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Latin Waves has surpassed its 12th 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.

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Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by the late  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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The role of languages the fallacy of individualism in western culture

Marcelo Saavedra

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

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks about the mature languages and cultures on Turtle Island, how that thinking challenges the fallacy of individualism in western culture.

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Derrick Jensen on his New Book Monsters

Derrick Jensen is an American, anarchoprimitivist, ecophilosopher and radical environmentalist living in Crescent City, California. According to Democracy Now!, Jensen “has been called the poet-philosopher of the ecological movement.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Derrick about his latest book Monsters, a collection of fictional tales based on real life issues, they discuss life , death and renewal, the culture of hatred towards self and Derricks own journey with these issues.

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John 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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The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men

Robert Jensen is an emeritus professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and a member of the team developing Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute.

Jensens most recent book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men from Spinifex Press, offers a critique of the pathology of patriarchy that is at the core of todays crises.

Host Sylvia Richardson has a lively discussion with Robert about radical patriarchy for men, what it means when men give up power and support women, moving from power over to power with. How to move society

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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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The face of imperialism in Venezuela, a new Biden administration

Sylvia Richardson host of Latin Waves, speaks with Yves Engler about the face of imperialism. President Nicolás Maduro has won a new 6-year term in the election held on December 6, 2020. The United States says it won’t recognize the results and its considering new oil sanctions against Venezuela. In this interview we speak about the nature of imperialism in the 21 century.

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Democratic or Republican does not matter to Latin America

Host Sylvia Richardson has a lively discussion with Jorge Marti, secretariat of Hands off Venezuela talks about the election in Venezuela and Latin American policy despite which party rules in the US, recent uprisings in Latin American over the last year, what COVID19 shows us about the global economy and way forward for social movements.

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Venezuelan elections and our role in colonialism in the 21st century

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to author Arnold August about colonialism in the 21st century. The role Canadian international policy has taken in Latin America in the ousting of democratically elected governments. And the power of social movements in reimagining a world without imperial powers and colonial plundering.

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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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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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