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Free City Radio explores ideas at the intersection of social activism and the arts. A radio program featuring in-depth interviews on contemporary political currents in Québec, in Canada and around the world, highlighting creative voices involved in struggles for transformative social change. Free City Radio also features music, each broadcast includes inspired new sounds, selections crossing all musical genres. Stefan Christoff hosts Free City Radio on CKUT radio, broadcasting every Wednesda ...
 
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An interview with Nathan Sheard, organizing director and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This conversation highlights the urgent need to address the rapid advance of facial recognition technology in policing and surveillance. Nathan speaks about the campaigns challenging the use of facial recognition tech. within the context of the large moveme…
 
In this edition of Free City Radio we hear from Mohamed-Dhia Hammami, a PhD student and social activist from Tunisia focused on detailing economic injustice and labour union movements. Currently Mohamed is at Syracuse University and speaks in this exchange on the persisting systemic economic injustice in Tunisia post 2011 revolution. Importantly Mo…
 
Free City Radio 72A conversation with historian, writer and professor David Huyssen. David wrote the book "Progressive Inequality" out via Harvard Press.This conversation locates the contemporary moment of extreme wealth inequality within a historical context, looking at the likes of Amazon and figures like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk within a histori…
 
Free City Radio 71.Listen to an interview with documentary filmmaker, writer and researcher with ETC Group who shares some context and background on the ways that the pandemic crisis has pushed the corporatization of rural agricultural systems in Kenya and throughout Africa. This presentation took place as part of a broader panel focusing on activi…
 
Listen to an interview with Maria Mendonça on U.S. teachers' pension fund TIAA investments in Brazil deforestation. From a report on GRAIN.org "Swedish, US and Canadian pension funds have acquired farmlands in Brazil by way of a Brazilian businessman accused of using violence and fraud to displace small farmers. These pension funds are also using c…
 
Farid Abdulhamid Mohamed, a member of Group for research and Initiative For The Liberation of Africa in Toronto, shares some important context to current Ethiopia conflict. In this exchange we hear the current events in Ethiopia's north, Tigray region, being contextualized, dating back to the origins of the "ethnic" federalist state of Ethiopia, th…
 
Listen to an interview with filmmaker Ariel Nasr, who made both the Forbidden Reel and The Boxing Girls of Kabul. Ariel speaks about the historical legacies of imperialist violence in Afghanistan and how it relates to the current crisis, grounding contemporary discussions in the real reflections and thoughts of a filmmaker who has lived and worked …
 
An interview with Sanaz Sohrabi speaking on the current exhibition "Hiding in Plain Sight: Archives of Oil," taking place throughout Nov. at the Centre Clark in Montreal, the exhibition is described this way by Amber Berson :"In this exhibition by Iranian artist Sanaz Sohrabi, we are presented with a series of personal photos, collages, archival im…
 
Listen to an interview with Julie Marshall from the World Food Programme speaking on the rising numbers of people facing acute and starvation level hunger in the world today, this is a reality that has been exasperated by the pandemic crisis of COVID-19. Particularly this conversation also focuses on Afghanistan, a context within which Canada was i…
 
Listen to an interview with photographer and union activist David Bacon who speaks about the efforts to build solidarity between trade union movements in Iraq, particularly within the oil sector and labour unions in the US. David was deeply involved in US Labour Against the War within the context of the mass mobilizations against the US invasion of…
 
Listen to the 65th edition of Free City Radio, an interview with Mohammad Sabir Saadat in Istanbul, speaking on the current Afghan refugee crisis and the realities facing the Afghan diaspora globally. Mohammad speaks on their subject for master's research, which is the Afghan brain drain and the ways it has impacted Afghanistan since the US invasio…
 
Listen to an interview with longtime Indigenous land rights activist Ellen Gabriel who speaks about the situation facing land rights in Kanehsata:ke today.Ellen highlights a recent investigation, that is live here https://www.reconciliaction.org, and is described this way, "G&R is a construction waste material dump on the Kanehsata:ke Land Reserve.…
 
Listen to the 64th edition of Free City Radio, a conversation with Alessandro Delfanti, who recently published the book "The WarehouseWorkers and Robots at Amazon" via Pluto Press. The book is described this way: "'Work hard, have fun, make history' proclaims the slogan on the walls of Amazon's warehouses. This cheerful message hides a reality of d…
 
Listen to the Oct 13th broadcast of Free City Radio on @radiockut, featuring an interview with author Timothy Mitchell who wrote Carbon Democracy.Info on the book :https://www.versobooks.com/books/1020-carbon-democracy"How oil undermines democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis. Oil is a curse, it is often said, that condemns …
 
Listen to Free City Radio 63. On this show we hear from independent journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous who speaks about the systemic issues of repression facing journalists today in Egypt. Sharif contextualizes the Egyptian state organized crack down on independent media outlets like Mada Masr within the larger attacks on human rights in Egypt today.…
 
