Uncover is an investigative series from CBC Podcasts. Season 7: Dead Wrong. Season 6: Satanic Panic. Season 5: Sharmini. Season 4: The Cat Lady Case. Season 3: The Village. Season 2: Bomb on Board. Season 1: Escaping NXIVM.
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Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. It also examines the cultural impact — how the CIA brought LSD to America and inadvertently created counterculture influencers such as author Ken Kessey and poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back. More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/brainwashedcbc
The 1950s & 60s saw a wave of radical movements. Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. The Black Panthers. Quebec and Canada had the FLQ — a showdown that dissolved into crisis. By October 1970, there were soldiers in the streets, communities on edge, kidnapping and terror in the headlines. But those frightening weeks were just the crescendo of a wave of terror and violence that was nearly a decade in the making. This series will reveal the stories of that time through immersive storytelling and the people who lived it: the bomb disposal expert on defusing live explosives, the survivors of terror, their families, and the radicals themselves. More episodes are available at http://hyperurl.co/recallcbc
What now? Bousquet reviews the original police investigation, talks with Glen and his family, and wonders: What does justice look like? Will anyone be held accountable? And what other innocent person might be in prison?
Glen’s last hope — a federal lawyer opens a new investigation that leads to a hearing at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Tim works to get sealed court documents released to the public. The result is a bombshell.
An RCMP profiler and analyst is put on a killer’s case. He starts to make links that lead to a shocking discovery. Can this be helpful to Glen?
Glen faces new horrors while being locked up in prison. But then he makes a connection with someone on the outside who provides a lifeline — and possibly, a route to freedom.
The day after Glen is convicted of murder he starts to work on his appeal. A new lawyer and an ex-RCMP private investigator find fresh evidence that should help get Glen a new trial.
The trial of Glen Assoun for the second degree murder of Brenda Way starts on June 1, 1999. But within days, the trial takes an expected turn, and events begin to unfold that place Glen in an impossible situation.
The police investigation into Brenda Way’s murder is going nowhere until a new investigator is assigned to the case. Suddenly, new witnesses and evidence start to appear, and all of it points in one direction.
On November 12, 1995, 28-year-old Brenda Way is found murdered behind an apartment building in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Investigative journalist Tim Bousquet discovers, right in his own neighbourhood, a community of sex workers and a pattern of violence that indicates this is not the first time.
Twenty-five years ago, Brenda Way was found murdered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A botched investigation followed, resulting in the wrongful imprisonment of Glen Assoun—who served more than 17 years for the crime. How could one investigation go so wrong? And where is the justice for Brenda?
In Someone Knows Something Season 6, Debra has been searching for her son, Donald Izzett Jr. for 25 years. The last time she spoke with him was Mother’s Day. He had called from a road trip, but sounded upset, saying he needed money. Then the phone went dead. Donnie’s friend told police that he dropped him off in New Orleans. But Debra thinks he was murdered. And decides to investigate the case herself. Here's an excerpt from the first episode. Full episodes are available at hyperurl.co/skscbc
From the '60s to the '90s, parents worried messages hidden in rock albums would make their children do drugs and worship the devil. The truth could only be revealed if these records were played backwards. Twenty Thousand Hertz — a podcast about the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds — unveils the history behind the backmasking panic and why our brains hear hidden messages. Subscribe to the podcast at 20k.org
Far from healed, the Martensville Nightmare remains an open wound for those who lived through it. And yet for the rest of us, the history is all but lost — a symbol of the broader failure across the board to face the effects of the Satanic Panic head on or to learn its lessons. But, some surprising good did emerge out of all the pain.
How does it come to be that hundreds of children across North America and beyond report such similar crimes? How has a phenomenon that’s never seen a proven case become so real in the minds of so many? And what does it mean for the children at the centre of it all?
As devastating as the Martensville Nightmare is for all involved, it’s just one piece of a much bigger picture. FBI special agent Ken Lanning spent the ‘80s trying to figure out what the hell was happening across North America, and why.
