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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.

Upcoming episodes

Disability: Our Culture Ourselves May 23, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Seattle based activist Dorian Taylor talks about the specific challenges disabled people face while accessing public transportation and Professor Sara Acevedo discusses the powerful ways that common language and terminology can shape our perceptions of disability, and why even today we are seeing further exclusion of disabled people.


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Recent episodes

The End of Time: Aging in America
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May 16, 2019 | 12:30 pm

In this episode, we'll take a close look at why people of color have less access to basic comfort care at the end of life.


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Re:Work Radio: Trafficked, the Journey of Lester Ramos May 9, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Re:Work Radio brings you the story of Lester Ramos and his journey from the Philippines. Later in the broadcast, we hear from Filipino migration expert Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, on the circumstances in the Philippines and the US that drive Filipinos to work abroad.


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Bad Math: the Risks of Artificial Intelligence
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May 2, 2019 | 12:30 pm

When we think of Artificial Intelligence we often think of intelligent robots who act and think like humans -the walking, thinking, feeling machines that we see in the movies. The advent of that kind of intelligent robot is so far off in the future, that we often don’t recognize the kind of AI already all around us. Or the effects its having on our lives. Courts, search engines, stores and advertisers all use Artificial Intelligence to make decisions about our behavior: to sell us products, but also to send us to prison or set bail. We look at one kind of decision made by AI, called a risk assessment, and why it’s had such an impact on the poor and people of color.


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70 Million: In Miami, Jailing Fewer, Treating More
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April 25, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Much like the rest of the country, jails in Miami-Dade County double as de facto mental health facilities for people with mental health issues cycling through the criminal justice system. But Miami-Dade's Criminal Mental Health Project has taken the lead in addressing the needs of this population.


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Reckonings with Lewis Wallace
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April 11, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Lewis Wallace was a reporter at Marketplace. You may have heard his voice on the Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio. That was, until he publicly questioned the role of objectivity in a Medium post.


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Non-Violent Path of Cesar Chavez (ENCORE)
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April 4, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Cesar Chavez has made it to the big screen. Millions of people are now learning about the legendary farmworker organizer. But where did Chavez get his organizing philosophies?


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Choice, Church and State: Poland, Ireland, the USA : Women Rising 37
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March 28, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Women Rising Radio visits with two key organizers in Europe whose work is advancing womens reproductive rights. Marta Lempart, an organizer with the Polish Womens Strike of 2016, and the annual International Womens Strike, is battling ultra right-wing forces in Poland.


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Protecting People and Water in Mexico City (ENCORE)
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March 21, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Clean, fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources. This week, Making Contact contributor Maria Doerr looks at what is being done to safeguard the watersheds of Mexico City--the natural water systems that provide water to one of the largest metropolises in the world.


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A Legacy of Mistreatment March 14, 2019 | 12:30 pm

We present a documentary from San Francisco, where we hear about a landmark education case, and what is and isn't working for black students with special needs today.


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70 Million: How New Orleans Could Set A New Course for Bail Reform
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March 7, 2019 | 12:30 pm

New Orleans could become the battleground for bail reform. The city has one of the highest per capita incarceration rates in the world. Sonia Paul digs into how an ongoing lawsuit, pretrial consequences of bail, and poverty, bias, and algorithms come into play.


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