The Secret Life of Canada

The Secret Life of Canada


The Secret Life of Canada has joined CBC Podcasts. This is an archival feed featuring only the episodes produced for Passport Canada 2017. The rest of Season One and all future episodes will be on our new CBC feed. New season launches October 2, 2018...Show More

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Ep.4 - The Secret Lives of Subversive Women

30:51 | Nov 30th, 2017

This episode might be the strangest piece of Canadiana we’ve found yet: and warning, it’s not suitable for children. First, we go deep down a rabbit hole to investigate Bear by Marian Engel, a novella that won the Governor-General’s Literary Award de...Show More

Shout Out to Susan Olivia Poole

01:53 | Oct 17th, 2017

Bonus! Meet Susan Olivia Poole, the first Indigenous woman to receive a patent with an invention that has been sold all over the world.

We've Joined CBC Podcasts!

01:20 | Oct 5th, 2018

Have you heard? We joined CBC Podcasts! All new episodes will be published in our new feed. Subscribe here:

Season One Wrap Up

01:21 | Jul 4th, 2018

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

Shout Out to Fred Sasakamoose

03:12 | Jun 21st, 2018

Meet Chief Running Deer, Fred Sasakmoose of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, first Indigenous player in the NHL. Support us on Patreon:

The Secret Life of Statues

26:37 | May 21st, 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 should be torn down and who should stay up? From the Famous Five to Terry Fox, we look at some of the...Show More

Shout Out to Irene Uchida

02:52 | May 7th, 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 WW11. Dr. Uchida went on to become a groundbreaking geneticist, transforming maternal and f...Show More

The Secret Life of Canadian Snacks

21:20 | Apr 17th, 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. Support us on Patreon:

Shout Out to Tom Longboat

01:57 | Apr 3rd, 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 struggles and encountering racism throughout his career. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.c...Show More

Ep.7 - The Secret Life of the North

37:04 | Mar 19th, 2018

Nunavut has the largest landmass out of all the provinces and territories in Canada—and yet, it is the area that many of us know the least about. In this episode, we look at the forced relocation of the Inuit people, the Eskimo Identification System,...Show More

Shout Out to Jackie Shane

03:51 | Mar 8th, 2018

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

Shout Out to Kenojuak Ashevak

02:38 | Feb 12th, 2018

Bonus! Meet Kenojuak Ashevak, the world-renowned and multi-award winning artist and first lady of Inuit Art.

Ep.6 - The Secret Life of New Brunswick (Translated)

41:15 | Jan 26th, 2018

How would we get anything done if not for New Brunswickers? Visit the country’s only bilingual province and meet the Acadians, the Maliseet, and generations of migrant workers. Hear local French dialects, and learn for yourself why NB’s “drive-throug...Show More

Ep.6 - The Secret Life of New Brunswick (Bilingual)

42:50 | Jan 26th, 2018

How would we get anything done if not for New Brunswickers? Visit the country’s only bilingual province and meet the Acadians, the Maliseet, and generations of migrant workers. Hear local French dialects, and learn for yourself why NB’s “drive-throug...Show More

Shout Out to Beryl Potter

03:01 | Jan 5th, 2018

Bonus! Meet Beryl Potter, an early activist and advocate for rights of persons with disabilities who didn't take no for an answer.

Ep.5 - The Secret Life of Niagara Falls

33:02 | Dec 21st, 2017

We dive into one of Canada’s most-visited tourist destinations—and self-professed honeymoon capital of the world—Niagara Falls, Ontario. First, we explore the falls’ geological formation and how they were divided between Canada and the United States....Show More

Shout Out to Les Mouches Fantastiques

02:10 | Dec 14th, 2017

Meet Elsa Gidlow and Roswell George Mills, creators of North America’s first LGBTQ publication, Les Mouches Fantastiques.

Shout Out to Abby Hoffman

02:06 | Nov 8th, 2017

Bonus! Meet Abby Hoffman former Olympian and trailblazer.

Ep.3 - The Secret Life of Birchtown

38:27 | Oct 27th, 2017

What we do really know about the history of black people in Canada? Sure, there’s the Underground Railroad and the jazz prowess of Oscar Peterson—but what else? How about 200 years of slavery in Canada; the first race riot in North America; the false...Show More

Ep.2 - The Secret Life of Ipperwash

31:40 | Oct 5th, 2017

Ah, dock life—a crackling fire and the sound of loons on the water. But where does cottage country come from? In one part of Ontario, we look at how the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation were pushed off their land to make way for cotta...Show More

Shout Out to Rosemary Brown

02:25 | Sep 25th, 2017

A new episode is coming soon! But before that happens, we need to shout out someone wonderful named Rosemary Brown.

Ep.1 - The Secret Life of Banff

35:22 | Aug 31st, 2017

How did Banff come to be? A look back at how Indigenous people were kicked off their land—and then how the national park was built by the forced labour of interned Ukrainian-Canadians. Skiing at Lake Louise will never feel the same again.

Ep.0 - Introducing The Secret Life of Canada

00:53 | Aug 28th, 2017

A podcast that looks at all the people, places and events regularly left out of Canadian history. Hosted and written by Leah-Simone Bowen & Falen Johnson, produced by Katie Jensen. Presented by Passport 2017. Coming September 2017.