This week: Storming the beaches. Some Canadian property developers hoping to lure so-called ‘snowbirds’ to sunny beachfront in Oaxaca, Mexico have hit a bit of a hitch: like, the fact that Indigenous people already own the beach. And according to a recent article in The Breach, such land theft by outsiders is all too common in the region, sparking concerns about environmental degradation and unchecked water use, which Indigenous locals fear risk the future of their territory. Put another way: same shit, different shores.
On this episode, host/producer Rick Harp and roundtable regular Brock Pitawanakwat (Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at York University) are joined by Dawn Marie Paley, a Vancouver investigative journalist now based in Mexico, and the author of Drug War Capitalism.
// CREDITS: Our intro/extro is 'nesting' by birocratic.
Media bias: something many suspect is at play in mainstream outlets. But proving it—that's a different story. Amidst the daily, dizzy churn that is the news cycle, finding a way to parse out and pin down reasonably comparable data isn't always obvious. But new research out of western Canada seems to have found a clever way around that: by looking at how different dailies treated the same original newswire stories within their respective papers. Spoiler alert: what you got to read depends on where you live. And the closer you lived to the oil sands, the less you're likely to see.
On this episode, host/producer Rick Harp and roundtable regular Candis Callison (Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC) sit down with Regan Boychuk, the political economist, roofer and researcher behind "Proximity to Power: The oilpatch & Alberta’s major dailies."
// CREDITS: Our theme is nesting by birocratic. Sound effects include teletype fast speed by stratcat322 (CC BY-3.0).
This episode, a live debrief with our patrons on 'Oil and Gaslighting,' our December 21, 2022 discussion about the jarring juxtaposition between federal underfunding of First Nations’ preparedness for floods, fires and other disasters worsened by climate change on the one hand, and how Canada overfunds the extraction and emissions changing that climate on that other.
Back to dialogue directly with patrons are Kim TallBear, professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, and Candis Callison, Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. A conversation recorded live on Thursday, January 12, 2023.
// CREDITS: 'Guitarista' by Mr Smith (CC BY 4.0); 'Free Guitar Walking Blues (F 015)' by Lobo Loco (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Something of a different turn for us this episode, as we roll into the realm of games. A way to play off another side of our personalities and help host/producer Rick Harp hit his happy place, he somehow cajoled some of our roundtable regulars (and a few special guests) to join him at the table top this past New Year's Eve to play out the old year and bring in the new with a rousing game of Hit or Miss!
Among the fun folks who helped us get game the final day of December: University of Alberta Native Studies professor Kim TallBear, UBC journalism professor Candis Callison, Toronto Metropolitan University sociologist Chris Powell, poet/author/media producer January Rogers, and last but not least, Rick okâwiya—Rick's mom—Jane Glennon, ably assisted by hubby Dave.
// CREDITS, MUSIC: 'Mike and Ron Jam' and 'Instrumental Prelude' by the Sluts with Nuts (CC BY); 'Did you know? (Curiouser and curiouser)' by Fabian (CC BY); 'Small Song' and 'Synth - Homage to John Carpenter' by Squire Tuck (CC BY); 'Independent Film' by Steve Combs (CC BY-SA); 'Mudroom Jazz' by David Dellacroce (CC BY); 'Free Funny Talk Retro Organ (F 007)' by Lobo Loco (CC BY-SA) // CREDITS, SFX: 'Error' by Austistic Lucario (CC BY 3.0); 'Game Sound Correct' by Bertrof (CC BY 3.0); 'Champagne: Cork Pop and Pour' by ultradust (CC BY 4.0); 'Dat's Right!' by Beetlemuse (CC BY 4.0); 'Complete Chime' and 'Up Chime 4' by FoolBoyMedia (CC BY 4.0); 'bt three tone' by (CC BY 3.0)