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37 EpisodesProduced by CBC PodcastsWebsite

Sleepover host Sook-Yin Lee brings together three complete strangers for 24 hours to talk about what’s difficult and try to make it better.

37 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

Native Child and the Full Moon 1: The Search

May 29th, 2018


Sook-Yin Lee, on a quest for an institution to sleep over in, finds Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a Children’s Aid Society, where she meets three Indigenous youth. Hear what life is like for them, their …

Native Child and the Full Moon 2: Caterina

May 29th, 2018


Caterina Sinclair (Saulteaux Ojibway Nation, Spawning & Manila, Philippines) spent 6 difficult years in foster care. She’s grounded, smart, …

Native Child and the Full Moon 3: Tegan

May 29th, 2018


Tegan Smallwood, 15, isn’t sure which nation she's from because her mom was adopted during the Sixties Scoop. A few years ago, her family went through a rough patch. Now, she wants to unpack it. How can she approach …

Native Child and the Full Moon 4: Jordan

May 29th, 2018


Jordan Lonechild-Lavalley (Plains, Cree & Ojibway, Saskatchewan). Childhood struggles helped build his strong character. Now he wants to be a social worker but can be quick to snap at people. How can he curb his …

Sleepover Check In 2: Perfect Strangers Return to an Imperfect World

June 26th, 2017


Perfect strangers sequester themselves for 24 hours to help each other. But what happens when they return to an imperfect world? Sook-Yin Lee checks in with guests from Toronto and Peterborough to find out.

Peterborough I: Trudy's Family Feud

June 19th, 2017


Deep in the Canadian wilderness arrives Trudy Wilson— realtor, long distance swimmer, and devoted mom.

Family is important to Trudy, but since her mom’s death, she’s been battling with her big brother. Can strangers …

Peterborough II: Orville Needs Out

June 19th, 2017


Orville Thertell -- a typical affable Canadian--might be too nice. Orville’s being taken advantage of, but can’t put his foot down.

Sequestered in a boathouse in the woods, can tough talk from a city guy and a realtor …

Peterborough III: Oseko's Secret Life

June 19th, 2017


Oseko Ogega is a working class hero with a gift of the gab. He leads a double life, and it’s got him at a crossroads: should he be a working stiff or …

Toronto Coach House I: Davinder’s Decision

June 12th, 2017


Davinder Mahli, 18, is passionate about theatre, and has written award-winning plays. Davinder’s parents worked hard to send him to theatre school, …

Toronto Coach House II: Walter’s Wall

June 12th, 2017


Walter Callaghan is a former military medic, forced out after a serious back injury. Over ten years later, Walter still clings to his military identity and ghosts of the past. Can Walter learn to let go of the guilt …

Toronto Coach House III: Eryn Faye and the Fire Down Below

June 12th, 2017


As a “passion coach”, Eryn Faye Frans helps confused Christians navigate sex and intimacy. But for all of her expertise, Erin Faye is struggling with …

Sleepover Live I: Hot Docs Power Nap Edition

June 5th, 2017


In the Sleepover Live Power Nap Edition, three mystery guests meet for the first time in a king-sized bed on stage with Sook-Yin Lee to share their deepest dilemmas.

Sleepover Live II: Hot Docs Power Nap Edition

June 5th, 2017


Hear part two of 'Sleepover Live Power Nap Edition', where three mystery guests meet for the first time in a king-sized bed on stage with Sook-Yin Lee to share their deepest dilemmas.

Sleepover Check-In: What Becomes of Your Problem?

May 29th, 2017


Sook-Yin Lee checks in with guests from Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, and Toronto after they’ve checked out. The big question remains: Once you return to the world post-sleepover, what happens to your problems?

Toronto Skyscraper I: Judy Doesn’t Have A Problem

May 22nd, 2017


Judy, the “NO. 1 GRANNY”, sings, dances, golfs, skis, and loves driving. That’s her problem. Her family is worried about her and wants Judy to give …

Toronto Skyscraper II: Ben Wants Friends

May 22nd, 2017


Ben Goodes, 13, loves eating junk food and playing with his dog and best friend, Maya. Ben is looking for human friends, but has social anxiety related to his autism.

