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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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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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Documenting FREDY : Eight Years After the Shooting in Montreal July 14, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Fredy Villaneuva was playing dice in a park in Montreal North when police officers arrived. In less than a minute, the 18-year-old was fatally shot by police. Eight years later, what happened in those sixty seconds remains unclear.


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#SayHerName: Black Love in Action July 7, 2016 | 12:30 pm

In cities across the country, black women – many of whom have been on the front lines of the Movement for Black Lives – are lifting up the names of their sisters killed by police.


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Straddling Borders June 30, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Existing in two worlds can complicate your identity and complete it. Whether it's understanding your medicine man grandfather, or deepening the concept of love through a different tongue, these storytellers take us around the world from Colombia to Papua New Guinea as they seek definition and connections with presumably different cultures.


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Jane Mayer on the Hidden History of America’s Billionaires June 23, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Who is Charles Koch--really? Who are the members of the Network? "a semi-secret group assembled by the Koch brothers? How are the superrich's priorities transforming American society?


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Rad Dads!!! (ENCORE) June 16, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Fathers and mothers on fatherhood and how it's changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?


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Choosing Justice Over Fear June 9, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Penny Rosenwasser is an activist and author of Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears. On this edition of Making Contact, she reflects on her personal journey to embrace her identity as a Jewish woman while fighting for human rights for all.


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The Nakba, The Naksa, and the Future of Palestine June 2, 2016 | 12:30 pm

In 1948, Zionist militias expelled over 700,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns. The event, and the ongoing destruction and occupation of Palestine are referred to as the Nakba--the catastrophe. How did the events of 1948 shape Palestine and its diaspora? And generations later, how are Palestineans fighting to return home?


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Waiting for Home: the Refugee and Immigrant Experience May 26, 2016 | 12:30 pm

On this edition of Making Contact, we hear stories from Central American migrants that take on oppressive debts or face challenges in schools in the U.S. We also hear from Cuban migrants stuck in limbo on the route to the U.S.


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Iran Belongs to its Youth May 19, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Reese Erlich explores how young people compare President Rouhani’s government with the populist rule of Ahmadinejad. We’ll also hear about how they are responding to conservative hardliners who are tapping into frustrations with high unemployment, and threatening to cancel the nuclear deal.
Thank you to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for granting Reese Erlich funding to produce this piece.


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