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What was that podcast I heard on The Current?

All summer long, The Current is bringing you the best from CBC podcasts. Here's what we're playing on air, and where to find more episodes online.

All summer long, The Current is bringing you the best from CBC podcasts

Freelance journalist Justin Ling hosts The Village, season three of CBC's investigative podcast Uncover. (Evan Aagaard)

If you're not already an avid podcast listener, by now you must be curious — especially as our longtime host Anna Maria Tremonti prepares to unveil a new podcast of her own. 

This summer, we're making it easier for radio listeners to hear what all the hype is about. For the next few weeks, we'll be running four of the most critically-acclaimed CBC podcasts in the third block of the show, presented as serialized episodes. 

If you find yourself wanting to jump back or skip ahead, find links to each podcast below. And if you want to take a deeper dive into the world of podcasting, but you're not sure how, start here

The Band Played On

For more than a year, CBC Ottawa senior reporter Julie Ireton has been following a shocking story of historical sexual abuse. (CBC)

Warning: This series contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault that some people may find disturbing.

For decades, three teachers sexually abused dozens of students at the same Ottawa area high school.

Over the years, some students, parents and teachers spoke up about two of the men. But nothing was done.

It wasn't until 2016 that all three men were charged within weeks of each other with crimes including sexual assault, indecent assault and gross indecency.

In this seven-part podcast, CBC Ottawa senior reporter Julie Ireton explores a shocking story of sexual abuse, sharing the stories of victims and exploring just how pervasive the abuse of power within Canadian schools is.

  • Listen to The Band Played On here.
  • Read more about the podcast here

Uncover: The Village (Season 3) 

Season 3 of Uncover, The Village, was just named one of the best of 2019 by Time magazine.

For years, the community in Toronto's Gay Village worried that a serial killer was in their midst. Men were disappearing from the neighbourhood at an alarming rate, but police initially insisted there was no evidence of foul play. Then, in January 2018, police arrested Bruce McArthur for the murders of eight men.

But it turns out that is only the beginning of this story.

In The Village, journalist Justin Ling — who has been following this story from the start — pulls the timeline back to the 1970s. He illuminates a much longer lineup of murders targeting gay men and the larger social forces that enabled these cases to go unsolved and sometimes even unnoticed. 

We're excited to present the third season of Uncover during Pride month here in Toronto and on the heels of some major accolades. The Village has just been named among the 10 best podcasts of the year so far, both by Time Magazine and Apple Podcasts Canada.

Earlier this year, the New Yorker described it as "a kind of truth-and-reconciliation commission, in podcast form" and a story that transcends the genre of true crime. "What's being uncovered isn't a culprit but a history," wrote staff writer Sarah Larson. 

  • Listen to the full series here or on your favourite podcast app.
  • Read and discover more about this investigation. 

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM (Season 1)

Escaping NXIVM, the inaugural season of Uncover, shares a deep connection to The Current

It all started when the show's former documentary producer Josh Bloch ran into Sarah Edmondson, a childhood friend. While catching up, she told him she had just left a cult. She also told him she'd been branded. 

Edmondson's alarming story led Bloch to look into NXIVM, a self-described humanitarian group run by a man named Keith Raniere. Initially, Bloch pitched it as an idea for The Current — but the story was just too big too fit into one segment. So he teamed up with then executive producer Kathleen Goldhar to turn the investigation into a podcast

The team could not have anticipated that NXIVM would so quickly unravel. Raniere was recently found guilty on several charges, including sex trafficking, and is currently awaiting his sentence.

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM has all the context you need to understand how we got here. The podcast, which just won gold in the Serialized Podcast category at this year's New York Festivals Radio Awards, even came up at the trial itself. 

  • Listen to Uncover: Escaping NXIVM here or on your favourite podcast app.
  • Read and discover more about this investigation.

Someone Knows Something: Kerrie Brown (Season 5) 

Season 5 of Someone Knows Something focuses on the unsolved case of Kerrie Brown. (David Ridgen/Ben Shannon/CBC)

Award-winning true crime podcast Someone Knows Something has delivered their highly anticipated fifth season. This time, host David Ridgen tackled Manitoba's largest unsolved murder case. 

On Oct. 16, 1986, 15-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party. Her body was discovered less than 40 hours later in a wooded area outside of town. A suspect was arrested, but a judge deemed that there wasn't enough evidence to proceed to trial.

In Season 5, David Ridgen travels to Thompson, a northern Manitoba mining town. With Kerrie's older brother, he speaks to witnesses as well as suspects, and uncovers some shocking new evidence that may help the case move forward.

Someone Knows Something has consistently been the CBC's top performing podcast with nearly 140 million downloads at time of writing. It has won scores of awards and consistently makes top true crime lists. 

  • Listen to the full series here or on your favourite podcast app.
  • Read and discover more about the season.

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo (Season 2) 

Finding Cleo is the second season of Missing and Murdered, hosted by Connie Walker.

Last year, at an event known as "the Oscars of Radio," Finding Cleo won a very important new prize. 

Host Connie Walker and her team took home the inaugural award for best serialized story at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, winning out against various audio-making juggernauts in the U.S. and beyond. 

The judges noted, as have many others, that Connie Walker's investigation struck a universal chord. She and her team looked into the disappearance of Cleopatra Semaganis Nicotine, a young Cree girl who was apprehended by child welfare workers in 1970s Saskatchewan, and adopted into an American family.

Their story, which zooms out to tell the dark history of the Sixties Scoop, has also been recognized by the Canadian Screen Awards, The Canadian Journalism Foundation and more. Countless fans have called it essential listening. 

As Walker, who is herself a Cree journalist, noted at Third Coast, "it's so important to have stories that tell the truth about our shared history in Canada and in the United States, and how that's impacted the lives of Indigenous people for generations ... Cleo died in the 1970s, but the truth is what happened to her is still happening to Indigenous children." 

  • Listen to the full series here or on your favourite podcast app. 
  • Read and discover more about the season