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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict
Mar22

The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: George W. Bush, former U.S. President Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Yara Badday, Iraqi-American Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine Barack Obama, former U.S. President Aaron Glantz, journalist Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: KALW News Aaron Glantz Answer Coalition Iraq Veterans Against the War Swords to Plowshares Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans for Peace Civilian-Soldier Alliance War Resisters League Veteran Artists Happy Anniversary, Iraq War Clamor War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Music: Intro by The...

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Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité
Mar01

Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité

For this episode, we jump across the Atlantic to Paris, France–a city whose identity is a long held archetype of beauty and romance. Conversely, Paris has also long been the site of historical protest and legacies of colonialism whose spectres are still coming to fore. Jessica Myers and Adelie Pojzman-Pontay with the Here There Be Dragons podcast feature Paris and explore Parisian sentiment–both native and immigrant–about the post-terrorists attacks at the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo. We learn how the state has responded, but also, how the attacks have revived historical and cultural tensions. Les Grands Voisins translates into the ‘great neighbors,’ it’s a space and a social experiment into mixite, or social mixing. Gregoire Molle takes his microphone this former hospital, now turned to mixed use space with emergency housing, to established businesses, to art studios–all run by a group of direct service organizations. How can mixite drive diversity, and what does it encourage? Special Thanks: CoLab Radio; Here There Be Dragons — Jessica Myers, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay; Grégoire Molle; Making Contact organizational advisors Makani Themba, Bill Creighton and Michael Stein. Photo of Muslim family condemning attacks in Paris, photo by Albert Llop, Getty Images. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: François Glory,  co-founder of Hapax Architectures Aurelie Cordier, member of Aurore Jean-Louis Missika, Legislative Aid to Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris Pascale Dubois, Coordinator, Aurore Thomas Aguilera, Researcher Alison Culliford Steffi Njoh Monny Tiffany Ferguson Franck Faucheux Joseph Swerdlin Jacqueline Houdart Rosemary Booth Dania Kawar Yassine Khorta Ahmed Omran Mawena Yehouessi Amah Edoh Frank Zschiegner Thomas Bergeron Saïda Laurore Mirette Khorshed Jean-Claude Driant Lawrence Vale Grégoire Molle Mona Pierre Bienaimé Zineb Alami Credits: Contributing Producers: Jessica Carolyn Myers, Adelie Pontay-Pozman, Gregoire Molle, R.J. Lozada 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 Music: Bensound, “Memories” More Information: Here Be The Dragons Colab Radio Aurore Les Grands Voisins...

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Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Feb14

Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment.  And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at  similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves  to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices.  So, what can we learn from our history?  And how do we fight back?  Photo Credit: Tomorrow, Inshallah Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Satsuki Ina, Documentarian Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, Survivors Joseph Arsinoe, US Soldier War Relocation Authority Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, Attorney Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech Credits: Host and Contributing Producer: Salima Hamirani Making Contact Producer for this episode: Marie Choi 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 Music: Linda Kako Caplan 2008 Anniversary Concert – Aoi umi SFPL Shoko Hikage Koto Studio – Ame Mizu Shizuku Pablo GBeats Star Wars Imperial March Rap Beat Just A Tune – Star Wars Istanbul Film Music Orchestra – Star Wars Duel of the Fates Rameses B – Star Wars More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center Alliance of South Asians Taking Action DoBetter.Tech Densho Archives FILM Whose Children Are These Suyama Project Gary Okihiro, “Japanese Resistance in America’s Concentration Camps, A Re-evaluation” CAIR Arab American Association of NY DRUM NYC Sikh Coalition New York Immigration Coalition Families for Freedom AALDEF Arab American Action Network MPower Change Asian Americans Advancing Justice National Network of Arab American Communities Never...

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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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Fallen Heroes of 2016
Dec26

Fallen Heroes of 2016

Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2016. Like this program? Please show us. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Can you recognize the title & Fallen Artist of each song in this show?  We’ll list their names and songs in our newsletter.  Don’t miss the answers in January — Sign Up Here. Featuring: Joani Blank, Founder of Good Vibrations Carol Queen, Sexologist Darren Seals, Ferguson Activist Ebony Williams, Chosen Diamonds Mentor Berta Caceres, Co-Founder of the Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) Silvio Carillo, Journalist and Nephew of Berta Caceres Cedric Robinson, UC Santa Barbara Professor and Author of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition Robin Kelley, UCLA Black Studies and History Professor Tom Rainey-Smith, Amnesty International Korea Coordinator, speaking about Baek Nam-gi activist farmer in South Korea Luis de la Garza, Member of La Colectiva Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Queer Latin@ Oral Historian and with a postsctript, Ben Bagdikian, Washington Post Editor who helped publish The Pentagon Papers and was dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley from ’85-’88. He was perhaps best known as the author of “The Media Monopoly” (1983), which warned that freedom of expression and independent journalism were threatened by the consolidation of news and entertainment outlets in a shrinking circle of corporate owners. Credits: Host: Andrew Stelzer Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras Cedric J. Robinson: the Making of a Black Radical Intellectual Horacio N. Roque Ramírez: Presente! Robin D. G. Kelley Joani Blank Good Vibrations Carol Queen Justice for Berta Silvio Carrillo The Malleable Memory of Darren Seals Who killed Ferguson activist Darren Seals? Who Killed Darren Seals and Why Farmer Baek Nam-gi Dies in South Korea After South Korean farmer’s death, family continues fight for justice Berta Cáceres, Honduran human rights and environment activist, murdered Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition In Memoriam: Horacio N. Roque Ramirez Radical Thought: Cedric J. Robinson Korean farmer Baek Nam Gi-Korean critically injured by police water cannons How Muhammad Ali influenced the Civil Rights Movement The Media Monopoly 6th Edition by Ben H. Bagdikian Goldman Prize Recipient Berta Cáceres...

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Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party
Dec07

Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party combined Black Power’s militancy with socialist ideology, and infused funk music with Franz Fanon’s writings. Their impact on American Culture, from music to style to community organizing, continues to resonate today. Fifty years after the birth of the Black Panther Party, we take a look at the lasting cultural legacy of the Black Panther Party through the eyes of the generations that followed. Special thanks to this show’s host Eric Arnold. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with the Anti Police-Terror Project René de Guzman, curator of “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at Fifty” at the Oakland Museum of California Sadie Barnette, Panther cub and artist Refa Senay, Panther cub and artist Hodari Davis, co-director Young Gifted and Black, organizer Life is Living Keba Konte, founder and owner of Red Bay Coffee  Kaleb Houston, Director of Coffee for Red Bay Coffee Credits: Host: Eric Arnold 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 Music: Ras Ceylon, “Panther Town” Kev Choice, “Dance of the Displaced” SambaFunk, Live drumming at Life Is Living More Information:   Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary  Sadie Barnette Refa One Life is Living Young Gifted and Black Red Bay Coffee  All Power To The People   ...

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