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Atlantic Voice is the home of east coast documentary storytelling. Settle in for thoughtful radio docs and interviews that dive deep into the people of Atlantic Canada and what they're up to.


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Atlantic Voice is the home of east coast documentary storytelling. Settle in for thoughtful radio docs and interviews that dive deep into the people of Atlantic Canada and what they're up to.




Inclusion, Cup by Cup

One chilly February night in 2017, three parents met up to brainstorm how their teenagers with disabilities could find work after graduation. What followed is a story of perseverance, community... and a good cup of coffee. A documentary by Maeve McFadden that first aired in June, 2023.


Big in Germany?

With all the hype and/or hope around green hydrogen, we're asking: what's the deal with everyone seeming to want to sell it to Germany? Could we be using it here? A transatlantic talk about the renewable energy industry in its infancy on the east coast.


Farming the Underwater Forest

From nurturing baby seaweed in a garage, to serving up it for supper: there's a world of possibilities growing around kelp in Nova Scotia. Freelance producer Moira Donovan dives into the fledgling industry that could support a new wave of people making a living from the sea, even as the climate changes.


The Squid in the Spongebath

This is the story of a giant squid, 150 years ago, that got its photo taken. It's a strange photo, with an even stranger history to match. The CBC's Mike Rossiter follows the giant squid's mystery from St. John's, to Yale University, to deep below the sea. (And if you want to see the picture at the heart of it all, we recommend Googling "Moses Harvey giant squid.")


What history looks like through a Mi'kmaw lens

In Mi'kmaw culture, history doesn't just belong in the past. "We talk about history like it's got a direct impact on the present, because it does," says Mercedes Peters. Mercedes is a Mi'kmaw historian based in Halifax, and she joins us to explore how the fundamental concepts of time and history play out across Mi'kmaki.


The Living Wake

Throughout his life, Craig Mackie used his voice to help others. And he decided to do the same as he faced death, and his choice of medical assistance in dying. A encore presentation of a documentary by Jessica Doria-Brown, first aired in March 2023.


King Tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna was once so commercially worthless their bodies were dumped or buried. How did tuna become so prized - and how did one man's tagging efforts lead to a greater understanding of the fish? Karen Pinchin, author of "Kings of Their Own Ocean: Tuna, Obsession and the Future of our Seas" stops by to tell the tuna's story.


The Grand Old Willow Tree

A single tree in St. John's leads to a bunch of Lorax-like questions: who speaks for the trees, and what happens when we listen to them? An exploration of urban forests and the trees in our lives, from producer Bojan Furst.


We weren't heroes: Health-care workers on COVID

It turns out the start of the pandemic didn't feel particularly heroic to the people regularly being called heroes. 2 Halifax-based doctors and co-editors of The Covid Journals: Health Care Workers Write The Pandemic break apart that narrative and talk about the messy job of working through lockdowns while trying to do the best by your patients, society and yourself.


Forward From Fiona

Does it feel like a year since Fiona walloped the east coast? Not to some people on PEI's north shore who are still picking up the pieces, in the shadow of another storm coming their way. A story of rebuilding and finding strength amid the climate crisis, from CBC PEI's Nicola MacLeod.


The Minister and the Movies.

Rev. Sydney Bradbrook had one addiction: movies. But he didn't have electricity. This is the story of his plan to feed his movie need, in 1950s outport Newfoundland. A story first aired on Atlantic Voice in March 2022.


How To Live When You Are Leaving

"I can't go to the future. It terrifies me. I can't go to the past. I get too sad. And so we have today," says Sheree Fitch. She and husband Gilles Plante have been trying to live in the moment since his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2017, with joys and lows along the way. Follow their journey in this moving documentary from CBC producer Myfanwy Davies.


Best of AV: Behind the Fairy Door

Fairies aren't just for little kids. Explore Nova Scotia's fairy beliefs - from Gaelic, Acadian, and Mi'kmaw traditions - and meet the believers, as producer Maryanne McLarty asks: why do so many adults seem to lose the ability to indulge in fairy wonder? An episode first broadcast in the fall of 2022.


Best of AV: Storytime

Stephen Miller's criminal record runs 8 pages. But his journals are way longer: a writing passion kickstarted in prison, and a passion he's now pursuing as he emerges from addiction in the outside world. An award-winning documentary from 2018, produced by Caroline Hillier.


Best of AV: The Bonavista Project

Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula has bet big on arts and culture as a way forward for its rural communities. But what happens when its premiere art festival begins asking tough questions about everything from climate change to colonialism? An encore broadcast featuring the 2021 Bonavista Biennale (the 2023 edition runs from August 19 to Sept 17).


Best of AV: Outside the Monastery

Meet some of the Buddhist nuns who make their home in the eastern corner of PEI. They're often the subject of curiosity, but when they looked to expand their residences - they found confrontation instead. A encore presentation of Janna Graham's intriguing documentary from January.


Local car show and parade surpasses all expectations

An impromptu car show and parade that took place for senior Winfield Harnett yesterday has gone down as an overwhelming success. We heard from attendees and Harnett himself on how it went.


A local rugby player is hitting the big leagues

A teenage rugby player from this province has had a summer to remember. We spoke to James Noftall about playing across the country (and internationally!) with Team Canada.


How Harm reduction can lessen the impact of drug overdoses in the province.

A rash of overdose deaths has advocates in this province wondering about what supports are out there and when more will be available. We talked to Jane Henderson, a harm reduction consultant for NL Health Services about harm reduction in the province.


Naloxone kits and how you can learn to use them.

One key aspect of harm reduction is creating better access to naloxone kits, which can help save lives in overdose cases. But once you have a Naloxone kit, you also need to know how to use it. We spoke with St. John Ambulance instructor Heather McCarthy about their free opioid poisoning response training program.