Podcast

Discover Library and Archives Canada

The Discover Library and Archives Canada podcast episodes showcase treasures from our collection; guide you through our many services; and introduce you to the people who acquire, safeguard and make known Canada's documentary heritage.

The podcast includes Treasures Revealed, a series of shorter episodes in which LAC’s experts introduce special items from the collection, tell fascinating stories about them and explain their significance for Canada's documentary heritage. To find these episodes, look for the Treasures Revealed logo.

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Treasures Revealed
Episode 8 / 2022-12-01

Woman on Snowshoes (length: 12:42)

In this episode of Treasures Revealed, Indigenous Research Archivist Elizabeth Montour relies on knowledge and instinct to decipher the story of a Kanienhkenha:ka woman she observes in a 19th century watercolour.

Download MP3 of episode 8 (17.6 MB)

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Treasures Revealed
Episode 7 / 2022-11-15

Sefer Torah (length: 13:58)

In the 7th episode of Treasures Revealed we speak with Senior Archivist Christine Barrass about an extraordinary scroll, or Sefer Torah, that is part of the Shearith Israel synagogue collection held at LAC.

Download MP3 of episode 7 (19.4 MB)

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Treasures Revealed
Episode 6 / 2022-10-20

Pimm Panorama (length: 16:19)

In this episode of Treasures Revealed, we speak with Marcelle Cinq-Mars, senior military archivist in the Government Archives Division at LAC. Marcelle tells us about the amazing discovery she made while rehousing documents LAC received from the Department of National Defence.

Download MP3 of episode 6 (22.6 MB)

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Episode 70 / 2022-05-19

Bill Mason: Wilderness Artist (length: 50:27)

Passionate about nature and art, Bill Mason spent his whole life combining his two passions and creating beautiful, nature-inspired artworks. On today’s episode, we will discuss Bill Mason’s life and legacy with the help of three members of the Mason family: his wife, Joyce, and his two children, Becky and Paul. LAC archivist Jill Delaney will also join us to highlight Bill Mason’s amazing body of work and discuss the vast collection of items that the family donated to Library and Archives Canada in 2016.

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Episode 69 / 2022-04-28

Kahentinetha Horn: Nothing but the Truth – Part 2 (length: 41:53)

In early 2020, we invited Indigenous activist Kahentinetha Horn and her daughter Waneek Horn-Miller to come to LAC for a visit. As we hosted them, we were thrilled to witness and record their reactions to the material in the LAC collection related to Kahentinetha’s fascinating life. They were seeing many of these items for the very first time.

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Episode 68 / 2022-04-21

Kahentinetha Horn: Nothing but the Truth – Part 1 (length: 48:34)

In early 2020, we invited Indigenous activist Kahentinetha Horn and her daughter Waneek Horn-Miller to come to LAC for a visit. As we hosted them, we were thrilled to witness and record their reactions to the material in the LAC collection related to Kahentinetha’s fascinating life. They were seeing many of these items for the very first time.

Download MP3 (66.8 MB)

 
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Treasures Revealed
Episode 5 / 2021-10-28

Gabor Szilazi (length: 23:12)

LAC photo archivist Jill Delaney joins us for this fifth episode of Treasures Revealed. She will tell us about LAC’s recent acquisition of the Gabor Szilasi fonds, which covers his life and career as a photographer from 1954 to 2016.

Download MP3 of episode 5 (22 MB)

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Treasures Revealed
Episode 4 / 2021-10-07

The Halifax Gazette (length: 10:14)

In the fourth episode of Treasures Revealed, we talk to Meaghan Scanlon, Senior Special Collections Librarian, about the Halifax Gazette, the first newspaper published in the territory that would become Canada. It is the only copy known to exist of the first issue.

Download MP3 of episode 4 (10 MB)

 
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Treasures Revealed
Episode 3 / 2021-09-23

Keeping the Faith (length: 14:13)

For our next Treasures Revealed episode, we speak with LAC Government Records Archivist, and past Discover Library and Archives Canada host, Geneviève Morin. She will tell us about the marriage of art and science in early 20th century Canadian botany.

Download MP3 of episode 3 (14 MB)

 
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Treasures Revealed
Episode 2 / 2021-09-02

Pannotype Puzzle (length: 17:59)

In this episode of Treasures Revealed, LAC Head Photo Conservator Tania Passafiume will tell us about her discovery in the collection of a very rare type of early photograph called a pannotype. She will explain what it is, how it was made and what makes it so special and rare.

