Out In The Open

Out In The Open


Out in the Open is an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly show about the nitty-gritty of real life. Host Piya Chattopadhyay and her team look at how one timely topic is affecting regular people, and invite listeners to join in on the conversations we need to have ... out in the open.


In the Name of...  

Why do we let our names define who we are? The Out In The Open team explores the baggage, rules, pride and complications that come along with that thing you're called.

Greatest Hits  

A collection of the best Out In The Open segments so far. Stories from our episodes on Weddings, Addiction, Being Black In Canada and the Sex Talk.

Dropping Out  

The decision not to do something can change your life forever. Piya and the Out in the Open team explore stories of dropping out.


Piya and the Out in the Open team explore the effects of gentrification in Canada and the United States.


Various aspects of whiteness are explored, from privilege to class.


In this episode, we explore how different women from the past and present deal with their periods.

What Matthew Bullock's case from the 1920s tells us about Canada and race  

Matthew Bullock was a 23-year-old black veteran from a North Carolina town whose escape to Canada in the 1920s caused an international incident and dominated headlines for months. Today, he's mainly forgotten, but lives on as a family legend.

Black in Canada, Part 2: Policing  

On this week's podcast, we share the story of Junior Manon and how his death affected his community's perception of policing in Canada.

Podcast #11: Black in Canada vs. U.S.  

This week we explore racism against black people in Canada and the idea that it's better here when compared to our neighbour to the South with Black Lives Matter Toronto's Janaya Khan, lawyer Anthony Morgan, and comedian Mark James Heath.


In this week's podcast, we explore the complex nature of the grieving process.


In this week's podcast, we explore the wedding. Kinsey Clarke takes us through trying to invite her religious mom to her same-sex wedding. And, philosopher Alain de Botton tells us how he'd redesign the entire ceremony.


In this podcast, we profile a marathon runner struggling with crystal meth and Piya talks to a counsellor about how to deal with addiction in a friend or loved one.

Belonging 2  

In this podcast, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on belonging and diversity in the military, and the "Marry Out, Get Out" rule in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, Quebec.


This week's podcast is a loaded conversation about immigration and belonging, about who's one of us, who isn't, and who gets to draw those lines, with Pulitzer Prize novelist Junot Diaz. We also hear from journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Starting Over  

This week on the podcast, an aspiring concert pianist struggles after making a big decision about his identity, and a Catholic educator is forced to rethink sex education.

The Sex Talk  

What we talk about when we talk about sex. We hear from a wide range of parents, including Piya's, on what they chose to tell their kids about sex.

Legal Weed 2  

Last week, we looked at how legalization might affect those in the illegal weed trade. This week, we follow up with licensed producers of medical marijuana.

Legal Weed  

Stoned yoga, marijuana dispensaries and street dealers, and why you can't buy medicinal marijuana at a pharmacy.


Piya looks at the line between sharing and oversharing online. Do the details of our private lives that we share with strangers build empathy, or make us quicker to judge?

Out in the Open Preview  

Every week, host Piya Chattopadhyay and her team dig into one timely topic through different perspectives, personal stories, and passionate opinions. This is a quick preview. The regular weekly podcast launches Weds., May 18.

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