Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Amplifying ideas that fly below the radar.

Below the Radar is a weekly podcast hosted by Am Johal. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests.

Hosted on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, this podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities. 

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In the midst of recent heat domes, mass droughts, seasonal floods, and raging wildfires in BC and across the world, Below the Radar host Am Johal sits down with influential guests from the climate justice movement. This series features conversations that range from how systems of power consistently undermine climate action through policy, to how climate justice is intrinsically linked to issues of colonization and racial injustice. Listen to the series.

Highlighting what history has overlooked: the incredible contributions of people with disabilities. Host Al Etmanski brings us enlightening conversations, featuring guests with disabilities who have been influential in arts, activism, science, and more. This series is a continuation of the work Al has shared in the book, The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World, which reveals that people with disabilities are the invisible force that has shaped history. Listen to the series.

A series exploring how people are continuing to live, research, organize, and make art in a time of social distancing. We interview scientists, community organizations, activists, artists, and others about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people and their communities.
Listen to the series.

Partner Podcasts

Minor Revisions is a podcast that demystifies the process of writing for academic journals, from the editors of EPC: Politics & Space. Each episode of Minor Revisions features the authors of a published article unpacking their publication and revealing some secrets behind it. Post-production for Minor Revisions is supported by Below the Radar at SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Listen here.

Below the Radar has partnered with the Or Galley to bring you recordings of the Gas Imaginary Conversations series. The Gas Imaginary is a multi-disciplinary project using poetry, collaborative drawings, installation, moving images, and lectures to unpack the broader significance of ‘settler conceptualism’, the racial logic of the property form and fossil fuel-based labour politics as capital reaches the limits of land use. Listen here.

Our Production Team

Am Johal
Fiorella Pinillos
Program Coordinator
Paige Smith
Program Assistant
Melissa Roach
Communications Coordinator
Kathy Feng
Research Assistant
Alyha Bardi
Communications Specialist
Alex Abahmed
Podcast Assistant
Photo credits: Am Johal (by Tracy Giesz-Ramsay), Melissa Roach (by Jamie-Leigh Gonzales)

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in the SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!