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Making Contact





Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:06:18 +0000

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Alicia Garza: On Historical Amnesia, and Fighting White Supremacy

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:06:18 +0000

As people respond in the wake of actions in Charlottesville,VA, perpetrated by white supremacists and Nazi's emboldened by President Trump, we interview Alicia Garza, one of the founding leaders of Black Lives Matter. You'll hear Garza's specific definitions of power and white supremacy, as she contextualizes this moment, and you'll learn about concrete actions that people, especially white people can take to move forward and organize.

Special thanks to Kate Raphael & Women's Magazine on KPFA.


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The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:13:45 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact we present, The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson, a program about the modern anti-prison movement.


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ENCORE: Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:26:25 +0000

In this edition of Making Contact, we look at two major changes to statewide curriculum in California, and where schools nationwide may be headed under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


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Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led resistance to Oil and Waste

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:09:14 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll meet people challenging polluters in their own backyard. Not to push hazardous industries into another neighborhood. Instead they’re developing visionary solutions for a better life for all and for the future of the planet. From urban to rural communities, we'll learn about indigenous-led efforts to protect public health and the environment for future generations.


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The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:37:30 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire and the battle to preserve live/work spaces, and then we look at the San Pablo fire in Oakland California that displaced at least a hundred residents…many of whom are now living on the streets in tent encampments. Special Thanks to KALW and Jeremy Dalmas.


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Finding Home: Displacement and Homelessness from Cape Town to California

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:24:24 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact we go from Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles and Oakland, California— three cities grappling with evictions, displacement, and homelessness.


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Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” (Encore edition)

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:50:51 +0000

On this edition, we hear from Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Taylor most recently wrote, From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation. We’ll be sharing a talk with Dr. Taylor’s insights on Black Liberation as framed through this most recent election.


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The Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:21:53 +0000

It was the 1960s – and throughout the United States, opposition to the War in Vietnam was growing.  The Draft forced young men to make a choice about their own participation in the war. And many chose to resist.

On today’s Making Contact we look back at the resistance to the Draft to the War in Vietnam.  What form did that resistance take?  And what lessons are people bringing to building resistance to war and empire among soldiers today, in the absence of an official draft?  


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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi - Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:40:16 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact, we present Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discussing his latest book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Stamped offers a deeply researched, provocative narrative that is a comprehensive history of anti-Black racist ideas—their origins, and how they became founding principles in our nation’s institutions.


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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:59:57 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact, we present the final installment in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels.


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Sacrifice Zones - Part 1

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:23:43 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact, we present the first in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels.


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The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines

Wed, 31 May 2017 21:57:40 +0000

Two of the longest running armed rebellions on opposites sides of the world, the FARC in Colombia and the NDFP in the Philippines are vying for peace but several elements-government, paramilitary, and drugs, make it all but impossible.


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(ENCORE) Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:18:52 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact we look at some of the struggles and victories in the fight for transgender access to gender-specific spaces and programs.


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Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:04:02 +0000

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom explores the conceptual framework of liberation theology.

We will examine why Liberation Theology, with its focus on political activism, is resonating with communities hungry for social justice.


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The Long Ride Home: Get on the Bus, and Incarcerated Families ENCORE

Sat, 13 May 2017 13:18:58 +0000

The Get on the Bus program provides support and free transportation for children and families throughout California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison. 


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The Poetic Address to the Nation

Tue, 02 May 2017 20:17:13 +0000

The Poetic Address to the Nation, brought together poets to speak powerfully against the current administration. Featuring Cam Awkward, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee,Chinaka Hodge, and many others. 


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A Look at Labor Organizing, and Worker and Immigrant Rights

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:18:45 +0000

In this edition of Making Contact, we look at how workers are organizing outside of labor unions and where traditional labor could be headed.


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Spies of Mississippi

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:04:59 +0000

Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. Directed and produced by Dawn Porter and executive produced by LOOKS TV and Martina Haubrich. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade.


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Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:56:23 +0000

What would it take to have real choices about our bodies? Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong breaks down the reproductive justice framework; and Tina Reynolds, co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, shares how a group of formerly incarcerated women came together to fight for the right to give birth to and raise children in healthy and safe environments.


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Not Throw Away Women: Black and Indigenous Women Disrupt Violence ENCORE

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:59:32 +0000

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On today’s show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference. We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care. 


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Conscience and Dissent: Values in Media

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:25:04 +0000

Panelists at the Media Consortium conference discuss the role independent media plays in today’s contentious media landscape.


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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:01:24 +0000

Given Trump's massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war.


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Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:57:05 +0000

In this edition of Making Contact, we look at two major changes to statewide curriculum in California, and where schools nationwide may be headed under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


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Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:58:00 +0000

Women Rising Radio profiles three healer activists, two M.D.'s and an indigenous healer/psychologist, caregivers for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock,  and witnesses to the violence of police, sheriffs and private security forces hired by Energy Transfer Partners  -  the fossil fuel giant building the Dakota Access Pipeline.


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Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:48:11 +0000

Paris is in flux. How are Parisians-native and immigrant, still dealing with terrorist attacks? If mixite, or social mixing, provides an answer, what does that look like, especially when immigrant, capitalist, and the hip are housed together?


