Doc Zone

CBC's flagship documentary series explores and expands on the major issues of our time. Around the corner, around the world, our cameras bring viewers to the center of the stories everyone is talking about. Informed, exciting and eventful, Doc Zone presents a sweeping panoramic view of what matters most to Canadians. Hosted by acclaimed author, actor and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald.

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Episodes

Doc Zone Defying Putin Classroom Favourites

All eyes were on Russia during the tumultuous lead-up to the Sochi Olympics — and with recent events in Ukraine, the scrutiny continues. Find out more about the man who has ruled Russia for a dozen years. He could be in power for another dozen. But as we now know, a new generation of Russians is rocking the boat in ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:52
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/05/2014

Doc Zone Wind Rush

The battleground for the pro- and anti-wind forces is southern Ontario. New large turbines, two and three times the size of previous generations, have led to chronic sleeplessness for many people living close to wind farms. And further health complications can follow, like diabetes, depression and heart disease. Other neighbours have been affected by inner ear and equilibrium issues. Doctors ...
  • 2013
  • 00:41:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/24/2014

Doc Zone Tales from KP

Tales From KP unlocks some of the most carefully guarded secrets of the Kingston Pen. Through the voices of ex-inmates and ex-guards, learn what it took to survive in KP. Tales From KP is also a reflection on 177 years of crime and punishment in Canada. What started as a noble experiment in social enlightenment evolved into a hated and ...
  • 2012
  • 00:45:03
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/19/2014

Doc Zone Generation Jobless Classroom Favourites

There was a time when a university degree assured you of a good job, good pay and a comfortable life. Not anymore. Today, the unemployment rate for young people in this country is close to 15% – double that of the general population. But the real crisis is the increasing number of university and college grads who are underemployed – scraping ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/05/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Generation Jobless Teacher Resource Guide

Doc Zone Syria: Behind Rebel Lines

"A fine piece of journalism" – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail. The year 2011 saw sweeping change in the Middle East and North Africa — The Arab Spring. Syrians watched what was happening on their television sets, and took to the streets hoping they could see an end to the 40 years of Assad family rule. But there was no ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:46
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/15/2014

Doc Zone Bite Me: the Bed Bug Invasion Classroom Favourites

The world's bed bug population has simply exploded. Prior to WWII they were an annoying but common part of daily life. Following the invention of the pesticide DDT in the 1940s, it looked as though bed bugs were gone for good. It turned out that DDT had some extremely nasty side effects so the chemical was banned starting in the 1970s ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

Doc Zone Spies Who Came from the Sea

By the fall of 1942, German U-boats had struck deep into the mighty St. Lawrence River, sinking 21 ships and killing more than 250 people. Germany had reached its goal. It had effectively shut down the St. Lawrence River to all Canadian convoys destined for Great Britain. People living along the St. Lawrence began fearing a German invasion. This is ...
  • 2008
  • 00:52:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2013

Doc Zone Anger in America: Fanning the Flames (part 2 of 2)

In this second installment in the two-part series Anger in America, we explore the toxic media landscape in the United States, from Fox News to the blogosphere to the free-spending "Super Pacs" behind negative ad campaigns. Americans prize their freedom of speech, but the current political dialogue is turning ugly and fearful.
  • 2012
  • 00:42:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/28/2013

Doc Zone Anger in America: The Fire Within (part 1 of 2)

Most Americans do not believe that the next generation will have better lives than their parents. They have every reason to feel pessimistic. The economic recovery is slow and many jobs that disappeared during the Great Recession are gone forever. The social ladder has never been harder to climb and the Tea Partiers are not the only angry people. In ...
  • 2012
  • 00:41:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/28/2013

Doc Zone Love, Hate and Propaganda, The War on Terror: Mission Unaccomplished (Part 2 of 2)

The Americans try to stage manage this war. Six weeks after it all began, President George W. Bush declares "mission accomplished" — it's anything but. In fact, the war drags on as al-Qaeda spreads its jihadist message around the world via the internet.
  • 2012
  • 00:42:06
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/14/2013