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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT



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