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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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Left , Right Marching to the beat of Imperial Canada

Yves Engler has been described as “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today

Yves Engler is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to ten published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Ecologist. Host Sylvia Richardson interviews Yves on his newest book, “Left, Right Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada” , they speak about the need to go beyond traditional leftist political parties and left leaning groups such as labor as the left is supposed to be opposed to colonialism and at least skeptical of nationalism.

However, Left, Right shows that, for decades now, this hasn’t been the case in Canada.

Music by Buffy St Marie

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The opportunities for solidarity across borders

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Raul Burbano, about the coup in Bolivia, the new face of imperialism and colonization. And also the opportunities for solidarity across borders. The ways revolutionary movements across Latin America, link up with Indigenous movements in Canada. The spirit of power that is coupled with justice is cultivated and cannot be legislated. A hope filled view of revolutionary processes in Latin America and Turtle Island.

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Puerto Rico, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile marking a wave of resistance in 2019

Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Jorge Martin secretariat of Hands off Venezuela,about popular mobilizations in Latin American that sparked in 2019 in rejection of Capitalism.

The massive strikes against right wing governments in Puerto Rico, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile marking a wave of resistance rising among the youth. The interview also explores lessons learned as the attempted coup against Venezuela failed, and coup against Bolivia. The limitations of juridical venues to fight back against imperialism and the power of internationalized movements of solidarity.

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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 Obligation of Stories

Métis leader Jim Brady and Cree councilor Abbie Halkett disappeared in 1967 while on a prospecting trip in northern Saskatchewan by Lower Foster Lake. As both were outspoken activists for their communities–Brady, in particular, was considered radical–many don’t believe that they simply got lost. Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Deanna Reder about the response-ability of listening, and sharing stories the title of her SFU Talk on

Event Moved to Feb 6, 2020  6pm at SFU Segal Graduate School of Business

Event Details and registration

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Hohn Holloway on his book Crack Capitalism

John Holloway (born 1947) is a lawyer, Marxist-oriented sociologist and philosopher, whose work is closely associated with the Zapatista movement in Mexico, his home since 1991. It has also been taken up by some intellectuals associated with the piqueteros in Argentina; the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in South Africa and the Anti-Globalization Movement in Europe and North America. He is currently a teacher at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Puebla.

John Holloway author of Crack Capitalism and Changing the world without Taking Power speaks of the role of the individual in perpetuating a system based on capital and consumption. As John puts it, the question we should be asking is Not how do we defeat capitalism but Why do we keep reproducing it everyday

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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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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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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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Coup in Bolivia and the response of the international community

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 recent and ongoing coup in Bolivia, the response of the international community and how in general the main stream media is ignoring the massive uprisings in Chile ,Ecuador. How to find reliable news and act as a global citizen.

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