Soundwaves of Belonging

Soundwaves of Belonging


Latest Episodes

Episode 10 — For the Love of Rumi: Poetry, Culture and Appropriation
March 11, 2021

“Interview with poet Khashayar Mohammadi starts with an exploration of one of the most famous Persian exports, the poet Rumi, and what gets lost in translation.  We explore the boundaries of cultural celebration vs. appropriation,

Episode 9 — Dreaming Home: Repression, Revolution and Repair
March 09, 2021

“Interview with artist and gallery owner Mehdi Fourazandi depicts his journey as a leading young artist and student revolutionary to becoming an artist in exile searching for meaning and a place to call home. We talk how trauma connects with purpose,

Episode 8 – Land of the Silver Birch: Pandemic as a form of Exile
December 16, 2020

Annahid Dashtgard narrates this intimate story of the pandemic as exile, and the land as a source of resilience and hope.

Episode 7 – Diversifying Organizations, Leading Inclusion: Tales from the Trenches
October 20, 2020

Organizations are the interface between society and the individual. In the midst of great societal upheaval around issues of race and equity, we’re taking you inside a couple of large organizations on both sides of the Canadian border to see what it ta...

Episode 6 – Challenging anti-Black Racism in Organizations
June 16, 2020

We’ve seen a lot about anti-black racism in policing and during this pandemic, but what about the everyday insidious ways anti-Black racism is perpetuated in our organizations and by many well-intentioned leaders?

Episode 5 – Storytelling as Resilience
April 26, 2020

Host Annahid Dashtgard reflects on the ability to make meaning in the face of hardship, a particularly necessary skill in this time of global pandemic. Reading an excerpt from her own life story — Breaking the Ocean, A Memoir of Race,

Episode 4 – For the Love of Unions
August 23, 2019

In a thriving democracy, unions are a necessary counterpoint to totalitarian power. Yet it seems that general literacy about the labour movement is on the decline— for eg. many of us would be hard pressed to name the current elected leader of our natio...

Episode 3 – Super Kids: Tips for Teaching Empathy
September 12, 2018

We’re into fall again – that time of year where most of our young folks are in the first flush of a new school year. And even though schools today generally have a much better grip on preventing and dealing with bullying,

Episode 1 – The Heroes in Judy’s Head
April 07, 2018

Heroes in my Head is a heartwrenching and hopeful memoir about the resiliency required to facilitate wholeness, both in the world and in oneself. Overcoming childhood sexual abuse through discovery of multiple personalities,