163 episodes

Amplifying ideas that fly below the radar. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests.

This podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Hosted and currently produced by:
Am Johal
Alex Abahmed
Alyha Bardi
Fiorella Pinillos
Kathy Feng
Melissa Roach
Paige Smith

Visit our website for archived audio and video recordings of our public events: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/audio-video-gallery.html

Below the Radar SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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Amplifying ideas that fly below the radar. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests.

This podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Hosted and currently produced by:
Am Johal
Alex Abahmed
Alyha Bardi
Fiorella Pinillos
Kathy Feng
Melissa Roach
Paige Smith

Visit our website for archived audio and video recordings of our public events: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/audio-video-gallery.html

    Experimental Pedagogy & Art — with Alessandra Pomarico

    Experimental Pedagogy & Art — with Alessandra Pomarico

    In this episode, we spoke with Alessandra Pomarico about creating collaborative art for social change, both before and during the pandemic. The show begins by talking about friendship and different collectives in Italy and New York, before moving on to new ways of thinking which combine resistance and existence (re-existence). Centring re-existence in Latin American ideas and the Zapatista movement, Alessandra puts forward a new way of learning through collective living and collaborative art spaces.

    Resources:
    Free Home University: https://www.fhu.art/
    Ecoversities Alliance: https://ecoversities.org/
    Learning With Covid: https://ecoversities.org/how-to-hospice-the-current-system-learning-with-covid/
    16 Beaver: https://16beavergroup.org/
    Society of the Friends of the Virus: https://16beavergroup.org/mondays/2020/03/22/society-of-the-friends-of-the-virus-volume-1/
    Firefly Frequencies: https://fireflyfrequencies.org/
    Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Nancy, & Roberto Esposito exchange letters: https://www.lacan.com/symptom/philosophy-the-coronavirus/
    Chto Delat: https://chtodelat.org/
    People of Flour, Salt, and Water: https://www.fhu.art/people-offlour-salt-and-water-session
    Institute of Radical Imagination: https://instituteofradicalimagination.org/
    When the Roots Start Moving. First Movement: To Navigate Backward: Resonating with Zapatismo: https://instituteofradicalimagination.org/2021/09/07/to-navigate-backward-resonating-with-zapatismo-book/
    To Be Determined artist residency video: https://www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/vancity-office-community-engagement/library/2016/to-be-determined.html

    Bio:
    Alessandra Pomarico is a founder of Free Home University. Originally from Italy and with a PhD in Sociology, Alessandra has been curating international and multidisciplinary artists’ residency programs in Italy and Europe. Her practice is based on facilitating collaborative, context-based art projects, with a focus on social change. She previously taught History and Italian Literature in high schools in disadvantaged areas.

    • 44 min
    ALIVE: Creating Systems of Change — with Scott Clark

    ALIVE: Creating Systems of Change — with Scott Clark

    On this week’s episode, we sat down with long-time Indigenous-rights advocate Scott Clark of the Coast Salish S'Klallam nation, and discussed creating systems of change from the ground up that produce positive and evidence based results. Diving into his work with ALIVE, or Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society, Scott talks about his hope regarding youth-led movements while critiquing how settler governments continue to fail Indigenous people.

    Having decades of experience working with urban Indigenous people in the Downtown Eastside, Scott explains his misgivings around nonprofits and how, due to funding sources, they can become extensions of a colonial government at the neighbourhood level. He instead proposes Indigenous self-government and the development of more inclusive and fair policy documents.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/154-scott-clark.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/154-scott-clark.html

    Resources:
    Aboriginal Live in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE): https://alivesociety.ca/
    ALIVE Report: Our Place, Our Home, Our Vision: Youth Voices of East Vancouver: https://alivesociety.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/alive-youth-policy-report-V02.pdf

    • 35 min
    Intergenerational Community Building – with InterGenNS

    Intergenerational Community Building – with InterGenNS

    Am Johal sits down with the team at InterGenNS, a North Shore community project working to inspire intergenerational connections. This intergenerational trio, Rachelle Patille, Sue Carabetta, and June Maynard, speak about bridging the gap of academia and community, the impacts that COVID had on project goals and funding, and the challenges of embarking upon community-engaged research.

    The team also explores their personal stories that led them towards intergenerational programming, and discusses how InterGenNS has created community connectivity and collaboration among organizations, partners, and community members across different ages and social intersections. They also speak about their optimism and excitement surrounding the future of InterGenNS as we slowly emerge from the pandemic.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/153-intergenns.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/153-intergenns.html

    Resources:
    — Celebrating Intergenerational Day with the InterGenNS Project: https://www.sfu.ca/gerontology/news-events/news/celebrating-intergenerational-day.html
    — North Shore Community Resources: https://www.nscr.ca/
    — SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre: https://www.sfu.ca/grc.html

    • 31 min
    Vancouver Podcast Festival: Podcasting Climate Change

    Vancouver Podcast Festival: Podcasting Climate Change

    The climatic events of 2021 (heat, fires, floods, storms) have brought home the reality of climate change like never before — and the urgency for media to address this crisis couldn’t feel greater. But how do we talk about the climate emergency in ways that move us away from despair and disaster coverage? How can podcasts shift the conversation in ways the mainstream media cannot or refuses to do? How do we talk about climate justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and de-colonizing media?

    For this special release, tune into the live event recording from Podcasting Climate Change, a session at the 2021 Vancouver Podcast Festival. This recording features a panel discussion curated and moderated by Below the Radar host Am Johal. He is joined by Chief Patrick Michell, Julia Kidder, Eugene Kung and Grace Nosek.

