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.


529 Pieces

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Caption: Hope for peace in Nagasaki. Atomic bomb anniversary, 2004., Credit: creative common flickr user: Marufish
The US dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Three days later, Nagasaki also fell victim. On this edition, w...

Bought by KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA


  • Added: Jul 25, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Support, or opposition from a prison guard union can make or break a campaign for office. The most powerful of them all is the California Correcti...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2012
  • Length: 11:30
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Similar to prison guards, police unions advocacy for their members has helped perpetuate cycles of criminalization and incarceration that plague Am...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2012
  • Length: 09:17
Caption: America's Army
Interactive, realistic, pro-war video games have become part of American culture. But protestors and artists are finding ways to turn the virtual ...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Oakland, CA Scraper krew, Credit: flickr user vkdir
African-Americans are helping to lead the environmental movement. We take you to a resettlement community in North Carolina, sustainable farms in W...

Bought by XRAY.fm and WCSU-FM


  • Added: Aug 13, 2012
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 2
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We bring you voices from Pakistan of families destroyed by drone strikes. And we hear from Medea Benjamin and other activists working to build a g...

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Job Creators, Credit: Brad Kayal
It began with an on-air rant by CNBC commentator Rick Santelli. It became a major political movement, with elected representatives on Capitol Hill....

  • Added: Aug 29, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Ariizmendi Fourth Street, Credit: Andrew Stelzer
The global economic situation is causing more people to consider worker owned businesses. We go from Chicago, where workers are trying to take over...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Mondragón Corporation includes everything from banking to bike factories, nano-technology to rabbit farming. Its a corporate dream—but this cor...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2012
  • Length: 09:43
Caption: Ariizmendi Fourth Street, Credit: Andrew Stelzer
In some parts of the United States, there are virtually no co-ops. So many of those co-ops that do exist feel a special responsibility to support ...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2012
  • Length: 08:02
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One Chicago factory became a flashpoint back in 2008, when workers occupied the floor for days in protest. Now, those same employees are trying to...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2012
  • Length: 07:48
Caption: Mwahija Magoti – Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam, Credit: http://www.bot-tz.org
Hugh Sinclair, the author of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic, in conversation with KALW radio host Rose Aguilar. Sinclair tells the story of...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Immigration Reform Rally 2010, Credit: Anuska Sampedro
Under President Obama more than 1 million people have been deported from the United States. Immigration officials claim that many of those being d...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2012
  • Length: 30:00
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It took 40 years to build ACORN, but just a few months to bring it down. Local organizers are trying to rebuild, but how is ACORN’s absence affect...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
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As the 2009 ACORN scandal quickly unfolded and funding started to dry up, the groups’ members and organizers had to jump ship. Many formed new loc...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Oct 19, 2012
  • Length: 08:20
  • Purchases: 1
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Around the world, students have been taking to the streets. They’re opposed to rising tuition fees and cuts to education. On this edition, we’ll ...

Bought by KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA


  • Added: Oct 25, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Akhil Reed Amar
Yale University Law & Political Science Professor Akhil Reed Amar says the electoral college discourages voting, lessens the power of the states, a...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Oct 30, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Anti-nuclear demonstration in front of Japanese Diet, Credit: Matthias Lambrecht
With nuclear power back on the agenda, three prominent female activists tell their stories: Kaori Izumi was part of the grassroots campaign to shu...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio and KZMU Moab Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Promotional picture from the Video Project, Credit: http://www.videoproject.com/roomtobreathe.html
At overcrowded and underfunded public schools across the country high suspension rates are exacerbating existing achievement gaps. Often, chaos in ...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests
Around the world communities are already facing the impacts of climate change. Now international organizations, like the World Bank, are pushing a...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2012
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 1