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Out In The Open

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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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#93: World AIDS Day

November 30th, 2019


This week, we revisit our 2018 episode that marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Piya speaks with Canadians who have HIV to find out what's changed about life with the virus since the occasion was first …

#126: DIY Justice

November 23rd, 2019


We have systems in place to bring justice to those who've been wronged. But we also know these systems aren't perfect, and even when a decision is meted out, it may not feel like justice to some. This week, Piya asks: …

#125: Ibram X. Kendi Wants to Reframe Racism

November 16th, 2019


By choice and by circumstance, Ibram X. Kendi has devoted his life to this thing we call race. As a black man, he says he's both experienced and perpetrated racism throughout his life. As an author and historian, he's …

#114: Support Systems

November 9th, 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 …

Introducing Hunting Warhead

November 5th, 2019


A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they …

#124: Bearing Witness

November 2nd, 2019


Observing other people's experiences of trauma can breed understanding and spur action. But it can also have a profound impact on the person who's watching. This week, Piya asks: How does bearing witness change you?

#123: Silence Yourself

October 26th, 2019


From the scores of people who've declared #MeToo, to whistleblowers calling out politicians from the inside, we're in a climate where speaking out …

#122: Together Again

October 19th, 2019


We tend to glorify occasions when families are reunited. But those moments are just the start of what can often be long, difficult paths. This week, …

#97: Close Calls

October 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 …

#121: Kim Campbell Is Still Waiting for Another Woman to Lead Canada

October 5th, 2019


As Canada's first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell capitalized on her appeal as a new kind of politician, using her gender and straight-shooting …

#120: Mona Eltahawy's Seven Necessary Sins

September 28th, 2019


Mona Eltahawy lives by two credos: Defy, disobey and disrupt... and f@#% the patriarchy. In her book "The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls", the Egyptian-American author and activist proposes her manifesto for …

#119: Come to Pass

September 21st, 2019


"Passing" is the ability to be read as something you are not. While is can be a privilege for some people, it can also come with unforeseen consequences for both them and those who see them. This week, Piya explores the …

The personal and political tension of 'passing' while transgender

September 21st, 2019


Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard identifies as a transgender woman. But when she walks down the street, she says people often see her as a woman who was assigned female at birth (also known as cisgender). Blanchard tells Piya …

#118: Believe It or Not

September 14th, 2019


How do you choose what to believe? Most of us are drawn to mainstream consensus, but some don't want to let facts get in the way of their convictions. This week, Piya explores why people believe in things most others …

#117: We Need to Talk About Stalking

September 7th, 2019


About 1 in 20 Canadians say they've been victims of stalking, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. And yet, some victims say we don't take it seriously enough as a society. This week, Piya digs into …

#90: Allies

August 31st, 2019


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. …

#105: If Truth Be Told

August 24th, 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 …

#99: Opening Up Adoption

August 17th, 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, …

#91: Crisis Reactors

August 10th, 2019


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 …

#94: Community Creators

August 3rd, 2019


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 …

#101: Esther Perel

July 29th, 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 …

#87: Inside Haley House

July 20th, 2019


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

#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 …

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