Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink isn't a radio program about zines. Nor is it a radio program about zine culture. Invisible Ink is a radio zine.

Invisible Ink is a patchwork of documentaries, stories and first person narratives. It is a radio program that is creative and compelling, all the while challenging the status quo to re-imagine what radio is and can be.  

#11: Shooting the Messenger

In this CJSR Edition (Short), a story about whistles, and the importance of people who blow them, in spite of the backlash that some people have received for doing so. CJSR speaks with David Hutton, executive director of FAIR, an organization promotes integrity and accountability by empowering people to speak out against corporate or government wrongdoing without fear of reprisal.

Invisible Ink #10: The Filthy Rich Show

Forget about the one percent. On this episode of CJSR's Invisible Ink, we're talking about something even more exclusive: the 0.1 percent. As GINI rates — the accepted standard coefficient to analyze income inequality — continue to rise in Canada and around the world, what effects is the emergence of hyper-wealthy elite having on our society and our democratic institutions?

This episode of Invisible Ink features an interview with Chrystia Freeland, author of the 2011 book 'Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone. Else.' as well as excerpts of a lecture that Canadian journalist and social critic Linda McQuaig delivered at the Public Interest Alberta's 2013 annual conference.

Invisible Ink #9: The Little Squirrel That Could

During the Klondike Gold Rush nearly 100,000 prospectors travelled to the Yukon Territory. The majority of those men, upon arriving in the land of imposing mountains and unmerciful climates that is the Yukon, took an immediate u-turn back to safer pastures. 

Undaunted by the unmerciful environment, the tiny red squirrel of the Yukon Territory has never backed down from the fight. It has a trump card, after all.

Invisible Ink #8: What Does Space Sound Like?

It's the final frontier. But that doesn't mean that we can't wonder what space sounds like.

Abram Hindle, a University of Alberta computer scientist turned noise musician, is attempting to forge together the all too often galvanized worlds of art and science. By applying physics with sound, and funnelling it through specially designed computer software, he is able to create compositions of sounds that reflect otherwise inaudible physical phenomenons.

The results are fascinating,  daring us to think about the world around us in a completely different way.

Invisible Ink #7: The Observations on Home Show

Esi Edygyan is an acclaimed Canadian author, who in 2011 penned the novel Half-Blood Blues. She is also a Ghanaian-Canadian who has wrestled with notions of identity and belonging for her entire life. Her struggles with these ideas often appear in her writing.

This episode of Invisible Ink features an interview with Esi Edugyan as well as excerpts from her recent keynote address entitled 'Don't Turn Back: Observations on Home' that she delivered at the University of Alberta on April 16th, 2013. The lecture, which delves deeply into Edugyan's search for home, was the 2013 Henry Kresiel Memorial Lecture.

Invisible Ink #6: The Quest for Absolute Zero

Have you ever been on a journey where failure was inevitable? Pretty discouraging, right? Well, John Davis looks at failure a little differently than the rest of us. A scientist at the University of Alberta, Davis studies the effects that extremely cold temperatures have on physical objects. And we mean it when we say extremely cold. Think minus 273.15°C. There's only one problem: here on earth, it's impossible to reach that temperature. But that hasn't stopped Davis from trying.

Put on your parka, throw on your touque. This episode of Invisible Ink is going to get a little chilly.

Invisible Ink #5: The Chains of Trafficked Humans

This is the story about an isolated town on the central coast of Ghana. Senya Baraku is an isolated fishing town situated underneath the shadows of a former slave trading castle called Fort Good Hope. And even though the castle now stands as a relic of the horrors that once existed in Ghana, Senya Baraku continues to be haunted by another form of human commodification.

Today, Senya Baraku has one of the highest rates of human trafficking per capita in the world. But the problem of the buying and selling of humans in this town cannot be only be explained through the classic stereotypes of poverty or a lack of education. The problem of human trafficking in Ghana much more complex than that. It spans across continents, and preys upon the complacency of uninformed individuals around the world.

Invisible Ink #2: Heather Has Two Mommies

On October 6, 1998, a University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, was viciously attacked, tortured and left to die on the outskirts of town. He died 6 days later from severe head injuries. It is alleged that Shepard what singled out by his attackers because of his sexual orientation. On the day Shepard died, Lesléa Newman arrived in Laramie to speak at the University of Wyoming's Gay Awareness Week.

This episode of Invisible Ink tells the tragic story of Matthew Shepard's death and the conversation around homophobic violence that has been stoked by Lesléa Newman's poetic account of the incident in her book 'October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard'.