Making Contact

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An international radio program that links people, vital ideas, and important information

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program, heard on more than 190 radio stations in the USA, Canada and South Africa. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news.

Showcasing voices and perspectives not often heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive, creative and grassroots ways to solve problems.

Making Contact's first broadcast was in 1995.


452 Pieces

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Caption: Justin Volpe, peer specialist at the Criminal Mental Health Project, delivers medication to program participants in Miami., Credit: Daniel Rivero
Jails in Miami-Dade County double as de facto mental health facilities. But Miami-Dade’s Criminal Mental Health Project has become a national model...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Lewis Wallace was a reporter at Marketplace. You may have heard his voice on the Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio. That was until h...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Eric Arnold, Credit: Fantastic Negrito at the UC Theater in Berkeley, Ca
In the last three years, Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland-based black roots revivalist has gone from busking at bus stops to winning a Grammy and tour...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Abortion and reproductive rights for women are being fought over across the globe. Women Rising Radio visits with key organizers of the Polish Wome...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle and WVAS


  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Darryl Lester (Larry P.) and wife Cecilia in their Tacoma home., Credit: Lee Romney
African American students across the country are much more likely than any other student group to be placed in special education. This week, we hea...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Adrian Caliste, lead plaintiff in Caliste v. Cantrell in New Orleans., Credit: Sonia Paul
New Orleans could become the battleground for bail reform. Reporter Sonia Paul digs into how an ongoing lawsuit, pretrial consequences of bail, and...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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According to Ytasha Womack, use of the imagination for self-development and social change is one of the greatest tenets of Afrofuturism. This show ...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dr. Stacey Patton
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...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Michelle Alexander, Mark Lamont Hill and Vonya Quarles discuss the modern prison abolition movement, what's changed in the past ten years, and the ...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pavlos Fyssas, Greek anti-fascist rapper who was killed in 2013 by self-professed member of the Golden Dawn Party
This episode explores the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with the murder investigation of anti-fascist rapper, Pavlos...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Heather Booth, founder of the Jane Collective, Credit: from the documentary about her by Lilly Rivkin.
In a special 2 part program by Making Contact we explore new safe at-home abortion options and the growing movement for "self-managed abortions.”

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle and WFHB


  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Floricel Liborio Ramos in Northern California., Credit: 70 Million
A handful of companies are making millions off of ankle monitors strapped to undocumented immigrants in ICE custody. The makers pitch the monitors...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Book Art, Credit: Paul Kivel
We speak with author Paul Kivel about his book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. The discussion offers a framework f...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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There were thousands of organizers, activists and local social justice leaders around the world who died in 2018. As we do every December, we brin...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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America’s unwillingness to assess the ugly truth about systemic inequality has created a perpetual sinkhole of denial. A reality that existed long ...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Thousands of Guatemalans are recovering from the eruption of a volcano called Fuego - Spanish for "fire" - which took place in the summer of 2018. ...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 29:59
Caption: A bail bonds agency welcomes business next door to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. A federal judge recently ruled the county’s bail practices unconstitutional. , Credit: Ruxandra Guidi
70 Million reporter, Ruxandra Guidi, chronicles how activists and reformers are succeeding in cutting the jail population, diverting drug arrests, ...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: a diagram of sex, sexuality and gender, Credit: Robin Hubbard
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 wha...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Indigenous Women made their voices heard during California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit. They rejected Brown’s support for m...

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: A flag hangs from a highway overpass that reads “Estamos de pie,” in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Oct. 2, 2017. , Credit: Airman 1st Class Caleb Nunez
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we'll hear how one community kitchen grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers with the aim of re...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:00