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Jane Mayer on the Hidden Billionaires of the Radical Right
Jun22

Jane Mayer on the Hidden Billionaires of the Radical Right

Who is Charles Koch–really? Who are the members of “the Network”?—a semi-secret group assembled by the Koch brothers? How are the superrich’s priorities transforming American society? Journalist Jane Mayer spent several years searching for some of those answers, and her new book is titled Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires. Mayer is interviewed by Atlantic magazine editor-in-chief James Bennet.  Featuring: Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires James Bennet, Atlantic Magazine editor-in-chief Credits Host: Andrew Stelzer Special thanks: Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse More information   Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Jane Mayer on Dark Money Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse How the Kochtopus Went After a Reporter Koch Industries Americans for...

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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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Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes
Apr27

Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes

Hollywood has had a long history of whitewashing and stereotyping different groups –from brownface to blackface and yellowface. For Arabs and Muslims, persistent clichés throughout Hollywood’s history range from desert scenes with camels and palm trees, and characters cast as barbaric villains, belly dancers, or terrorists among others. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them. Featuring: Diana Kalaji, student at University of San Francisco Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror.” Credits Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producer: Diana Kalaji Associate Producer: Marie Choi Photo Credit: “Community March Against Islamophobia December 13, 2015”, Misha Voloaca Music Credit: BOPD, aint no thing, Vir Noctruna, Stop + Go More information: Moustafa Bayoumi: “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on...

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From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan: Immigrant Communities Upholding Democracy
Apr20

From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan: Immigrant Communities Upholding Democracy

  This edition of Making Contact is Part I of our special series examining how immigrants are responding and participating in elections and politics today. From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan, we’ll meet immigrant communities upholding democracy. We’ll also have a conversation with the Brennan Center for Justice President and author of the Fight to Vote, Michael Waldman about how immigrants throughout history have expanded the right to vote. Featuring Elizabeth Perez, “Ellie” council assistant to the Office of Vice Mayor and councilwoman Kate Gallego Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix Vice Mayor Anthony Valdovinos, founder of La Machine Viridiana Hernández, founding member of Team Awesome Dr. Muzammil Ahmed, member of Community of Western Suburbs Mosque Saber Ahmed, member of Community of Western Suburbs Mosque Dr. Syed Taj, former Canton, Michigan City Council member Michael Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice President and author of the “Fight to Vote.” Credits Host: Laura Flynn Associate Producer: Marie Choi Contributing Producers: Valeria Fernández and Renee Gross Project Coordinator: Manolia Charlotin Photo Credits: Valeria Fernández and Renee Gross Music Credit: Ketsa, What tomorrow brings, Arbee, ambidextre, Ketsa, Where the river run Special thanks: Beacon journalism crowdfunding platform and all the individuals who contributed to our campaign for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries. Thanks also to the Berwick-Degel Family foundation. More information Making Contact: Immigration and Election Series La Machine Team Awesome, Arizona The Young Turks: Islamaphobic Ads Against Michigan Candidate Syed Taj The Brennan Center for Justice: Voting Rights & Elections 2016 The Nation: Ari Berman, elections coverage Segments Vote-less, not voiceless: Dreamers reshape Arizona politics Civil disobedience helped Dreamers inject new blood into the immigration reform movement in the U.S. It resulted in the creation of DACA or deferred action in 2012. It grants undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday protection from deportation and the ability to receive a work-permit. This election cycle Dreamers are working for presidential candidates and in one city, Dreamers are pushing the envelop again, but from outside the spotlight. From civil disobedience to civic accountability, youth that can’t vote are making the voice of the Latino community heard in local politics and at the ballot box. Valeria Fernández has the story in Phoenix, Arizona. A Michigan Mosque, mobilizing civic engagement Religion can play a big role in politics. Many religious intuitions work to mobilize their members to vote. Politicians, like Ted Cruz, have used churches as places to announce their campaigns. But for a while, members of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan were unsure about what role their mosque should play in politics. Now that’s changing. As anti-Muslim rhetoric has increased, members of the mosque...

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China’s Reproductive Regime: Mei Fong & Barbara Demick on China’s one child policy
Mar02

China’s Reproductive Regime: Mei Fong & Barbara Demick on China’s one child policy

January 2016 marked the end of China’s one child policy—a regime of family planning policies and enforcement that scarred generations of parents and children. On this edition of Making Contact, China correspondent Gady Epstein speaks with Mei Fong, author of One Child:The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, and Barbara Demick, journalist and former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. Featuring: Mei Fong, author of One Child:The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment Barbara Demick, , journalist and former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times Gady Epstein, China correspondent for The Economist. Credits Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Laura Flynn, Monica Lopez, Andrew Stelzer, Jasmin Lopez Original Content Producers: New America NYC and ChinaFile Special Thanks: Mary Wohlford Foundation for funding our Reproductive Justice beat More information New America NYC Mei Fong, author and...

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Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review
Dec23

Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review

From the Fight for 15 campaign to the Syrian refugee crisis, the past year was full of news headlines that were tough to keep up with. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. On this edition of Making Contact we take a look at shows we produced in 2015, and we ll find out what’s happened since. Featuring: Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder Cat Brooks, Anti Police Terror Project Antonia Juhasz, Investigative Journalist Thomas DarDar, United Houma Nation Chief Mark Miller, Southern Utah University History professor Sylvia Rivera, Remembering Stonewall oral history project Michael Schirker, Remembering Stonewall oral history project Aesha Rasheed, Southerners on New Ground. Credits Host: Jasmin Lopez Music: Ketsa, Ryan...

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