    This Vancouver Podcast Festival event was presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/152-podcasting-climate-change.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/152-podcasting-climate-change.html

    Resources:
    — Vancouver Podcast Festival: https://www.vanpodfest.ca/
    — Doxa Festival: https://www.doxafestival.ca/
    — Climate Justice & Inequality, a Below the Radar series: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/about/updates/all-updates/climate-justice-inequality-podcast.html
    — Kanaka Bar Indian Band: https://www.kanakabarband.ca/
    — Living with Water: Rethinking coastal adaptation to climate change: https://pics.uvic.ca/media-release/living-water-rethinking-coastal-adaptation-climate-change
    — West Coast Environmental Law: https://www.wcel.org/
    — UBC Climate Hub: https://ubcclimatehub.ca/
    — Planet Potluck podcast: http://planetpotluck.com/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Bramah and the Beggar Boy — with Renée Sarojini Saklikar

    Bramah and the Beggar Boy — with Renée Sarojini Saklikar

    Writer and poet, Renée Sarojini Saklikar joins Am Johal on this episode of Below the Radar to talk about her latest work, Bramah and The Beggar Boy, first in a series, THOT J BAP (The Heart Of This Journey Bears All Patterns). In this episode, Renée reads passages from her new story and discusses the act of writing as a woman of colour, her creative process, and how writing can be a form of survival and resistance.

    Her book is an epic poem and story which was an amazing 10-year undertaking, describing a future dealing with climate change and a viral bio-contagion. Bramah, a locksmith, part human and part goddess, is part of the poet’s “life-long project of unlocking and unbinding, of challenging the primacy of borders, the formal, the political and the self-imposed.” More details about Renée’s new book and her previous books can be found in the resources below.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/151-renee-sarojini-saklikar.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/151-renee-sarojini-saklikar.html

    Resources:

    — Bramah and The Beggar Boy: https://harbourpublishing.com/products/9780889714021
    — children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections: https://harbourpublishing.com/collections/renee-sarojini-saklikar/products/9780889712874
    — Listening to the Bees: https://harbourpublishing.com/collections/renee-sarojini-saklikar/products/9780889713468
    — SFU’s Writer Studio: https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/the-writers-studio-creative-writing-certificate.html
    — Air India Redacted: https://summit.sfu.ca/item/20083
    — THOT J BAP: https://thotjbap.com

    Bio:

    Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a poet and lawyer who lives in Vancouver. She is the author of the ground-breaking poetry book, children of air india, about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 which won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize and is the co-author, with Dr. Mark Winston, of the poetry and essay collection, Listening to the Bees, winner of the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology. She is the curator of the poetry reading series Lunch Poems at SFU and in 2021 curated Vancouver’s first free Poetry Phone, 1-833-POEMS-4-U. Renée Sarojini is an instructor for SFU and VCC and was the first poet laureate for the City of Surrey, (2015-2018). Her work has been adapted for opera, visual art and dance. Her epic fantasy series in verse, THOT J BAP: The Heart Of This Journey Bears All Patterns, is about a female hero battling to save a planet ravaged by climate change, launched in 2021.

    • 39 min
    Dialogue & Social Change — with Mark Winston

    Dialogue & Social Change — with Mark Winston

    Below the Radar explores the transformational capacity of dialogue with apiculturist, award-winning author, and SFU Professor of Biological Sciences Mark Winston. He is in conversation with host Am Johal about SFU’s Semester in Dialogue program and the importance of providing students with opportunities to be engaged with their communities.

    Mark shares how part of a university’s job is to help people realize who they want to be in the world, speaking to the impact of alternative pedagogical models that embrace dialogue and art. We hear stories from his time as director of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and the complex process of creating a non-traditional, interdisciplinary program such as the Semester in Dialogue.

    They speak about Mark’s journey with dialogue, which grew out of his fascination with bee communication. He also talks about the shortcomings of dialogue, what conversations need to be elevated emerging from the pandemic, and how we can translate them into building equity and compassion for all.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/150-mark-winston.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/150-mark-winston.html

    Resources:
    — Mark’s website: http://winstonhive.com/
    — Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674368392
    — Listening to the Bees: https://harbourpublishing.com/products/9780889713468
    — Semester in Dialogue: https://www.sfu.ca/dialogue/semester/
    — Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue: https://www.sfu.ca/dialogue.html
    — Vancouver Manuscript Intensive: https://www.vancouvermanuscriptintensive.com/

    Bio:
    Mark L. Winston is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive, and an Independent Publishers 2019 Gold Medal “IPPY” Award for his book Listening to the Bees. One of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston is also an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and writer. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he founded the Semester in Dialogue, a program that creates leadership development opportunities equipping and empowering students to address community issues.

    As a consultant and thought leader, Dr. Winston partners with universities, corporations, NGOs, governments and communities to advance communication skills, engage public audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions. As an award-winning writer and editor, he works with students, scientists, other professionals and writers to develop compelling non-fiction, from proposals and newspaper opinion pieces to manuscripts and books.

    He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, a Professor of Biological Sciences, and the SFU Library’s inaugural Nonfiction Writer in Residence (2020-2021).

    • 34 min

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Raising the profile of community members, organizations, and research

A great podcast that really does amplify ideas that we might not know of because they are 'below the radar'! Interviews are insightful and the guests are very unique and interesting.

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Informative and engaging podcast!

Below the Radar is a great Vancouver podcast. Every episode I learn something new and the show has wonderful guests everytime!

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