Season 3

Transforming our Brains into Kinder, Cozier Places to Live - The Sarah Peyton Story

March 10, 2022

In this episode, your host Karla Stephens-Tolstoy will take you along for her first resonance training & relational neuroscience session with Sarah Peyton, a neuroscience educator and author.

An inspiring story of resilience, positivity and fighting the odds. This is Brea Griffiths Story

Jan. 3, 2022

This is an inspiring story of resilience, positivity and fighting the odds. This is Brea’s Story.

Ashleigh Banfield

April 12, 2021

For the past 30 years, Ashleigh Banfield has been consistently one of the most acclaimed anchors in television news, and one of television’s top crime journalists. In her most recent role, Ashleigh hosted Primetime Justice w…

Letters on Sex Trafficking

April 20, 2020

Human trafficking is a hard conversation to have, as most of us would like to think we have nothing in common with people who sell other people or those that exploit humans in any way. But, the reality is that this is a thri…

David Bernstein: Homeless youth to Harvard University.

Nov. 27, 2018

Dr. David Bernstein is a well respected, highly educated professional who has held appointments at Yale University School of Medicine, where he completed his doctoral internship, and Harvard University Medical School, where …

Michael Alig: From Club Kids to Convict & Back – Part 2

Oct. 23, 2018

This is the second part of a two part series featuring the charismatic founder of The Club Kids, Michael Alig. The Club Kids were a group of young, flamboyant New York City underground dance club personalities in the late 1…

Michael Alig: From Club Kids to Convict & Back – Part 1

Oct. 23, 2018

Michael Alig is a complex character. He’s the charismatic founder of the Club Kids, a group of young, flamboyant New York City underground dance club personalities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They wore outrageous cos…

Devin Price: Recovery – Relapse - Recovery

Sept. 28, 2018

We first met Devin Price in Episodes 45 and 46 of the Stand Up Speak Up Podcast, when he took us through his road to addiction, becoming a drug dealer and pimp and his eventual arrest. After serving three years in prison, he…

Burst the Bubble: Police Corruption

Aug. 30, 2018

Kelly Donovan is a whistleblower. Her story begins working for a major bank, marrying a police officer, then deciding to become a police officer. After only a few years, Kelly began to learn about internal inconsistencies, a…

Trust Me When I Say There Is No (Hero) In Heroin Part 2

Aug. 22, 2018

In the first part of this two part podcast series interviewing Frank, an addict who has abused drugs from the age of 12, he told us the origins of his addiction and how sniffing glue as a child turned into full on heroin add…

Trust Me When I Say There Is No (Hero) In Heroin

June 28, 2018

Franky Frank runs the My Cold Turkey Detox website where he shares the story and updates about his struggle overcoming drug abuse, primarily heroin and crack. His sister filmed his struggle as he detoxed cold turkey at her p…

Life is Easy, Living is Hard

June 12, 2018

Erica has endured a lifetime of trauma marked by a difficult upbringing, abusive relationships, an addiction to phone sex, attempted suicide, and a number of diagnosed mental health issues. Recently, we heard of a website ca…

Rehab #9: The Rob Rawlings Story

May 30, 2018

Rob Rawlings is working hard to break the cycle of drug addiction in his family. Despite his father’s abrasive nature and drug use, Rob continued to seek approval as his son. At the age of 14, Rob himself was introduced to d…

The Pain of Perfection

May 17, 2018

Recently we’ve featured addiction stories of people who had clear trauma growing up that contributed to the path they took in life. However, these things can happen to anyone. Danielle McCarron is a recovery advocate, worki…

Nowhere to Turn

May 5, 2018

Today’s guest has 5 kids from 4 different fathers and was abused as a child. Rose is an artist with designs in the Stand Up Speak Up. Growing up, she faced physical, mental, and sexual abuse. She had nowhere to turn and was…

Scientology Scars

April 18, 2018

There’s no shortage of content out there on the subject of Scientology. When we decided to tackle it, we knew the episode would have to focus on people, and the lasting effect Scientology has on its members once they leave.…

2 Generations of Pain & Addiction: The Linda Price Story

April 12, 2018

When Linda Price graduated high school, her dream of the perfect life was with a home, a baby, and a husband. These all eventually came to fruition, but not in the way she had imagined. An unfulfilling childhood led to…

I Spent $1 Million on Drugs - The Devin Price Story Part 2

March 27, 2018

Devin Price blames nobody but himself for the direction his life took. As a kid, Devin thought his childhood was fairly normal. His dad ran off and his mother became addicted to drugs, but Devin’s grandparents did their best…

I Spent $1 Million on Drugs - The Devin Price Story Part 1

March 20, 2018

Devin Price blames nobody but himself for the direction his life took. As a kid, Devin thought his childhood was fairly normal. His dad ran off and his mother became addicted to drugs, but Devin’s grandparents did their best…

