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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"Honorable people can do terrible things" says Andrea Pitzer in her book "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps." We talk to Andr...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2021
  • Length: 29:59
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Today, a divided nation experiences one of the most tumultuous presidential transitions in US history. Leaders from marginalized communities across...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Back in Guatemala, María and her niece have returned to an environment where they say their lives are in danger, Credit: Grecia Ortiz.
The Trump administration has issued numerous policies to systematically dismantle asylum as a legal right. They're also locking up asylum seekers f...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 29:59
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This year on making contact, instead of our normal end of year show commemorating movement leaders we've lost, and highlighting their work, we reme...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
Caption: Jorge Garza has created an Azteca pop series based on front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic., Credit: Jorge Garza
Up next on Making Contact we turn our attention to those Americans who are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus fallout. According to the CDC, Blac...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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On this episode of Making Contact, we look at the privatization of our earth’s most precious resource – water. People around the world have been or...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
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Three years after Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Ricans are still reeling from its effects and aftereffects. We bring you a Haymarket Books talk by Ma...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: #SayHerName, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
2020 will marked six years since the #SayHerName movement was created. Today, the deaths of Black women and girls at the hands of law enforcement s...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Given the election, and the difference between popular votes and electoral votes, we revisit our show on the Electoral College. It’s history in the...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
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Voting in one of the most momentous presidential elections in the nation’s history is over. The morning after polls closed nearly 136 million ballo...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Voter suppression and its target’s aren’t new phenomena. People of color and the poor have always been dissuaded from voting. We take a look at how...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Activists in the Latinx immigrant community of Los Angeles share what they do to take care of their mental health. Self-care becomes a “selfless ac...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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On this episode, we'll explore felon disenfranchisement and the battle to restore the voting rights of people on parole. We will also turn our atte...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Talman Anderson votes in the Illinois presidential preference primary from the Cook County Jail, Credit: Photo by Pamela Kirkland
A year ago, Illinois passed a law requiring all jails to ensure that pre-trial detainees have an opportunity to vote. Chicago’s Cook County Jail wa...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Women Rising Radio #40 explores the global women's movement to resist the violence and greed of capitalism. A women-led village in Kurdish Syria e...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Domestic abuse affects everyone it touches—intimate partners, children, and elders. COVID-19 created new problems for victims of domestic violence ...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption:  Columbia River Valley from the Oregon Shore towards Washington, Credit: Chris Light, Wikimedia Commons
Water is critical to maintaining the balance of life. Some corporations claim ownership of fresh water sources to bottle and sell for profit. Other...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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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: Sep 01, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
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Caption: Chicano Moratorium march, Aug. 29, 1970., Credit: Courtesy of Joe Razo and the publication La Raza.
Fifty years ago, 30,000 people peacefully protested the disproportionate number of Latinos dying on the frontlines in Vietnam. The August 29th Chic...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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On this episode of Making Contact, we will look at transgender activism and the call for inclusion and intersectionality in the movement for Black ...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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