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.


535 Pieces

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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
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A newshole ready first-person piece about "La Tanda", a tradition of many immigrant communities of pooling their money, and sharing the benefits.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 15, 2009
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 2
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We take a look at MEDA, a program providing support and financial literacy so borrowers don’t fall into lending traps.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 15, 2009
  • Length: 09:54
  • Purchases: 2
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A new business is trying to clean up the image of check cashers, one customer at a time.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Oct 15, 2009
  • Length: 07:41
  • Purchases: 1
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The story of “Kathy”… a 9-year-old whose life was turned upside down after her parents were arrested during a workplace raid.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Oct 15, 2009
  • Length: 12:43
  • Purchases: 1
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In a special collaboration between “Feet in Two Worlds,” we hear the story of an immigrant family torn apart after an immigration raid in Phoenix, ...

Bought by KUNM


  • Added: Oct 13, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Community Check Cashing in Oakland, CA, Credit: Andrew Stelzer
This week we talk to lenders who are doing things differently and to people who are helping others stave off financial scammers.

  • Added: Oct 01, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Gowanus Canal, Credit:  brainware3000 on flickr
From a grassroots toxic canal clean up to a long-standing watershed war, we’ll hear from U.S. water stewards across the country, working to protect...

Bought by CKMO


  • Added: Sep 23, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lisa Herner, Credit: Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University
Dave Zirin and Elizabeth Terzakis take a look back at the history of discrimination against women in sports, and we’ll hear where the long battle f...

Bought by KMXT, 90.5 WSNC, KUT, and KISU


  • Added: Sep 04, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Aerial view of the Charley River at Yukon., Credit: Photo by USGS.
Freshwater is our most vital natural resource. Yet it’s a finite one too, although we don’t always treat it that way. So how do we protect our wate...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Aug 12, 2009
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1