Kuper Island by CBC Podcasts

Summary: An 8-part series that tells the stories of four students: three who survived and one who didn’t. They attended one of Canada’s most notorious residential schools – where unsolved deaths, abuse, and lies haunt the community and the survivors to this day. Hosted by Duncan McCue.

Production Notes: An eight-part podcast on residential schools for CBC Podcasts. Long after the Kuper Island Residential School was torn down, the survivors remain haunted by what happened there. 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. 

Trigger Warnings: Bullying, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Murder, Racism

Category/Genre: True Crime

Host: Duncan McCue

Sleep Friendly: I would not recommend this podcast to fall asleep to. The production of this podcast, including the reporting, hosting, and audio design, is excellent and deserves your full attention. This isn’t just a film/show that has been converted to podcast form. It is very good journalism.

Seasons (as of this review): 1

More information & subscribe: https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/program/kuper-island

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