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: Caption: "SBV" sign in front of Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, California., Credit: Photo credit: Minh Nguyen, via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
We talk to John Nichols and Jeet Heer from The Nation about the decisions that led up to the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and why it wasn't just an...

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  • Added: May 01, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ric Simmons, law professor at The Ohio State University, in the hallway of Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio, Credit: Eli Hiller
On today's show, we hear a story from our podcast partner 70 Million about a case of police brutality in Dallas that evaporated after going before ...

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  • Added: May 08, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Palestinians fleeing from their villages as Israeli troops approach on October 30, 1948., Credit: David Eldan, National Photo Collection of Israel, Government Press Office, under the digital ID D275-120
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, or the "catastrophe" in Arabic. It refers both to the events starting in late 1947 when Zionist ...

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  • Added: May 15, 2023
  • Length: 29:56
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Caption: The "Little Manila" Mabuhay mural, represents welcome, best wishes and life. It greets you in bright yellow on a sky-blue field on the wall of Amazing Grace Restaurant, evoking the taste and fragrance of the Filipines. Calamansi fruits and sampaguita blos, Credit: Jake Hofileña
This episode is from the Queens Memory Podcast, a project archiving stories from Queens, New York. “Little Manila” is a Filipino enclave dating ba...

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  • Added: May 21, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Members of the single moms collective, Motherful, gather for a photo. , Credit: Motherful
Ohio's single mom collective, Motherful, shows what it's like when pregnant and parenting people make decisions for themselves.

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  • Added: May 29, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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On the face of it, the legal arguments at the Supreme Court over the Indian Child Welfare Act seem to be a custody battle over Native children and ...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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In a new book, Hella Town: Oakland's History of Development and Disruption, author Mitchell Schwarzer explores the origins and lasting impacts of t...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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On this week's Making Contact, we feature an extended interview with Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, a queer Diné filmmaker and director of the award-w...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs tells the birth story of the book she co-edited with China Martens and Mai'a Williams, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on th...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption:  SVB sign in front of Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, California., Credit: Minh Nguyen, via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
We talk to John Nichols and Jeet Heer from The Nation about the decisions that led up to the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and why it wasn't just an...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Making Contact we bring you to "The Healing Project," a multimedia installation that shares stories from incarcerated people about how...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hands holding up public comment cards in the Louisiana Senate chamber on Pride Day at the Capitol 2023 in Baton Rouge, LA., Credit: Raegan Labat
Louisiana, like many other states, has seen a slew of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced this legislative session. Sophie Ziegler joins to...

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  • Added: Jul 17, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Activist, Kim Dadou Brown, Credit: Daniel A. Nelson
In this episode, Natalie Pattillo and Daniel A. Nelson talk with us about their documentary, And So I Stayed. This award-winning film centers three...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Romantic senior couple celebrating Saint Valentine's Day at home. Woman holding old book and red rose with her husband with wine in background., Credit:  shixart1985
We revisit a major race debate within the Romance Writers of America that began in 2019 and talk about why questions of race in art and in institut...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Caption: Homemade masks made by the Auntie Sewing Squad  Alt-text: Four homemade masks made from patterned cloth sitting on top of a fabric cutting mat  , Credit: Credit: Mai-Linh Hong
On today's show, we'll revisit the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic by looking at two alternative supply chains for masks during the fallout fro...

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ismael Rivera, historian and cultural guide, in front of ancient Aztec ruins in Mexico City. , Credit: Anthony Wallace
Lies the Spanish conquistadors told about the Aztecs have led to racist tropes that still affect brown Mexicans today. Now, brown Mexicans are lead...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Sandra Harris, photographed in her home. , Credit: Amarr Croskey
On today's show, we hear a story from our podcast partner 70 Million about a small town in Alabama, where an eager new police chief, unsuspecting m...

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  • Added: Aug 28, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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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
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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
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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...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5