Listen to the edition 62 of Free City Radio, a conversation with Aya Majzoub, from Human Rights Watch, in Beirut, Lebanon. Aya speaks about the ongoing campaigns for accountability and justice in Lebanon, connected also to global efforts, surrounding the port explosion in the summer of 2020. Aya connects the specific elements of the calls for concr…
 
Free City Radio spoke with Garrett Blad, who is organizing right now with Faith in Indiana, to speak on the ways that community organizing work, around community health, climate justice, and racial justice movements, face obstacles in the US within the context of a state like Indiana, with an extreme right wing government, and the ways that communi…
 
Listen to the 61st edition of Free City Radio, featuring an interview with musician and composer Jaimeo Brown, who reflects on the musical creation process around the Jaimeo Brown Transcendence ensemble and beyond. Jaimeo speaks about legacies of liberation that are inherent to Black musical culture and the ways that legacies of resistance and resi…
 
An interview with Dru Oja Jay from The Breach media speaking on the most recent federal election in Canada. Dru speaks about the potential impacts of a minority parliament on grassroots activism in Canada and also speaks about generally the role and some of the ideas around The Breach in relation to social movements in Canada.Info : https://breachm…
 
Listen to the 60th edition of Free City Radio.On the show this week we hear from social activist Bob Jeffcott one of the founders of the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) who speaks about the contemporary work taking place to highlight the struggles of garment sector workers. We hear about the origins of the MSN's work in opposing labour place injus…
 
Listen to the CKUT Radio broadcast for Sept. 15th 2021.This event was a cultural outdoor event done without major institutional support and was focused on holding space in the city to listen to Palestinian narratives, voices, poem and also others from around the world, all jointly expressing solidarity with Palestinian human rights and express supp…
 
Listen to the 59th edition of Free City Radio, for this episode we hear perspectives and reflections from human rights activists around the world on the current state of the global solidarity movement supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom and liberation. In the podcast we hear from :Emmanuel Dror, BDS France.Samir Eskanda, Palestinian mus…
 
Listen to the @radiockut broadcast for Sept. 8th at 11amFor this broadcast I speak with Jaylani Hussein of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Minnesota, who reflects on the massive community mobilization that CAIR and many community groups were involved in within the days, weeks and months after the police in Minneapolis murdered #…
 
Listen to the 58th edition of Free City Radio, with voices from a conference co-hosted with Alternatives, we hear from :Javiera Araya, La Olla de ChileGisela Frias, Place de la DignitéSibila Sotomayor, LasTesis CollectiveThis is the write-up on the event, the accompanying music is by Nicolás Jaar of @otherpeoplerecords During the "social outburst" …
 
On Free City Radio this week I am sharing a music mix that I worked on for @radioalhara in Palestine, this is the first time that I am sharing a music mix on the podcast, given that I am traveling right now, in Istanbul, I thought it would be nice to share a music mix and create space for another type of audio experience / sonic journey on the podc…
 
Listen to an interview with Nico, an activist involved in the S22 social centre and various anarchist collectives active in Thessaloniki, Greece. This conversation was recorded sitting outside the S22 square in the Toumba district of the city. One point of focus is reflections on the major struggle against the open pit gold mine in northern Greece …
 
Listen to the 55th edition of Free City Radio.I speak with Jaylani Hussein of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Minnesota, who reflects on the massive community mobilization that CAIR and many community groups were involved in within the days, weeks and months after the police in Minneapolis murdered #GeorgeFloyd, Jaylani and many…
 
Listen to the 54th edition of Free City Radio.An interview with filmmaker, editor and video installation artist Nicolas Renaud on the film Métamorphoses, the film, showing at Présence autochtone / First Peoples Festival this Thursday evening in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal, the film is described like this:"A young Inuk woman builds her balance between two…
 
Listen to the 53rd edition of Free City Radio.This is a documentary that I produced in 2002 about the Secwépemc nation.Specifically this radio documentary, my first one ever, produced for broadcast on @radiockut at 90.3fm in Montréal, is focused on the Skwelkwek'welt Protection Centre, which was an anti-colonial action of Secwépemc people to protes…
 
Listen to Free City Radio # 52 !This edition features an interview with campaigner Marisa Berry Méndez, from Amnistie internationale Canada francophone, who speaks on the importance of articulating the right to immigration status as a human rights issue. Marisa speaks about the ways that the pandemic has illustrated the social and political danger …
 
Listen to the 51st edition of Free City Radio.In a little moment of wonder, between activist tasks, I was reading about the recent studies around the chemical compounds that are being analyzed from studies of the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus. This is the same moon that feeds Saturn's fourth ring with frozen materials that form a giant loop aro…
 
Listen to the 50th edition of Free City Radio.For this edition I am sharing a program that I produced for @interference-archive-nyc's podcast Audio Interference, based in Brooklyn.In this segment we hear about the struggles for workplace justice for non-status people and asylum seekers in Montréal. The segment revolves around an ongoing campaign on…
 
Listen to the 49th edition of Free City Radio.This episode features an interview with Buffalo Hat Singers, an Indigenous voice + drum group who performed at the recent #CancelCanadaDay protest to mark, remember and to call for justice in the case of all the Indigenous children who were killed within the context of the genocidal colonial residential…
 
