Leah Simone Bowen
The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast that aims to explore all the people, places and stories that rarely, if ever, get discussed when we talk about Canada.
It was created out of co-hosts Leah Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson's love of history. Both playwrights spent time researching various stories about the people and places that make up Canada. They met over ten years ago while working at Native Earth Performing Arts, the oldest and largest theatre company dedicated to Indigenous voices.
During Canada 150 celebrations, they agreed that it was time to let Canadians know what they felt were the untold and undertold histories of Canada in an entertaining, subversive and concise way. They had the luck of finding a podcast workshop for women and people of colour that producer Katie Jensen was running.
After the workshop, Katie asked if she could produce the podcast (score!). Falen and Leah said yes (obviously) and the first episode of The Secret Life of Canada was released in Sep 2017. The initial episodes 6 were generously supported by Passport 2017. It quickly rose to the top of the Canadian iTunes charts.
After 22 episodes,The Secret Life of Canada joined the CBC podcast family with Season two beginning in the fall of 2018.
2018 Digital Publishing Award Nominee - Best Podcast & Audio Storytelling
The Globe and Mail - Best of 2017
CBC Arts - Best of 2017
CBC Podcast Playlist - Best 25 Podcasts of 2017
CBC Podcast Playlist
Ryerson Review of Journalism