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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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#96: If Memory Serves

May 30th, 2020


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 …

Introducing Season 3 of Other People’s Problems

May 26th, 2020


On Season 3 of Other People’s Problems, host Hillary McBride takes you where microphones rarely go, into her therapy office where her clients hurt, …

#124: Bearing Witness

May 23rd, 2020


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?

#99: Opening Up Adoption

May 16th, 2020


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, …

#126: DIY Justice

May 9th, 2020


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: …

#83: The Secret Lives of Parents

May 2nd, 2020


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 …

#101: Esther Perel

April 25th, 2020


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 …

#129: Inside Infertility

April 18th, 2020


Infertility affects about one in six couples in Canada and many individuals not in partnerships. And while there are many ways to make a family, not being able to conceive can deeply affect some people's identities and …

#122: Together Again

April 11th, 2020


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, …

#105: If Truth Be Told

April 4th, 2020


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 …

#116: Holding On

March 28th, 2020


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 …

#123: Silence Yourself

March 21st, 2020


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 …

#107: Call-out Culture

March 14th, 2020


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

#91: Crisis Reactors

March 7th, 2020


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 …

#119: Come to Pass

February 29th, 2020


"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

February 29th, 2020


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 …

#80: Impostors

February 22nd, 2020


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 …

#113: Put to the Test

February 15th, 2020


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 …

#125: Ibram X. Kendi Wants to Reframe Racism

February 8th, 2020


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 …

Introducing Uncover: Satanic Panic

February 5th, 2020


Throughout the 1980s, Satanic cults were widely believed to be terrorizing and torturing children. There were hundreds of false allegations and …

#130: Beyond the Con

February 1st, 2020


From those annoying phone scams to email hacks, bank fraud to catfishing... it can sometimes feel like everywhere you turn, there's a con just waiting to happen. But being taken advantage of like this can cut way deeper …

#111: Legacy Projects

January 25th, 2020


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 …

#117: We Need to Talk About Stalking

January 18th, 2020


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 …

#115: The Special Edition

January 11th, 2020


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 …

#108: Switching Sides

December 28th, 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 …

#118: Believe It or Not

December 21st, 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 …

#128: See Ya, 2019

December 14th, 2019


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 2019 to find out what their lives are like …

#127: Choosing Sex Work

December 7th, 2019


It's said to be the oldest profession in the world. But even so, sex work is still one of the most stigmatized ways to make a living. In part, that's …

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