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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.

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.






#125: Ibram X. Kendi Wants to Reframe Racism

By choice and by circumstance, Ibram X. Kendi has devoted his life to this thing we call race. As a black man, he says he's both experienced and perpetrated racism throughout his life. As an author and historian, he's come up with a case to overcome it. This week, Piya speaks with Kendi about "How to Be an Antiracist", his rallying cry for all of us to reframe how we think about racism in order to remedy it. If we don't, Kendi says racism may well threaten our very existence.


Introducing Uncover: Satanic Panic

Throughout the 1980s, Satanic cults were widely believed to be terrorizing and torturing children. There were hundreds of false allegations and countless lives torn apart — but never any real proof. Uncover: Satanic Panic from CBC Podcasts is out now. Subscribe at cbc.ca/uncover


#130: Beyond the Con

From those annoying phone scams to email hacks, bank fraud to catfishing... it can sometimes feel like everywhere you turn, there's a con just waiting to happen. But being taken advantage of like this can cut way deeper than your pocket book. This week, Piya explores how people recover after it happens to them.


#129: Inside Infertility

Infertility affects about one in six couples in Canada and many individuals not in partnerships. And while there are many ways to make a family, not being able to conceive can deeply affect some people's identities and worldviews. This week, Piya explores how infertility can complicate your sense of self.


#118: Believe It or Not

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.


#128: See Ya, 2019

The media may move on...but for the people behind the headlines, the story continues. This week, Piya speaks with people affected by some of the year's top news stories of 2019 to find out what their lives are like after trending.


#127: Choosing Sex Work

It's said to be the oldest profession in the world. But even so, sex work is still one of the most stigmatized ways to make a living. In part, that's because people can be exploited. In part, it's because sex trafficking is also a troubling reality. But there's also a subset of people who willingly choose to engage in sex work. This week, Piya speaks with some of them, to understand the personal value they glean from it beyond money and pleasure.


#93: World AIDS Day

This week, we revisit our 2018 episode that marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Piya speaks with Canadians who have HIV to find out what's changed about life with the virus since the occasion was first observed, back in 1988.


#126: DIY Justice

We have systems in place to bring justice to those who've been wronged. But we also know these systems aren't perfect, and even when a decision is meted out, it may not feel like justice to some. This week, Piya asks: Where do you turn when you believe the justice system has failed?


Introducing Hunting Warhead

A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web. Listen at hyperurl.co/huntingwarhead


#124: Bearing Witness

Observing other people's experiences of trauma can breed understanding and spur action. But it can also have a profound impact on the person who's watching. This week, Piya asks: How does bearing witness change you?


#123: Silence Yourself

From the scores of people who've declared #MeToo, to whistleblowers calling out politicians from the inside, we're in a climate where speaking out and speaking truth to power is often celebrated. But sometimes, we have reason to keep quiet. This week, Piya explores what leads people to silence themselves... and what impact that can have on us all.


#122: Together Again

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.


#97: Close Calls

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.


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

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...


#120: Mona Eltahawy's Seven Necessary Sins

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.


#119: Come to Pass

"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.


The personal and political tension of 'passing' while transgender

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.


#117: We Need to Talk About Stalking

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.


#90: Allies

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.