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.


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Caption: Excerpt from the book cover, reading "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock" superimposed on top of orange and pink geological features., Credit: Penguin Random House
We speak with Jenny Odell, author of "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock," about how the ways we think about time shapes our lives. A...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Bayard Rustin, half-length portrait, facing front, microphones in foreground, Credit: Library of Congress
Today’s episode from our archives continues to honor Black history and heritage. We take a look at the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin, a central ...

Bought by KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., WORT, Oregon Public Broadcasting, RadioFreePalmer, and KMUN


  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Ribbon cutting at Tulsa's EduRec Youth Center for Black History Saturdays. , Credit: Credit: Black History Saturdays
When Oklahoma passed a law limiting discussion of race in classrooms, Tulsa activist Kristi Williams rallied the community to create Black History ...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, All Souls' book publishing imprint, 2021 , Credit: Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, All Souls' book publishing imprint, 2021
Tulsa Tri-City Collective leaders Carlos Moreno and Bracken Klar talk about the history of Greenwood, a Tulsa neighborhood founded by and for Black...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: B.C. Franklin (right), I.H. Spears (left) and Effie Thompson (center) filing insurance claims for survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre in a Red Cross tent. , Credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Tulsa Friends and John W. and Karen R. Franklin
In the first of our 3 part series leading up to Black History Month, we focus in on how journalists and historians today are covering the Tulsa Rac...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Image of the explosion after the Trinity detonation on July 16, 1945, Credit: United States Department of Energy
Oppenheimer swept the Golden Globes, but what did it leave out? We talk about the impact of nuclear colonialism on New Mexico with Myrriah Gómez, a...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Portrait of Dr. Cornel West, Credit: Gage Skidmore (from creative commons)
On today's show, we hear from noted author, scholar, and self-described intellectual freedom fighter, Dr. Cornel West. In his discussions, West use...

Bought by RadioStPete Florida, RadioFreePalmer, and KMUN


  • Added: Jan 09, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption:  Brunswick cafe, Little Dog, where workers organized a union., Credit: Alex Spear, Bowdoin Orient
On the forefront of the next labor revolution, we visit a coffee shop in Maine called Little Dog whose workers start to organize a union and we tal...

Bought by KMUN, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: But Next Time host Chrishelle Palay talks with Houston community organizer, Ericka Bowman after a bus tour of the city organized by housing justice advocates. , Credit: Leah Mahan
In this final episode of four-part series, But Next Time, our guest hosts, Chrishelle Palay and Rose Arrieta take us to Houston to continue the sto...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, RadioFreePalmer, and KMUN


  • Added: Dec 26, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: 12 Moms Initiative member Jamie describes water and mold damage to her home at the Coppertree Village Apartments to members of the National Low Income Housing Coalition during a bus tour hosted by Houston's housing justice organizers., Credit: Leah Mahan
Today in Houston, Texas we meet a group of moms who stand up for local housing policies that keep families of color trapped in unsafe homes for yea...

Bought by KMUN and C89.5 - KNHC Seattle


  • Added: Dec 19, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: But Next Time hosts Rose and Chrishelle pose for a photo with members of indigenous language radio show, Radio Autóctona Indigenista on KBBF., Credit: Leah Mahan
This week we continue delving into community-rooted disaster relief in California. From building mutual aid networks, to translating emergency mess...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: KBBF board President, Alicia Sanchez prepares a recording for the station., Credit: Amanda Lopez
As fires ravaged California’s wine country in 2017, farm and service workers, especially non-English speakers, were some of the hardest hit. Hear m...

Bought by KMUN and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Dec 05, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Demonstrators call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to US military aid to Israel at the Port of Oakland in November 2023., Credit: Brooke Anderson (photo has been cropped from original)
For weeks people around the world have been witness to Israel's deadly assault on Gaza. Today, we uncover the military corporations profiting from ...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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The story of how locals in Buenos Aires came together to feed each other through a pandemic with community kitchens (ollas populares), and how inno...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Image of Arctic Ice, Credit: Pink floyd88 a, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.
In recent years, scientists have begun testing geoengineering technologies to slow down or even stop global warming. But, is geoengineering safe? A...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, RadioFreePalmer, KMUN, and RadioStPete Florida


  • Added: Oct 30, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Maribel Quezada Smith and Liz Alarcón discuss ways they maintain their children’s latinidad while living in the U.S., and what they’ve changed from...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, RadioFreePalmer, RadioStPete Florida, KMUN, and KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash.


  • Added: Oct 23, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Ruchika Tulshyan left and Ijeoma Oluo.
Thought leaders in our nationwide conversation about race and belonging, Ruchika Tulshyan and Ijeoma Oluo discuss Tulshyan’s book, Inclusion on Pur...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The text "The Shadow of Nuclear Colonialism" superimposed on an image of the explosion at 9.0 seconds after the Trinity detonation on July 16, 1945, Credit: Photo Illustration by Lucy Kang, Background image by United States Department of Energy
On today's show, we hear about the impact of nuclear colonialism and the Manhattan Project on the people and places of New Mexico with Myrriah Góme...

Bought by KMUN, WXDU, RadioFreePalmer, and C89.5 - KNHC Seattle


  • Added: Sep 19, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Left is a Mullein Plant and the author, Michele Elizabeth Lee.  , Credit: Anita Johnson
In some parts of the world, traditional herbal remedies are the norm. When we think of natural remedies we tend to think of older generations liv...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The text "Toxic Tracks" on a background of railroad tracks., Credit: Background image by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay
On today's show, we'll hear an encore of a show from our archives that first aired in April. We'll be looking at the environmental impact of the ra...

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2