42 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 Mobilization Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Hosted and produced by:
Am Johal
Paige Smith
Rachel Wong
Fiorella Pinillos
Kathy Feng

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

    • Education

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 Mobilization Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Hosted and produced by:
Am Johal
Paige Smith
Rachel Wong
Fiorella Pinillos
Kathy Feng

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

    Cowboys, Mermaids, and Interdisciplinary Art — with Barbara Adler

    Cowboys, Mermaids, and Interdisciplinary Art — with Barbara Adler

    On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal is joined by Barbara Adler, interdisciplinary artist, programmer and SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts’ Professional Development Coordinator. Barbara’s artistic work has been presented at The Vancouver Folk Festival, Ballet BC, the Vienna Literature Festival and many more. She currently produces the weekly performance series Sawdust Collector, which showcases experimental and improvised works by established and emerging artists. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University.

    You can find out more about Barbara's artistic work here:
    http://www.tenthousandwolves.com/

    You can learn about Sawdust Collector here:
    https://www.sawdustcollector.com/

    • 17 min
    Advocating for Drug Policy Reform — with Scott Bernstein

    Advocating for Drug Policy Reform — with Scott Bernstein

    On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal is joined by Scott Bernstein, the Director of Policy at Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, a project based at the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. He has also done work with Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver and internationally with Open Society Foundations in New York. Together, Am and Scott talk about his work involving harm reduction, decriminalization and drug regulation policies, and discuss potential regulation models with studies such as the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) and Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness (SALOME).

    Learn more about the work of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition by visiting their website: https://drugpolicy.ca/

    • 32 min
    Investigating A*****e Culture — with John Walker

    Investigating A*****e Culture — with John Walker

    On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal sits down with John Walker, an award-winning Canadian filmmaker widely known for his documentary films, such as Québec My Country Mon Pays (2016) and Arctic Defenders (2013). He is also one of the co-founders of the Documentary Organization of Canada. In this conversation, John talks about his latest film, A******s: A Theory. The film is based on the work of Aaron James, author of a book of the same name. Together, they investigate “a*****e culture”, and the conditions of our contemporary culture that allows a******s to thrive.

    Here you can find upcoming screenings of A******s: A Theory:
    https://www.assholesatheory.com/upcoming-screenings/

    And here is the link to the film on the National FIlm Board of Canada:
    https://www.nfb.ca/film/a******s-a-theory/

    • 20 min
    Cyberwar and Revolution — with Svitlana Matviyenko

    Cyberwar and Revolution — with Svitlana Matviyenko

    On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal sits down with Svitlana Matviyenko, an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Analysis at SFU’s School of Communication. Her work and research focuses around topics such as political economy of information, digital militarism, social and mobile media, infrastructure studies, history of science, cybernetics and psychoanalysis. In this conversation, Svitlana talks about digital militarism on a global scale, the impacts of cyberwar on users today, and what is in store for the future of cyberwar.

    Svitlana Matviyenko is the co-author of "Cyber-War and Revolution: Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism," which was awarded the 2019 STAIR Book Award. Learn more about the book here:
    https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/cyberwar-and-revolution

    You can find out more about the award here: https://www.isanet.org/Programs/Awards/STAIR-Book-Award

    And you can read more about Svitlana's teaching:
    http://www.sfu.ca/communication/team/faculty/svitlana-matviyenko.html

    • 30 min
    Connecting Communities and Libraries — with Ebony Magnus

    Connecting Communities and Libraries — with Ebony Magnus

    On this episode of Below the Radar, Am Johal sits down with Ebony Magnus, the head of the Belzberg Library at SFU Vancouver. Ebony came into the role during SFU Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary and has a focus on community involvement for this branch, both within the university and with the wider community. Together, they discuss some core questions related to libraries, including equal access to technologies, value distinctions between different types of archives, and continued community engagement.

    To read more about Ebony, check out our website for her bio: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/Below-the-Radar.html

    To learn more about the Belzberg Library and the other SFU library branches, as well as the different events and programming that goes on, you can visit their website: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/

    • 23 min
    Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition — with Glen Coulthard

    Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition — with Glen Coulthard

    Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and is an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is also the author of the acclaimed book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition from University of Minnesota Press. On this special episode live from the Vancouver Podcast Festival, host Am Johal sits down with Glen to talk about who and what influences his work and research, the different projects he’s been involved in over the years, and what continues to inspire him to do the work he does.

    Read more about Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition here: www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/b…kin-white-masks

    Read more about The Fourth World here: www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/b…he-fourth-world

    You can read more about Glen Coulthard on our blog post: http://sfuwce.org/glen-coulthard/

    This episode was recorded live at the 2019 Vancouver Podcast Festival, and we’re grateful to them for their invitation to be part of their programming at the Vancouver Public Library. To learn more about the Vancouver Podcast Festival, please visit their website: www.vanpodfest.ca/

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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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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