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.


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Caption: Glenbow Flu 1918
In 1918, humanity faced a deadly global pandemic-- the Spanish Flu. How did those who lived a century before us respond to the crisis, and what we ...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle


  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are worried about their health insurance. The cost of treating the illness, if a patient en...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Ian Haney López, Credit: YouTube
On this edition of Making Contact, acclaimed author Ian Haney López talks about his new book - Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Virginia voter gets election materials from polling station worker before voting in US presidential election, Nov. 8, 2016., Credit: D. Block / VOA (Public Domain)
Election protection is increasingly seen as a critical issue in the US. From gerrymandering and voter purges, to precinct closures and problems wit...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle


  • Added: Mar 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Our radio adaptation of the film, Who Bombed Judi Bari?, explores Judi Bari’s bold activism to save the Redwood Forest in the face of corporate gre...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We think of Artificial Intelligence as being the stuff of science fiction movies, set far in the future. But it's already having an impact on our l...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 30:03
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This week on Making Contact, we bring you a story about resilience and rebuilding after a megafire decimated parts of Northern California. This is ...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 14, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Inex Bordeaux holds up a sign while doing street outreach in north St. Louis to raise awareness about the Close the Workhouse campaign., Credit: Carolina Hidalgo
Five years after Michael Browns death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining s...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2020
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 1
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You'll hear about ongoing food insecurity issues from food scholar Raj Patel, and hopeful solutions from families in the Black Creek community gard...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle


  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Carver Elementary students line up to begin the school day at the campus in San Francisco's Bayview district., Credit: Lee Romney / KALW
Meeting family needs in a city of widening wealth gaps is a big lift. Studies show that when parents are engaged in their kids’ education, it has a...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: John Carlos Frey, Sand and Blood, book cover art, Credit: John Carlos Frey
On today's program, John Carlos Frey, author of Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border, explores increased militarization at th...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: best of making contact
We look at our favorite shows from 2019. From Artificial Intelligence, to the stigma around women's periods, from guns and restraining orders to th...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
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"Honorable people can do terrible things" says Andrea Pitzer in her book "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps." We talk to Andr...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Verificado 19 Mexico City, Credit:  Kane Lynch, illustrator
In the aftermath of a disaster, information can mean the difference between life and death. After the earthquake hit in Mexico City, it wasn’t just...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
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Our radio adaptation of the film, The Murder of Fred Hampton, produced by filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk, provides a glimpse into the life of ...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Indigenous leader Paul Che-Oke-tan Wagner (Vancouver Island Saanis), founder of Protectors of the Salish Sea, speaking at a rally on the steps of the Washington State Capitol (Olympia), October 5, 2019, Credit: Barbara Bernstein
This series explores how communities are fighting the fossil fuel industry's push for fracked gas infrastructure projects in Washington and Oregon....

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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What happens when a health insurance PublicRelations executive confronts the consequences of his spin? Dive into one man's odyssey from health insu...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Today's show examines the feminist movement through the lens of period activism. We will look at aspects of women’s health and social justice that ...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kern River Oil Field; view from Panorama Park in Bakersfield, on the blufftop across the river. This is the most densely developed oilfield in California, and the fifth-largest producer (as of 2006) in the US., Credit: Antandrus – Wikipedia administrator, link to license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Megafarms and oil & gas producers are some of the worst polluters in California’s Central Valley. We’ll hear how Valley residents are pushing back....

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: film cover art, Credit: Freedom Archives
Our radio adaptation of the film Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement, offers a reflection on the untold stories...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and C89.5 - KNHC Seattle


  • Added: Oct 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 2