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: squat2.mp3
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From the Fight for 15 campaign to the Syrian refugee crisis, the past year was full of news headlines that were tough to keep up with. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. On this edition of Making Contact we take a look at shows we produced in 2015, and we ll find out what’s happened since.

Featuring:
  • Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder
  • Cat Brooks, Anti Police Terror Project
  • Antonia Juhasz, Investigative Journalist
  • Thomas DarDar, United Houma Nation Chief
  • Mark Miller, Southern Utah University History professor
  • Sylvia Rivera, Remembering Stonewall oral history project
  • Michael Schirker, Remembering Stonewall oral history project
  • Aesha Rasheed, Southerners on New Ground.
Direct download: lookingback15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2015.

Featured Fallen Heroes

  • Grace Lee Boggs, activist, philosopher and movement builder
  • Danny Schechter, author and media critic
  • John Warshow, anti-nuclear campaigner and hydro power developer
  • Emiliano Amor Mataka, Environmental Justice activist, co-founder Valley Improvement Projects
  • Hashem Al-Azzeh, Palestinian peace activist
  • Juan Evans, trans activist
  • Hank Williams, Platform Summit founder
  • Shannon Williams, Sex Workers Outreach Project board co-chair
  • Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Direct download: fallen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm PST

In 1973 the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion in the United States. Since then, state legislative and executive bodies have battled to restrict access to abortions. Federal law banned the use of federal funds for most abortions in 1977, and public funding for abortion remains a contested issue.

One recent study in Texas found that more than 200,000 women performed abortions on themselves because they weren’t able to find clinical services. From restrictive laws to a lack of information to violent attacks, the blocking of abortion access is eroding the reproductive rights of women.

On this edition, we hear from the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as experiences from an abortion provider and a woman that sought abortion access in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Direct download: PP2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Who remembers the local beat cop, who lives in and really knows the community? Increasingly, police don’t live in the neighborhoods, or even the cities they patrol. But is that a problem?

On this edition, should police be required to live in the cities they patrol? Law enforcement agencies around the country are struggling for answers to a question that’s about race, class and geography.

Direct download: ncops.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am PST

In this radio adaptation of the documentary film, Walking in Two Worlds, we bring you to Alaska’s Tongass Forest, where the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turned tribes into corporations and sparked a lengthy logging frenzy.

We meet a Tlingit brother and sister, who are trying to heal both the forest and their native community.

Special thanks to Specialty Studios.

Featuring:

  • Wanda Culp & Bob Loescher, Tlinget brother & Sister
  • Peter Coyote, narrator
  • Mike Jackson, Tlingit tribal historian
  • Ernestine Hanlon-Abel, Weaver & Activist
  • Byron Mallott, Former Seaalaska CEO
  • Israel Shotridge, Tlingit carver
  • Tom Thorton, anthropologist
  • Lydia George, Tlingit Clan Mother
  • Joe Sebastian, Alaska Fisherman & guide
  • Deny Bschor, former US Forest Service Regional Forester
  • John Rowan, Tlingit carver
  • Richard Nixon, President of the United States
  • Rick Harris, Former Seaalaska Executive VP
  • Rosita Worl, Seaalaska Board member
Direct download: MakingCon_151125_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

We hear about systems of mutual support; where peers coping with similar struggles like HIV, mental health issues and surviving prison step into the roles typically filled by licensed specialists.

Mutual support can be controversial, especially when it tries to replace professional help. But it can also be immensely rewarding for all parties involved, and can save a ton of money.

This show features a special segment by Making Contact Storytelling Fellow Al Sasser. Find out more about the fellowship here.

Direct download: Mutual.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am PST

In order to reduce prison over-crowding the Justice Department is releasing about 6,000 non-violent inmates early. Darris Young is working to make sure upon release individuals can successfully transition after incarceration.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet more individuals like Darris who also went to prison, came out and dedicated their life to making a positive difference.

Featuring:

  • Frankie V. Guzman, Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law
  • Frederick Hutson, Founder/CEO Pigeonly
  • Clemmie Greenlee, founder of the Nashville Peacemakers
  • Darris Young, Local Organizer at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Direct download: Formerlyincarcerated.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

2016 marks 50 years since the founding of the Black Panther Party-a group that’s took the world by the storm, but is still widely misunderstood.   There’s a new documentary film that’s trying to set the record straight. On this edition of Making Contact, journalist Eric Arnold talks with Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution.

Featuring:

  • Stanley Nelson, Director of Black Panthers: vanguard of the Revolution
  • Eric Arnold, journalist
Direct download: panthers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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.

Direct download: ConcussionsPod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am PST

Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren’t formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They’re often not even thought of as legitimate work.

