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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.

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Vancouver I: Soheil's Millionaire Blues

27:18 | May 8th, 2017

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

Native Child and the Full Moon 3: Tegan

30:11 | Jun 21st, 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 this difficult conversation?

Native Child and the Full Moon 1: The Search

31:02 | Jun 21st, 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 experiences and challenges.

Native Child and the Full Moon 2: Caterina

26:51 | Jun 21st, 2018

Caterina Sinclair (Saulteaux Ojibway Nation, Spawning & Manila, Philippines) spent 6 difficult years in foster care. She’s grounded, smart, resilient, and committed to living healthy. How can she maintain her friendships and stay on her own path?

Native Child and the Full Moon 4: Jordan

33:28 | Jun 21st, 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 temper and excel professionally?

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

26:51 | Jun 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

27:26 | Jun 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 solve Trudy’s sibling rivalry?

Peterborough II: Orville Needs Out

27:00 | Jun 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 help him stick up for himsel...Show More

Peterborough III: Oseko's Secret Life

27:26 | Jun 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 follow his passion? A rap battle in the wilderness helps unlock the secret of his struggle.

Toronto Coach House I: Davinder’s Decision

27:30 | Jun 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, but his inspiration is slipping. Does he stick it out, or does tell his parents he’s switching majors?

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

27:43 | Jun 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 her own problem: after being diagnosed with colon cancer, she's trying to get her own passion back.

Toronto Coach House II: Walter’s Wall

27:26 | Jun 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 he’s been harbouring all these yea...Show More

Sleepover Live I: Hot Docs Power Nap Edition

27:26 | Jun 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

27:27 | Jun 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?

27:26 | 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 III: Kai Cheng Unplugs

27:26 | 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 exhausting. She needs to set boundaries, and focus on herself. Can she learn to say "no"?

Toronto Skyscraper I: Judy Doesn’t Have A Problem

27:26 | 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 up the wheel. Faced with the realities of ageing, should Judy park the car?

Toronto Skyscraper II: Ben Wants Friends

27:07 | 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 learn the secret to making...Show More

Salt Spring I: Cody Goes to Syria

27:26 | 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 war-torn Syria. Can he keep his promise to help his Syrian friends?

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

27:26 | 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 tongue-tied talking to women. Will Scott unlock the mysteries of love?

Salt Spring II: Cathy’s Vanishing Legacy

27:26 | 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 heritage, but the next generation doesn’t get it. How can she keep their legacy alive?

Vancouver III: Sacha Separates

27:30 | 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 with her mom. Will her dreams of moving away to be a full-time artist threaten their relationship?

Vancouver II: Tru's Survival Skills

27:27 | 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?

A Sneak Listen

02:05 | 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

01:29 | Mar 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 incredible things happen.

Sheila vs. the Internet

27:27 | Feb 17th, 2017

Author Sheila Heti is a shining literary light. But it seems the more popular she is, the more detractors there are.

Tiny repairs in reality

27:27 | Feb 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 deepest dilemmas.

Alan Takes Control

27:29 | Feb 17th, 2017

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.

Judy Wants Romance

27:27 | Feb 17th, 2017

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 Jagmeet Singh, math prodigy Tai Poole and host Sook-Yin Lee help Judy find ways to new connections.

Scaachi and the Silent Treatment

27:26 | Feb 17th, 2017

Scaachi Koul is an outspoken writer with an undeniably bold presence. As night falls, she reveals the weight of her upsetting personal problem: the deterioration of an important relationship that has turned into a silent standoff.

Charlie's Conundrum

27:32 | Feb 17th, 2017

Charlie McGettigan is eight years old, freckled and fearless. Despite her confidence, Charlie wrestles with a problem that has the kids at school making faces at her. Will strangers Scaachi Koul and Alan Zweig be able to help solve Charlie's troubles...Show More

Josis Moves Out

27:26 | Feb 17th, 2017

Basketball star Josis Thomas is set to attend Laurentian University on a scholarship. It is a dream opportunity but he’s worried about leaving behind his beloved Regent Park, making ends meet and fitting in.

Tai’s Trouble

27:26 | Feb 17th, 2017

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 suggest ways they can stay close and offer insight from their own experiences with death and sickness.

Jon the Good Doctor

27:27 | Feb 17th, 2017

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 wants to work there.

Sleepover Live: Power Nap Edition

01:50 | Nov 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 deepest dilemmas.

Jagmeet’s Disarming Style

26:39 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Punjabi-Canadian Jagmeet Singh is a politician and martial artist, who loves serving his constituents. He wears brightly colored turbans to disarm racism, but worries that his stylish reputation is taking center stage.