Radio Free Winnipeg

Radio Free Winnipeg’s mission is to challenge manicured discourses and illuminate the issues and history erased in the mainstream. Radio Free Winnipeg broadcasts bi-monthly on CKUW 95.9FM from the University of Winnipeg, on Treaty One Territory. Hosted and Produced by Greg Gallinger and Scott Price.
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Dec 19, 2016

Scott Neigh (@canadianlefty) is an writer, activist and radio host based in Hamilton, Ontario. Neigh hosts Talking Radical Radio, which delivers in-depth interviews with grassroots activists engaged in a broad range of social change work in communities across the country.

In this episode we bond over our shared interest in community radio. We discuss what goes in to creating a half hour talk radio program and how the grassroots media landscape has changed over time.

You can listen to Talking Radical Radio on CKUW 95.9 FM immediately following Radio Free Winnipeg, Tuesdays at 10am on 93.3 FM CFMU in Hamilton, Ontario or anytime via the Podcast feed hosted by



Dec 5, 2016

In this episode we play an excerpt of Yves Engler's recent talk at the University of Winnipeg about his new book A Propaganda System — How Governments, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.

With examples of coverage of Haiti, Palestine and the natural resource industry, Engler details how the Canadian government is involved in actively shaping the public's understanding of foreign policy through one-sided mainstream media coverage. 

Audio of Yves's talk provided by Paul Graham. Checkout Paul's YouTube channel for more talks and independent media coverage.



Nov 19, 2016

Mother Tareka/Tarek Funk is an MC, instrumentalist, producer based in Hamilton, Ontario. His most recent record, Elephants, released under the moniker Mother Tareka and The Rebel Funktion, is a collaboration between a number of talented musicians with a background in jazz, funk, afrobeat and hip hop. Rapping in both Arabic and English, Mother Tareka, injects his lyrics with radical politics. Elephants is thematically packed with calls for social and political justice and enough catchy beats to keep your head bobbing. 

In this episode we interview Tarek about the new album, his musical influences and his experience as a Syrian-Palestinian immigrant to Canada. 

Addtional Links:

Mother Tareka and The Rebel Funktion - Elephants - on Bandcamp

Nov 10, 2016

In this episode we discuss how settler colonialism plays out through neoliberal development projects and gentrification in Winnipeg in a conversation with geographer Owen Toews.

Toews holds a Ph.D in Human Geography from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. In 2015 he published his dissertation "Resettling the City? Settler Colonialism, Neoliberalism, and Urban Land in Winnipeg, Canada."


Oct 23, 2016

Our latest episode was recorded live on location at The Windsor Hotel here in Winnipeg, just prior to a benefit show for the Standing Rock protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Scott and Greg had the opportunity to speak with two of the artists who performed at the benefit show, Lee Reed, formerly the frontman for Warsawpack, and Mother Tareka, a Palestinian-Syrian residing in Canada. Tareka and Reed have been collaborating and making music for several years and are heavily involved in the Hamilton hip hop scene.



The Butcher, The Banker, The Bitumen Tanker on Bandcamp.

Mother Tareka and The Rebel Funktion on Bandcamp

Track List:

Imagine something different - Mother Tareka

New Day - Mother Tareka ft. Lee Reed. 

This Microphone - Lee Reed

No Kanada - Lee Reed

Electric Blanket - Mother Tareka ft. Lee Reed

Bad Gas - Lee Reed

Oct 10, 2016

In this episode we look into the role that Canadian corporations and the State play in relation to Honduras. Scott and Greg speak with Grahame Russel, co-director of Rights Action, about the repression and terror activists and journalists have been subjected to since the 2009 coup and how Canada is implicated.

Additional links:

Face to Face with Grahame Russel

“End U.S. [& Canadian] Support for the Thugs of Honduras”

Honduran activist wants Trudeau to pressure Canadian mining companies on human rights abuses

Ottawa should make mining companies more accountable: Editorial

Sep 26, 2016

We've got a bunch of stuff in the works over the next month that we are really excited for but first...

Scott and Greg talk about the recent attempt by Canadaland to talk about the Israel and Palestine issue and Canadian media coverage of it. Scott and Greg break down self-fulfilling prophecies that Jesse Brown, Vicky Mochama, Supriya Dwivedi used to justify their piss poor discussion of the issue.

