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.



  • 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.


  • 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





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