Radio Reports

Aaron has produced hundreds of radio reports for a variety of programs and radio stations around the world, including CBC's The Doc Project, NPR’s Only A GameFree Speech Radio NewsMaking Contact, and the National Campus/Community Radio Association

NPR: The Story Of Fred Sasakamoose


Originally aired on NPR’s Only A Game on September 15, 2018

This radio story details the life of Fred Saskamoose, an Indigenous residential school survivor, who played one season in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953.

“In 1940, Indian agents with the Canadian government came to the Ahtahkakoop Cree reservation in central Saskatchewan. Six-year-old Fred Sasakamoose and his 8-year-old brother, Frank, were forcefully taken from their parents and thrown into a truck…”

 

Concordia Hosts the Next City Vanguard Conference

A podcast about the Next City Vanguard Conference, hosted at Concordia University in Montreal from May 31-June 3, 2017.

nextcity.org/vanguard

 

 

Montreal's Black Community Responds to Ferguson Protests

 

[This piece originally aired on CKUT radio on November 25, 2014]

On Monday, November 24, 2014, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to criminally indict Darren Wilson, a police officer who shot and killed unarmed Black youth Michael Brown back in August. Protests and riots quickly errupted in Ferguson, a suburb of St-Louis, following the court’s decision, and also happened simultaneously in many cities across the US.

On Tuesday night in Montreal, there was a candlelight vigil and protest at the Roddick gates of McGill, organized by the Black Student Network.

 

 

CBC The Doc Project: As asylum seekers show up on their doorstep, two Quebec women struggle with how to help

[This radio documentary originally aired on CBC's The Doc Project on April 3, 2018.]

This 23-minute radio documentary follows the stories of Sue Heller, Frances Ravensbergen, and Zein Al Abdullah. Sue and Frances are friends and neighbors from the town of Hemmingford, QC. They live just a stone's throw away from Roxham road, where thousands of refugees fleeing Donald Trump's America have come to cross into Canada. Sue and Frances got together with 25 of their neighbors to start the group Bridges Not Borders.

Dam Shame: Rivers and Resistance

Making Contact Radio

BY Aaron Lakoff

As we look for a solution to global energy problems and a way out of the climate crisis- some are turning to dams and hydroelectric power as a source of “green” energy. But at what cost? Massive dams are being built and considered all over the world, despite mounting concern over their economic, environmental and human impacts. On this edition, we’ll take a closer look at the damage caused by hydropower projects, and we’ll visit a community trying to keep their culture and homeland free from the destructive influence of river dams.

FSRN: Whose City?

In Montreal several dozen people have been squatting in an empty lot to demand more social housing. The occupation was started by neighborhood residents who are demanding an end to condominium development in the city, and the construction of more government-subsidized social housing. The action comes as a municipal election campaign gets underway in the city. FSRN's Aaron Lakoff has the story.

Radio-documentaire: Les luttes des sans-papiers en France

Ce documentaire d'une heure rassemble les sons, musiques et voix provenants de divers mouvements de personnes sans-papiers à travers la France. Le président français Nicolas Sarkozy et son ministre de l'immigration, Brice Hortefeux, ont fixé pour la fin de 2008 un objectif de 25 000 expulsions du pays. La France a mis en branle une machine à expulser, avec pour conséquence qu'il ne reste que quelques espaces de
liberté et de relative sécurité pour les 400 000 sans-papiers du pays.

 

FSRN: Indigenous groups protest oil and gas pipelines in northern BC

This report was originally aired on Free Speech Radio News on July 17, 2013

In Canada, people are rallying to support an Indigenous community in northern British Columbia that is claiming its sovereignty over the land and maintaining blockades against oil and gas companies who want to build pipelines on their territory. The Wet'suwet'en territory is located 675 miles north of Vancouver….

Anarchy Kids

 

A whole bunch of kids aged 7-11 in Montreal talk about anarchism, ecology, the Egyptian revolution, the cops, protest politics, and their hopes for the future. This is a series of interviews I did with the kids of anarchists and radical activists in December 2011.

Thanks to Jody, Mahalia, Elie, Loubecca, Felix, and Franka!