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Making Contact

“Making Contact” is produced by International Media Project, an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1994, committed to investigative journalism, in-depth critical analysis, the promotion of civic participation and the dissemination of educational material. Its core focus is National Radio Project, the team that creates Making Contact.

Making Contact programs cover: Agriculture/Food – Civil Liberties – Globalization/Global-Political Economy – Education – Environment – Environmental Justice – Gay/Lesbian – Healthcare – Human Rights – Native/Indigenous Peoples – Labor – Latin America – Media – Middle East – Military/War/Peace – Nuclear – Political Activism – Prison/Police – Race – Social Justice – US Foreign Policy – US Domestic Politics – Welfare – Women – Youth … and more.

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Occupy- Five Years Later September 29, 2016 | 12:30 pm

September marks the 5 year anniversary of Occupy. We go to Zuccotti Park, and Oakland to talk to individuals that were part of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland to gain insight and reflection on the movement that swept the nation. We revisit how Occupy started, how it evolved, how it fell apart, and what lessons came out of the experience.

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Rosa Brooks: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything September 22, 2016 | 12:30 pm

The US military didn't shrink much under President Obama, and our perpetual state of war has barely waned since 9/11. Author Rosa Brooks says the consequences of this new normal reach deep into our society; far beyond the body count of those killed overseas.

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15 Years After 9/11, Still Searching for Monsters to Destroy September 15, 2016 | 12:30 pm

The anti-Muslim backlash is just tip of the iceberg. Below the surface is a growing Islamophobia with deep roots in history and empire. Where does the idea of the 'Muslim enemy' come from? And how has it evolved into what we see today?

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Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows (Encore) September 8, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren't formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They're often not even thought of as legitimate work.

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Coffee: Trouble Brewing? September 1, 2016 | 12:30 pm

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee?
From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe.

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A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad (Encore) August 25, 2016 | 12:30 pm

After serving time, the options for getting back on your feet are even worse. Finding food, a job and a place to live with a criminal record can become an almost impossible task

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Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty (Encore) August 18, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Women Rising Radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities.

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COINTELPRO 101 Part 2 (Encore) August 11, 2016 | 12:30 pm

We broadcast Part 2 of COINTELPRO 101, a documentary film that looks at COINTELPRO, the secret FBI project that infiltrated and disrupted domestic organizations thought to be subversive. The program targeted many African American, Native American, and other movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S.

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COINTELPRO 101 (Part 1) – ENCORE EDITION August 4, 2016 | 12:30 pm

COINTELPRO, the secret FBI project to infiltrate and disrupt domestic organizations thought to be subversive, targeted African-American, Native-American and other movements for self-determination by people of color in the US. Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI conducted more than 2,000 COINTELPRO operations. Over the next two weeks, we'll be broadcasting the documentary film, COINTELPRO 101. Today we hear the first half of the film, produced by the Freedom Archives.

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Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness (Encore) July 21, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn't getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses.

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