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Next week’s show:
For release 5/7/2014

Reclaiming the Commons

NOTE: To download, right-click on all browsers. To play, click using Explorer, Safari or Chrome.  


For stations using PRSS: Starting with the September 25th episode, Making Contact will change its delivery format on the PRSS from four segments to a single 29 minute segment. We’re making this change to streamline uploading and delivering the program. The program’s internal format – including breaks – will not change at all. A few weeks after the September 25th episode we will change the official segment count in the ContenDepot to reflect the change to single segment delivery. Until then, there will be no audio in segments 2, 3, and 4. Please contact Making Contact producer George Lavender at if you have any questions or concerns.

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About the Promos:
We upload program-specific Making Contact promos for stations each week. They are broadcast-quality (128k mp3) and run :59 seconds long. Although this page is refreshed each week, the promos are made permanently available on each show’s web page. Each promo includes 0:10 end bed for station IDs. 

Our website is updated every Wednesday by 6:30am GMT (Tuesday 10:30pm PST). Our homepage features the current week’s show at the top, other recent shows are below it. Click through the appropriate link to get to that program’s permanent page. We recommend you right-click to download the promo. If you want to play the promo before downloading, use Explorer, Safari or Chrome as your browser and click the yellow button at top. Unfortunately, some stations have trouble using Safari to play the file on this page. This is due to technical issues on Safari’s end. We also recommend the 128k (broadcast quality) version. The file compression is 11:1 at 44100 Hz, and retains virtually all aspects of the original sound file that you hear on our CDs, including overall quality, consistent sound level and range of frequencies.

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for more information about programming tips,  timing, cues and distribution options.Please contact us so we can count you among our growing list of stations (includes a link to your website), and notify you of upcoming programs and specials. Making Contact is FREE, but please consider a donation to help with costs.

Distribution Options — for automatic downloads

If you prefer to receive an automated download, below are directions on how to do it.

PLEASE NOTE: this is just an additional option—we are not getting rid of any of the current methods to receive Making Contact.  It’s still available on PRSS Content Depot, Audioport, PRX, and our website! And, please email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Have your spider/crawler program go to this page:

Shows will be named in the following manner—with the date always corresponding to the WEDNESDAY on which our program goes live.
59-second promos will be named in this manner—with same corresponding WEDNESDAY dates.

The programs will be posted at least 4 or 5 days ahead of the airdate.

This process will begin next week—so next weeks links, which are already posted, are:

Submit material for an upcoming show

Also, we’re always looking for material from our stations. Formal pitches or raw ideas for entire programs or segments are welcome – see our Submission Guidelines. We welcome the opportunity to work with your station personnel to bring local stories to a national audience. You can also send along any other ideas by emailing us at pitches[at]



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