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.


504 Pieces

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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...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: A U.S. Park Service Police Officer takes video of spectators observing an incident in which the USPP had kettled a group of people at 12th and L NW in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, 2017. , Credit: Douglas Fron
Journalists have been violently targeted by police and arrested alongside demonstrators at Black Lives Matter protests across the country. In this ...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: water vendor, Credit: wikimedia commons
On this episode of Making Contact, we will look at the privatization of our earth’s most precious resource – water. We will look at the ways people...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Our radio adaptation of the film, Let the Fire Burn. Directed by Jason Osder, examines the controversial, 1985 clash between police in Philadelphia...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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44 million Americans hold over 1.6 trillion dollars of student debt and the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. This unpayable debt ca...

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kimberlé Crenshaw, Credit: Annabel Clark
Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw defined the concept of intersectionality 30 years ago. She developed that framework to understand how identities s...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2020
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Minneapolis Rally, May 29, 2020, Credit: Rebecca McDonald, BFresh Productions
The movement to uplift Black lives and to defund and dismantle police departments has grown to a point where it cannot be ignored. We’ll hear from ...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, spoke words that are all too relevant today. Today on Making Contact, you’ll hear archival recordings, and ex...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
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Caption: Rana Foroohar
The biggest tech companies generate enormous wealth and power by harvesting information about people. It’s called surveillance capitalism. This epi...

  • Added: May 26, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Covid-19 has transformed jails and prisons into death traps. How are some communities jailing less people in the first place. After someone is arre...

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  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Our radio adaptation of the film, Let the Fire Burn. Directed by Jason Osder, examines the controversial, 1985 clash between police in Philadelphia...

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  • Added: May 04, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Left: Wilson Dairy Restaurant Right: Helen Zia as baby with mom
In the midst of our dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine what stories we will ultimately tell our children and grandchildren. T...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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By mid-April over 22 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits. And it’s unclear whether jobs and businesses that people left behind wi...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Most of us have a home to shelter in place during COVID -19. But what about the homeless? We take a look at life on the street before COVID-19, fol...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Silvia Federici
Today, witch hunts are still happening, in places like East Timor, India and Cambodia. Federici, who never really left the subject of witch hunts, ...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Glenbow Flu 1918
In 1918, humanity faced a deadly global pandemic-- the Spanish Flu. How did those who lived a century before us respond to the crisis, and what we ...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle and KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle


  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are worried about their health insurance. The cost of treating the illness, if a patient en...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Ian Haney López, Credit: YouTube
On this edition of Making Contact, acclaimed author Ian Haney López talks about his new book - Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Virginia voter gets election materials from polling station worker before voting in US presidential election, Nov. 8, 2016., Credit: D. Block / VOA (Public Domain)
Election protection is increasingly seen as a critical issue in the US. From gerrymandering and voter purges, to precinct closures and problems wit...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1