CBC Podcasts has shared details of its podcast slate for Spring/Summer 2022, which includes Kuper Island, an exploration of the dark history of the notorious Kuper Island Residential School, the return of award-winning investigative series Someone Knows Something for a seventh season, and CBC and Radio-Canada’s first podcast collaboration telling the same story in both English and French on The Village: The Montreal Murders / Le Village : meurtres, combats, fierté.
Listed in order of premiere date:
KUPER ISLAND – Launching Tuesday, May 17
Long after the Kuper Island Residential School was torn down, the survivors remain haunted by what happened there. In this eight-part series, investigative journalist Duncan McCue exposes undisclosed police investigations, confronts perpetrators of abuse, and witnesses a community trying to rebuild on top of the old school’s ruins and the unmarked graves of Indigenous children.
SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING: THE ABORTION WARS – Launching Wednesday, May 25
Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Someone Knows Something returns for a seventh season. Host David Ridgen teams up with investigative journalist Amanda Robb to dig into the 1998 murder of Robb’s uncle, a New York doctor killed for performing abortions. They uncover a network of anti-abortion activists linked to violence in North America and Europe. Twenty years later, with Roe v. Wade in the headlines, they ask “could more violence be on the horizon?” Listen to the trailer here.
THE VILLAGE: THE MONTREAL MURDERS – Launching Tuesday, June 7
As more and more gay men are found murdered in 1990s Montreal, the city reckons with both the AIDS crisis and a possible serial killer. Faced with police indifference, despite mounting evidence, a group of activists takes matters into their own hands. The seven-part series, hosted by journalist Francis Plourde, explores the birth of a movement and the slow march toward justice. In a unique first, podcast production teams from CBC and Radio-Canada joined forces to tell the same story in English and French. Radio-Canada’s sister podcast Le Village : meurtres, combats, fierté hosted by Marie-Eve Tremblay also launches June 7 exclusively on Radio-Canada OHdio.
BUFFY – Launching Tuesday, June 21
Buffy Sainte-Marie is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of the past century and her music has quietly reverberated throughout pop culture and provided a soundtrack for Indigenous resistance for the last 60 years. In this five-part series, Mohawk and Tuscarora writer Falen Johnson (co-host of Secret Life of Canada) explores how Buffy’s life and legacy is essential to understanding Indigenous resilience.
THE KILL LIST – Launching Tuesday, July 12
When the body of human rights activist Karima Baloch is found off the shores of Toronto, an investigation into her mysterious death leads all the way back to Pakistan, the country she had previously fled. In this six-part series, host Mary Lynk explores the rampant abductions and killings of dissidents in Pakistan, the dangers that follow those who flee to the West, and a terrifying intelligence agency with tentacles around the globe. How did Karima die? And would Pakistan really carry out an assassination far beyond its borders?
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