Listen to the 48th edition of Free City Radio.On this edition longtime community activist Ehab Lotayef speaks on the importance of publicly opposing Islamophobia both on a social level and also on an institutional level. Ehab connects the racist murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, in recent weeks to the institutionalized discrimination th…
 
Listen to the 47th edition of Free City Radio.Professor, author and activist Ingrid Waldron speaks on systemic environmental racism in Canada, looking at the ways that specific zoning around industrial zones, land access and frameworks of territorial rights speak to structural environmental racism in Canada that is rooted in systems of white suprem…
 
Listen to the 46th edition of Free City Radio, we hear a talk given by the late activist, academic and author Aziz Choudry, which was hosted by Free City Radio at the Concordia Co-op Bookshop in Montréal.Aziz was a friend and also a profound presence within networks of the anti-colonial left globally. This is a talk that was focused on the invaluab…
 
Listen to the 45th edition of Free City Radio here !I speak with art curator and writer Hera Chan who speaks about the efforts to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre with a diversity of creative protests in Hong Kong in the face of the "National Security Law" which has worked to severely restrict the social space and ability for people to gat…
 
This week on Free City Radio, an interview with Kolin Sutherland-Wilson from Git'luuhl'um'hetxwit Media, speaking on the history of genocidal frameworks that have driven "Canadian" state policy in regards to territorial actions, extending today to ongoing clearcutting on Gitxsan territories. Indigenous people have put up a controlled access point o…
 
Listen to the 43rd edition of Free City Radio that features an interview with author and activist Harsha Walia speaking on the book "Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism," recently published. Harsha's book is described this way : "In Border and Rule, one of North America’s foremost thinkers and immigrant rights organizer…
 
Listen to the 42nd edition of Free City Radio, this is a conversation with Emile YX? of Black Noise from Cape Town in South Africa speaking on resilience in post apartheid in South Africa. Emile speaks about the importance of collective healing in the face of mass state violence in South Africa during the apartheid era and the importance of challen…
 
Listen to the 41st edition of Free City Radio podcast, this edition features an interview with Kanahus Manuel who speaks about opposing the TMX Pipeline and gives some background and context as to the ways that the Canadian government backed pipeline impacts the Indigenous peoples and lands that are being impacted by the pipeline construction. Kana…
 
On the podcast this week we hear from Eleanor de Guzman of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), a national network of labour rights organizations and unions who have been organizing and working toward labour justice in the Philippines for many years. Eleanor is the Secretary for Human Rights for KMU and in this interview sounds the alarm on "Red-Tagging" that …
 
Listen to Free City Radio's 39th edition, a feature interview with Dolores Chew, a founding member of the South Asian Women's Community Centre, an educator and long time community activist. Dolores speaks about social movements today in India, looking at the intersections between many social struggles taking place today, from the mass farmers prote…
 
Listen to the 38th edition of Free City Radio which features an interview with writer and researcher Sindi-Leigh McBride speaking on the Medu Art Ensemble and legacies of artistic resistance in southern Africa within the context of the anti apartheid struggle and beyond. Recently Sindi-Leigh wrote an article for The New Frame on Medu, this is an ex…
 
Sharing the 37th edition of Free City Radio podcast. This edition features an interview with filmmaker and journalist Leah Borromeo who shares some context and background on the political situation in the Philippines. Leah speaks about the intersections between the political and social violence of the "War on Drugs" and the ways that the systemic v…
 
Listen to the 36th edition of Free City Radio.This edition features an interview with the awesome Tim McCaskell, a social justice activist and long time LGBTQ community organizer in Toronto.This conversation revolves around the current work of Coalition for COVID-Safe Club Re-opening (CoCSCR), this is an excerpt from a recent article in NOW Magazin…
 
Listen to the 35th edition of Free City Radio.This edition highlights Palestinian lawyer Wesam Ahmed from the Palestinian legal rights organization Al-Haq. In this interview Wesam speaks about the ongoing crisis of Israeli state supported settlements being constructed within occupied Palestine, this violates the Geneva convention and other instrume…
 
Listen to the 34th edition of Free City Radio.A conversation with community activist May Chiu, from Chinois progressistes du Québec, recorded today on the major protest that took place this past week to demonstrate against systemic racism and specifically to protest anti Asian racism in Québec and beyond.Also an interview recorded this morning with…
 
Listen to the 33rd edition of Free City Radio.On the broadcast today we hear about non-status essential workers in Quebec, an excerpt from a guest segment produced for @interference-archive-nyc in Brooklyn. For this segment we hear from Mostafa Henaway @mostafa-henaway of the Immigrant Workers Centre who speaks about the systemic mistreatment of fr…
 
Listen to the 32 edition of Free City Radio.Bianca Mugyenyi from the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute speaks about the role of Canada in the world, looking critically on the distance between the reputation and reality in regards to how people living in Canada view and understand Canada's role in the world, both on the part of corporations and the …
 
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