Making Contact

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An international radio program that links people, vital ideas, and important information

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program, heard on more than 190 radio stations in the USA, Canada and South Africa. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news.

Showcasing voices and perspectives not often heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive, creative and grassroots ways to solve problems.

Making Contact's first broadcast was in 1995.


496 Pieces

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Caption: Rana Foroohar
The biggest tech companies generate enormous wealth and power by harvesting information about people. It’s called surveillance capitalism. This epi...

  • Added: May 26, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Covid-19 has transformed jails and prisons into death traps. How are some communities jailing less people in the first place. After someone is arre...

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  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Gig Workers, driver's for app companies such as Lyft and Uber, are struggling during COVID-19. They're considered essential workers, so they can st...

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  • Added: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Our radio adaptation of the film, Let the Fire Burn. Directed by Jason Osder, examines the controversial, 1985 clash between police in Philadelphia...

  • Added: May 04, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Left: Wilson Dairy Restaurant Right: Helen Zia as baby with mom
In the midst of our dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine what stories we will ultimately tell our children and grandchildren. T...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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By mid-April over 22 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits. And it’s unclear whether jobs and businesses that people left behind wi...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Most of us have a home to shelter in place during COVID -19. But what about the homeless? We take a look at life on the street before COVID-19, fol...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Silvia Federici
Today, witch hunts are still happening, in places like East Timor, India and Cambodia. Federici, who never really left the subject of witch hunts, ...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Glenbow Flu 1918
In 1918, humanity faced a deadly global pandemic-- the Spanish Flu. How did those who lived a century before us respond to the crisis, and what we ...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are worried about their health insurance. The cost of treating the illness, if a patient en...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Ian Haney López, Credit: YouTube
On this edition of Making Contact, acclaimed author Ian Haney López talks about his new book - Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Virginia voter gets election materials from polling station worker before voting in US presidential election, Nov. 8, 2016., Credit: D. Block / VOA (Public Domain)
Election protection is increasingly seen as a critical issue in the US. From gerrymandering and voter purges, to precinct closures and problems wit...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Our radio adaptation of the film, Who Bombed Judi Bari?, explores Judi Bari’s bold activism to save the Redwood Forest in the face of corporate gre...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We think of Artificial Intelligence as being the stuff of science fiction movies, set far in the future. But it's already having an impact on our l...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 30:03
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This week on Making Contact, we bring you a story about resilience and rebuilding after a megafire decimated parts of Northern California. This is ...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 14, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Inex Bordeaux holds up a sign while doing street outreach in north St. Louis to raise awareness about the Close the Workhouse campaign., Credit: Carolina Hidalgo
Five years after Michael Browns death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining s...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 1
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You'll hear about ongoing food insecurity issues from food scholar Raj Patel, and hopeful solutions from families in the Black Creek community gard...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Carver Elementary students line up to begin the school day at the campus in San Francisco's Bayview district., Credit: Lee Romney / KALW
Meeting family needs in a city of widening wealth gaps is a big lift. Studies show that when parents are engaged in their kids’ education, it has a...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: John Carlos Frey, Sand and Blood, book cover art, Credit: John Carlos Frey
On today's program, John Carlos Frey, author of Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border, explores increased militarization at th...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: best of making contact
We look at our favorite shows from 2019. From Artificial Intelligence, to the stigma around women's periods, from guns and restraining orders to th...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:59