Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2014 Year in Review12/24/14
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...
What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity. We’llhear from someone who nearly lost their voice as well as the challenges that come withordering a pizza with a speech generating device. Featuring: Mya...
The Power of Poetry
Making Contact partnered withthe2014 NationalPoetrySlam to produce this special open mic highlightingthepowerofthoughtful, truth telling, community focusedpoetry. [one_half]Featuring Poets: Chris Cuadrado Lindsay Stone Jared Paul Caitlin Clark Queen T...
Healthy Messages: Reproductive Health and Pop Culture
One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet in pop culture accurate portrayals of real people s stories are rare. In this show we hear about representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, and why...
Shh! Life in a State of Surveillance
Who's watching you? Nowadays it seems everyone wants to get their hands on our personal data. From the FBI to the welfare department, to some of the country's biggest retailers. On this edition, we take a closer look at the world of surveillance....
Not My War: The Military Deserters' Dilemma
More than 150,000 people sign up for the US military every year.Their reasons for joining vary widely, from those hoping for financial help through college, to others looking to follow in the footsteps of parents or grandparents. In recent years...
Concussions: Your Brain or the Game?
They say a smart athlete will use their head. But what if using your head cost you everything? That’s a question being asked in locker rooms the world over. Whether it’s boxing, hockey, or soccer, it seems that head injuries are finally being taken...
Pesticides on the Playground
Is your children’s schoolyard routinely sprayed with pesticides? How safe your children are might depend on where you live. Today we hear about how and why one pesticide has been banned for household use, but affects the health of farmworkers and...
All the President's Bankers
Nomi Prins, journalist and a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, discusses her bookAll the Presidents’ Bankers, the hidden alliances that drive American power.Prins retraces the relationship between American financiers and presidents stretching...
Ya Basta: How Zapatismo has influenced the US
The Zapatistas are a group in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico workingto bring democracy to their country and their local communities. 20 yearsafter their founding, the group’s influences has spread far beyond Mexico’sborder through music and...
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