Listen to these five podcasts we added to the DTES RAP

Nick Ubels
Community Engagement Librarian
UBC Learning Exchange

Anita Fata
Co-op Student, UBC Library & UBC Learning Exchange
MLIS candidate, UBC iSchool

In this post, we feature five podcasts recently added to the DTES RAP.

Podcasts are like online radio shows. You can download them to your phone or computer to enjoy later, or “stream” them and listen right now. It’s a genre we have recently started to add to the portal. We hope to add more research-related podcasts because they tend to be a conversational way of sharing the most interesting project findings.

Topics in the podcasts below range from the drug poisoning crisis to stories from a community garden project involving Chinese seniors. If you have suggestions for others to add to the collection, email them to

1. Crackdown–episode 1: War correspondents

Crackdown is a monthly podcast about drugs created by drug-user activists and supported by research. Listen to the first episode where host Garth Mullins introduces their unique approach to covering the drug war.

2. Talking Radical Radio: Organizing very low-income tenants in the Downtown Eastside

Host Scott Neigh interviews grassroots activists involved in social change work every week on the Talking Radical Radio podcast. In this episode, he speaks with Wendy Pedersen, an organizer with the DTES SRO Collaborative. Listen to the podcast to learn more about her work.

3. Talking Radical Radio: Indigenous women rising in the face of violence and injustice

In this episode, Scott interviews two women about the community-created report Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This episode features Carol Martin, a Nisga’a woman who works at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and Sophie Merasty, a Denesuline and Woodland Cree woman who works in performing arts in the Downtown Eastside.

4. Roots and Seeds

In 2019, members of the Playwrights Theatre Centre followed a group of Chinese seniors through a season of planting, tending, and harvesting their community garden. This podcast features interviews and clips from the gardening season. There are versions available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

5. Below the Radar–Episode 61: Fentanyl Contamination Deaths during COVID-19—with Garth Mullins

Below the Radar is a podcast produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. They cover environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community building, and urban issues with regular guests. This episode features the host of Crackdown, Garth Mullins, discussing the increase in fentanyl-related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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