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Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD
Dec06

Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD

On this edition of Making Contact, Part 2 of our Korea series by producer Marie Choi, we head to Soseongri, a small village nestled in the mountains of Seongju County. There, grandmas and grandpas in their 70s, 80s, and 90s have gone from quietly farming to organizing daily protests and blockades to stop THAAD. THAAD is part of a missile defense system that gives the U.S. the ability to carry out a nuclear first strike. The region has historically been Korea’s conservative stronghold, but with the deployment of THAAD, people are re-evaluating the history they’ve been taught their entire lives. Special Thanks to Io Sunwoo, Juyeon Rhee, and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. Image Credit: Stop THAAD Alliance Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Grace Cho, Historian and Author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War Shin Dong Ok, Head of Soseongri Elders Group Shi Uh Yeon, Gimcheon Resident Gimcheon Residents Soseongri Residents  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   Voiceover for Shin Dong Ok: David Jang Jae Rhee Voiceovers for Sosongri Halmonis: Juyeon Rhee, J.T. Takagi Voiceover for Shi Uh Yeon: Juhyun Park Voiceover for Gimcheon Imo: Liz Suk Voiceover for Col. Turner Rogers: Claude Marks Archival Audio: U.S. National Archives, AP Archives, U.S. State Department, and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center  Music: + Rain – Jio Im and Judy Jun 나그네설움 Instrumental 그래도 – 오재환 고향의 봄 / 도라지 – Judy Jun July – Jio Im 다신 돌아갈 수 없을까요- 이형주 More Information: ZoomIn Korea’s Stop THAAD Coverage Science at MIT: From Cold War to Climate Crisis Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea MULTIMEDIA: Still Present Pasts Memory of Forgotten War BOOK: Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War by Grace Cho...

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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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Fantastic Negrito and The Last Days of Oakland
Nov21

Fantastic Negrito and The Last Days of Oakland

In the last three years, Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland-based black roots revivalist has gone from busking at bus stops to winning a Grammy and touring internationally. He’s done this by creating a unique sound — melodic hooks, primal blues-rock chords, clever lyricism, a killer falsetto, and in-your-face social consciousness. On this week’s Making Contact, we learn about Fantastic Negrito’s journey, his creative process, and how he’s utilizing his artistic platform to advocate for social justice. Special thanks to Fantastic Negrito and the Blackball Universe crew. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring:  Fantastic Negrito, Oakland-based Black Roots Revivalist Credits: Host & Episode Producer: 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 More Information: Fantastic Negrito’s Music Fantastic Negrito Official Page Dance of the Displaced by Eric Arnold...

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At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice
Nov15

At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice

Faith and reproductive justice: we rarely hear these words in the same sentence. Instead, we associate faith with the belligerent protester outside an abortion clinic or sex ed curriculums that shame young women for their sexuality. But what if faith could fuel a movement that supports women and families in having real choices over their lives and their bodies? On this week’s Making Contact, we head to the crossroads of faith and the struggle for reproductive justice. We’ll hear from people like Dr. Willie Parker, Toni Bond Leonard, and Katie Zeh, who are making these visions a reality. Special thanks to Center for American Progress for allowing us to broadcast excerpts of the “At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice”, a panel that took place in Washington D.C. July 2017. Thanks also to the Mary Wohlford Foundation. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Willie Parker, OB-GYN, Author, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice Toni Bond Leonard, Consultant, and Founding Mother of Reproductive Justice Katey Zeh, Writer, Strategist, and Educator LaShawn Warren, Vice President, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Credits: Host & Episode Producer: Vera Tykulsker Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin  More Information: VIDEO: At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice, panel by the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. July 2017 Dr. Willie Parker ReWire articles by Toni Bond Leonard Katey Zeh American Progress Making Contact, Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice Making Contact, The Light Inside: Giving Birth Behind Bars Making Contact, Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind...

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I Am Not Your Negro
Nov08

I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Special thanks to Master filmmaker Raoul Peck, Magnolia Pictures, and Amazon Studios. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Film Participants include: James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Dick Cavett, Marlon Brando, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and many more 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 More Information: I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia Pictures Amazon Studios I Am Not Your Negro Youtube James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Interview with James Baldwin on Sexuality – Richard...

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The Poetic Address to the Nation (Encore)
Nov01

The Poetic Address to the Nation (Encore)

November 8 marks one year since Donald Trump won the US presidency. One year later, Gallup puts the President’s approval rating at 33%, an all-time low. We at Making Contact reflect on his solid win in the electoral college, his resounding loss of the popular vote, and the year that is drawing to a close. The Poetic Address to the Nation was an event that brought together poets to speak out and against the current administration. The event featured poets Cam Awkward, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee, Chinaka Hodge, and many others to share pieces from immigration, to trans violence, to activism. Making Contact is broadcasting an abridged version of the event produced by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation was organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in partnership with U.S. Department of Art and Culture. The USDAC is not a government agency–it’s a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. The USDAC is also a member of the New Economy Coalition. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee Hadeel Ramadan Guillermo Gomez Peña Cam Awkard Tassiana Willis Chinaka Hodge Young, Gifted & Black Credits: Host: 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: Show opener: ‘Prose,’ by Glass Boy Show credits: ‘Blaster 47’ by Glass Boy More Information: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts U.S. Department of Arts and Culture The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation #PSOTU2017 Climbing PoeTree – We Survived Art is Our Weapon: A Conversation With Climbing Poetree Climbing Poetree: Intrinsic The Power of Poetry...

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