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We've Joined CBC Podcasts!

10/4/2018
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Have you heard? We joined CBC Podcasts! All new episodes will be published in our new feed. Subscribe here: http://hyperurl.co/secretlifeofcanada and check out the first episode of season two, all about the iconic Hudson's Bay point blanket. This feed will not be updated in the future, but we'll keep it up so you can still listen to your favourite season one episodes!

Duration:00:01:19

Season One Wrap Up

8/30/2018
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Season 1 is done, and we're taking a month off to work on season 2!

Duration:00:01:20

Shout Out to Fred Sasakamoose

8/30/2018
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Meet Chief Running Deer, Fred Sasakamoose of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, first Indigenous player in the NHL. Visit us: http://www.thesecretlifeofcanada.com. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secretlifeofcanada

Duration:00:03:11

The Secret Life of Statues

8/30/2018
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What do you have to do to get a statue in Canada? We put some of our most lauded historical figures on trial and deliberate their pros and cons. Who should be torn down and who should stay up? From the Famous Five to Terry Fox, we look at some of the best and worst. Visit us at http://www.thesecretlifeofcanada.com and support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/secretlifeofcanada

Duration:00:26:36

Shout Out to Irene Uchida

8/30/2018
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Meet Irene Uchida. A Japanese Canadian scientist, she was one of thousands of Japanese Canadians who were imprisoned as part of the Japanese Internment during WW11. Dr. Uchida went on to become a groundbreaking geneticist, transforming maternal and fetal heath around the world. Visit us: http://www.thesecretlifeofcanada.com. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secretlifeofcanada

Duration:00:02:51

The Secret Life of Canadian Snacks

8/30/2018
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Canada is full of its own weird and wonderful snacks. From Pizza Pops to ketchup chips, we dive into the history of Canadian food. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secretlifeofcanada

Duration:00:21:19

The Secret Life of the North

8/30/2018
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Nunavut has the largest landmass out of all the provinces and territories in Canada—and yet, it is the area that many of us know the least about. In this episode, we look at the forced relocation of the Inuit, the Eskimo Identification System, and the dog slaughter perpetrated by the Canadian government. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secretlifeofcanada

Duration:00:37:03

Shout Out to Jackie Shane

8/30/2018
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Meet Jackie Shane, the singer and trailblazer that came to prominence during Toronto's bustling Yonge Street music scene during the 60's. Visit us: http://www.thesecretlifeofcanada.com. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secretlifeofcanada

Duration:00:03:50

Shout Out to Kenojuak Ashevak

8/29/2018
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Bonus! Meet Kenojuak Ashevak, the world-renowned and multi-award winning artist and first lady of Inuit Art.

Duration:00:02:37

The Secret Life of New Brunswick (Bilingual)

8/29/2018
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How would we get anything done if not for New Brunswickers? Visit the country’s only bilingual province and meet the Acadians, the Maliseet, and generations of migrant workers. Hear local French dialects, and learn for yourself why NB’s “drive-through” reputation is a lie. *Note: This episode features interviews conducted in French.

Duration:00:42:49

The Secret Life of New Brunswick (Translated)

8/29/2018
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How would we get anything done if not for New Brunswickers? Visit the country’s only bilingual province and meet the Acadians, the Maliseet, and generations of migrant workers. Hear local French dialects, and learn for yourself why NB’s “drive-through” reputation is a lie. *Note: This version contains translated interviews. For the bilingual version, check our feed.

Duration:00:41:13

Shout Out to Beryl Potter

8/29/2018
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Bonus! Meet Beryl Potter, an early activist and advocate for rights of persons with disabilities who didn't take no for an answer.

Duration:00:03:00

The Secret Life of Niagara Falls

8/29/2018
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We dive into one of Canada’s most-visited tourist destinations—and self-professed honeymoon capital of the world—Niagara Falls, Ontario. First, we explore the falls’ geological formation and how they were divided between Canada and the United States. Next, all of the ways people have tried to make a buck off this natural wonder: from industrial polluters to daredevils in barrels to the wax museums of Clifton Hill. We also talk to some locals about what it’s like to live there, and find out...

Duration:00:33:01

Shout Out to Les Mouches Fantastiques

8/29/2018
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Meet Elsa Gidlow and Roswell George Mills, creators of North America’s first LGBTQ publication, Les Mouches Fantastiques.

Duration:00:02:08

The Secret Lives of Subversive Women

8/29/2018
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This episode might be the strangest piece of Canadiana we’ve found yet: and warning, it’s not suitable for children. First, we go deep down a rabbit hole to investigate Bear by Marian Engel, a novella that won the Governor-General’s Literary Award decades before it became an internet meme—because it’s all about lady/bear sex. Next, we explore first- and second-wave feminism and the lives of women in Canada during Bear’s time.

Duration:00:30:50

Shout Out to Abby Hoffman

8/29/2018
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Bonus! Meet Abby Hoffman former Olympian and trailblazer.

Duration:00:02:05

The Secret Life of Birchtown

8/29/2018
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What we do really know about the history of black people in Canada? Sure, there’s the Underground Railroad and the jazz prowess of Oscar Peterson—but what else? How about 200 years of slavery in Canada; the first race riot in North America; the false promise of “freedom and a farm”; or Birchtown, Nova Scotia, home to one of this country’s first settlements of black people.

Duration:00:38:26

Shout Out to Susan Olivia Poole

8/29/2018
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Bonus! Meet Susan Olivia Poole, the first Indigenous woman to receive a patent with an invention that has been sold all over the world.

Duration:00:01:52

The Secret Life of Ipperwash

8/29/2018
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Ah, dock life—a crackling fire and the sound of loons on the water. But where does cottage country come from? In one part of Ontario, we look at how the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation were pushed off their land to make way for cottages, a park and even an army base.

Duration:00:31:39