Talking Radical Radio: Grassroots graphic history for movements

On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, Robin Folvik of Vancouver, British Columbia talks about her work with the Graphic History Collective. Far too often, the many histories of struggle by ordinary people that have carved out whatever spaces of justice and freedom we enjoy get erased, distorted, and lost in mainstream tellings of the past. With its roots in a collaboration between a radical historian and community-based activists, the Graphic History Collective is committed to unearthing such histories and presenting them in the style of graphic novels or comics, with the intent of supporting and informing movements today. Their first publication was a history of May Day in Canada called May Day: A Graphic History of Protest from Between The Lines Press, and they are set to release a broader collection later in 2013. Folvik talks about their past and present work, and about the role that history can play in informing social movements in the present.


To learn more about the Graphic History Collective, you can visit their website here.

Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada through in-depth interviews that concentrate not on current events or the crisis of the moment, but on giving people involved in a broad range of social change work a chance to take a longer view as they talk about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it. To learn more about the show in general, click here.

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Talking Radical Radio is brought to you by Scott Neigh, a writer, media producer, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario, and the author of two books examining Canadian history through the stories of activists.

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  1. My name is Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau. I am a MAAPPS student at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. MAAPPS is an acronym for Masters in Arts in Asian Pacific Policy Studies and is offered under the Institute for Asian Research, the best Asian research institute in Canada. My research explores the boundaries of policy analysis, environmental law, activism, and independent media/filmmaking. I am a French Canadian filmmaker, environmental activist and political free lance writer. I am also the director and executive producer of “Tree Spirit”.

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    I was interview by CJSF 90.1FM program coordinator David Swanson about the current film project I am directing entitle “Tree Spirit”. The interview aired in on the ‘Sustainable Futures’ show CJSF 90.1FM last week.

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