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The 1950s & 60s saw a wave of radical movements. Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. The Black Panthers. Quebec and Canada had the FLQ — a showdown that dissolved into crisis. By October 1970, there were soldiers in the streets, communities on edge, kidnapping and terror in the headlines. But those frightening weeks were just the crescendo of a wave of terror and violence that was nearly a decade in the making. This series will reveal the stories of that time through immersive storytelling and the people who lived it: the bomb disposal expert on defusing live explosives, the survivors of terror, their families, and the radicals themselves.

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The 1950s & 60s saw a wave of radical movements. Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. The Black Panthers. Quebec and Canada had the FLQ — a showdown that dissolved into crisis. By October 1970, there were soldiers in the streets, communities on edge, kidnapping and terror in the headlines. But those frightening weeks were just the crescendo of a wave of terror and violence that was nearly a decade in the making. This series will reveal the stories of that time through immersive storytelling and the people who lived it: the bomb disposal expert on defusing live explosives, the survivors of terror, their families, and the radicals themselves.

Episode 1: Suicide Commandos

The 1960s began as a time of promise for Quebec, with the feeling that the province was throwing off the shackles of its parochial past. But despite plenty of reason for hope, the seeds were being sown for radical revolt, and by 1963, Montreal would be shaken by political violence. We meet the victim of an early FLQ bombing, and dig into how her story was lost to history. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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Episode 2: The Strangler

The story of how a Hungarian born, Austro-German raised, ex-French Foreign Legionnaire became a radical Quebec separatist demonstrates the allure of the FLQ message in the political tinderbox that was Montreal in 1964. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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Episode 3: The Mastermind

Pierre Vallieres taps into the anger and alienation felt by Francophone Quebecers by penning a book of essays that earns him comparisons to Malcolm X and Che Guevara. The revolutionary text inflames separatist sentiment, cements Vallieres’s position as the intellectual and philosophical father of the FLQ… and is held up in the courts as evidence of his guilt in earlier FLQ bombing campaigns. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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Episode 4: The Whole Wide World

The FLQ’s campaign for liberation did not spring from a vacuum: radical Québec separatists were inspired by and in turn inspired decolonization movements around the world, including the Black Panthers. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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Episode 5: The Bomber

Pierre-Paul Geoffroy and Bob Côté were at opposite ends of the busiest period of FLQ bombing activity. It began in May 1968 with a bomb at the 7-Up factory, and ended in February 1969 with the explosion at the Montreal Stock Exchange. Geoffroy was planting the bombs, Côté had to defuse them. For both men, the period took a toll. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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Episode 6: Liberation

With the kidnappings of James Cross and Pierre Laporte, the FLQ earns the headline attention it craves, and creates a national crisis in the process. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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Episode 7: The War of Nerves

In response to the kidnappings of James Cross and Pierre Laporte, the federal government invokes the War Measures Act. And when the body of Pierre Laporte is discovered, popular sentiment turns against the FLQ and leads to the collapse of the group. To find transcriptions for episodes of Recall: How to Start a Revolution, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/recall-how-to-start-a-revolution-transcripts-listen-1.6756227

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