Episodes

February 14, 2018

Burst the Bubble of Kratom: Part Three: More Amazing Stories

Since the release of our first episode about Kratom, we’ve had a flood of comments from users telling us how much Kratom has changed their lives. It’s nothing short of shocking and amazing to hear how so many people were lift...

February 07, 2018

Burst the Bubble of Kratom: Part Two: Real Life Stories

Perhaps the most fascinating and stunning part of our journey learning about Kratom is the real-life stories from its users. It is after hearing these stories that we really understand the effect this plant can have on lives,...

February 05, 2018

Burst the Bubble of Kratom: Part One: Kratom Saved Me

Canada is experiencing record numbers of deaths from opioid overdoses. In 2017, there were an estimated 4000 drug overdose deaths in the country. A substance that may be able to put a dent in that number is worth looking into...

January 23, 2018

An Activist Filmmaker's Story

When Chris Bergoch writes a movie, he doesn’t shy away from social advocacy topics that can be seen as controversial. At Stand Up Speak Up, we try to raise awareness around important social issues, so when Karla discovered th...

January 17, 2018

A Former Mongol Motorcycle Club Member's Story

Why does someone get involved in the criminal world? What makes someone interested in joining a motorcycle gang known for brutal activity? We tell the story of one man who was let down by the Quebec foster care system growing...

January 09, 2018

Burst the Bubble Female Serial Killers

Statistically, men commit far more acts of physical violence than women, and that also applies to serial killers. There are far fewer female serial killers than males, but the number is big enough not to be ignored - and may ...

December 26, 2017

The Stand Up Speak Up Story: Special Edition with Founders Karla and Zach

If you’ve listened to Stand Up Speak Up before, then you’ve heard the voice of host Karla Stephens-Tolstoy. Usually, she’s helping tell the story of others, but you might not have known that Karla herself has led a pretty int...

December 12, 2017

Burst the Bubble of Organized Crime

It’s estimated that illegal trade accounts for one-fifth of the global GDP. In his 2009 book McMafia, Misha Glenny outlined the growth of organized crime around the world, from drugs and sex trades to internet frauds and mone...

November 28, 2017

A Navy SEAL Team Six Story

Most of us have enjoyed a good action movie, but the difference between a movie and Don Mann’s life, although it may sound like something from a movie, is that his life is completely real. No written storyline. No special eff...

November 14, 2017

Burst the Bubble on Murder and Trauma Clean Up

Prepare for some raw true crime discussion, as we enter part 2 of our chat with Christian Cadieux of Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaners. What’s just another day at work for Christian, could very well be traumatizing for most of us...

October 30, 2017

An Unwanted Entities Story: The Halloween Edition

When tragedy strikes, Christian Cadieux and his team at Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaners are called in to handle the cleanup. With crews across Canada, there’s nothing they haven’t seen, and nothing they’re afraid of. Some conte...

October 13, 2017

Burst the Bubble on Finding and Convicting Serial Killers

We trust law enforcement to do the absolute best job keeping communities safe, conducting investigations, and bringing criminals to justice. But, what about when they don’t live up to their duty? As we saw with the Shelley De...

August 16, 2017

Maryalice Ashbrook: Hollywood Kids to Hollywood Hell

Maryalice Ashbrook was born into a family that seemingly had it all. Her grandfather was president of a huge company that listed a movie studio among its subsidiaries. Her mother counted Joan Crawford and Jane Russell among h...

June 20, 2017

Finding Shelley Descrochers: Part Nine – Honouring Shelley

After a dramatic episode 8 of Finding Shelley Desrochers, we now bring the series to a close. Karla shares her final thoughts on the case and an update on police involvement. We’ll hear from Dr. Pauline Boss, an educator, and...

June 15, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Eight – New Year’s Eve 2015

We call in the London Police after making a gruesome discovery. Karla and Chris Williams P.I. enter dangerous situations while trying to uncover the truth about Shelley Desrocher’s disappearance. At this point in time, we’ve ...

June 10, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Seven – Uncovering the Truth

Karla and private investigator Chris Williams of Canadian Private Investigation Services spent an entire day in London, Ontario in the area where Shelley was last seen. They speak with people who live in the neighbourhood, ot...

June 05, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Six – Stories from the Streets

Karla took to the streets of London, with Chris from Canadian Private Investigation Services, to see what they could find out with regards to Shelley’s disappearance. Karla talks about what that experience was like, visiting ...

June 01, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Five – Pushing For Change

By now you’ve heard Shelley’s story. You’ve heard about her troubled childhood, her time in the foster care system, how she was trafficked into sex work, and everything we know about Shelley’s disappearance. We now wanted to ...

May 17, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Four - Series Update

We take a look at the Finding Shelley Desrochers series so far. You’ll hear some of Karla’s radio interviews, and then get an inside view of what it’s been like behind the scenes working on this podcast and dealing with the f...

May 13, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Three - What Happened to Shelley?

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and new...

May 10, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Two - Shelley Goes Missing

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and new...

May 04, 2017

Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part One - Getting To Know Shelley

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and new...

May 02, 2017

Overcoming MacLaren Hall

As a child, Michael James knew that life with his parents was not what it was supposed to be. Their drinking was taking its toll on his childhood and it led Michael to approach the police to take him away to a more stable env...

April 18, 2017

A Turning Life Around Story

Patricia Rodenbaugh was turned over to the L.A. foster care system at the tender age of 12. By her later teen years, she had given birth to two children and married just to escape the system. While Patricia had a rough start,...