Syrus Marcus Ware is an artist, activist and core member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. He joins us to discuss his experience as a trans father, how he uses art for social change, and why Canadians have a hard time addressing their own history of anti-black racism. [Episode 20 Transcript]
Alice Kim was the daughter of two high ranking government officials in North Korea before defecting as a one year old. She joins us this week to discuss how defecting from North Korea affected her family, the normalization of Kim Jong-un, and her hopes for an re-unified Korea. [Episode 19 Transcript]
Lia Grimanis is an autistic survivor of abuse who went from homeless teen to business leader and advocate. She joins us this week to discuss our misunderstandings about mental health and homelessness, why people with autism are especially vulnerable and which world records she broke in high heels. [Episode 18 Transcript]
Colleen Cardinal is a mother, author, and survivor of the Sixties Scoop. She joins us this week to talk about how she perceived being Indigenous as a child, intergenerational trauma, and how Canada has failed to address its past treatment of Indigenous peoples. [Episode 17 Transcript]
Before becoming a world renowned hip-hop sensation and activist, Emmanuel Jal grew up as a child soldier in what is now known as South Sudan. He joins us this week to talk about his childhood, how music provided an important platform for his cause, and Kanye West. [Episode 16 Transcript]
Hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson open up to each other this week. What shaped their interest in human rights? How do they deal with micro-aggressions and racism? And what possessed them to dye their hair blonde? This plus so much more on the latest episode of The Hum. [Episode 15 Transcript]
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen has seen firsthand how cyber abuse can have an impact outside the chat room. She joins us today to discuss her film Netizens, the gender dynamics of being on the internet and the efforts to bring practical reforms to privacy laws. [Episode 14 Transcript]
On January 31, 2015, Mandi Gray was reportedly sexually assaulted by a fellow student at York University. Mandi drops by to talk about institutional betrayal, naming sexual assault, and becoming one of the few to take her case to trial. [Episode 13 Transcript]
On October 12, 2013, Scott Jones' life changed in an instant when he was left paralyzed from the waist down in an anti-gay hate crime. Scott and his close friend, Laura Marie Wayne sit down with us to discuss toxic masculinity, the hesitation of naming hate crimes and how Scott has moved on since the attack. [Episode 12 Transcript]
On September 24, 2014, Jermaine Carby was shot dead by Peel Regional Police. His cousin and close friend La Tanya Grant discusses who Jermaine was and shares insights on the controversial practice of carding, police brutality and the onus of justice put on black families.
Described by North Korea as the most dangerous American they've ever imprisoned, Kenneth Bae talks about spending 735 days in a forced labour camp. He chats with us about faith, grilled cheese sandwiches, becoming a counsellor to his guards and Dennis Rodman.
Cleopatra Kambugu is an activist and Uganda’s first out transgender woman. She joins us this week with her main squeeze, Nelson, to talk about her experiences and struggles, LGBTQ culture in Uganda, and Jerry Springer. [Episode 9 Transcript]
Zahra Haider created a shit storm when she wrote an article for VICE about having premarital sex in Pakistan. This week, Zahra repsonds to her haters, thanks her supporters, and squashes rumours that she's an Indian spy. [Episode 8 Transcript]
We've received a lot of questions about our hosts recently. Who are they? Why do they do this podcast? Why are their names so hard to pronounce? This week, Amar and Gilad bare their souls... to each other. [Episode 7 Transcript]
In 2002, a mountain biking accident left Luke Anderson with significant paralysis. Since then, he founded StopGap Foundation and turned his injury into a mission to create barrier-free cities. Luke talks to Amar and Gilad about access, empowering language, and finding his new normal. [Episode 6 Transcript]
Playwright, singer, theatre director, and youth educator Tanisha Taitt is a survivor of violence. She shares her thoughts on gender conditioning, the Jian Ghomeshi verdict, the Democratic presidential race, and living beyond labels.
Adil Charkaoui spent two years in a Quebec prison as a terror suspect. He was never charged with a crime. After five years of house arrest and two Supreme Court victories, he was finally freed in 2009. We caught up with Adil to talk about Islamophobia, racism in Quebec, and men with swords.
Filmmaker Rama Rau talks to us about cyberbullying, rape culture, victim blaming and what it was like making No Place To Hide, her documentary about the Rehtaeh Parsons story.
Angel Cordero spent thirteen years in prison for a crime that another man confessed to. He talks to us about coming home, rebuilding his life, and his ongoing fight for justice.
Enoch, a North Korean refugee, describes what life was like under the regime, his journey across the ice cold Tumen River, the challenges he now faces as a refugee, and the bright lights that convinced him it was all worth it.