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What can Nick Cannon and Nicki Minaj teach us about abortion?
Apr06

What can Nick Cannon and Nicki Minaj teach us about abortion?

  One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet in pop culture accurate portrayals of real people’s stories are rare. In this special interview, two reproductive justice advocates listen and discuss two songs: Nick Cannon’s ‘Can I Live?’ and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Autobiography’, and ask: what messages are pop songs sending about reproductive health issues? Featuring: Alicia...

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Investigating #Reprorights in Mexico
Mar26

Investigating #Reprorights in Mexico

In March 2015, I traveled to Mexico to continue my reporting on reproductive justice issues that I began with Making Contact in 2014. Before heading to the Yucatan, I met with Project Luz students from Nezahualcoyotl. Karen, one of my former photojournalism and radio reporting students was able to collaborate with me as I traveled through three communities in the Yucatan. Here are some photos from the trip and look for the show to air...

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Women Rising 27: Ann Lopez on the reality of farm workers in the US and Mexico
Mar03

Women Rising 27: Ann Lopez on the reality of farm workers in the US and Mexico

Download We follow Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez as she shows us the reality of farm workers’ lives in the United States and Mexico. Dr. Lopez founded the Center for Farmworker Families in Watsonville, California. Featuring:    Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez, founder and director of the Center for Farmworker Families  Women farmworkers Host: Sandina Robbins Producers: Lynn Feinerman, Antonio Ortiz More information Women Rising Radio Center for...

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Storytelling fellow Rochelle Robinson on normalized violence against black women.
Feb23

Storytelling fellow Rochelle Robinson on normalized violence against black women.

I am a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. My experience informs my narrative and the perspective I plan to bring to this project as the new Community Storytelling Radio Fellowship – about how it feels to be Black, female, often economically disadvantaged, and at a disproportionately high risk of physical and sexual violence. These stories rarely make it into mainstream media; our lives and our deaths get no attention...

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Making Contact’s Diverse #PubRadioVoice Playlist
Feb05

Making Contact’s Diverse #PubRadioVoice Playlist

Last week an article by aspiring radio journalist and professor Chenjerai Kumanyika, brought the question of diversity in public radio to light and using the hashtag #PubRadioVoice, journalists, activists and community members weighed in and offered ways to increase diversity on the airwaves. For the last 20 years Making Contact has worked hard to build a more diverse public radio community and provide a platform for some of our most...

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Motherhood by Choice not Chance

Before it was legal in the United States, some doctors would risk arrest to provide women with access to safe abortions. When that wasn’t possible, some sought abortions from unsafe providers, often with deadly consequences. The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, and the numbers of people dying after having an abortion dropped, but are we now seeing a return to the past? On this edition, what can the time before abortion was...

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