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Art is Our Weapon: A Conversation With Climbing Poetree

Alixa and Naima are two poets who together make up Climbing PoeTree, an award winning performance duo. Mixing poetry and politics they seek to use their words to educate and inspire. On this edition, we hear performances by Climbing PoeTree and find out where such inspiring artists find their own inspiration.

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Standing Up to Big Oil

From courtroom battles to government regulation, we take a look at how citizen groups around the world are holding oil companies accountable for environmental contamination and human rights abuses.

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A Report Back from the World Water Forum

One billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and at least 31 countries face water scarcity. We hear from organizers working for the right to water on a global level, about the failures of private water management, and alternatives to corporate control.

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Women Rising XVIII: Rescuers of Wildlife

Four women leaders work throughout the world, from Asia to Latin America to defend animal rights.

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Plan Colombia: Drug War Without End

Independent producer Reese Erlich visits rural farmers and urban shanty towns in Colombia, and talks with high ranking Colombian politicians to learn about Plan Colombia, an effort to reduce cocaine production.

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Women Rising III: International Changemakers Women Writer Activists

In this Women’s Desk edition, we profile three courageous women writer-activists.

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Spill-Over: Plan Colombia and U.S. Interests in the Andean Region

On this edition, we hear from leaders in Colombian civil society about what they view as Plan Colombia’s broader strategy: regional dominance by U.S. military and economic interests.

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Hoods in the Night: Colombia’s Conflict and the Civilian Population

On this edition of Making Contact, we go to the Colombian cities of Medellin and Bogota to hear first-hand what life is like for disenfranchised and displaced communities that are literally caught in the crossfire.

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Bottled Rights: Coca-Cola Workers

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at Coca-Cola and a couple examples of the corporation’s foreign operations.

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Warnings from the Coal Fields (encore edition)

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at the impacts of a common practice in the coal industry known as “mountain top removal.” We also hear about alleged collusion between an Alabama-based coal company and paramilitaries in Colombia against union organizers.

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