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: 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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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: 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: 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
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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: The diaper distribution room at All Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Bloomington, IN. , Credit: Amy Gastelum
Abortion access is piecemeal and complex in the US. And while access to abortion volleys among the court system, the organization PlanCPills.org he...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 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 be looking at the environmental impact of the rail industry and hear from people in two communities currently impacted by ra...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: People listening to Saltwater Soundwalk in Seattle., Credit: Jenny Asarnow
On today's show, we'll travel to Seattle to hear indigenous voices and Coast Salish languages, and to reflect on the importance of the Salish Sea a...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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A philosophy that suggests we take a very long view of human existence has started gaining ground among the rich and powerful. Its called longtermi...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Elizabeth Hernandez and other tenants protest rent hike , 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, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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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
On this episode, we turn our focus to how journalists and historians today are covering the Tulsa Race Massacre. KalaLea, producer and host of the ...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Alt text: Four homemade masks made from patterned cloth sitting on top of a fabric cutting mat, Credit: Mai-Linh Hong
To mark the three year anniversary of the official start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we'll be looking at two alternative supply chains for masks that...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kelli Snyder and her son at their home in Weatherford, Texas., Credit: Zerb Mellish
On today's show, we hear a story from our podcast partner 70 Million about about the relationship between students with special needs and school r...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Clockwise from top left: Jina Chung, Lucy Kang (microphone), Jessica Partnow, Anita Johnson, Amy Gastelum and Salima Hamirani
In this episode, long-time producers Anita Johnson and Salima Hamirani introduce the newest members of the Making Contact team, recap highlights fr...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Mural from The Healing Project, Credit: Anita Johnson
This week on Making Contact we bring you to The Healing Project, a multimedia installation that shares stories from incarcerated people about how t...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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We talk to Raj Patel and Rupa Marya about their book "Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice."

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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: Jan 29, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Artwork by Phil Wrigglesworth
On today's show we learn about worker cooperatives: what are they and can they offer an alternative to the dominant capitalist mindset? Our partner...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: An unhoused man who goes by “Si Pues” sits with his belongings after moving them around the block during a sweep in Van Nuys, Calif. on July 29, 2022. Once the sweep was finished he will move back to the same spot., Credit: Alisha Jucevic
This week on Making Contact we continue with our look at a community of unhoused people in Echo Park in Los Angeles, California and how they were f...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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On today's show, we hear a story from our podcast partner 70 Million about a community of unhoused people in Echo Park in Los Angeles and how they ...

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


  • Added: Jan 01, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 6