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The Doc Project is a CBC summer radio series that celebrates documentaries and audio storytelling. Each episode showcases original Canadian documentaries and introduces listeners to the people on the other side of the microphone. It's a behind-the-scenes peek at the joys, frustrations and challenges of documentary production.

The Doc Project is a CBC summer radio series that celebrates documentaries and audio storytelling. Each episode showcases original Canadian documentaries and introduces listeners to the people on the other side of the microphone. It's a behind-the-scenes peek at the joys, frustrations and challenges of documentary production.
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Toronto, Ontario

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CBC

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The Doc Project is a CBC summer radio series that celebrates documentaries and audio storytelling. Each episode showcases original Canadian documentaries and introduces listeners to the people on the other side of the microphone. It's a behind-the-scenes peek at the joys, frustrations and challenges of documentary production.

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English


Episodes

Winning the Punk Rock Lottery

1/14/2019
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Mike Hodsall is one of those guys who never gave up on his big dream. He's wanted to be a rock star since he was a kid. But the closest he got was his AC/DC cover band, BC/DC - where Mike dressed up in a cow suit for laughs. Mike was poor and pushing 40. It looked like his dream would never become reality. But then, in a twist of fate, Mike found himself in Canada's most legendary punk band: D.O.A., playing beside his hero, 62-year-old frontman Joey "Sh*thead" Keithley.

Duration:00:29:33

This is for Andrea

1/7/2019
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Beverly Ndukwu was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was two years old. Out of four siblings, she was the only one in her family with the disease. But then a fifth sibling came along - Beverly's baby sister Andrea. She had sickle cell too. The sisters developed a special bond, until the disease took Andrea's life. Now, 12 years after Andrea's death, Beverly is living on with sickle cell. And turning her anger into action.

Duration:00:28:15

Castle of Ouds

12/31/2018
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"My name is Radwan Altaleb. I'm a musician. My instrument is oud. I'm from Syria. Music is my life, and my life is music."To Radwan Altaleb, now living in Canada, the oud is more than a musical instrument. It's a means of remembering his life in Syria. Radwan's passion for the oud has led him to amass more than 60 instruments - from dozens of the finest makers across the Middle East. It's one of the largest individual oud collections in the world. But he still can't stop thinking about the...

Duration:00:28:09

Big Food, Big Feels (Rebroadcast)

12/24/2018
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The holidays can be joyful, but they can also be tough - especially for those who've lost family members. Jennifer Warren takes on her late dad's perplexing mincemeat recipe (with ingredients ranging from Guinness to rutabaga). ALSO, following her mother's death, 18-year-old Toula Nikas taught herself to cook to keep her family together. (Originally aired December 19, 2017)

Duration:00:28:39

Amazing Grace

12/17/2018
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One day, Doc Project producer Veronica Simmonds was walking down Grace Street in Toronto, eating a slice of pizza, when she stumbled upon a plaque. It was dedicated to Grace Bagnato. In 1921, Grace became one of the first female court interpreters in Canada. But that's just the start of it... Follow Veronica's journey uncovering the legacy of the amazing Grace Bagnato.

Duration:00:28:05

The Children of Fairbridge Farm

12/10/2018
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From the 1860s to the 1940s, more than 100,000 British children were separated from their families and sent to Canada. They were known as British Home Children, and were often treated as free farm labour. Fairbridge Farm, on Vancouver Island, was supposed to be different. The farm school promised better training, and a better life. But it didn't always work out that way. Now, a legacy of "Fairbridgians" and their children are looking for answers.

Duration:00:28:07

A Tale of Two Jennifers

12/3/2018
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Two different Jennifers, at 11 years old, take flight towards a whole new identity. Jennifer Yoon came to Canada when she was 11. But when she arrived, she had only been "Jennifer" for a few minutes. On the flight from Korea, her mom told her to choose a more Western name. Now, 14 years later, Jennifer is wondering - should she make it official and become Jennifer legally? PLUS the night before her Grade 6 school photo, Jennifer Warren walked into the hair salon across the road from her...

Duration:00:28:07

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Music from "The Pipeliner Wives Club"

11/26/2018
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Adrienne Pan, producer of the documentary "The Pipeliner Wives Club," speaks to singer-songwriter Chelsea Savage about music, inspiration, and the pipeline life. This behind the scenes conversation pairs with the episode "The Pipeliner Wives Club."

Duration:00:15:31

The Pipeliner Wives Club

11/26/2018
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Adrienne Pan is a host at CBC Edmonton. Her husband, Ben, is a utility welder who works on pipelines. When they first met, Ben had decided to leave that life behind. Then, three years into their marriage, he got back into it. Ben is now on a seven-month Enbridge contract, living over 1,000 km away from his wife. This is not the marriage Adrienne had in mind. So, she's reaching out to a group she's suddenly found herself a part of - a group she calls "The Pipeliner Wives Club."

