. Her paintings are on display in two new exhibitions. Alisa Siegel brings us a portrait of the brilliant, passionate Françoise Sullivan. It's called, "The Yet To Come."

'Til grey do us part: the dramatic rise of grey divorce

It might be the slogan of a generation. Divorce among people over fifty — and much older — is on a dramatic rise. Marriages of many decades are imploding, exploding and plain old fizzling out. And women are doing most of the leaving. Ashley Walters's documentary is called The High Dive.