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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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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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I Am Not Your Negro (ENCORE)
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February 28, 2019 | 12:30 pm

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.


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Afrofuturism: Imagination and Humanity, Ytasha Womack
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February 21, 2019 | 12:30 pm

According to Ytasha Womack, use of the imagination for self-development and social change is one of the greatest tenets of Afrofuturism. This show features Womack's presentation at the 2017 Sonic Acts Festival, "Afrofuturism: Imagination and Humanity."


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Spare the Kids: Dr. Stacey Patton
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February 14, 2019 | 12:30 pm

We speak with author Dr. Stacey Patton about her book, Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Won't Save Black America. The book examines the unique cultural and historical specificity of corporal punishment in Black communities. Given the prevalence and acceptance of spanking in American culture, the discussions will be useful to a wide and diverse audience.


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The Future of Abolition: Mark Lamont Hill, Michelle Alexander and Vonya Quarles February 7, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Prison abolition had been a widely discussed idea for centuries, and was adopted --even by centrists-- in the 1970s. But during the last 40 years and a staggering boom in imprisonment, prison abolition seemed like a fringe idea. But in the last decade, the tide has been turning.


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The Far Right and Antifa (Encore)
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January 31, 2019 | 12:30 pm

We explore the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with a story from Athens on the murder and investigation of Greek rapper, Pavlos Fyssas. In the second half of the show, historian and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Mark Bray, describes anti-fascist responses to Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920s and 30s.


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Abortion Beyond Clinics Pt. 1: Call Jane
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January 24, 2019 | 12:30 pm

In a special two-part program by Making Contact, we explore new safe at-home abortion options and the growing movement for "self-managed abortions."


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70 Million: Undocumented Immigrants Tethered to ICE, Private Companies
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January 17, 2019 | 12:30 pm

A handful of companies are making millions off of ankle monitors strapped to undocumented immigrants in ICE custody. The makers pitch the monitors as an alternative to being jailed, but are they simply another form of bondage?


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