Episodes

  • Episode 6: Farhat

    Farhat came from India to Canada as a young 20-year-old excited to further her studies in journalism. Unfortunately, those dreams didn’t come to fruition, as she soon had 3 children […]

  • Episode 5: Wendy

    Wendy was an involved and pro-active mother when her son was growing up, but it just didn’t seem to be enough to keep him out of trouble. She thought maybe […]

  • Episode 4: Jackie

    Jackie is a communications technology teacher at a high school in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Her son, Peter, was arrested for attempted murder when his daughter, Lyla, was only a few […]

  • Episode 3: Rebecca

    The memories of her son that Rebecca is most fond of involve the family sitting together on the couch watching a movie and enjoying their downtime. These are still some […]

  • Episode 2: Dinny

    Dinny is a retired social worker who enjoys singing opera and describes herself as a bit of a diva. Her son is currently serving a life sentence without possibility of […]

  • Episode 1: Yvonne

    Welcome to the first episode of Unconditional. Hosted by Annalise Nielsen, this podcast examines the experiences of a mother after the arrest of her child. In the first episode, we […]

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  • Episode 1: Yvonne

    Episode 1: Yvonne

    May 18, 2017 • 16:28

    “I was worried, at 77, that I would never see my son again. I figured I would be going to my grave and not see him no more.”

  • Episode 2: Dinny

    Episode 2: Dinny

    May 18, 2017 • 23:51

    “The depth of the sorrow you feel when your child has done something very wrong— I mean, it’s not a little thing, it’s not like he’s taken someone’s pail in […]

  • Episode 3: Rebecca

    Episode 3: Rebecca

    May 18, 2017 • 23:47

    “When you were younger I could always stand in front of you and protect you. I may not be able to protect you anymore because you're an adult, but I'm not going anywhere.”

  • Episode 4: Jackie

    Episode 4: Jackie

    May 18, 2017 • 26:43

    “It seemed he would disappear inside himself. I just put it down to, 19-years-old, baby, no job, living with your parents. I didn’t realize there was other things happening up there. I had no idea.”

  • Episode 5: Wendy

    Episode 5: Wendy

    May 18, 2017 • 25:45

    “He had the perfect life. I thought everything was perfect. How could he do this?”

  • Episode 6: Farhat

    Episode 6: Farhat

    May 18, 2017 • 23:51

    “It's like a dream-- it's like a nightmare. It was behind glass, he came in that orange suit..."