About the High Stakes Podcast
Every Monday, professional storyteller Sage Tyrtle brings you true stories that matter, the moments from her city she wants to share with you, and stories from her own strange life. In the coming months, you’ll hear true stories from people like Manmeet Dhoa – a strip of red cloth is all it takes to put her father’s life in danger. Bridget Cann’s act of kindness ends in a state-mandated psychiatrist appointment. And one thousand people were meant to show up. Marsha Shandur was the only one who did.

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Not Who He Pretended to Be
Today, Hayley Kellett of the Making Box tells a true story. She’d been with him for a long time before she realized that everything she thought she knew – his name, where he was from, who his parents were – was imaginary. listen

Listening for the Last Breath
Today, Marsha Shandur of Yes Yes Marsha and True Stories Toronto tells a true story. Sometimes, saying goodbye can be a celebration. listen

The Lipstick
“You try, Missus. It cost nothing to try,” the woman said, offering the lipstick, but she was wrong – because by painting her lips Anna’s mother changed the direction of her life. listen

Becoming a Father 8 Weeks Early
Will McGree spent eight hours a day for months staring at a plastic box, until something magical happened. listen

Times Were Different Then
Climb the Hebron Hills with Sarah Abu?arar, find out how in 1948 two little boys changed their school forever.

Rescued Factory Farm Chicken
Kite tells the true story of living with a rescued factory farm chicken. Then, we get to hear the story from her partner’s point of view.

Bunny Dressed in Army Gear
Rob Lewin tells us a true story – he was filled with optimism and rainbows. Until the bus doors opened.

Sam’s Mother Has Called the Police
Bridget Cann tells us a true story. Her act of kindness ends in a state-mandated psychiatrist appointment.

Ten Things I’ve Learned From Living As A Short Man With Scoliosis
Ken Hall talks about ten things he’s learned from living as a short man with scoliosis.

It Didn’t End the Way She Expected It To
Erin Kang of Stories of Ours tells a true story. It was her first time babysitting. It didn’t end the way she expected it to.

Frank and Olive
Hugh Cotton tells a true story about his grandfather. She gave him a ring. Neither of them had any idea how far that ring would travel.

Zombie Goldfish
Nikki Atkins tells the true story of seeing her mother perform a miracle – literally.

Duck and Cover
My mom, Kite, was born in 1946. She was one of many kids who knew “Duck and Cover” had to be absolute nonsense.

Playing the Long Game
Kate Southey tells the story of a woman who discovered that moving to Africa to save her marriage was the biggest mistake of her life.

Encounter With a Jealous Goose
Among other stories, Nikki Atkins tells a true story of the goose who was jealous of her mother.

In Love With a Haunted Puppet
Rob Hills tells a true story about the difficulties of falling in love – with a puppet.

Split Level Love Part 2
The second half of Kate Southey’s true story of sexy suburban intrigue.

Split Level Love Part 1
Kate Southey tells us part one of a true story about the seamy underbelly of English suburbia. Guys, it is NOTHING like Upstairs, Downstairs.

1970s Online Love
Find out what online dating looked like in the 70s, from a 102 year old man.

My Sister’s Golden Hair
When girls were barred from school, her father cut her hair like a boy’s. From the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

What’s your name?
A true story from Jess Beaulieu. Her choice of a fake name gives her secret powers.