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Scott and Greg talk with Kay the Aquanaut. Kay is a Saskatoon based rapper. Kay talks to Scott and Greg about his influences, his politics and why he continues to grind as an independent artist on the prairies. We played two of Kay the Aquanaut songs. 89 Grey Cup off the album Spinning Blue Planet Contemporary Woody Guthrie off the album Yeah, Riot…
 
We're back! Thanks for sticking with us during our hiatus. Does Canada still suck? You better believe it does. But for our first episode in months we talk to freelance journalist and noted twitter poster James Wilt about public transit, urban planning, pedestrian deaths in Winnipeg, Uber and gentrification. James Wilt has a book about public transi…
 
A jam packed show demonstrating how Canada Sucks! First Scott and Greg talk about SNC-Lavalin and their history of war profiteers and their close relationship with the Canadian State. Then Scott and Greg go over recent events in Haiti and how it demonstrates both Canadian Imperialism aboard but also the hypocrisy inherent in "human rights" discours…
 
We are back and Canada still sucks in 2019. Our first episdoe of 2019 is jam packed. Remember that CKUW's Fundrive runs from February 8th to 15th. This is where we ask the listerns to give their pledges of money to support the station. More info here https://ckuw.ca/news/entry/fundrive-2019-kicks-off-february-8th First Scott and Greg address the re…
 
Continuing our look into Canada's role in creating the refugee crisis in Central America Scott and Greg talk to two people on the ground in Honduras and Mexico. First you will hear from Jen Moore. Jen was the Latin America coordinator for Mining Watch Canada, with years of work with communities affected by Canadian mining in Central America, and is…
 
Recently the so called "migrant crisis" in Central America has been a major topic in the news. Images of women and children being tear gassed at the US border lays bear the moral and humanitarian crisis. But what about Canada? While this news seems far away in fact the Canadian state policies in Central America have contributed much to this crisis.…
 
In the latest episdoe exploring why Canada Sucks we talk about the recent Munk debates in Toronto where Steve Bannon debated David Frum on populism. It was probably as horrible as it sounds. Scott and Greg talk about the false framing of the debate, Peter Munk and what the Munk debates represent in Canada. In the last half of the show Scott talk to…
 
In the latest installment of our series on why Canada Sucks Scott and Greg talk about the CBC and urbanist boosters. Scott and Greg talk about the cultural place that CBC occupies in Canada. On the one hand to many CBC defines what Canada is but on the other the CBC also represent the interests of the state and capital. The recent controversy over …
 
Continuing with our series of Why Canada Sucks we discuss the relationship between Canada and Saudi Arabia. Scott and Greg talk to Anthony Fenton who is an expert on Canada Saudi Arabia relations. Anthony is currently working on his PHD at York U on the political economy of Canada-Saudi\Gulf states relations. Anthony breaks down the recent diplomat…
 
We continue to talk about why Canada sucks with a focus on Winnipeg politics. We are in the midst of a civic election and well it is fairly depressing. Ohh and the NDP sat on info about lead contamination in one of the poorest parts of Winnipeg. We talk with Kent Davies about how 2018 is the year Winnipeg has just given up and how utterly depressin…
 
In the 5th episdoe of our series of why Canada Sucks we talk about the large and harmful affect Hydro has had on northern indigenous communities in Manitoba. We talk with Sadie Phoenix-Lavoie who is the community coordinator for Wa Ni Ska Tan, an alliance of hydro affected communities about the recent report about the decades of abuse associated wi…
 
In this episode we look at how Manitoba’s criminal justice system is inherently racist. We speak with two guest, Corey Sherman, who is a human rights and aboriginal rights lawyer based in Toronto. Sherman has worked on several cases in Manitoba including the Craig McDougall inquest, in which he argued for the courts to consider the role systemic ra…
 
Hey, well Canada still sucks but we have to do a little stop gap measure. We are working on several stories and issues but due to scheduling we still have to wait on a few things to come together. Rather than rushing content we decided to dig into our archives and replay (on CKUW) our interview with Tyler Shipley on Canada's role in the coup in Hon…
 
Scott and Greg continue with the topic Why Canada Sucks with a discussion on the links between Climate Change, racism, and imperialism. Over the last several weeks there have been a number of racists attacks in Canada. Xenophobic rhetoric is on the rise as Canadian media play into a bogus "border crisis" narrative and the Liberals appoint Bill Blai…
 
In the second episdoe in our series on Why Canada Sucks, Scott and Greg talk to historian Doug Nesbitt on why Canadian Confederation sucked. Doug goes through all the resistance to Canadian Confederation and how that legacy has created battle lines across Canada to this day. They also discuss why Canadian history being presented as bland and boring…
 
