Episode 49: Anti-racist action in Toronto + Sarah Palin pathologies
January 25, 2011

radio613 speaks with correspondent Yakov in Toronto following the protest against the English Defense League’s talk at the Toronto Zionist Centre on Tuesday, January 11th. The English Defense League is a racist, Islamophobic grassroots nationalist group in England that has been hosting rallies to incite hate for immigrants and people of colour. They were invited to speak in Toronto by the JDL, and facing no troubles at the Canadian border in their quest to spread the hate to Toronto, a robust group of anti-racist activists from many walks of life showed up to protest their talk.

Following the interview, Malcah and Avi discuss the latest in American right-wing anti-semitic lingo. Fear not, the Sarah Palin clip is oh-so-short and our indictments loom large.

Featuring anti-fascist tracks by Kingston’s own Dirty Lickens and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.

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Episode 46: Abrahamic Unity/Disregard
October 25, 2010

Part one of this week’s radio613 takes a critical look at a recent radio interview with Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah. The interview, featured on CBC’s The Current, explores the thesis in Fatah’s new book “The Jew Is Not My Enemy”. The author claims that his book’s purpose is to challenge anti-Semitism in Muslim communities. Our analysis, however, suggests that Fatah’s unwillingness to acknowledge the realities of Islamophobia strongly discredits Fatah’s work and hinders the work of confronting anti-Semitism and building unity between Jews and Muslims.

Part two of the show features Malcah’s reading of “Goslin Day” by Avram Davidson from Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Music this week from Brother Ali (“Good Lord”) and The Narcicyst (“PHATWA”).

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Episode 44: Velveteen Rabbi Interview
September 17, 2010

Just in time for the close of the Yamim Noraim between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we speak with the Velveteen Rabbi, aka Rachel Barenblat. radio613 collective members have appreciated the mindful Jewish thought emanating from Rachel’s blog for years. Malcah and Avi got the chance to hear Rachel’s poetry and speak with her about rabbinical school, High Holy day preparation, new translations, and the transformation of ritual to social justice. In the last week, the New York Times and the Forward have covered Rachel’s online work to support a New York mosque affected by the recent wave of inhumane Islamophobia in America. Rachel comments on these events as well.

Music from Beyond the Pale and Kol Nidre incantation by Cantor Moishe Oysher.

Tune-in here!

More info:

velveteenrabbi.blogs.com
ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Jewish Fast for Gaza

Episode 38: No Bill 94 – Kingston Panel Discussion
May 4, 2010

In early 2010, the Jean Charest government proposed legislation which, if approved by the National Assembly of Quebec, would deny essential government services, public employment, educational opportunities, and health care to people who wear facial coverings.

This week, radio613 airs audio from a panel discussion held in Kingston on April 27, 2010 exploring Bill 94 from legal, feminist, and religious perspectives. Featured speakers include: Dr. Mona Rahman – Active member of the Islamic Society of Kingston;  Dr. Beverly Baines – Gender Studies Department Head & Professor of Law, Queen’s University; Dr. Dana Olwan – Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Queen’s University.

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For more info about organizing around Bill 94, please visit
nonbill94.wordpress.com
aqsazine.blogspot.com

Episode 28: National Day of Action for Migrant Justice
December 4, 2009

radio613 speaks with local migrant justice activist Authman about the Canadian government’s new regulations for temporary migrant workers, restrictions placed on refugee claimants, and the culture of fear and xenophobia fomented by the Conservative party. Authman also provides an overview of Canada’s Security Certificate policy and an update on the status of Mohamed Mahjoub who has been on a 179 day hunger strike to protest his 9 year detention at Kingston Immigration Holding Centre without charge.

Finally, a message of solidarity responding to the Swiss banning of Minarets and a collective call out of Haman Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister.

More info:
No One is Illegal

People’s Commission on Security Certificates

CFRC Interview with Mohamed Mahjoub

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Episode 23: Abrahamic handoff show
June 16, 2009

As the collective gets set to go on hiatus for the summer, radio613 passes off its coveted 5-6pm Monday timeslot to a brand new show airing on CFRC 101.9fm – “A Study of the Muslim Species”.  Real talk, plans for the future, encountering challenges faced by our respective communities, Koranic passages from the Autonomous Seder, anti-imperialist-Jewish/Muslim MCing from Narcicyst and Rugged Intellect, and kufi or kippah lyrics from Lupe Fiasco. Tune in!

Check out “A Study of the Muslim Species” every Monday from 5-5:30pm on www.cfrc.ca or 101.9fm in Kingston, ON!!!!

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radio613 will begin live broadcasts again in Fall 2009. Stay tuned to radio613.wordpress.com in coming weeks for updated posts and audio. Thanks for listening.

Episode 17: Who knows three – yiddish stories?
April 2, 2009

Three yiddish stories hit the airwaves with accompanying music:

“Mazel Tov” – I.M. Weissenberg
“A Quiet Garden Spot” – Shalom Asch
“Dreyfus in Kasrilevske” – Sholom Aleichem

Accompanying music by Black Ox Orkestar, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and Boban Markovic Orkestar. Readings by Malcah.

While Sholom Aleichem recounts the news of the Dreyfus Affair travelling to Eastern Europe, the show concludes with a presentation by Dr. Ariel Salzmann: “What will we learn from l’affair Arar?” Dr. Salzmann discusses the parallels between the anti-semitic fervor that led to Alfred Dreyfus’ unjust trial and the anti-Muslim attitudes and policies that led to Maher Arar’s rendition. Tune-in.

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Episode 9: Levinas and Solidarity
December 15, 2008

radio613 episode 9: radio613 collective member Sean speaks about theories and actions of solidarity. Sean introduces the work of Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas…How does one encounter the “Other” in a manner that works to achieve solidarity? Levinas’ theory is discussed in the context of Settler-Indigenous solidarity on Turtle Island. Related to this, we air on an interview by Aaron from CKUT with Hannah Mermelstein of the Birthright Unplugged program, which takes Jewish youth on tours through the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The show concludes with a call for solidarity with people of colour at Queen’s University facing ongoing racism. Audio from a recent assembly where student’s spoke out about the hostile racist and Islamophobic environment at Queen’s and in Kingston.

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