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Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel
Oct05

Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital. Featuring:   Drorit Hochner, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Scopus Hospital Rabbi Benny Lau Dikla Aharon, journalist Dori Adar, online developer Tami Doron, Avia, and “Rivka” nurse-midwives and Jewish and Arab mothers who gave birth or considered giving birth at Mt. Scopus Hospital. Credits:  Narrator and Story Producer: Shaina Shealy Host: Monica Lopez Illustrations: Shaina Shealy Music Credits: Beware of Safety, A New Dawn, Adriana Krikl, Cuddle Formation, Ergo Phizmiz, Monplaisir, Kirill Shirokov, Lee Rosevere, and Quiet Music for Tiny Robots. More information Hadassah,Mt. Scopus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology http://www.hadassah-med.com/giving-birth/give-birth-at-hadassah/mt-scopus.aspx International Confederation of Midwives http://www.internationalmidwives.org/who-we-are/policy-and-practice/icm-international-definition-of-the-midwife/ Dori Adar http://www.doriadar.com/about/ Rabbi Benny Lau https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binyamin_Lau Shaina Shealy http://journalism.berkeley.edu/students/shaina_shealy/ Israeli hospital heads to be summoned after report on segregation of Arabs in maternity wards:  http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israeli-hospital-heads-to-be-summoned-after-report-on-segregation-of-Arabs-in-maternity-wards-450579 Health Ministry issues statement stressing that it doesn’t accept practice of placing expectant Jewish and Arab moms in separate rooms: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.713343 ‘Another Terrorist is Born:’ The Longstanding Practice of Racism and Segregation in Israeli Maternity Wards: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.712936 The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive http://en.jfa.huji.ac.il...

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Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World
Sep28

Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World

In a world that increasingly seems to strive for uniformity, afro-descendant Creole people on the eastern coast of Nicaragua seek to hold on to their unique culture through their food. Incoming palm plantations are fragmenting traditional Creole farmland and making it difficult for local coconut oil businesses. Overfishing and pesticides from the palm fields are reducing stocks of fish in the lagoons, making it more difficult to access traditional protein sources. In the towns and cities along the coast, an influx of foreign products is setting a new standard for how you should look, talk and eat. Rondon is one of the most celebrated traditional Creole dishes. Similar to a curry, it has a base of coconut milk in which you cook cassava, dasheen, breadfruit, baby corn and fried fish with fresh herbs and spices. It’s a dish with strong connections to Africa. For a people descended from freed blacks, escaped slaves and indigenous Americans, holding on to Rondon is holding on to heritage. Featuring:  Miss Connie Tinoko, Kenneth Fox, Edward Fox, John Watson, Miss Gay Sterling and her family Credits: Host: Marie Choi Contributing Producer: Maria Doerr Organizations and Support: Bluefields Sound System, Mikel Britton, Stanford Storytelling Project, Jake Warga, Claire Schoen, Bruce Braden Photo Credits: Maria Doerr Music Credit: Take Dis Five, Run-Down Orchestra Bluefield Sound System 2009, Zion-O, Run-Down Orchestra, Bluefield Sound System 2009, Reggae-instrumental 04, redmp3.cc (CC music), Reggae-instrumental 15, redmp3.cc (CC...

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Coffee: Trouble Brewing?
Aug24

Coffee: Trouble Brewing?

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee? From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe. Featuring: Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita, coffee farmers Jeff Goldman, former executive director Fairtrade Resource Network Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee Guy Groundworks Roasters John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station Credits Hosts: George Lavender and Mallory Smith Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Jennifer Dunn, Mallory Smith Music: Pensacola Twilight: Lee Rosevere Cafetero: Christian Martinez Grand Caravan: Blue Dot Sessions Them Never Love No Bans: Hot Fire  La Boite A Sons – Contest Contributions: Various Artists Or listen to separate segments: From Bean To Cup Over 500,000 Colombian families depend on coffee farming to survive. But 5 decades of war between left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries forced millions of Colombians to flee their land and abandon their crops. In recent years the violence has decreased and many farmers have returned to their land, but getting back to farming hasn’t been easy. Jennifer Dunn reports on how Colombia’s small-scale coffee farmers are struggling to protect their crops and their way of life. Fairtrade v Fairtrade Fairtrade is Fairtrade right? Wrong. As Mallory Smith of Green Grid Radio found out, in 2012 the Fairtrade movement suffered an ugly breakup that resulted in two different organizations, both claiming the Fairtrade label, but with different visions of what it stood for… Kill the K-Cup? Single-cup brewing is wildly popular- partly because it’s marketed as being so easy- you simply pop the pod in the machine and you have a cup of coffee. But it’s what happens to that little pod after you’re done making coffee that’s causing concern. Making Contact producer Laura Flynn decided to find out what happens next.. < p id=”E74″ class=”qowt-stl-BodyText”> More information: Green Grid Radio Fair trade lite: Fair Trade USA moves away from worker co-ops Hijacked Organic, Limited Local, Faulty Fair Trade Groundwork Coffee Roundup on the Fair Trade USA/FLO Split FWP’s Statement on Fair Trade USA s Resignation from Fairtrade International (FLO) A Schism Over Fair Trade A Brewing Problem Your Coffee Pods Dirty Secret How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee Kill the K-Cup...

