This episode focuses on the Arctic and explores indigenous rights, resource development, climate equity and the parallels between the Arctic and Small Island Developing States, youth engagement and community advocacy, and more. Featuring remarks from NATHAN CULLEN, House Leader for the Official Opposition; GEOFF GREEN, Member of the Order of Canada and founder of Students On Ice; JOHNNY ISSALUK, traditional Inuit athlete, hunter, and cultural mentor; and JOHN CRUMP, Coordinator of Many Strong Voices and Senior Climate Change Advisor at GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme. Most of the audio comes from the inaugural international conference of the Youth Arctic Coalition held February 1 & 2, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
This episode aired on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. It features an interview on the relationship between public health and violent conflict with Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood of the Public Health program at Yale University. Also included is a portion of a lecture given by Canada Research Chair in International Relations and RMC Professor Jane Boulden. Professor Boulden speaks about the role of regional actors in responding to conflict and their relationship between international bodies, particularly the UN.
This episode originally aired on December 25, 2013. From November 11 to 22, 2013, world leaders, government representatives, members of civil society and youth groups congregated at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, for the 2013 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP19. Right of Reply Co-Producer Brenna Owen attended the conference as a member of the Students On Ice Alumni Delegation, an international youth organization that aims to bring Polar issues to the global stage. This episode features her interviews with Christian Holtz of Climate Action Network Canada, Kelly Rigg of the Varda Group and tcktcktck.org, and Leader of the Green Party of Canada Elizabeth May. All of the guests emphasize the need to change national political will and shift the discourse on climate change in order to make international climate negotiations more successful in an urgent time.
This episode originally aired on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. It is Right of Reply's 20th episode! Inspired by the first ever G8 summit on dementia and Alzheimer’s, held in the UK on December 11th, this episode aims to contribute to the global conversation on dementia. We spoke to Queen’s professor, Dr. Robert Campbell, about the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease, specifically protein misfolding in the brain. As well, we spoke to CEO of the UK Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes, and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, Mimi Lowi-Young. Both attended the G8 summit. The episode presents diverse perspectives on tackling Alzheimer’s and dementia at all levels of society.
We spoke to Professor Anthony Seaboyer of the Royal Military College about nuclear security issues, particularly non-proliferation and whether total disarmament is a viable option. Dr. Seaboyer mentions that while nuclear weapons will always have great, destructive capabilities, cyber is becoming the weapon of the 21st century. A small country with negligible hard-power capabilities can employ hackers to effectively wage cyber warfare. The second interview is with Heather Kleb, Vice-President of the Canadian Nuclear Association. We spoke to Heather about the importance of education and literacy in nuclear energy issues, as well as how the face of nuclear has changed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in March 2011.
This episode originally aired on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston. It features a discussion with Sarah Hughes, an independent consultant specializing in community based approaches in fragile and conflict afflicted states. Focusing on Hughes's experiences working in Somaliland and post-earthquake Haiti, the episode boasts an authentic view of grassroots approaches to foreign aid and relief.
Historical Context & Current Perspectives on the current situation in Syria. Interviews with RMC Professor Houchang Hassan-Yari and Queen's Politics Professor Stephanie von Hlatky. Tune in to learn about how the Assad family came to power, the challenges of destroying chemicals weapons in Syria, and more. Interviews by Armin Rahmani, Brenna Owen and Lauren Cardinal.
This episode includes interviews with Queen's Chemistry and Environmental Science professor Stephen Brown, Sean Watt of Kingston Conservation Authority and RMC, and Frederick Ross of the Canadian Water Resources Association. It also features a discussion of different conceptions of water inspired by another interview with Queen's Professor Jamie Linton. The interview as a whole covers topics from 'water sovereignty' in Canada to the danger of algae blooms in Lake Ontario. Happy listening!
This episode aired on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. It features two interviews with individuals who have dedicated much of their lives to learning and working in Jamaica. The first interview is with Queen's and Cambridge Professor John Rapley. We spoke to Prof. Rapley about gang activities in Jamaica, in particular the linkages between politics, politicians, gangs and gang leaders. The second interview is with Tucker Barton, current president of the Board of Directors of Jamaican Self-Help. JSH is a Peterborough, ON based organization that conducts grassroots work on the ground in Kingston, Jamaica, and that sends groups of local youth on educational trips each year. Visit www.jshcanada.org for more information on the organization. Happy listening!
This episode originally aired on Wednesday, April 10th on CFRC 101.fm in Kingston (The longest running and best radio station around!) It features interviews with Doctoral Candidate Grace Jaramillo of the Politics Department, and Queen's History professor David Parker. The interviews complement each other wonderfully; Grace discusses the relationship between Venezuelans' self-identity and the charismatic rule of the late Hugo Chavez, as well as institution building in Venezuela and Mexico. Meanwhile, Dr. Parker provides historical context for current events and trends, like regionalism and income inequality. Many Latin American countries have long revolutionary traditions and history of military intervention and/or participation in politics; in Mexico, in particular, revolution played a critical role in the emergence of the PRI, the party that dominated the Mexican state throughout the 20th century. I'll leave the rest to our guests, happy listening!