Social Theory may, to many, seem irrelevant to our everyday lives, difficult to understand and downright dry. That is until you hear it from the mouth of Dr. John Murphy from the Faculty of Sociology at UM. Dr. Murphy joined us on air to explain how theory can connect to our everyday lives, and he went on to tell us how theory can impact us in how we conceptualize and act towards social change. What better way to dip our toes into the proverbial sea of social theory, then to have a theorist join us on air to push us to think about theory and its connection to the practical world in new and exciting ways. Dr. Murphy provides the necessary definitions, context and tangible on the ground examples to highlight the importance and all around awesomeness of social theory!
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Critical consciousness is someone’s ability and awareness to critique the social structures around them that oppress and lead to human suffering, while simultaneously having the awareness that we have the ability to change these oppressive structures. Our guest Susie Paterson and me, your host Natalie, took listeners through personal stories and trajectories into critical consciousness: Those moments in life that helped expose the world and its oppressive structures. Susie navigated listeners through a complex and abstract concept with great examples of how this plays out in real life, and left us all with the advice - “go read everything”! Now that’s some advice I can get behind!
Traditional classroom environments have become incredibly normalized in how they are thought about and how they look all the way from kindergarten through our higher education – A new movement in Education challenges the “normal” way of doing/teaching/learning and is instead opting to “Flip the Classroom”. This week on RadioActive, we dug into the Flipped Classroom and the concept of Critical Pedagogy with Lindsay Buckingham-Rivard, a college instructor in Canada, who is pushing the boundaries of her classroom to try new and creative ways of engaging in learning with her students. She shared her perspectives, her pedagogy and examples from her classroom to highlight the different facets of this new Educational Movement
On this episode of RadioActive we posed the complex question: “What is this exciting and mysterious field we call Community Psychology (CP)?” In this quick and dirty introduction to the young field, we discussed how folks in CP think about and work towards building a healthier and more socially just world. We asked the What, How, Why and What Now, of CP, hearing neat examples of CP as applied to issues as diverse as environmental justice and prevention of social issues like drug addiction and poverty. Joining me on air to share their passion, perspectives and knowledge on the subject were Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees hailing from the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami.
This past Sunday found us celebrating the transition of the host of RadioActive from Michael Matthiesen, Leader of the Sun Warriors, to Natalie Kivell. The two hosts came together to talk about “Why us, why now, why RadioActive?” The show looked to the past year, as this Sunday marked the anniversary of RadioActive’s presence on WVUM, and to the future.The engaging dialogue between past and present host started to challenge the assumptions we make about social change, they shared what has been accomplished in the last year, and finally dove into their hopes and dreams for a more socially just world.
On August 14, 2014, citizens across America gathered in solidarity to hold vigils and observe a moment of silence to honor victims of Police Brutality. The members who organized NMOS across America, believe Police Brutality in the United States continues to be a pervasive problem that affects communities across the country.
TIME Magazine has praised Prime Minister Cameron’s government for their use of Behavioral Economic policies calling it a cheap, shrewd, and effective solution. American’s everyday are effected by behavioral economics in places as simple as your local grocery store. What if the US Government started in acting policy that utilized behavioral economics. UM PhD student Robyn Ziperstein joined us on-air to explain.
Researchers have consistently drawn the link between poverty and violence — including gun violence. Yet politicians, media talking heads, and by result the general American populous consider power, guns, and poverty three seperate issues. This power-poverty paradigm is seen around the world as the most impoverished areas typically see the most gun violence. This leads to the question — should we change our conversation about poverty and gun violence? Kurt Kivell and Natalie Kivell joined us on-air to explain.
As we explored previously on RadioActive — the world is made up of social constructions and we should be aware how they influence our perspections. Now that a basic understanding of social constructions have been set, we will explore some various assumptions we share based on these imaginary walls that we have established. Natalie Kivell will joined us again on-air to explain.
The modern discussion of gun laws in the United States has been heated. With media covering stories of mass shootings in schools from Columbine to Virginia Tech and Sandyhook — many have fought over whether guns take lives or protect them. Though this discussion continues, not many Americans know the history of gun laws in the US. What’s the legal history of guns in America? Jacob Quinlan and Mark Roque joined us on-air to explain.