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Looking Back, Moving Forward

As the year 2006 comes to an end, we take a look back at three hot button issues that we covered over the past year: the Iraq War, U.S. immigration, and the ongoing efforts to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Women Rising X: International Changemakers – Human Rights Advocates

Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous human rights advocates.

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Oaxaca Libre, La Lucha Sigue! (Free Oaxaca, The Fight Continues!)

What started out as an annual teachers strike in the historic Mexican town of Oaxaca has become the largest people’s rebellion in the country in over a decade. Making Contact takes you to the occupied streets of Oaxaca where thousands are fighting for the future of their city.

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Liberty and Justice for… Whom?

Since the passing of the Patriot Act, many things have changed in the U.S., and not necessarily for the better. On this edition, we take a look at Bush Administration policies that many claim undermine basic human and civil liberties.

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25 Years of AIDS: Global Voices (encore edition)

It’s been 25 years since the start of the AIDS epidemic. This week on Making Contact, a special collaboration with Human Rights Watch, we’ll hear stories from positive people and activists in the places worst hit by the epidemic.

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Women Rising IX: International Changemakers – Honoring Elder Women Activists

Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous women elders honoring their lives of dedication to far reaching social movements.

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Last Rights: Respecting Diversity at the End of Life

In the American health care system, “good end-of-life care” often supports the white middle-class, but people of diverse religions, languages and races often have very different needs and expectations. On this edition, producer Claire Schoen looks at how miscommunication, stereotyping and racism influence health care for people of color as they approach death.

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American Health Care – On the Road to Nowhere

Americans can’t afford health care and the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee universal health care. Joshua Smith is an uninsured freelance journalist, who traveled across the country to find out what others are saying about the state of health care in the U.S.

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A Public Eye on the Christian Right

The evangelical right gets a lot of airtime on cable, radio, and television, but what’s really being said behind the scenes? This week, Abby Scher takes us to the “Values Voter Summit” in Washington, DC, where leaders of the Christian right gathered to talk about gay marriage, abortion, and terrorism.

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Last Stand for Choice in Mississippi

In Jackson, Mississippi the battle over abortion was kicked into high gear when an eight day anti-abortion demonstration ensued in the state’s capital this past summer. On this edition, we take a closer look at the women fighting to save the one remaining abortion clinic in the state.

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