You’ve heard of Hip-Hop, but what about Krip-Hop? That’s the name for the international movement of disabled artists, poets, musicians, and MCs.

On this edition of Making Contact, we hear the story of Krip Hop from hate mail to worldwide phenomenon.

Direct download: MakingCon_150128_Ax.mp3
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The female body as medium, and as message.

How can a woman determine how she is perceived by the world, and even by herself?

On this edition, we hear stories of women who are using their bodies for political protest, and as tools of self-empowerment…forcing everyone to reevaluate their perspectives on the female form.



  • Neda Topaloski & Xenia Chernyshova, Femen members
  • Galia Ackerman, author of the book “Femen”
  • Catherine KingExecutive Producer, Global Fund for Women
  • Yolando Y’Netta Harbin-Venson, Big Ol Pretty Girls owner
  • Jenny “Diva” Davis, clothing designer Diva’s Exquisite Designs.
Direct download: MakingCon_150121_Pod.mp3
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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.


  • Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr's Dream and the Story Behind It”
Direct download: MakingCon_150114_pod.mp3
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What are the roots of the historic mistrust between people of color, especially African Americans, and the police? And how does 911 really work? Is slow response time just perception, or reality?

During the 2nd half of our 2-part special—The Race to An Emergency, we follow the path of a 911 call, and along the way, encounter decades of mistrust that fuel a lack of confidence in the system.

Direct download: MakingCon_150107_Pod.mp3
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When you call 911, who answers the phone? How do they decide who to send to the scene, and how fast will they get there? We bring you a 2-part special—The Race to An Emergency, produced by KALW radio in San Francisco.

We follow the path of a 911 call, and along the way, encounter decades of mistrust that fuel a lack of confidence in the system.

Special thanks to KALW Radio.


  • Lesley Phillips, Sharena Thomas, Peoples Community Medics co-founders
  • Nikki Anjenique, Sharena Thomas daughter
  • Rick Rocha, California Highway Patrol dispatcher
  • Olivia Moy, Wolleen Jones, Oakland police Department dispatchers
  • Terry Woodard, Oakland Fire Department Communications dispatcher
  • Jason Murphy, Paramedics Plus dispatcher
  • Tracy Chin, Rob Thrower, Oakland Fire Fighters
  • Brian Murphy, Oakland Police Officer
  • Regina Harris Gilliard, Johnna Watson Oakland Police Department spokespeople
  • Benjamin Bowser, Cal State East Bay Sociology Professor
Direct download: Making_Con_141231_pod.mp3
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In today’s news cycle it’s challenging keeping up with the latest developments around the world. In 2014 we saw pro-democracy protests spanning 75 days in Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Often we just get the stories when they first break, then once the height of a conflict diminishes or really when another issue surfaces to the top of the news cycle, that’s it. After that we don’t hear much more about the issue. Even though we know that the issues remain.

On today’s show we’re going to bring you an update on some of the stories we’ve covered this year. We’ll go to a protest to talk to advocates calling for an end to using Native American imagery and stereotypes in sports. We’ll talk to the Center for Food Safety about the political outlook for supporters of better regulations of GMOs and pesticides. And we’ll get an update on US immigration policy from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.


  • Alice Ollstein, radio producer
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee advocate for American Indian rights
  • Morning Star Gali, co-chair of Bay Area Coalition to End Racism in Sports
  • Jacqueline Keeler, founding member of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry
  • Don Tipping, Seven Seeds Farm owner
  • Chris Hardy, Rogue valley farmer
  • Sylvia Wu, staff attorney at Center for Food Safety
  • Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Direct download: MakingCon_141224_Pod.mp3
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Fallen Heroes of 2014

Hundreds of social justice advocates and organizers passed away in 2014, leaving their work behind as their legacy, but often also leaving an irreplaceable hole in their movements.

On today’s edition of Making Contact we honor and revisit the lives of just a few of those fallen heroes who passed away this year.

  • Chokwe Lumumba, former mayor of Jackson MS
  • Morgan Powell, Bronx River Sankofa founder
  • Charity Hicks, Detroit People’s Water Board co-founder
  • Darby Tillis, death penalty opponent
  • Yuri Kochiyama, civil rights activist
  • Ted Gullickson, San Francisco Tenants Union director
  • George CarterKids Rethink New Orleans Schools participant
  • Leslie Feinberg, author of Stone Butch Blues
  • Eddie Ellis, prison reform advocate
  • Mark Naison, Fordham University African-American history professor
  •  Lila Cabbil, Rosa Parks Institute president emeritus
  • Diane Fujino, author of Heartbeat of Struggle, the revolutionary life of Yuri Kochiyama
  • Taiyo Na, author
  • Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic executive director
  • Qasim DavisKids Rethink New Orleans Schools project manager
  • Perry Cobb, Darby Tillis’ co-defendant
  • Dr. Divine Pryor, executive Director of the center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions
Direct download: MakingCon_141217_Pod.mp3
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Fossil fuels are a trillion dollar industry but environmentalists say they have a plan to pull the plug on the industry: divestment. The campaign to get institutions to end their investments in oil, gas, and coal companies has won supporters around the US and abroad.

But is the strategy working? We hear from students in Boulder, Colorado who have been campaigning since 2012 and we hear about the close relationship between the oil industry and professional soccer.


  • Jay Carmona, Community Divestment Campaign Manager for
  • Ben Ayliffe, Greenpeace Arctic Campaign
  • Michael Goodman, sports writer for Grantland
  • Stefan Szymanski, Professor of Sports Management and Business at the University of Michigan
  • PD Gantert, Kelsey Cody, Fossil Free CU campaigners
  • Ken Mcconnellogue, Vice President for Communication at the University of Colorado
  • Steven Schueth, President and Managing Member of First Affirmative
  • David Gross, Senior Instructor of Finance and Faculty Director of the Masters Program in Finance and Real Estate CU Boulder
Direct download: MakingCon_141210_Ax.mp3
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Over 6,000 migrant deaths were recorded on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico between 1998 and 2013. The true number of deaths is likely higher, and thousands of families never hear from their loved ones again.

This documentary travels to the desert ranch lands of Brooks County and the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas to introduce us to the human cost of “prevention through deterrence,” a border enforcement strategy introduced during the Clinton administration.


  • Lori Baker, Professor of Anthropology, Baylor University
  • Eduardo Canales, Executive Director, South Texas Human rights Center
  • Elias,
Direct download: MakingCon_141203_Ax.mp3
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Every week since January of 1995, Making Contact has been bringing you voices and perspectives from the grassroots…analysis of the larger structures driving our global economies…and solutions being created by people all over the world.

On this special 20th program’s creation by volunteers, and how this little radio show became part of a new generation of media outlets that continues to both counter the mainstream, and transform our conception of who and what is considered newsworthy.


  • Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emertia of Bennett College for Women
  • Peggy Law & Norman Solomon, Making Contact co-founders
  • Paul George, Steve Rock, Shelley Kessler, Pam Law, Bill Creighton, early Making Contact volunteers
  • Food Not Bombs volunteers
  • Laura Livoti, former Making Contact Managing Director
  • Michael Eisenmenger, Community Media Center of Marin Executive Director
  • David Cole, Georgetown University constitutional law professor
  • Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report founder
Direct download: makingcon_141126_ax.mp3
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