A local activist in Saskatoon, Marjaleena Repo, says she knew instantly that the accused were innocent, victims of nothing less than mass hysteria. Though she sounds the alarm in any forum she can find, her warnings are ignored.
As the number of suspects continues to grow, rumours of an underground Satanic cult whose members include police officers have taken root. Saskatoon Police Officer John Popowich finds himself facing “the worst things that a human being can be accused of.”
By June 1992, nine people face nearly 180 charges related to the sexual abuse of children who have attended a home daycare in Martensville. Journalist Dan Zakreski revisits the sites of the story that dominated everyone's attention, including a ‘Devil Church,’ and reflects on his own role in spreading the story. Then, we meet a young mother searching for answers who shares her own heartrending story of a childhood turned upside down by the Martensville Nightmare.
Police Officer Claudia Bryden is drawn into a bizarre case unfolding in the peaceful Prairie town of Martensville, Saskatchewan. What starts with a single complaint about an alleged sexual assault in a home daycare grows into something bigger and more disturbing than anyone could have imagined.
Throughout the 1980s, Satanic cults were widely believed to be preying on children — torturing and terrorizing them as part of dark rituals. Across North America, there were hundreds of false allegations, scores of unjust criminal trials and countless lives torn apart. But never any real proof. By the early 90s, the panic reached the tiny Prairie town of Martensville, Saskatchewan. And nearly 30 years later, the people touched by it all are still picking up the pieces. So what happened? And why do so many still believe to this day?
Two new sources come forward with statements on Sharmini Anandavel’s murder. One claims he has carried the image of Sharmini with Stanley Tippett for twenty years. The other says that a photograph of Tippett published in fall 2019 brought back a memory---a jog near where her body was found.
For decades, Bill Cosby brought warmth and laughter across the country, cementing his image as “America’s Dad.” But behind that disguise was the real Bill Cosby – the monster who preyed on women by promising them mentorship, only to then drug and violate them. Hosted by Nicki Egan, the lead investigative journalist on this case, the series features jurors, lawyers, and over a dozen survivors telling their story together for the first time. “Chasing Cosby” is the definitive take on the rise and fall of America’s Dad. All six episodes out NOW: https://link.chtbl.com/r2L0Fdhf.
Join Ian Hanomansing and the hosts of Uncover, Missing and Murdered and Hunting Warhead as they share never-before-told stories from their podcasts in front of a live audience at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival.Josh Bloch asks if he was duped by his friend and subject of Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, Sarah Edmondson. Connie Walker reveals why she became a journalist and her hidden motivation behind her true crime podcast Missing and Murdered. Justin Ling, host of Uncover: The Village dives deep into Hollywood's connection to so-called "homosexual murders." Uncover: Sharmini host Michelle Shephard shares her approach for getting subjects to talk, and Daemon Fairless, host of Hunting Warhead questions if we should show sympathy to pedophiles.
A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web. Listen at hyperurl.co/huntingwarhead
When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Wondery’s new series Bad Batch at wondery.fm/UncoverBadBatch
Sharmini, episode 6 - Sharmini's brother Kathees shares the last time he saw her and recalls their interactions with Stanley Tippett before she went missing. The Toronto Police shares why no one was charged for Sharmini's murder, with context of another case around the same time. We hear her voice for the first time.Also, after the credits, an update from the team.
Sharmini, episode 5 - Michelle questions Tippett on the shifting details of his stories, while he firmly maintains his innocence. His own words from months ago —and from 1999— contain many contradictions.
Sharmini, episode 4 - Michelle talks to Stanley Tippett for the first time in twenty years. Face to face.
Sharmini, episode 3 - In the years between being a suspect in Sharmini's killing and his 2009 conviction, Stanley Tippett exhibited disturbing patterns. Michelle talks to law enforcement officers, old neighbours, and witnesses about Tippett's behaviour as he moved from Oshawa to Collingwood to Peterborough.
