Existing in two worlds can complicate your identity and complete it–whether it’s understanding your medicine man grandfather, to deepening the concept of love through a different tongue, these storytellers takes us around the world from Colombia to Papua New Guinea, seeking definition and connections with presumably different cultures.

  • Francis Rojas
  • Jeremiah Barber
  • William Guillermo Ortiz, Curandero / Medicine Man
  • Florentina Mocanu-Schendel, Doctoral Candidate at Stanford University
  • Warama Kurupel, Limol Village Leader
  • Grace Maher
  • Robai Reend
  • Donai Kurupel
  • Pingam Uziag
  • Jenny Dobola
  • Loni Garaiyi
  • Sandra Dikai
  • Merol Kwe
  • Manaleato Kolea
Direct download: MakingCon_160629_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm PST

Who is Charles Koch–really? Who are the members of “the Network”?—a semi-secret group assembled by the Koch brothers? How are the superrich’s priorities transforming American society? Journalist Jane Mayer spent several years searching for some of those answers, and her new book is titled Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires.

Mayer is interviewed by Atlantic magazine editor-in-chief James Bennet.

  • Jane Meyer, author of Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires
  • James Bennet, Atlantic Magazine editor-in-chief
Direct download: MakingCon_160622_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am PST

Parenting has never been easy.  Merging your politics with your parenting decisions can be even more challenging. 

On this edition, fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?


  • Tomas Moniz, Rad Dad creator
  • Airial Clark, Sex Positive Parent blogger
  • Janine Macbeth, Oh Oh Baby Boy author 
  • Brent Ramos, Danny Gutierrez, Craig Elliot, Jeremy Smith, Jeremy John, Jason Oppy, fathers
Direct download: MakingCon_160615_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Penny Rosenwasser is an activist and author of “Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite our Fears.” 

On this edition of Making Contact she reflects on her personal journey to embrace her identity as a Jewish woman while fighting for human rights for all. Listen to stories, history and poetry that explore internalized anti-Semitism and racism, victimization and privilege, and Jewish politics around Israel and Palestine.

Direct download: MakingCon_160608_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am PST

In 1948, Zionist militias expelled over 700,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns.  The event, and the ongoing destruction and occupation of Palestine are referred to as the Nakba – the catastrophe.  How did the events of 1948 shape Palestine and its diaspora?   And generations later, how are Palestinians fighting to return home?

On this edition of Making Contact we reflect on the Nakba, the Naksa, and the future of Palestine.

  • Rami Almeghari, FSRN reporter
  • Ghazi Misleh, author of I Am from There and I Have Memories
  • Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University
  • Dina from Rammun
  • Mohannad from Ramle
  • Remi Kanazi, poet and author of Before the Next Bomb Drops.
Direct download: MakingCon_160601_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST





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