People confound him, but he’s braved a sleepover to …

Toronto Skyscraper III: Kai Cheng Unplugs

May 22nd, 2017


Kai Cheng is a social worker, poet, and workaholic. Her experiences growing up trans inspires her help. She’s always there for others, but it’s …

Salt Spring I: Cody Goes to Syria

May 15th, 2017


Young activist, Cody Bergerud was raised in a progressive idyllic paradise. But when he becomes disillusioned with local politics, he takes off for …

Salt Spring II: Cathy’s Vanishing Legacy

May 15th, 2017


Cathy Roland’s ancestors were sent by Hawaiian King Kamehameha to help with Canada’s 19th century fur trade! She’s proud of her Hawaiian-Salish …

Salt Spring III: Scott, Come Down From that Tree!

May 15th, 2017


Scott Nyuli is an arborist who swings from the tallest trees but problems begin when he hits the ground. He wants romance but gets completely …

Vancouver I: Soheil's Millionaire Blues

May 8th, 2017


Vancouver’s Soheil Biniaz is a self-made millionaire, who's learning deep connection is something his money can't buy.

Vancouver II: Tru's Survival Skills

May 8th, 2017


Groundbreaking Vancouverite, Tru Wilson, is part of a new generation of empowered trans kids demanding to be heard.

Tru's got enough optimism to light up a room. How will this bright tween face a dark world?

Vancouver III: Sacha Separates

May 8th, 2017


Sacha Ouellet is a tough and tender twenty-something, juggling two jobs. She left a tumultuous home life at the age of 17, but recently reconciled …

A Sneak Listen

May 1st, 2017


Meet the incredible cast of strangers that slept over with Sook-Yin Lee and spilled their problems for Season 2.

Sleepover SEASON 2 launches May 8

March 29th, 2017


Sleepover Season 2 is unleashed online May 8. For the first time ever binge on an entire Sleepover three episodes at a time. When strangers collide …

Tiny repairs in reality

February 17th, 2017


Sleepover hints at Season 2 and makes their live debut at Hot Docs Podcast Festival. Sleepover Live: Power Nap Edition is where three mystery guests meet for the first time in a king-sized bed on stage to share their …

Sleepover Live: Power Nap Edition

November 8th, 2016


Sleepover hints at Season 2 and makes their live debut at Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

Sleepover Live: Power Nap Edition is where three mystery guests meet for the first time in a king-sized bed on stage to share their …

Jagmeet’s Disarming Style

August 22nd, 2016


Punjabi-Canadian Jagmeet Singh is a politician and martial artist, who loves serving his constituents. He wears brightly colored turbans to disarm …

Judy Wants Romance

August 15th, 2016


Judy Kennedy, 61, is unable to walk because of a neurological disease. She wants romance but is finding it hard to meet new people. Politician …

Tai’s Trouble

August 8th, 2016


Boy genius Tai Poole is struggling with a problem that he can't quite solve: accepting his ailing grandfather's mortality. Sook-Yin and strangers …

Josis Moves Out

August 4th, 2016


Teen Josis Thomas is set to attend Laurentian University on a scholarship. It is a dream opportunity but he’s worried about leaving behind his …

Sheila vs. the Internet

July 25th, 2016


Author Sheila Heti is a shining literary light. But it seems the more popular she is, the more detractors there are. She doesn’t want to be paralyzed …

Jon the Good Doctor

July 16th, 2016


Dr. Jon Fiddler is “a wild child queer kid at heart”, who works on a Pikangikum First Nation reserve. The reservation's living conditions impede his ability to treat those in need. Jon has to decide whether or not he …

Alan Takes Control

July 11th, 2016


Alan Zweig is a documentary filmmaker and self-described ‘old dad’. He has major control issues that he's encouraged to let go of at the sleepover. …

Scaachi and the Silent Treatment

July 3rd, 2016


Scaachi Koul is an outspoken writer with an undeniably bold presence. As night falls, she reveals the weight of her upsetting personal problem: the …

Charlie's conundrum

June 27th, 2016


Charlie McGettigan is eight years old, freckled and fearless. Despite her confidence, Charlie wrestles with a problem that has the kids at school …

Sleepover teaser

June 20th, 2016


Sleepover with Sook-Yin Lee finds connections between strangers in a hotel room. It launches June 27. Here's Sook-Yin on what the show’s all about.

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