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How to Hold Back the Ocean (ENCORE)
Nov30

How to Hold Back the Ocean (ENCORE)

    As climate change melts the polar ice caps and raises sea levels, how will we adapt? We visit two locations: On Sapelo Island Georgia, the last remaining Gullah Geechee community fights to save their ancestral lands from the flood waters. Instead of leaving their land, or building a giant sea wall, they’ve chosen to use oysters to create what’s called a living shoreline. We take a look at how they’re...

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The Way Home (Encore)
Nov23

The Way Home (Encore)

  We visit two distinct projects working with food to revitalize identity and ancestry: Part one: In many Indigenous communities, there’s a gap in knowledge about growing and cooking traditional foods. On the Blackfeet Nation in rural Montana, Mariah Gladstone and Kenneth Cook are trying to change that. They launched an online cooking show called Indigikitchen and in this episode, we follow them into the field as they...

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Post-Roe Abortion Access from The Response Part 2
Nov17

Post-Roe Abortion Access from The Response Part 2

  This episode is part two of a series about post Roe abortion access produced by our friends at The Response Podcast. Since the loss of federal protection, access to abortion care has become more difficult, especially in the south, the plains and the Midwest, but the movement for reproductive justice has only strengthened. Today we hear about mutual aid efforts to connect folks to medical abortion and emergency contraception,...

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Post-Roe Abortion Access from The Response Part 1
Nov09

Post-Roe Abortion Access from The Response Part 1

We hear a quick update about how the issue of abortion access has impacted the 2022 midterm elections, followed by the piece Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe Landscape, brought to us by The Response podcast. We learn about how abortion funds, mobile clinics and other mutual aid efforts are helping people access this critical healthcare – especially in areas of the American South, where states have enacted some of...

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Ollas Populares- Lessons from Lockdowns
Nov01

Ollas Populares- Lessons from Lockdowns

Reporter Rosina Castillo takes us to her Buenos Aires neighborhood. There, a community arts organization called La Casona de Humahuaca hosts an olla popular, a community kitchen, to feed hundreds of hungry neighbors during pandemic lockdowns.  In turn, La Casona learns more about their own identity and purpose while transforming how they operate. And, we sit down with architect and urbanist, Belen Desmaison. She explains how the...

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70 Million: Tribal Land, Banishment, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry
Oct27

70 Million: Tribal Land, Banishment, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry

  This week on Making Contact – with assistance from our podcast partners, 70 million – we head to the state of Alaska, where statewide increases in violent crime and substance abuse have led to increased incarceration rates among Native Americans. Making use of their legal sovereignty, some Alaska Native leaders issue “blue tickets,” documents that sentence offenders to legal expulsion. Journalist Emily Schwing looks...

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 2 (ENCORE)
Oct20

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 2 (ENCORE)

  PART 2….In 2019 a well known romance writer began tweeting about other writers in her community and concerns about racism. It led to a huge reckoning within an organization called the Romance Writers of America, which is still unfolding. And although the online debate seemed to be isolated to a specific community of romance writers and their fans, it was really a microcosm of what’s been happening all over the US....

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 1 (ENCORE)
Oct12

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 1 (ENCORE)

  In 2019 a well known romance writer began tweeting about other writers in her community and concerns about racism. It led to a huge reckoning within an organization called the Romance Writers of America, which is still unfolding. And although the online debate seemed to be isolated to a specific community of romance writers and their fans, it was really a microcosm of what’s been happening all over the US. In this episode...

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Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels (ENCORE)
Oct05

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

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 also look at one part of Southern California that is bombarded with pollutants from oil refineries, a trucking thoroughfare, and one of the world’s largest ocean ports. Special thanks to the Park Foundation for support of this program. Image Caption: Ta’Kira Dannette Byrd, 11-year-old...

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Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
Sep29

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

  Inflammatory diseases are on the rise around the world, and doctors are finally starting to pay more attention to them. But why does a beneficial part of our immune system turn unhealthy? Raj Patel and Rupa Marya think it has a lot to do with the world we’re forced to live in.  They talk about the collapse of our planet and what it has to do with inflammation, and how our bodies are a mirror of a much deeper disease in...

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