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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

#122: Together Again

10/19/2019
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We tend to glorify occasions when families are reunited. But those moments are just the start of what can often be long, difficult paths. This week, Piya explores the reality of what happens after the movie moment of family reconnection.

Duration:00:54:39

#97: Close Calls

10/12/2019
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Death... is not something most people really want to think about. And that's actually a luxury. Because when you come face to face with the end, you have no choice but to stare mortality square in the eyes. From terminal illness to a near-fatal drug overdose, this week Piya speaks with people who've had close calls with death that changed everything for them in life.

Duration:00:54:45

#121: Kim Campbell Is Still Waiting for Another Woman to Lead Canada

10/5/2019
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As Canada's first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell capitalized on her appeal as a new kind of politician, using her gender and straight-shooting style to signal a break from the past... which ultimately worked both for her and against her. This week, Piya speaks with Ms. Campbell about her whirlwind time in office as the first (on many fronts), her more recent return to public life (tweets and all), what's changed – and what hasn't – for women in politics in the quarter-century since she...

Duration:00:54:08

#120: Mona Eltahawy's Seven Necessary Sins

9/28/2019
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Mona Eltahawy lives by two credos: Defy, disobey and disrupt... and f@#% the patriarchy. In her book "The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls", the Egyptian-American author and activist proposes her manifesto for achieving true gender freedom and equality. This week, Piya speaks with Eltahawy about the society-changing value she sees in anger, attention, ambition, power, profanity, violence, and lust.

Duration:00:53:23

The personal and political tension of 'passing' while transgender

9/21/2019
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Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard identifies as a transgender woman. But when she walks down the street, she says people often see her as a woman who was assigned female at birth (also known as cisgender). Blanchard tells Piya how passing can be liberating for her, but can also carry dangerous risks... and why the mere term is so controversial among transgender people.

Duration:00:27:03

#119: Come to Pass

9/21/2019
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"Passing" is the ability to be read as something you are not. While is can be a privilege for some people, it can also come with unforeseen consequences for both them and those who see them. This week, Piya explores the good, the bad and the cost of passing.

Duration:00:54:09

#118: Believe It or Not

9/14/2019
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How do you choose what to believe? Most of us are drawn to mainstream consensus, but some don't want to let facts get in the way of their convictions. This week, Piya explores why people believe in things most others would dismiss... and what that says about how they see the world.

Duration:00:54:09

#117: We Need to Talk About Stalking

9/7/2019
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About 1 in 20 Canadians say they've been victims of stalking, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. And yet, some victims say we don't take it seriously enough as a society. This week, Piya digs into why, with people who have been on different sides of stalking.

Duration:00:54:56

#90: Allies

8/31/2019
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The word "ally" is thrown around a lot these days, especially by people who work to support women, people of colour, and those in the LGBT community. This week, we go beyond the buzz of the word to see what it really means to be an ally... and whether it makes a difference.

Duration:00:54:38

#99: Opening Up Adoption

8/17/2019
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Adoption can be bittersweet for everyone involved. At best, it results in a happy, healthy family. But it can also carry a load of conflict, confusion, and unanswered questions. This week, Piya wades into some of those things we don't tend to discuss when we talk about adoption.

Duration:00:54:42

#91: Crisis Reactors

8/10/2019
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Between natural disasters, targeted attacks, and everyday run-of-the mill accidents, we hear about crises happening to other people on the news all the time. This week, Piya speaks with people who were there when crisis struck, to find out how they responded... and what their reaction says about them.

Duration:00:54:44

#94: Community Creators

8/3/2019
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More Canadians are living in cities than ever before. But research shows that as these centres grow, social supports aren't keeping up, and all that crowding leads people to feel isolated. This week, with that ongoing rise in urbanization and isolation, Piya explores how people are creating community.

Duration:00:52:51

#101: Esther Perel

7/29/2019
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Relationships are central to our health, happiness and even lifespan. And yet, loneliness is cutting across generations, hurting our health, and its rise has been called an "epidemic". So where does that leave us? This week, Piya speaks with world-renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel about why connection is so important, why we're so bad at it, and how we can do better... both within couples and across social and political divides.

Duration:00:54:41

#87: Inside Haley House

7/20/2019
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This week, Piya Chattopadhyay visits an Ontario halfway house that specifically caters to older offenders on parole. Prison advocates argue we need more places like it to address the growing number of aging federal offenders in Canada.

Duration:00:50:43

#79: Family Tree

7/13/2019
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We all inherit so much from our families. And whether what gets passed down to you is helpful or hurtful, it's common to want to set yourself apart from what's handed down. This week, Piya asks: How do you branch out from your family tree?

Duration:00:54:57

#96: If Memory Serves

7/6/2019
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We tend to be more confident in our memories than we should be. And yet, memory is still held to be such an important decider in the criminal justice system, social conversations and everyday life. This week, Piya explores just how much you can really trust your memory.

Duration:00:54:45

#46: Hyphen State

6/29/2019
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To mark this Canada Day weekend, we revisit our episode from 2017, in which Piya speaks with people about the words that so often live on the left side of our national identities... and how they can affect our relationships with the identifier on the right: Canadian.

Duration:00:54:36

#116: Holding On

6/22/2019
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Soon after Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral burned, a global fundraiser was launched to rebuild it. The effort sparked debate among those who believed in preserving the historic structure, and those who contend we should move on and use the money for other needs. This week, Piya dives into that tension, asking: What's worth holding onto... even when it's almost gone?

Duration:00:54:36

#115: The Special Edition

6/15/2019
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When we call someone 'exceptional', it's often for something enviable, like being top of your class, or most successful in your field of work. But being exceptional also makes you different, which can lead to isolation and a whole lot of expectation. This week, Piya asks: Is being exceptional a blessing or a curse?

Duration:00:54:33

#114: Support Systems

6/8/2019
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We all need a hand from other people now and then. But sometimes, admitting that you require support and showing that you're vulnerable can take a lot of mettle. This week, Piya asks: Why is it so hard to ask for help?

Duration:00:54:33