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Stand Up Speak Up

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Discover the real-life stories of every day people surviving soul-crushing ordeals to take back their lives, becoming wiser, enlightened and triumphant in defying former tormentors and oppressors. Hear inspirational heroes speak honestly about their often-brutal experiences with Stand Up Speak Up to raise social awareness and remove stigmas. Listen to how the hurt, lost and forgotten overcome cruel adversity and go from victimized to victorious.

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Discover the real-life stories of every day people surviving soul-crushing ordeals to take back their lives, becoming wiser, enlightened and triumphant in defying former tormentors and oppressors. Hear inspirational heroes speak honestly about their often-brutal experiences with Stand Up Speak Up to raise social awareness and remove stigmas. Listen to how the hurt, lost and forgotten overcome cruel adversity and go from victimized to victorious.

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Red deer Alberta

By Jessica-Lynne - Feb 19 2018
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Red deer Alberta Thank you about talking about Kratom it saved my life

Excellent investigative podcast!

By bionicgram_on_IG - Jan 06 2018
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I’m currently listening to the Shelly Desrochers case. Very well done and interesting!

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
29
7
2
2
1

Red deer Alberta

By Jessica-Lynne - Feb 19 2018
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Red deer Alberta Thank you about talking about Kratom it saved my life

Excellent investigative podcast!

By bionicgram_on_IG - Jan 06 2018
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I’m currently listening to the Shelly Desrochers case. Very well done and interesting!

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Stand Up Speak Up

Updated about 1 month ago

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Discover the real-life stories of every day people surviving soul-crushing ordeals to take back their lives, becoming wiser, enlightened and triumphant in defying former tormentors and oppressors. Hear inspirational heroes speak honestly about their often-brutal experiences with Stand Up Speak Up to raise social awareness and remove stigmas. Listen to how the hurt, lost and forgotten overcome cruel adversity and go from victimized to victorious.

Rank #1: Episode 51: Rehab #9: The Rob Rawlings Story

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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 drugs. It was only a matter of time before he tried opiates, and then heroine. To feed his addiction, Rob was led to a life of crime, he’d even steal from his own family.  Now, at 43 years old, Rob is in rehab for the 9th time, but feeling optimistic - and says he’s in the best recovery home yet.  In this episode, Rob shares his story, and we’ll hear what he’s planning to do with life after recovery.    Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative     Check out these designs inspired by Rob's story:   Don't Boost Cotton Tee - Order Yours Today!   Links:   https://www.facebook.com/calipalmsrecovery/    https://www.facebook.com/Pottamus    Podcast Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/standupspeakuppodcast/ 

May 30 2018
45 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 53: Trust Me When I Say There Is No (Hero) In Heroin

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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 place in Sweden after 30 years as a chronic long term addict. Franky Frank - not his real name - is now in his forties, in recovery and is our guest on the podcast to tell us how, despite having fallen many times in the past, cold turkey detox does work for some.   In this first of a two-part series, Frank explains how be became addicted by the age of 12, and how that was the beginning of a lifelong struggle.    Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy Co-Producer: Kris Mulliah Editor: Joel at East Coast Studio   https://www.mycoldturkeydetox.com/

Jun 28 2018
54 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 38: Burst the Bubble of Kratom: Part One: Kratom Saved Me

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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.   Kratom is a leafy plant from South East Asia, from the coffee family. It’s an ancient drug, traditionally used to relieve pain, increase energy, appetite, and sexual desire. It was also known to be used as an opium substitute in the 18th & 19th centuries.   In 2013, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Kratom had no legitimate medical use.  Recently, the FDA issued a health advisory against the plant, which some claim is spreading misinformation about its dangers, and not backed up with any scientific evidence.    Currently, Kratom can be sold legally in Canada in a powdered form, but only for aroma therapy purposes. At this time it has not been approved for consumption by Health Canada.   In the first part of our series on Kratom, we hear from experts such as Dr. Edward W. Boyer of Harvard, and Angela Watson and David Derian of the Botanical Education Alliance.    Later in the series, hear stories from users of Kratom who say it has improved - and maybe even saved - their lives.   Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative   Stand Up Speak Up Understand Addiction collection:   Links:  https://www.botanical-education.org/stop-fdas-misinformation/  https://www.botanical-education.org/our-team/  https://www.facebook.com/BotanicalEducationAllliance/     This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license: Derek Clegg - Four Walls

Feb 05 2018
1 hour
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Rank #4: Episode 52: Life is Easy, Living is Hard

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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 called writeaprisoner.com. While Erica is not a prisoner herself, she has turned to the site in what seems to be a way of coping with her own past, and actually fell in love with a man on the inside, who turned out to only be using her.    Erica’s story highlights yet another case of neglect and having nowhere to turn, nobody who believed her, when she needed it the most.   Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Studio   Check out these designs from Stand Up Speak Up Apparel:    https://www.standupspeakupapparel.com/collections/all-tops/products/healing-is-possible-womens-fitted-tank-top    https://www.standupspeakupapparel.com/collections/all-tops/products/drugs-detox-rehab-recovery-womens-cotton-tee    Links:    http://writeaprisoner.com