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Long Distance Revolutionary

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:44:27 +0000

“Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal” a film chronicles the life and revolutionary times of the former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.


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Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:28:53 +0000

As President Trump moves to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., we look at two moments where we found ourselves at a similar crossroads.  First, the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans 75 years ago.  Then, how people fought to stop the Muslim registry after 9/11. 


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11 Million Undocumented: A Look at Sanctuary and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:56:03 +0000

11 million. That's the estimated number of people living in the US who are undocumented. In this show we'll look to previous administrations to see how former Presidents treated people who were undocumented, and how immigrant movements of the past responded.


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Caring Relationships: Negotiating Meaning and Maintaining Dignity ENCORE

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:23:20 +0000

Whether you’re a paid home care provider, or rely on personal assistance to meet your daily needs, or a family member caring for a loved one, the nature of the working relationship depends on mutual respect and dignity. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the dynamic and complex relationship of care receiving and giving.


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Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:55:02 +0000

On this edition, we hear from Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Dr. Taylor most recently wrote, “From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation.” We’ll be sharing a talk with Dr. Taylor’s insights on Black Liberation as framed through this most recent election.


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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement (Encore)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:11 +0000

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn’t happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the story behind it. Special thanks to The New School for the recording.


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Mirrors of Privilege

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:48:47 +0000

“Mirrors of Privilege” is a film and conversation guide designed to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change. From Shakti Butler, director of “Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity” and “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America,” “Mirrors of Privilege” features stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious racism and entitlement.

 


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Men, Women, and Guns: Toxic Masculinity in Mass Shootings

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:26:34 +0000

After a mass shooting, two common responses are to examine gun laws and mental health services. In this show, we revisit the tragedy in Isla Vista where a survivor is using his experience to talk about toxic masculinity, mass shootings, and violence.


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Fallen Heroes of 2016

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:29:10 +0000

Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2016.


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The Long Ride Home: The Get on the Bus Program and Incarcerated Families

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:56:58 +0000

The Get on the Bus program provides support and free transportation for children and families throughout California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison.

 


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/MakingCon_161221_Pod.mp3?dest-id=31912




Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:36:48 +0000

On this edition of Making Contact we look at some of the struggles and victories in the fight for transgender access to gender-specific spaces and programs.


Media Files:
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Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000

The Black Panther Party combined Black Power’s militancy with socialist ideology, and infused funk music with Franz Fanon’s writings.  Their impact on American culture, from music to style to community organizing, continues to resonate today.

 

Fifty years after the birth of Black Panther Party, we take a look at the lasting cultural legacy of the Black Panther Party through the eyes of the generations that followed.


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The Murder of Fred Hampton

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:58:58 +0000

The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film on Hampton and Illinois Black Panthers, but midway through the shoot, Chicago police murdered Hampton. Filmmakers arrived to shoot crime scene footage later used to counter news reports and police testimony.


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Native Power: Language, Land, and Water NoDAPL

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:45:16 +0000

The actions at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue. We share interviews from the Voices of Standing Rock. Vincent Medina is a Chochenyo Ohlone Native working to revitalize the Chochenyo language for future generations.


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The Electoral College’s Dirty History Encore

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Given Trump’s winning the election, and the difference between his popular votes and electoral votes, we revisit our show on the Electoral College. It’s history in the era of slavery, and how it works today.


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Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:19:00 +0000

As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.” 

Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the frontlines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate. 

 

Featuring: 

Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.

Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice.

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK. 

Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant.

Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement.

Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.

 


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Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Greg Palast, is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His new film, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits," unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts by America's "Billionaire Bandits" to prevent minority communities from exercising their constitutional right to vote. 

Featuring:

Greg Palast, Investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker

 

 


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Immigrants & Elections Pt. 2: Barriers to the Ballot

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:47:14 +0000

In the US, the right to vote is one of the country’s most cherished and hard-fought rights. But it doesn't mean that everyone has equal access to the polls. In 2013 the Supreme Court struck down a key civil rights provision of the Voting Rights Act. This November will be the first presidential election in 50 years where voters will not have the full protection of the original law.

In this second installment of Making Contact’s Immigrants and Elections series, we explore some of the barriers immigrants and other historically disenfranchised voters face in gaining access to the polls.


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Thwarting Democracy: the Battle for Voting Rights

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. Before the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th, we revisit the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws.

Featuring:

  • Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana
  • Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative
  • Clifford Kuhn, Professor of History at Georgia State University
  • JT Johnson, civil rights organizer
  • Allen Secher, rabbi
  • Jerel James, Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine
  • August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962)
  • Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.


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Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.”

Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the front lines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/MakingCon_161012_Pod.mp3?dest-id=31912




Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:35:05 +0000

Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital.


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Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:16:28 +0000

In a world that increasingly seems to strive for uniformity, afro-descendant Creole people on the eastern coast of Nicaragua seek to hold on to their unique culture through their food. Incoming palm plantations are fragmenting traditional Creole farmland and making it difficult for local coconut oil businesses. Overfishing and pesticides from the palm fields are reducing stocks of fish in the lagoons, making it more difficult to access traditional protein sources. In the towns and cities along the coast, an influx of foreign products is setting a new standard for how you should look, talk and eat.

