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.


PODCAST EXTRA: Behind the 'Exiled' series with Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic  

In this podcast extra we're talking with Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic. Over the past two weeks they've brought us stories about what it looks like to reintegrate a sex offender into society — in both the U.S. and Canada.

Exiled in Canada: a sex offender takes refuge with Mennonites  

Michael is a sex offender. He's nervous to talk with us, but he's doing it for one reason: to tell you about the people who helped support him as he returned to society. People who helped him when no one else would — a group of Mennonites from Regina.

Exiled in the U.S.: Sex offenders at the Boardwalk Motel  

The process of reintegrating sex offenders into society is a mess — and ignoring it isn't helping anyone. Researcher Chris Dum wanted to study the situation, but he didn't just visit and interview the offenders; he lived with them, in a motel, for a year.

Leonard Cohen's Marianne: meet the woman behind the music  

In 1960, Leonard Cohen moved to the Greek island of Hydra where he met Marianne Ihlen — a 23-year-old Norwegian, and so began a romance that later became immortalized in song. Producer Alan Hall takes us to Hydra to hear the story of their love affair.

My surrogate and me: an unconventional arrangement takes an unexpected turn  

After a particularly devastating loss, a couple struggling to have a family enlists the help of a surrogate. In most cases, people use a surrogate when getting pregnant isn't an option. But for Nancy and Lee, this surrogacy served a different purpose.

From Yukon to Texas: a long distance solution for the San Antonio Four  

Darrell Otto is a curious guy — he gets interested in things and just starts digging. This is the story of how a reclusive Canadian biologist became the most important person in the lives of four women in a Texas prison, more than 5000 km away.

Right hands, wrong piano: why a game changing invention remains in the shadows  

The piano, as we know it, was built for the larger hands of a man, and that leaves a lot of women and smaller-handed men struggling to play. But, one Canadian designed a piano that levels the playing field for small-handed pianists everywhere.

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.

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