Making Contact

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An international radio program that links people, vital ideas, and important information

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program, heard on more than 190 radio stations in the USA, Canada and South Africa. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news.

Showcasing voices and perspectives not often heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive, creative and grassroots ways to solve problems.

Making Contact's first broadcast was in 1995.


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Caption: Freddie Meeks, sailor in the disaster at  weapons shipping depot in Port Chicago, Calif., holds a picture of himself as a young seaman  July 14, 1994. He died in 2003. , Credit: (AP Photo/Chris Pizzelo)
Wartime. Disaster. Trauma. Charges of mutiny for 50 Black sailors in a Jim Crow courtroom. Discrimination and a battle for civil rights. Listen to ...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the Unite...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We think of enhanced interrogation as being a new invention - a kind of torture in use only since 9/11. But Rebecca Gordon disagrees. In this episo...

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  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 2
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On today's program we honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs through the lens of the documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUT...

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  • Added: May 22, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dorian Taylor waits for bus in Seattle, Credit: Mona Yeh
People with disabilities or disabled people? “Disability: Our Culture Ourselves”— in this episode we discuss disability, culture and identity fr...

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  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Sharitta Barry and her daughter Ashley Hunter, Credit: JoAnn Mar
In this episode we explore racial disparities in end-of-life care: How mistrust keeps many African Americans away from hospice. And later we examin...

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  • Added: May 03, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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One of the most common forms of trafficking is labor trafficking. In this episode, Re:Work Radio brings you the story of Lester Ramos and his journ...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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We think of Artificial Intelligence as being the stuff of science fiction movies, set far in the future. But it's already having an impact on our l...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Justin Volpe, peer specialist at the Criminal Mental Health Project, delivers medication to program participants in Miami., Credit: Daniel Rivero
Jails in Miami-Dade County double as de facto mental health facilities. But Miami-Dade’s Criminal Mental Health Project has become a national model...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Lewis Wallace was a reporter at Marketplace. You may have heard his voice on the Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio. That was until h...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Eric Arnold, Credit: Fantastic Negrito at the UC Theater in Berkeley, Ca
In the last three years, Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland-based black roots revivalist has gone from busking at bus stops to winning a Grammy and tour...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Abortion and reproductive rights for women are being fought over across the globe. Women Rising Radio visits with key organizers of the Polish Wome...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Darryl Lester (Larry P.) and wife Cecilia in their Tacoma home., Credit: Lee Romney
African American students across the country are much more likely than any other student group to be placed in special education. This week, we hea...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Adrian Caliste, lead plaintiff in Caliste v. Cantrell in New Orleans., Credit: Sonia Paul
New Orleans could become the battleground for bail reform. Reporter Sonia Paul digs into how an ongoing lawsuit, pretrial consequences of bail, and...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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According to Ytasha Womack, use of the imagination for self-development and social change is one of the greatest tenets of Afrofuturism. This show ...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dr. Stacey Patton
We speak with author Dr. Stacey Patton about her book, Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Won't Save Black America. The book examines the unique cultural...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
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Michelle Alexander, Mark Lamont Hill and Vonya Quarles discuss the modern prison abolition movement, what's changed in the past ten years, and the ...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Pavlos Fyssas, Greek anti-fascist rapper who was killed in 2013 by self-professed member of the Golden Dawn Party
This episode explores the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with the murder investigation of anti-fascist rapper, Pavlos...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Heather Booth, founder of the Jane Collective, Credit: from the documentary about her by Lilly Rivkin.
In a special 2 part program by Making Contact we explore new safe at-home abortion options and the growing movement for "self-managed abortions.”

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Floricel Liborio Ramos in Northern California., Credit: 70 Million
A handful of companies are making millions off of ankle monitors strapped to undocumented immigrants in ICE custody. The makers pitch the monitors...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1