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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 —Read more

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Women, Work, More: Senior Women & Economic Insecurity — with Sheila Block & Jo-Ann Hannah

Nov 26 • 43:58
For this final episode of Women, Work, More, host Alyha Bardi speaks with Sheila Block, a senior economist from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, and Jo-Ann Hannah, retired Director of the Pensions and Benefits at Unifor, and board member at the BC Financial Services Authority.

Sheila and Jo-Ann speak in conversation about retirement incomes with a gender and rac...

Labour Studies & Justice for Workers — with Kendra Strauss

Nov 23 • 24:19
The director of the SFU Labour Studies program, Kendra Strauss, joins Am Johal in a conversation about systemic challenges facing workers, and the ways in which workers shape economies and exercise power in the workplace.

Honing in on issues of precarious work, low wages, technological change, contracting out, and the devaluing of feminized work like care work, Am and Kendr...

Migrant Women & Transnational Loving — with Evelyn Encalada Grez

Nov 18 • 58:25
A transnational labour scholar, co-founder of Justicia for Migrant Workers, and assistant professor from SFU's Labour Studies Program, Evelyn Encalada Grez joins this episode of Women, Work, More to speak about migrant women and their experiences of transnational loving.

Evelyn explores the pains that accompany migration, from separating families to the often temporary love...

United We Can — with Ken Lyotier

Nov 16 • 40:52
Ken Lyotier tells stories from his early days in the Downtown Eastside and how he came to found United We Can, an initiative by binners, for binners. United We Can creates economic opportunities for those who rely on collecting and returning recyclables for their income.

In this episode of Below the Radar, Ken is in conversation with host Am Johal about building community i...

Women, Work, More: Working Mothers & the Pressures of Motherhood — with Amanda Watson

Nov 16 • 53:51
SFU Sociology and Anthropology Professor Amanda Watson, joins Alyha Bardi to speak about her recent book, 'The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in an Age of Anxiety.'

Amanda speaks about our cultural fascination with the figure of the juggling mother, explores the ableism and racism behind this depiction, and scrutinizes the immense pressures of motherhood that are often igno...

Solidarity as One Antidote to the Housing Crisis — with Nick Montgomery

Nov 10 • 31:59
Nick Montgomery joins Below the Radar to talk solutions to what he calls ‘structural precarity’ in housing. He is in conversation with host Melissa Roach about a newly launched project he has co-founded, Solidarity Housing, a new model that supports homeowners in transitioning their homes to become permanently affordable housing.

A writer, theorist, and permaculturist, Nick...

Women, Work, More: Young Women Navigating Food Service — with Kaitlyn Matulewicz

Nov 4 • 40:24
Women, Work, More kicks off with an investigation into the experiences of young women in the workplace. Host Alyha Bardi speaks with Kaitlyn Matulewicz, a labour organizer with a background in labour law, who is also the Executive Director of the Worker Solidarity Network. They speak about the unique barriers and harassment experienced by young women working front-of-house...

Community Building & Racial Justice — with Lama Mugabo

Nov 2 • 33:04
“What I see that's hopeful coming out of this pandemic is that I think we've revitalized our ability to work in solidarity.”

Lama Mugabo joins Below the Radar to speak to building community and solidarity, from Rwanda to Hogan’s Alley. Lama is a Rwandan-born community organizer and planner with deep roots in the Downtown Eastside and the Black community in Vancouver.

In this...

Toast, Jams & Anti-Fascist Karaoke — with Andrea Creamer

Oct 26 • 37:05
An artist, community organizer, and a former staff member and longtime friend of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Andrea Creamer joins Below the Radar to catch up with your host, Am Johal. They talk grassroots arts organizing, her experiences as a fine arts student in SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and at the University of Toronto, and taking a communi...

Artificial Intelligence, Sexbots and Patipolitics — with Isabel Millar

Oct 20 • 34:38
Philosopher, cultural theorist, and author of The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Isabel Millar joins Am Johal to speak about the psychoanalytical questions of AI and subjectivity. They talk about how Isabel’s work draws from Jacques Lacan, the importance of considering sexuality and the body in conversations about AI, and acknowledging how intelligence is a...

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