On this edition of Making Contact, we’re going to meet people making work where there is no work for them. From recyclers, to border couriers, to waste pickers, we’re exploring the informal labor sector and what some are doing to gain greater recognition, protections, and rights.

Featuring
  • Landon Goodwin, recycler and pastor and also featured in documentary Dogtown Redemption
  • Aicha al Azzouzi border courier
  • Salma al Azzouzi, Aicha’s oldest daughter
  • Charles Gachanga Gichonge, creator of the Mustard Seed Courtyard clean-up campaign
  • Antony Makau, Dandora resident
  • Richard Munene, Dandora restaurant owner
  • Sally Roever, Urban Policy Director for Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Malati Gadgil, KKPKP
Direct download: invisibleworkers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Love em or hate em, they’re an ever present part of American culture.  And they’re not going away anytime soon.  On this edition, recorded before the Oct. 1st mass shooting in Colorado, we talk guns…from the shooting range, to the black panthers, to red state America. The people behind the trigger are probably not who you’d assume.

Featuring

  • Matt Knox, gun owner
  • Ed & Dave, gun owners
  • Huey Newton, Black Panther
  • Tamu Mcfalls, former member of the communist party
Direct download: gunshow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Women Rising Radio 28 profiles global community organizers - whose work is based in their compassion and common sense, and whose organizing is making a worldwide impact.

 

Direct download: MakingCon_151014_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in America: taxi driving. In this special joint episode from ReWork and Making Contact, we’ll hear a radio adaptation of TeAda Productions’ play “Global Taxi Driver,” and we’ll take a ride to meet the cab drivers at one of the country’s busiest airports.

Featuring:

  • Abate Teferi and Daniel Kassa, taxi drivers at LAX and organizers with National Taxi Workers Alliance
  • Leilani Chan, Shaan Dasani, Elyse Dinh, Kenesha Hemmings, Joshua Lamont, Marcos Najera, and Ova Saopeng, Teada Productions Global Taxi Driver Director and Cast
Direct download: taxidrivers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am PST

A radio adaptation of the documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar.

At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s until he was killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970.

Featuring material from recently released files, the program removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man.

Direct download: Ruben.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am PST

Black Lives Matter. This simple phrase has become the motto of a growing movement calling for true justice and equalty for black people. Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, first typed out those three words back in 2013.

In March of 2015, Alicia Garza visited the University of Southern Maine to tell the story of how Black Lives Matter came to be, and express her hopes for where it’s headed. We hear her speech.

Featuring:   

  • Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder
  • Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant
  • Grace Anderson, protestor
Direct download: AliciaBlacklivesmatter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm PST

On this week's show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference.

We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care.

While you're listening to this week's show, take a minute to support our Immigration and Elections crowdfunding campaign: http://radioproject.org

Direct download: Notthrowawaycrowd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am PST

Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn’t getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses.
This week on Making Contact, we bring you an abridged version of the film Bipolarized; Rethinking Mental Illness, chronicling McKenzie’s journey.

Direct download: Bipolarized.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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: MakingCon_140730_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm PST

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Southern Gulf Coast. Drawn by reconstruction work, the number of Latino immigrants has nearly doubled. Reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina drew thousands of people from India, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, and other Latin American countries.  Workers were charged with pulling dead bodies from abandoned homes and rebuilding New Orleans. But the influx of migrant workers also increased immigration crackdowns.

Making Contact’s Jasmin Lopez follows Jose Monterubio, a reconstruction worker. He tells us about his detention and how he stands for immigrant rights with the support of Congress of Day Laborers. Next, Jose Torres Tama recites Corporate Coyotes Smuggle Immigrant Workers, a poem from his book Immigrant Dreams, Alien Nightmares.

Ten years later after hurricane Katrina, it’s estimated there are nearly 100,000 fewer African Americans living in the city of New Orleans.  Andrew Stelzer visits the Lower 9th Ward Living Museum, to learn how some are trying to preserve the lessons and legacies of the past. And we talk to a resident of one of the ultramodern homes built by Brad Pitt’s Make it Right project.

As a new lower 9th ward emerges, what will it look like and who will be included in the remake?

Featuring:

  • Luis Medina, immigrant reconstruction worker
  • Jose Monterrubio, immigrant reconstruction worker
  • Jose Torres-Tama, artist
  • Robert Green, Lower 9th Ward resident
  • Beck Cooper, Director of the Lower 9th Ward Living Museum
Direct download: KatrinaPodcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

It’s something many of us take for granted: access to clean drinking water. But for many Americans it’s not something they can rely on.  From chemical spills in  West Virginia to ecoli in the water on the Texas-Mexico border, to contamination from farming in California. On this edition, we hear what happens when there’s not a drop to drink.

