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Sylvia at Social Forum Tunisia 2013

Latin Waves is celebrating its 10th year on the air,  we bring our listeners in-depth coverage of issues with a focus on the history of an issue and what that history means for us today and most importantly what we can do to move society forward in a healthy way.

In short our show is focused on building community across borders, positive social change has only come through communities of interest working together.

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​​​​​Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by Charles Boylan from Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, she speaks about her new book Fleshmapping, Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education

Sylvia L. Richardson is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the host and producer of the internationally syndicated radio program Latin Waves.

A Brief Book synopsis
What can be learned from a story woven out of fragmented moments of joy, pain, horror, and blissful awareness? Flesh Mapping is an attempt to create a pedagogy of shared narrative, place, and politics; to narratively map the injuries of the material, emotional, and spiritual impact of poverty, displacement, hunger and war on an individual life.

The book is an invitation to instructors in education, anthropology, women’s studies, and labor studies to re-imagine education as the praxis for liberation, renewal, and hope. It serves as a process of naming the injuries inflicted on real bodies by privilege and power, like sites on a map. The goal is not simply to name and make visible privilege but to simultaneously create emergent spaces of dissonance in education that can challenge and transform power at the site where the personal is political. Purchase Copy Now




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A tribute to Eduardo Galeano , he passed on April 13, 2015

A tribute to Eduardo Galeano , he passed on April 13, 2015, this interview originally aired Sep 2009 but still relevant today.

Eduardo Galeano , Poet and prolific author of several books including his famous Open Veins of Latin America and his latest Mirrors an almost universal history talks about the need for community and communion with nature.

Also music by Dana Lyons “The Green and Blue”

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Is Capitalism compatible with the worlds great religions

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen about our “dead culture” of state Fundamentalism.

Jensen says that absolute beliefs that ignore life’s complexities are used to support the politics of empire. He gives examples of these, including market fundamentalism (capitalism), moral fundamentalism (of spreading ‘democracy’), or technological fundamentalism – the belief that technology will solve the environmental problems it causes.

Jensen claims that capitalist fundamentalism is in fact incompatible with Christianity, which. like many the other great religions, are calls to recognize the universal human family. He describes alternative types of power that can lead to a hopeful future.

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Michael Albert on the current economic system and need to move to participatory economy

​​​​​Michael Albert is an American activist, speaker, and writer. He is co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles.

Micheal speaks about the structures of society that continually enhance the few at the benefits of the many. And what we need to do to make the changes we need.

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​​​​​Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully. It’s hard to have hope…What will you tell the generations that come after you’re gone? The young ask the old to hope….what will you tell them? Tell them at least what you say to yourself. Tell them we lived in a world face with many challenges and also amazing opportunities to create a new path grounded in local focus, fierce intelligence and deep connection with one another.

Tell them the path is made by walking, by engaging with open hearted-ness and wide-awakeness that provide for a meaningful and radical engagement with the world.

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The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men

Host Sylvia has a lively discussion with Robert Jensen about his newest book.

He calls for a radical feminist challenge to institutionalized male dominance; an uncompromising rejection of men’s assertion of a right to control women’s sexuality; and a demand for an end to the violence and coercion that are at the heart of all systems of domination and subordination.

The End of Patriarchy makes a powerful argument that a socially just society requires no less than a radical feminist overhaul of the dominant patriarchal structures.

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Jensen on the hierarchical structures of power and violence

Sylvia Richardson speaks with Activist and author Derrick Jensen . He makes visible the unspoken hierarchical structures of power and violence. Why in a capitalist, patriarchal system violence against women, people of colour and against nature is the norm not the exception

Derrick advises both men and women as to what their role is in this culture of violence.

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Remembering Rafe Mair, one of BC’s most iconic voices, patriots

On Oct 9th British Columbia lost one of it’s most iconic voices with the passing of Rafe Mair who was a Canadian lawyer, political commentator, radio personality and politician who for the last decade has been working closely with Damien Gillis on environmental issues with the Common sense Canadian.

Host Stuart Richardson speaks to Damien Gillis about Rafe’s passion for life, his never quit attitude and some of Rafe’s battles and inspirations. We also talk about the Kinder Morgan proposed pipeline expansion, Site C Dam and fish farms.

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Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela

Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela about the current threat of invasion, the root causes of the crisis in Venezuela. Also why this moment may prove a catalyst for the advancing of the democratic process began by Hugo Chavez. The resilience of Venezuelans and the process to creating a society beyond Capitalism.

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Dr Darren Lund on White Privilege, Racial discrimination and the Vegas shooting

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Darren Lund, author of The Great White North? Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education. the interview explores the nuances of racial discrimination.

How it functions especially during tragedies like the Vegas shooting and our role in making the necessary changes to a more equal society.

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A Political Revolution at city hall

​​​​​Jean Swanson has been an anti-poverty and social justice activist for over 40 years in Vancouver and across the country.
Swanson is a universally respected figure, and in 2016 she was awarded the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, for
“her long-standing devotion to social justice, notably for her work with the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.”

Co host Stuart speaks to Jean about her decision to run for city council in a Vancouver Bi election, how she intends to start A Political Revolution at city hall by taxing the rick via a mansion tax, freeze rents and end homelessness in the city.

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