We're back! After some time off Radio Free Winnipeg is back with a new series of shows. Our theme this time will be why Canada sucks where we will explore the many ways that Canada sucks domestically, internationally and historically. Canadians have an overly romanticized view of themselves and as such there is a lot of myths surrounding Canada. Ca…
 
In the 8th and final episdoe of Radio Free Winnipeg's series on Fascism and Anti-Fascism Scott and Greg reflect on what the series accomplished, where they could have improved and what they would have changed. Thanks for listening to the series. We will be back later in the summer with a new series of shows. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook…
 
In the 7th episdoe of Radio Free Winnipeg's series on Fascism and Anti-Fascism Scott does the show solo with Greg out of town in the big smoke (AKA Toronto). First Scott comments on the recent "investigation" by CBC on the growth of the 3% militia in Canada. This was already reported on by Vice last year and organizers on the ground have know about…
 
In Radio Free Winnipeg's 6th episode on Fascism and antifa Scott and Greg discuss the limits of antifa. While there have been several recent successes, ie Richard Spencer's comments not being able to hold public events, there are still limits to antifa. While making the public cost high for Fascists when they gather or organize in public is key thi…
 
In the 5th episode of our series on Fascism and Anti-Fascism Scott and Greg begin to dig into the history of anti-fascist movements, both in Europe, as well as in the context of Western Canada. They discuss the significance of the Spanish Civil War and how opposition to Franco's fascist movement help set the stage for contemporary anti-fascism. The…
 
In Radio Free Winnipeg's 4th episode of their series on Fascism & Antifa Scott and Greg talk about the historical roots of Fascism with specific attention to Fascist groups in Canada during the 1930s. In the second half of the episode Scott and Greg discuss the role of settler-colonialism in Canada, why liberalism can't defeat Fascism and how Fasci…
 
In Radio Free Winnipeg's third episode on Fascism & antifa Scott and Greg interview historian John Paul-Himka about the national narratives used by Ukrainian Nationalist groups both in Ukraine and in Canada that not only glorify war criminals and Nazi collaborators but trade in historical revisionism. John Paul-Himka is professor emeritus at the Un…
 
Episode 2 of Radio Free Winnipeg's series on Fascism & Anti-Fascism Scott and Greg interview William Robinson on the links between Fascism and Capitalism and how the features of 21st Century Fascism differ from 20th Century Fascism. William Robinson is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work focuses on poli…
 
Every February CKUW has its annual funding drive know as Fundrive.Fundrive runs from February the 9th to February the 16th. Radio Free Winnipeg's Fundrive show is on February the 11th 8-9pm. Fundrive is where we ask listeners to pledge money to the station. This money makes up a significant portion of CKUW's budget (about a quarter) and allows CKUW…
 
In Radio Free Winnipeg's first episode of 2018 and the first of our series on Fascism and Antifa, Scott and Greg go over what they'll be covering and why they decided to cover the subject. Scott and Greg give particular attention to the context and history of racism and white-supremacy in Western Canada and play a short clip from an interview we di…
 
In the last episode of 2017 Scott and Greg reflect on 2017. What were the issues they covered that had the most impact on them? What were the common themes that bind all the shows together (Capitalism sucks)? Scott and Greg also talk about Radio Free Winnipeg's new schedule for 2018 and what they will be covering. Thanks for tuning in. 2018 will be…
 
Since we got such great feedback on our discussion on anti-war and anti-imperialism politics we decided to take a whole hour to breakdown these topics in the Canadian context. We'll use clips from past episodes, comments made by Canadian foreign minster Chrystia Freeland comments on Canada not being an imperial country, the inherent problem in the …
 
In this episode Greg and Scott talk about the debate around opening of Portage & Main in Winnipeg to pedestrians. From there they go into a wider discussion on city planning, transit, and class consciousness. Here is an artilce on Portage & Main in the Globe & Mail https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/winnipeg-portage-and-main/article3652…
 
In this episode we talk with Zoe Todd. Zoe Todd (Métis/otipemisiw) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), Alberta, Canada. She writes about fish, art, Métis legal traditions and decolonization in urban and prairie contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in north/western Canada. This was part of the i…
 
On this episode we talk to Winnipeg based journalist James Wilt. James writes for Desmog Canada, Canadian Dimension, Vice Canada, Rank and File.ca. We talked with James about his work on climate change for Desmog. James talks about covering climate change, the NDP leadership race, the hype around electric cars, and how the doom and gloom of climate…
 
