Sylvia at Social Forum Tunisia 2013

Latin Waves was born in 2005 when Sylvia Richardson’s passion for social change hit the radio air waves. The show was started as a resource to educate the public about the extraordinary changes and social movements that are happening in Latin America, there is a literal blackout in the Canadian main stream media around these historic changes.

Shortly after the show started Stuart Richardson joined as co-producer channeling his passion into journalism and research, with such an overwhelming amount of critical news not being covered properly in the main stream media Latin Waves decided to open its spectrum. Our original mandate to cover Latin America still stands but we have expanded our coverage into local/national and international issues making those critical political connections, 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.

Interview with Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson 

fleshmapping_membersFLatin 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 and serves as the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)’s Vice President from the North America region.

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.  Click Here to Order Copy 

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Finding sustainable paths to coexisting is a call we all must answer

MarceloFLatin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speak with Aymara Elder and Professor of Indigenous Studies Marcelo Saavedra about the human journey of cultivating roots and becoming grounded to the life regeneration cycles of mother earth. In a world mired in ecological, economic, and political crisis finding sustainable paths to coexisting is a call we all must answer.

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Kinsman on his book The Canadian War on Queers

KinsmanFWith the annual Gay Pride celebrations quickly approaching in many cities across the country we speak to Gary Kinsman, one of Canada’s leading academics on lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender issues , He speaks about past victories and struggles that we must keep fighting for in regards to his most newest book, The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual.

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Alex Morton Fights DFO to protect Wild Salmon

alex-morton-and-elly-edwardsFOn June 5, 2015 the federal government of Canada and Marine Harvest appealed the precedent-setting Federal Court decision that struck down aquaculture licence conditions allowing private companies to transfer fish infected with viruses into net pens in our ocean. This is so disappointing and speaks to the depravity of the situation. Alex Morton is prepared to go back to Court to defend wild salmon and fight this appeal. With DFO and Marine Harvest trying to resurrect unlawful licence conditions to allow transfer of infected fish into the major wild salmon migration routes of this coast, it certainly begs the question: Is BC’s farmed salmon industry dependent on farming with diseased fish?

Stuart Richardson interviews Alex on this struggle with the Federal Government who is only interested in the protection of fish farms, Alex speaks about  how us citizens can assert our power to change our society when governments lose their way.

Music by Rheostatics – Whale Music – California Dreamline

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Robin Hahnel on Greece Voting No on Austerity

greeceNOBanks create money when they make loans. Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and its economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees to its ailing businesses.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Economist Robin Hahnel about the road ahead for Greece, their inspiring example to the world in the struggle against austerity. This moment can catalyze a possible model of sustainable prosperity for the world rejecting austerity and remembering social betterment depends of response-able governments that meet the needs of its peoples. But the road is not easy, Greece is being strangled by a hegemonic power in a financial war that is being waged against us all.

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Dr Sunera Thobani , Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada

thobaniFUBC Professor Dr Sunera Thobani speaks about her book Exalted Subjects, she gives a critical analysis of race and how the Canadian state has been active in nationalizing those “so called” Canadian values and then measuring them against the other in society.

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Peter McLaren speaks about the need to decolonize education

PeterFPeter Mclaren is known as one of the leading architects of critical pedagogy and for his scholarly writings on critical literacy, the sociology of education, cultural studies, critical ethnography, and Marxist theory. He has developed a reputation for his uncompromising political analysis influenced by a Marxist humanist philosophy and a unique literary style of expression. His scholarship and political activism have taken him throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He speaks to Latin Waves about the need to decolonize education

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Kat Norris shares her experiences and thoughts about residential school and the TRC

KatFThe first paragraph of the TRC’s final summary report reads.

“For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate
Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, religious, and racial entities in Canada. The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as “cultural genocide.”

I speak to Kat Norris Indigenous activist and founder of the Indigenous Action Movement about her experiences in residential school, how she has turned her negative experiences
into something positive by finding her voice and how she has become a warrior voice for her people. She shares her thoughts about the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and what role first nations must play in the change that needs to happen and what role allies/settler populations must play.


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Parenti on his New Book “God and His Demons”

godDr Michael Parenti , internationally known award-winning author and lecturer and one of the nations leading progressive political analysts speaks about his new book “God and His Demons”, a critical look at contemporary religion and his current and historic hypocrisies.

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Dr Robert Jensen “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog,”

arguing_for_our_livesFRobert 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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Dana Lyons amazing and timely new album the Great Salish Sea

Adobe Photoshop PDFSylvia Richardson  from 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 and British Columbia.

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

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