The Doc Project from CBC Radio

The Doc Project from CBC Radio


A place to revel in the power and beauty of radio documentaries. Where stories are deeper, wider, and stranger.


Surviving survival: what happens when you expect to die ... and don't  

There are times when the line between life and death can feel very thin. For a lot of us, the closest we'll get to the other side is losing a loved one. But some people get a lot closer — they've reached out and touched their own death.

Tattooing over trauma: one woman's journey to reclaim her body  

When Jessica Grillanda's mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided it was time for drastic action. Without ever being diagnosed, she had a double mastectomy; a precaution to keep cancer at bay.

Longing to belong: seeking to meet a father she never knew  

It was 1967, Winnipeg, when Lorrie Edmonds was given up for adoption. And while she comes to realize that she wants to know her birth parents, she has also given up hope of ever finding them. And then, out of nowhere: an e-mail.

Gasping for air: pushing the limits of life to come to terms with death  

Neil Sandell is a guy who, a while back, made a big change in his life. Uncluttered it. At least, that's what he thought. Now he is in Nice, France — looking both forward at his life ahead and back at lives lived.

Karin Wells reflects on a career of documentary making  

Karin Wells is one of CBC's best radio doc makers. Her work has been a fixture on CBC radio for over 40 years, but this past summer Karin retired. So on today's show, we're going to tour the work of this relentlessly dedicated doc producer.

First steps: facing the intimidating frontier of change  

It's tough taking those first steps toward something new, but the cool thing is, it's the messy process of muddling through new-ness that often leads to something great. Today, two stories where people stare into the intimidating frontier of change.

There's something queer about Devine Lake  

Our memories are important to us, they inform who we are. Over 25 years, ago Jennifer Warren's first memory of Devine Lake was taking shape: a wispy, confusing, thread of a memory she's been waiting to pull her whole life.

Sneak preview: Secrets of the fifth estate  

They're the stories we can't turn away from: where lives have been upended and questions gone unanswered. Our special preview of the Secrets of the fifth estate podcast goes deep inside some of their most powerful and memorable stories.

Driving Dr. King and the civil rights tour of Atlanta with Tom Houck  

One day, one lunch...can change the course of your life. In the case of Tom Houck, that day took place in 1966 when he was offered a ride by Martin Luther King Jr. Tom is now 68 and gives guided tours of the Atlanta he got to know while driving Dr. King.

ENCORE: My almost brother—a family, a boy, and the adoption that never happened  

More than a decade ago, Catharine Tunney's family was planning on adopting a child. But her family decided not to go ahead with the adoption. Catharine has never been able to shake the feeling they made the wrong choice — and that it was all her fault.

ENCORE: Searching for Brother XII—the story of Nanaimo's infamous cult leader  

An isolated community in British Columbia, a dominatrix, and a strange cult leader who believes he's the reincarnation of an Egyptian god. What could possibly go wrong? The disturbing and remarkable tale of Nanaimo's infamous cult leader, Brother XII.

Race and Real Estate: Vancouver's China Syndrome  

This week's documentary explores ugly accusations and difficult conversations about Vancouver’s housing market.

The gristle in the stew: revisiting the horrors of Huronia  

It was a place and a past that Patricia Seth and Marie Slark could have tried to forget. But instead they forced those in power to face an ugly truth. Huronia Regional Centre was a government-run institution for kids with developmental disabilities.

WWOOFing to a future in organic farming  

In a world of endless choices, it can be hard to make a decision about what you are going to do with your life. But after much back and forth, Ira Bernstein thinks he's found it. The thing that will make him happy, content, fulfilled ... is farming.

Mothers on the outside looking in: the pain of dealing with a child behind bars  

Each woman shares a defining characteristic: all have (or once did) a kid in jail. They share practical information, talk about jail conditions, but what they talk about most is what it's like to be a mother on the outside looking in.

Internment at Camp 33: unlocking one Italian-Canadian family's story  

Fear is a nasty thing, and it can bring out the worst in us. During the Second World War, the RCMP rounded-up close to 600 Canadian residents of Italian origin. One of them was Francesco Scappatura, and his grandaughter set out to understand why.

Dead mom talking: an intimate mother-daughter journey  

When Elaine Mitchell found out that she didn't have long to live, her daughter Rachel recorded their conversations, creating an intimate archive of the little time they had left together.

The science of everyday life: inside Alberta's ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen  

Since 1930, gas and energy company ATCO has run the Blue Flame Kitchen. It's a public resource where Albertans can reach home economists for expert advice on everyday household questions. But in a world of cooking apps and Google, how is it still around?

Love: why is it one of the toughest things to get right?  

I say love, you say what? Dreamy, excruciating, essential, wildly confusing? Being in love can feel like wandering through a dense and mysterious forest. Well, a new CBC podcast is venturing into the wild world of love. It's called,­ Love Me.

Becoming my mother's priest: keeping Zoroastrianism alive in Canada  

At the young age of eight, did you know what you wanted to do with the rest of your life? Well, Hormuz Javat knew what he wanted to be. He made a choice, and he's sticking with it: Hormuz decided to begin his training to become a Zoroastrian priest.

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