Embracing the Elements: Curanderismo07/09/14
Natural healing can take many forms.These days,theLatin American “curandera” is re-emerging intheUS, after generations of going underground. On this edition, producerErica Hellerstein takes us on a journey to identity through an ancient medicinal...
Women Rising #25 Activists Against Global Armaments and War
We profile women fighting the expansion of global militarism and violence. Korean sister Stella Soh campaigns to save an UNESCO world heritage site from a planned military base. US activist Kathy Kelly founded Voices for Creative Nonviolence. And...
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,...
All Around Cowboy: Inside the world of queer rodeo
Rodeo is a part of life for many Americans. But if you’re an LGBTQ rodeo fan participating in the sport you love can mean hiding part of who you are to fit in. But a tight knit group of queer cowboys has found a way to live the country and Western...
G.M.nO! Genetically Modified Democracy
More than 60 countries either ban or require labeling on GMO foods; the US is not one of them. As GMO regulation moves to a local level, frustrated consumers and farmers are pushing for state or county regulations, but the seed and pesticide companies...
Parenting has never been easy. Merging your politics with your parenting decisions can be even more challenging. On this edition, fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly...
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game
Description: As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 soccer World Cup many are questioning the economic, environmental, and social cost of this sporting mega-event. From soccer ball manufacturing in Pakistan, to forced evictions in Brazil to make way for...
Seeking Shelter: Building Housing and Community for LGBTQ Elders
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are much more likely than their straight counterparts to be alone and isolated as they age. Housing and support for these elders is a growing need--and the issue is not confined to the United States. On...
Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers’ Fight for Justice
Americans eat out more than any other people. But the workers who put food on our restaurant tables are struggling to feed themselves and their families. On this edition, Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and...
Reclaiming the Commons
From pedestrian plazas to pop-up-parklets…cities are looking to create spaces for people to gather, interact and create. But are some people being left out of this new urban renaissance? This week: from Detroit, to Montreal, to Istanbul, people are...
Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars
Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds and cells. Others are being sterilized, some say, against their will. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, and that consent is always obtained. But...
Words vs. Bars: How Prison Poets Escape
Locked up for month, years, or decades.Poetry is form of self-expression that’s become vital to the incarcerated.In Prison, Poetry can keep you sane, and help you move towards a better future.To mark National Poetry Month, we bring you a special...
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....
The Non-Violent Path of Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez has made it to the big screen. Millions of people are now learning about the legendary farmworker organizer. But where did Chavez get his organizing philosophies? This week, Paul Ingles and Carol Boss of Peacetalks radio take us down ‘The...
Sounding the Alarm: Noise Pollution
Noise pollution is a growing problem. Effecting everything from the lives of people living under airplane flight paths, to marine life. On this edition, we’ll hear from people struggling to be heard over the din of our noisy modern life and ask, is...
Stuck in the Bluff
Needle exchange programs began springing up in the 1980’s during the AIDS crisis. Countless lives have been saved by providing IV drug users with clean needles. But even now, with hundreds of programs across the US and throughout the world, some...
Encore presentation: Into Eternity
Our world is generating more and more nuclear waste, but have no permanent place to dispose of it. But the nation of Finland has a plan. They’re building an underground cave, to hold thousands of tones of nuclear waste, for at least 100 thousand...
Motherhood by Choice not 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...
Women Rising #24—Activist Women of Greenpeace
We profile women of Greenpeace, the legendary eco-activist organization. Hettie Geenan is first mate on the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior. Leila Deen leads the campaign against fracking. And Laila Williams connects Greenpeace with indigenous...
School is Out: The Decimation of Public Education
On this edition of Making Contact we’ll explore how the privatization ofpubliceducationis playingoutacross the country and how students and teachers are fighting back. We’ll start in Philadelphia and see how students are faring after 23 schools were...
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