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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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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 …
 
Listen to the 31st edition of Free City Radio!On this edition, another interview within a series done in collaboration with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institue. This one, an exchange with Jamie Kneen from MiningWatch Canada who speaks about the mission of the organization and also the current challenges around pushing the Liberal government toward…
 
Listen to the 30th edition of the Free City Radio podcast.This edition includes the second in a new interview series done in collaboration with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute. (https://www.foreignpolicy.ca/) On this edition we hear from Cesar Jaramillo of Project Ploughshares (https://ploughshares.ca/), who speaks about the international cam…
 
Listen to the 29th edition of Free City Radio.Featuring a conversation with researcher and writer Kasim Tirmizey speaking on the importance of pushing McGill to divest from TC Energy corporation, which is building the Coastal Gas Link pipeline on Wet'suwet'en territory against the collective will of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. Also Wet'suwet'en activi…
 
Listen to the 28th edition of Free City Radio.On this edition we hear from Toronto based artist Ian Kamau who speaks about his work while reflecting on being an artist during the pandemic, on the essential role that art plays in society. Recently Ian worked on a piece for Canada's National Arts Centre called "Non Essential" Watch the video:https://…
 
Listen to the 27th edition of Free City Radio.Author Eric Laursen speaks about the protests against the World Economic Forum in January 2002 in New York City. This discussion revolves around the sustaining importance of looking at the protests within the context of opposing global systems of inequality that are perpetuated by global corporations, m…
 
Listen to the 26th edition of Free City Radio.On this edition we speak with independent journalist Len Olea speaking about the human rights crisis in the Philippines, the wave of political killings that has taken place, but also the efforts of independent journalists to report on the situation. Len is the managing editor of Bulatlat.com the longest…
 
Listen to the 25th edition of Free City Radio.On this edition we start with Daria Ivanochko, who is a representative from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) speaking on the importance of union power within the context of the pandemic. A look at the ways that this global health crisis has reoriented popular thinking about the rights of es…
 
Listen to the 24th edition of Free City Radio podcast.This edition starts with an interview about the recently released book project Pandemic Solidarity with writers Nancy Piñeiro and Marina Sitrin. We hear reflections about the collective writing process behind the book and also the ways that the book, featuring voices of community activists aroun…
 
Listen to the 23rd edition of Free City Radio.On this edition we speak with Bulgarian writer and lecturer at Kent University, Veronika Stoyanova, who speaks about the post-1989 neoliberal economic policies that have been pushed on Bulgaria by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the ways that western backed pro business policies have been dama…
 
Listen to the 22nd edition of Free City Radio.On this show I speak with designer, artist and activist Josh MacPhee on the recently published Celebrate People's History, The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution. Josh speaks about the importance of poster art in documenting and giving voice to underreported social movement histories. Josh is a fo…
 
Sharing the 21st edition of Free City Radio, released on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, 2020. On this edition we speak with Muheeb Saeed in Accra, Ghana from the Media Foundation For West Africa on the state of press freedom in West Africa, specifically in Guinea and also in Ghana. Info on Muheeb's work here: https://www.mfwa.org/mfwa-staff/muheeb-saeedThis i…
 
Listen to the 20th edition of Free City Radio podcast.On this show Wet'suwet'en activist Marlene Hale speaks about the growing health crisis within the Wet'suwet'en Nation taking place as more pipeline workers bring COVID-19 into the relatively remote community. This past week a number of public alerts have been sent out by Indigenous activists to …
 
Sharing the 19th edition of Free City Radio podcast.On this edition we hear from writer Nora Loreto who speaks about the growing economic inequality in Canada under the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau. This conversation was recorded right after the fall economic update shared by the Liberal within which there were no major taxes announced on b…
 
Sharing the 18th edition of Free City Radio.This episode includes an interview with writer, musician and professor Yassin Alsalman @thenarcicyst on a recently published poetry collection, "Text Messages : or How I Found Myself Time Traveling" published by Haymarket Books, Yassin speaks about the mixed medium nature of the book, writing poetry in di…
 
Sharing the 17th edition of Free City Radio podcast !This episode includes an interview with Sara Kayyali of Human Rights Watch on prisons in Syria. Sara details the realities of prisons today in Syria, the systemic human rights abuses and lack of due process for prisoners, both within state run prisons, but also the injustices that people have fac…
 
