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RadioActive is an hour long talk show hosted by Natalie Kivell, a Ph.D. candidate in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami. Each week Natalie interviews academics and/or activists from around the world who dive into critical discussions from a Community Psychology lens aimed specifically at addressing structural inequality and the root causes of our complex social problems. Each week the show aims to provoke listeners to think differently about social change and social justice to help shift how we think, act and react to social change efforts in our research and practice.
RadioActive airs every Sunday at 6pm on wvum.org out of the University of Miami student radio station.
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INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees discuss the timeless question: "What is Community Psychology". During this episode, Laura and Courte describe principles, theories, values and methodologies that make up the field of Community Psychology. They also share their own journeys into the field, and give information on how people can become more involved and/or continue to learn about our action oriented field.
Dr. Ed Trickett shares his nuanced way of understanding ecological theory and the ecology of our social world. Through tangible examples of his work in schools and communities along with metaphors of onions, Ed takes us on a short journey through his brain to better understand and appreciate the complex thinking that has gone into understanding how communities impact people and well-being and how we can engage in understanding contexts in community psychology and as agents for change in communities.
DECOLONIZING COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Sonn digs into the complex and interconnected topics of structural and symbolic violence, decolonization, historical memory, indigeneity and whiteness. Through the Apartheid Archive Project, in South Africa, Dr. Sonn shares how he is addressing some of the broader issues that he thinks and writes about in community psychology.
PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY DECISION MAKING
Dr. Lenny Jason discusses his work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME). Dr. Jason shared his definition of Community Psychology as a public health model of psychology and his work on engaging patients in case definition they relate to CFS/ME. In breaking the myth of the ‘yuppy flu’ as CFS/ME had been known, he highlights the need to create research that challenges the status quo research that did not reflect the needs and narratives of the patients with the disease. When the show originally aired CFS/ME had just been renamed Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). Dr. Jason discussed the importance of including patient voice in decisions that impact their diagnoses and understanding of the impacts of CFS/ME.
CULTURE AND ACCULTURATION
Dr. Dina Birman discusses refugees, culture, acculturation, migration and traumatic stress. Dina takes listeners through a definition of Community Psychology and her own personal history of moving to the US as a refugee from the Soviet Union. As a researcher, a community psychologist and a refugee herself, Dina takes a grounded perspective towards the role of culture and acculturation in the refugee experience, and a context-based perspective to refugee resettlement work.
ACTION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
We all have moments in our lives that speak to us, that move us in unexpected ways. One of these moments for Natalie, the host of RadioActive, was an address given at the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial conference. Gina Langhout, a scholar and community psychologist, delivered her address entitled – This is not a history lesson; this is agitation: A call for a methodology of diffraction in U.S.-based community psychology. Her speech was framed as a rallying call to the field in Community Psychology (and perhaps academic spaces more generally). Natalie and Gina created an adapted version of her address on RadioActive!
MUSLIM YOUTH & SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
On this episode of RadioActive I was joined by Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi, a faculty member from the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. Dr. Oberoi studies the school experience (both as it relates to well-being and academic achievement) of Muslim and immigrant youth who are ‘othered’ within the American school systems. Her research is framed in a way to bring a broader understanding of the experiences of this group of young people and to provide context to these experiences. Listeners can learn more about how Ashmeet frames and utilizes research for social good, and how this research can challenge and dismantle stereotypes.
On this episode of RadioActive we served up two brilliant (and ridiculously cool) academic brains who work tirelessly to understand the role of power in creating and maintaining suffering and inequality in our communities and society. Dr. Scot Evans and Dr. Tod Sloan discussed the relevance and importance of Critical Community Psychology and what we can and should be doing with it in our movement work, in social change efforts and in academic spaces.
Dr. Winnie Chan joins Natalie to share her new paper entitled "From Moment to Movement: Empowerment and Resilience as a Framework for Collective Action in Hong Kong". Dr. Chan takes us through the current and historical context of Hong Kong, how the Hong Kong fight for liberation is linked to broader policy and history, and how empowerment and resilience inform the initial and sustained involvement in movement work in the Hong Kong context. We also discuss how her research can inform movement work around the world as we are in an important historical moment. The more we know, the better the resistance can be. Science plays an important role in how we conceive, implement and sustain social movement and social change efforts.