Uncover is an investigative series from CBC Podcasts. Season 15: The Village: The Montreal Murders. Season 14: Boys Like Me. Season 13: White Hot Hate. Season 12: A Death in Cryptoland. Season 11: Carrie Low VS. Season 10: The Village 2. Season 9: Evil By Design. Season 8: Brainwashed. Season 7: Dead Wrong. Season 6: Satanic Panic. Season 5: Sharmini. Season 4: The Cat Lady Case. Season 3: The Village. Season 2: Bomb on Board. Season 1: Escaping NXIVM.
S16: “Kuper Island” E1: A School They Called Alcatraz
Duncan McCue travels to Penelakut, an island off the coast of B.C., and the site of the Kuper Island Residential School. The community has torn down the reviled building, but the dark memories of what happened at the nearly-century old institution linger. Survivors James and Tony Charlie give a tour of their old school grounds, and we look into the mystery of what happened to one boy, Richard Thomas, who did not make it out alive.
S16: “Kuper Island” E2: Nights on the Boys’ Side
What was it like to be a student at one of the most notorious residential schools in Canada? Survivors James and Tony Charlie share their own account of recurring sexual abuse at the hands of their teachers, starting with a fateful trip to Montreal's Expo '67. Their stories speak to how abuse rotted all facets of school life — and how at Kuper Island, no child was spared.
S16: “Kuper Island” E3: Sink or Swim
Survivor Belvie Brebber tells us about her five years at Kuper Island Residential School, a time filled with fear, cruelty and sexual violence. Belvie makes it out alive, but her younger brother Richard Thomas does not. She describes a terrible phone call that shattered her family forever, and why she never believed the school's story that her beloved brother died by suicide.
S16: “Kuper Island” E4: What happened to Richard?
Richard Thomas was smart, kind and well-loved. He was having no problems in school and he wanted to go further in education. Then inexplicably, days before his graduation, he’s found dead in the Kuper Island school gym. His death was ruled a suicide — with no further questions as to why. We piece together a portrait of the teenager through his own writings, and find an old coroner’s report that raises more questions than answers about how Thomas died.
S16: “Kuper Island” E5: Feeding the Dead
An archaeologist uses the stories of survivors and a ground-penetrating radar machine to pinpoint where children who died at the Kuper Island school were buried, sometimes in places where no one ever wanted them to be found. And we explore how the Hul'qumi'num people honour their ancestral dead, and why this work is important when it comes to unsettled spirits and unmarked graves.
S16: “Kuper Island” E6: It Didn't Feel Like Justice
We explore what really happened during a 1990s RCMP task force investigation triggered by the high number of allegations of sexual abuses at the Kuper Island Residential School, and track down a former staff member who witnessed the horrors firsthand. We learn one of the abusers at the school, Brother Glenn Doughty, is still alive. We try to reach him and learn troubling information about his whereabouts.
Season 16, compassionately and passionately reported.
A horrific subject, presented with sensitivity and honor. I learned so much I had no idea about previously. Thank you!
Boys Like Me - compassionate and humanizing.
I’ve been wanting to listen but put it off because I thought it would fill me with rage. I thought Incel culture began and ended with massive entitlement. The empathy with which the topic is treated takes my breath away.
My takeaway is that so many individual factors and societal failures can lead a person who feels like an outcast to seek support or validation wherever they can. Being starved for acceptance can make any of us malleable to person or group that provides that nourishment.
Thanks for your great work!
I really wanted to love this show however it’s super frustrating that I have to manually set which episode plays next because they won’t auto play in the correct order.