The Darkest Part of the Cave

Ray Perman has been diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer. Having legally obtained the medication required, Ray is now deciding if he’ll end his own life, or let his cancer overcome him. It’s an extremely difficult position to be in, but Ray is determined to go on as long as he can and contribute as much as he can in the time he has left.

This story was produced by David Swanson and Dominic Girard with sound design by Shawn Cole and aired on CBC’s The Doc Project.

The Pinball Wizard

Last year, a 28-year-old Canadian man named Robert Gagno won the world pinball championship. Robert has autism so taking part in the sport has been a way for him to build independence.

This radio documentary aired internationally on BBC’s Outlook in March 2017.

Everyday Bravery

This podcast series celebrates and salutes the unsung heroes-next-door who practice acts of bravery every day. David is a story producer for the Everyday Bravery podcast. He is responsible for conducting and editing interviews, directing narrative arch writing scripts and managing story structure. This story was produced by David Swanson and Dominic Girard with sound design from Shawn Cole and Gaetan Harris.

Interesting Vancouver Presents

Interesting Vancouver Presents is a series of conversations with extraordinary Vancouverites who have spoken at the annual Interesting Vancouver speakers event.

This podcast aired on the CBC and community radio stations across Canada.


Choiceology with host Katy Milkman explores the lessons of behavioural economics using real stories to expose the psychological traps that impact people’s decisions.

This story was produced by David Swanson with sound design from Andy Sheppard.


Relate is a podcast about how we connect, how we work together, and how we understand one another. David was a story producer on the Relate podcast where he conducted and edited interviews, directed narrative arch wrote scripts and managed story structure. These stories were produced by David Swanson and Andy Sheppard with sound design from Andy Sheppard and Gaetan Harris.

IRL: Online Life is Real Life

IRL explores how our online life and real life intersect with stories from the wilds of the Web – and gets to the bottom of online issues that affect us all like privacy, closed platforms, hacking, fake news, cyber bullying and digital addiction.

This story was produced by David Swanson and Dominic Girard.


From Wi-Fi to webcams and cars to computers, Hackable? exposes the places hackers may hit, and explains how they get our information. David was a story producer for Hackable? and was responsible for conducting and editing interviews. This segment was produced by David with sound design from Gaetan Harris and Geoff Siskind.

The Slack Variety Pack

The Slack Variety Pack is a podcast about work and the people and teams who do amazing work together. As a freelance contributor, David was responsible for pitching stories, collecting tape, preparing and conducting interviews as well as collaborating with team members on scripts and sound designs.

Envoy Office Hacks

Envoy Office Hacks podcast features the innovative ways people have improved efficiency and productivity in their workspace.

David produced an episode of Envoy Office Hacks featuring HCMA Architecture and Design’s artist-in-residence program.