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Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income
Jan17

Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income

When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United states, the wealth gap between rich and poor was already very wide. The top 10% of families — those who had at least $942,000 — held 76% of total wealth. The average amount of wealth in this group was $4 million. And the entire bottom half of the population had just 1% of the total wealth pie, this gap continues to rise and when the statistical scope accounts for race, the disparity worsens. Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, traces the history of the wealth gap in his work. Is Universal Basic Income, or UBI, an answer to the wealth gap, and to poverty? Or is it the tech community’s neoliberal dream? For this answer we hear from the producers from Upstream. Special thanks to Upstream Podcast: Upstreampodcast.org. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies Julianna Bidadanure – Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy at Stanford University Doug Henwood – Economist, Journalist Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Upstream Podcast Producers: Della Z Duncan, Robert R. Raymond Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Born on Third Base, by Chuck Collins Inequality.org United for a Fair Economy Upstream Podcast The Color of Money – Mehrsa Baradaran  Economic Policy Institute, The Racial Wealth...

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Reclaiming Gotham: The Battle for U.S. Cities
Jan10

Reclaiming Gotham: The Battle for U.S. Cities

On this episode of Making Contact, journalist Juan González discusses his new book, Reclaiming Gotham. He chronicles the evolution of the growth machine in America’s cities – from redlining and racial covenants in the early 20th century, to land grabs and privatization in the 21st – and the rise of progressive alliances to reclaim them. Special thanks to Pegasus Books for organizing the event and allowing us to broadcast excerpts of Juan González’s discussion of Reclaiming Gotham. The event took place in Berkeley, CA in October 2017. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Juan González, journalist and author of Reclaiming Gotham Credits: Host: 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 More Information: Reclaiming Gotham [BOOK] No, Juan Gonzalez, Bill de Blasio Isn’t Ending ‘The Tale of Two Cities’ Neoliberalism is a Political Project Neoliberalism: The Idea that Swallowed the World Local Progress Richmond Progressive Alliance  ...

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We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World
Jan03

We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll examine how young people, particularly queer POC youth, are using spoken word as a mechanism for social change. The show also will explore how Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam has challenged mainstream culture and created spaces that welcome and encourage marginalized communities to speak up about their life experiences – all through poetry. Special thanks to James Kass (Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks), Tara Dorabji (Director of Development & Communications at Youth Speaks), and Youth Speaks. Image Credit: Constellations | Very Quiet – Flickr Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Tish Jones, Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks and Brave New Voices Leadership Fellow James Kass, Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks Kayla Kitchen Aleah Bradshaw Victor Masony Quinton Campbell-Rod Aurelle Marie Aisha June Credits: Host: Anita Johnson 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 Music: All Our Clocks Are Dying – Ergo Phizmiz Prelude No. 1 – Chris Zabriskie More Information: Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Aleah Bradshaw Slam Champions Black Exorcism...

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A Tale of Two Heights
Nov29

A Tale of Two Heights

Two neighborhoods — Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and Crown Heights, Brooklyn New York — are experiencing the gamut of changes associated with gentrification. And some are pushing back against those who would cash in on the eviction and displacement of longtime residents. On this edition of Making Contact we hear how one Crown Heights restaurant drew the protest of local residents, and how a coalition of activists in Boyle Heights is taking direct action against gentrifying forces in the neighborhood.  Special thanks to Jesús Hermosillo, producer of the podcast, This Is Where We Stay. Image Credit: Gothamist, Caption: Becca Brennan, owner of Summerhill restaurant at Crown Heights town hall Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Leonardo Vilchis, Union de Vecinos & Defend Boyle Heights Claudia Medina, Eviction Defense Network Carlos Montes, Centro CSO & Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Diana Richardson, NY State Assembly Becca Brennan, Owner of Summerhill Restaurant Geoffrey Davis, Crown Heights Community Organizer Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Otis Gray (Contributing Producer + Producer of the podcast, Hungry) Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: “Bom Jardin”,  Lobo Loco “Steady Leave ID”, Lobo Loco “West Coast”,  Ryan Little “Houndstooth”, Gilman Mom “In Passage”, Blue Dot Sessions “Fater Lee”, Black Ant More Information: Crown Heights Bar Owner Plasters Over Controversial ‘Bullet Hole’ Wall – Emma Whitford, Gothamist Crown Heights Town Hall Meeting, August 24, 2017 An LA Community Fights the “Discovery” of Its Neighborhood by Commercial Art Galleries – Abe Ahn, Hyperallergic Track every NYC apartment eviction on this interactive map – Tanay Warekar, Curbed New York Defend Boyle Heights – Anti-gentrification coalition based in Boyle Heights  Defend Boyle Heights sparks controversy with anti-gentrification push – Saúl Soto, Boyle Heights...

