Muddied Water

Muddied Water
Winnipeg in 1919 is a city divided but when the two sides collide it’s difficult to know who’s right and who’s wrong, and if faced with similar conditions if we’d make the same choices today.

6: Bloody Saturday
Jul 5, 2019 • 14 min
On June 21st, the government sent in the militia. One man is shot dead, dozens are wounded, and thousands are sent running for their lives. Hear from eyewitnesses to the event known as Bloody Saturday, the day that broke the back of the strike. Produced…
5: The slave pact
Jun 27, 2019 • 11 min
May 30th, 1919, Winnipeg police officers were asked to sign a document. In it they pledge allegiance to the Police Commissioners and promise not to join 30,000 other workers in a city-wide strike. It was called “the slave pact” by many of the 252 members…
4: The south side of the tracks
Jun 20, 2019 • 18 min
On the other side of 30,000 striking workers one man’s name stands alone: A.J. Andrews. He and his Citizens Committee of 1,000 are credited with breaking the back of the strike in 1919. But how did they do it? Meet the man at the head of the business…
1: Wild woman of the west
Jun 13, 2019 • 11 min
She shouted from pulpits, raised her fists on the picket line and sang songs of freedom outside of prison walls the night the strike leaders were arrested. Oh ya, and she also ran the Labour Cafe, feeding thousands of striking women, in her spare time.…
2: Our friends of the rat-hole persuasion
Jun 13, 2019 • 15 min
Bill Pritchard was one of the brains behind the strike. He was in Winnipeg just six days but would end up imprisoned for a year because of his “involvement” in the strike. In this episode we focus on the media and the messages of the day, from the One Big…
3: Milk and bread
Jun 13, 2019 • 16 min
When the city stopped the first day of the strike, milk was not delivered to the Children’s Hospital. This is how we come to know Ethel Johns, the superintendent of the Children’s Hospital at the time. Her need for milk for the sick children contributed…
Muddied Water trailer
Jun 6, 2019 • 3 min
Muddied Water is a podcast about the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike that explores our desire to find heroes in an often unclear past. In a “fight for fair” that brought strikers out in the thousands, you’ll meet characters like Helen Armstrong and AJ…