Rondon is one of the most celebrated traditional Creole dishes. Similar to a curry, it has a base of coconut milk in which you cook cassava, dasheen, breadfruit, baby corn and fried fish with fresh herbs and spices. It's a dish with strong connections to Africa. For a people descended from freed blacks, escaped slaves and indigenous Americans, holding on to Rondon is holding on to heritage.


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Occupy, 5 years later

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:55:02 +0000

September marks the 5 year anniversary of Occupy. We go to Zuccotti Park, and Oakland to talk to individuals that were part of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland to gain insight and reflection on the movement that swept the nation.

Featuring:
  • Samara Ward, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Joyous DeAsis, Young Oakland organizer, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Marisa Holmes, Filmmaker, Occupy Wall Street facilitator
  • Needa Bee, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Krystof Lapour, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Samsarah Morgan, doula and birth worker, Founder of Occupy Oakland Children’s Village and Parents and Allies Caucus of Occupy Oakland, Occupy Decolonize Birth Parenting and Pregnancy Caucus
  • Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo, Organizer Idriss Stelley Foundation, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Ashoka Finley, Black radical, Occupy the Farm participant


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Rosa Brooks on How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:24:12 +0000

The US military didn’t shrink much under President Obama, and our perpetual state of war has barely waned since 9-11. Author Rosa Brooks says the consequences of this ‘new normal’ reach deep into our society; far beyond the body count of those killed overseas.

On this edition, Rosa Brooks speaks about her new book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington DC

Featuring

Rosa Brooks, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Host: Andrew Stelzer


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15 Years After 9/11, Still Searching for Monsters to Destroy

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:07:47 +0000

September 11, 2001 ushered in an era marked by the unending War on Terror, dragnet government surveillance programs, and escalating attacks on people perceived to be Muslim. Just last month, Khalid Jabara, a 37-year old Lebanese American man was shot and killed on his front porch in Tulsa Oklahoma by a neighbor who had harassed his family for years, calling them ‘dirty Arabs’ and ‘Mooslems’.

This is just one of the many reported attacks on people perceived as Muslims in the United States.  Last year, there were 174 incidents of anti-Muslim violence, and that’s only if you count the attacks that made headlines.

This backlash is just tip of the iceberg.  Below the surface is a growing Islamophobia with deep roots in history and empire.  Where does the idea of the ‘Muslim enemy’ come from?  And how has it evolved into what we see today?

Fifteen years after 9/11, Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, takes us back nearly 15 centuries to find out.


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Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:30:30 +0000

Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren’t formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They’re often not even thought of as legitimate work.

On this edition of Making Contact, we’re going to meet people making work where there is no work for them. From recyclers, to border couriers, to waste pickers, we’re exploring the informal labor sector and what some are doing to gain greater recognition, protections, and rights.

Featuring

 

  • Landon Goodwin, recycler and pastor and also featured in documentary Dogtown Redemption
  • Aicha al Azzouzi border courier
  • Salma al Azzouzi, Aicha’s oldest daughter
  • Charles Gachanga Gichonge, creator of the Mustard Seed Courtyard clean-up campaign
  • Antony Makau, Dandora resident
  • Richard Munene, Dandora restaurant owner
  • Sally Roever, Urban Policy Director for Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Malati Gadgil, KKPKP


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Coffee: Trouble Brewing?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:39:32 +0000

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee?

From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact andGreen Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe.

Featuring:
  • Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita,coffee farmers
  • Jeff Goldman, former executive director FairtradeResource Network
  • Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee GuyGroundworks Roasters
  • John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner
  • Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station


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A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:01:15 +0000

The alternatives to prison are few and far between.  And after serving time, the options for getting back on your feet are even worse.  Finding food, a job and a place to live with a criminal record can become an almost impossible task.  On this edition, Women building their own support network after being released from prison. We’ll hear “A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad” a documentary by Chris-Moore Backman.

Featuring: Susan Burton, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project executive director and founder; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness author; Alika Savage, Yolanda Brown, Renee Levi, Maisha Bailey, Sabrayiah DeMoss, Samantha Jenkins, A New Way of Life residents.

For More Information:
A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
The Sentencing Project
Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted Peoples Movement
Critical Resistance
Michelle Alexander-The New Jim Crow
Bringing Down the New Jim Crow


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Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty in indigenous communities

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:37:15 +0000

Women Rising radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities.

If you are interested in GMOs, TTP, seed saving, herbal medicine, food, trade & activism –then tune in!

Featuring:

  • Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  • Adelita San Vicente Tello, founder of Semillas de Vida
  • Sage La Pena, Native American, ethno- botanist and food sovereignty activist
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American youth educator


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COINTELPRO 101 (Part 2)

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:50:08 +0000

In the midst of police shooting community members and gunmen shooting police, and as the republican and democratic conventions wrap up, we look back at the history of secret surveillance and disruption of organizations dissenting and struggling against all odds.

COINTELPRO, the secret FBI project to infiltrate and disrupt domestic organizations thought to be “subversive,” targeted many African-American, Native-American, and other movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S..  Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI conducted more than 2,000 COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) operations.  This week we broadcast the second half of the documentary film “COINTELPRO 101," produced by The Freedom Archives.