In this episode Scott and Greg talk with Greg Macpherson. Greg Macpherson is a venerable Winnipeg musician and community activist. We talked to Greg about his new band Figure Walking, their recent tour and their new album "The Big Other". We move from talk to Greg about Winnipeg and what he thinks about the present optimism about Winnipeg and if he…
 
In this episode we look at leftist discourse about Syria, Venezuela and the DPRK, and the McCarthyist tendencies being invoked against anti-imperialists who defend the official enemies of empire. We discuss how the West's anti-war movement has been stifled as a result of this lack of clear analysis. Links: Debating Syria Productively 1953-2002-2016…
 
We've been wanting to discuss Folkorama for a while now, with the recent statement issued by Folkorama to CBC in regards to the unofficial Ghanaian pavilion, now seemed like an appropriate time In this episode Scott and Greg talk about how Folkorama presents as liberal conception of multiculturalism in Winnipeg, how at it's worst it tokenizes the c…
 
In this extended episode we talk to Tyler Shipley, author of Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras, about his new book, and the coup he witnessed firsthand. In his book, Shipley uses the 2009 coup in Honduras as a clear example of Canada's imperial ambitions, and argues that the Canadian state holds an independent agenda, not …
 
In this episode we talk with rapper and musician Lee Reed about gentrification in Hamilton. Lee was the former front man of the band Warsawpack (on G7 welcoming committee label) and is now a solo artist. Lee talks to us about the last 20 years of Hamilton with the growth of gentrification in Hamilton, the connection to the arts scene and how his op…
 
Proletarian Feminism is a Marxist approach to feminism that was brought forth by the Indian revolutionary Communist and writer, Anuradha Ghandy, in Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement. In her writing Ghandy examines the dominant variants of feminism, pulling the relevant elements and issuing critiques of what she see's as detrimental to t…
 
Over the last several years the rhetoric around "creativity" and the "creative class" has been embraced by both governments, NGO's and many in the arts community. While creativity is positive there are deeper questions that we should ask about what this rhetoric upholds and reproduces. In this episode we explore these questions with Max Haiven. Max…
 
In this episode Greg talks about his recent trip to Japan. Greg has been to Japan three times with his partner. Scott asks Greg about Tokyo, how Japan is the height of consumer capitalism, and Japanese culture. The second half of the show Greg reflects on his trip to Hiroshima and how that changed his view on the use of the atomic bomb in World War…
 
On this episode of Radio Free Winnipeg we talk with CKUW news director Anna Sigrithur. Anna talks about her path to campus and community radio through food, gardening and storytelling. Anna talks about what makes campus and community radio special as well as the challenges that it brings. Here is our past interviews with CKUW staff http://radiofree…
 
In this episode we talk with Michal Rozworski. Michal Rozowrski is a economist, writer and podcast produce who endeavor's to bring a popular left perspective to the collision of economics and politics. His been producing a podcast, Political Eh Economy, since 2014. His writing has appeared in Jacobin, Ricochet (where he is a contributing editor), T…
 
In this episode we talk with Aaron Maiden host and producer of The Rebel Beat podcast. The Rebel Beat is podcast of politically radical music from across genres and continents. Greg and Scott talk to Aaron about how music has shaped his politics, how someone who is politically radical can engage with art and culture and the importance of radical po…
 
For this episode we replay our interview we did with Harrison Samphir from last year on the situation in Ukraine and media coverage of it. It is from last year but many of the points and information still hold true today and with the current hysteria in Canadian media over Russian interference in Canadian government it is no less pertinent. If you …
 
In this episode Scott talks to the Nation magazine's Sports Editor and host of The Edge of Sports podcast, Dave Zirin about the significance politics played in professional sports over the past year. Zirin speaks about the history of dissent in the NFL and the significance it plays in shifting social consciousness. Links: Edge of Sports Dave Zirin …
 
In this episode Scott and Greg discuss Kelly Leitch's comments about abolishing the Indian Act and her populist rhetoric, as well as how liberal identity politics co-exist with white nationalism and neo-fascism. Notable links: The Prince Albert Herald - Leitch: I do have 22 letters at the end of my name, I’m not an idiot HuffPo - 'Anti-elite' Leitc…
 
Scott Neigh (@canadianlefty) is an writer, activist and radio host based in Hamilton, Ontario. Neigh hosts Talking Radical Radio, which delivers in-depth interviews with grassroots activists engaged in a broad range of social change work in communities across the country. In this episode we bond over our shared interest in community radio. We discu…
 
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