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The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban
Sep20

The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban

Leading up to the US Supreme Court hearing on Trump’s travel ban, we’ll hear about the order’s impact on people from affected, Muslim-majority countries, and how advocacy groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations are responding. On this edition of Making Contact we begin with the story of a woman who was in flight to the US when President Trump signed his first travel ban.  Special thanks to the Stanford Storytelling Project and State of the Human podcast managing producer, Jake Warga. TRANSCRIPT –see below Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Nisrin Abdelrahman, Stanford PhD Student in Anthropology Zahar Billo, Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Contributing Producers: Nisrin Abdelrahman, Helvia Taina, An-Li Herring, Eileen Williams Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: David Szesztay, “The End” David Szesztay, “Chords” Percival Pembroke, “Symphony, no. 2 in F minor” More Information: Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter #NoMuslimBanEver Campaign Executive Order 13780 TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S. V. INT L REFUGEE ASSISTANCE TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S. V. HAWAII Stanford Storytelling Project TRANSCRIPT “What do you think, dad, should I go?” And he’s like, “You know, I think it’s just better be, uh, safe than sorry.” He was like, “I think, you know, you should go.” My name is Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman. I am a PhD student here at Stanford in Anthropology. I’m originally from Sudan, but I am also a green card holder, I’m a permanent resident. I’ve been living in the U.S. for 24 years. We started hearing about this possibility of a Muslim ban, and this executive order that might get signed. [News Reporter] Trump put a temporary ban on travelers from Sudan and six other Muslim majority countries from entering the US. And my father and I were, you know, in this very small kind of one-bedroom house in this like working-class neighborhood in Khartoum, and glued to the TV watching CNN, trying to figure out what’s going to happen. [Trump] I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United State of America. We don’t want them here. On the day we heard that this was going to get signed within the next two days, I decided probably within the span of an hour, that I was going to get the next flight out. [Trump] we only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love, deeply, our...

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Women Rising Radio: Rescuing The Isolated and Displaced, Women of Doctors Without Borders
Sep06

Women Rising Radio: Rescuing The Isolated and Displaced, Women of Doctors Without Borders

Most of the world simply has no health care. There are vast tracts of land and populations of people who don’t have doctors or must make great efforts to reach medical care.  In addition, masses of displaced people and refugees – over 100,000,000 at last count – need to be rescued from their desperate situations.  Doctors Without Borders, Medecins Sans Frontieres in French (MSF) is on the ground providing quality medical care to those in need across the world.  Listen to four of these healers tell the stories of their work in the field. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Sarah Giles Dr. Estrella Lasry Melanie Capiccioni Dr. Neema Kaseje Canada’s Dr. Sarah Giles, is known as the one doctor aboard the MSF ship Aquarius rescuing refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean sea from Africa and the Middle East.  Spain’s Dr. Estrella Lasry worked in the field in the Central African Republic and the Congo, then took on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. US/San Marino nurse Melanie Capiccioni treats malnutrition, initially in South Sudan and then in Uganda. And Kenya’s Dr. Neema Kaseje brings her skills in surgery to pregnant women and survivors of violence in Africa. Credits: Producer:  Lynn Feinerman Host: Sandina Robbins Audio:  Stephanie Welch More Information: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org http://www.humanium.org/en/world/right-to-health/ http://www.womenrisingradio.com http://www.who.int/universal_health_coverage/un_resolution/en/...

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