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Living Downstream-creating a world free of cancer causing toxics

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds; others are being sterilized. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, but thousands of incarcerated people are fighting for control of their own reproductive health.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2013 Year in Review

Making Contact’s media mission is to give voice to those who don’t usually make it on to the airwaves. We look back on how we did in 2013 and bring you up to date on our most compelling and resonating stories of the year. From pregnant women in prison who’ve been mistreated; to the tomato fields of Florida, where the power of community radio helps workers take action. Then out west, to a national forest in California, where wildfires are raising questions about fire management techniques. We’ll also get updates on where those stories stand now. Producer/Host: Nancy López Producers: George Lavender, Andrew Stelzer Contributing Producers: Lisa Bartfai, Jen Chien How Far Have We Come? Justice for Female Inmates in 2013 Up until fairly recently, the public knew very little about what happens to a woman when she lands in jail and is pregnant. What prenatal services does she have access to? How well is she being treated? Where does she go to deliver her baby? Back in March, in our program Our Stories, Our Bodies: Reproductive Health Behind Bars, we explored these questions, and what we found was troubling – stories of pregnant women who were shackled to their beds and others who were sterilized without their informed consent. We’ll also get an update on where these stories stand now. Producers Lisa Bartfai and Jen Chien have more. Featuring Courtney Hooks, Justice Now! campaign and communications director Tina Reynolds, Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) co-founder and chair Samantha Rogers, California Coalition for Women Prisonersassistant Karen Shain, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children former policy director Victoria Law, “Resistance Behind Bars” author Kimberly,formerly incarcerated mother Joe Higgins, Rappahannock Regional Jail superintendent Carolyn Sulfrin, Ob/Gyn Dr. at the San Francisco Jail, and fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. More info   California Coalition for Women Prisoners Women on the Rise Telling HerStory Legal Services for Prisoners with Children Birthing Behind Bars SPARK Reproductive Justice Now Justice Now Nation Inside Critical Resistance Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice California Prison Moratorium Project All of Us or None National Advocate for Pregnant Women The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Strong Families ACLU of Northern California Center for Young Women’s Development The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds The Women’ Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute Diana Kasdan Discusses the ACLU’s Anti-Shackling Initiative http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights-reproductive-freedom-womens-rights/diana-kasdan-discusses-aclus-anti-shackling-init Testimonies   Communities Gain Access to Low Power Radio In August we brought you one of our most popular shows of the year: Low Power (Radio) to the People. In October, the Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to open a two week window in which people could apply to...

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Conquest: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide

Native American women experience the highest rates of violence of any other group in the United States. One in three native women have been victims of sexual assault and the murder rate of indigenous women is consistently higher than the national average. On this edition, Andrea Smith, author of “Conquest: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide” explains the connection between violence against women, and the colonization of native lands and bodies.

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Plan B and Beyond: Local Struggles for Reproductive Freedom

It’s not just about Roe v Wade and the Supreme Court. Local institutions can create restrictions that prevent women from exercising reproductive health choices, even with the law on their side. From Albuquerque to Portland to New York City, obstacles are surfacing in pharmacies, state legislatures, city councils and even medical schools.

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Living Downstream

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Women Rising 23: La Via Campesina

We profile women of La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement celebrating 20 years of grassroots activism, for sustainable farming, land rights and social justice.  Canadian Nettie Wiebe fights to keep seeds in the hands of small farmers.  From the US, Dina Hoff takes on climate change and trade agreements. Elizabeth Mpufo of Zimbabwe raises issues facing women.  And Japan’s Ayumi Kinezuka shares the effects of the Fukishima nuclear disaster on her organic farm.
This show was produced Women Rising Radio Project.

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Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds; others are being sterilized. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, but thousands of incarcerated people are fighting for control of their own reproductive health.

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Ten Years Later: Counting the Costs of War in Iraq

We look back at the 2003 invasion of Iraq, 10 years later. For Iraqis, for the US military, and for the anti-war movement: how have things changed, and what has the world learned?

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Women Rising #22: International Anti-Nuclear Activists

With nuclear power back on the agenda, three prominent female activists tell their stories: Kaori Izumi was part of the grassroots campaign to shutdown Japan’s nuclear power plants, after the Fukushima disaster. Winona LaDuke, has spent much of her life working to oppose uranium mining on indigenous land. And Alice Slater is part of a global initiative to ban nuclear weapons. On this edition, is the anti-nuclear movement on the rise? This is a special collaboration with Lynn Feinerman and Crown Sephira Productions.

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