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.


670 Pieces

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Caption: Asantewaa Boykin, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, program director for MH First Sacramento, and an ER nurse, poses for a photo at her home in Sacramento., Credit: Photo by Sara Nevis.
Police encounters during a mental health crisis have a greater chance of turning deadly if you're Black. New response mechanisms bypass law enforce...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WXDU, and RadioStPete Florida


  • Added: Feb 09, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 3
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A legal matrix that incentivizes criminal convictions can motivate unethical prosecutors to bend or break the rules. In New York, a group of law pr...

Bought by WXDU, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jan 08, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Indian migrant workers flee during the 2020 national lockdown., Credit: Re:Work Radio, a project of the UCLA Labor Center.
When India went into lockdown in 2020, millions of jobs disappeared and tens of millions of migrant workers struggled to get home, often on foot. M...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio]


  • Added: Dec 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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In our annual Fallen Heroes episode, we share words of inspiration from, and about some lesser-known grassroots activists who passed away in 2021.

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio] and WXDU


  • Added: Dec 28, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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In this special year-end episode, Making Contact producers and staff turn the spotlight on some the best shows they aired in 2021.

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio]


  • Added: Dec 20, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The world is struggling to contain COVID-19, as variants continue to emerge in countries where the virus is spreading unchecked, killing thousands....

Bought by WXDU, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, and KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio]


  • Added: Dec 10, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: BNT in Houston Tour Interview Ericka Bowman, Credit: Leah Mahan
When communities face the aftermath of catastrophes, what does it take to ensure that the next time will be different? In Houston, it takes a city ...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jaime is speaking to members of the National Low Income Housing Coalition about the 12 Moms initiative., Credit: But Next Time
In cities around the globe community organizers and direct service agencies are often the first line of response when a climate fueled natural disa...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Paul Hancock, Hannah Wilkinson and Victor Chavez stand in front of basketball hoops outside of The Loft, St. Johns, Ariz., Credit:  Photo Credit_ Amy Martin
There’s a place in rural St. Johns, Arizona, where teens who have encounters with officers of the law can play pool, make music, and get mentored i...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Left is a Mullein Plant and the author Michele Elizabeth Lee , Credit: Photo by Anita Johnson
In some parts of the world, traditional herbal remedies are the norm. When we think of natural remedies we tend to think of older generations liv...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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One of the most common forms of trafficking is labor trafficking. In this episode, Re:Work Radio brings you the story of Lester Ramos and his journ...

Bought by WXDU


  • Added: Oct 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: "Equal Justice Under Law" & Black Hood & Orange Jumpsuit, Outside The Third Guantanamo Hearing At the Supreme Court (Washington, DC), Credit: Photo by “tacomabibelot”
In today’s program, sociology professor Lisa Hajjar traces the rise and fall of torture after 9/11. She examines the ways in which torture and the ...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], RadioFreePalmer, and KMUN


  • Added: Oct 27, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Alesha Monteiro, an advocate to those incarcerated, poses for a photo at the state Capitol in Sacramento, California, Credit: Sara Nevis
Nearly one in two Black women in the US have a loved one who has been impacted by our prison system. On today's episode we look at the many ways B...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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As fires ravaged California's world-famous wine country in 2017,a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the m...

Bought by WXDU, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Oct 08, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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As fires ravaged California's world-famous wine country in 2017,a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the m...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WXDU, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 01, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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How will demographic shifts affect redistricting in 2021? Latinos are the second largest ethnic group in the U.S. In California, the Latinos grew ...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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While Black women have played a critical role in the development of the nation, their stories have been mostly overlooked. In the new book, A Black...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Allegra Hill, co-founder of Kindred Space L.A.
Through the work and birth stories of midwife, Allegra Hill, the producers of Re:Work Radio explain how Black midwives in Los Angeles are helping w...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle and WXDU


  • Added: Sep 14, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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September 11th, 2021 marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Today, we turn our attention not to the tragedy of 9/11 itself, but to 9/11 ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WXDU, and RadioStPete Florida


  • Added: Sep 08, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The COVID 19 pandemic has transformed all of our lives in some way. But some are feeling the impacts more than others. Take healthcare workers, for...

Bought by Radio Catskill, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and KUNM


  • Added: Sep 01, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4