Featuring:

 

  • Angela Walker, Charleston resident
  • Neena Satija, environment reporter Texas Tribune
  • Daisy Gonzalez and Vicente Lara, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
  • Horacio Amezquita, resident San Jerado
Direct download: Notadroptodrink.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

It’s election season! But since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. On this week’s show, we’ll hear about hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws.

Featuring:

  • Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana
  • Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative
  • Clifford Kuhn, Professor of History at Georgia State University
  • JT Johnson, civil rights organizer
  • Allen Secher, rabbi
  • Jerel James, Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine
  • August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962)
  • Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.
Direct download: MakingCon_150805_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

During the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009 millions of people lost their jobs and hustled to survive. Since then, the economy has regained more than 8 million jobs. Still wage growth remains low and many simply can’t find a full time work.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll hear from a panel of labor experts on the state of labor market especially for part-time and low-wage workers. The Panelists include former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, Ann Boger, Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy for the Freelancers Union; Tsedeye Gebreselassie, Senior Staff Attorney for the National Employment Law Project; and Rick McGahey, the first voice you’ll hear. He’s a Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Environmental Policy and Sustainability for The New School for Public Engagement. The moderator is David Gray, Senior Fellow at New America NYC.

Direct download: MakingCon_150729_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

This is a special encore edition.

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her lifes work.  Steingraber’s book, Living Downstream, has been turned into a movie chronicling a year in her life trying to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.  On this edition, we hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream.

 

Special thanks to The People’s Picture Company for allowing us to excerpt the film ‘Living Downstream’.  

 

Direct download: livindownstream.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

From unpaid bills to entire governments facing bankruptcy, debt is never far from our minds or the news. It’s deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio.

Debt is deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio.

Direct download: MakingCon_150715_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am PST

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.

Featuring:

 

  • 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_150708_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones. Back in 2000, Jones son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia. He was twenty five years old.

Written in the form of a letter to his own teenage son, Coates' book "Between the World and Me" puts police shootings in a wider context.

Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke as part of the Lannan Foundation's Pursuit of Cultural Freedom Series. 

Direct download: MakingCon_150701_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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.

Direct download: MakingCon_150624_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am PST

This show takes a look at issues within the foster care system in the U.S. from the high rate of teen pregnancy to the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system.

 

Featuring:

  • Nicole Rocke, former foster youth
  • Kyle Lafferty, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Linda Bryant, Clinical Professor at New York University’s School of Social Work
  • Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Family Permanency Services at the Administration of Children’s Services
  • Lorraine Jacobs, caseworker
  • Yolanda Vasquez, former foster youth
  • Adriane Fugh-Berman, Pharmacology Professor at Georgetown University’s Medical Center
  • Bill Grimm, Attorney at National Center for Youth Law
  • Susan Bullard
  • David Arrendondo, Child psychiatrist
  • Dr. Edmund Levin, at the Lincoln Child Center
  • Nancy Forster, Therapist at the Lincoln Child Center
  • April Rene Sanders, former foster youth and recipient of AB12
  • Kyle Sporleader, Statewide Legislative Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC)
Direct download: MakingCon_150617_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity.

We'll hear from someone who nearly lost their voice, the challenges that come with ordering a pizza with a speech generating device, and and how voice contributes to trans women's sense of safety and of self.

Featuring:

  • Mya Byrne, singer-songwriter
  • Kathe Perez, creator of EVA app
  • Samuel Sennott, assistant professor of special education at Portland University
  • Bob Segalman, author “Against the Current, My Life with Cerebral Palsy”
  • April Bryant, UC Berkeley student
  • Hannah SimpsonNika Jewell, Tela Love, 13th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, attendees.

This show features Lateef McLeod, our 1st Community Storytelling Fellow. Donate now to help this year’s class of fellows tell their stories.

 

Direct download: MakingCon_150610_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47pm PST

We go back to the night in June 1969 at the New York City Stonewall Inn that sparked the LGBT rights movement. On today’s show we’ll hear about the day that galvanized a generation and the continued fight for LGBT civil rights.

The first Pride parades took place in June 1970 marking the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Michael Schirker and David Isay bring us an oral history Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement.

Editor at large of the Huffington Posts’ Gay Voices Michelangelo Signorile says while there have been a series of recent wins for the LGBT rights movement, bigotry remains a daily reality for many.

At a  New America NYC forum Signorile spoke with June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ Section about what he calls “victory blindness”. It’s a central theme in his new book, “It’s Not Over, Getting to Beyond Tolerance Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality.”