Listen to the 16th edition of the Free City Radio podcast !In this show we speak with community organizer and writer Mostafa Henaway who reflects on the sustaining importance of the U.S. 2020 election on communities and countries around the world and the present challenge for progressive activists to mobilize a critique of the neoliberal economics …
 
Sharing the 15th edition of the Free City Radio podcast !This program looks at community activist voices in the U.S. who are articulating the important role that community mobilization played in voting Trump out. Importantly this podcast attempts to explore the ways that local activists worked in ways that intersected their ongoing daily organizing…
 
Yes, this is the 14th edition of the Free City Radio podcast !Recorded and produced on Nov. 2nd 2020, the day before the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, featuring an interview with journalist Aaron Maté who offers an insightful critique on the Democratic Party's inability to address fundamental issues of economic and social injustice that led to m…
 
Sharing the 13th edition of the Free City Radio podcast !Including an interview with Bulgarian writer and sociologist Jana Tsoneva who shares some context and background on the recent wave of protests in Bulgaria for social justice and against corruption. Read Jana's latest article on Al Jazeera here :https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/9/10/wh…
 
Free City Radio podcast 12.On this edition of Free City Radio we visit the responses to the global pandemic in three places in the world, first we go to Brazil, for a discussion with Andrew Fishman who is a reporter at The Intercept and is the managing editor of The Intercept Brazil. Andrew discusses the ways that the current pandemic illustrates t…
 
Free City Radio podcast 11.Featuring sounds from the Solidarity Across Borders protest in Montreal to support the #StatusForAll campaign for the rights of all people to have equal access. Recorded voices on the street, including filmmaker Mary-Ellen Davis, Guinean community activist Lamine, cultural workers Mars Zaslavsky from Suoni per il Popolo, …
 
On this episode there are interviews with Mohamed Barry, spokes person of Statut pour les guinéens campaign, speaking on experience of Black workers in Dollarama warehouses around Montreal, currently there is a campaign by Dollarama workers to call for justice that is supported by the Immigrant Workers Centre. For background info on the Dollarama w…
 
On the 9th edition of the Free City Radio podcast we go to Minnesota to highlight the voices of community organizers involved in the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd campaign.First we hear from Jaylani Hussein who is a community organizer with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota). CAIR organized one of the first community-driven protest…
 
Listen to the eighth edition of the Free City Radio podcast. On this podcast, we start with an interview focusing on the #Artists4LongTermCare project launched by photojournalist Kitra Cahana, info :https://www.instagram.com/artists4longtermcarehttps://www.artists4longtermcare.orgA piece of music by Charbel Rouhana from the beautiful album Sourat T…
 
This is the seventh edition of Free City Radio podcast, which features a series of interviews, audio notes and music. In this program we begin with a musical piece by Karl Pricot, who is a drummer in Kalmunity, this is a piece recorded at Karl's home studio.Then we feature an interview with Kholoud Hussein, a Palestinian community organizer and med…
 
This is the sixth edition of the Free City Radio podcast, it includes interviews, as well as music contributions from awesome friends in different parts of the world. In this episode we hear from Sam Schuette who works as a cook at Resilience Montreal, a frontline support organization working with people struggling with poverty and homelessness, pa…
 
This is the fifth edition of the Free City Radio podcast, it includes interviews, as well as audio sent from friends in different parts of the world. First we hear from community activist and community radio host Mostafa Henaway (@mostafa-henaway) from the Immigrant Workers Centre, who speaks on opposing bank bailouts and activist responses to this…
 
This is the fourth edition of the Free City Radio podcast, this April 3rd edition features an interview with Dru Oja Jay from Courage coalition (http://www.couragecoalition.ca) speaking about the #RentStrike movement.In the introduction I speak about the recent wave of censorship that Facebook carried out against the #RentStrike movement. Featuring…
 
This is the third edition of the Free City Radio podcast, this April 2nd edition is a music mix !Recorded at home during the time of #COVID19, want to say thanks to Justin Doucet @djhuile for lending a zoom recorder on which the intro / talking parts were recorded. Hosted by Stefan @spirodon Christoff.This mix features the following tracks :Jordan …
 
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