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Part 1 of The Pandemic Inside: COVID-19 and Prisons
Mar10

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

…lima Hamirani: We begin our story in San Quentin. News clip: …positive for coronavirus. Chanthon Bun: Right before COVID really hit here around December. It was on the news that China has this thing that’s going on and, you know, we’re like, okay. But I wasn’t really paying attention to it because I was getting ready to go to my board hearing to be free on February 28. Salima Hamirani: That’s Bun, he was in San Quentin State Prison in Northern Cal…

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Part 2 of The Pandemic Inside: COVID-19 and Prisons
Mar17

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

…ve been targeting Gavin Newsom for months trying to pressure him to act on COVID 19 in prisons and they continue to hold rallies about mass releases as the pandemic wears on. Salima Hamirani: We want to end our piece by talking about the fate of people who gain their freedom during the pandemic. Because even if prisoners are not released on a mass scale, people are being let go almost daily. James King: Like, even in a world where we do not have a…

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The Pandemic, Loss and Racial Inequity
Dec23

The Pandemic, Loss and Racial Inequity

…rnia’s population, but have accounted for nearly 57 percent of the state’s COVID cases and 48 percent of its COVID deaths. Making Contact producer Monica Lopez looks at the impact of the pandemic on West Coast farmworkers in 2020. Monica Lopez Luci Cruz lives on California’s central coast. She works in the strawberry fields as a farm worker and is a mother of four. Like many single moms, she does what she can to support her family. But when we spo…

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Life During COVID
Sep01

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 COVID-19 cases and 637,000 deaths as of August 28th, 2021, many healthcare workers continue to be overloaded by caring for COVID-19 patients. Globally, COVID-19 has presented unique challenges, leading to increased m…

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Best of Making Contact 2021
Dec22

Best of Making Contact 2021

…healthcare workers like Amy Arlund continue to be overloaded by caring for COVID-19 patients. Globally, COVID-19 has presented unique challenges, leading to increased mental health issues among healthcare workers.   Amy: There were many nights that I didn’t think I could go back and do it again. You know, you only are responsible for two patients as an ICU nurse, and when you lose them both in one night, after you’ve given everything you’ve got an…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds
Apr22

COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds

…nd payout.   (wall street trading bell ringing)   You’ve been listening to COVID 19 Pandemic Capitalism. And Bonds on Making Contact. Special thanks to Haymarket Books, The Leap, Debt Collective and the Democratic Socialists of America for allowing us to air excerpts from their Covid + Capitalism series. To hear the full conversation, log on to radio project.org.   THE Making Contact Team is executive director Lisa Rudman, producers Monica Lopez,…

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Medical Apartheid and the COVID-19 vaccines
Dec16

Medical Apartheid and the COVID-19 vaccines

…ccine Alliance People’s Vaccine Alliance, Take Action Free the Vaccine For COVID 19 Doctor’s Without Borders, Medecins Sans Frontiers I-MAK AccessIBSA project Knowledge Network for Innovation and Access to Medicines Transcript Salima Hamirani: I’m Salima Hamirani. And on today’s Making Contact: Race for the Vaccine: It’s a date with destiny tonight a race that could make history. As rich countries hurry to protect their own people from COVID-19, t…

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On the Brink: Homelessness Before and During COVID-19
Apr14

On the Brink: Homelessness Before and During COVID-19

…her segment by taking a look at how homeless communities are dealing with Covid 19. And for that, we got in touch with Candace Elder, executive director of the East Oakland Collective.   So, Candace, how are people you’re working with, particularly the homeless, responding to Covid 19?   Candace Elder: They are responding as best as they can. Curbside communities have experienced sanitation issues before Covid 19., this lack of access to showers,…

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Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19 [ENCORE]
Sep02

Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19 [ENCORE]

…ge’s personal story tell us that the situation for gig workers during COVID 19 is ….well, dangerous, for a lot of reasons. Let’s start with the study. PART 1 – TRACK – from interview _ Chris tell me about how you gathered information, was it through known drivers groups? Or online? CHRIS ACT – We put out a survey and were reaching out through networks of community organizations and labor organizations, as well as closed online Faceb…

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Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19
May12

Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19

…ge’s personal story tell us that the situation for gig workers during COVID 19 is ….well, dangerous, for a lot of reasons. Let’s start with the study. PART 1 – TRACK – from interview _ Chris tell me about how you gathered information, was it through known drivers groups? Or online? CHRIS ACT – We put out a survey and were reaching out through networks of community organizations and labor organizations, as well as closed online Faceb…

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COVID-19 and Lessons from the Spanish Flu
Apr01

