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High-stakes storytelling at its most artful and human — radio documentary on the next level. Stories lived, stories told.

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    • 4.7, 172 Ratings

High-stakes storytelling at its most artful and human — radio documentary on the next level. Stories lived, stories told.

    Blood Money

    Blood Money

    As a journalist, Kim Wheeler has been covering Indigenous stories for nearly thirty years. But there's one story that has taken her decades to tell: her own. When she was 13 days old, Canadian authorities separated Kim from her family and First Nation and placed her in a white household. In 2017, a class action lawsuit against the Federal government resulted in a settlement. Now, Kim tells her story as she joins thousands of other Sixties Scoop survivors as they apply for compensation for the loss of their families and cultures.

    • 30 min
    Breaking History

    Breaking History

    As a student, Beryl Dickinson-Dash was crowned the Carnival Queen at McGill University. She wasn't at all interested in competing (in fact, she hadn't even entered herself) but her mother, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's roommate had other ideas. Beryl was shocked when she won, and she wasn't alone in her reaction. It was 1949, and Beryl is Black. Her win was heralded as "democracy in action". Now, more than 70 years later, Beryl reflects on being a Black beauty queen, and why she hopes her win will no longer matter.

    • 29 min
    Resistance in the Bloodline

    Resistance in the Bloodline

    Miyawata Dion Stout and Sunny Enkin Lewis are youth climate activists from Winnipeg. Both say they get their drive for justice from their grandmothers: one survived residential school and the other found ways to resist the Nazis. Now, as COVID-19 threatens to derail the climate movement, the young activists are taking cues from their grandmothers and getting creative.

    • 28 min
    Shelter in Place

    Shelter in Place

    Sean Towgood knows a thing or two about sheltering in place. Sean uses a wheelchair to get around and snowy sidewalks during Canadian winters can mean staying at home for days, or even weeks. As someone who's experienced his fair share of isolation, COVID-19 is the first time the world has come to him, on his turf. Now concerts, comedy, classes, and community are all happening online, and Sean is welcoming the rest of the world "to the party," as he says. PLUS, for writer Richard Kemick, the upheaval of the past few months has made him nostalgic for a time in his life when things were so normal, it never occurred to him to appreciate them: when growing up in Calgary in his childhood home. Now that his parents are selling the house, Richard is, to put it simply, freaking out. He's saying goodbye to a place that seemed barely worth noticing, until he realized he was going to lose it.

    • 28 min
    Independence Day (Rebroadcast)

    Independence Day (Rebroadcast)

    (Prequel to "Shelter in Place") Think finding housing is hard? Try adding a wheelchair... Sean Towgood has cerebral palsy and has been on a waiting list for supportive housing for four years. He's desperate to move out of his mom's house and into the city to start his adult life. Now, Sean is on a mission to find out where he is on that list, and whether he'll ever get off it. He also wants to meet someone who actually lives in supportive housing, to find out if it's everything he's dreamed of. (Originally Broadcast September 2019)

    • 30 min
    Walk This Way

    Walk This Way

    Kent Hoffman thinks about walking all the time. For him, it requires focus: where to place his feet, how to keep his balance, how to avoid falling. Kent lives with Becker muscular dystrophy, a progressive condition that weakens the muscles used for moving. For as long as he could, Kent hid his difficulty with walking, running, and climbing stairs. He'd sometimes refuse invitations and often tried to avoid situations where he might have trouble getting around rather than ask for help or a change in venue. But now, he's "coming out of the disability closet", sharing his story -- and for the first time, talking to someone else with Becker muscular dystrophy.

    • 22 min

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