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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

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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Waiting for Home: the Refugee and Immigrant Experience June 2, 2016 | 12:30 pm

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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Recent episodes

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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Abortion Access and Eroded Rights (Encore) May 12, 2016 | 12:30 pm

We hear from the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as experiences from an abortion provider and a woman that sought abortion access in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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After Disaster: Picking up the Pieces in an Age of Climate Change (ENCORE) May 5, 2016 | 12:30 pm

On this edition, we'll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction.

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Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes April 28, 2016 | 12:30 pm

We'll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them.

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From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan: Immigrant Communities Upholding Democracy April 21, 2016 | 12:30 pm

This edition of Making Contact is Part I of our special series examining how immigrants are responding and participating in elections and politics today. From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan, we'll meet immigrant communities upholding democracy. We'll also have a conversation with author of the Fight to Vote, Michael Waldman, about how immigrants throughout history have expanded the right to vote.

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Caring Relationships: Negotiating Meaning and Maintaining Dignity April 14, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Whether you're a paid home care provider, or rely on personal assistance to meet your daily needs, or a family member caring for a loved one, the nature of the working relationship depends on mutual respect and dignity. On this edition, we'll explore the dynamic and complex relationship of care receiving and giving.

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Not A Drop To Drink (Encore) April 7, 2016 | 12:30 pm

It's something many of us take for granted: access to clean drinking water. But for many Americans it's not something they can rely on.

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The True Cost Of Fast Fashion: A Look Inside Los Angeles Sweatshops March 31, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Los Angeles' garment district is notorious for sweatshop conditions, abuse, and the outright theft of earned wages. Yet the name-brand clothes that some of us are wearing right now, may have been produced in factories like these. On this edition of Making Contact, we'll take you on a trip through LA's garment district.

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Unstoppable: The Fight for 15 March 24, 2016 | 12:30 pm

In 2012, fast food workers in NYC kicked off a movement that has exceeded all expectations, and changed the conversation about the minimum wage. On this edition, low paid workers tell the story of the fight for 15, the exploding nationwide movement for fair wages.

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Life, Breath, and Toxics: Lethal Negligence of Northeast and South L.A. March 17, 2016 | 12:30 pm

From Norco, Louisiana to Flint, Michigan to Los Angeles, California - environmental racism is real. We look at polluting industries in Northeast and South L.A.

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