The Doc Project is a weekly CBC radio show and podcast. In our original documentaries, you will meet people, go places, learn things, feel things, and be surprised. We explore the big picture through the people living it. The Doc Project: Canadian stories you can't stop thinking about.
All the people on my street (SUMMER REPEAT)
After learning of an annual neighbourhood New Year's Eve Party to which he had never been invited, Tom Howell became more curious about his neighbours. He’d lived on the same street for 15 years, yet could only name five neighbours. Tom goes on a quest to figure out how many of our neighbours we should know, and what the sweet spot is for him. (Originally broadcast March 2018)
The Lost Skier (SUMMER REPEAT)
In February 2018, Danny Filippidis, a Toronto firefighter, was on a ski trip with some friends. He left his buddies to go get his phone at the bottom of the slope. That's the last anyone saw of him for six days. The only journalist who was ever granted access to Danny sits down to talk - about what we know, and what remains unknowable. (Originally broadcast February 2019)
Blood Money (SUMMER REPEAT)
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. (Originally broadcast May 2018)
Hutterite Runner (SUMMER REPEAT)
Elaine Hofer lives in Green Acres, a Hutterite colony nestled in the southwestern corner of Manitoba. Elaine spends her days working with her community and teaching at the local school. And although she is 38 years old, as an unmarried woman Elaine lives at home with her parents and two adult siblings. But for all the tradition and responsibility, there is one thing Elaine does just for herself... Elaine is a trail runner, running across the fields with her long skirt flapping in the breeze. Her love of running is sparking something bigger, and Elaine is bumping up against the edges of tradition. (Originally broadcast Sepember 2019)
Think of a Horse (SUMMER REPEAT)
Close your eyes and imagine a horse. What do you see? Statistically, you can probably picture the horse in your mind. The colour, the flowing tail. Tom Ebeyer can't do that. Tom doesn't have a mind's eye, and for the first 20 years of his life he didn't even know what a mind's eye was. But now, Tom is finding other people like him, and they are finding belonging in their difference. Plus, they finally have a name for it: aphantasia. (Originally broadcast September 2019)
Castle of Ouds (SUMMER REPEAT)
"My name is Radwan Altaleb. I'm a musician. My instrument is oud. I'm from Syria. Music is my life, and my life is music." To Radwan Altaleb, now living in Canada, the oud is more than a musical instrument. It's a means of remembering his life in Syria. Radwan's passion for the oud has led him to amass more than 60 instruments - from dozens of the finest makers across the Middle East. It's one of the largest individual oud collections in the world. But he still can't stop thinking about the two ouds he left behind when his neighbourhood in Damascus was destroyed. (Originally broadcast January 2019)
BEST Show on CBC
Each story is thoughtfully and skillfully told, reflecting the range of incredible stories Canada and our communities have to offer with humour, grace, and each one done with the kind of story telling that leaves your heart feeling full and bright. The quality is the best in Canada, so sad that this show is ending. This is the kind of show the CBC is supposed to be about - real people, real stories. The producers have proven to be professional and capable of dealing with difficult and sensitive material in a way that is respectful and kind, like important Residential School survivor stories. This show always has stories that resonate and respond to the issues and questions deep in Canadian minds and hearts - again, something the CBC should be about. And the host is fantastic! One of the best in radio. She is clear, crisp, and always hits the perfect tone. I feel safe when I listen to her and always appreciate her wit and style. Bring back The Doc Project!
No one does this kind of long form documentary work like the
Doc. Project. And it gives regular Canadians a voice. Tremendous!
Acey Rowe is my hero.
Acey is an absolute genius with this masterpiece series. Kudos to them and their amazing work!