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Radio Utopistan is a podcast and community. We believe in constructive storytelling and a more just future. Therefore we are interconnecting bold ideas and visionary people from around the world.

Radio Utopistan is a think-and-do-tank. A toolbox for political hope and civic engagement.

We are still in the beginning. Our aim is to establish a digital media brand and a social enterprise that will solely focus on catalyzing Utopias. Small ones within families or neighborhoods and big ones within our global society. Via our podcast, via dinner tables, workshops and conferences.

We believe political hope and bold ideas are needed more than ever; in face of climate crisis and social disruptions after the pandemic. Nevertheless, of course, we will be critical with all utopias we promote. Because the utopia of one person can be somebody else’s dystopia. That is why we commit ourselves to the Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists.

Utopian ideas drive us as humans, they drive humankind and humanity. And Radio Utopistan wants to find out what drives those visionary people. It was the belief that we could fly, conquer disease or live in permanent peace that gave women and men the courage to take risks, to step out, to try things and also to fail.

So it’s not about blueprints of how to organize our societies – or how to organize your fridge or your wardrobe. It’s about roadmaps, ideas and inspirational people along the way. About building a kaleidoscope, a network of progressive spaces within the system or outside the system.

Many things that we take for granted today, were mere utopias in their day. And the people who fought for them were ridiculed, shamed, harassed and also killed. 200 years ago the end of slavery was still utopia. The fall of the Berlin Wall just 30 years ago. And then the end of Apartheid 20 years ago. Where does that leave us today? What are the utopias of our time? What about gender equality? Basic income? Nature rights? Peace in the Middle East?

Let’s find out! Let’s go treasure hunting together. Via the podcast or in real life. Happy if you come along.

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Episode #10: Padre Fili on drugs, violence and justice in Mexico/Ayotzinapa Part I

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Padre Fili on drugs, violence and justice in Mexico/Ayotzinapa Part I

Episode #10 We are in the field again for this episode: In the drug strongholds of Mexico, the violence is unimaginable and the justice system overwhelmed or even involved. Less than two percent of crimes are solved. Padre Fili has gone to one of the hot-spots there to spread some peace, joy and vanilla cream …

Team

Elisabeth Weydt, host and producer

Elisabeth is a freelance reporter and investigative journalist; mostly for German public radio and TV, ARD. Within the ICIJ-network she has regularly worked on investigations about the World Bank. Her topics are natural resources and radicalism. She has been a fellow with Academy Solitude and won some awards for her multimedia projects. She was on research in South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Myanmar, various countries in South America and in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Annuschka Eckhardt, supervising producer

Annuschka Eckhardt, supervising producer Annuschka studied international emergency aid and worked among others in Mexico, Colombia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is part of a collective that organizes cultural events to support refugees at EU boarders. She writes about activism and migration and loves to tell stories. She experiences every day as an adventure and now shares her utopias and favorite Utopistas with you!

… and so many more. Soon to come with more details