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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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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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Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (Encore)
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January 10, 2019 | 12:30 pm

We speak with author Paul Kivel about his book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. The discussion offers a framework for understanding institutional racism.


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Fallen Heroes of 2018 January 3, 2019 | 12:30 pm

There were thousands of organizers, activists and local social justice leaders around the world who died in 2018, people who may not have made the headlines, but did crucial work in their local communities. As we do every December, we bring you some of the voices and stories of our Fallen Heroes.


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In the Shadow of the Volcano: Guatemala’s Unequal Disaster December 27, 2018 | 12:30 pm

Thousands of Guatemalans are still recovering from the effects of the eruption of a volcano called Fuego - Spanish for "fire" - which took place in the summer of 2018. In this report, our special correspondent Maria Martin looks back at the disaster


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Michael Eric Dyson on Trump, Truth, and Race
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December 20, 2018 | 12:30 pm

On this edition, we hear from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, one of the nation's most prominent public intellectuals, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and an editor of The New Republic. Dr. Dyson recently penned What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America.


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70 Million – Reform Activists and a New DA Find Common Ground
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December 13, 2018 | 12:30 pm

Activists in Houston were galvanized by events in Ferguson in 2014 following the death of Michael Brown. First, they took to the streets in protest. Then, they started organizing. Not long after, they found a kindred spirit in the most unlikely person: a candidate for the DA office.


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I Am Because I Am: The Expansion of Gender Identity
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December 6, 2018 | 12:30 pm

I Am Because I Am explores the expansion of gender identity and presumed roles in our society, a look beyond the socially constructed ideas of what is male, female, masculine or feminine, especially considering the Trump administration's attempts to redefine gender to be solely based on a persons genitalia at birth, thus potentially threatening transgender, intersex and non-binary Identity.


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The Response: Uneven Burns
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November 29, 2018 | 12:30 pm

We look at the 2017 Tubbs Fire in California, and how it impacted the undocumented community. In the face of ICE raids, labor violations, a housing crisis, and wildfires, the broader community is standing in solidarity with those who are forced into the shadows.


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Climate Uprising: Indigenous Women at the Global Climate Action Summit November 22, 2018 | 12:30 pm

Indigenous Women Speak Their Truth On The Climate Crisis

As the climate emergency on Earth becomes more critical, California Governor Jerry Brown called for a Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Women took to the streets in the thousands to tell him, and the summit attendees, that policies like cap and trade are making the climate crisis worse. Brown is an advocate of cap and trade. Indigenous women activists spoke their truth and expressed their vision at the Women’s Assembly organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, during the week of the summit.


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The Response: Restoring Power in Puerto Rico
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November 15, 2018 | 12:30 pm

In the midst of the austerity and chaos, a quiet revolution had begun on the island. An impromptu community kitchen in one town grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers with the aim of restoring power -- both electric and civic -- to the people.


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