Out In The Open

26 EpisodesProduced by CBC Radio

Out in the Open brings you real talk about real life. Each week, Piya and the team tackle one timely topic from many different angles with energy, wit, and journalistic rigour. We hear directly from a diverse range of people with personal stories to tell and passionate opinions to share, and invite … read more

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#79: Family Tree

July 13th, 2019


We all inherit so much from our families. And whether what gets passed down to you is helpful or hurtful, it's common to want to set yourself apart …

#96: If Memory Serves

July 6th, 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 …

#46: Hyphen State

June 29th, 2019


To mark this Canada Day weekend, we revisit our episode from 2017, in which Piya speaks with people about the words that so often live on the left side of our national identities... and how they can affect our …

#116: Holding On

June 22nd, 2019


Soon after Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral burned, a global fundraiser was launched to rebuild it. The effort sparked debate among those who believed in …

#115: The Special Edition

June 15th, 2019


When we call someone 'exceptional', it's often for something enviable, like being top of your class, or most successful in your field of work. But …

#114: Support Systems

June 8th, 2019


We all need a hand from other people now and then. But sometimes, admitting that you require support and showing that you're vulnerable can take a …

#113: Put to the Test

June 1st, 2019


DNA tests have exploded over the past few years. And while they have a scientific basis, their accuracy is debatable. But what the results have led …

#67: Breaking Silence

May 25th, 2019


For months, we've been hearing countless people speak out about sexual assault and harassment, as part of the #MeToo movement. As a whole, it can …

#112: Feeling Full

May 18th, 2019


Our celebrations revolve around it. It's taken over reality shows, social media posts and travel guides... and of course, you need it to live. But …

#111: Legacy Projects

May 11th, 2019


We all want to build a strong legacy for ourselves - something we can be proud of. But when a wrench gets thrown into your life story, you've got to find a way to make it right. This week, Piya asks: How do you manage a …

#110: Point of Pride

May 4th, 2019


We all want to feel proud of who we are, the work we do and the values we hold strong. But left unchecked, pride can turn into an outsized feeling of …

#109: Asylum Seekers

April 27th, 2019


Kaleb, an asylum seeker from Ethiopia, says he fled his homeland to come to Canada as a result of political persecution. Our producer, Sam Colbert, …

#83: The Secret Lives of Parents

April 20th, 2019


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 …

#108: Switching Sides

April 13th, 2019


In this time when people are so polarized, dug into their camps, and listening to their own echo chambers, changing our minds and actions can be …

#107: Call-out Culture

April 6th, 2019


A phenomenon known as "call-out culture" has emerged, where people publicly denounce words and actions they consider to be untoward, and often …

#106: Fighting Falsehoods

March 30th, 2019


We can all play a role in spreading falsehoods, whether it's office gossip, sharing stuff on social media that turns out to be fake, or just being …

#105: If Truth Be Told

March 23rd, 2019


From so-called 'fake news' to reports of gaslighting by survivors of abuse, we're wrestling with the nature of truth on political and cultural levels …

#80: Impostors

March 16th, 2019


No matter how confident you are in your own skin or how experienced you are at what you do, both in work and in life, many of us have times when we feel like we're faking it. This week, Piya asks: How do you deal with …

#104: Doing Justice

March 9th, 2019


As Canadians have been debating what a fair and just punishment should look like for the driver in the Humboldt Broncos crash, one perspective has …

#103: Inside Job

March 2nd, 2019


When someone asks "What do you do for a living?", you might have an easy answer. But for people who've been laid off, have unfulfilling jobs, and …

#102: Helplessness

February 23rd, 2019


Do you ever feel helpless? Like you have no power to effect change? This week, Piya speaks with people who've been there to discover how they cope with feelings of helplessness in the face of big, global challenges... …

#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 …

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