NCRA Program Exchange - Main Page RSS of the most recent programs EN-ca Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:21:06 EDT Tue, 10 Jun 2003 09:41:01 GMT NCRA Program Exchange (Magnus Thyvold) (Magnus Thyvold) Building a broad coalition in Calgary to defend the common good 7 Apr, 2020 || 0:27:40 || Lead organizer Ryan Andersen talks about the work of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good. || Ryan Andersen is the lead organizer of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, a coalition that brings together around 30 faith groups, union locals, and community organizations representing about 35,000 people to organize, advocate, and mobilize for a more just and compassionate vision for their city. Scott Neigh interviews him about the organization, about its slow and steady approach to community organizing, and about the victories it has won so far. In the last few decades, those of us who live in rich countries have been bombarded with the message that we must think of ourselves solely as individuals, fragmented and isolated from anything greater and shared. Margaret Thatcher's iconic decree "There's no such thing as society" set the tone, and cuts to social programs and other forms of collective provision drove it home. Sociologists like Robert Putnam have identified a dramatic erosion in collective civic engagement. Yet despite the range of powerful political compulsions and very real shifts over the neoliberal era, there are many people who have never given up on the idea of the common good, and on the hard but satisfying work of collaborating across difference to bring it into being. Ryan Andersen grew up in small-town Alberta. He first started asking big questions about society and about injustice after he spent time via an exchange program living on a First Nation in Saskatchewan and then in Guatemala. He says, "Encountering two genocides just sort of shook up my view of the world." His questioning eventually led him to train as a pastor at Harvard University in Boston. During his training, he worked at an inner-city, largely African-American church, where he received a crash course in community organizing. He got to witness first hand a process in which different faith groups, community groups, unions, and more took up the struggle for affordable housing, and ultimately made some big gains. Fast forward a bunch of years. By this point, Andersen was a parish pastor in Calgary. His church did many of the things that churches do to address urgent needs in the community in a direct way, but he was well aware that they weren't building towards the kinds of structural change that might get at the roots of the problems people were facing. So when someone sat down with him and said, hey, do you think maybe we could build some kind of organization that does community organizing, he thought back to his time in Boston and replied with an emphatic yes. That began a long, challenging process that stretched out over quite a number of years and finally led last fall to the formal founding assembly of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good. At a certain point along the way, Andersen stepped away from his work as a pastor to become the group's lead organizer. The group draws on the organizing model of the Industrial Areas Foundation, which has been doing this kind of work in the United States and beyond since 1940. The fundamental building block of the alliance's work is what they call the relational meeting – sitting down with someone one-on-one and doing a lot of listening to who they are, what their lives are like, and what matters to them. From these meetings, they construct larger processes that involve determining issues that people might be willing to work on, building networks of active members, and identifying community leaders. Active participants are given plenty of opportunities to receive training in community organizing skills. The alliance has various committees and teams with responsibility for specific issues and tasks, and it is ultimately governed by an assembly of representatives from each member organization. Over a year ago, the alliance initiated a process in which they trained 50 people who then went back to their home organizations and had one-on-one or small group meetings with around 1000 people to identify key issues that people wanted to fight for. They came up with mental health, social isolation and community building, the environment, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. In each of these areas, the group has been identifying demands and establishing campaigns. Along with these longer-term initiatives, they have also shown a capacity to respond to issues as they arise, including with their highly successful Keep Calgary Strong campaign, which Andersen says played an important role in winning the reversal of around $77 million of proposed municipal budget cuts last year. Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada. We give you the chance to hear many different people that are facing many different struggles talk about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it, in the belief that such listening is a crucial step in strengthening all of our efforts to change the world. To learn more about the show, visit its website here: You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or email scottneigh[at] to join our weekly email update list. Talking Radical Radio is brought to you by Scott Neigh (, a writer, media producer, and activist based in Hamilton, Ontario, and the author of two books examining Canadian history through the stories of activists. Overdoses and COVID-19 on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside 7 Apr, 2020 || 0:22:08 || Overdoses and COVID-19 on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside || Self-isolation and physical distancing are straightforward public health orders for most Canadians, but it's a near-impossible challenge for people without adequate housing. That's clear in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a dense neighbourhood with a large population of homeless people, who are now at risk of COVID-19. But the challenges don't stop there — the community has been battling another public health crisis for years: drug poisoning and overdoses. Today on Front Burner, Garth Mullins, host of the podcast Crackdown, tells us what that means for drug users. Health First 2020-04-06 7 Apr, 2020 || 0:54:34 || End of Life Doula Association | "Who Says You Are Dead?" || The latest health news followed by interviews with experts, authors, and practitioners in the field of natural medicine and alternative health. Interviews on topics ranging from Arthritis to Alzheimer's; Electromagnetic radiation to Nutrition. Each week is a different topic that challenges you to learn more about your body and how you can feel better. Students in the Know, Ep. 27, April 3, 2020 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:40:09 || How students are coping with isolation and alternative course delivery due to COVID-19 || In this episode of Students in the Know, we speak with VIU students about their experience with self-isolating and alternative course delivery. We also speak with Stephanie Smith, president of the BC Government and Service Employees Union about their call for the government to declare a rent and mortgage moratorium during the pandemic. Able to Disabled: My Changing Landscape 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:27:42 || Kim Kitchen, visual artist, talks about sound art as her way to deal with a devastating illness. || Kim Kitchen is visual artist and now, sound artist living in North Bay. After the onset of Rheumatoid Disease arrived in March of 2015, Kim’s abilities significantly altering her ability to continue to work in the media she cultivated throughout her art career and practice in painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media. During this time, a dear artist friend who visited often gifted her with a handheld audio recorder and encouraged her to record my daily insights and to capture sounds of her environment. It was meant as a way for her to stay engaged creatively through an extremely di?cult time. The gift accomplished what it was meant to do. In 2017, her treatments began to show some promise. Now able to function, she decided to apply for a grant with the Ontario Arts Council aimed at a mentorship year with Darren Copeland, a soundscape artist. Darren came to her home every two weeks to teach her the techniques of capturing, editing and composition the new medium of sound. A second grant resulted in what you’re about to hear. With the skill and support of Benjamin Hermann, sound technician and con?dant, this work is now ready for you to hear. Through the art of shaping sound, Kim shares her process and insights of these life changing years. Her audio work “Able to Disabled: My Changing Landscape” conveys insurmountable moments of grief, loss and transformation amid testable adaptability and embrace. Anchored in her reality, the narrative emerges, depicting a vivid story and complexity within the composition. At its core, Able to Disabled: My Changing Landscape recounts a personal process of transformation, re-configuration of identity and the work of letting go to let in. Ready to broadcast with intro and extro Time: 17:42 The Response - April 6 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:06:17 || National News Show on COVID-19 || Today, we look at the launch of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) this week and the ongoing discussion about medical supplies in Canada. Dr Stephen Bezruchka - COVID-19 & Capitalism 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:57:00 || Dr Stephen Bezruchka - COVID-19 & Capitalism || The COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic has cast in deadly high relief that the United States, the richest country on Earth has a dysfunctional health care system. One should not even call it a system. “It’s unimaginable,” a CNN anchor commented upon seeing footage of hospital tents in New York’s Central Park and a refrigerator truck loading up corpses in Brooklyn. The reports of shortages of everything from testing kits to ventilators to masks to gloves to hospital beds boggle the mind. Where was the preparation? And now where is the coordination? States and countries are competing against one another. Viruses do not recognize borders. Collective global action is the only way forward. Universal medical protocols must be in place. An international public health infrastructure is urgently needed or the next pandemic will make this one look like a picnic. 