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.


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Caption: Book cover for "The Trauma of Caste.", Credit: Penguin Random House
What is caste? According to author Thenmozhi Soundararajan, “caste is suffering. That one’s worth and fate are determined at the moment of birth." ...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: A child running through the Stanford Divestment Encampment., Credit: Photo by RJ Lozada.
What does it mean to disclose and divest? We take a look at the demands behind the student encampments for Palestine and talk to Kelly Grotke about...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: White text reading "Borders: What are they good for?" superimposed on top of a greyscale background showing the jagged border between two sides of a sand dune., Credit: Original photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash. Digitally altered by Lucy Kang.
What are borders, and why do we have them? And how is violent border enforcement at the US-Mexico border connected to Israel's brutal assault on Ga...

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  • Added: May 28, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Outdoor mural featuring Frida Kahlo, Credit: In Confianza, with Pulso
“In Confianza, with Pulso” producer Anthony Wallace brings us the story of Thania Betancourt Alcazar. A member of “The Phoenix Fridas,” Alcazar di...

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  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Excerpt from the book cover, reading "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock" superimposed on top of orange and pink geological features, Credit: Penguin Random House
This week, we talk to Jenny Odell, about the ideas behind her book Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock and How to Do Nothing: Resistin...

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  • Added: May 14, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption:  (Left) Wilson Dairy Restaurant (Right) Helen Zia as a baby with mom., Credit: Photo copyright Helen Zia used with permission
This week's episode is about two women, one who fled Shanghai during Mao's Chinese Revolution, and the other who escaped the Bolshevik Revolution a...

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  • Added: May 07, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Healthcare worker provides COVID-19 vaccination, Credit: World Bank Photo Collection is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
The pandemic exposed stark inequalities around the world, especially in terms of vaccine access, leading to the deaths of untold thousands in the g...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Interactive Map: US Abortion Policies and Access After Roe., Credit: Guttmacher Institute. Accessed 4/15/24.
Access to abortion is increasingly piecemeal and complex in the US. While abortion access volleys within the judicial system, local abortion funds ...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: A tule elk in Point Reyes in 2015., Credit: Austlee via Wikimedia Commons, under a CC BY-SA 4.0 Deed license. Image is unaltered.
On today's encore episode, dive into the history of Point Reyes National Seashore, an area in northern California known for rugged sweeping beaches...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Cover of the book, "America's Black Capital", Credit: Hachette Book Group
On this week's episode, we speak with Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar about his latest book, “America's Black Capital: How African Americans Remade Atlanta ...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Front cover of "The Hundred Years' War on Palestine.", Credit: Credit: Macmillan Publishers
In the midst of repeated, outsized, and unprecedented attacks on the people of Gaza, we talk to Rashid Khalidi about his book "The Hundred Years' W...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: On an orange background, six black line illustrations depicting: a COVID-19 virus, a face mask, a lung filled with COVID viruses, a person's head tilted back with a nose swab, a swab in a test tube, and a rapid antigen test. In between these illustrations, Credit: Original image by jKartak from Pixabay. Digitally altered by Lucy Kang.
March marks four years since the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health failures and government inaction have forced communities to tak...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Today we share excerpts from “She's Beautiful When She's Angry,” a documentary about the rise of activism around women’s rights in the late 1960s, ...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Image of Arctic Ice, Credit: Pink floyd88 a via Wikimedia Commons
In an era where climate change is top of mind for all and our futures hang in the balance, scientists think they’ve found a solution: geoengineerin...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2024
  • Length: 29:59
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Caption: Ruchika Tulshyan (left) and Ijeoma Oluo (right).
What does equity really mean? That might be an impossible question to answer objectively, but in this encore episode Ruchika Tulshyan, a workplace ...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Margaret Crane, inventor of America's first home pregnancy test, in 1965. , Credit: Anna Kaufman
In 1965 Margaret Crane was a young graphic designer with an idea: Why couldn't women do their own pregnancy tests at home? This is the story of how...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Excerpt from the book cover, reading "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock" superimposed on top of orange and pink geological features., Credit: Penguin Random House
We speak with Jenny Odell, author of "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock," about how the ways we think about time shapes our lives. A...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Bayard Rustin, half-length portrait, facing front, microphones in foreground, Credit: Library of Congress
Today’s episode from our archives continues to honor Black history and heritage. We take a look at the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin, a central ...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Ribbon cutting at Tulsa's EduRec Youth Center for Black History Saturdays. , Credit: Credit: Black History Saturdays
When Oklahoma passed a law limiting discussion of race in classrooms, Tulsa activist Kristi Williams rallied the community to create Black History ...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, All Souls' book publishing imprint, 2021 , Credit: Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, All Souls' book publishing imprint, 2021
Tulsa Tri-City Collective leaders Carlos Moreno and Bracken Klar talk about the history of Greenwood, a Tulsa neighborhood founded by and for Black...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5