Making Contact

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Media that helps build a movement

Episodes

  • Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19

    Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19

    13/05/2020 Duration: 29min

    Gig Workers, driver's for app companies such as Lyft and Uber, are struggling during COVID-19. They're considered essential workers, so they can still work but many of them aren't making enough to cover rent. Many have chosen to stay home, facing economic insecurity. Those who work, however, are continuing to drive without much protection in the way of personal protective equipment, and very little help from the app companies themselves. We take a look at the future of the gig economy and how to protect "essential workers."

  • The Bombing of MOVE, 35 Years Later

    The Bombing of MOVE, 35 Years Later

    06/05/2020 Duration: 28min

    Our radio adaptation of the film, Let the Fire Burn. Directed by Jason Osder, examines the controversial, 1985 clash between police in Philadelphia and MOVE, a radical, non-violent group. On May 13, police dropped a bomb on MOVE's home, killing 11 people and destroying 61 homes.

  • Two Revolutions, Many Secrets

    Two Revolutions, Many Secrets

    29/04/2020 Duration: 29min

    In the midst of our dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine what stories we will ultimately tell our children and grandchildren. This week's episode is about two strong women who survived historic trauma, and the stories they later told their families.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds

    COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds

    22/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    The world as we knew it seemingly turned upside down overnight. With stay at home orders in place, we are no longer rushing to work each day, getting stuck in traffic, hustling to get the kids to school, and scrambling for time to take care of chores. This strange and abrupt stop to “business as usual” has shined a light on the capitalist systems that are now crumbling down, and offers us the chance to pause and ask what’s next?

  • On the Brink: Homelessness before and during COVID-19

    On the Brink: Homelessness before and during COVID-19

    15/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    Most of us have a home to shelter in place during COVID -19. But what about the homeless? We take a look at life on the street before COVID-19, following two women as they undergo several evictions from encampments. And then we talk about the specific challenges the homeless face during COVID-19 and what we can do to fix the housing crisis.

  • Witch Hunts and Enclosures: Bodies, Land and Women

    Witch Hunts and Enclosures: Bodies, Land and Women

    08/04/2020 Duration: 29min

    How are witch hunts and Capitalist economies linked? Silvia Federici, wrote the ground breaking book, Caliban and the Witch, in 2004. In the book she argues that the witch hunts of the fifteenth century were a necessary pre-condition for Capitalism to flourish. Today, witch hunts are still happening, in places like East Timor, India and Cambodia. Federici, who never really left the subject of witch hunts, returns to the topic with her book, Women Witches and Witch Hunts. She looks back to the witch hunts of the middle ages and sees them replaying today, in countries that are newly adopting capitalism as their economic model.

  • COVID-19 and Lessons from the Spanish Flu

    COVID-19 and Lessons from the Spanish Flu

    01/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    In 1918, humanity faced a deadly global pandemic-- the Spanish Flu. How did those who lived a century before us respond to the crisis, and what we can learn from their response and the aftermath? 

  • Bio Hackers versus Big Pharma: Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin

    Bio Hackers versus Big Pharma: Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin

    25/03/2020 Duration: 28min

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are worried about their health insurance. The cost of treating the illness, if a patient ends up in the ICU, can run into the tens of thousands of dollars without coverage. Which most people just can’t afford. Today we bring you a piece we produced last year about a related topic -the rising cost of insulin, and the effectiveness of medicare for all. First, we visit a group of community scientists called the Open Insulin Project, an organization trying to create its own insulin outside the lengthy FDA process and whether it's worth the associated risks. And we talk about the benefits of Medicare for All, a policy which would get rid of private insurance and make all medicine and medical care accessible and affordable.

  • The Great Divide: Racism, Wealth Inequality, and Elections

    The Great Divide: Racism, Wealth Inequality, and Elections

    18/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    On this edition of Making Contact, acclaimed author Ian Haney López talks about his new book - Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.  This book explores the links between current day wealth and race inequality, elections, and how coded racism has evolved in the Trump era.  The book also looks at ways we can proactively build cross-racial solidarity to diminish barriers between us.  Author Ian Haney López holds an endowed chair as the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Election Protection and Democracy, with Women Rising Radio

    Election Protection and Democracy, with Women Rising Radio

    11/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    Election protection is increasingly seen as a critical issue in the US. From gerrymandering and voter purges, to precinct closures and problems with voting machine technology, Women Rising Radio explores threats to the US electoral process with two election protection activists.

  • Who Bombed Judi Bari?

    Who Bombed Judi Bari?

    04/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    Our radio adaptation of the film, Who Bombed Judi Bari?, explores Judi Bari’s bold activism to save the Redwood Forest in the face of corporate greed, and the violent measures taken to silence the environmental movement. Produced by Darryl Cherney, Elyse Katz, Sheila Laffey, Bill and Laurie Benenson and directed by Mary Liz Thomson, the film delves into the bombing and her fight against the F.B.I.'s attempted frame-up.

  • Bad Math: the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

    Bad Math: the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

    26/02/2020 Duration: 29min

    We think of Artificial Intelligence as being the stuff of science fiction movies, set far in the future. But it's already having an impact on our lives. We look at a kind of decision made by artificial intelligence called a risk assessment and how it impacts the poor and people of color and we talk about ways to fight back.

  • I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin

    I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin

    12/02/2020 Duration: 29min

    I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.

  • 70 Million: The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

    70 Million: The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

    05/02/2020 Duration: 29min

    Five years after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining serious momentum to shut down the city's notorious Workhouse jail. Reporter Carolina Hidalgo spent time with the Close the Workhouse campaign and Arch City Defenders, their supporters, and detractors.

  • The Utopian Dinner Table: How to Feed the World in 100 Years

    The Utopian Dinner Table: How to Feed the World in 100 Years

    29/01/2020 Duration: 29min

    You'll hear about ongoing food insecurity issues from food scholar Raj Patel, and hopeful solutions from families in the Black Creek community garden in Toronto, Canada.

  • The Big Lift

    The Big Lift

    22/01/2020 Duration: 29min

    Meeting family needs in a city of widening wealth gaps is a big lift. Studies show that when parents are engaged in their kids’ education, it has a huge impact. Reporter Lee Romney spent a year following the work of one family liaison at a high-poverty school. 

  • Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop Freedom Summers Civil Rights Movement of 1964

    Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop Freedom Summer's Civil Rights Movement of 1964

    15/01/2020 Duration: 29min

    Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. Directed and produced by Dawn Porter and executive produced by LOOKS TV and Martina Haubrich. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. 

  • John Carlos Frey on Americas Stealth War on the Mexico Border

    John Carlos Frey on America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border

    08/01/2020 Duration: 29min

    On today's program, John Carlos Frey, author of Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border, explores increased militarization at the border, US deterrent strategy, and the profitable business of fear.    

  • Best Of Making Contact

    Best Of Making Contact

    01/01/2020 Duration: 29min

    We look at our favorite shows from 2019. From Artificial Intelligence, to the stigma around women's periods, from guns and restraining orders to the cost of Insulin, these are the stories that inspired us, taught us something or just made us think differently.

  • Pollution Solutions

    Pollution Solutions

    25/12/2019 Duration: 29min

    Megafarms and oil & gas producers in California’s Central Valley are some of the worst polluters of local air, soil, and water. We’ll hear how Central Valley residents are pushing back. Later, author Naomi Klein talks about her book, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal. But first, we go to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where reporter we learn how six Native American tribes are harnessing wind power to bring economic development to their members. 

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