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Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:14 -0500

Last Build Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:08:53 -0500

 



Decolonizing the Media: Media Democracy Days 2016
It used to be the case that media and democracy were synonymous. Democracies weren't worthy of the name unless they had free and independent media that spoke truth to power. That was in the good old days. The changes in the political winds these days means that there are more pressures than ever on the kind of media outlets to do their job preserving and strengthening democracy. Today's program comes to us from Media Democracy Days, held in Vancouver every year. This year was no exception. And one could say that Media Democracy is more important than ever in the dark days of 2016.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/november_2016_media_democracy_days_0.mp3




Participation: Building a sense of belonging in our communities
What does it take to build stronger communities? A lot of it is about participation -- when we work together for the common good, the places where we live become stronger. We know our neighbours, we help each other. In healthy communities, people are engaged with each other. But what does that mean? Today's program is about engagement, connecting and making a difference in the places we live. How do we strengthen those ties that bind?  A few ideas here on this month's rabble radio ..   


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/oct_2016_community.mp3




Big Farming
Since it's harvest season, what better time to take a look at farming. And sadly, it's not the family farm we're going to be talking about. There are still some family farms left, and still some independent farmers who are making a living for themselves adopting new forms of sustainable agriculture. But despite the growth of organics, artisan food products and people who are adopting farming practices that are kind to the land, the corporations continue to march across the countryside. We'll hear from a few people today who can tell us what's wrong with that.  


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/big_farming_september_2016.mp3




World Social Forum: The sequel
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. There were hundreds of panel discussions at the World Social Forum. The hard thing was to make a choice which one to go to. There weren't a lot of descriptions in the handbook sometimes, so often we just had to pick one and see how it all turned out. You never knew what you were going to get.  


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/august_2016_world_social_forum_redux.mp3




Acoustic ecology and the art of listening
Like this podcast? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Just because you can't touch, see or smell sound doesn't mean that the sounds around us don't affect us just as much as the quality of our water, air and physical environment.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/world_listening_day_jul_2016_finished.mp3




Soapboxes, Sellouts and Upstarts
Like this podcast? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The media landscape isn't at all the same today as it was 15 years ago when rabble.ca first started publishing on the Internet.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_june_2016_soapboxes_sellouts_and_upstarts_finished.mp3




Black Lives Matter: Two cities, two different approaches
Like this podcast? rabble is listener-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Here in Canada we don't have as many Black Lives Matter chapters as there are in the United States but the ideas are just as relevant. Despite our beliefs in this country that we are not racist and not violent, Black Lives Matter is helping us see that those perspectives aren't accurate.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_may_2016_black_lives_matter_two_cities.mp3




What in the world is the World Social Forum?
Like this podcast? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. August may seem like a ways away, but for the organizers of the World Social Forum in Montreal in August, time is ticking away.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/world_social_forum_final_rabble_radio.mp3




Honduras: Tragedy and hope
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Honduras is a country that doesn't show up in the news very often, especially here in Canada. A quick google search brought up links for travel destinations, World Cup soccer and the free trade agreement which Canada signed with Honduras on October 1, 2014.  


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_honduras_mar_2016_final.mp3




Sounding change: rabble radio February 2016
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. What a couple of months it's been in media land. Newspapers folding, television stations getting out of local news... all because of the Internet, they say. We don't hear much about radio, though.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_feb_2016_sounding_change.mp3




Organizing a precarious world
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The work world has changed a lot over 30 years. It used to be the case that most people got a job and stayed there. If not for life, then at least for a long, long time.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rr_jan_2016_organizing_a_precarious_world.mp3




rabble radio year end: Times of change
Like this podcast? rabble is listener-supported journalism. Chip in to keep piece like this coming. Hard to believe it's the end of the year. But it is. 2015 is almost finished. And what a year it was. Today, we round out the year with a look back at the year that was, a look ahead to the next, and a couple of big changes.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_dec_end_of_year_final.mp3




Bringing community media together under the big tent: rabble radio November 2015
This program comes to you from the Community Media Convergence, a gathering of community television, radio, online and gaming people from across the country. We all know that different media forms are coming together. Radio websites have video on them. Newspapers have podcasts. If rabble.ca had been around 20 years ago, we would have likely been a paper based magazine. And a radio show. There would have been no rabble tv because there aren't very many independent community tv stations out there. Now we're a whole combination of different kinds of media.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_community_media_under_the_big_tent_nov_2015.mp3




Eleven Years in Your Ears - New Directions in Podcasting - rabble radio October 2015
It's been a great autumn for podcast anniversaries! 1.) One year ago on October 6, Indian and Cowboy made its internet debut. Indian & Cowboy is a listener supported media network consisting of Indigenous media makers, artists, storytellers, musicians & producers rooted firmly at the intersection between digital media art, podcasting & Indigenous Storytelling.  Roshini Nair did this feature for rabble radio with Ryan McMahon, the founder of Indian and Cowboy. (click on the link for a transcript of Roshini's entire interview for rabble.ca)


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/eleven_years_in_your_ears_rabble_radio_october_2015.mp3




rabble radio 169: Looking ahead to E-Day
Like this podcast? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. We're in the home stretch of Election 42. Just a little under three weeks to go. We're not running out of things to talk about yet. Far from it. On today's show --