021 - Fables for your Microscope for April 3rd, 2020 6 Apr, 2020 || 1:01:54 || Covid 19 in North Van. I gotta believe there's no plan. || Hi. here I am locked in my house. How is your world ending pandemic going? Mine is going great. Modern Jazz Today - Episode 218 6 Apr, 2020 || 4:34:55 || Today's Modern Jazz Improvisors, Creators and Tastemakers. || Modern Jazz Today is a radio show that focuses on today’s jazz improvisers and creators, cutting their teeth and cutting the edge of sound. We are proud to present Modern Jazz Today as an avenue for discovering a new generation of jazz musicians, composers, improvisers and arrangers. Pregnancy in a pandemic 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:24:33 || Pregnancy in a panedmic || Questions about the impact of coronavirus on pregnancy are running through the mind of many expectant parents. But there is scant research into how COVID-19 affects pregnancy: the disease is just so new. Today on Front Burner, we talk to the head of labour and delivery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Wendy Whittle, about what we know so far about pregnancy and coronavirus, and what hospitals are doing to operate safely. WINGS #51-19 Peace Poetry 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:28:44 || at the start of America's longest war || On October 9, 2001, poet Susan Bright read peace poetry in Frieda Werden's kitchen, as both were grieving Bush's bombing of Aghanistan (starting America's longest war). Among the poems is a tribute to Enheduanna, the earliest poet whose name is still known - she wrote peace poetry more than 4,000 years ago. Back Porch Bluegrass Show 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:57:27 || Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 31 March 2020 || Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 31 March 2020 - broadcast on Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand Back Porch Bluegrass Show 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:57:18 || Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 24 March 2020 || Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 24 March 2020 - broadcast on Free FM, Hamilton,, New Zealand Back Porch Bluegrass Show 6 Apr, 2020 || 0:57:54 || Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 17 March 2020 || Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 17 March 2020 - broadcast on Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand Episode 158: Will COVID-19 make me gay? 5 Apr, 2020 || 0:57:12 || Episode 158: Will COVID-19 make me gay? || In this episode Luke and Sebastien take a look at Global Pride going Digital, and quarantined straight guys thinking they might be gay in lockdown. Shoulda put fries in the beer 4 Apr, 2020 || 0:52:53 || Western PA Beer || Shoulda put fries in the beer @11thHourBrewing @HelltownBrewing @KoehlerBrewing @SpoonwoodBrewin @PizzaBoybrewing @GristHouse @Hitchhikerbrew #beer #craftbeer #pabeer Co hosts : Good ol Boy Caperton, Good ol Boy Mike, Good ol Boy Kendall, Good ol Gal Julieanna, and Good ol Boy Dave SUDS Episode – As Julieanna waxes on about her loathing relationship for Western PA, the rest of the cast is unbiased. Mike discovers that he does not like Loganberry, shocker. Maybe if they put fries in some of these beers, they would have been better, Primanti’s style. There are a few gems you should check out. We taste and rate the following beers from 1-5: Cruel Remedy Double NEIPA 8% ABV 11th Hour Brewing Company Pittsburgh, PA SUDS-4 Dream Cannon #8 Loganberry 4.4% ABV 11th Hour Brewing Company Pittsburgh, PA SUDS-4 Buffy Hazy IPA 6.7% ABV Helltown Brewing Mount Pleasant, PA SUDS-4 Latis IPA 4.8% ABV Helltown Brewing Mount Pleasant, PA SUDS-3 Ornery Bulledogge IPA 7.5% ABV Koehler Brewing Company Grove City, Pennsylvania SUDS-3 Cold Drip City Coffee Blonde Ale 5.9% ABV Spoonwood Brewing Company Pittsburgh, PA SUDS-3 Michael Myers Lemon NEIPA 6.66% ABV Pizza Boy Brewing Company Enola, PA SUDS-3 Space Cactus Hazy NEIPA 6.8% ABV Grist House Craft Brewery Pittsburgh, PA SUDS-3 15th and Canal Dry hopped pale ale 5.8% ABV Hitchhiker Brewing Company Pittsburgh, PA SUDS-3 @sipssudssmokes (Yo, it recently changed with an “s”) Sips, Suds, & Smokes™ is produced by One Tan Hand Productions using the power of beer, whiskey, and golf. Available on Apple & Google Podcasts, PRX, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and nearly anywhere you can find a podcast. Enjoying that cool new Outro Music, it’s from Woods & Whitehead – Back Roads Download your copy here: The easiest way to find this award winning podcast on your phone is ask Alexa, Siri or Google, “Play Podcast , Sips, Suds, & Smokes” Balmoral Blues EP-106 3 Apr, 2020 || 0:56:42 || Weekly Blues Radio Show produced in the Shuswap, British Columbia || This week join host David Blaine for the best blues in teh Shuswap featuring Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Eric Clapton, Roomful Of Blues, Guy Davis, Whitey Johnson, Pinkie Rideau, Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie, Mark Hummel, Catfish Keith, Ralph Willis, Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges, Marla Glen, Swamp Dogg, and The McNaMarr Project. Tune into 93.7 FM on your radio dial or online at Also like our Facebook page at or make a blues request: Celt In A Twist April 5 2020 3 Apr, 2020 || 0:58:55 || Canada's Contemporary Celtic Radio Hour || Treat your ears and kill an hour deep listening to contemporary Celtic. Debuts from Grinning Barretts, Debra Lyn and Frigg celebrate their 20th! worldbeatcanada raio april 4 2020 3 Apr, 2020 || 0:59:11 || exciting global music alternative to jukebox radio || A full course meal of globaliciousness featuring fresh Trio Tekke, CeU, Tamikrest, When The Levee Breaks touch of the familiar and a palette cleanser from Nada Surf. 196 - The Mix Sessions 3 Apr, 2020 || 1:56:00 || 50% CANCON-Underground Electronica, Trip Hop, Drum & Bass and Deep House. || The Mix Sessions brings you the best underground Electronica, Trip Hop, Drum & Bass and Deep House weekly. Each 58 min show (part 1 & 2) is 50% CanCon and can be played individually or together in a 2 hr block with room for PSA's. 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