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Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer

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Release Date: 04/11/2019

Gay 4 A World Without Police show art Gay 4 A World Without Police

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A conversation with Jonathan Vallely and Eric Levitt of Gay 4 Pay Press, a zine disto largely focused on radical politics and gay/queer men based out of Toronto and Ottawa. We talk about cruising, a world without police, community conversations around consent and accountability, crystal meth, and, of course, zines.

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Playful Rebellion: When and how is humour a useful tactic? show art Playful Rebellion: When and how is humour a useful tactic?

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This week's episode features an interview with Kate Klein of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network. We talk a bit about the group's work opposing the mining industry and supporting mining-affected communities outside of Canada in their struggles against Canadian mining corporations.  Mostly, we discuss the group's use of drama and comedy in their campaigns, and discuss a recent workshop that Kate and another member gave on "humour as an activist tactic."  

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Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement show art Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement

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Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world measured from its oceanic base and one of the most sacred sites for spiritual Hawaiians. A consortium of government and university scientists from Canada, the United States, Japan, China and India have been trying to build the Thirty Metre Telescope on its summit for nearly a decade, coming up against fierce opposition from native Hawaiians every step of the way. Things heated up again this summer as TMT planned to start construction for the second time. In response, land protectors established a resistance camp on the mountain. After two and a...

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Is FM Radio Still Relevant? Radio, Community Spaces and Knowing The Land show art Is FM Radio Still Relevant? Radio, Community Spaces and Knowing The Land

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An interview with Byron, host of To Know The Land, a radio show on Guelph's CFRU 93.3.  We talk about why radio is cool, and I pick Byron's brain about place, space and knowing the land we stand on. Links: https://toknowtheland.tumblr.com/showarchives Music by Ana Roxanne, Hotel Neon and Taylor Deupree The album Byron mentions at the end isn't out yet but you can hear some previews here: https://stationarytravels.wordpress.com/place-language/  

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The Future of Policing in Canada show art The Future of Policing in Canada

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An interview with Nathan Munn, a freelance journalist based in Montreal. Nathan has written several investigative pieces for VICE looking at the "Hub Model" of community policing, which has been quietly rolling out across the country, and especially in Saskatchewan and Ontario, over the past 5 years. The article by Kristian Williams referenced in the introduction is available in PDF form here.

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Art and Anarchy - A Conversation with Lee Reed show art Art and Anarchy - A Conversation with Lee Reed

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Talking to Lee Reed, anarchist organizer and MC from Hamilton, ON and self-described mouthy jerk. We talk about how his political music and focus have changed over time, artists and anarchists finding themselves in conflict over gentrification and figuring out what to do about it, Locke St repression and supporting Pride defenders, his recent Polaris nomination for the Steal City EP, and more. Plus I crammed this episode full of great tracks, old and new. Enjoy!

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Prisoners Justice Day show art Prisoners Justice Day

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Every year on August 10th, both inside and outside of jails and prisons across Canada, prisoners and their supporters mark Prisoners Justice Day. We spoke with Veronica, an anarchist in Montreal who is part of organizing the annual NYE noise demos in Laval. We discuss the history of Prisoners Justice Day, what has changed since the 70s, how PJD will marked and articulated this year, recuperation by Liberal governments, anarchist approaches to prisoner solidarity, and how to get started. Some PJD Events Across Canada: Halifax - Kingston (1, 2) - Hamilton (1, 2) - Ottawa - Toronto - Sudbury -...

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Cedar on #FreeCedar show art Cedar on #FreeCedar

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An interview with a recently-released Hamilton anarchist on the events surrounding Hamilton Pride, anarchist prisoner support, jail, queer community, being a hashtag and feeling popular.

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Building Anti-Police Power in Surrey show art Building Anti-Police Power in Surrey

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Conversation with two organizers from Anti-Police Power Surrey (APPS), a grassroots organization committed to building collective resistance to police and the systems of power and domination they uphold: capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy. They are active on the unceded, stolen territories of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem nations, occupied by Surrey, British Columbia.

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Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver show art Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver

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A conversation with an anarchist who was around during the height of the 2010 anti-Olympics resistance in Vancouver. We talk about the impact the Olympics has had on the social climate, the surveillance experienced by anarchists and other organizers, and the infamous Heart Attack demo that tore up the city's downtown core.

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Interview with Kevin Tucker about his latest book The Cull of Personality, which tells the story and surrounding context of the murder of Shipibo-Conibo healer and indigenous rights activist Olivia Arevalo at the hands of Canadian ayahuasca tourist Sebastian Woodroffe in the Peruvian Amazon. Woodroffe was subsequently lynched by members of Arevalo’s community, which became a big story in the Canadian press. We discuss the story, ayahuasca, colonialism, and new age spirituality in a civilized world.

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