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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement
Jan17

A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn’t happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the story behind it. Special thanks to The New School for the recording. Featuring: Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the Story Behind It” Credits: Host: George Lavender Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Gary Younge The New...

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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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Rad Dads!!!

Fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?

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Not a Drop to Drink: our dwindling access to clean drinking water

It’s something many of us take for granted: access to clean drinking water. But for many Americans it’s not something they can rely on.  From chemical spills in  West Virginia to ecoli in the water on the Texas-Mexico border, to contamination from farming in California. On this edition, we hear what happens when there’s not a drop to drink. Featuring: Angela Walker, Charleston resident Neena Satija, environment reporter Texas Tribune Daisy Gonzalez and Vicente Lara, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water Horacio Amezquita, resident San Jerado Credits: Host: George Lavender Contributing Producers: Laura Allen, Rachel Gottfried, Jing Niu More information Undrinkable The Untold Story of What Happened at An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail Study Warns of MCHM toxicity Colorado Spill Environmental Justice Coalition for Water UC Berkeley Stronach...

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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement
Jan13

A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn’t happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Junior’s “Dream” and the story behind it.   Producer: George Lavender Special thanks to the New School for use of their recording. Featuring: Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream and the Story Behind...

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Making Contact team wins SPJ Excellence in Journalism Award!
Oct29

Making Contact team wins SPJ Excellence in Journalism Award!

Every year the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards recognize the best stories and most innovative projects from media outlets around the country. These awards are where some of the most celebrated names in journalism recognize the crucial, enlightening work being done by their peers. We’re excited to announce that a team from Making Contact has won a Feature Storytelling award from the SPJ Northern California Chapter for Deadly Divide, the enlightening, somber show on Migrant Deaths along the US/Mexico border.   CONGRATULATIONS Jasmin Lopez, George Lavender, Brandon Thibodeaux and Mitra Kaboli for their hard work! We think this radio documentary is a perfect example of Making Contact’s brand of sound rich, nuanced storytelling and coverage of underreported issues. Talented and determined Making Contact producer Jasmin Mara Lopez led this project and worked for six months researching, traveling and editing Deadly Divide amidst her contributions to other weekly Making Contact episodes. In August of 2014, Jasmin and photojournalist Brandon Thibodeaux journeyed to the desert ranch lands of Brooks County, Texas to introduce us to the human cost of U.S.border enforcement strategies. Jasmin’s radio documentary is accompanied by a moving set of images taken by Brandon, who has spent the last few years documenting life on both sides of the border. While reporting, Jasmin  got a taste of the intense heat and lack of landmarks in the harsh desert, only some of the challenges faced by people like Elias, a Honduran migrant and central voice who listeners get to know as he flees poverty and violence. Over 6,000 migrant deaths were recorded on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico between 1998 and 2013. The true number of deaths is likely higher, and thousands of families never hear from their loved ones again. Listeners follow a team as they collect the bodies of those who crossed the desert border, hear from a forensic scientist piecing together information about the lives of the deceased from piecing together their bones, and become inspired by Eduardo Canlaes, Director of the South Texas Human Rights Center as he delivers water to life-line spots that dot the parched landscape as he tries to spare the lives of those crossing. Making Contact producer George Lavender advised on script sequencing and provided script edits. Making Contact’s supporters chipped in donations for travel expenses. Jasmin engaged musician Diana Gameros for scoring, Juaquin Neault for voice overs, Sheerry Seegers for transcription and interwove poetry by MamaCoAtl Chantiko.   Listen to the show and watch the photo slideshow here....

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