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Men, Women, and Guns: Toxic Masculinity in Mass Shootings


When a mass shooting erupts in our town or city, two common and reasonable responses are to re-examine gun laws and mental health services. But if mass shootings were solely about the shooter’s mental health, why are they primarily committed by men? In this episode of Making Contact we revisit the tragedy in Isla Vista and one survivor who’s using his experience as a way to talk about toxic masculinity, mass shootings, and interpersonal violence. Special thanks to KCSB-FM for permission to use their archives.

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Featuring:

  • Siavash Zoohori, former UCSB student
  • Kylie Scarlet, former UCSB student Vice President
  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
  • Dr. Mary Ann Hoffman, Dept. of Counseling, University of Maryland
  • Henry Yang, Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara
  • Sheriff Bill Brown, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

Credits:

  • Host: Monica Lopez
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

Music:

  • “Veins of Silver”, Blue Dot Sessions
  • “Overdrive”, DR
  • “Galaxy Shard”, Blue Dot Sessions
  • “Field Recording Drone 2”, DR
  • “Lullaby for Twentysomethings (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Cuddle Formation
  • “Moon Morning”, Aymenric de Tapol
  • “Insomnia”, DR
  • “On ne ni vit quune nuit”, Jrme Pergolesi
  • “Remember Trees”, Chris Zabriske
  • “Joie”, Dana Boul
  • “A Calendar Spread”, Blue Dot Sessions
  • “O Christmas Eve a Lullaby”, Davey Von Stone
  • “Grace”, Dana Boul
  • “Motion (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Noah

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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