Special thanks to The Freedom Archives.


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COINTELPRO 101 (pt 1)

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:13:49 +0000

In the midst of police shooting community members and gunmen shooting police, and as the republican and democratic conventions wrap up, we look back at the history of secret surveillance and disruption of organizations dissenting and struggling against all odds.


COINTELPRO, the secret FBI project to infiltrate and disrupt domestic organizations thought to be “subversive,” targeted many African-American, Native-American, and other movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S.. Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI conducted more than 2,000 COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) operations.  Over the next two weeks, we’ll be broadcasting the documentary film “COINTELPRO 101.” Today we hear the first half of the film, produced by the Freedom Archives.

Special thanks to The Freedom Archives.

Featuring:

  • Liz Derias, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
  • Bob Boyle, attorney
  • Jose Lopez, Puerto Rican Cultural Center executive director
  • Lucy Rodriguez, Puerto Rico Independence movement leader and former political prisoner
  • Ward Churchill, Native American activist and author
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Native American activist and author
  • Leonard Peltier, political prisoner
  • Ricardo Romero, Al Frente de Lucha co-founder
  • Priscilla Falcon, University of Northern Colorado Hispanic Studies professor
  • Francisco Martinez, Chicano/Mejicano activist and attorney.
 
CORRECTION: Making Contact staff inadvertently misstated attorney Bob Boyle’s name as Bob Doyle in the audioversion of the COINTELPRO 101 documentary (Part 1). We apologize for the mistake.


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Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:53:50 +0000

Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn’t getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses.

This week on Making Contact, we bring you an abridged version of the film Bipolarized; Rethinking Mental Illness, chronicling McKenzie’s journey.

Featuring:

  • Ross McKenzie, diagnosed with Bipolar disorder
  • Ross McKenzie’s mother and sister
  • Gwen Olsen, former pharmaceutical rep
  • Laura Delano, psychiatry survivor
  • Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
  • Dr. Charles Whitfield, trauma recovery specialist
  • Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing


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Documenting FREDY : Eight Years After the Shooting in Montreal

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:49:51 +0000

Fredy Villanueva was playing dice in a park in Montreal North when police officers arrived. In less than a minute, the 18-year-old was fatally shot by police. Eight years later, what happened in those sixty seconds remains unclear. The documentary play Fredy tries to untangle what happened before and after the shooting, as it asks questions about racial profiling, systemic discrimination, and the promise of art for social change.


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#SayHerName: Black Love in Action

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:38:11 +0000

In cities across the country, black women – many of whom have been on the front lines of the Movement for Black Lives – are lifting up the names of their sisters killed by police.

This March, Manolia Charlotin, a multimedia journalist with the The Media Consortium, and Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project sat down at a community event in San Francisco to talk about Say Her Name and what it looks like to build a movement that centers black women.

Jamison Robinson, Yuvette Henderson’s brother, talks about the difference it makes when a community comes together to demand justice after the police kill someone. 

Featuring:
  • Jamison Robinson, brother of Yuvette Henderson
  • Manolia Charlotin, journalist with The Media Consortium
  • Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with the Anti Police-Terror Project


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Straddling Borders

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:47:40 +0000

Existing in two worlds can complicate your identity and complete it–whether it’s understanding your medicine man grandfather, to deepening the concept of love through a different tongue, these storytellers takes us around the world from Colombia to Papua New Guinea, seeking definition and connections with presumably different cultures.

Featuring:
  • Francis Rojas
  • Jeremiah Barber
  • William Guillermo Ortiz, Curandero / Medicine Man
  • Florentina Mocanu-Schendel, Doctoral Candidate at Stanford University
  • Warama Kurupel, Limol Village Leader
  • Grace Maher
  • Robai Reend
  • Donai Kurupel
  • Pingam Uziag
  • Jenny Dobola
  • Loni Garaiyi
  • Sandra Dikai
  • Merol Kwe
  • Manaleato Kolea


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Jane Mayer on the Hidden Billionaires of the Radical Right

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:54:21 +0000

Who is Charles Koch–really? Who are the members of “the Network”?—a semi-secret group assembled by the Koch brothers? How are the superrich’s priorities transforming American society? Journalist Jane Mayer spent several years searching for some of those answers, and her new book is titled Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires.

Mayer is interviewed by Atlantic magazine editor-in-chief James Bennet.

Featuring: 
  • Jane Meyer, author of Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires
  • James Bennet, Atlantic Magazine editor-in-chief


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Rad Dads!

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Parenting has never been easy.  Merging your politics with your parenting decisions can be even more challenging. 

On this edition, fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?

Featuring:

  • Tomas Moniz, Rad Dad creator
  • Airial Clark, Sex Positive Parent blogger
  • Janine Macbeth, Oh Oh Baby Boy author 
  • Brent Ramos, Danny Gutierrez, Craig Elliot, Jeremy Smith, Jeremy John, Jason Oppy, fathers


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Choosing Justice Over Fear

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:32:33 +0000

Penny Rosenwasser is an activist and author of “Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite our Fears.” 

