Back Story from CBC Radio

Back Story from CBC Radio


CBC News correspondents take you behind the scenes as they cover the biggest events around the world. Personal stories from our reporters who were there while the story was breaking.


From hero to zero in 9.79 seconds: Scott Russell and the 1988 Seoul Olympics  

Scott Russell’s Back Story on the Ben Johnson doping scandal and the dirtiest race in history.

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The boy on the beach: Gillian Findlay, 2015  

The photo seen around the world, and the family left mourning. From Istanbul, Gillian Findlay’s Back Story “The boy on the beach”.

Escape from Egypt: Mohamed Fahmy, 2013  

After spending more than 400 days in an Egyptian prison, this is Mohamed Fahmy's Back Story.

Extra: What does reconciliation mean to you?  

Connie Walker’s Back Story on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission inspired a group of grade 7 and 8 students in Saskatoon to reflect on what reconciliation means to them. Here’s their stories, as told to the CBC’s Leisha Grebinski.

Back Story Extra: GroundTruth  

This week David Common shares an episode of "Ground Truth" an original podcast co-produced by WGBH in Boston and The GroundTruth Project.

The Power of the Pope: Steven D’Souza and the papal conclave, 2013  

Steven D’Souza was there as thousands cheered, white smoke bellowed and a new pope was chosen.

Connie Walker and the first­hand legacy of residential schools.  

Connie Walker has reported extensively on Canada’s residential schools, but she’s also seen the effects on her family first hand.

Benazir Bhutto: Over the decades. Carol Off, 1986  

In 1986, Carol Off sold most of her belongings to buy a plane ticket to Pakistan with the hope of interviewing future Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A hijacking, an uprising and a reunion decades later, this is Carol’s Back Story.

Airstrikes, bank robbers and a golden toilet: David Common and the Iraq  Invasion, 2003  

As coalition troops marched into Iraq, and Saddam Hussein fell from power, the CBC’s David Common was there.

The rise and fall of Stephen Harper: Susan Lunn and the Federal Election, 2015  

From his first mandate as Prime Minister to his party’s devastating loss in the last federal election, Susan Lunn gives you an inside look at the rise and fall of Stephen Harper.

The earthquake and the aftermath: David Gutnick, Haiti, 2010  

The earthquake in Haiti killed thousands of people, turned buildings to rubble and made David Gutnick question the role of a journalist.

Extra: Peter Mansbridge Inside the Tunnels at Vimy Ridge  

Peter Mansbridge takes you inside the tunnels at Vimy Ridge.

A sea of oil: Paul Hunter and the BP oil spill, 2010  

The BP oil spill is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The CBC’s Paul Hunter was there when black tar balls started dotting white sandy beaches. He returned five years later and shares what he saw.

Walking Across a Continent: Nahlah Ayed and The Refugee Crisis, 2015  

Nahlah Ayed was on the front lines of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Back to Zero: Curt Petrovich, Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines 2013  

It was two years ago that Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands of people in the Philippines, but it still haunts the CBC’s Curt Petrovich today.

Extra: A Loss of Innocence. Louise Elliott and The Ottawa Shooting 2014.  

Last year’s shooting on Parliament Hill shook Ottawa, and the entire country. The CBC's Louise Elliott was one of the first reporters on the scene. One year later, this is her Back Story.

A Town Forever Changed: Stephen Puddicombe in Lac Mégantic 2013  

What’s it like to report from one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history? Raw emotion and stories that never made it to air. Stephen Puddicombe’s Back Story from Lac Mégantic.

Keith Boag: Tear Gas and “The Talk”. Ferguson 2014  

Keith Boag is there as tempers flare and tear gas flies in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Adrienne Arsenault: Cremations and Car Batteries. Nepal 2015  

Adrienne Arsenault travels to Nepal in the wake of the worst earthquake that country has seen in more than 80 years.

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