Squatters: Intruders or Innovators?02/25/15
Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World", estimates that more than a billion people--thats 1 in 7--are squatters. This week, we visit squats in Venezuela and the Philippines, and find out why squatters aren’t...
Deadly Force: Police Shootings in Black and White
Why are so many of those killed by police young people of color? A recent ProPublica investigation found that a young black male is at twenty one times greater risk of being shot dead by police than his white counterparts. On this edition of Making...
From Montgomery to Ferguson
Some call it a new civil rights movement. Others simply call it “black lives matter”. But its yet to be seen if the momentum for justice will result in systemic change. And to get there, what kind of strategies are needed? On this weeks edition, a...
Motherhood by Choice, Not by Chance
Before it was legal in the United States, some doctors would risk arrest to provide women with access to safe abortions. When that wasn’t possible, some sought abortions from unsafe providers, often with deadly consequences. The Supreme Court...
You’ve heard of Hip-Hop, but what about Krip-Hop?
You’ve heard of Hip-Hop, but what aboutKrip-Hop? That’s thename for the international movement of disabled artists, poets, musicians, and MCs. On this edition of Making Contact, we hear the story of Krip Hop from hate mail to worldwide phenomenon.
My Body My Message: women's bodies as tools of self-empowerment
The female body as medium, and as message. How can a woman determine how she is perceived by the world, and even by herself? On this edition, we hear stories of women who are using their bodies for political protest, and as tools...
A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil...
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn't happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The...
Race to an Emergency-examining 911 responses Pt. 2
What are the roots of the historic mistrust between people of color, especially African Americans, and the police? And how does 911 really work? Is slow response time just perception, or reality? During the 2nd half of our2-part special—The Race to An...
Race to an Emergency-examining 911 responses Pt. 1
When you call 911, who answers the phone? How do they decide who to send to the scene, and how fast will they get there? We bring you a 2-part special—The Race to An Emergency, produced by KALW radio in San Francisco. We follow the path of a 911 call,...
Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2014 Year in Review
In today’s news cycle it’s challenging keeping up with the latest developments around the world. In 2014 we saw pro-democracy protests spanning 75 days in Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Often we just get the stories when they...
Fallen Heroes of 2014
Fallen Heroes of 2014 Hundreds of social justice advocates and organizers passed away in 2014, leaving their work behind as their legacy, but often also leaving an irreplaceable hole in their movements.On today’s edition of Making Contact we honor and...
Divest! Pulling the plug on Fossil Fuels
Fossil fuels are a trillion dollar industry but environmentalists say they have a plan to pull the plug on the industry: divestment. The campaign to get institutions to end their investments in oil, gas, and coal companies has won supporters around...
Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border
Over 6,000 migrant deaths were recorded on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico between 1998 and 2013. The true number of deaths is likely higher, and thousands of families never hear from their loved ones again. This documentary travels to the...
Making Contact’s 20th Anniversary
Every week since January of 1995, Making Contact has been bringing you voices andperspectives from the grassroots…analysis of the larger structures driving our global economies…and solutions being created by people all over the world. On this special...
Women Rising 26: A Ride on the Peoples Climate Train
In September of 2014, Women Rising radio rode the People’s Climate train coast tocoast, with over 200 activists heading to New York City to join the largest climate changemarch in history. Featuring: Valerie Love,Center for Biological Diversity, No...
Restorative Justice: Reconciling Face to Face
Victims and perpetrators sitting down face to face…it can help heal their wounds, and our society. Incarcerating our way out of crime clearly hasn’t worked, and it’s costing us billions. Meanwhile, school suspensions are reaching record highs. Now,...
Islamic state, Kurdistan, and the new U.S. war in Iraq
Morethan a decade after the start of the second Gulf War, the United States has embarked on a bombing campaign targeting Islamic State forcesinside Iraq and Syria. It’s the third U.S. military action inside Iraqin as many decades. But the reasons for...
Changing Everything: Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change
In her new book: “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”, Naomi Klein argues that while it’s too late to stop climate change, we can save our civilization. But it’s going to take radical steps that will transform the way humans interact...
Thwarting Democracy, the Battle for Voting Rights
It’s election season! But since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. On this week’s show, we’ll hear about hard fought battles for voting...
Blowing the Whistle, Paying the Price
Heroes to many, traitors to some. The internet has put whistleblowers in the public eye, and the government’s crosshairs. With increased access to classified information, and the ability to spread it, the world’s biggest institutions are running...
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