On this edition of Making Contact she reflects on her personal journey to embrace her identity as a Jewish woman while fighting for human rights for all. Listen to stories, history and poetry that explore internalized anti-Semitism and racism, victimization and privilege, and Jewish politics around Israel and Palestine.


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The Nakba, the Naksa, and the Future of Palestine

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000

In 1948, Zionist militias expelled over 700,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns.  The event, and the ongoing destruction and occupation of Palestine are referred to as the Nakba – the catastrophe.  How did the events of 1948 shape Palestine and its diaspora?   And generations later, how are Palestinians fighting to return home?

On this edition of Making Contact we reflect on the Nakba, the Naksa, and the future of Palestine.

Featuring:
  • Rami Almeghari, FSRN reporter
  • Ghazi Misleh, author of I Am from There and I Have Memories
  • Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University
  • Dina from Rammun
  • Mohannad from Ramle
  • Remi Kanazi, poet and author of Before the Next Bomb Drops.


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Waiting for Home: The Refugee and Immigrant Experience

Wed, 25 May 2016 15:52:08 +0000

The root causes of migration vary widely. Some people migrate and return to their homes depending on the season. While others migrate and never return. Often, people are forced to leave or flee their homes indefinitely because of poverty, extreme environmental events, armed conflict, social strife, political turmoil, and economic hardships.

On this edition of Making Contact, we hear stories from Central American migrants that take on oppressive debts or face challenges in schools in the U.S. We also hear from Cuban migrants stuck in limbo on the route to the U.S.


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Iran Belongs to it's youth

Wed, 18 May 2016 06:41:33 +0000

We often hear from the upper middle class, educated youth of Iran complaining about the dictatorship. But what about the majority of youth, the working class young people who live in South Tehran and similar neighborhoods?

Reese Erlich explores how young people compare President Rouhani’s government with the populist rule of Ahmadinejad. We’ll also hear about how they are responding to conservative hardliners who are tapping into frustrations with high unemployment, and threatening to cancel the nuclear deal.

Thank you to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for granting Reese Erlich funding to produce this piece.


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Abortion Access and Eroded Rights

Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000

In 1973 the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion in the United States. Since then, state legislative and executive bodies have battled to restrict access to abortions. Federal law banned the use of federal funds for most abortions in 1977, and public funding for abortion remains a contested issue.

One recent study in Texas found that more than 200,000 women performed abortions on themselves because they weren’t able to find clinical services. From restrictive laws to a lack of information to violent attacks, the blocking of abortion access is eroding the reproductive rights of women.

On this edition, we hear from women at the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as experiences from a doctor who provides abortions and a woman that sought abortion access in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Featuring:
  • Jessie Nieblas, New Orleans Abortion Fund
  • Liza Fuentes, Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Natalie, teacher in New Orleans
  • Diary excerpt from Dr. Susan Wicklund, an abortion provider under attack, as performed for Making Contact by Words of Choice with Actor Claudia Scheider, Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus,Created and Produced by Cindy Cooper


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After Disaster: Picking up the pieces in an age of climate change

Wed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Among the effects of climate change are more extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy, and a severe drought stretching across much of the Western United States. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction.

Featuring:
  • Niki Stanley and Derice Klass, Far Rockaway residents
  • Zardos V. Abela, firefighter for the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tacloban, Philippines
  • Abigail Gewirtz,  psychologist at the University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Wasik, Valley Fire survivor
  • Jeff Keenan, Valley Fire survivor
  • Erica Petersen, Valley Fire survivor
  • Manuel Orozco, Behavioral Health Fiscal Manager, Lake County Behavioral Health.


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Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Hollywood has had a long history of whitewashing and stereotyping different groups –from brownface to blackface and yellowface. For Arabs and Muslims, persistent clichés throughout Hollywood’s history range from desert scenes with camels and palm trees, and characters cast as barbaric villains, belly dancers, or terrorists among others.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them.

Featuring:
  • Diana Kalaji, student at University of San Francisco
  • Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror.”


Media Files:
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From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan: Immigrant Communities Upholding Democracy

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Immigration comes up in every U.S. presidential election cycle. It’s been that way pretty much since the dawning of the country. In keeping with that national tradition, immigrants throughout history have also been the target of racist rhetoric and efforts to exclude them from voting and political influence.

And the 2016 elections have proven no different.

This edition of Making Contact is Part I of our special series examining how immigrants are responding and participating in elections and politics today.

From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan, we’ll meet immigrant communities upholding democracy. We’ll also have a conversation with the Brennan Center for Justice President and author of the Fight to Vote, Michael Waldman about how immigrants throughout history have expanded the right to vote.


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Caring Relationships: Negotiating Meaning and Maintaining Dignity

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000

The vast majority of care recipients are exclusively receiving unpaid care from a family member, friend, or neighbor. The rest receive a combination of family care and paid assistance, or exclusively paid formal care.

Whether you’re a paid home care provider, or rely on personal assistance to meet your daily needs, or a family member caring for a loved one, the nature of the working relationship depends on mutual respect and dignity. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the dynamic and complex relationship of care receiving and giving.