COVID-19 and Lessons from the Spanish Flu

…of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly stated, a disease like COVID19, is the thing that’s kept him up at night. In late March, Fauci said that a second wave of covered 19 could emerge in the fall of 2020, but that the U.S. would be much better prepared to face it.    Laura Spinney: I think that disease outbreaks, even zoonotic outbreaks, the spillover of pathogens, new pathogens from animals to us, is probably something that we can…

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…id-19 and Prisons 03/17/21 Show Promo 11/21 Part 1 of The Pandemic Inside: Covid 19 and Prisons 03/10/21 Show Promo 10/21 Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives (Encore) 03/03/21 Show Promo 09/21 The Pseudo-Science of Whiteness: Biology as a Social Weapon 02/24/21 Show Promo 08/21 Geraldine’s Story: How Public Schools Are Failing Black Students with Dyslexia 02/17/21 Show Promo 07/21 Canada’s Slavery Secret 02/10/21 Show Promo 06/21 Mirrors…

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How to Occupy the Economy, According to Richard Wolff

…ll not hire the people, then the federal government is gonna do it. Between 1934 and 1941 Roosevelt created and filled 12 million jobs. 24:51 Today’s population of the United States it would be double that, and therefore that would be a major, a major solution to the unemployment problem. It’s not a solution that comes from Russia, or China, or Cuba or any of the Bugaboo places that people would like to dismiss. It’s our own history that the curre…

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Witch Hunts and Enclosures: Bodies, Land and Women
Apr08

Witch Hunts and Enclosures: Bodies, Land and Women

…Witch. She explores violence against women as a necessary precondition for capitalism, and asks whether it’s capitalism that turned women into witches.   Silvia Federici: More broadly, more broadly, the transformation, restructuring of the world economy that has taken place over the last four decades at least has been making it more and more difficult for women to survive, and has created such conditions that has put women really at the cente…

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Kimberlé Crenshaw: Intersectionality
Jun24

Kimberlé Crenshaw: Intersectionality

…act and www.radioproject.org. What are your thoughts on intersectionality, Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter? Give us a call at  (510) 239-3899. That’s (510) 239-3899 or join the conversation on social media. On twitter we’re @Making_Contact.   Kimberlé Crenshaw appeared on Haymarket Books’ forum on intersectionality and COVID before the U-S erupted in protests against police murders of Black people. Those protests were followed by in…

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Re:Work Radio: Stranded
Jan05

Re:Work Radio: Stranded

…ing to the fire of the cremations. And I’m referring to the second wave of COVID earlier in 2021. But of course, there were widespread hardships due to COVID well before in 2020, India’s national lockdown led to millions of jobs disappearing pretty much overnight. There were issues with hunger and food deprivation, a lack of access to health care and a lack of government support. Saba [00:02:46] We were reached out by an organizer named Inayat Sad…

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Data Boom! Rana Foroohar on Surveillance Capitalism
May27

Data Boom! Rana Foroohar on Surveillance Capitalism

…More Information: Rana Foroohar Twitter Rana Foroohar Website Surveillance Capitalism: Shoshana Zuboff on Future Hindsight podcast TRANSCRIPT   This is Making Contact. I’m Monica Lopez. The biggest tech companies generate enormous wealth and power by harvesting information about you. It’s called surveillance capitalism. As author Rana Foroohar puts it, as a commodity, data can be thought of as the new oil, and the Googles and Apples of the world t…

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Texts Not Jails! Before and After Covid-19 via 70 Million
May19

Texts Not Jails! Before and After Covid-19 via 70 Million

…formation 70 Million Podcast Homepage Open Letter to Cook County Regarding COVID-19 and Cook County Jail, Chicago Community Bond Fund Let People Out of Jail, by Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic May 19, 2020 LA To Join Host Of CA Counties Sending Text Reminders To Improve Court Appearance Rates   TRANSCRIPT   MC Host, Lisa Rudman:   This week on Making Contact: People in prisons, jails, and immigrant detention centers are at an exceptionally hig…

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Capitalism Makes us Crazy: Dr Gabor Maté on Illness & Addiction

…33;. I grew up in communist Hungary, where the joke of course was: What is capitalism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man, and what is communism? It’s opposite *laughs*. I grew up in a system that spoke the language of socialism, that spoke the language of struggle, of anti-imperialism, of equality and justice, but in it’s actual functioning was just the very opposite. And then I came to North America, after the Hungarian Revol…

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On the Brink: Homelessness before and during COVID-19 (Encore)
Dec03

On the Brink: Homelessness before and during COVID-19 (Encore)

…· On the Brink: Homelessness before and during COVID-19 (Encore) When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. many of us were told to “shelter in place” in order to minimize the spread of disease. But, for a lot of people who are forced to live on the street, it’s not possible to just close the door and retreat into safety. Today’s show is about homelessness. We start by following two women as they undergo several evictions, even though they’re alr…

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