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_169_the_home_stretch_finished.mp3




rabble radio episode 168: Get out and vote!
Chip in to keep stories like these coming. It felt like summer was over when we got word of the election call, didn't it? OK, so now that Stephen Harper has spoiled our summer fun, time to spoil some of his. It works in the favour of Stephen Harper's Conservatives if voters stay home. Today we'll talk about why it's necessary for YOU ... to get out and vote.   We'll also hear about strategies to get out the vote among people who traditionally don't vote. Item 1:


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_168_get_out_the_vote.mp3




rabble radio 167: Community radio, the rabble podcast network's big sister
Please support our coverage of democratic movements and become a supporter of rabble.ca. We're very proud of the fact that a lot of our podcasters at the rabble podcast network have their roots in community radio. A lot of our programs on the rabble podcast network are rebroadcast on community radio.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rr_167_community_radio.mp3




Episode 166: Happy 10th birthday, rabble podcast network!
RABBLE IS READER-SUPPORTED JOURNALISM Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Happy Birthday to us! Has it been 10 years of podcasting at rabble.ca already? Let the celebrations begin! rabble.ca led the pack when it came to podcasting. In 2005, iTunes didn't yet exist. There were no iPhones. It was truly the dark and silent ages.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_166_happy_10th_birthday_to_us.mp3




rabble radio episode 165: Brave New Alberta
Pigs flew, hell froze over and the voters of Alberta elected a majority NDP government.  We're coming up to the one-month anniversary of the election that shook up the whole country and struck fear into the hearts of the Harper Conservatives. Now that the initial euphoria is starting to subside, rabble radio invited two of rabble's own Albertans to weigh in on the discussion. Roshini Nair is the rabble podcast network's new intern. She's a student in Vancouver but born and raised in Edmonton. And rabble.ca's editor-in-chief Meagan Perry is also a proud Albertan, though she makes her home in Ontario now. 


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_165_final_jun_4_2015_w_promo.mp3




rabble radio episode 164: Get growing -- food production on land and sea
It's getting green out there. Finally. It's been such a long winter. So this is the Get Growing edition. Today we have an assortment of stories related to how we get our food. 1:29 - Losing our grip on the family farm. Most people still believe that the land should be owned by independent local farmers who directly farm the land. But this system has been under serious threat for many decades now. Twenty years ago, the concern was that land was being bought by individual farmers with ever-larger land holdings, huge machinery and hired people to work the land. Now, even the large-scale individual farmer is being squeezed out by corporations and investment groups who are running these farms as agricultural businesses from afar.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rr_164_get_growing_final_version.mp3




Stop Harper: Bill C-51 and other tales of treachery - rabble radio 163
There was a time when we thought we'd have to be ready for a spring federal election. That hasn't happened, which gives us even more time to get information out about the various nefarious ways the Harper government has changed our country. And it gives us time to come up with more reasons why the Harper government needs to go. Today's program is an early spring warm-up for the fall election. We've got lots of reasons to get rid of the Harper government. You might already know what they are, but there are always some new perspectives to share. Especially after the March protests of Bill C-51, the so-called "secret police" bill. Good to see the resistance is strong. We'll play some highligts from the day of protest, March 15, 2015.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rr_163_final_.mp3




rabble radio episode 162: Restorative justice -- what it is and isn't
Halifax has been in the news over the past few months, and it's not been good press. We're talking about the infamous case of the so-called "Dalhousie Gentleman's Club" where mysogynistic and sexually violent comments were made by 13 male students in the Faculty of Dentistry on Facebook. The story is no longer front-page news, but there were, and still are, a number of controversial issues that arose from the university's handling of the case.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rr_162_restorative_justice_finished.mp3




Episode 161: Entrepreneurship under the microscope
These days we're hearing a lot of voices encouraging all of us to be entrepreneurs. And it's not just from Chamber of Commerce types these days. Even the progressive community is saying that we all need to create our own jobs. On one hand, being self-sufficient is a good thing. But maybe not entirely. Today we're going to be looking at both sides of the entrepreneurial spirit and how it's practised. Especially in progressive circles where we're likely to hear words like "social enterprise." Things have really changed from the days when everybody had a job that they went to, with job security, benefits, and good pay. We'll also hear how one union is trying to diversify and represent some of those entrepreneurs.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_161_social_enterpreneurship.mp3




Episode 160: Eggnog edition
Yes, it's a been a tough, tough year. I'm feeling it. We're all feeling it. But... all that bad news is not the totality of life. With this being the holiday season, this rabble radio show is the "Light the Fire, Pour the Eggnog and Think Philosophically For a While" edition. We thought it would be a good time to play some of the hidden gems that have shown up on the rpn this year. So go get that eggnog, light the fire and just enjoy being here with us for the next half hour. Season's Greetings.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_160_eggnog_edition_finished.mp3




Episode 159: Jobs, jobs, jobs ... or lack thereof
Employment is becoming more and more precarious. It's getting harder and harder to find what we used to call a "permanent" job, with a good salary, with benefits and with no specified end date. Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union held an event to address this issue earlier in October. There was a wide range of speakers, and today we're devoting the show to some of the ideas that were presented. The Good Jobs Summit was cosponsored by Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ryerson University's Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice, and the Canadian Federation of Students.


Media Files:
http://rabble.ca/sites/rabble/files/audio/download/42/rabble_radio_159_jobs_jobs_jobs.mp3