Radio Works!

Radio Works! produces short interviews with individuals working on projects related to memory, history, identity and life story. The following interviews are often not themselves life stories of war, genocide and human rights violations, but rather, conversations with people thinking about and working with related themes.

Radio Works ! airs on the first Friday of every month on CKUT 90.3 FM Radio at 7:29 AM on the Friday Morning After program. You will find the interviews online, here, a few weeks after their radio broadcast.

Family Novel

Catherine Montgomery, a researcher at Centre de Santé et Services Sociaux de la Montagne was interviewed by Audrey O'Breham. At the time of the interview Ms. Montgomery was working on a project called Family Novel with refugee families. Her main goal with this project is to help families communicate together and build a sense of continuation between their past and current lives, in a new country after experiencing traumatic events. What she says at the end of the interview says it all about the goal of the project "I have lost a lot, but I have not lost everything. And it's building on what I have not lost."
Broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on July 12.

Oral History as Performance Working Group

Broadcast on March 22 on CKUT 90.3 FM, Audrey O'Breham interviews Ted Little about the Oral History as Performance Working group. Ted Little speaks about some of the questions on which this group's research focuses. Hear more on CitizenShift


“We respond to gestures with an extreme alertness and, one might almost say, in accordance with an elaborate and secret code that is written nowhere, known to none, and understood by all.” Edward Sapir

Kaitlin Prest speaks with Sandeep Bagwati and the performers involved in his gestural theatre project: researching the stories told through the language of gesture. How does the body experience displacement? What does the body remember? Studying the body language of four Life Stories interviews, the project put together a performance piece entitled Lamentations. Broadcast on CKUT 90.3 Fm on April 12. Hear more on CitizenShift

Playback Theatre and the Haiti earthquake

Broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on February 22, this piece, produced by Kaitlin Prest, gives us an impression of the Playback Theatre performance and public discussion held by the Living Histories Ensemble in February 2010 about how the earthquake in Haiti has touched all of us. You will hear from Caroline Kunzle, Nisha Sajnani, as well as some of the actors and members of the public who participated in this workshop.
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Lisa Ndejuru on the Rwanda Working Group

Lisa Ndejuru represents the Rwanda Working Group in an interview. The working group plans to collect 100 life stories of Rwandans living in Montreal. She starts out by speaking about one of their most important community partners, PAGE-Rwanda, a community group formed by parents and friends of the victims of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and which provides psychological counseling and promotes awareness. This interview was broadcast on February 1.
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Ry Duong on the Cambodian Working Group

An interview with Ry Duong, coordinator of the Cambodian Working Group. As part of the Life Stories Montreal project, the Cambodian Working Group is composed of people from the Angkorian community, people from the Khmer Buddhist temple as well as student affiliates. Their 5-year objective is to collect approximately 120 life stories of Cambodians living in Montreal. Other plans include establishing a radio station and a documentation centre for the Cambodian community, and publishing articles about the Cambodian genocide, which took place between 1975 and 1979, under the Khmer Rouge. Ry Duong begins by speaking of the difficulty of speaking about this genocide. Broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on January 11. Hear more on CitizenShift

Toby Butler on Memoryscapes

Broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on December 28, Kathryn Harvey in conversation with Toby Butler, visiting sound artist at Concordia's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in the month of November. Toby Butler is the creator of Memoryscape, ‘sound walks’ that invite you to experience the hidden history of a place by listening to the memories of inhabitants, both historical and contemporary, as you walk through it. He is in the Geography Department, at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the Museum of London. He is also a visiting fellow at the London East Research Institute.
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Stories of Iranian Montrealers about Iran's post-election uprising

Broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on Dec 7, Dec 14 and again on Dec 16, "Stories of Iranian Montrealers about Iran's post-election uprising" was produced by Afsaneh Hojabri and Caroline Kunzle.
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Oral History, New Media and the Arts

Audrey O'Breham tells us about the Experiences of Refugee Youth workshop she attended at the "Remembering War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations: Oral History, New Media and the Arts" conference which took place at Concordia University November 5 to 8. This was broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on November 23.
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Life in an Open Prison

Audrey O'Breham tells us about a public screening of "Life in an Open Prison" at the Cinematheque Quebecoise in which St George High School students spoke about their experience researching and making this video documentary about the Camabodian genocide. We hear excerpts from the discussion in this piece broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM on November 23.
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