Out In The Open

28 EpisodesProduced by CBC Radio

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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#101: Esther Perel

February 16th, 2019


Relationships are central to our health, happiness and even lifespan. And yet, loneliness is cutting across generations, hurting our health, and its rise has been called an "epidemic". So where does that leave us?

This …

#66: Last Words

February 9th, 2019


The last words you ever say -- or the ones said about you -- can be like the closing chapter of your life story. This week, Piya explores the …

#100: Hidden Homlessness

February 2nd, 2019


Nearly one in 10 Canadians have reported experiencing "hidden homelessness", when you temporarily have nowhere to stay, so you resort to things like couch surfing and sleeping in your car. This week, Piya sheds light on …

#99: Opening Up Adoption

January 26th, 2019


Adoption can be bittersweet for everyone involved. At best, it results in a happy, healthy family. But it can also carry a load of conflict, …

#98: Whither Gender?

January 19th, 2019


We hear more and more everyday how people are rejecting the genders male and female, and embracing different ways to identify. This week, Piya …

#97: Close Calls

January 12th, 2019


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 …

#96: If Memory Serves

January 5th, 2019


We tend to be more confident in our memories than we should be. And yet, memory is still held to be such an important decider in the criminal justice …

#72: Reputation

December 29th, 2018


How you are seen in the wider world can change on a dime, whether you're caught up in a major news story, called out in public or make a misstep online. This week, Piya speaks with people whose characters became warped …

#23: Holiday Survival Guide

December 22nd, 2018


The holidays can be uncomfortable, difficult and downright awkward. So Out in the Open's got your back with this hour all about how to survive the …

#95: See Ya, 2018

December 15th, 2018


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 2018 to find out what their lives are like …

#94: Community Creators

December 8th, 2018


More Canadians are living in cities than ever before. But research shows that as these centres grow, social supports aren't keeping up, and all that …

#93: World AIDS Day Turns 30

December 1st, 2018


This week, Piya asks Canadians who have HIV what's changed about life with the virus in the 30 years since the first World AIDS Day in 1988.

#68: Crossing Divides

November 24th, 2018


We have more ways than ever to communicate with each other. Yet even with all our discourse, it seems we're more divided than ever too, entrenched in …

#92: Make it Right

November 17th, 2018


Over the last year, we've heard countless stories of women who say they've been wronged and seen powerful men called out for their bad behaviour. So …

#75: Split Loyalty

November 10th, 2018


Have you ever been torn between two ideals, causes or people... and can't quite figure where your allegiance should lie? This week, Piya speaks with …

Introducing Season Two of Other People's Problems

November 4th, 2018


Other People's Problems takes listeners behind the doors of real life therapy sessions. In season two, therapist Hillary McBride and her clients tackle heartbreak, new love, and, as you're about to hear, co-parenting …

#91: Crisis Reactors

November 3rd, 2018


Between natural disasters, targeted attacks, and everyday run-of-the mill accidents, we hear about crises happening to other people on the news all the time. This week, Piya speaks with people who were there when crisis …

#90: Allies

October 27th, 2018


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. …

#61: Cut Through Hate

October 20th, 2018


From strident political divides, to protesting other people at rallies, to numerous stories of harassment and assault...it feels like hate is all …

#89: #MeToo and You

October 13th, 2018


It was one year ago this month that the hashtag #MeToo took off, motivating victims of sexual harassment and assault to go public about their …

EXTRA: 'They are the forgotten victims': Ex-inmate says kids of incarcerated parents need more support

October 7th, 2018


How do you rebuild after family separation, especially when it happened as a result of a choice you made to break the law? In this podcast extra, …

#88: Parent-Child Separation

October 6th, 2018


North Americans were shocked when they discovered thousands of kids were divided from their families as part of the Trump administration's "zero …

#87: Inside Haley House

September 28th, 2018


This week, Piya Chattopadhyay visits an Ontario halfway house that specifically caters to older offenders on parole. Prison advocates argue we need …

#86: The Aftermath of Mass Tragedy (Part Two)

September 22nd, 2018


In the second part of a two-episode edition of Out in the Open, Piya explores what happens in the aftermath of mass tragedy through the lens of the Toronto van attack that rocked the city and country on April 23, 2018. …

#85: The Aftermath of Mass Tragedy (Part One)

September 15th, 2018


On April 23, 2018 a man in a van barreled into pedestrians in north Toronto, killing 10 and injuring 16. The attack rocked the city and reverberated across the country. In the first part of a two-episode edition of Out …

#84: Patrick Brazeau's Quiet Comeback

September 8th, 2018


Once a rising Indigenous leader with a Senate seat at 34, Patrick Brazeau says he hit 'rock bottom' after facing a string of charges for breach of …

#52: Ageing*

September 1st, 2018


When we imagine old age, we tend to picture - and fear - mental decline, physical breakdown, and loss of independence. This week, Piya speaks with …

#83: The Secret Lives of Parents

August 25th, 2018


How well do you really know your parents? This week, Piya speaks with people who discovered bombshells about their folks that didn't just change how …

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