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Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty in indigenous communities
Aug10

Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty in indigenous communities

  Women Rising radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities. If you are interested in GMOs, TTP, seed saving, herbal medicine, food, trade & activism –then tune in! Featuring: Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya Adelita San Vicente Tello, founder of Semillas de Vida Sage La Pena, Native American, ethno- botanist and food sovereignty activist Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American youth educator More information Navdanya fundación semillas de vida The Women’s Herbal Symposium of Northern California I Who are the Teachers Kanyon – Portfolio https://www.organicconsumers.org TPP Fine Print: Biotech Seed Companies Win Again | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/ What drove a Korean farmer to kill himself in...

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Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness
Jul20

Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness

Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn’t getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses. This week on Making Contact, we bring you an abridged version of the film Bipolarized; Rethinking Mental Illness, chronicling McKenzie’s journey. Featuring: Ross McKenzie, diagnosed with Bipolar disorder Ross McKenzie’s mother and sister Gwen Olsen, former pharmaceutical rep Laura Delano, psychiatry survivor Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America Dr. Charles Whitfield, trauma recovery specialist Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing Credits Host: Andrew Stelzer Special thanks: Specialty Studios More information http://www.bipolarizedthemovie.com/ Gwen Olsen, the Rx Reformer Laura Delano Mad in America Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Dr. Charles Whitfield Peter Levine-Somatic...

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Caring Relationships: Negotiating Meaning and Maintaining Dignity
Apr13

Caring Relationships: Negotiating Meaning and Maintaining Dignity

The vast majority of care recipients are exclusively receiving unpaid care from a family member, friend, or neighbor. The rest receive a combination of family care and paid assistance, or exclusively paid formal care. 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 of Making Contact, which features a segment by our Community Storytelling Fellow Alice Wong, we’ll explore the dynamic and complex relationship of care receiving and giving. (Alice’s story transcript below) Featuring: Camille Christian, home care provider and SEIU member Brenda Jackson, home care provider and SEIU member Patty Berne, co-founder and director, Sins Invalid Jessica Lehman, executive director, San Francisco Senior and Disability Action Kenzi Robi, president, San Francisco IHSS (In Home Supportive Services) Public Authority Governing Body Rachel Stewart, queer disabled woman passionate about disability and employment issues Alana Theriault, disability benefits counselor in Berkeley, California Ingrid Tischer, director of development, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) Alta Mae Stevens, in-home caregiver Credits Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Alice Wong and Stephanie Guyer-Stevens Photo Credits: Alice Wong, Stephanie Guyer-Stevens Music Credit: Dexter Britain: The Time To Run (Finale), Gillicuddy: Adventure, Darling, Steve Combs: March, Jason Shaw: Running Waters, Jared C. Balogh: BRICK BY BRICK DAY BY DAY, Jared C. Balogh: INCREMENTS TOWARDS SERENITY, Nheap: Crossings, Cherly KaCherly: The Hungry Garden, Trio Metrik: Vogelperspektive, Kevin MacLeod: Faster Does It Segments excerpted from full show above Choreography of Care Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow, Alice Wong asks, how do people with disabilities who rely on personal assistance negotiate their relationships with the people that assist them? And how does that inform their sense of independence or interdependence with others? In this next story from the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Wong searches for answers. (see Alice’s story transcript below) A Lifetime of Caregiving: Mom and Uncle Harold Most often family members are the ones that step up and provide care when a parent or loved one needs it. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 78 percent of care beneficiaries receive assistance from a family member, friend, or neighbor. Alta Mae Stevens is 87 years old. From the moment she married she’s been caring for one person or another. Her daughter Stephanie Guyer-Stevens talks to her about what a lifetime of caregiving has meant to her. Resources: UCSF: UCSF Study Projects Need for 2.5M More Long-Term Care Workers by 2030 SEIU: Longterm Care Workers Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund Disability Visibility Project Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network National Disability Leadership Alliance Senior and...

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