Back Story

Back Story


CBC News correspondents take you behind the scenes as they cover the biggest events around the world. Personal stories from our reporters who were there while the story was breaking.


Introducing: Recall: How to Start a Revolution

The 1950s & 60s saw a wave of radical movements. Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. The Black Panthers. Quebec and Canada had the FLQ — a showdown that dissolved into crisis. By October 1970, there were soldiers in the streets, communities on edge, kidnapping and terror in the headlines. But those frightening weeks were just the crescendo of a wave of terror and violence that was nearly a decade in the making. This series will reveal the stories of that time through immersive storytelling and the people who lived it: the bomb disposal expert on defusing live explosives, the survivors of terror, their families, and the radicals themselves. More episodes are available at
08/09/2032m 22s

Secrets in Sport: Mark Tewksbury and the 1992 Olympics

Mark Tewksbury on gold medals and gay athletes.
29/07/1618m 12s

From Tragedy to Champion: Chantal Petitclerc and the 2008 Paralympics

From a childhood accident to a Paralympic champion, and one of Canada's most decorated athletes.
22/07/1614m 57s

Inside the Munich Massacre: Byron MacDonald and the 1972 Olympics

Inside the Munich Massacre and one of the worst terrorist attacks in Olympic history.
04/07/1613m 42s

ICYMI: Keith Boag: Tear Gas and "The Talk". Ferguson 2014

Keith Boag is there as tempers flare and tear gas flies in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
17/06/1611m 12s

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee: Mark Lee and Muhammad Ali, 1987.

The champ. The great one. Mark Lee's Back Story on his exclusive interview with Muhammad Ali.
06/06/1617m 35s

The Stolen Game: Karina LeBlanc, Soccer and the 2012 Olympics

Heartbreak, a questionable call and what some call a stolen game. Canada's longest serving female soccer player takes you back to the field and the London 2012 Olympics.
27/04/1615m 11s

ICYMI: Cremations and Car Batteries. Adrienne Arsenault, Nepal 2015

Adrienne Arsenault travels to Nepal in the wake of the worst earthquake that country has seen in more than 80 years.
26/04/1618m 5s

From hero to zero in 9.79 seconds: Scott Russell and the 1988 Seoul Olympics

Scott Russell's Back Story on the Ben Johnson doping scandal and the dirtiest race in history.
04/02/1614m 56s

The boy on the beach: Gillian Findlay, 2015

The photo seen around the world, and the family left mourning. From Istanbul, Gillian Findlay's Back Story "The boy on the beach".
10/01/1613m 36s

Escape from Egypt: Mohamed Fahmy, 2013

After spending more than 400 days in an Egyptian prison, this is Mohamed Fahmy's Back Story.
03/01/1610m 45s

The Power of the Pope: Steven D'Souza and the papal conclave, 2013

Steven D'Souza was there as thousands cheered, white smoke bellowed and a new pope was chosen.
20/12/1510m 36s

Connie Walker and the first­hand legacy of residential schools.

Connie Walker has reported extensively on Canada's residential schools, but she's also seen the effects on her family first hand.
14/12/1514m 6s

Benazir Bhutto: Over the decades. Carol Off, 1986

In 1986, Carol Off sold most of her belongings to buy a plane ticket to Pakistan with the hope of interviewing future Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A hijacking, an uprising and a reunion decades later, this is Carol's Back Story.
07/12/1517m 24s

Airstrikes, bank robbers and a golden toilet: David Common and the Iraq Invasion, 2003

As coalition troops marched into Iraq, and Saddam Hussein fell from power, the CBC's David Common was there.
30/11/1515m 28s

The rise and fall of Stephen Harper: Susan Lunn and the Federal Election, 2015

From his first mandate as Prime Minister to his party's devastating loss in the last federal election, Susan Lunn gives you an inside look at the rise and fall of Stephen Harper.
23/11/1514m 1s

The earthquake and the aftermath: David Gutnick, Haiti, 2010

The earthquake in Haiti killed thousands of people, turned buildings to rubble and made David Gutnick question the role of a journalist.
16/11/1517m 28s

Extra: Peter Mansbridge Inside the Tunnels at Vimy Ridge

Peter Mansbridge takes you inside the tunnels at Vimy Ridge.
11/11/156m 7s

A sea of oil: Paul Hunter and the BP oil spill, 2010

The BP oil spill is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The CBC's Paul Hunter was there when black tar balls started dotting white sandy beaches. He returned five years later and shares what he saw.
09/11/1515m 20s

Walking Across a Continent: Nahlah Ayed and The Refugee Crisis, 2015

Nahlah Ayed was on the front lines of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.
02/11/1515m 24s

Back to Zero: Curt Petrovich, Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines 2013

It was two years ago that Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands of people in the Philippines, but it still haunts the CBC's Curt Petrovich today.
26/10/1516m 57s

Extra: A Loss of Innocence. Louise Elliott and The Ottawa Shooting 2014.

Last year's shooting on Parliament Hill shook Ottawa, and the entire country. The CBC's Louise Elliott was one of the first reporters on the scene. One year later, this is her Back Story.
22/10/154m 17s

A Town Forever Changed: Stephen Puddicombe in Lac Mégantic 2013

What's it like to report from one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history? Raw emotion and stories that never made it to air. Stephen Puddicombe's Back Story from Lac Mégantic.
19/10/1514m 45s
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