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March 7, 2019
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From 1919 to 1922, Mary Riter Hamilton undertook a “special mission” for The War Amps to document the scarred landscape where Canadian soldiers had fought and died.

Her canvases capture the devastation of war but also signs of hope and renewal. At great cost to her health, this artist created one of the few authentic collections of paintings of war-torn Europe. She considered her work to be a gift to Canada. She donated the majority of the collection of paintings to the Public Archives of Canada, now Library and Archives Canada, in 1926.

January 15, 2019
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On the morning of December 6th, 1917, Pilot Francis Mackey was guiding the French ship Mont Blanc into the Bedford Basin when, at the narrowest point of the harbour, the Norwegian ship Imo collided with it. The Mont Blanc, laden down with high explosives, caught fire and, about 20 minutes later, exploded. On today’s episode, we talk with retired teacher and author Janet Maybee. Her book Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey attempts to clear Mackey’s name and restore honour to the Mackey family.
December 11, 2018
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Library and Archives Canada has the largest collection of Canadian music in existence. There are over 250,000 sound and video recordings alone, not to mention huge collections of sheet music, printed scores, concert programs and books. Therefore, it goes without saying that LAC also has the largest collection of Christmas and holiday music as well. 
November 20, 2018
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We're currently working on a number of exciting episodes for you! Here's a sneak peek at what we have lined up: Christmas and holiday songs, Francis Mackey and the Halifax Explosion, the life and work of Mary Riter Hamilton, and Canada’s most infamous UFO case.
August 15, 2018
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For many Canadians, paddling in a canoe serves as a refuge from our hectic lives. But thousands of years before European settlers arrived in what we now call Canada, the lakes and rivers served as vital trade routes for the Indigenous peoples here, with the canoe at the heart of that experience. In this episode, we pay a visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, with curator Jeremy Ward.
June 19, 2018
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The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada's biggest bilingual summer reading program. This free program fosters literacy while highlighting Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. In the second of this two-part episode, we talk with Camille Bouchard, an award-winning writer, and the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club French author. We also speak with a surprise special guest!
June 5, 2018
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The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada's biggest bilingual summer reading program for kids. This free program fosters literacy while highlighting Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. In part one of this two-part episode, we sit down to chat with Kevin Sylvester, an award-winning writer and illustrator, and the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club English author.
May 3, 2018
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Down an obscure hallway at our downtown Ottawa location, a mysterious room houses over 3,000 rare, often unique Hebraica and Judaica items dating back to the 15th century. In this episode, we explore the Jacob M. Lowy Collection with its current curator, Michael Kent, who shows us some of the incredible items in the collection and shares the stories surrounding their journey.
March 28, 2018
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Gratien Gélinas is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film. He was a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker and administrator of cultural organizations. On today's episode, we speak with Anne-Marie Sicotte, granddaughter of Gratien Gélinas, who tells us about his life and legacy.
February 20, 2018
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William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada's longest serving prime minister, an accomplished politician and a prolific writer. He kept an ongoing diary from 1893, until 1950, in which he wrote down meticulous accounts of his life in politics and fascinating details from his private life. On today's episode, we talk with Christopher Dummitt, whose latest book details the history behind the diaries and how they became public.
December 19, 2017
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Join us for this episode as we take you on a walking tour of LAC's Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. On our tour, we will guide you through the Preservation Centre, discussing its award-winning architecture and offering insight into how we store and preserve our national treasures.
November 30, 2017
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To mark Canada's 150th year as a nation, we teamed up with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to talk about the future of Canada and look at the ways in which examining our history can help to inform decisions about the future.
November 10, 2017
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In this episode we speak with LAC employee Tim Hack about the amazing journey he undertook to reconnect with his great-grandfathers, who fought on opposite sides of the First World War. Listen to his audio diary from his trip to northern Europe, as well as our pre- and post-trip interviews with him.
September 7, 2017
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The 1967 Universal and International Exhibition, better known as Expo 67, was the highlight of Canada's centennial celebrations. In this episode, we talk with Margaret Dixon, senior project archivist at LAC, about the legacy of Expo and the work that has gone into archiving the invaluable Expo 67 records in our collection.
Project Naming has provided a virtual space enabling First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit communities to access Canada's historic photo collections and engage in the identification of people and locations. Join us as we celebrate the project with stories from individuals who attended Project Naming's 15th anniversary event held in March 2017.
May 4, 2017
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During the First World War, over 25,000 Canadians served with the British Flying Service as pilots, observers and mechanics, contributing greatly to the overall air campaign and also to the success at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
April 6, 2017
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During the First World War, over 25,000 Canadians served with the British Flying Service as pilots, observers and mechanics, contributing greatly to the overall air campaign and also to the success at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
February 23, 2017
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In this episode, we speak with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Archivist, Emma Hamilton-Hobbs, about the William James Topley photographic collection, which is one of the most widely consulted sources of late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs held at LAC.
January 19, 2017
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Kevin Bazzana, author of the award-winning biography Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould tells us about Gould's extraordinary career in music and the surprising secrets revealed to him about Gould's private life while conducting research at Library and Archives Canada.
December 22, 2016
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We speak to author, comic book historian and retired Library and Archives Canada archivist John Bell who generously donated his Hulk-sized comic book collection to LAC in 1996.
November 17, 2016
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Wilfrid Laurier: It's Complicated Flickr Album
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was a man full of charisma, charm and passion. This passion is seen in many of the letters he wrote to his wife Zoé. But perhaps we gain a deeper insight into his character through his letters to Émilie Lavergne.
September 8, 2016
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Sifting through LAC's Cookbook Collection Flickr Album
Discover Library and Archives Canada's cookbook collection and the impact these books and recipes have had on our relationship with food and cooking throughout our history.
August 4, 2016
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Kindred Spirits After All Flickr Album
We speak with inveterate book collector Ronald I. Cohen who donated his entire Lucy Maud Montgomery collection to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) between 1999 and 2003. 
Discover the life and work of Peter Rindisbacher, and the impact he had on Canadian visual culture.
April 21, 2016
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La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers Flickr Album
Discover Mary Travers (La Bolduc), a traditional housewife who became known as the "Queen of Canadian Folksingers."
February 25, 2016
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The Métis Nation Flickr Album
Library and Archives Canada's Métis researcher William Benoit and Janet La France of the Saint-Boniface Historical Society discuss the roles their respective institutions play in providing individuals with a means of unraveling their ancestry, their identity.
February 3, 2016
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Centre Block: Rising from the Ashes Flickr Album
On February 3, 1916 at 8:37 p.m., the alarm was raised on Parliament Hill that a fire had broken out in the Centre Block. By the next morning, the building had been reduced to a smoking ruin, encrusted in ice. The exact cause of the fire was never determined.
January 7, 2016
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Curling in Canada Flickr Album
We explore the evolution of the game of Curling, its development as an organized sport, and the creation of a Canadian curling culture, with curling historian and Canadian men's curling champion, Warren Hansen.
October 15, 2015
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Mirrors with Memory: Daguerreotypes Flickr Album
We look at the work that went into the latest collaboration between the National Gallery of Canada and Library and Archives Canada, which features 15 rare daguerreotypes dating back to the very beginnings of photography.
July 28, 2015
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Photography of Yousuf Karsh Flickr Album
We explore the story of Yousuf Karsh who was sent to Canada by his parents as a teenager and pursued his dream to become an internationally renowned photographer.
May 28, 2015
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You don't have to go far to see the influence that comic books have had on contemporary culture, but you might be surprised to learn that Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of comic books and related material within its vaults.
Photograph depicting soldier looking at field of poppies021: In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies
April 30, 2015
Learn about the poem, In Flanders Fields, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the Canadian soldier who wrote it.
March 26, 2015
Many Canadians have a growing interest in discovering their family heritage. Their quest can be simple in the beginning, but often it becomes the work of a lifetime.
March 13, 2015
Discover the story of Celia Franca, a woman who introduced Canada to world-class dance performances, pioneered the internationally famous National Ballet of Canada and devoted her entire life to dance.
February 12, 2015
Our flag, with its distinctive maple leaf and bold red-and-white colour scheme has become such a potent symbol for our country that it's hard to believe it has only been around for 50 years.
January 8, 2015
January 11, 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. While some aspects of his life and legacy remain contentious, most agree that his role in the creation of Canada was paramount.
November 20, 2014
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William Hind Flickr album
Go back in time! Discover Canada in the mid-1800s through the works of an artist who documented the country from sea to sea.