Sharmini, Episode 1 - On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel left her family’s Toronto apartment around 9 a.m. She never returned. Her remains were found in a wooded ravine four months later. Investigative journalist Michelle Shephard revisits the case that has haunted her for twenty years and hears—for the first time—police theories about the only suspect.
Sharmini, Episode 2 - Michelle visits Woodbine Junior High in North York to learn about Sharmini’s life as a Grade 9 student. Her friends, teachers, and community recall the days after the teen's disappearance, and the false stories born out of prejudice.
Rebecca Lavoie, host of Crime Writers On..., speaks with four distinguished podcasters who work with true crime: Justin Ling, host of Uncover: The Village, Connie Walker, host of Missing & Murdered, Natalie Jablonski, producer on In The Dark, and Amber Hunt, host of Accused.They break down the ethics behind true crime podcasts, what good podcasts should work to achieve, and what to take into consideration when dealing with stories that affect real lives.This bonus episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Podcast Movement.
On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared. Michelle Shephard returns to an investigation that has haunted her for 20 years.
Season 4 update: Detective Rob Matthews keeps his promise, and someone phones Zander with a tip.
What happened to Joan Lawrence? Investigative journalist Zander Sherman sheds light on one of cottage country’s darkest crimes.
The Cat Lady Case, Episode 1 - A witness remembers gunshots and a mysterious fire around the same time an elderly woman goes missing.
The Cat Lady Case, Episode 2 - A suspicious-looking man is seen interacting with the so-called “Cat Lady” shortly before her disappearance.
The Cat Lady Case, Episode 3 - Police learn that the missing woman, Joan Lawrence, is not the only one to disappear from the small community.
The Cat Lady Case, Episode 4 - With evidence and suspects, police try to press charges related to the disappearances.
The Cat Lady Case, Episode 5 - Information arises about where the missing seniors may be. Zander goes on a search and gets a surprise call.
The Cat Lady Case, Episode 6 - An insider finally speaks, and new details emerge about Joan.
Join host Justin Ling and a panel of special guests in front of a live audience at the Human Rights Conference as part of World Pride in New York City marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Panelists from around the world reflect on the movement since Stonewall and what's next for LGBTQ+ rights today.
The team behind season one of Uncover: Escaping NXIVM takes us inside the trial of NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere and speaks with former member of the group Sarah Edmondson about her thoughts on the trial.
The Village, Bonus Episode - Trans women of colour in Detroit are confronting an epidemic of violence with the support of The Justice Project, a task force that investigates and prosecutes serious crimes against LGBTQ people. After aspiring designer and dancer Kelly Stough is murdered in Detroit, they take on her case.
The Village, Episode 8 - Toronto's queer community comes to grips with the truth about Bruce McArthur's crimes and pushes for changes in how violence against marginalized people is handled by police. The Toronto police cold case team has some answers in the 23 re-opened cases.
The Village, Episode 7 - When close to 300 men are arrested in one night in Operation Soap, Toronto's largest bathhouse raid, the queer community rises up against what they see as decades of police repression. An internal struggle in the force keeps murders unsolved.
The Village, Episode 6 - The American police who investigated Mark's murder open their files to Justin, who learns Mark's and Sandy's deaths were connected, in an unexpected way. A retired beat cop who worked the Village in the 70s shares his suspicion about who murdered Sandy.
The Village, Episode 5 - Justin traces Sandy Leblanc's steps from beloved brother with humble beginnings to well-known discoteque owner in the Village's burgeoning club scene. When he's killed, rumours are rampant about who was responsible.
The Village, Episode 4 - The head of the Toronto Police cold case team insists the historic, unsolved murders were fully investigated at the time. But Justin discovers otherwise, and learns these men lived and died in a time of no rights, and no protection, including from police.
