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  • Think UDL houses over 90 podcasts covering a range of topics on Universal Design for Learning, hosted by Lillian Nave. Senior Lecturer and the Universal Design for Learning Coordinator at Appalachian State University. Transcripts for podcasts are available for download. Some of the most recent podcasts include:

Build Engaging Courses Right from the Start with Tim Van Norman

UDL Critiques with Eric Moore

Can Tech Help Create Belonging? with Rachel Kruzel

  • "Understanding Disability in Higher Education" is an episode from the Disable the Difference podcast, which aims to fracture "societal perceptions around disability, and disabling the notion that individuals with disabilities are different from some kind of fabricated norm." In this episode, the hosts speak with King's University College Associate Professor, Disability Studies, Dr. Pamela Cushing. 
  • Disability Visibility is a podcast hosted by Alice Wong featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with the belief that "disabled narratives matter and that they belong to us."
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities with Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler is an episode from the podcast Trending in Education, hosted by Mike Palmer. In this episode, Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, Director of Accessible Technologies at the University of Washington, discusses the role of Universal Design for Learning in higher education.  
  • Desiabled | South Asians & Disabilities is a podcast episode of That Desi Spark (formerly known as The Woke Desi [TWD]). TWD is in conversation with Sukhjeen Kaur this week - the founder of Chronically Brown, an organization aimed at decreasing the stigmas surrounding disabilities within South Asian communities. 


  • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)'s National News page hosts a series of Current Affairs podcasts through the experiences of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.

  • Our Native Land is a weekly podcast from Victoria, British Columbia hosted by Tchaas Leo from the Homalco First Nation near Bute Inlet. The podcast "features fun interviews and compelling discussions about Indigenous and First Nations cuisine, culture, heritage, and more from Vancouver Island and around the world."

  • All My Relations is hosted by the team of Makita Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip Nations) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation). The podcast focuses on the representation of Indigenous peoples in "mainstream media." 

  • Warrior Life is a podcast hosted by Dr. Pam Palmateer a Mi'kmaq lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation and Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Toronto Metropolitan University.  Her podcast features "the voices of Indigenous warriors, advocates & leaders on the front lines of Indigenous resistance, resurgence and revitalization, who are protecting our lands, peoples and sovereignty."

  • Buffy is the title of this CBC podcast named after cultural icon Buffy Ste Marie. Mohawk and Tuscarora Writer and Playwright Falen Johnson hosts a five-part series that considers "how Buffy’s life and legacy is essential to understanding Indigenous resilience."

  • This Place: 150 Years Retold is a graphic novel anthology adapted into a 10-part podcast hosted by author, poet, and journalist Rosanna Deerchild from the O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation. The graphic novel has 11 illustrators and 10 authors, including UTSC  Department of English Assistant Professor, Kateri Akiwenzie-Dammand.

  • Unreserved is a CBC radio show hosted by Rosanna Deerchild that creates space for Indigenous voices.

  • Canada, A Treaty Story with Matthew Wildcat, Nehiyaw, and member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation explores the history of Canadian treaties and how all Canadians are Treaty peoples.

  • Media Indigena: Indigenous Current Affairs is a weekly Indigenous current affairs podcast featuring "news, views and creative expression."

  • The Secret Life of Canada is a podcast "about the country you know and the stories you don't."  In this episode from 2019, the hosts Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson explore the legacy of the Indian Act and its relationship to the settler colonialism of the land now known as Canada. Related Viewing: Bob Joseph, author of "21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality" discusses the Indian Act on TVO's The Agenda

  • Two Spirit Talks was a podcast running from 2021 through 2022, opening up conversations "about ceremonies, songs, and stories of solidarity that are helping... [Two Spirit community members] ... build upon the diverse teachings of our pasts towards a brighter Indigenous future for all."

