Man Alive

Man Alive was a much-celebrated and long-running CBC show that took a non-denominational look at religious and spiritual matters. The show also covered other subjects such as social justice, ethics and contemporary social issues.

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Episodes

Man Alive Tonight's the Night

Humans are sexual beings from birth to death, but the ways in which sexuality is expressed may change with age. Man Alive talks to three couples about sex after sixty in a revealing portrait of love, romance and the need for companionship in elderly people. A nursing home director attests to the fact the elderly are flirtatious with each other (nursing homes ...
  • 1995
  • 00:24:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/01/2015

Man Alive Dirty Rotten Gossip!

Is gossip just good clean fun or does it reveal the dark side of human nature? Man Alive looks at what we say when we gossip and, more importantly, what gossiping says about us. Arthur Kent talks with two victims of gossip. A New York surgeon tells how his practice was ruined as a result of a rumour that he ...
  • 1995
  • 00:24:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Man Alive A Choice for K'aila

Should parents pay any price to prolong the life of a dying child? What if the only medical treatment available brings with it possible long-term suffering? This is the story of K'aila, whose parents fought their doctor in a court battle over a potentially life-saving liver transplant.
  • 1990
  • 00:27:35
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Man Alive Circle of Healing

In this powerful documentary, Man Alive returns to Alkali Lake, the extraordinary Aboriginal reserve that has overcome alcoholism. Now the community is struggling with an ugly secret hidden for generations under the alcoholic haze – child abuse. This explosive two-part documentary follows the process of family healing and reconciliation in this courageous community.
  • 1990
  • 00:51:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Man Alive The Hero Among Us

The truest hero is the man or woman who risks their own life to save another. What gives them the exceptional courage to behave differently from the rest of us? Peter Downie finds that heroes, in the act of rescue, also satisfy deep needs of their own.
  • 1991
  • 00:27:48
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Man Alive Children of Zapata

Arthur Kent reports on the despair driving a peasant revolt in the Chiapas region of Mexico. Over 80 years ago, Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata fought and died for the rights of landless peasants and the Maya Indians. Today, his battle cry has been renewed. After the failure of peaceful demonstrations, the Mayan revolutionaries of Chiapas turned to a potent blend ...
  • 1994
  • 00:24:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Man Alive Healing Justice

Native peoples believe our justice system has failed them. Healing Justice looks at the native model of justice which is based on reconciliation and harmony rather than punishment. To find out how this system works and what we can learn from it, we travel to the remote Native community of Muskrat Dam and to the Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto. ...
  • 1996
  • 00:24:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Man Alive My People, My Prayers

For generations, many First Nations people have rejected their own spiritual heritage in favour of strict Christian doctrine. But now young natives seeking their roots wish to incorporate the traditions of their ancestors into their Christian faith. Man Alive examines the ways in which native ritual is now being welcomed into the Christian church. Fundamental spiritual practices, such as the ...
  • 1996
  • 00:24:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013