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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We bring you a piece from our partner Kerning Cultures about the Palestine Broadcasting service. We revisit the history of the station and its role...

  • Added: May 22, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Tiffanie Drayton, Credit:  © Marcus Duncan 2021
Next, a conversation with Tiffanie Drayton, author of the new book Black American Refugee: Escaping the Narcissism of The American Dream. Drayton e...

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  • Added: May 18, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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This week, filmmaker Stephanie Welch explores the role that racist, unscientific propaganda has played in promoting white supremacy in the U.S. She...

  • Added: May 10, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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This episode explores the story of Billy Taing, a Cambodian refugee who got caught up in the US criminal justice system at a young age.

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Since 9/11, US governmental agencies have poured millions of dollars into spying on Arabs, Muslims and Arab Americans. Their surveillance has chang...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Nearly two thirds of all children in the U.S. juvenile justice system are kids of color. That’s according to a report by the Children’s Defense Fun...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2022
  • Length: 29:59
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Caption: Miracles Club
A year ago, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize drug possession. The goal is to reverse some of the negative impacts of the War on Drugs...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Elizabeth Hernandez and other tenants protest rent hike , Credit: Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment Action
While wages have flatlined for most working class people, rents have reached new highs, leaving most people struggling. But it’s not just in the US...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Sasha Krizhanofsky reads his 1990 letter to Jessica Partnow in Korsun-Shevchenkivs'kyi, Ukraine, 2012.
This week, Making Contact’s Jessica Partnow offers a look at the state of Russian youth activism from 2012 to today. She revisits her reporting fro...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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The Amah Mutsun Ohlone are fighting to save their most sacred Indigenous site — a place called Juristac. Contributors Robert Raymond and Della Dunc...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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The world is struggling to contain COVID-19, as variants continue to emerge in countries where the virus is spreading unchecked, killing thousands....

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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We present the documentary, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a reflection on the rise of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, bet...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Rev. James Lawson Jr., Credit: Reed Hutchinson
On Dec. 11, 2021, the UCLA Labor Center’s historic MacArthur Park building was officially named the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center, in...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Asantewaa Boykin, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, program director for MH First Sacramento, and an ER nurse, poses for a photo at her home in Sacramento., Credit: Photo by Sara Nevis.
Police encounters during a mental health crisis have a greater chance of turning deadly if you're Black. New response mechanisms bypass law enforce...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
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A legal matrix that incentivizes criminal convictions can motivate unethical prosecutors to bend or break the rules. In New York, a group of law pr...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Indian migrant workers flee during the 2020 national lockdown., Credit: Re:Work Radio, a project of the UCLA Labor Center.
When India went into lockdown in 2020, millions of jobs disappeared and tens of millions of migrant workers struggled to get home, often on foot. M...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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In our annual Fallen Heroes episode, we share words of inspiration from, and about some lesser-known grassroots activists who passed away in 2021.

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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In this special year-end episode, Making Contact producers and staff turn the spotlight on some the best shows they aired in 2021.

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The world is struggling to contain COVID-19, as variants continue to emerge in countries where the virus is spreading unchecked, killing thousands....

Bought by WXDU, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, and KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio]


  • Added: Dec 10, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: BNT in Houston Tour Interview Ericka Bowman, Credit: Leah Mahan
When communities face the aftermath of catastrophes, what does it take to ensure that the next time will be different? In Houston, it takes a city ...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1