Here is the episode of Canadaland short cuts episode

Here is Yves Engler's response in

Sep 11, 2016

In this episode we look at Canada's involvement in NATO. We speak with Harrison Samphir (@HarrySamphir), web editor of Canadian Dimension, to shed some light on Canada's recent deployment of troops to Poland and Latvia, as well as the greater conflict in Ukraine. Samphir helps sift through media coverage to illustrate how Russia has been consistently demonized by Western publications to the benefit of NATO interests in the region. We also discuss the growing wave of fascist movements in Europe and across the globe.

Additional Links

Why is Canada adding to NATO's military build-up in Eastern Europe?

Canadian Dimension Magazine

Aug 29, 2016

In this episode we talk with Brian Lorraine, a local teacher and freelance journalist about Shoal Lake 40 and how it serves as an example of the Canadian colonial past and present.


Aug 17, 2016

On the radio we replayed our interview with Adele Perry about The Greater Winnipeg Water District aqueduct and the dispossession of Shoal Lake #40. 

For you're podcast feed we bring you this short filler, but don't worry, we'll be back in two weeks with a new episode.

Aug 1, 2016

In this episode we report back from our field trip to the movies to see Star Trek Beyond. We discuss the film, our low expectation going into it, and how it compares to the rest of the franchise. 


Jul 18, 2016

Continuing on with the topic of the Winnipeg General Strike, we interview Tom Mitchell, a retired archivist at Brandon University and co-author of When The State Trembled: How A. J. Andrews and The Citizens’ Committee Broke The Winnipeg General Strike

Our conversation focuses on how a group of prominent Winnipeg lawyers and elites, known as the Citizens' Committee of One Thousand, conspired with the Federal government to undermine the labour movement and the strikers, and how it set the tone for how the strike would ultimately be remembered.

Jul 5, 2016

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike is an event most of us learned about, at least briefly, in elementary school. In Manitoba the strike is often referenced, however abstractly, as a culminating moment in labour history. Unions and political parties, such as the NDP, are often associated with the strike, connecting their own histories and timelines back to the mass movement that reached a boiling point in the spring of 1919. 

How is the General Strike remembered today? In which ways has the legacy of the strike been distorted by the factions that held power in the subsequent years? What did the labour movement look like during the inter-war period between the first and second World Wars? 

We attempt to get to the heart of these questions in our interview with James Naylor, professor and labour historian at Brandon University.

Additional Links:

James Naylor's talk at the 2009 May Works Conference on Rekindling the Spirit of 1919 for the 90th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike.

Winnipeg 1919: A City in Crisis. A 75th Anniversary Exhibit on the Winnipeg General Strike


Jun 20, 2016

In this episode we speak with author and activist, Yves Engler, about Canadian foreign policy and mineral extraction in Africa.

Engler recently wrote an article for contrasting the World Partnership Walk, organized by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, against the human rights abuses committed by Canadian mining companies on the African continent.

In addition to discussing natural resources companies, we look at the Saudi arms deal, Canadian arms exports, and how it is covered by the media. 

Additional links:

Canada in Africa - 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation

Canada now the second biggest arms exporter to Middle East



Jun 6, 2016

We had some good interviews lined up for this show, but due to some unforeseen circumstances they had to be pushed back. So, instead of some insightful conversations with highly qualified individuals, you get the pleasure of listening to Scott and Greg wax philosophic about the lack of class consciousness in conversations about urban issues and recap our previous couple episodes.

May 25, 2016

Continuing our look into the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs we speak with Brian Tochterman (@btochterman), Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Development at Northland College, about how Jacob's work has been adopted by conservative adherents of Urbanism to further development projects Jacob's herself would probably have opposed. He explains how he teaches "The Life and Death of Great American Cities" and offers his own insights into the shortcomings of her work.

May 9, 2016

Jane Jacobs was an author and activist whose influential book, "The Life and Death of Great American Cities" challenged many popular notions about neighbourhoods, city planning, and architecture. She made connections between the ecology of cities and the ecology of nature. 

While some looked at areas in a city as chaotic slums, Jane Jacobs saw a complex and delicate order in the urban fabric. 

In order to explore the legacy of her work and its influence on our communities we decided to speak with some of the writers, academics and local organizers who have drawn inspiration from her work.

Matt Carreau (@mgcarreau) is a public interest designer, creative facilitator and urbanist working in Winnipeg, MB. His work is focused on social innovation & citizen-led approaches to sustainable urban development, and he is the organizers of Jane's Walk Winnipeg.

