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Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer

From Embers

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Radio Pandemic show art Radio Pandemic

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was founded by From Embers and friends just as the COVID-19 crisis hit Kingston, as many people were scrambling to figure out how to navigate the new uncertain terrain of physical distancing, government lockdowns and online organizing. We wanted to facilitate a conversation about the rapidly changing context in our city and beyond, and established a call-in show that airs on twice a week. Someone from the was interested in the project and hosted a conversation with the collective as part of this year’s event. The following is an edited version of that discussion.

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Automation, Guaranteed Income and the Pandemic show art Automation, Guaranteed Income and the Pandemic

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A conversation with a member of the collective about their pre-pandemic text "Livewire: Against Automation, Against UBI, Against Capital." We revisit the text in the context of the pandemic, ever-increasing trends towards automation of various sectors in Canada and the USA, and the Canadian government's emergency relief benefit (CERB), which many have compared to universal basic income. Read the whole text as a zine here:  

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History of Epidemics in Canadian Prisons show art History of Epidemics in Canadian Prisons

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In the context of ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Canadian prisons and jails, I was curious about other times in history that prisoners have faced similar situations and especially times when prisoners have been released as a result. Today’s interview is with a local prison historian about epidemics and public health in Canadian prisons, mostly about the 19th and early 20th century. Also some stories about prisoners being released and what health care was like inside and outside of prison walls.

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Gun Control show art Gun Control

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Following the mass shootings in Nova Scotia last week, the federal government rushed to impose an extensive and immediate ban of semi-automatic firearms. We reached out to Ron in Edmonton, author of the article “” on the counter-info website . We spoke about the shifting regulatory context in Canada, the problem of mass killers from an anti-fascist perspective, arming the vulnerable and the oppressed, and the possibilities associated with anarchist interventions into gun culture. Post-interview note from Ron: At 41:29 I say 'Arm trans women' which has become a slogan for leftist and...

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Talking About Harm Reduction With Fagdemic show art Talking About Harm Reduction With Fagdemic

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A conversation with the folks behind Fagdemic ("Fag harm reduction for coronaworld")

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Criminalizing COVID-19 show art Criminalizing COVID-19

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We speak with and about criminalization in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2016, they published “.” We spoke about the Canadian healthcare system, the problem with government approaches to “Public Health,” Hep C & HIV criminalization and what it can tell us about what’s happening in the present crisis.   Resources: “” by Alexander McClelland of charges and violations related to COVID-19

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Grounding Ourselves Amid The Chaos show art Grounding Ourselves Amid The Chaos

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An interview with Montreal-based counselling therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner Parneet Chohan on the Covid-19 pandemic, anxiety, communication, reading the news, and caring for ourselves and each other through troubled times.

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The Syrian Uprising and Solidarity show art The Syrian Uprising and Solidarity

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An interview with Salam, a member of the based in Toronto. We talk about the Syrian uprising, anti-imperalism and the left, the ongoing need for international solidarity with the people of Syria, and more.

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Reflections from Kanonhstaton show art Reflections from Kanonhstaton

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Talking with a non-native anarchist who spent time at in 2006, a led by members of blocking the development of a private subdivision on their territory. We discuss his experience at Six, dynamics on the ground before and after the police raid, and the possibilities and complexities of anarchist-indigenous solidarity with the current in mind. With music from and .

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#ShutDownCanada: From Oka to Today show art #ShutDownCanada: From Oka to Today

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This week's episode features an interview with Gord Hill, a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He has been involved in Indigenous people's and anti-globalization movements since 1990 and is the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book and The Antifa Comic Book.

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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.

Music by Slugdge