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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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Marcelo Saavedra on the notion of rights/role of languages and women in paradigm shift thats happening

Marcelo Saavedra

​​​​​A professor at Carleton University, Marcelo Saavedra is an Indigenous Bolivian leader and founder of the Bolivia Action Solidarity Network.

He speaks to Latin Waves about the need to protect indigenous languages as these languages change how we view the world. He challenges the western notion of rights and how the paradigm shift that’s taking place must have women front and center.

“If we can harness that wisdom that is embedded in our ancestral cultures, we can get rid of capitalism, patriarchy , Globalization and colonialism. And Women are a central central piece in this puzzle”

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Derrick Jensen on hierarchical structures of power and violence in a capitalist society

Sylvia Richardson and author Derrick Jensen make 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.

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Big money in politics with a focus on the BC Elections and the Federal Canadian government

Stuart Richardson co-host of Latin Waves interviews co-founder of Democracy Watch Duff Conacher who is an internationally recognized leader in the area of democratic reform and government accountability, and is Director of GoodOrg.ca Consulting. They speak about big money in politics with a focus on the BC Elections and the Federal Canadian government, how Canada is lacking in safeguards to protect Canadians form the influence of big money on our democracy. Also some advise on how to move forward in Canada and elsewhere  as this problem seems universal.

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Solving contemporary issues facing humanity using the wisdom and spirituality of our ancestors

Marcelo Saavedra

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Aymara Elder and Professor of Indigenous Studies Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas about solving contemporary issues facing humanity using the wisdom and spirituality of our ancestors.

How remembering the stories of the land about living and coexisting well is to explore different perspectives and understandings about the passage of humans through this planet. * Music Green and Blue by Dana Lyons

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Dr Lund on his book The Great White North? Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education

​​​​​We speak to Dr Darren Lund, Dr. Lund is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, where his research examines social justice activism in schools and communities. Since the 1980s Darren has published over 230 articles, poems, books, and book chapters; his most recent books are co-edited with Dr. Paul Carr: He speaks about his most recent book The Great White North? Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education.
Dr Lund has a frank discussion about the challenges of teaching privilege to students who can t even recognize their own privilege, he speaks about the need to problematize the classroom taking take students out of their comfort zones.

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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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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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Sister Elizabeth Kelleher speaks about the moral need to build social housing

​​​​​**This interview aired in 2011 and is still relevant today, Sister Kelleher passed on Aug 16 2013 and her life continues to be an inspiration to all***Gives us all something to think about at this time of year**

We speak to Sister Elizabeth Kelleher, an 85 year old nun with the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, we talk about her efforts to stop more gentrification in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside the poorest postal code in Canada.

Sister Elizabeth is a pillar in the Downtown Eastside where she tirelessly gives of her time and continues to be a source of inspiration for many, many people. She operates a soup kitchen that feeds between 300 and 500 of the city’s most poverty stricken each day.

It is estimated that there are over 10,000 homeless people in BC , of which 32 percent are aboriginal, and amongst women, 50 percent. A homeless person dies every 12 days in B.C. Conservative Estimates put the national homeless numbers at close to 300,000. The annual cost of homelessness in Canada in 2007 was approximately $4.5 to $6 billion in emergency services, community organizations, and non-profits. The cost both financially and morally of doing nothing is tremendous. Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing plan or poverty reduction strategy.

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Kinder Morgan approval, the politics of energy

We interview o​​ne of Vancouver’s best-known environmentalists  Ben West  who is executive director of Tanker Free B.C.  Co-host of Latin Waves Stuart Richardson speaks to Ben about the recently
approved expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and what that means for BC and our future energy needs, the politics around pipeline approval and what citizens can do to protect their communities.

We touch on some of the biggest misconceptions and mistruths people are told when it comes to charting our economic future in  regards to energy. Currently Ben is working with the Tsleil Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative. For more info go to TWNSacredTrust.ca

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