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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#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 …

#59: Unintended Consequences

August 18th, 2018

You set out to do something. You have the best of intentions. You can almost taste that golden carrot just dangling in the distance. The dream may be …

#49: Modern Family

August 11th, 2018

What does your family look like? If you're on trend [and we're sure you are]... it's probably more complex than mom, dad and 2.3 kids. This week, Piya goes nuclear on the so-called 'nuclear family' and asks: What makes …

#62: After Escape

August 4th, 2018

We love stories of escape. They're high stakes. There's drama. They often have happy resolutions. But we don't often consider the other side of …

#57: Rewriting History

July 28th, 2018

We're at a time of reckoning over what to do with people, objects and facts of history that are at once significant... but also troubled. This week, …

#55: Can Robots Be Human?

July 21st, 2018

We often talk about technology as a matter of threat versus convenience. But now more than ever, it's encroaching on the things that make us... us. …

#48: Blacklisted

July 14th, 2018

It's one thing to feel left out and excluded from opportunities. But what happens when you're officially cut out or cut off? Piya will speak with people who've been blacklisted.

#82: Sense of Dread

July 7th, 2018

Dread, that gnawing-and for some debilitating-feeling that something bad is going to happen, it's in the air. Just look at how much of our entertainment these days is based on a doomsday premise. From facing it head on, …

#46: Hyphen State

June 30th, 2018

As Canada marks 151 years as a country we repeat our Canada Day episode from last year. Piya speaks with people about the words that so often live on the left side of our national identities and their relationship to …

#81: Done and Done

June 23rd, 2018

From confronting addiction to quitting your job, there are myriad ways we all hit the brakes in life. But sometimes the toughest part can be knowing when to stop. This week, Piya asks: When is it time to say, 'I'm done'?
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