Download MP3 of episode 2 (18 MB)

 
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Treasures Revealed
Episode 1 / 2021-08-12

Cat Letter (length: 14:17)

In this new podcast series, Treasures Revealed, we’ll speak to a Library and Archives Canada employee and highlight an item that they consider a real “treasure” in the collection. For this first episode, we hear about a letter that Dominion Archivist Arthur Doughty wrote seeking reimbursement for an odd expense in 1908.

Download MP3 of episode 1 (14 MB)

 
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Episode 67 / 2021-07-22

LAC is a gold mine! (length: 54:57)

Yukon Geological Survey geologists Sydney Van Loon and Jeff Bond have been travelling from Whitehorse to Ottawa to digitize hundreds of geological maps of the Klondike region found in the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collection.

Download MP3 of episode 67 (53 MB)

 
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Episode 66 / 2021-01-13

Mount Logan: Moments in Time (length: 1:01:45)

We discuss with Dr. Zac Robinson and Dr. Alison Criscitiello about their upcoming Mount Logan expedition and with LAC archivist Jill Delaney about the repeat photography process used during this expedition.

Download MP3 of episode 66 (56 MB)

 
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Episode 65 / 2020-11-04

Avro Arrow: Uncovering the Myth – Part 2 (length: 1:02:17)

In part two of this two-part episode, Palmiro Campagna talks about the cancellation of the Avro Arrow project and some rumors surrounding the aircraft.

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Episode 64 / 2020-11-04

Avro Arrow: Uncovering the Myth – Part 1 (length: 41:39)

In part one of this two-part episode, we talk with Palmiro Campagna and two LAC employees about the Avro Arrow and the documents held at LAC.

Download MP3 of episode 64 (40 MB)

 
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Episode 63 / 2020-09-21

Call to Duty: Canadian Nursing Sisters (length: 56:13)​

We speak with LAC archivist Laura Brown about the exceptional role of Canadian Nursing Sisters in the First World War.

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Episode 62 / 2020-08-06

Upcoming Episodes, 2020 (length: 4:09)

Here's a sneak peek at the exciting episodes we are currently preparing for you!

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Episode 61 / 2020-05-14

I leave you Éva Gauthier (length: 51:10)

Influenced by her journeys abroad, Canadian singer Éva Gauthier helped shape modern music in North America.

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Episode 60 / 2020-01-29

Tommy Burns: The Hanover Heavyweight (length: 49:08)

Explore the exciting journey of Canadian boxer Tommy Burns, the shortest man ever to hold the world heavyweight title.

Download MP3 of episode 60 (46 MB)

 
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Episode 59 / 2019-12-23

Tom Longboat is Cogwagee is Everything (length: 1:03:37)

Explore the extraordinary life of Six Nations Indigenous runner Cogwagee, also known as Tom Longboat.

Download MP3 of episode 59 (61.1 MB)

 
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Episode 58 / 2019-11-19

Canada's Continuing Memory (length: 0:55:30)

Discover how LAC acquires documentary heritage, by looking at some recently acquired Second World War items.

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Episode 57 / 2019-11-07

Upcoming Episodes, 2019-2020 (length: 0:05:20)

Here's a quick rundown on some of the things we've planned for the coming months.

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Bill Miner's mugshot 

Episode 56 / 2019-08-28

Bill Miner: Last of the Old Time Bandits (length: 1:04:40)

A train holdup on May 8, 1906, set off one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history.

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Episode 55 / 2019-06-27

Prime Ministers and the Arts (length: 47:33)

A new exhibition reveals a fascinating side to our former prime ministers and their relationship with the arts.

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Episode 54 / 2019-05-29

UFOs at LAC: The Falcon Lake Incident - Part 2 (length: 59:22)

Experts discuss the UFO sighting on May 20, 1967, at Falcon Lake, Manitoba.

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Episode 53 / 2019-05-15

UFOs at LAC: The Falcon Lake Incident - Part 1 (length: 1:02:17)

Experts discuss the UFO sighting on May 20, 1967, at Falcon Lake, Manitoba.

Download MP3 of episode 53 (58 MB)