NEW ROOTS RADIO CONVERSATIONS ACROSS CANADA
Stories brought to you by diverse communities…
Nothing irritates a teacher more than a class full of students texting or browsing facebook when they should be listening to you. But in the Philippines, a former journalist from Canada has found that technology is not a distraction. It’s a bridge between cultures that he hopes could end conflict and war. This month on New Roots Radio, Mohamed Hashem talks to Robin Pettyfer of Peacetech about how he links classrooms of Muslim and Christian students using teleconferences that are part charades and part “Oprah.” Also, we watch Mufaro Chakabuda bridge cultures in rural Nova Scotia by leading a library full of patrons in getting down to African rhythms. And we sit in on a Halifax classroom where a teacher scrambles with barely any aids at all — technological or otherwise — to bridge the sometimes painful gulf between the curriculum and her non-English speaking students.
Speaking of technology, New Roots Radio now has some. We’ve refurbished our website
(www.NewRootsRadio.com) with shinier colours, more sections and an easier navigation system. We now have a podcast, updated weekly and available on iTunes. And we’ll soon have iPhone and Android apps available for sale. But we’re not all about technology here, we’re about dialogue… or as we like to call it: “talking to people.” We continue to receive a selection of exciting contributions from young people across Canada who’ve plucked up the nerve to go out and talk to immigrants and refugees about their experiences. You’ll find details here about some of their upcoming work. And we continue to discover that the value of interviewing is not just for the audience. “That changed my life,” NRR contributor Sadia Chaudhry recently told us after filing her interview with a food bank recipient in Toronto. That’s the power of radio. If you’d like to feel it too, read on.
NEW ROOTS NEWS
NRR PRESENTATION AT WOLFVILLE LIBRARY, FEB 25th For anybody in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, New Roots Radio producer Conrad Fox will be giving a presentation about the show, how to contribute and about immigration in the media. An open discussion will follow. Wolfville Public Library. Feb 25th. Evening.
(Exact time TBA.) For more info contact: [email protected]
NEW ROOTS RADIO IS NOW A PODCAST
Pick up an hour of immigration stories and soulful music from around the world every Wednesday, straight to your podcast player. To subscribe
http://newrootsradio.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=135021872525a9720d6f0b07f&id=57b0328714&e=c39d1259f7 or search iTunes for “New Roots Radio.”
SALSA IN THE SNOW
Halifax residents — need a sizzling spot to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day? New Roots Radio is putting on a salsa dance in the Wardroom of the University of King’s College, on February 14th, starting at 8:30pm. Look for more details soon on our facebook page:
ADVENTURES IN DIVERSITY by Conrad Fox
A “Cargo of Misery.” That was how a Halifax newspaper described illegal migrants to Nova Scotia (Chronicle-Herald, Sept 12, 2012). In a “special report”, the paper interviewed two RCMP officers about a global industry that packs migrants aboard rickety freighters and sailboats to plead asylum on our shores. No migrants were interviewed for the story, but it was full of outrage and pity on their behalf. These were “despondent human lives,”
hapless victims of poverty and of smugglers “trafficking in human desperation.”
I once witnessed a cargo of misery…
Are you one or more of the following:
1. Insatiably curious about how other people live?
2. Passionate about immigration and multiculturalism issues?
3. Interested in getting experience in radio?
If yes, New Roots Radio would like to hear from you. We need keen journalists and would-be journalists across the country to interview others about immigration, multiculturalism, refugee and migration issues. It could be with a famous personality you’ve never met before, or it could be with your grandmother (and if your grandmother is famous, so much the better!) No experience is necessary. We will train. For more information visit:
THE GLOBAL CLASSROOM – Jan 31, 2013
In this episode New Roots Radio looks at efforts to extend the classroom across cultures through technology, storytelling and dance, and visits a classroom of immigrants to Canada struggling alone to overcome barriers within. Interview with Robin Pettyfer of Peacetech (by Mohamed Hashem); Mufaro Chakabuda of the Maritime Centre for African Dance; Interview with Calina Ellwand of Passages to Canada; “The classroom of babel,” Fairview Elementary School
THE HYPHENATED LIFE – Jan 22, 2013
One solution to the knotty problem of multiculturalism is putting a hyphen in your identity.
Three hyphenated Haligonians discuss the daily difficulties and joys of juggling two cultures; writer Neil Bissoondath explains why he hates the hyphen, and we visit an ethnic festival where a gate crasher just doesn’t get it. Hyphenated Haligonians, a roundtable discussion; The Cedar Festival (by Natascia Lypny); Interview with Neil Bissoondath (by Natascia Lypny)
THE ACCIDENTAL MIGRANTS – Jan 4, 2013
Immigration is a state of mind as well as a legal definition. Sometimes we don’t realize we are immigrants, sometimes we feel like immigrants where we are not, and sometimes we just wake up in the morning and find we have immigrated. This program is about the ones who fall through the cracks of definition, the “accidental migrants” as one of our guests, Evi Tastsoglou, calls herself, her family, and much of humanity. Guests: professor Evi Tastsoglou, Claudia Covalciuc and Tiffany Grant. “From refugee camp to reserve” (by Meagan Deuling). “The Accidental Migrant” (by Evie Tastsoglou). “Reentry shock” (by Tiffany Grant)
IN THE PIPELINE
A trip to a refugee camp in Islamabad
The climate refugees of Bangladesh
A migrant worker loses his leg in Canada The long odyssey of a Chinese acupuncturist
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