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.


673 Pieces

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Caption: Woman in Handcuffs, Credit: Thisisbossi
Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds; others are being sterilized. Correctional institutions claim the policies are...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Anti-nuclear demonstration in front of Japanese Diet , Credit: Matthias Lambrecht
For International Women’s Day and the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster listen again as three prominent female activists tell their stor...

Bought by WCPN


  • Added: Feb 25, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Inspired by the campaign to end South African apartheid, Palestinians are leading an international campaign to put economic and political pressure ...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: David Suzuki
Author, radio host, and scientist David Suzuki has spent a lifetime working to protect the environment. But he says that work is failing, and a pa...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
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Richmond, California is one of the lowest-income communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s also one of the most toxic. On this edition, we’ll...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Breaking the chains of slavery, Credit: empirical_perception
African-Americans have endured more than 246 years of slavery, 100 years of racism and segregation. The trauma from that experience continues to im...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Artists and creative people have always used culture as a tool for social change. On this edition, excerpts from a panel on racial justice, culture...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Jan 22, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A Dam Nice View, The Hoover Dam, Credit: Amyn Kassam
As we look for a solution to global energy problems and a way out of the climate crisis- some are turning to dams and hydroelectric power as a sour...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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From Palestinian farmers to shootings at the US and Mexico border; living in the shadow of the wall.

Bought by KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Jan 10, 2013
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Climbing PoeTree in the Making Contact studio, Credit: George Lavender
Alixa and Naima are two poets who together make up Climbing PoeTree, an award winning performance duo. Mixing poetry and politics they seek to use...

Bought by KVSC, KRCB 104.9, KZYX, KZMU Moab Community Radio, KMXT and more


  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 7
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As 2013 approaches, we look at some of the important issues we've covered in 2012: from domestic workers struggling for respect, to the consequence...

Bought by KMUN


  • Added: Dec 19, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Escape by Death, Credit: T Woodard
A growing movement is demanding the United States do away with the death penalty. In 2012 voters had the chance to vote to replace California’s dea...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Michelle Alexander, Associate Law Professor at Moritz School of Law and Author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." , Credit: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/
Professor Michelle Alexander, author of ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’ makes the case that the US’ criminal ju...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Dec 03, 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...

Bought by WRIR


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

Bought by WRIR


  • Added: Nov 23, 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 RadioStPete Florida, RadioFreePalmer, WXDU, KZMU Moab Community Radio, and KZMU Moab Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
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
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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
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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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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