Blackness & Black Knowledges

  • The New Normal is a series of podcasts created by University Professor and UTSC Professor of Biological Sciences, Maydianne Andrade. In this episode, guest faculty Mark Campbell (UTSC) and Julius Hagg (UTM) explore " the intergenerational impact and trauma of anti-Black racism and violence through scholarly perspectives and personal experiences."
  • The History of People of African Descent in Canada is hosted by Professor Issac Haney Saney of Dalhousie University. It provides an introduction and brief overview of the effects of colonialism on people of African descent in Canada and its connection to anti-Black racism. 
  • The Secret Life of Canada, hosted by Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson, "highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook... as they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country."
  • A Seat at the Table was a limited-run CBC podcast hosted by Martine St-Victor, and Isabelle Racicot with "in-depth conversations with notable guests from media, sports and pop culture... captur[ing]  personal stories about the power of the Black Lives Matter movement, the urgency of this moment, and what it will take to move forward."
  • Black Tea "is a podcast for and by Black Canadians," hosted by Melayna Williams and Dalton Higgins who "dig into Black culture, news and sports."
  • Blacks in Canada is a Radio Canada International production of short podcasts examining the historical presence of Black people in Canada.
  • Being Black in Canada created a series of podcasts attached to its mentoring program for Black Canadian filmmakers. The podcasts feature filmmaking cohorts from Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax.
  • Strong and Free is a six-part podcast from Historica Canada, produced by Media Girlfriends. The podcast episodes mark significant moments and contributions, which are often overlooked, Black people have made to the development of the nation. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Intersectionality

  • Anti-Racist Educator Reads is a podcast engaging educational leaders on race and racism in educational and historical contexts. It is hosted by Colinda Clyne, who has family ties to Kitigan Zibi First Nation and is the Coordinating Principal of Indigenous Education at the Upper Grand District School Board. 
  • Alright, Now What? is a podcast produced by The Canadian Women’s Foundation, recognized as a leader for gender equality in Canada.  
  • They & Us is a six-part CBC podcast series exploring questions and topics related to gender. Hosted by Faith Fundal (formerly Wil Fundal), this program will “explore these questions alongside people who find themselves navigating the world of preferred pronouns, trans rights and the quest to be recognized for who they are.”  
  • Leader Talks, hosted by Anne-Marie Pham, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion draws on "the experience of thought leaders across Canada, we hope to create awareness, showcase a variety of perspectives, and inspire courage for all of us to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces and communities for all." 
  • Healing Comes in Waves  "... is a collaborative project between Consent Comes First, the Office of Sexual Violence, Support and Education with the student leadership group Consent Action Team at Toronto Metropolitan University." It is a podcast for survivors of Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Violence. On the resource page, there is a content note: "Although there are no descriptions of sexual violence in this podcast series, any conversation about sexual violence can bring up big feelings and be hard to hear. Listen in a way that feels safer for you. You get to choose." Downloadable transcripts are available for each episode. 
  • Academic Aunties is a podcast developed by Dr. Ethel Tungohan, an Associate Professor of Politics, and Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism, at York University. Dr. Tungohan's biweekly podcast explores stories "with fellow academic aunties who are first-generation, who are racialized, who are women, and who inhabit social locations that are traditionally unrepresented in this exclusionary space" and work to "plant the seeds for structural transformation." 
  • We Need to Talk about Whiteness is hosted by journalist and documentarian, Dr. Myriam François. Now in its sixty-first episode, the podcast episodes are “where we have the awkward conversations on whiteness, race and racism, so you can too.” 
  • Whiteness is a BBC Radio 4 documentary hosted by journalist Neil Maggs, who is White. The podcast explores a topic where “[f]or many white people their race is not part of their identity,” because “[r]ace, racial inequality and racism are things that people of colour are expected to talk about and organise [sic] around.” 
  • Interrogating Spaces is created by the Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange at the University of the Arts London. The podcasts examine "ideas around inclusivity and attainment in Higher Education [through] democratic and decolonised teaching practices ... with practitioners as well as staff and students from University of the Arts London."
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