Launch of The Conversation podcast on race

A new podcast on race and racism by The Conversation Canada has launched, supported by the Global Journalism Innovation Lab.

The podcast, Don’t Call Me Resilient is hosted by Vinita Srivastava, a co-investigator at the lab who is the director of innovation and senior editor of culture, society, critical race at The Conversation Canada.

The podcast is part of the research theme on Journalism Startups and Media Innovation. It aims to tackle racist stereotypes and explore possible solutions from researchers with deep expertise in these issues.

Over six episodes, we explore these critical issues — from dealing with the pain of racism, to inequity in our schools, to Indigenous land rights — in a way that is intimate, authentic and at times, uncomfortable. Instead of calling those who’ve survived the pain of systemic racism “resilient,” this podcast goes in search of solutions for those things no one should have to be resilient for.

Vinita Srivastava

The six episodes feature guests who are Indigenous land defenders, migrant labour activists, education experts, teachers from marginalized communities.

Project research assistant Ibrahim Daair worked as an assistant editor on this podcast. A student at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Daair pitched ideas, researched guests, conducted pre-interviews, editing transcripts and cut audio.

The first episode of Don’t Call Me Resilient launched on Feb. 3 and can be found on Apple PodcastsSpotify and other podcast services. 

GJIL project leads Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young co-founded The Conversation Canada as an independent non-profit journalism organization in 2017.

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