Jun 12 2018
42 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 40: Burst the Bubble of Kratom: Part Three: More Amazing Stories

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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 lifted from such dark places thanks to this humble plant.   The sad part is that, in the U.S., Kratom is facing even more government push back. On February 6th, the FDA released a statement comparing Kratom to opioids and blaming it for 44 fatalities. You can read the full letter below.   Kratom advocates strongly refute the FDA’s claims. Their belief is that existing science on Kratom does not justify it being placed on any schedule or controlled substances list that would prevent consumer access. They’re encouraging continued lawful access to Kratom, with balanced regulation, proper research, and protecting rather than harming public health.   Based on what we’ve seen, we are 100% on the side of the Kratom advocates. If you’re not, hearing the stories in this episode will likely change your mind. We’ll share with you many of the stories that have been submitted, and our guest Josh (who is now a trusted Kratom vendor) tells us about his struggle with opioid addiction, being discharged from the military, spending 4 years in a maximum security prison, and how he finally built the life he wanted.    Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca    Thanks to Stand Up Speak Up Apparel: https://www.standupspeakupapparel.com    If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to help us with a review on iTunes: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1224226582    Links:   FDA kratom announcement: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm595622.htm   Josh’s kratom store: http://www.soapkorner.com/    Other trusted kratom vendors:  http://www.standupspeakupblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Vetted-Kratom-Vendors-1.pdf   Article on the FDA announcement: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2018/02/09/fda-weaponizes-opioid-label-against-kratom-consumers/2/#e68250350079    ‘Landslide’ performed by Linda Nusca and Andrew Hunt, recorded by Mauro Giammarco.

Feb 14 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 22: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Five – Pushing For Change

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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 make the most of all the attention this series has received, so we take a look at the foster care system and programs available today, to see if anything has changed. Plus, Karla finds a private investigator willing to look into some of the leads that we’ve uncovered during our research. Can we find out what happened to Shelley? Does anybody know? Are they too scared to talk?Guests this episode are child & youth welfare expert Jane Kovarikova, Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Coordinator Cindy Stover, and Chris Williams of Canadian Private Investigation Services. http://cpis.ca My Sisters Place GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario This podcast contains music used under a creative commons license.http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dazie_Mae/Songs_Matured_in_Oak/12_-_Dazie_Mae_-_The_Winter_Of_My_First_Love Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

Jun 06 2017
44 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 34: Burst the Bubble Female Serial Killers

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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 surprise you. Today we’re looking at female serial killers, specifically here in Canada. How they differ from men, their motivations, and some stories of well-known Canadian killers. Our guest, Lee Mellor, is a criminologist and author. We’ll cover the stories of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, Lila Young, Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka, Stephanie Bird, and Millie Weeks. Content may be disturbing. Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative Stand Up Speak Up Fashion: Women's Cotton Tee - https://standupspeakupfashion.com/collections/womens-cotton-tees/products/the-predator-womens-cotton-tee Men's Cotton Tee - https://standupspeakupfashion.com/collections/mens-cotton-tees/products/the-predator-mens-cotton-tee Links: Lee’s book “Cold North Killers”: https://www.amazon.ca/Cold-North-Killers-Canadian-Serial/dp/1459701240 Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP17XnMs0zg&t=1727s&ab_channel=SerialKillersAroundTheWorld http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/paul-bernardo-and-karla-homolka-case/ Lee’s Podcast ‘Murder Was The Case": https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/murder-was-the-case/id1327969221?mt=2 

Jan 09 2018
47 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 21: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Four - Series Update

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In this mini episode, 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 flood of information that has come in.Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.comLondon Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.caThis episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.Great Lake Swimmers - Gonna Make It Through This Yearhttp://freemusicarchive.org/music/Great_Lake_Swimmers/20120127150256228/GreatLakeSwimmers-GonnaMakeItThroughThisYear

May 30 2017
20 mins
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Rank #9: Episode ​35: A Former Mongol Motorcycle Club Member's Story

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Why does someone get involved in the criminal world? What makes someone interested in joining a motorcycle gang known for brutal activity? In this episode we tell the story of one man who was let down by the Quebec foster care system growing up, and followed his anger down a very dark path. He looks back on his days in the Mongols Motorcycle Club, as he struggles to create a new life on the other side. Executive Producer: Karla Stephens Tolstoy Producer + Original Sound Design: Drew Penner ​Voice: Marc Oliver ​Music: DJ Philosophy ​“Watery,” “4th Kind,” and “Distance,” our track of the week. -Tanner Feehan (aka Philosophy) is an L.A. musician who has moved to Canada’s West Coast to pursue music production, and was kind enough to lend us a track to go with the story. You can check out his Dropping Knowledge radio show on CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria, Saturday nights at 7 p.m. ​Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/phil0s0phy​ Radio show: http://cfuv.uvic.ca/cms/?show=dropping-knowledge Bernardo de la Torre – “Boxing Day,” and “Boxing Day v.2” -Bernie is a musician who moved from Guadalajara, Mexico to British Columbia, where he makes music and loves exploring the outdoors. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bernieff Frequency Horizon “Biker Gang Escape Theme,” “Skip the Prospect Stage,” “Bop on the Head,” “Piano and Horn Muscle,” “Messed Up Bells,” “Fam Seeking / Finding." Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon ​Image: Composite by Drew Penner featuring inspiration/art from ​meddygarnet (Flickr), Eric Birdman and DR.KNUDSON. Drew Penner is a journalist based in California whose work has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Hearld and the Victoria Times Colonist. He also produces the Frequency Horizon podcast (soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon) and loves surfing, hiking and random adventures.