Featuring:

  • Camille Christian, home care provider and SEIU member
  • Brenda Jackson, home care provider and SEIU member
  • Patty Berne, co-founder and director, Sins Invalid
  • Jessica Lehman, executive director, San Francisco Senior and Disability Action
  • Kenzi Robi, president, San Francisco IHSS (In Home Supportive Services) Public Authority Governing Body
  • Rachel Stewart, queer disabled woman passionate about disability and employment issues
  • Alana Theriault, disability benefits counselor in Berkeley, California
  • Ingrid Tischer, director of development, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • Alta Mae Stevens, in-home caregiver


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Not a Drop to Drink: our dwindling access to clean drinking water

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000

It’s something many of us take for granted: access to clean drinking water. But for many Americans it’s not something they can rely on.  From chemical spills in  West Virginia to ecoli in the water on the Texas-Mexico border, to contamination from farming in California. On this edition, we hear what happens when there’s not a drop to drink.

Featuring:
  • Angela Walker, Charleston resident
  • Neena Satija, environment reporter Texas Tribune
  • Daisy Gonzalez and Vicente Lara, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
  • Horacio Amezquita, resident San Jerado


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The true cost of fast fashion: a look inside Los Angeles sweatshops

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:33:47 +0000

Los Angeles’ garment district is notorious for sweatshop conditions, abuse, and the outright theft of earned wages.  Yet the name-brand clothes that some of us are wearing right now, may have been produced in factories like these. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take you on a trip through LA’s garment district.


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Unstoppable: The Fight for 15

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000

In 2012, fast food workers in NYC kicked off a movement that has exceeded all expectations, and changed the conversation about the minimum wage.

On this edition, low paid workers tell the story of the fight for 15, the exploding nationwide movement for fair wages.

Featuring:

  • Alvin Major, KFC employee and original NYC striker
  • Richard Wilson, Walmart employee
  • Bernardo Monteo, Chanda Roberts, Jayla Mosley; fast food workers
  • Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President
  • Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
  • Thomas Geoghegan, author of “Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement“


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Life, Breath, and Toxics: Lethal Negligence of Northeast and South L.A.

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:48:27 +0000

From Norco, Louisiana to Flint, Michigan to Los Angeles, California – environmental racism is real. On this edition of Making Contact, we look at polluting industries in Northeast and South L.A.

We begin with a story by Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow Ivan Rodriguez, followed by an interview with journalist Aura Bogado and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.


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Women Rising 30: International Slavery and Human Trafficking

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Women Rising Radio #30 profiles women fighting slavery, trafficking and forced labor globally.

Featuring:
  • Ima Matul, with CAST LA, was trafficked to Los Angeles, was rescued by the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles, and now heads CAST’s leadership program.
  • Joanna Ewart-James is the executive director of WALK FREE, an online and on-the-ground network battling trafficking, forced labor, and servitude worldwide. WALK FREE is based in London.
  • Elena Uraleva is an independent human rights monitor in her home country of Uzbekistan.  She works with WALK FREE to document forced labor and human rights abuses there.
  • Supriya Awasthi works on children’s rights and on freeing bonded slaves in India.  She is a staff member of FREE THE SLAVES.


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China’s Reproductive Regime: Mei Fong & Barbara Demick on China’s one child policy

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000

January 2016 marked the end of China’s one child policy—a regime of family planning policies and enforcement that scarred generations of parents and children. On this edition of Making Contact, China correspondent Gady Epstein speaks with Mei Fong, author of One Child:The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, and Barbara Demick, journalist and former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.


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The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:23:17 +0000

2016 marks 50 years since the founding of the Black Panther Party-a group that’s took the world by the storm, but is still widely misunderstood.   There’s a new documentary film that’s trying to set the record straight. On this edition of Making Contact, journalist Eric Arnold talks with Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution.

Featuring:

  • Stanley Nelson, Director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • Eric Arnold, journalist


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After Disaster: Picking up the pieces in an age of climate change

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:47:33 +0000

Among the effects of climate change are more extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy, and a severe drought stretching across much of the Western United States. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction.

 

Featuring:

 

  • Niki Stanley and Derice Klass, Far Rockaway residents
  • Zardos V. Abela, firefighter for the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tacloban, Philippines
  • Abigail Gewirtz,  psychologist at the University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Wasik, Valley Fire survivor
  • Jeff Keenan, Valley Fire survivor
  • Erica Petersen, Valley Fire survivor
  • Manuel Orozco, Behavioral Health Fiscal Manager, Lake County Behavioral Health.


Media Files:
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We Are the Bomb: Boots Riley and Dave Zirin Talk Activism and Politics

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:04:28 +0000

Rapper and grassroots organizer Boots Riley’s recent book is titled “Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb”. Riley appeared at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington DC, where he was interviewed by author and Edge of Sports blogger Dave Zirin.

Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Featuring:

  • Boots Riley, “Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb” author
  • Dave Zirin, “Edge of Sports” blogger


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Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000

This show takes a look at issues within the foster care system in the U.S. from the high rate of teen pregnancy to the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system.

