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.


524 Pieces

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On this edition, we’ll hear part two of a documentary called Heavy Weather, produced by freelancer Barbara Bernstein. She’ll look at how climate c...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
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On this edition, we hear from LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S. who not only have to hide their legal identity, but their sexuality too. Their stories d...

Bought by WXDU, KRUA, and WRNC-LP


  • Added: Apr 20, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tillamook Floodplain, Credit: Barbara Bernstein
On this edition, we’ll hear part one of a documentary called Heavy Weather, produced by freelancer Barbara Bernstein. She’ll explore the connection...

Bought by WUAL and The Neighborhood


  • Added: Apr 13, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dr. Joanna Macy, Credit: www.bioneers.org
Dr. Joanna Macy is a long-time peace, justice, and ecology activist. A celebrated Buddhist teacher, Dr. Macy’s wide-ranging work spans Eastern and ...

Bought by Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 23, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fatou Bensouda, Credit: Jeffrey MacMillan for USN&WR
In this program, we profile two government leaders tackling the monumental problem of war –– Gambia's Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor at the Inte...

Bought by WSKG


  • Added: Feb 09, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Annie Flores, Womens Economic Agenda Project; Max Rameau, Take Back the Land Founder; Shereen D'Souza, California Food and Justice Coalition Director., Credit: Khanh Pham
Are food, housing, and healthcare human rights? A round table discussion about the right to healthy food, the right to housing, and the right to he...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Feb 09, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Top: Steve Williams, co-founder of POWER. Bottom: Stanley Aronowitz, Professor, City University of New York, Credit: http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com
As continual efforts to tweak the economic system seem to be failing, there’s growing suspicion that the flaws may be systemic. We hear from 3 peop...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 02, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We go to Postville, Iowa and Laurel, Mississippi--two communities where the largest workplace immigration raids happened in 2008.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 20, 2010
  • Length: 14:53
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Former workers at Agriprocessors (far left and right), march with Father Paul Ouderkirk (second from right), the priest at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville, Iowa, during an event marking the one-year anniversary of the Postville immigration raid, Credit: Nathaniel Popper
We go to two communities sorting through the aftermath of Bush-era federal immigration raids, and to Los Angeles, where American Apparel became the...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
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One of the most unusual economic structures in the world is the 'gift economy' at Burning Man. Larry Harvey, the festivals founders, tells us how ...

Bought by KSFR, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KFAI Minneapolis, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 29, 2009
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 4
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In Mali, the practice of 'Dama" is one example of how gift giving is an important part of cultures, throughout West Africa, India, and beyond.

Bought by KSFR


  • Added: Dec 29, 2009
  • Length: 08:31
  • Purchases: 1
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One East Oakland neighborhood decided to try a different economic model in their community. Time Banking.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 29, 2009
  • Length: 06:22
  • Purchases: 1
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On this edition, we continue our series “How We Survive.” We meet a New York City street canner who’s changed his life and community one can at a t...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Dec 02, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An agricultural renaissance has taken root among the Taos Pueblo people in New Mexico. Sustainable agriculture is returning, after years of unheal...

Bought by KQED


  • Added: Nov 13, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We go to Huron, California--a tiny farming community dubbed the' lettuce capital' of the U.S. This rural region in the fertile, sun-baked Central ...

Bought by KVNF and KVMR


  • Added: Nov 05, 2009
  • Length: 15:56
  • Purchases: 2
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A look at a project bringing healthy food to low income neighborhoods in Oakland, California.

  • Added: Nov 05, 2009
  • Length: 04:45
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The irony of food poverty in California’s agriculturally rich Central Valley and a look at community gardens popping up in food deserts. We also ex...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: a man standing in a field of marijuana, Credit: www.treehugger.com
A former undercover narcotics officer, and a leading drug reform activist, examine the roots of America’s current drug policy, and suggest how we m...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
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From a grassroots toxic canal clean up to a long-standing watershed war, we’ll hear from U.S. water stewards across the country. They’re people wor...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston and WRPI


  • Added: Oct 16, 2009
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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During the great depression, the federal government established a safety net of poverty programs. But some say, the government’s way of determining...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2009
  • Length: 05:34