Jan 17 2018
53 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 23: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Six – Stories from the Streets

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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. In this mini episode, Karla talks about what that experience was like, visiting crack houses, and talking to people on the street. We also hear two dramatic stories that shed a light on some of the serious things happening in our very own cities that we may not even realize. Next time, a full slate of interviews and updates from the streets of London. Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca Olivia’s Song: https://soundcloud.com/olivia-paige-5/see-you-later-shogun-x-snapzkush-x-redrum-tha-don-x-live  Don’t forget, Wearable Therapy by Tokii is donating an additional $5 to My Sisters Place for every written iTunes or Podbean review we get for the month of June! My Sisters Place GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario 

Jun 13 2017
31 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 24: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Seven – Uncovering the Truth

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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, other sex workers, and drug users who live in the crack houses that Shelley frequented.While interviewing, Karla & Chris started hearing a few names mentioned repeatedly, along with eerie stores and rumours about these individuals possibly harming Shelley.You’ll hear an outline of findings from the first trip as the team prepares for a second London visit to dig deeper using this new information.In Part 8, Karla & Chris dig deeper into our leads, and end up in one of the houses where Shelley’s remains are rumoured to be. Look for that episode July 4th.Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca Thanks to:Canadian Private Investigation Services http://cpis.ca My Sisters Place GoFundMe:https://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario Wearable Therapy 3000 Acts of Kindness: https://www.wearable-therapy-tokii.com/pages/100-acts-of-giving-back-new This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Amy_Sayer/Amy_Sayers_Songs/Siren_Song

Jun 22 2017
41 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 25: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Eight – New Year’s Eve 2015

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In the most dramatic episode yet, 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 been led to a group of individuals and one theory that seems highly likely. These possible suspects seem to be exhibiting strange behavior after our meddling. The pieces seem to start falling into place after one source becomes hysterical while describing a party that took place on New Year’s Eve, just days before Shelley went missing. Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca Stand Up Speak Up Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StandUpSpeakUpByTokii/Thanks to: Canadian Private Investigation Services http://cpis.ca Wearable Therapy 3000 Acts of Kindness: https://www.wearable-therapy-tokii.com/pages/100-acts-of-giving-back-new This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kadhja_Bonet/Live_at_WFMU_for_Sophisticated_Boom_Boom_with_Sheila_B_10212016/Kadhja_Bonet_5_Miss_You

Jul 04 2017
37 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 33: The Stand Up Speak Up Story: Special Edition with Founders Karla and Zach

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If you’ve listened to StandUp SpeakUp 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 a led a pretty interesting life!She’s a Canadian born & raised entrepreneur, businesswoman, volunteer, mom… and those are just a few of her titles! Karla overcame learning disabilities, and eventually landed the title of CEO at Vodafone, one of the biggest telecom companies in the world. She’s proven that with hard work, nothing is out of reach.Also on her journey Karla has worked many interesting jobs, hosted a community TV show called “Chit Chat”, started a dating app and website called Tokii, and more. Today, we sit down with Karla to hear her story, and later her son Zach joins to talk about the mother-son team behind Stand Up Speak Up Apparel.

Dec 26 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 20: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part Three - What Happened to Shelley?

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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 news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.Part Three explores the difficult question of “What happened to Shelley Desrochers?”The list of possibilities is long, but you’ll be shocked to hear just what kind of a picture Mike Arntfield can paint using his experience and statistics. We also speak with Shelley’s friends & family who have thoughts of their own, and some eerie comments made by Shelley in the past that may serve as clues. Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca  This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License. Kalli - This Is Goodbye http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kalli/Live_at_WFMU_on_Irene_Trudels_Show_on_August_15_2011/Kalli_-_10_-_This_Is_Goodbye Thanks to Mike Arntfield: http://michaelarntfield.com/

May 23 2017
1 hour
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Rank #15: Episode 18: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part One - Getting To Know Shelley

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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 news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.Part One - Getting To Know Shelley features exclusive interviews with Shelley’s sister and two friends. We hear some dramatic stories about Shelley’s troubling childhood, how she was forced into sex-work, and when she was last heard from.Have you seen Shelley? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx  Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-TolstoyEditor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

May 09 2017
46 mins
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