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PODCAST: Dinyar Godrej and Iris Gonzales on housing

This is an episode in the Radio NI podcast series, which features regular interviews with contributors to New Internationalist's magazine and books. You can subscribe to this podcast for free in iTunes, or via the RSS feed, or by visiting the Radio NI blog to check for new interviews.

Housing is either a site of insatiable appetite and consumption, or one of endless insecurity.

April’s New Internationalist magazine explores the state of shelter beyond the speculation and scandal of the property market.

In this episode of the New Internationalist podcast co-editor Dinyar Godrej talks about the causes of the global housing crisis, ‘generation rent’ and a worldwide wave of homelessness, as we rethink the dream of property ownership.

From the Philippines Iris Gonzales discusses the forced, and often violent, evictions of the residents of informal settlements. She explains what can happen to these displaced communities once they are removed, and how people are taking direct action for better housing rights.

The New Internationalist podcast is produced by Amy Hall.
Thanks to Water Pageant for the music used in this podcast. Find out more about the band on their MySpace page. Their new album, Sightlings is out now.


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Dinyar Godrej has been associated with New Internationalist since 1989, but joined as an editor in 2000. His interest in human rights has led him to focus on subjects like world hunger, torture, landmines, present day slavery and healthcare. His belief in listening to people who seldom get a chance to represent themselves led to unorthodox editions on (and by) street children and people with disabilities from the Majority World. He grew up in India and remains engaged with South Asian affairs.

Dinyar wrote the original No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change (2001) and edited Fire In The Soul (2009).

An early fascination with human creative endeavour endures. He has recently taken to throwing pots in his free time.

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