8 episodes

If you’ve ever been to Newfoundland, you know it’s a place where fog can envelop you so deeply, you don’t know where you’re going or where you came from. When two men, born in the same rural Newfoundland hospital on the same day, discover an unbelievable 52-year-old secret, it changes the way they see themselves forever. But this isn’t the end of the story. Because it turns out these men are not alone. A series of other close calls and near misses have begun to emerge, and not only at Come by Chance hospital. Come By Chance is a story about what it means to belong in a family — and how a twist of fate can upend the life you thought you knew.

Hosted by Luke Quinton. Seven episodes releasing Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

Come by Chance CBC STORIES

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 82 Ratings

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If you’ve ever been to Newfoundland, you know it’s a place where fog can envelop you so deeply, you don’t know where you’re going or where you came from. When two men, born in the same rural Newfoundland hospital on the same day, discover an unbelievable 52-year-old secret, it changes the way they see themselves forever. But this isn’t the end of the story. Because it turns out these men are not alone. A series of other close calls and near misses have begun to emerge, and not only at Come by Chance hospital. Come By Chance is a story about what it means to belong in a family — and how a twist of fate can upend the life you thought you knew.

Hosted by Luke Quinton. Seven episodes releasing Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    E1: The Birthday Party

    E1: The Birthday Party

    At a worksite on Newfoundland’s coast, the staff take a break for birthday cake in honour of Craig Avery’s 52nd birthday. Coincidentally, another coworker Clarence Hynes is also turning 52 and was born in the same hospital in the same small town as Craig — Come By Chance. The serendipitous discovery starts a chain of events in motion that will ultimately change the course of their lives.

    • 29 min
    E2: Mistaken Identity

    E2: Mistaken Identity

    When baby Clarence Hynes was brought home from the hospital, someone casually asked if this small dark haired baby was really a Hynes? His parents ignored it, taught to let mysteries lie. And after they died early, Clarence put his head down and focused on being a good big brother and supporting his family. So when someone mistook him for an Avery brother, he shrugged it off: “Somebody always looks like somebody, right?” But the coincidences became too insistent to ignore.

    • 26 min
    E3: The Bricklayer’s Dance

    E3: The Bricklayer’s Dance

    At the same time people were mistaking Clarence Hynes for an Avery, others were mistaking Clifford Avery, Craig’s older brother, for Clarence. In side by side photographs, the two men with their bushy mustaches looked eerily alike. So when Clifford and Craig finally take a DNA test, the results confirm long-standing suspicions. Clifford, overwhelmed by the revelations, reaches out to Clarence. 

    Note: This episode references suicide, please take care when listening.

    • 29 min
    E4: The Truth

    E4: The Truth

    As the Avery family mourns a devastating loss, Clarence Hynes resists their multiple appeals. But the cost of turning away becomes greater and greater for Clarence. The two families hurtle towards an inevitable truth.

    Note: This episode references suicide, please take care when listening.

    • 28 min
    E5: A Close Call

    E5: A Close Call

    It turns out this once in a lifetime mistake might not be so rare. A few months before Clarence and Craig were born at the Come By Chance hospital, a young mother named Muriel felt like the little baby boy she brought home from the hospital wasn’t her own.

    • 24 min
    E6: Who Knit You?

    E6: Who Knit You?

    Another mother at another rural Newfoundland hospital has suspicions that the little girl she brought home isn’t her own. Over fifty years later, an online ancestry kit connects the dots and allows a mother and daughter to reunite.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

snl.87.ca ,

One of the Saddest Stories Ever Told

I have been recommending this podcast to everyone I know. Although the past can’t be changed, it’s important that we bare witness to what these families are going through.

BLouLiv ,

Amazing Stories

As a Canadian Adoptee with a wild adoption story that spans from one to coast of Canada to the other I absolutely love this podcast!

NL smarty pants ,

Fascinating and heartbreaking

This story is a bit tangly, as we say in NL! The alliteration of Clifford, Clarence & Craig is a bit off-putting at first. I could keep it straight because I know that Avery is a common name in Hillview and Hynes is common in St. Bernard’s. Remember tgat and you’ll be best kind.
If you’re a mom, you will find Mrs. Lush’s statements heartbreaking. I actually wept, and I’m not a cryer.
The podcaster did a fantastic job and I hope he keeps it up. He reminds me of Payne Lindsay. Thoughtful, empathetic, and not hyperbolic.
Excellent job. A must-listen.

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