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Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era
Mar14

Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era

Outside of the home, children learn about the world, where they fit in amongst their peers, and who they want to be in school. Access to a quality education means different things to different people. Some families are willing and able to pay top dollar for a private school, other children are homeschooled, while many rely on public schools for their education. And some students are calling for a more thorough and inclusive curriculum in the legislature and in the classroom. In this edition of Making Contact, we look at two major changes to statewide curriculum in California, and where schools nationwide may be headed under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Special thanks to the Oyez Project for providing free online access to US Supreme Court audio recordings, and Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for access to their archive. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Kevin Kumashiro, former Dean at University of San Francisco Jose Lara, Social Studies Teacher and Dean at Santee Education Complex Cal Larisch, Student Advocate for LGBT curriculum Don Romesburg, Queer Studies Professor at California State University Sonoma Matthew French, Teacher at Thomas Starr King Middle School Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Contributing Producers: Hannah Harris Green & Marie Choi Staff 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: Ethnic Studies Now Coalition California Students Will Learn More LGBT History in Schools, LA Times H.R. 610 Rethinking Sexism, Gender, & Sexuality How H.R. 610 Could Effect Public School Funding The Long Game of Betsy DeVos The Public School Shakedown...

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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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Voice Recognition: Does how we sound determine who we are?

What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity. Lateef McLeod, our inaugural Community Storytelling Fellow, explains the everyday challenges that come with using a speech generating device. We’ll hear from someone who nearly lost their voice, and we’ll look at how voice contributes to trans women’s sense of safety and self. Featuring: Mya Byrne, singer-songwriter Kathe Perez, creator of EVA app Samuel Sennott, assistant professor of special education at Portland University Bob Segalman, author “Against the Current, My Life with Cerebral Palsy” April Bryant, UC Berkeley student Hannah Simpson, Nika Jewell, Tela Love, 13th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, attendees. Host: George Lavender Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Meredith Talusan, Community Stortelling Fellow-Lateef McLeod Special thanks to Saskia Maltz More information Lateef McLeod Twitter: @kut2smooth Meredith Talusan, Twitter: @1demerith Mya Byrne Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/myabyrne Twitter: @myadriene Bob Segalman Is vocal fry hurting women’s job prospects? Eva App This show features Lateef McLeod, our 1st Community Storytelling Fellow. Donate now to help this year’s class of fellows tell their stories....

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Beyond Stonewall: The Push for LGBT Civil Rights

We go back to the night in June 1969 at the New York City Stonewall Inn that sparked the LGBT rights movement. On today’s show we’ll hear about the day that galvanized a generation and the continued fight for LGBT civil rights. The first Pride parades took place in June 1970 marking the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Michael Schirker and David Isay bring us an oral history Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement. Editor at large of the Huffington Posts’ Gay Voices Michelangelo Signorile says while there have been a series of recent wins for the LGBT rights movement, bigotry remains a daily reality for many. At a  New America NYC forum Signorile spoke with June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ Section about what he calls “victory blindness”. It’s a central theme in his new book, “It’s Not Over, Getting to Beyond Tolerance Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality.” Featuring President Barack Obama Geane Harwood, Bruce Merrow, Sylvia Rivera, Seymor Pine, Red Mahoney, Joan Nestle, Randy Wicker, Jim Fouratt, Howard Smith, Martin Boyce aka Miss Martin, Rudy, Mama Jean, participants in Remembering Stonewall oral history project Michelangelo Signorile, host of the Michelangelo Signorile Sirius XM June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section Credits Host: Laura Flynn Producers: David Isay and New America NYC Special thanks to Pacifica Radio Archives for “Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement” produced by David Isay for Pacifica Radio,  New America NYC for “It’s Not Over: Winning True Equality.” More Information Remembering Stonewall: a radio documentary on the birth of a movement / narrated by Michael Schirker and produced by David Isay. Soundportraits: Remembering Stonewall full transcripts Brain Pickings: After Stonewall: The First-Ever Pride Parades in Vintage Photos Columbia: Stonewall and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture The Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transsexual History New America NYC: It’s Not Over: Winning True Equality Huffington Post, Gay Voices: Michelangelo Signorile On ‘It’s Not Over’ And The Future Of The LGBT Movement Think Progress: 9 States With Anti-Gay Laws That Aren’t That Different From Russia’s Time: How Gay Rights Won in Indiana The Leadership Conference: LGBT Civil Rights   HuffPost, Gay Voices: As the Wedge Turns: Is a Federal LGBT Civil Rights Act Actually Feasible in the Near...

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Voice Recognition

What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity. We’ll hear from someone who nearly lost their voice, the challenges that come with ordering a pizza with a speech generating device, and and how voice contributes to trans women’s sense of safety and of self. Featuring: Mya Byrne, singer-songwriter Kathe Perez, creator of EVA app Samuel Sennott, assistant professor of special education at Portland University Bob Segalman, author “Against the Current, My Life with Cerebral Palsy” April Bryant, UC Berkeley student Hannah Simpson, Nika Jewell, Tela Love, 13th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, attendees. Host: George Lavender Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Meredith Talusan, Lateef McLeod Special thanks to Saskia Maltz This show features a segment produced by Lateef McLeod, Making Contact’s inaugural Community Storytelling Fellow. Read more about the fellowship here and read Lateef’s blog here. Listen to the show in segments More information Lateef McLeod Twitter: @kut2smooth Meredith Talusan, Twitter: @1demerith Mya Byrne Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/myabyrne Twitter: @myadriene Bob Segalman Is vocal fry hurting women’s job prospects? Eva App  ...

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All Around Cowboy: Inside the world of queer rodeo

Rodeo is a part of life for many Americans. But if you’re an LGBTQ rodeo fan participating in the sport you love can mean hiding part of who you are to fit in. But a tight knit group of queer cowboys has found a way to live the country and Western lifestyle in their own way.  You don’t often hear the words “gay” and “rodeo” together. On this edition Producer Vanessa Rancaño brings us one bull rider’s story. Featuring:    Jason Strand, bull rider Stud Monkey & David Grub, rodeo competitors Clint Coil, rodeo judge and Stud Monkey’s partner Judy Munson, Gay Games Rodeo Committee Chair Darcey Ward, arena crew member Rob Matyska, arena crew coordinator Tom Porter, rodeo fan and David’s partner Bill Lyle & Jane Silva, co-owners of The Thrill at Morgan Hill Rodeo Company Steve Wollert, longtime IGRA member Michael Weldert, rodeo fan Edwin & Romiro, Bill Lyle’s employees Will Ikeman, Jason’s husband Producer, Host: Vanessa Rancaño This show was part of a partnership with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Special thanks to Claire Schoen.   More Information More information: International Gay Rodeo Association Gay Games Rodeo The Thrill From Morgan Hill...

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