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U.S. Anti-Torture History After 9/11

Making Contact · U.S. Anti-Torture History After 9/11   In today’s program, we turn our attention to the history of torture in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks. Sociology professor Lisa Hajjar traces the post-9/11 history of...

But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

A More Perfect Union: Latinos, Minority Majorities, and Redistricting

Making Contact · A More Perfect Union: Latinos, Minority Majorities, and Redistricting   How will major demographic shifts affect redistricting in 2021? According to the U.S. Census, Asian American & Pacific Islander and...

September 11th 20 Years Later: Surveillance, Policing, and Torture

Making Contact · September 11th 20 Years Later: Surveillance, Policing, and Torture   September 11th, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. In today’s program, we turn our attention not to the...

Life During COVID

Making Contact · Life During COVID The COVID 19 pandemic has transformed all of our lives in some way. But some are feeling the impacts more than others. Take healthcare workers, for example: As the United States surpasses 38 million...

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But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)-ENCORE

Making Contact · The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it) – Encore   The Fight to Stop the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Barbara Bernstein’s story of several communities in the Pacific...

Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels

Making Contact · Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels   In this episode we bring you one little girl’s experience in a Northern California neighborhood with high asthma rates and other health challenges. We...

A History of Traditional Root Healing

Making Contact · A History of Traditional Root Healing   In some parts of the world, traditional herbal remedies are the norm.  When we  think of natural remedies we tend to think of older generations living in remote areas, in...

But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)-ENCORE

Making Contact · The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it) – Encore   The Fight to Stop the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Barbara Bernstein’s story of several communities in the Pacific...

Re:Work Radio: Stranded

Making Contact · Re:Work Radio: Stranded   In 2020, India suddenly went into a national lockdown without advance planning or adequate government support. This led to a humanitarian crisis in addition to the COVID-19 public health...

But Next Time, Episode 3: Rising Waters

Making Contact · But Next Time, Episode 3: Rising Waters   No matter where we come from, or how much money we make, we all deserve a safe and healthy place to call home. In this episode we meet parents who are fighting to save their...

Re:Work Radio. Trafficked, the Journey of Lester Ramos (ENCORE)

Making Contact · Re:Work Radio: Trafficked, the Journey of Lester Ramos   Like this program? Please support our work. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Labor Trafficking:  One of the most common forms...

The Response: The Fight for Justice after the Grenfell Tower Fire

Making Contact · The Response: The Fight for Justice after the Grenfell Tower Fire   On June 14, 2017, a fire started in a 24-story public housing apartment in West London called Grenfell Tower. The fire raged all night and reduced...

70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable

Making Contact · 70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable   Prosecutors hold immense power in the criminal justice system. They decide who to charge with what crime, when to offer deals, what sentences to recommend, and...

Re:Work Radio: Stranded

Making Contact · Re:Work Radio: Stranded   In 2020, India suddenly went into a national lockdown without advance planning or adequate government support. This led to a humanitarian crisis in addition to the COVID-19 public health...

Re:Work Radio. Trafficked, the Journey of Lester Ramos (ENCORE)

Making Contact · Re:Work Radio: Trafficked, the Journey of Lester Ramos   Like this program? Please support our work. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Labor Trafficking:  One of the most common forms...

The Pandemic, Loss and Racial Inequity

 Making Contact · The Pandemic, Loss and Racial Inequity According to the CDC, Blacks and Latinos are 3 times as likely to die from COVID as their white counterparts. This disproportionate harm has sparked a response from community...

Part 2 of The Pandemic Inside: COVID-19 and Prisons (Encore)

Making Contact · Part 2 of The Pandemic Inside: Covid-19 and Prisons   In a two-part series, we look at how COVID-19 has torn through prisons and how organizers are trying to push state and local governments to release inmates in...

Part 1 of The Pandemic Inside: COVID-19 and Prisons (Encore)

Making Contact · Part 1 of The Pandemic Inside: Covid 19 and Prisons – Encore   In this encore episode, we look at how COVID-19 has torn through prisons and how organizers are trying to push state and local governments to...

70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable

Making Contact · 70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable   Prosecutors hold immense power in the criminal justice system. They decide who to charge with what crime, when to offer deals, what sentences to recommend, and...

70 Million: Where Juvenile Detention Looks More Like Hanging Out

Making Contact · 70 Million: Where Juvenile Detention Looks More Like Hanging Out   There’s a place in rural St. Johns, Arizona, where teens who have encounters with officers of the law can play pool, make music, and get mentored...

U.S. Anti-Torture History After 9/11

Making Contact · U.S. Anti-Torture History After 9/11   In today’s program, we turn our attention to the history of torture in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks. Sociology professor Lisa Hajjar traces the post-9/11 history of...

But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in...

A More Perfect Union: Latinos, Minority Majorities, and Redistricting

Making Contact · A More Perfect Union: Latinos, Minority Majorities, and Redistricting   How will major demographic shifts affect redistricting in 2021? According to the U.S. Census, Asian American & Pacific Islander and...

70 Million: How Black Women Are Rightfully “Taking Seats at the Table”

Making Contact · 70 Million: How Black Women Are Rightfully “Taking Seats at the Table”   Nearly one in two Black women in the US have a loved one who has been impacted by our prison system. Many become de facto civilian experts...

Black Women In History

Making Contact · Black Women In History   Ever since the first Africans were brought to North America on cargo ships, Black women have helped build America. While Black women have played a critical role in the development of the...

It’s Magic: Birth Justice and Black Maternal Health

Making Contact · It’s Magic: Birth Justice and Black Maternal Health   Black women are three times as likely as White women to die from pregnancy-related complications. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

The Many Faces of Justice: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of North America (Encore)

Making Contact · The Many Faces of Justice: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of North America (Encore)   As reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate, missing and murdered...

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