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Sylvia at Social Forum Tunisia 2013

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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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Cultivating the habits and virtues that co-create the path to coexistence

​​​​​Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with author Robert Jensen about cultivating the habits and virtues that co-create the path to coexistence. This interview is an invitation to integrate our political, cultural, spiritual and ecological worlds and ways of being in order to re-member our collective power. A sober look at the realities that face us and the opportunities this moment calls us to.

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Arnold August on his book Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond

Arnold August has an M.A. in political science from McGill University, Montreal, where he resides. His books include Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion, Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond . An accomplished journalist, he contributes articles in English and Spanish to websites in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Latin America and Europe. Since 1997, he has spent extended periods in Cuba pursuing his intensive investigations.

The Cuban revolution has sustained the assault of 5 decades of blockade to imports and trade with other countries. The Embargo though denounced by  all members of the UN but two states the USA and Israel was sustained by US veto power. In 2014 president Obama signed an agreement with President Raul Castro to end the punishing embargo in this interview Arnold August speaks to Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson on the future of the Obama shift in US policy towards Cuba, under the rule of President Donald Trump.

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​​​​​Dr Cajete speaks about the ecology of Indigenous education

​​​​​Sylvia speaks to author, artist and educator Dr. Gregory Cajete, an elder with of the Tewa Peoples, about the ecology of Indigenous education. Faced with the affects of colonization on the lives of indigenous people, a dominant Euro-centric education system can no longer be called neutral. How do we build bridges to the many ways of knowing how we come to know what we know.

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Neo Liberalism and the relationship to the Prison Industrial Complex

​​​​​Christian Parenti is an American investigative journalist and author. His books include: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (2000), a survey of the rise of the prison industrial complex from the Nixon through Reagan Eras and into the present; The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slavery to the War on Terror (2003), a study of surveillance and control in modern society. The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (2004), is an account of the US occupation in Iraq.His most recent book is Tropic Of Chaos: Climate Wars and the New Geography Of Violence (2011), Parenti has also reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ivory Coast and China.

Dr Parenti engages in a lively discussion about the rise of Neo Liberalism that replaced Keynesian economics and the relationship to the Prison Industrial Complex

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The Right To Stay Home, How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration

David Bacon is an Award-winning photojournalist, author, and immigrant rights activist he has spent over twenty years as a labor organizer. For the past two decades he has been a reporter and documentary photographer, shooting for many national publications and independent projects, and exhibiting his work internationally. Bacon’s books include The Children of NAFTA, Communities without Borders, Illegal People (Beacon, 2008), and The Right to Stay Home (Beacon, 2013)

Sylvia interviews David on this newest book “The Right to Stay Home, How Us Policy Drives Mexican Migration” journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn’t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the “right to stay home.” This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders.

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DANA LYONS AMAZING AND TIMELY NEW ALBUM THE GREAT SALISH SEA

​​​​​Sylvia Richardson of Latin Waves Interviews Dana Lyons on his latest album the Great Salish Sea, Dana speaks about the need for citizens to protect this pristine coast from Coal, Oil exports and how this is already happening in Oregon and Washington State.

Songs, The Great Salish Sea, The Salmon Come Home, Sometimes, It’s a Matter of Asking. Visit

www.cowswithguns.com for more info.

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Silvia Federici , Revolution at Point Zero

Silvia Federici

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Silvia Federici about her latest book: Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. The struggle to make visible how the Capitalist system depends on the unwaged reproductive labour of women. How the revolution must include both the liberation of men and women from exploitation. She speaks of the challenges, victories and alternatives. Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972, she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign internationally.

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​​​​​Brazilian physician, actor and transcultural psychiatrist about the structural indicators of health

Latin Waves’s Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Brazilian physician, actor and trans-cultural psychiatrist about the structural indicators of health. The difference between healing and curing mental health. Dr. Pordeus has developed an actor’s method of healing mental illness….In this interview Sylvia and Victor explore the connections of poverty and illness. The power of art in healing reveals the daily rituals of modern society and the root causes of dys-ease.

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Arguing for Our Lives: A User s Guide to Constructive Dialog

​​​​​Robert Jensen, professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, is the author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User s Guide to Constructive Dialog, (City Lights Publishers, March 2013).

The book explores issues with public discourse, trust in the leadership of elected officials and what Jensen calls an Age of Anxiety. It also offers strategies for addressing these crises.

We live in a time when public discourse is more skewed than ever by the propaganda that big money can buy, with trust in the leadership of elected officials at an all-time low. The news has degenerated into sensationalist sound bites, and the idea of debate has become a polarized shouting match that precludes any meaningful discussion. It s also a time of anxiety, as we re faced with economic and ecological crises on a global scale, with stakes that seem higher than ever before. In times like these, it s essential that we be able to think and communicate clearly.

Sylvia speaks to Dr Jensen about traditional struggles, internal domination and a way forward.

Also Drop of Water by Dana Lyons

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​​​​​Immigration and the Challenge of Education: A Social Drama Analysis in South Central Los Angeles

Senior Lecturer Nathalia Jaramillo is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California Los Angeles. She has teaching experience in the United States, as well as in Latin American universities. Dr. Jaramillo’s scholarship is concerned with understanding the social, economic and political conditions that shape the schooling experiences of marginalized communities; on generating methodologies and practices that bridge the divide between educators and communities.

We speak to her about her most recent book, Immigration and the Challenge of Education: A Social Drama Analysis in South Central Los Angeles. The interview focuses on the issue of forced migration and the socialization of education under Neoliberalism . Education’s complicit role in legitimizing the role of colonization, capitalism and imperialism, if un-intendedly complicit.

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