October 23, 2014
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Rare Books Flickr album
When you hear the words "rare book," you might think of an old, valuable book that's hard to find, but there is much more to rare books than this.

September 18, 2014
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Explore the service files of over 640,000 men and women who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War as soldiers, nurses and chaplains.

September 4, 2014
Discover the life of a soldier through his eyes and gain insight into how day-to-day activities may have unfolded during the First World War.

July 09, 2014
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Sheet Music Flickr album 
Explore Library and Archives Canada's sheet music collection, the most comprehensive Canadiana sheet music collection in the country.
May 28, 2014
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Marc-André Bernier, Chief of Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service, joins us to discuss shipwrecks.
March 27, 2014
​Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada.
January 23, 2014
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Pulp Magazines Flickr album
​By the turn of the 20th century, sales of dime novels had decreased and the pulps,with their screaming story titles and attention-grabbing cover art, began to capture the public interest.
August 13, 2013
​Explore the evolution of photography and learn more about Library and Archives Canada's extensive photography collection.

March 14, 2013
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​Few things define what it is to be Canadian more than our love of hockey—"Canada's Royal Winter Game".

February 13, 2013
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​Between 1869 and the late 1930s, approximately 100,000 children were brought to Canada from Great Britain.

October 30, 2012
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The War of 1812 Flickr Album
​This year, Library and Archives Canada commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

September 27, 2012
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​Portraits of intriguing Canadians.

June 22, 2012
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The massive immigration of Irish settlers to Quebec in the 1800s.

March 28, 2012
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Connecting youth to Canada's history by making military service files available in person and online.

February 9, 2012
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A community-engagement and photo-identification project launched by Library and Archives Canada in 2004.
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