April 12, 2017 4:01 pm
Updated: October 14, 2017 10:31 am

Global News Off Script on News Talk 770

WATCH from Feb. 16: Global News reporter Jill Croteau and photographer Nathan Luit join Global Calgary with details on their new podcast Off Script, which explores relevant news stories of the month.

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At times, stories about Calgary and its people beg for depth, context and understanding. Global News Off Script endeavours to do just that.

Reporter Jill Croteau and photographer Nate Luit refashion stories first broadcast on Global News in Calgary, customizing their storytelling for News Talk 770 radio.

Jill and Nate strive to delve into the issues of today, drawing the listener in for stories that matter and highlighting the people that make a difference in our community.

Episode 8: Prison pen pals

Bad choices can cause irreparable loss, remorse and regret. But convicts serving time behind bars are finding a sense of salvation by connecting with strangers on the outside. On this episode of Global News Off Script, Jill Croteau and Nate Luit profile a program that links prisoners to volunteer pen pals.

Watch the story below and click here to read more:

Episode 7: The High Life

With a country in the midst of an opioid crisis, desperate parents are doing all they can to keep their addicted kids clean and sober. One Calgary mom has created a program that parallels addiction. She’s guiding her own teenage daughter, and other youth in recovery, to train for the race of their lives. They tackle grueling triathlons while fighting their addiction demons and soon start to discover a potential that nobody thought they were capable of.

Watch the story and extended video below and click here to read more

Watch below: This video shot and edited by Nate Luit captures youth in recovery and their coaching mentor triathlon training on the bike, in the water and on the running trails. 

Episode 6: An Open Book

For decades, the adoption process was shrouded in secrecy and shame – often leaving a child on a desperate search for his or her biological family. But the concept of “open adoption” allows birth moms to not only choose parents for their unborn babies, but to remain in their lives. Mothers who choose open adoption don’t ever lose a child, instead they gain a family.

Watch the original three-part series from November 2016 below:

Episode 5: Moments Like This

They became accidental role models to an entire generation living on a native reserve. A punk band from Siksika is breaking down barriers and stereotypes and these four young men are inspiring youth to follow their dreams. They’re proof of what can happen when you find healthy distractions and resist falling into the trappings of addiction and crime.

Watch the Global News story below and click here to read more

Episode 4: Make a Wish

A Calgary veteran deserving of one final wish had his dream come true. He wanted to travel halfway across the world to meet part of his family for the very first time.

Watch the Global News story below and click here to read more

Episode 3: The Rosebud Project

It’s a play that’s become one of the most produced in the world – and it hit the stage in small town Alberta. The production exposes some touchy subjects that don’t typically get discussed in rural communities. On this episode of Off Script, Jill Croteau and Nate Luit take an in-depth look at why this play about gay rights and intolerance came to the Christian community of Rosebud, Alberta.

Listen to the podcast on Global News Off Script 

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Episode 2: A Boy Named Paul

One homeless man’s death defied societal barriers. His funeral was filled with an extraordinarily diverse collection of people. For one hour in one Calgary church, there was proof that lines can be blurred between privilege and poverty.

Listen to the podcast on Global News Off Script 

Watch the Global News story below and click here to read more

Episode 1: Dying Alone

The moment you discover you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, life is forever changed. At the crossroads of life and death, a spiritual care coordinator is there as a guide to help you cope. But the Tom Baker Cancer Centre has decided to remove the role. We look at the fallout and uncover the reasons why.

Listen to the podcast on Global News Off Script 




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