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The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't.

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    • History
    • 4.8, 92 Ratings

The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't.

    S3: Crash Course on Black Nurses

    S3: Crash Course on Black Nurses

    In this Crash Course we look into the surprisingly young history of Black nurses in Canada and why many of these women had to travel to the U.S. for their education. We also take a look at the story of the Black Cross Nurses and how Black nurses went from shutouts to leaders in a matter of decades.

    • 10 min
    S3: Where is Japantown?

    S3: Where is Japantown?

    Why isn't there a Japantown in every major city across Canada? This episode, we look into early Japanese Canadian history and figure out the “Asiatic Exclusion League” is not what we thought it was. Then, with the help of Lisa Uyeda from the Nikkei Museum we connect the dots between internment during the Second World War and the huge fallout for multiple generations. And what happened when theatre artists Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, found out their families were both sent to Tashme — the largest internment camp in B.C.

    • 56 min
    S3: Crash Course on "Uncle Tom"

    S3: Crash Course on "Uncle Tom"

    Today we try to figure out the true story of Uncle Tom, with the help of Dr. Cheryl Thompson. You may know “Uncle Tom” as a derogatory term. Or from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. But the name’s also linked to Josiah Henson, who escaped to Canada through the Underground Railroad. So which one is right?

    • 17 min
    S3: Sasquatch in the Gift Shop

    S3: Sasquatch in the Gift Shop

    In the first full episode of Season 3, Leah and Falen explore the truth behind two very old stories. Sasquatch and Ogopogo are legendary creatures of land and sea — but how exactly did they go from sacred figures in Indigenous oral histories to terrifying beasts and dopey-looking mascots?

    • 37 min
    S3: Crash Course on Friendship Centres

    S3: Crash Course on Friendship Centres

    We’re baaack! Leah and Falen switch things up and introduce the Crash Course — snack-size history lessons on a range of topics. First up: the history of Friendship Centres, an essential part of urban Indigenous life across the country. (Because let’s face it, we’re already nostalgic for physical gathering spaces.)

    • 10 min
    Season 3 is self-isolating

    Season 3 is self-isolating

    We’re not trying to mess with a global pandemic, so we'll be back on March 31st. Until then, here's a repeat of our most important episode and something we feel everyone needs right now: snacks.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

N L G ,

Appreciate the original

This show helps the listener understand that there are cultures that embraced the supernatural before colonial dismissal. Thannks for your investigative reporting.

V. Campbell ,

Fun and informative!

I enjoy this podcast so much because of the presenting duo’s extreme wit and intelligent banter. They do great research and take the listener on deep dives into diverse social, cultural and historical issues, introducing unsung cultural heroes that have greatly shaped the lesser known elements of the Canadian human experience. I’m fascinated by the nitty gritty Canadian history and get to laugh all the while. Great sound effects too! Highly recommended!

Ponypumpkin ,

So good!

As a United States admirer of Canada and someone who is always trying to learn more about social issues and their historical origins, this podcast is a precious treasure. Thanks for the realness and the delightful listening experience!

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