Duration:00:30:22

Addict Samaritan

11/20/2018
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Danny MacKillop was homeless and struggling with addiction, stealing to get money for his next high. But when a Toronto special constable left $40 in an ATM, Danny chased him down and returned the money. The officer posted about Danny's good deed on Facebook and tagged him. Danny's mother, Mary, hadn't seen him in 8 years, but she saw the post. Mary knew immediately what she had to do. She packed a bag and flew from her home in Cape Breton to Toronto, to search the streets for her son, and...

Duration:00:28:01

Addict Samaritan

11/19/2018
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Danny MacKillop was homeless and struggling with addiction, stealing to get money for his next high. But when a Toronto special constable left $40 in an ATM, Danny chased him down and returned the money. The officer posted about Danny's good deed on Facebook and tagged him. Danny's mother, Mary, hadn't seen him in 8 years, but she saw the post. Mary knew immediately what she had to do. She packed a bag and flew from her home in Cape Breton to Toronto, to search the streets for her son, and...

Duration:00:27:31

Music in the Attic

11/12/2018
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After Pat Maloney's death, his widow, Joanne, found dozens of tapes hidden away in the attic. Now she's called up her neighbour who's a musician to help digitize them. He presses play. And just like that, a neighbour and a family discover the hidden life of Pat Maloney.

Duration:00:27:35

Going The Distance

11/5/2018
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When Sarah Roselen got sick, she got sick fast. What she thought was bronchitis, or maybe pneumonia, turned out to be Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, an aggressive cancer. And just like that, her life in remote Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, was put on hold. For months of harsh chemotherapy, she's had to relocate to Edmonton, a 14-hour drive away from her partner and young son. But Sarah is finding a surrogate family in her new Edmonton home: Compassion House, where women with cancer from...

Duration:00:27:39

Psychic Pet Detective

10/29/2018
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Robert Lindblad is a self-described psychic in Montreal. His friends say he developed this ability after a traumatic childhood accident. Robert doesn't charge for his services... like when Portland, Oregon's Lisa Lieberman swears he helped find her beloved Dachshund-Yorkie mix, Lucy, in real time, using Google Maps, from over 4,000 kilometres away. And when a Montreal couple were thrilled to learn the whereabouts of their beloved grey tabby, Titite. Learn more about the man who pet owners...

Duration:00:27:36

The Invisible Woman

10/22/2018
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In Canada, more than 200 languages are spoken. So how does this play out in our hospitals? For palliative care physician Evan Schneider, communicating bad news is a fundamental part of the job. Every day he has to navigate emotionally charged conversations - sometimes with patients don't speak the same language as him. Meanwhile, Maria Anna Calamia tries to be invisible at work. It's her job as a medical interpreter - translating between doctors and patients who don't speak the same...

Duration:00:26:35

The Skinny Twin

10/15/2018
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Bridget and Brianna are identical twins. And they are really close. Growing up, they had the same friends, liked the same sports, and shared everything - except Bridget had and eating disorder and Brianna didn't. Now, a decade since the height of Bridget's illness, the twins are asking if their DNA is identical, why did this happen?

Duration:00:27:40

Raising Hair

10/8/2018
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Amelia "Ed" Pittbrooke will never forget the first time she walked into a barbershop. She was hoping to finally get what she'd always wanted - a typical men's haircut. But it didn't go according to plan. Lots of people have a bad haircut story, but for LGBTQ people, getting your hair cut can be a minefield. ALSO, for almost 20 years Tej Swatch was in a battle... with his beard. And his beard was winning. The story of the lengths one man went to to conquer his beard.

Duration:00:27:40

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes with John Alex McDonald

10/1/2018
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Acey speaks with John Alex McDonald and Alison Cook, subject/writer and producer, respectively, of the essay "Can't Remember, Can't Forget." They discuss making a piece about early-onset Alzheimer's while navigating the effects of the disease. This behind the scenes conversation pairs with the episode "All I Have Is Now."

Duration:00:15:58

All I Have Is Now

10/1/2018
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Looking back, there were warning signs. Starting in his late fifties, John Alex McDonald would forget things. He would continually misplace his keys and his wallet, but he chalked it up to absent-mindedness. Then, one day, he was driving on the highway and suddenly forgot everything. Where he was. Who he was. It was 10 minutes before he remembered, and his new reality set in. PLUS, when author Ivan Coyote went to visit their 97-year-old grandma for the last time, they'd been warned that...

Duration:00:28:10

Toronto Blind Jays

9/24/2018
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The Jays have one big dream: to make it to the World Series. Not the Toronto Blue Jays... the Toronto Blind Jays! They play "Beep Ball" - baseball for the blind, so named because the ball beeps, as do the bases. The Blind Jays are Canada's only blind baseball team. They're headed to the World Series of Beep Ball in Wisconsin, determined to beat their rivals and move up in the rankings. One beep at a time.

Duration:00:27:40