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The Doc Project

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

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

The Hopeless Mountain

9/17/2018
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While desperately trying to make space in his home for his girlfriend to move in, Tom Howell unearths 20 years of unfinished To-Do lists. He dubs the chaos "The Hopeless Mountain". What follows is a personal quest in which Tom sets out to master the art of completing a To-Do list. For once.

Duration:00:27:40

Medieval Combat

9/10/2018
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Steve Pearson has had more than his share of challenges. Born with a short femur, he had 26 surgeries on his right leg throughout his childhood and teens. But the surgeries didn't stick, and at 20 his leg was amputated. So what did Steve do? He joined The Company of The White Wolf - Yukon's medieval combat team. Now, Steve is on his way to Scotland to compete against the best knights in the world. And he has a lot to prove.

Duration:00:27:40

Auntie Karrie

9/3/2018
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Karrie Würmann always knew she was adopted. But only last year did she learn the context of that adoption, when a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights introduced her to the Sixties Scoop. This new information changed how she saw her past and her family. Now, Karrie has decided to return to the people and community she was taken from. And her adoptive nephew, Isaac, is going with her.

Duration:00:27:40

Beulah's Beach (Summer Rebroadcast)

8/27/2018
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Beulah Chandler was on her favourite Cape Breton beach when she saw the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen. It was Duncan Gillis, a stranger, helping his ailing wife walk. Beulah posted a video of the couple online. Forty thousand views later, their story is only beginning, starting with the real reason Beulah was on the beach that day. (Originally aired April 30, 2018)

Duration:00:30:56

All the people on my street (Summer Rebroadcast)

8/20/2018
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Tom Howell has lived in his house in Toronto's East York neighbourhood for 15 years. But last year, he learned that there was a New Year's Eve party for the people on his street... and he hadn't been invited. This discovery, and the realization that he has only learned the names of 5 people on his street in 15 years, leads Tom on a quest to find out what exactly it means to be a good neighbour. (Originally aired March 5, 2018)

Duration:00:29:17

Amber Valley (Summer Rebroadcast)

8/13/2018
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"Where are you from, from?" Jesse Lipscombe is tired of being asked this question. Especially because the people asking never seem to accept his answer. Jesse is 4th generation Canadian and his family hail from Amber Valley, Alberta, a community formed by black settlers in 1908. (Originally aired February 27, 2018)

Duration:00:27:39

Wait, is that my sister? (Summer Rebroadcast)

8/6/2018
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Coral and Candace always knew they had a long-lost half-sister, Machelle. They also knew they'd never meet her - they thought she'd been adopted by a family, somewhere far away. But it turns out that for almost 50 years, their sister had been living right under their noses. (Originally aired March 13, 2018)

Duration:00:27:39

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes of "Dungeon Master for Hire"

7/31/2018
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A hilarious, behind-the-scenes chat between Acey Rowe and Pete Morey, producer of the documentary "Dungeon Master for Hire". Find out how much it costs to hire your very own Dungeon Master, and hear the story of how three bags of chips almost ruined the doc. (Originally released November, 2017)

Duration:00:15:38

Dungeon Master for Hire (Summer Rebroadcast)

7/31/2018
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John Dempsey was in a career crisis until he took a chance on his life's obsession - Dungeons & Dragons. But could he make a living with the game? Things weren't looking good... until help came from an unexpected source: Netflix. (Originally aired October 31, 2017)

Duration:00:27:59

Quest for the Golden Spurtle (Summer Rebroadcast)

7/23/2018
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Held in a tiny Scottish village every year, the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship is a "grueling" business. (Originally aired January 2, 2018)

Duration:00:29:44

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: advice from a porridge champion

7/23/2018
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Acey speaks with two-time porridge making champion, Neal Robertson (2010 winner of the Golden Spurtle and 2011 Speciality winner) and Canadian hopeful, Denise Wright Ryback, who will be competing at the World Porridge Making Championship for the first time this year. Listen as Acey admits the arguably disgusting way that she eats porridge to Neal... PLUS hear Neal's advice for Denise as a first time competitor.

Duration:00:18:14

Blackflies and Bears (Summer Rebroadcast)

7/20/2018
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It's a quintessentially Canadian story: the wildlife run in. From The Doc Project's vaults, two stories about bears and what happens when you run into them on their turf. Plus, an updated intro from Acey about her new (and unwelcome) furry roommates. Happy camping! (Originally aired May 2017.)

Duration:00:27:40

Evidence of a Father (Summer Rebroadcast)

7/17/2018
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Author Camilla Gibb's father was brilliant, talented, but also menacing. Thirty years after he disappeared, Camilla got a message from a doctor saying, "I believe I am taking care of your father." Suddenly Camilla knew where he was... and what had happened to him. The discovery sent Camilla on a journey into her past and across the country. (Originally aired April 17, 2018)

Duration:00:28:44

Engaged at 14 (Summer Rebroadcast)

7/9/2018
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Sadia Rafiquddin was a Grade 9 student in Mississauga, Ontario, when her mother said to her, "Your dad and I got a proposal from my sister. Would you agree to marrying her son?" Sadia said yes. She was 14 years old. (Originally aired September 5, 2017. Winner of two silver medals at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.)

Duration:00:28:17

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Forced marriage in Canada

7/9/2018
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Acey Rowe speaks with Aruna Boodram from The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario about the issue of forced marriage in Canada. Boodram is a licensed paralegal and project coordinator for SALCO's "Non-Consensual/Forced Marriage Project".

Duration:00:17:25