I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new broadcasting/podcasting project, Talking Radical Radio. This weekly, half-hour show brings you grassroots voices from across Canada. It uses in-depth interviews that will concentrate not on current events or the crisis of the moment, but on giving people involved in a broad range of social change work a chance to take a longer view as they talk about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.
If you happen to live in Sudbury, Ontario, you'll be able to listen every Wednesday morning at 8 am on 96.7 FM CKLU. For most people, though, the best way to tune in is through the show's page on the Rabble Podcast Network, part of Rabble.ca. The debut episode can be found here -- it features an interview with Alex Diceanu of Steel City Solidarity in Hamilton, Ontario about that group's experiments in using direct action tactics and a new sort of organizational form to challenge instances of wage theft by employers.
Upcoming coming episodes include Robin Folvik of Vancouver's Graphic History Collective on March 6 and Gerald Wehatley of Calgary's Arusha Centre on March 13. In the following weeks, look for Sheetal Rawal and Dilani Mohan of The Miss G Project based in Toronto, Ontario, talking about their eight-year struggle to get women and gender studies curriculum in Ontario high schools; Pastor Rhonda Britton of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church talking about organizing efforts in Halifax, Nova Scotia to keep a closed school building as a resource for the community; and an organizer with Winnipeg Cop Watch from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
If you think this is an interesting project, along with listening, there are other ways you might want to support it:
- Suggest topics for future shows! Check out these criteria for participants and tell me about grassroots organizations, groups, projects, or initiatives doing interesting social change work in the Canadian context by emailing me at scottneigh(at)talkingradical.ca.
- Get the show picked up on your local community or campus radio station! In the coming months, I will be working hard to get the show picked up by community and campus stations in different parts of the country, and if you are a volunteer, staff, board member, or avid listener of such a station, you can help me out. Again, be in touch at scottneigh(at)talkingradical.ca.