CBC’S Current Affairs and Documentary Programming: October 22-28, 2018

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CBC Short Docs

Fast Horse

Monday, October 22, 2018 on cbc.ca/cbcshortdocs and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch

Welcome to the dangerous, high-stakes world of Indian Relay, North America’s original extreme sport, where jockeys ride horses bareback and jump from one horse to another in the middle of the race.  


Filthy Flights: What are the dirtiest airplane surfaces?

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch

When you board a flight, do you ever wonder how clean it really is? From the seat belts and tray tables, to bathrooms, and blankets, we swab and test 3 major airlines – Air Canada, Westjet and Porter. And we go beyond the surface to check the air quality too.

In this episode, we’re going to reveal the filthiest flight surfaces, and speak to industry insiders about keeping planes clean.


The Third Dive

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch from 12noon the same day.

CBC Docs POV’s The Third Dive: The Death of Rob Stewart drills down to discover the real story surrounding Rob Stewart’s death. It’s a disturbing narrative that involves ruined lives, allegations of evidence tampering, a community that “circled the wagons” to avoid bad press and grieving friends and family that may not be ready to hear about Stewart’s calculated risks. For more info and to watch the trailer online click here

Maid in Hell
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network (repeats Sunday, October 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network)  
Why Slavery? Maid in Hell gives unprecedented access to a frightening and brutal form of modern-day slavery. Migrant women from around the world are hired as domestic helpers in the Middle East, but are unpaid and held captive by their employers — unable to change jobs or leave the country without their boss’s permission. With their passports confiscated, travel is impossible, and any attempt to leave their jobs can result in harsh punishment or imprisonment.

For more information or to watch the trailer click here

The Nature of Things

The Memory Mirage

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). The documentary will also be available to watch online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watchFriday, October 26 from 5 p.m. EST.

We cherish our memories. They tell us who we are. They help us recall our first love affair, where we had dinner last week. Or do they? Memory is under heavy scrutiny by a new generation of scientists — and they’re posing an uncomfortable question: Can we trust what we remember about our lives? Just as we often recall someone’s name incorrectly, scientists say we can misremember critical personal events, catastrophes and even crimes we think we saw or committed. Recent studies are questioning the fragile unreliability of the human memory — with enormous implications for justice, psychology and our sense of who we are. Says psychologist Julia Shaw: “Every memory you’ve ever had is full of distortions and errors.”
For more info and to watch the trailer online click here

The Fifth Estate

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch

Descent into Darkness (Mark Kelley)
This spring, international media reported on the bizarre case of a young British Columbian lynched in Peru after he (apparently in the grips of a drug called Ayahuasca) shot a highly revered local indigenous leader and shaman. We went to the Peruvian jungle to find out what  really happened, and subsequently reported our findings back to Sebastian’s father for the first time
Muslim Adoption Ban (Habiba Nosheen)
There are 40,000 abandoned children in Pakistan and Canadian families are eager to adopt them. But standing in their way is a federal government policy which makes it impossible to adopt Muslim children from Pakistan, and several other countries. It was an abrupt change in policy by Ottawa — catching many by surprise. The result is dozens of families whose adopted children still languish in orphanages.
Reporters Mark Kelley and Habiba Nosheen are in Toronto and available for interview

documentary Channel


Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

In 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive was one of the biggest bands in the world with classics like Takin’ Care of Business and You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. This is the story of its founder Randy Bachman, from his early days of The Guess Who and hits like American Woman to present day. As one of the few legendary artists to reach #1 in two separate bands, Bachman’s singularly focused goal of music has taken him from spectacular highs to crushing lows and back again. He nw reigns as one of the most prolific and legendary artists in the history of Canadian music. Featuring interviews with Bachman’s friends, family and fans including Neil Young, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Peter Frampton, Buffy Saint-Marie, Paul Shaffer and Chris Jericho.
For more information or to watch the trailer click here

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