Who's watching you? Nowadays it seems everyone wants to get their hands on our personal data. From the FBI to the welfare department, to some of the country's biggest retailers. On this edition, we take a closer look at the world of surveillance.

Featuring

  • Hasan Elahi, artist and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland
  • Charles Duhigg, New York Times journalist and author of “The Power of Habit”
  • Jodie Berger, public benefits lawyer
  • John Gilliom, Professor of Political Science at Ohio University
  • Kaaryn Gustafson, welfare lawyer and University of Connecticut teacher
Direct download: MakingCon_140416_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 AM

More than 150,000 people sign up for the US military every year. Their reasons for joining vary widely, from those hoping for financial help through college, to others looking to follow in the footsteps of parents or grandparents.

In recent years getting into the military has gotten harder, with criminal records and low academic scores proving the biggest barriers. As hard as getting into the military might be, getting out may be harder still.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll hear radio adaptations of Michelle Mason’s film, “Breaking Ranks,” produced by Screen Siren Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada and of “Deserter” by Rick Rowley, from Big Noise Films and PM Press.

Featuring: 

  • Jeremy Hinzman, Kyle Snyder, Joshua Key, Ryan Johnson, Brandon Hughey, US military personnel who refused to return to Iraq.
  • Sergeant Brian Jensen, military recruiter.
Direct download: MakingCon_140910_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49 PM

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.

Featuring:

  • Lewis Moody, former rugby player
  • Dr Michael Grey, motor neuroscience physiologist at the University of Birmingham
  • Peter Robinson, father of Ben Robinson
  • David Barnes, Rugby Director of the Rugby Players’ Association in England
Direct download: MakingCon_140903_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45 AM

Is your children’s schoolyard routinely sprayed with pesticides? How safe your children are might depend on where you live. Today we hear about how and why one pesticide has been banned for household use, but affects the health of farmworkers and their children. Children’s health is especially fragile–so why aren’t we protecting them?

Featuring:   

  • Kim Harley, Center for Environmental Research in Children’s Health associate director
  • Isabel Arrollo, El Quinto Sol de America organizer
  • Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council senior scientist
  • Tracey Brieger, Californians for Pesticide Reform co-director
  • Marina GomezBrian Jimenez-Gomez, CHAMACOS research participants
  • Margaret Reeves, Pesticide Action Network senior scientist
  • Valerie Bengal, family physician and UC San Francisco clinical professor
  • Brett Knupfer, Ohlone Elementary School principal
  • Marcy Mock, Ohlone special education teacher
  • Casimira Salazar, Ohlone migrant education teacher
  • Cynthia Fernandez, Ohlone 2nd grade teacher
  • Brett McFadden, Pajaro Valley Unified School District chief business officer
  • Mary Ellen Kustin, Environmental Working Group policy analyst
Direct download: MakingCon_140827_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18 AM

Nomi Prins, journalist and a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, discusses her book All the Presidents’ Bankers, the hidden alliances that drive American power. Prins retraces the relationship between American financiers and presidents stretching more than a century. From family friends, trusted confidants to the present day; how the relationship has deteriorated and presidents have lost control of the economy.

Special thanks to Pirate TV for the original recording from June 17, 2014.

Featuring:   

Nomi Prins , journalist and author of All the Presidents’ Bankers, the hidden alliances that drive American power.

Direct download: MakingCon_140820_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 AM

The Zapatistas are a group in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico working to bring democracy to their country and their local communities. 20 years after their founding, the group’s influences has spread far beyond Mexico’s border through music and art. On this edition of Making Contact producer Alejandro Rosas explores how Zapatismo has influenced those in the U.S. –including himself.

Special thanks to Claire Schoen and the University of California Berkeley, School of Journalism.

Featuring:

  • Hector Flores, Las Cafeteras member
  • Margaret Chowning, University of California at Berkeley professor of Mexican history
  • Emory Douglas, former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture
Direct download: MakingCon_140813_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 AM

The official Day to Commemorate Agent Orange victims is August 10th and marks the start of the US military’s decade of massive chemical warfare in Vietnam in 1961.

Combat, chemicals, and corporations.  We’ll look at the legacy of Agent Orange,  a toxic defoliant.

Featuring:
Ngo Thanh Nhan
, co-coordinator Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign; Fred Wilcox scholar and author: Waiting for An Army To Die and Scorched Earth; Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange featured in the KQED segments

Direct download: MakingCon_140806_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34 PM

Nationally, American prisons release more than 650,000 people into society every year. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Memphis or Boston. 

On this edition, producer Aaron Mendelson followed ex-prisoner Kevin Tindall on his journey out of prison.

Special thanks to Claire Schoen and the University of California Berkeley, School of Journalism.

Featuring:   

  • Gordon Brown, ex-prisoner
  • Monta Kevin Tindall, ex-prisoner
  • Jerry Elster, ex-prisoner
  • Tom Gorham, Program Director Options Recovery Services
  • Barry Krisberg, Director of Research and Policy and Lecturer in Residence at Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Debra Mendoza, former parole officer, consultant
Direct download: file-download.php
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56 PM

On last week’s show we brought you to Idaho and Montana, where hundreds of trucks were routed to haul gigantic mining equipment to the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta Canada, but an alliance of citizens and community groups was able to block the transport through environmentally sensitive land.

This week we continue the saga of the megaloads heading to the Tar Sands through the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. We also follow two more tendrils of the Tar Sands project stretching from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia.

This is the second of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tar sands, produced by Barbara Bernstein.

Listen the the first part here.

Featuring:

  • Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director
  • Linwood Laughy, writer & historian
  • Borg HendricksonClearwater Country co-author
  • Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author
  • Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director
  • Annick SmithA River Runs Through It co-producer
  • Bob Gentry, environmental attorney
  • Steven HawleyRecovering a Lost River author
  • David James DuncanThe Heart of the Monster co-author
  • Zack Porter, All Against The Haul executive director
  • Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist
  • Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist
Direct download: MakingCon_140723_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44 PM

The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on earth. And the potential environmental consequences have brought together citizens from across borders, to fight its rippling effects.

This is the first of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tarsands, produces by Barbara Bernstein.

Featuring:

  • Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director
  • Linwood Laughy, writer & historian
  • Borg HendricksonClearwater Country co-author
  • Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author
  • Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director
  • Annick SmithA River Runs Through It co-producer
  • Bob Gentry, environmental attorney
  • Steven HawleyRecovering a Lost River author
  • David James DuncanThe Heart of the Monster co-author
  • Zack Porter, All Against The Haul executive director
  • Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist
  • Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist
Direct download: MakingCon_140716_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53 PM



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