Scott and Matt talk about the importance of getting out and exploring the city while going for a stroll through West Broadway / The West End. **Apologies for the audio quality, it was quite windy.**

Zoe Todd (Métis) (@ZoeSTodd) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta, Canada. She is a tenure-track lecturer in Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa and a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

She writes about Indigeneity, art, architecture, decolonization and healing in urban contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in northern Canada.

In this episode Zoee discusses how she discovered Jacob's work and how it influence her to rethink cities as Indigenous spaces.

Apr 26, 2016

No podcast this time around. We replayed our interview with Alex Paterson on the Energy East Pipeline on CKUW 95.9fm

Apr 11, 2016

Greg is in Japan for two weeks in April (lucky!) so we are taking it easy this month. What you going do about it? Greg and Scot picked some tunes and had a chat. In the process Greg let his feelings towards Hamilton know.

Show aired April 10th 2016

Song list

Nihilist Spasm Band- Meat Eater

Warsawpack- Attention to Deficit

Warsawpack- WolfBlizter

Ba Johnston- Nuke Toronto

Yy- Take as You Will

Randy- You Are What You Fight For

Mar 27, 2016

How does animal rights activism and veganism fit within the struggle against settler colonialism? That is precisely the question that Dylan Powell attempts to answer in his series "Veganism in the Occupied Territories: Anti-Colonialism and Animal Liberation."

Dylan Powell is the Co-Founder of Marineland Animal Defense, he is active in the animal and earth liberation movements, as well as involved in solidarity organizing with the Haudenosaunee of the Grand River, the migrant justice advocacy community and at risk youth in the Niagara Region. Dylan is graduate of Brock University (Honours History) and current Addiction Education student at McMaster University in Hamilton.

In this episode we speak with Dylan to discuss more about how his personal upbringing and involvement in animal liberation and solidarity movements have shaped his politics.

We also briefly mention the work of Dr. John Sorenson, who recently spoke at The University of Winnipeg about his most recent book, "Constructing Ecoterrorism: Capitalism, Specieism and Animal Rights", which is available via Fernwood Publishing.


Mar 15, 2016

Everyone interested in Winnipeg's underground music scene has their own tales about how it used to be: getting past the bouncer at Wellington's with a fake ID, debauchery at Draft Night, car crashes on the Trans-Canada, or the numerous house parties on MacMillan. These tales still weave there way through Winnipeg's music scene as nostalgic tales that laid the groundwork for where the scene is today.

In this episode we speak to Sheldon Birnie, author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock 1990-2001. Birnie made it his missing to documented these stories through a series of interviews with as many people as he could track down who had a hand in shaping the now mythical days of Winnipeg's music scene. 

You can purchase Missing Like Teeth from Eternal Cavalier Press

Feb 29, 2016

In this episode we delve into environmental issues, specifically the issue of the Energy East pipeline: What is it? Why should we be worried about it?  What are the possible environmental impacts? How can Manitoba, and more broadly Canada, meet carbon emission targets and do it's part to quell the effects of climate change. 

To get some insight into this issue we speak with Alex Paterson, a community organizer with Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition, who has been organizing opposition and hounding politicians from all levels of government to commit to prioritizing environmental issues.

Feb 15, 2016

Ahmad Moussa is a Canadian of Palestinian origin, he holds a Master of Arts in International Law and Human Rights and is a freelance writer for various national and international news agencies. As a human rights advocate and scholar he has focused on advancing Indigenous rights both in his career and academic life.

In this episode we sit down with Ahmad to discuss the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Indigenous solidarity, and Canada's role in supporting the ongoing occupation. 

For more on Ahmad checkout his website

This episode also features the song "Long Live Palestine" by British-Iraqi hip hop artist Lowkey.

If you'd like to learn more about the dispossession of Palestinians we recommend the four part Al Jazeera documentary Al Nakba as a good starting place.

Feb 10, 2016

To compliment last episode’s excerpt of Adam Gaudry’s talk we decided to get him on the phone with us to discuss Métis history,identity and nationhood a little further. 

You can watch all of Adam’s talk “Are The Métis Treaty People” from the University of Winnipeg via their YouTube account.

This episode originally aired January 31st, 2016 on CKUW 95.9 FM.

Feb 10, 2016

In this episode we discuss our lack of education about the history of the Métis despite living in their historic homeland. How do the numbered treaties relate to the Manitoba Treaty and how do Métis fit into the current context? We turn to Adam Gaudry, whose recent talk "Are The Métis Treaty People?" breaks it all down.

This episode originally aired January 17th, 2016 on CKUW 95.9 FM.

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