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Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer

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Release Date: 04/11/2019

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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Wet'suwet'en Land Defense and #ShutDownCanada show art Wet'suwet'en Land Defense and #ShutDownCanada

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An interview with Dtsa'hyl, a hereditary chief of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. The Wet'suwet'en people have defended their land against pipelines for more than a decade. After an RCMP raid on their territory on February 6th, a national movement was sparked to shut down Canada and protest against the infringement of Indigenous sovereignty.

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Foire D'Hiver/Winter Fair show art Foire D'Hiver/Winter Fair

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Conversation with an organizer of this year's Winter Fair in Montreal. This year's event is focused on the many ways to mitigate the harms that often accompany conflict - both from the state and from within our interpersonal relationships. Check it out if you're in the area: Saturday February 8, 1611 avenue d'Orléans, 11h - 20h. Free dinner (6 pm) and childcare available.

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30 Years of OCAP show art 30 Years of OCAP

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An interview with , a founder and long-time organizer with the in Toronto. OCAP has played a key role in the anti-poverty movement in Ontario over the past three decades, deploying a creative variety of militant and confrontational tactics in the interests of meeting the immediate needs of poor and working class people. Last year John as a paid organizer of OCAP, although he remains an active member. We spoke about the history and philosophy of the organization and what he believes is in store in the future for social movements in Ontario. We referenced the book . Music by with words from...

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Conspiracy and Anti-Repression Organizing show art Conspiracy and Anti-Repression Organizing

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Conversation with an anarchist and anti-repression organizer about how conspiracy charges have been used against anarchists in Canada and the United States, some challenges and lessons learned from supporting J20 defendants and others, the Tilted Scales Collective's upcoming book project, Representing Radicals: A Guide for Lawyers, and more.

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"Thinking Outside the Boss" with Matt Hern

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Matt Hern is a long-time writer and community organizer in Vancouver. We discuss the projects and ideas he’s engaged with over the past several decades, including his upbringing and politicization, having kids and establishing alternative schools, a critical perspective on , community organizing and gentrification, and shifting focus to Surrey where he works with racialized youth to establish workers co-operatives. Links: / Music by

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Nothing's Ever Perfect/How We Live Together show art Nothing's Ever Perfect/How We Live Together

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A conversation with Stu, a founding member of Dragonfly Farm. Dragonfly is a rural communal land project near Bancroft, Ontario that was founded in 1978. We talk about how he and his friends got the land, how they've endured and navigated conflict over the years, and advice he has for folks wanting to live rurally and/or communally today.

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Climate Mobilizations in Vancouver show art Climate Mobilizations in Vancouver

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An interview with two anarchists from Vancouver about their efforts to intervene in the climate strike and extinction rebellion actions in that city. We talk about the context in Vancouver, their critique of Extinction Rebellion, black blocs, critical solidarity, and moving beyond hope and hopelessness. For the privacy of our guests, this interview was re-voiced by volunteers. Links: (Kitchener, Ontario) (Montreal) (It's Going Down) -with music from the and

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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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