Mass media presents us with a fairly uniform view of college life in North America: the kids party and live in dorms and go to class and probably graduate. But in real life, when you gather thousands of young people in one place and tell them to behave like adults, some of their experiences are going to vary from the idyllic norm. Straight outta Canada, this new show from CBC Radio presents unique stories from college campuses in the form of vivid first-person accounts. We hear from a student who becomes homeless when he fucks up his finances, and one who becomes a webcam girl, and one who is trans, and one who, on her second day, was raped (evocative and bravely told, hers is our pick of the episodes to date). Host Albert Leung remains largely off-stage, so each account unfolds without interruption, over 20-ish minutes. The result feels genuinely fresh - as fresh as all those bright-eyed college kids, who can't begin to know how brand new they really are.
Gateway episodes: Episode 3: Was She Really Me? (20 Oct 2015) / Episode 6: The Girl in the Woods (2 Dec 2015) / Episode 10: Hunger Game (27 Jan 2016)