 

Featuring:

  • Nicole Rocke, former foster youth
  • Kyle Lafferty, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Linda Bryant, Clinical Professor at New York University’s School of Social Work
  • Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Family Permanency Services at the Administration of Children’s Services
  • Lorraine Jacobs, caseworker
  • Yolanda Vasquez, former foster youth
  • Adriane Fugh-Berman, Pharmacology Professor at Georgetown University’s Medical Center
  • Bill Grimm, Attorney at National Center for Youth Law
  • Susan Bullard
  • David Arrendondo, Child psychiatrist
  • Dr. Edmund Levin, at the Lincoln Child Center
  • Nancy Forster, Therapist at the Lincoln Child Center
  • April Rene Sanders, former foster youth and recipient of AB12
  • Kyle Sporleader, Statewide Legislative Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC)


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Tent Cities: When Society Fails to House

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:16:49 +0000

Tent cities have popped up across the country, from New Jersey to Texas to New Mexico. Many are starting to build more permanent living structures. So what are the benefits of living in a cluster of tents? And is this part of a real solution to homelessness?


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Abortion Access Under Attack

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Special edition of Making Contact with guest Host, Rose Aguilar discussing reproductive health and abortion rights 43 years after Roe v. Wade.

Featuring:

  • Corrine Rivera-Fowler, deputy director of COLOR, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights
  • Carol Joffe, professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco and author of “Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Cost of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us.”


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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time.

But it nearly didn’t happen.

On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Junior’s “Dream” and the story behind it.


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Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty in indigenous communities

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Women Rising radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities.

Featuring:

  • Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  • Adelita San Vicente Tello, founder of Semillas de Vida
  • Sage La Pena, Native American, ethno- botanist and food sovereignty activist
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American youth educator


Media Files:
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Squatters: Intruders or Innovators?

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:52:48 +0000

Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World”, estimates that more than a billion people–thats 1 in 7–are squatters.  This week, we visit squats in Venezuela and the Philippines, and find out why squatters aren’t just tolerated…they are crucial to the growth of major cities and national economies.

Featuring:

  • Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World”
  • Filomena Cinco, Barangay captain of Estero de San Miguel
  • Luz Sudueste, Urban Poor Associates organizer
  • William Gonzalez, Gladys Flores, Jacqueline Calderon and Yolimar Noriega, Toree David residents
  • Andres Antillano, Universidad Central de Venezuela professor & activist for squatters’ rights.


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Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000

From the Fight for 15 campaign to the Syrian refugee crisis, the past year was full of news headlines that were tough to keep up with. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. On this edition of Making Contact we take a look at shows we produced in 2015, and we ll find out what’s happened since.

Featuring:
  • Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder
  • Cat Brooks, Anti Police Terror Project
  • Antonia Juhasz, Investigative Journalist
  • Thomas DarDar, United Houma Nation Chief
  • Mark Miller, Southern Utah University History professor
  • Sylvia Rivera, Remembering Stonewall oral history project
  • Michael Schirker, Remembering Stonewall oral history project
  • Aesha Rasheed, Southerners on New Ground.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/lookingback15.mp3?dest-id=31912




Fallen Heroes 2015

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:58:44 +0000

Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2015.

Featured Fallen Heroes

  • Grace Lee Boggs, activist, philosopher and movement builder
  • Danny Schechter, author and media critic
  • John Warshow, anti-nuclear campaigner and hydro power developer
  • Emiliano Amor Mataka, Environmental Justice activist, co-founder Valley Improvement Projects
  • Hashem Al-Azzeh, Palestinian peace activist
  • Juan Evans, trans activist
  • Hank Williams, Platform Summit founder
  • Shannon Williams, Sex Workers Outreach Project board co-chair
  • Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/fallen.mp3?dest-id=31912




Abortion Access and Eroded Rights

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000

In 1973 the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion in the United States. Since then, state legislative and executive bodies have battled to restrict access to abortions. Federal law banned the use of federal funds for most abortions in 1977, and public funding for abortion remains a contested issue.

One recent study in Texas found that more than 200,000 women performed abortions on themselves because they weren’t able to find clinical services. From restrictive laws to a lack of information to violent attacks, the blocking of abortion access is eroding the reproductive rights of women.

On this edition, we hear from the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as experiences from an abortion provider and a woman that sought abortion access in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/PP2.mp3?dest-id=31912




The Elusive Neighborhood Cop

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:13:55 +0000

Who remembers the local beat cop, who lives in and really knows the community? Increasingly, police don’t live in the neighborhoods, or even the cities they patrol. But is that a problem?

On this edition, should police be required to live in the cities they patrol? Law enforcement agencies around the country are struggling for answers to a question that’s about race, class and geography.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/ncops.mp3?dest-id=31912




Walking in Two Worlds

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000

In this radio adaptation of the documentary film, Walking in Two Worlds, we bring you to Alaska’s Tongass Forest, where the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turned tribes into corporations and sparked a lengthy logging frenzy.

We meet a Tlingit brother and sister, who are trying to heal both the forest and their native community.

Special thanks to Specialty Studios.

