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.
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Marcuse and the Rise of the New Left — with Andrew Feenberg
Below the Radar explores critical theory, anti-authoritarianism, the philosophy of technology, and the storied academic career of SFU School of Communication professor Andrew Feenberg, who studied under influential theorists, including renowned German-American philosopher Herbert Marcuse of the Frankfurt School.
Am Johal and Andrew Feenberg discuss Andrew’s intellectual journey with critical theory, the rise of social democratic student movements in the United States in the context of the civil rights and anti-war movements of the ‘60s, and dig into the relevance of Marcuse’s work in radical politics and art today.
Art, Migration, and Connection — with Adriana Contreras
Below the Radar explores immigration and connecting to community and social justice movements through art with Adriana Contreras, a visual artist and storyteller who captures dialogues as they unfold as a graphic recorder with Drawing Change.
Adriana is in conversation with co-hosts Fiorella Pinillos and Melissa Roach about her journey with visual arts and dance as a first generation immigrant from Colombia. Adriana tells us how her love for the arts has shaped her career, sharing her experiences of working as a visual artist and communicator at the intersection of art and social change.
— Drawing Change: https://drawingchange.com/
— New Works: https://www.newworks.ca/
Post-Disaster Urbanism — with Mary Rowe
“Cities are fundamentally about people.” Mary Rowe joins Below the Radar to discuss the pandemic moment as an opportunity to reimagine how we live together in an urban environment. She and Am Johal are in conversation about the urgent need to build social solidarity around collective disaster, honing in on how people are in relationship with their community at the hyperlocal level.
As the president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, Mary’s recent work is concentrated on urban planning in disaster times, building social infrastructure, and helping cities recover and re-emerge from COVID-19 more connected, more resilient, and more empowered to effect change locally.
— Canadian Urban Institute: https://canurb.org/
— Bring Back Main Street: https://bringbackmainstreet.ca/
— CityTalk/Canada: https://canurb.org/citytalk-canada/
— “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” by John Barry: http://www.johnmbarry.com/the_great_influenza__the_story_of_the_deadliest_pandemic_in_history__133171.htm
— “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America” by John Barry: http://www.johnmbarry.com/rising_tide__the_great_mississippi_flood_of_1927_and_how_it_changed_america_58205.htm
— “The uses of disaster” by Rebecca Solnit: https://harpers.org/archive/2005/10/the-uses-of-disaster/
— “How to Survive a Disaster” by Rebecca Solnit: https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-how-to-survive-a-disaster/
Celebrating Queer Joy — with Brandon Yan
In this episode of Below the Radar, Brandon Yan, the executive director of Out on Screen, joins producers Fiorella Pinillos and Paige Smith to discuss his work in film education dialogue and fostering inclusive spaces for youth. Brandon speaks to supporting queer and trans youth in schools by bringing queer joy into classrooms, working collaboratively to push forward policy change, and reimagining the future of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Brandon also shares his path of embracing his identity as a queer, mixed-race person, and his experience running for city council in Vancouver.
— Out on Screen: https://outonscreen.com/
— Vancouver Queer Film Festival: https://queerfilmfestival.ca/
— CBC article - I'm working to unlearn the racism I internalized as a biracial kid: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/unlearning-internalized-racism-1.5677387
— Study: “A Media-Based School Intervention to Reduce Sexual Orientation Prejudice…”: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/11/2447
Urban Subjects — with Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen and Helmut Weber
Below the Radar’s Am Johal talks issues in urbanism and art as a research method with Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, and Helmut Weber of the cultural research collective, Urban Subjects, based in Vancouver and Vienna.
In this episode, they reflect on past arts exhibitions and programs they’ve facilitated on the urban experience, image politics, and visual representations of urbanism. Their work makes space for critical conversations about dispossession of land, the idea of a commons, the ‘right to the city’ in a contemporary context, the neoliberal commodification of housing, and more.
— Urban Subjects: http://www.urbansubjects.org/
— Artspeak Gallery: http://artspeak.ca/
— “How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love” essay by Jeff Derksen: https://fillip.ca/content/how-high-is-the-city-how-deep-is-our-love
— “The Right to the City” by Henri Lefebvre: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/henri-lefebvre-right-to-the-city#toc1
— The Vienna Model - Museum of Vancouver Exhibit: https://museumofvancouver.ca/vienna-model
— Alternatives to the Housing Crisis: Case Study Vienna - talk by Gabu Heindl at SFU: https://youtu.be/hLhDItRvBVY
Critical Librarianship — with Baharak Yousefi
SFU librarian Baharak Yousefi joins Am Johal on Below the Radar to discuss critical librarianship, interrogating the entrenched systems and structures of libraries. She speaks to issues around the way librarians are schooled, the commodification of knowledge, and the need to make libraries welcoming spaces to all.
Baharak also shares her love of books and culture that brought her to librarianship and talks about the popular One Book One SFU events she planned and hosted through the SFU Library. Am also asks her about her fondness for Vancouver’s West End and the neighbourhood’s quirky design gems.
— CritLib: http://critlib.org/
— Baharak Yousefi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BaharakY
— #WestEndFonts: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23westendfonts&src=typed_query&f=live
— SFU Library: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/
— Fugitive Libraries: https://placesjournal.org/article/fugitive-libraries/
— One Book One SFU event recordings:
Maggie Nelson and Amber Dawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6wsD9khaSQ
Ivan Coyote and Tegan Quin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs8OHEOMjeM
Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7-Hb693fJI&feature=youtu.be
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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.
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!