The Doc Project from CBC Radio

The Doc Project from CBC Radio

Canada

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

Episodes

Inside the first night of Trump's travel ban  

Stanford student Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman was in Sudan when she heard about President Trump's imminent travel ban. She decided to fly home to the US before the order could be signed. But she missed her flight, delaying her a crucial three hours...

Rape jokes are the worst - except when survivors tell them  

Heather Jordan Ross is a comedian. After she reported her sexual assault, the first question she asked herself was, "Now how do I make this funny?" That question led to a national comedy tour featuring rape jokes told by survivors.

There's something queer about Devine Lake (2017 remix)  

Jennifer Warren grew up in small town Ontario, in the heart of cottage country, at the the height of the AIDS crisis. The epidemic seemed far away from country life — so when a lakeside resort opened for an LGBT clientele, it divided the town.

Up Close: How Antoinette GreenOliph went from closeted and broke to living her dream up north  

"At the age of 40, something happened where everything came to a head." Antoinette GreenOliph is now one of the best-loved restaurateurs in Whitehorse — but it meant leaving everything behind.

Up Close: Amber Neumann on choosing between herself and her children; Kathy Grant on finishing her father's life's work  

At the age of 28, Amber Neumann found herself trapped in an unhappy marriage with three kids and little hope for her future. That's when she moved to Cairo. Also, Kathy Grant on preserving and sharing the untold stories of Canada's black veterans.

Up Close: Fabienne Colas on her very full Montreal house, post-Haitan earthquake; Olympian Karina Leblanc on perseverance  

In episode three of our special series, hosted by Lyndie Greenwood, Montrealer Fabienne Colas tells the story of finding her family after the 2010 Haitian earthquake; and Olympic bronze medallist Karina Leblanc talks about her dad's tough love.

Up Close: Nasra Adem and Tanara McLean break down privilege; Afua Cooper on coming of age in Jamaica  

CBC Edmonton's Tanara McLean is black... and has no black female friends. Enter Nasra Adem, the city's youth poet laureate, for a heart-to-heart. Also: poet and scholar Afua Cooper on the old men talking politics who changed her life.

Up Close: Yvonne Ben brought her passion for fashion from Nigeria — and slayed  

It took Yvonne Ben more than 10,000 kilometers and a year away from her home city of Eket in southern Nigeria to remember her love of African fashion.

Deaf at 13, open-heart surgery, and rapping on a fishing boat: young Indigenous filmmakers turn life into art  

Hear personal stories that dive deep and get real, from Indigenous youth across Canada, told with the help of the travelling film production team Wapikoni Mobile.

This Edmonton wrestling celebrity is in his 70s, wears a straw hat, and doesn't wrestle [Full broadcast]  

It's Saturday night, at the Northgate Lions Seniors Centre in Edmonton. But don't let the quilts and crafts display fool you, this place is ready to rumble. And: revisiting a grand romantic gesture (gone wrong) 20 years later.

'We didn't think America would be like this': Why Somalis facing deportation are turning to Canada  

Last January Abdirahman was ordered by U.S. Immigration to board a plane — his asylum claim had failed and he was being deported back to Somalia. He had been trying to get to Minneapolis where the largest population of Somali immigrants in the U.S. live.

Blackflies and bears: a uniquely Canadian horror story  

When a group of researchers were dropped into a remote part of central Labrador during blackfly and bear season — they thought they were prepared.

'Plump and sexy' and other stories from unlikely songwriters  

The Davenport Songbook is a community composition project where people with no formal musical training write, perform and produce original songs. Listen in as songs take shape alongside personal stories.

Finding freedom: ​3 Alberta women on leaving the Mormon church  

Emily, Michelle and Jane have all left the Mormon church after decades of being devoted and faithful members in southern Alberta. They share their soul-searching, lonely experiences that changed their lives and altered how they view their communities.

How well do you really know your mom?  

When Richard Kemick was growing up his mom worked full time but she always found time for her kids. Years later, Richard realizes he’s never given much thought to what his mom actually did or about who she really was outside of just being his mom.

'The smartest, funniest person you know is dead': Five roommates on a tragic loss  

Once, there were six college roommates and close friends. But then, there were only five. Now, four years have passed, and the five guys have come together to pay tribute to the friend who was lost.

'The smartest, funniest person you know is dead': Five roommates on a tragic loss  

Once, there were six college roommates and close friends. But then, there were only five. Now, four years have passed, and the five guys have come together to pay tribute to the friend who was lost.

The story of San Francisco's piano van busker  

Six years ago Brandy was about to launch his passion project, but the unexpected loss of his girlfriend and muse sent him on a downward spiral. Also: Why I'm telling my daughter about my sexual assault.

The story of San Francisco's piano van busker  

Six years ago Brandy was about to launch his passion project, but the unexpected loss of his girlfriend and muse sent him on a downward spiral. Also: Why I'm telling my daughter about my sexual assault.

The night my father escaped Tibet  

In 1970, Tsering Wangkhang was one of the first two Tibetan refugees to arrive in Canada. His son, Rignam, was 10 years old when his father died. Rignam doesn’t have many memories of his dad — but he has his father’s unfinished memoir.

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