CBC’s Current Affairs and Documentary Programming: October 8-15, 2018

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CBC Short Docs

Pumpkin Movie

Monday, October 8, 2018 on cbc.ca/cbcshortdocs and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch

Two long-time friends call each other over Skype to continue their annual Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins together. They swap stories about creepy encounters with men, both first-hand and overheard, in this frank look at the pervasive nature of gender inequality.

Watch the doc here: www.cbc.ca/shortdocs/shorts/pumpkin-movie



Big Rig Disasters: Testing truck driver training

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch
What does it take to haul 80,000 pounds down Canada’s high-speed roads? Marketplace hires someone to go undercover and get his truck driving license in Saskatchewan. And get this – he passes his road test after only 16 hours training. But when we send him to take a road test in Ontario, he fails. Only Ontario mandates 100 hours of compulsory truck driver training. After the tragedy in Humboldt, even those in the industry say it’s time to standardize training nationwide. Marketplace also crunches the numbers and tracks danger zones in each province. Marketplace learns that in just five years, there have been over 1500 fatal truck crashes.


Finding the Secret Path *CBC Docs Special Presentation
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch
Featuring never-before-seen footage of the last year of Gord Downie’s life, Finding the Secret Path documents Downie’s efforts to bring the story of Chanie Wenjack to the national stage to raise awareness of the dark and painful legacy of Canada’s residential school system. Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishnaabe boy, died while trying  to escape a residential school in northern Ontario in 1966. The documentary includes reflections by the Wenjack family and Indigenous leaders including AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and former Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North.

For more info and to watch the trailer online click here

The Safer Sex (repeat)
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network (repeats Sunday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network)  

For two bold entrepreneurs, creating a pleasure-enhancing, effective, affordable female condom has become an obsession. For millions around the world, it could mean life or death, with the potential to eliminate unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
For more information or to watch the trailer click here

The Nature of Things

A Day in the Life of Earth *Canadian Broadcast Premiere

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). Also available to watch online at cbc.ca/watch, Friday, October 5 from 5 p.m. EST.

If you thought the Earth needed millions of years to change, it’s time to think again! A Day in the Life of Earth uses the latest science to reveal how much our planet can change in just one single day.  The Earth makes a mountain of new rock every hour and is not only continually changing shape but is also losing weight. Every day, you wake up on a completely different planet.

For more information or to watch the trailer, click here

The Fifth Estate

At What Cost: School Bus Safety *Season Premiere

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch

Every day in Canada 40,000 school buses transport almost two million kids to school. On virtually all of them, there will no seat belts. How can that be when they’re required by law for every other vehicle? What’s more, many argue that kids are safer without seat belts. Bob McKeown looked into where this idea came from and discovered a flawed Transport Canada study from 35-years ago is at the heart of the matter. And the policy that came from that has led to injuries and deaths which many say could have been prevented.

Finding Jennifer
Also on the program, Mark Kelley travels to a small town in Newfoundland to try to solve a mystery. What happened to Jennifer Hillier-Penney? She disappeared from her home without a trace in St. Anthony almost two years ago. Her keys and cell phone were on the kitchen table where she always left them. Family members and friends along with the police have been searching since that night. Everywhere people in town go, there are reminders of her disappearance, but there have been no named suspects, no arrests and no answers.

documentary Channel

Why Slavery — North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes (Episode 1) *Canadian Broadcast Premiere *October 18 is Anti-Slavery Day

Five-part series begins Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and runs at the same time each day that week

Why are 40 million people currently living as slaves? Following the success of Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? The Why launches a series of six ground-breaking documentary films which ask why slavery remains so endemic in the 21st Century, increasing awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery.
Episode 1: Shrouded in secrecy and notoriously cash-strapped, the North Korean regime has run one of the world’s largest slaving operations – exploiting the profits to fulfill its agenda.
With the promise of payment and honour, thousands of North Koreans are being sent abroad, only to find themselves under constant surveillance, working 12-hour days, in harsh conditions for wages that are transferred directly to the regime. Dollar Heroes exposes the inner workings of the system and how companies and governments, bound by law to protect their employees, are complicit in the trade of human beings. The film asks how this method of operation is legal, and what – if anything – is being done to stop it.

For more information or to watch the trailer click here

Mon Oct 15 – WHY Slavery – North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes at 9pm ET&PT

Tues Oct 16 – WHY Slavery – Maid in Hell at 9pm ET&PT
Wed Oct 17 – WHY Slavery – Selling Children at 9pm ET&PT

Thurs Oct 18 – WHY Slavery – A Woman Captured at 9pm ET&PT
Fri Oct 19 – WHY Slavery – I Was A Yazidi Slave at 9pm ET&PT

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