In this update to season one, Josh Bloch sits down with Jayme Poisson, host of CBC's daily news podcast Front Burner, to unpack a number of significant developments in the case against NXIVM members. The full season of Escaping NXIVM is available in the Uncover podcast feed.
The Village, Episode 3 - A string of unsolved murders in the 1970s share a disturbing pattern. A retired homicide detective has regrets about not solving one case: he had evidence and a sketch. But a victim's sister says police had blind spots when the victims were gay.
The Village, Episode 2 - The community rallies as more men go missing and frustration and anger build. An anonymous source reveals how close police come to catching a serial killer, then let him go.
The Village, Episode 1 - In 2010, men with similar characteristics start mysteriously disappearing from Toronto's gay village. They are all linked to one man. Investigative journalist Justin Ling follows the case as friends search for loved ones and police provide few answers.
For The Village, Uncover season 3, host Justin Ling explores the numerous cases of missing and murdered men in Toronto's gay community, dating back to the 1970s. What social forces allowed these cases to go unsolved, or even unnoticed?
Ian and Jo weigh all the evidence, and Didi returns a ring that went missing on July 8, 1965.
Medical records show one suspect had a "deep madness towards the world," while confidential documents rule out another theory.
Could the bomb have been placed by someone who wasn't on board? And what can we learn from the sister of a suspect?
Last moments from the cockpit and evidence of a fifth suspect.
Gambling, gunpowder, murder charges and insurance claims. Almost immediately police narrowed in on four suspects. Ian and Jo find out why.
Uncover: Bomb On Board - Episode 1.A bomb exploded on Canadian Pacific Flight 21 killing all 52 people on board. Chuck was on the ground. Didi's dad was on the plane. Witnesses offer insight into what happened July 8, 1965 - and why no one has ever been held responsible.
This season, co-hosts Ian Hanomansing and Johanna Wagstaffe investigate one of the largest unsolved mass murders on Canadian soil. A bomb exploded on Canadian Pacific Flight 21 July 8, 1965, killing all 52 people aboard - and yet no charges were laid. Uncover explores what happened that night, how it affects those left behind, and the unanswered question: Who put that bomb on the plane?Note: mayday call is a reenactment
Uncover hosts Josh Bloch and Ian Hanomansing discuss the making of Season 1 and reveal what's in store for Season 2.
Jennifer Kobelt - Sarah Edmondson's former assistant in NXIVM - tells her story of joining NXIVM at a moment of crisis in her life and being involved in the group's so-called "fright study."
Jennifer Kobelt - Sarah Edmondson's former assistant in NXIVM - tells her story of joining NXIVM at a moment of crisis in her life and being involved in the group's so-called "fright study."
Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Host David Ridgen joins Kerrie's friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe to Someone Knows Something now.
Sarah faces criticism about her role in NXIVM and tries to come to terms with the 12 years she spent as a high-level member of the group.
Josh speaks to one of Keith Raniere's lawyers, Marc Agnifilo, and hears a different point of view on NXIVM and DOS.
Sarah and her husband try to escape NXIVM and take it down while warning others who are still inside.
What happens when you leave NXIVM? Those who have left or spoken out reveal the price they paid.
Those who knew Keith Raniere intimately reveal his early life, how he started NXIVM and ended up being accused by the FBI of running a criminal enterprise.
Sarah takes us inside her journey with NXIVM, from signing up for a personal growth workshop to becoming a star recruiter for the group she now calls a cult.
Uncover: Escaping NXIVM - Episode 1.Sarah Edmondson is a high-level member of a self-help group called NXIVM, but an invitation to join a secret women's group called DOS leads her to do something she later regrets.
Over the past few months, CBC documentarian Josh Bloch has been investigating NXIVM, a self-help group led by Keith Raniere. In this season of Uncover, we take you into NXIVM, and reveal how Raniere won the endorsement of actors, politicians and even a visit from the Dalai Lama.