Out of the Gutter: Howard Heathcote’s Story - Part 2

March 13, 2018

Howard Heathcote grew up in a house of addicts. Out of 2 parents and 9 children, only one, an older sister of Howard’s, miraculously avoided drugs and alcohol completely. Aside from that miraculous exception, fate was all bu…

Out of the Gutter: Howard Heatcote's Story - Part 1

March 7, 2018

Howard Heathcote grew up in a house of addicts. Out of 2 parents and 9 children, only one, an older sister of Howard’s, miraculously avoided drugs and alcohol completely. Aside from that miraculous exception, fate was all bu…

Burst the Bubble on Uncovering the Link Between Leadership and Mental Illness

Feb. 27, 2018

It takes a special person to be a leader. One thing historians have questioned for years is the apparent mental instability of both great and terrible leaders alike. Do the qualities that mark those with mood disorders als…

Burst the Bubble: Somalian Pirates

Feb. 20, 2018

Jay Bahadur is an investigator for an international agency. He’s a Canadian, born in Toronto, Ontario, who went on to be a journalist and author, becoming well-known for his reporting on Somalian pirates. He got an inside l…

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

Feb. 14, 2018

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 lif…

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

Feb. 7, 2018

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…

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

Feb. 5, 2018

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 int…

An Activist Filmmaker's Story

Jan. 23, 2018

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 t…

A Former Mongol Motorcycle Club Member's Story

Jan. 17, 2018

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 growin…

Burst the Bubble Female Serial Killers

Jan. 9, 2018

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…

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

Dec. 26, 2017

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 in…

Burst the Bubble of Organized Crime

Dec. 12, 2017

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 mon…

A Navy SEAL Team Six Story

Nov. 28, 2017

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 ef…

Burst the Bubble on Murder and Trauma Clean Up

Nov. 14, 2017

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 u…

An Unwanted Entities Story: The Halloween Edition

Oct. 30, 2017

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 cont…

Burst the Bubble on Finding and Convicting Serial Killers

Oct. 13, 2017

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 D…

Maryalice Ashbrook: Hollywood Kids to Hollywood Hell

Aug. 16, 2017

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 …

Overcoming MacLaren Hall

May 2, 2017

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 en…

A Turning Life Around Story

April 18, 2017

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…

Burst the Bubble on Harm Reduction

April 4, 2017

Reporter Drew Penner tracks down four very different but important perspectives on the evolving harm reduction movement. This episode will take you from east coast of the United States to London, Ontario, to Vancouver's down…

Foster Kid to Happy Husband

March 29, 2017

While researching for our episodes on the foster care system, we came across Scott Inman and felt he deserved an episode all to himself. Scott's story begins as so many others forced into the foster system - his father passe…

The Disappearance of Delaine Story: Part Two

March 13, 2017

Reporter Drew Penner travels with Anita, the mother of a 16-year-old native girl named Delaine who went missing one year ago. We retrace her last known steps, in an effort to get a better understanding of the issue of missin…

The Disappearance of Delaine Story: Part One

March 4, 2017

This is the first episode in a series about missing and murdered native women in Canada. We head to Kenora, Ontario to tell the story of Delaine Copenace, a 16-year-old aboriginal girl who went missing one year ago and was f…

The House of Mayhem Story

Feb. 20, 2017

There is a disproportionate number of homeless LGBTQ teens on the street, but most people don't talk about it. House of Mayhem is talking about it. House of Mayhem is a new tv series about LGBTQ youth in the foster system. I…

Burst The Bubble with Serial Killer Poetry

Feb. 3, 2017

We talk a lot about mental health and fighting your inner demons. But what happens when those demons take over? It's a sad conversation, but one that we need to have. That's why this episode takes a look at serial killers. B…

A Foster Care Survivor

Jan. 25, 2017

Jenny Maher has been through a lot. Growing up with a mentally ill mother, she was in and out of the foster system. Jenny experienced some bad things in her childhood, but she managed to overcome them. Today, she is an inspi…

A John's Story

Jan. 7, 2017

Who pays for sex? Why do they pay for sex? Often, without even knowing it, Johns are supporting sex trafficking operations. In this human trafficking awareness series, we examine prostitution from John's point of view. Host …

A Pimp's Story

Dec. 30, 2016

Part of our human trafficking series, this episode delves into the mind of a pimp. How does he think? How does he control the victims of sex trafficking? Listen for some answers. Understanding modern-day slavery is the first…

Human Trafficking: A Victim's Story

Dec. 29, 2016

Human trafficking is a hard conversation to have, but it needs to be spoken about. This episode is part of our human trafficking series, a series designed to spread awareness about the prevalence of modern-day slavery. We lo…