Featuring:

  • Wanda Culp & Bob Loescher, Tlinget brother & Sister
  • Peter Coyote, narrator
  • Mike Jackson, Tlingit tribal historian
  • Ernestine Hanlon-Abel, Weaver & Activist
  • Byron Mallott, Former Seaalaska CEO
  • Israel Shotridge, Tlingit carver
  • Tom Thorton, anthropologist
  • Lydia George, Tlingit Clan Mother
  • Joe Sebastian, Alaska Fisherman & guide
  • Deny Bschor, former US Forest Service Regional Forester
  • John Rowan, Tlingit carver
  • Richard Nixon, President of the United States
  • Rick Harris, Former Seaalaska Executive VP
  • Rosita Worl, Seaalaska Board member


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/MakingCon_151125_pod.mp3?dest-id=31912




Mutual Support: We do it Together

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:58:38 +0000

We hear about systems of mutual support; where peers coping with similar struggles like HIV, mental health issues and surviving prison step into the roles typically filled by licensed specialists.

Mutual support can be controversial, especially when it tries to replace professional help. But it can also be immensely rewarding for all parties involved, and can save a ton of money.

This show features a special segment by Making Contact Storytelling Fellow Al Sasser. Find out more about the fellowship here.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/Mutual.mp3?dest-id=31912




Resurrected: Formerly Incarcerated Change-Makers

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000

In order to reduce prison over-crowding the Justice Department is releasing about 6,000 non-violent inmates early. Darris Young is working to make sure upon release individuals can successfully transition after incarceration.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet more individuals like Darris who also went to prison, came out and dedicated their life to making a positive difference.

Featuring:

  • Frankie V. Guzman, Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law
  • Frederick Hutson, Founder/CEO Pigeonly
  • Clemmie Greenlee, founder of the Nashville Peacemakers
  • Darris Young, Local Organizer at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/Formerlyincarcerated.mp3?dest-id=31912




The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000

2016 marks 50 years since the founding of the Black Panther Party-a group that’s took the world by the storm, but is still widely misunderstood.   There’s a new documentary film that’s trying to set the record straight. On this edition of Making Contact, journalist Eric Arnold talks with Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution.

Featuring:

  • Stanley Nelson, Director of Black Panthers: vanguard of the Revolution
  • Eric Arnold, journalist


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/panthers.mp3?dest-id=31912




Concussions: Your Brain or the Game?

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000

They say a smart athlete will use their head. But what if using your head cost you everything?

That’s a question being asked in locker rooms the world over. Whether it’s boxing, hockey, or soccer, it seems that head injuries are finally being taken seriously.

In the United States, lawsuits brought by players, as well as a body of scientific evidence, has lead to growing awareness about the impact American football has on players’ brains.

And now a similar debate has kicked off across the Atlantic among players and fans of the sport that American football evolved from: rugby. On this special edition of Making Contact, producer Luke Eldridge brings us to the UK to hear how rugby is dealing with the issue of head injuries.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/ConcussionsPod.mp3?dest-id=31912




Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000

Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren’t formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They’re often not even thought of as legitimate work.

On this edition of Making Contact, we’re going to meet people making work where there is no work for them. From recyclers, to border couriers, to waste pickers, we’re exploring the informal labor sector and what some are doing to gain greater recognition, protections, and rights.

Featuring
  • Landon Goodwin, recycler and pastor and also featured in documentary Dogtown Redemption
  • Aicha al Azzouzi border courier
  • Salma al Azzouzi, Aicha’s oldest daughter
  • Charles Gachanga Gichonge, creator of the Mustard Seed Courtyard clean-up campaign
  • Antony Makau, Dandora resident
  • Richard Munene, Dandora restaurant owner
  • Sally Roever, Urban Policy Director for Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Malati Gadgil, KKPKP


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/invisibleworkers.mp3?dest-id=31912




Guns: An American Tradition

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000

Love em or hate em, they’re an ever present part of American culture.  And they’re not going away anytime soon.  On this edition, recorded before the Oct. 1st mass shooting in Colorado, we talk guns…from the shooting range, to the black panthers, to red state America. The people behind the trigger are probably not who you’d assume.

Featuring

  • Matt Knox, gun owner
  • Ed & Dave, gun owners
  • Huey Newton, Black Panther
  • Tamu Mcfalls, former member of the communist party


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/gunshow.mp3?dest-id=31912




WOMEN RISING RADIO XXVIII: Global Community

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000

Women Rising Radio 28 profiles global community organizers - whose work is based in their compassion and common sense, and whose organizing is making a worldwide impact.

 


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/MakingCon_151014_Pod.mp3?dest-id=31912




Global Taxi Driver

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:18:25 +0000

It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in America: taxi driving. In this special joint episode from ReWork and Making Contact, we’ll hear a radio adaptation of TeAda Productions’ play “Global Taxi Driver,” and we’ll take a ride to meet the cab drivers at one of the country’s busiest airports.

Featuring:

  • Abate Teferi and Daniel Kassa, taxi drivers at LAX and organizers with National Taxi Workers Alliance
  • Leilani Chan, Shaan Dasani, Elyse Dinh, Kenesha Hemmings, Joshua Lamont, Marcos Najera, and Ova Saopeng, Teada Productions Global Taxi Driver Director and Cast


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/taxidrivers.mp3?dest-id=31912




Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:04:39 +0000

A radio adaptation of the documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar.

At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s until he was killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970.

Featuring material from recently released files, the program removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man.


Media Files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioproject/Ruben.mp3?dest-id=31912