Direct download: MakingCon_150603_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm PST

We bring you to Alaska s Tongass Forest, where the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turned tribes into corporations and sparked a lengthy logging frenzy.

In this radio adaptation of the documentary film, Walking in Two Worlds, we meet a Tlingit brother and sister, who are trying to heal both the forest and their native community. 

Special thanks to Specialty Studios.

Featuring:

  • Wanda Culp & Bob Loescher, Tlinget brother & Sister
  • Peter Coyote, narrator
  • Mike Jackson, Tlingit tribal historian
  • Ernestine Hanlon-Abel, Weaver & Activist
  • Byron Mallott, Former Seaalaska CEO
  • Israel Shotridge, Tlingit carver
  • Tom Thorton, anthropologist
  • Lydia George, Tlingit Clan Mother
  • Joe Sebastian, Alaska Fisherman & guide
  • Deny Bschor, former US Forest Service Regional Forester
  • John Rowan, Tlingit carver
  • Richard Nixon, President of the United States
  • Rick Harris, Former Seaalaska Executive VP
  • Rosita Worl, Seaalaska Board member
Direct download: MakingCon_150527_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm PST

What is it like to be a student who has fought in a war? Producers at The Stanford Storytelling Project’s podcast, State of the Human asked six Stanford students and recent alumni, all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to tell their stories about “Returning Home.”

Featuring:

  • Dustin Barfield, Chris Clark, Josh Francis, Annie Hsieh, Russ Toll, and William Treseder, military veterans
  • Heidi Toll, wife of veterana

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Direct download: MakingCon_150520_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm PST

On this week's show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference.

We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care.

Direct download: MakingCon_150513_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:19am PST

Black Lives Matter.

This simple phrase has become the motto of a growing movement calling for true justice and equality for black people. Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, first typed out those three words back in 2013.

In March of 2015, Alicia Garza visited the University of Southern Maine to tell the story of how Black Lives Matter came to be, and express her hopes for where it’s headed. We hear her speech.

 

Special thanks to E.B.Leonard with Maine X Change.

 

Featuring:   

 

  • Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder
  • Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant
  • Grace Anderson, protestor
Direct download: MakingCon_150506_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm PST

Imprisonment, oppressive laws, and harassment of journalists - these are just a few means of censorship around the world. The use of these repressive tactics threaten freedom of expression and the public’s right to information.

On this edition, we hear from journalists in Ecuador and Mexico, and learn about the most censored countries from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Featuring:

  • William Morocho, Page Designer with Diario HOY
  • Jaime Mantilla, Director of Diario HOY newspaper
  • Carlos Ochoa Hernandez, head of Supercom
  • Rosental Alves, Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas in Austin
  • Romel Jurado, Consultant for Supercom
  • Gustavo Ruiz, Independent Photographer
  • Edwin Canché Pech, Journalist
  • Adrián López Ortiz, director of Northwestern newspaper
  • Marcela Zendejas, Associate Officer on Alternative Media and Gender Issues at Article 19 MEXICO
  • Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director with the Committee to Protect Journalists
Direct download: MakingCon_150429_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm PST

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: 7:00pm PST

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: 7:00pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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: 5:59pm PST

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: 8:23pm PST

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: 8:23pm PST

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: 7:00pm PST

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: 7:00pm PST

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: 7:00pm PST

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: 7:00pm PST

Some call it a new civil rights movement. Others simply call it “black lives matter”. But its yet to be seen if the momentum for justice will result in systemic change. And to get there, what kind of strategies are needed?  On this weeks edition, a conversation about waging non-violence between civil rights movement veteran David Hartsough and Ferguson activist Reverand. Osagyefo Uhuru.Sekou.

Featuring:   

David Hartsough, civil rights activist and author of  “Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist,”

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru.Sekou, activist and Pastor For Formation & Justice Church

Special thanks to Waging Nonviolence.

Direct download: MakingCon_150211_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm PST

Before it was legal in the United States, some doctors would risk arrest to provide women with access to safe abortions. When that wasn’t possible, some sought abortions from unsafe providers, often with deadly consequences.

The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, and the numbers of people dying after having an abortion dropped, but are we now seeing a return to the past?

On this edition, what can the time before abortion was legal tell us about the dangers of restricting access to abortion today? We’ll hear a special radio adaption of "Motherhood by Choice not Chance" a documentary produced and narrated by Dorothy Fadiman.

Direct download: MakingCon_150204_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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.

 

Featuring:

  • 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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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.

Featuring:

  • Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr's Dream and the Story Behind It”
Direct download: MakingCon_150114_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am PST

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.

Featuring:

  • 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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am PST



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