Making Contact partnered with the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA to produce this special open mic highlighting the power of thoughtful, truth telling, community focused poetry.

Featuring Poets:

 

  • Chris Cuadrado
  • Lindsay Stone
  • Jared Paul
  • Caitlin Clark
  • Queen T
Direct download: MakingCon_150422_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 AM

Five years after the deepwater horizon oil spill in the gulf of mexico, not everyone is “back to normal”.

On this edition, we follow BP’s trail from the Bayous of Louisiana to the fine art galleries of London.

 

Featuring:   

  • Antonia Juhasz, investigative Journalist
  • Monique Verdin & Beau Verdin, Houma tribe members
  • David Gauthe, community organizer
  • Thomas DarDar, United Houma Nation Chief
  • Mark Miller, Southern Utah University History professor
  • Mel Evans, author of Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts
Direct download: MakingCon_150415_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 AM

Climate change is here affecting weather conditions and sea levels. In India it's also having a more surprising influence on the country's tigers. On this edition of Making Contact, reporter Daniel Grossman takes us to India in Heat of the Moment: Sea Level Rise.

Heat of the Moment was originally produced for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and WBUR.

Featuring:

  • Pranabes Sanyal, former park director for the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
  • Amit Mallick, Sundarbans resident and man attacked by tiger
  • Tushar Kanjilal, secretary of the Tagore Society for Rural Development
  • Mohammed Sheikh Gafur, Sundarbans resident and tea shop owner
  • Sugata Hazra, an oceanographer at Calcutta’s Jadavapur University
  • Ainun Nishat representative to the International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Shafiqul Islam, director of a small college and founder of the Pani Committee
  • Sheikh Nural Ala, chief engineer for this region of the Water Development Board
  • Atiq Rahman, director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies
  • Daniel Grossman, journalist
Direct download: MakingCon_150408_Pod.mp3
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Officially opening in 1914, the Panama Canal connected the Atlantic and Pacific creating a short-cut for ships. It was the biggest infrastructure project of its time. But originally the United States wanted to build the canal in Nicaragua. The plans shifted largely after French engineer Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla convinced U.S. lawmakers otherwise.

Well now the Nicaragua canal plans are back on the table. Nicaragua plans to build a $50 billion canal to connect the Caribbean and Pacific. Supporters argue it will create more than 250,000 jobs. But small farmers and environmentalists say the project will destroy Lake Nicaragua.

On this edition, we’ll take a look at the economic, political and environmental controversies surrounding the Nicaragua canal. Reporter Reese Erlich has the story.

 

Featuring:

 

  • Maria Mercelin, fisherman’s wife
  • Michael Healey, head of an agribusiness association
  • Monica Lopez, anti-canal activist and lawyer
  • Lionel Teller, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the EU
  • Rosibel Lope, owner of snack bar on OmetepeIsland
  • Jairo Carrilon, anti-canal coalition leader
  • David Quintana, spokesperson for Foundation for Nicaraguan Sustainable Development
  • Benjamin Lanzas, member of the canal’s governing body
  • Juana Juarez, resident of Ometepe Island
  • Osvaldo Navas, Ometepe Island leader 
  • Antonio Granados, land owner whose property lies directly along the canal route.
Direct download: MakingCon_150401_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59 AM

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 MartinezMariana CruzSuzana Angaritacoffee 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
Direct download: MakingCon_150325_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23 AM

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_150318_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23 AM

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 tar sands, produced 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_150311_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 AM

We follow Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez as she shows us the reality of farm workers' lives in the United States and Mexico. Dr. Lopez founded the Center for Farmworker Families in Watsonville, California.

Featuring:   

  • Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez, founder and director of the Center for Farmworker Families 
  • Women farmworkers
Direct download: MakingCon_150304_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00 AM

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.
Direct download: MakingCon_150225_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00 AM

Why are so many of those killed by police young people of color?

A recent ProPublica investigation found that a young black male is at twenty one times greater risk of being shot dead by police than his white counterparts.

On this edition of Making Contact we'll hear from one of the reporters who analyzed the data on police killings to come up with that startling conclusion, as well as stories of family and community members who say the justice system itself needs to be put on trial. 

Direct download: MakingCon_150218_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00 AM



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