School is Out: The Decimation of Public Education

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll explore how the privatization of public education is playing out across the country and how students and teachers are fighting back. We’ll start in Philadelphia and see how students are faring after 23 schools were shut down and 3,700 teachers, counselors and administrative staff were laid off. We’ll learn about Teach for America and how sending thousands of young, intelligent, idealistic teachers into classrooms may be doing more harm than good. Then we’ll go to California, where community colleges are under threat.


  • Nuwar Ahmed, Philadelphia Student Union member
  • Joanne Tien, Teach for America alum
  • Su Jin Jez, assistant professor at California State University in Sacramento
  • Justin Fong, Teach For America’s Vice President of Internal Communications
  • Kerry Kretchmar, Caroll University professor
  • Wendy Kaufmyn, teacher at City College of San Francisco and Save CCSF Coalition member
  • Leslie Simon, teacher at City College of San Francisco and member of Save CCSF Coalition member
  • Itzel Calvo, former student of City College of San Francisco and member of Save CCSF Coalition
  • Ron Galatolo, chancellor at San Mateo Community College District
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Foodopoly: Big agribusiness and the monopoly on the food industry

From farm to fork, few things matter more than the food we eat. We all want the freedom and opportunity to choose what ends up on our plate- but when a handful of companies control most of the brands you see at the grocery store- what choices are really left?

On this edition Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, author of Foodopoly, and one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates, says it’s time to turn the tables on big agribusiness.

Learn more on the Making Contact website.

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How do we talk about race and racism in this country?Not as deeply as we should, according to filmmaker and educator Dr. Shakti Butler.

On this edition, we hear excerpts from Dr. Butler’s film “Cracking the Codes”, and speak with her about using the medium of film to start conversations around the thorny issues of racial inequity.


  • Dr. Shakti Butler, World Trust founder and Creative Director
  • Humaira JacksonHugh Vasquez, Y. Jelal Huyler, Aeeshah B. Clottey, Ise Lyfe, Cracking the Codes interview subjects.

Thank you to production intern Lisa Barfai and to World Trust Educational Services.

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