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Latin Waves has surpassed its 12th year on the air,  we bring our listeners in-depth coverage of issues with a focus on the history of an issue and what that history means for us today and most importantly what we can do to move society forward in a healthy way.

In short our show is focused on building community across borders, positive social change has only come through communities of interest working together.

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Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by the late  Charles Boylan from Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, she speaks about her new book Fleshmapping, Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education

Sylvia L. Richardson is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the host and producer of the internationally syndicated radio program Latin Waves.

A Brief Book synopsis
What can be learned from a story woven out of fragmented moments of joy, pain, horror, and blissful awareness? Flesh Mapping is an attempt to create a pedagogy of shared narrative, place, and politics; to narratively map the injuries of the material, emotional, and spiritual impact of poverty, displacement, hunger and war on an individual life.

The book is an invitation to instructors in education, anthropology, women’s studies, and labor studies to re-imagine education as the praxis for liberation, renewal, and hope. It serves as a process of naming the injuries inflicted on real bodies by privilege and power, like sites on a map. The goal is not simply to name and make visible privilege but to simultaneously create emergent spaces of dissonance in education that can challenge and transform power at the site where the personal is political. Purchase Copy Now




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An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity.

 Robert Jensen is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Texas in Austin and collaborates with the Ecosphere Studies program at The Land Institute.

Host Sylvia speaks to Dr Jensen on his newest book “An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity.”

How we come to terms with the fact that this high energy , high tech consumption culture is going to fail. How its better if it fails on our terms and not naturally, how we need to transition to a low energy culture, how we have to learn to live without and make different choices.

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The notion of rights/role of languages and women in paradigm shift

A professor at Carleton University, Marcelo Saavedra is an Indigenous Bolivian leader and founder of the Bolivia Action Solidarity Network.

He speaks to Latin Waves about the need to protect indigenous languages as these languages change how we view the world. He challenges the western notion of rights and how the paradigm shift that’s taking place must have women front and center.

“If we can harness that wisdom that is embedded in our ancestral cultures, we can get rid of capitalism, patriarchy , Globalization and colonialism. And Women are a central central piece in this puzzle”

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Ukraine, Global Food Shortages, Columbia and Summit of the Americas

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela, they speak about the growing global food crisis due to the war in Ukraine, how imperial powers like Russia and the US don’t mind starving the global population for their own imperial interests.

How the US is losing ground in Latin America, many countries are going left including Columbia whom is on the verge of electing their first ever left wing government.

How Mexico are other nations are making a mockery of the Summit of the Americas by not attending.

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Canadian colonial history and war in Ukraine

Yves Engler (born 1979) is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to seven published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Ecologist. His The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy book was on a short list for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction along with two other books.

Host Sylvia speaks to Yves about the historic role of Canadian foreign policy and its current role in the world in places like Ukraine .

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Dr Lebowitz latest book Between Capitalism and Community

In Between Capitalism and Community, Lebowitz demonstrates that capitalism contains within itself elements of a different society, one of community.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Dr Lebowitz about how capitalism creates accumulation but overlooked is how capitalism also deforms and changes those who work within it. How the communal councils in Venezuela profoundly changed those who worked within them and how struggle changes those for fight for it. Within the experience of struggle is embodied resilience,

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The structure of empire with Justin Podur

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with author Justin Podur about the structures of empire. The value transfers that fuel an economic system of inequity and injustice. How laws have been crafted to sustain empire and suppressed democratic processes.

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Aviva Chomsky’s latest book Central America’s Forgotten History

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Aviva Chomsky, about the structured violence of empire. We are now in the grip of one of the worst economic crises in the history of modern capitalism.

Millions displaced by hunger, military violence and ecological destruction that puts them in the eye of multiple storms. Aviva Chomsky’s latest book: Central America’s Forgotten History, answers the urgent question “How did we get here?” Centering the centuries-long intertwined histories of US expansion and Indigenous and Central American struggles against inequality and oppression.

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Russia/Ukraine crisis, the hypocrisy of the US regime

Bruce Gagnon coordinates the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, (http://space4peace.org/) Bruce is a long time Union Organizer and Peace advocate and writers for a blog called Organizing Notes http://space4peace.blogspot.com/

Host Stuart speaks to Bruce about the origins of the Russia/Ukraine crisis, the hypocrisy of the US regime and its allies and how this conflict creates a war at home by robbing the public treasury. The propaganda machine at play and how the US/Nato is actively promoting war and silencing voices for Peace.

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Social Movements Post Pandemic, how electoral politics is not enough

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela, they speak about the crisis of Capitalism in providing for peoples needs, how as the pandemic ends their is no money for human needs but plenty for war.

How social movements are starting to wake up post pandemic, even in unlikely places like Poland. How just electing a progressive government under capitalism will not get it done, how only workers uprisings and social movements can achieve what is needed.

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To create schools that are deserving of our babies

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with David E. Kirkland, Vice Dean for Equity, and Community Action at NYU. The responsibility for educator to engage with issues of social justice. ” To create schools that are deserving of our babies”, what inspires him to stay engaged and the need for compassion for each other during struggle.

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