Producer Robert Raymond interviews Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing--a critical examination on the history of the police, and the police’s evolution as a tool for social control that exacerbates race and class divisions.

Direct download: MakingCon_180214_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm PST

We head to Soseongri, a small village nestled in the mountains of Seongju County.  There, grandmas and grandpas in the 70s, 80s, and 90s are organizing daily protests and blockades to stop THAAD.  THAAD is part of a missile defense system that gives the U.S. the ability to carry out a nuclear first strike.

Direct download: MakingCon_180207_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18am PST


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.
Direct download: MakingCon_180131_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm PST

Cash is increasingly being replaced with cashless systems including cryptocurrencies. This week, we hear about the political economy of blockchain. And we hear from Greeks who've been using cryptocurrencies since the capital controls of 2015.

Direct download: MakingCon_180124_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm PST

President Donald Trump’s tax plan may exacerbate wealth inequity in the US. Chuck Collins, Director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies addresses the complex history of the wealth gap. Also, producers from the Upstream podcast ask: is it time for Universal Basic Income?

Direct download: MakingCon_180117_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am PST

On this episode of Making Contact, journalist Juan González discusses his new book, Reclaiming Gotham. He chronicles the evolution of the growth machine in America’s cities – from redlining and racial covenants in the early 20th century, to land grabs and privatization in the 21st – and the rise of progressive alliances to reclaim them.

Special thanks to Pegasus Books for organizing the event and allowing us to broadcast excerpts of Juan González’s discussion of Reclaiming Gotham. The event took place in Berkeley, CA in October 2017.

Direct download: MakingCon_180110_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm PST

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore how the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, particularly queer POC youth, has challenged mainstream culture and created spaces that welcome and encourage marginalized communities to speak up about their life experiences – all through poetry.

Direct download: MakingCon_180103_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm PST


Thousands of local social justice organizers, activists and other leaders passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, as we do every December, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2017.

Direct download: MakingCon_171227_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm PST

When one or both parents are in prison the whole family is, in a way, also imprisoned.

Family members are negatively affected in ways that worsen existing struggles and inequities. Today we'll go to New York and New Hampshire to hear about programs for inmates and families that encourage relationships -- despite being separated by prison.

Direct download: MakingCon_171220_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am PST

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 Fyssas. In the second half, author Mark Bray describes Antifa responses to Hitler and Mussolini.

Direct download: MakingCon_171213_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm PST



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