The Secret Life of Canada

21 EpisodesProduced by CBC Podcasts

The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't.

21 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

S1: Shout Out to Jackie Shane

August 27th, 2018


Meet Jackie Shane, the singer and trailblazer that came to prominence during Toronto's bustling Yonge Street music scene during the '60s.

S1: The Secret Life of the North

August 27th, 2018


Nunavut has the largest landmass out of all the provinces and territories in Canada - and yet, it is an area that many of us know the least about. In this episode, we look at the forced relocation of the Inuit, the …

S1: Shout Out to Tom Longboat

August 27th, 2018


Meet Tom Longboat, an Onondaga long distance runner born in 1887 on Six Nations. Tom became one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, despite his struggles and encountering racism throughout his career.

S1: The Secret Life of Canadian Snacks

August 27th, 2018


Canada is full of its own weird and wonderful snacks. From Pizza Pops to ketchup chips, we dive into the history of Canadian food.

S1: Shout Out to Irene Uchida

August 27th, 2018


Meet Irene Uchida. A Japanese Canadian scientist, she was one of thousands of Japanese Canadians who were imprisoned as part of the Japanese Internment during WW1. Dr. Uchida went on to become a groundbreaking …

S1: The Secret Life of Statues

August 27th, 2018


What do you have to do to get a statue in Canada? We put some of our most lauded historical figures on trial and deliberate their pros and cons. Who …

S1: Shout Out to Fred Sasakamoose

August 27th, 2018


Meet Chief Running Deer, Fred Sasakamoose of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, the first Indigenous player in the NHL.

Season One Wrap Up

August 27th, 2018


Season 1 is done, and we're taking some time off to work on season 2!

S2: Bay Blanket

October 1st, 2018


The Bay Blanket. These warm blankets are as iconic as Mariah Carey's lip-syncing, but some people believe they were used to spread smallpox and decimate entire Indigenous communities. We dive into the history of The …

S2: Shout Out to C.D. Hoy

October 15th, 2018


Meet C. D. Hoy of Quesnel, B.C. His work wasn't discovered until 1995 when archivists found his photography. He left behind thousands of pictures that offered a rare look at life during the turn of the century through …

S2: You don't wanna sleep here (Halloween Special)

October 30th, 2018


Is Canada a haunted place? In this bonus Halloween episode Falen and Leah travel to some of Canada's more obscure haunts. From one of Canada's oldest …

S2: Shout Out to Private Buckam Singh

November 6th, 2018


Meet Private Buckam Singh, of one of the first Sikh Canadian soldiers. During WWI he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. In 1916 he …

S2: The Secret Life of the Gold Rush

November 27th, 2018


There is no doubt that the Klondike Gold Rush was an iconic event. But what did the mining industry cost the original people of the territory? And …

S2: Toronto vs. Everyone (Live!)

December 4th, 2018


It's our first live show! Recorded in front of an audience for the Hotdocs Podcast Festival, we try to answer the age-old question: why is Toronto …

S2: Your questions answered! (Bonus from Toronto Live show)

December 11th, 2018


Want to know where we get our ideas? Why Toronto was the original no-fun city? Check out the Q&A from our live show at the Hotdocs Podcast Festival in November 2018.

S2: Shout Out to Eleanor Collins

December 18th, 2018


Meet Eleanor Collins - Canada's first lady of jazz and the first Black person in North America to host a nationally broadcast television series, "The …

S2: Shout Out to Madhu Verma

January 8th, 2019


Many Canadians may not have heard of Madhu Verma but her almost fifty years of social activism has greatly shaped the current landscape of Fredericton, N.B. and Canada's East Coast.

S2: The Secret Life of Water

January 22nd, 2019


Can the foundation of Canada be traced back to Indigenous trade routes? In this episode Falen and Leah take a trip across the Great Lakes, they talk corn and vampires, and discuss some big concerns currently facing …

S2: Shout Out to John Ware

February 5th, 2019


Meet John Ware, the Black cowboy who helped build Alberta's ranching industry and became a legend for his skill as horseman. Please be advised this episode contains strong language.

S2: The province of Jamaica

February 19th, 2019


This episode we take a look at early Caribbean migration to Canada and reveal which islands could have become Canadian provinces. We also dive into …

S2: Shout Out to Your Grandma

March 8th, 2019


In a special shout out for International Women's Day, The Secret Life of Canada asked listeners to share stories about the matriarchs hidden in their family histories. These women may not have been written about, or …

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