Recommended Resources

Here is a collection of articles, reports, organizations, university departments and more that involve innovative community engagement practices. We aim to foster learning exchanges with partners and colleagues locally and globally.

Included in these resources are recommendations from, and works by, Below the Radar guests, as well as selected press articles covering the activities of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and our partners.


Minor Revisions

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.

Speak My Language

Speak My Language is a storytelling media arts project for and by low-income Chinese seniors to share their experiences of language and cultural barriers in accessing healthcare, while exploring individual and collective healing and envisioning a culturally accessible healthcare system. This project is a collection of five radio documentaries highlighting the experiences of Chinese elders facing barriers to access in the BC healthcare system.

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Radiant Voices Audio Painting

This audio painting is a compilation of some of the voices featured in the book, Radiant Voices: 21 Feminist Essays for Rising Up Inspired by EMMA Talks.  This collection was edited by Grounded Futures’ lead curator, carla bergman, and published by Touchwood Editions. This is storytelling at its best: vulnerable, heart centered, raw, and authentic. We invite you to listen to these stunningly woven stories and poems, read for you by their weavers.

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Grounded Futures

Grounded Futures is a platform for youth, women, and gender nonconforming folks voices to talk about every day thriving amid the ongoing disasters we’re collectively facing. We create content that is relevant to all of our lives — today and into the future. We are anchoring our work with youth because we believe that every young person deserves to thrive every day, and that solidarity begins with them.

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Crackdown is a monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives. The host and executive producer of Crackdown is Garth Mullins, an award-winning documentarian and longtime community organizer.

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Secret Feminist Agenda

Secret Feminist Agenda is a weekly podcast about the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives. Hosted by academic and podcaster Hannah McGregor.

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New Books in French Studies

Interviews with Scholars of France about their New Books. Hosted by SFU History professor Roxanne Panchasi. The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse via new media.

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La Commune 2021

La Commune 2021 is a virtual free school created by Roxanne Panchasi, and hosted by UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, a charitable non-profit artist-run organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Each week of La Commune 2021 is anchored around an episode of radio 1871, an audio series made by Roxanne Panchasi for a seminar in History at Simon Fraser University in the spring term of 2021.

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Film Formally

Film Formally gets granular about how movies work by choosing a technique or trait and studying it through its best examples. Every Tuesday, Independent filmmakers Devan Scott and Will Ross leverage years of watching and making movies to bring you spirited and approachable conversations, offering brick-by-brick analysis and discussions about how movies work.

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Call the Question

Call the Question is a fast-paced podcast hosted by Maria Dobrinskaya and Lesli Boldt, where we dig into some of the political issues that are making headlines in Vancouver, B.C. and Canada, with a focus on the perspectives and issues that aren’t getting enough airtime these days. We have political conversations. With women. Twice a month, you’ll hear from expert guests who bring smart, interesting, and clever takes on today’s most compelling political issues. And we’re going to have (more than) a few laughs while we're doing it.

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Hadithi Podcast

Hadithi means stories in Swahili. Oral stories are a timeless traditions that our communities have used to carry memory across generations and continue to do so. Hadithi Podcast aims to honor this tradition and continue to use it as means to bridge Black communities in the diaspora. These conversations are led by Black youth who aim to use this platform to disrupt the comforts of white supremacy and imagine the liberated futures we seek for Black and Indigenous communities.

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Teachin' Books

A podcast all about the ways people teach, learn, and work with literature. Host Jessica McDonald talks about how she teaches with literature and interviews folks from traditional and non-traditional educational contexts to find out what they're doing with literature these days.

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Big Bright Dark

Do you ever feel like it’s a pretty scary time to be alive on planet Earth? We don’t need to get into the gory details of climate change, massive species extinction and all the rest. We explore the questions we face, the fears that haunt us and the possibilities that rise before us in this time of great human and planetary uncertainty.

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Temporarily Urbane

We are temporary. We are urbane. And this is our podcast, in which members of the SFU Urban Studies community pick up the mic to talk cities once and cities future, the urban lives we live and dream about and the people, ideas and options the city has left behind, misplaced, misguided.

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Design Unmuted

The Design unmuted Podcast is a platform that elevates marginalized voices in design, art and all things creative. It is hosted by Lys Divine Ndemeye. Divine is a landscape designer and social critic . She holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Human Geography.

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The Dash

Hosted by David Eby and Katrina Chen, the Dash is a way for you to keep up to date in BC politics. Every week, David and Katrina chat about what’s new in life and politics in British Columbia, and their home communities of Vancouver-Point Grey and Burnaby-Lougheed. The Dash is edited and produced by Duncan Watts-Grant.

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