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Coffee: Trouble Brewing?
Aug24

Coffee: Trouble Brewing?

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee? From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe. Featuring: Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita, coffee farmers Jeff Goldman, former executive director Fairtrade Resource Network Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee Guy Groundworks Roasters John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station Credits Hosts: George Lavender and Mallory Smith Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Jennifer Dunn, Mallory Smith Music: Pensacola Twilight: Lee Rosevere Cafetero: Christian Martinez Grand Caravan: Blue Dot Sessions Them Never Love No Bans: Hot Fire  La Boite A Sons – Contest Contributions: Various Artists Or listen to separate segments: From Bean To Cup Over 500,000 Colombian families depend on coffee farming to survive. But 5 decades of war between left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries forced millions of Colombians to flee their land and abandon their crops. In recent years the violence has decreased and many farmers have returned to their land, but getting back to farming hasn’t been easy. Jennifer Dunn reports on how Colombia’s small-scale coffee farmers are struggling to protect their crops and their way of life. Fairtrade v Fairtrade Fairtrade is Fairtrade right? Wrong. As Mallory Smith of Green Grid Radio found out, in 2012 the Fairtrade movement suffered an ugly breakup that resulted in two different organizations, both claiming the Fairtrade label, but with different visions of what it stood for… Kill the K-Cup? Single-cup brewing is wildly popular- partly because it’s marketed as being so easy- you simply pop the pod in the machine and you have a cup of coffee. But it’s what happens to that little pod after you’re done making coffee that’s causing concern. Making Contact producer Laura Flynn decided to find out what happens next.. < p id=”E74″ class=”qowt-stl-BodyText”> More information: Green Grid Radio Fair trade lite: Fair Trade USA moves away from worker co-ops Hijacked Organic, Limited Local, Faulty Fair Trade Groundwork Coffee Roundup on the Fair Trade USA/FLO Split FWP’s Statement on Fair Trade USA s Resignation from Fairtrade International (FLO) A Schism Over Fair Trade A Brewing Problem Your Coffee Pods Dirty Secret How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee Kill the K-Cup...

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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement
Jan13

A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn’t happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Junior’s “Dream” and the story behind it.   Producer: George Lavender Special thanks to the New School for use of their recording. Featuring: Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream and the Story Behind...

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Global Taxi Driver
Sep30

Global Taxi Driver

It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in America: taxi driving. In this special joint episode from ReWork and Making Contact, we’ll hear a radio adaptation of TeAda Productions’ play “Global Taxi Driver,” and we’ll take a ride to meet the cab drivers at one of the country’s busiest airports. Featuring: Abate Teferi and Daniel Kassa, taxi drivers at LAX and organizers with National Taxi Workers Alliance Leilani Chan, Shaan Dasani, Elyse Dinh, Kenesha Hemmings, Joshua Lamont, Marcos Najera, and Ova Saopeng, Teada Productions Global Taxi Driver Director and Cast More information: ReWork New York Taxi Workers Alliance Teada Productions Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything: Instaserfs (Part 1 of Three) Why it Sucks to be an Uber Driver in Los Angeles Right Now The taxi wars: Full-time with Uber, but running on fumes LA Opens the Door for Full Uber and Lyft Service at LAX Uber Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit by Connecticut Taxi Companies Driving Poor: Taxi Drivers and the Regulation of the Taxi Industry in Los Angeles Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City by Biju...

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Why We Owe: David Graeber on the Origins of Debt

From unpaid bills to entire governments facing bankruptcy, debt is never far from our minds or the news. It’s deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio. Debt is deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio. Featuring: David Graeber, anthropologist and author of “Debt: The First 5000 Years”  Credits Host: George Lavender Music: Hellenica- Night Creeper Photo: TaxRebate.org.uk More Information David Graeber Twitter The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay David Graeber Talks on Debt 5000 Years (Bread and Roses Radio) Bread and Roses The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece Jacobin: Debt: The First 5,000...

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Bodily Safety: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Shootings

When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones. Back in 2000, Jones son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia. He was twenty five years old. Written in the form of a letter to his own teenage son, Coates’ book “Between the World and Me” puts police shootings in a wider context. Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke as part of the Lannan Foundation’s Pursuit of Cultural Freedom Series. Featuring: Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, journalist, educator Credits Host: George Lavender Music: Hellenica- Night Creeper Lannan Foundation’s Pursuit of Cultural Freedom Series More information: Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates on Twitter Cases Tied to Killing Of Jones Are Dropped; Officer Who Shot Student Initiated Probe Lannan Foundation: Ta-Nehisi Coates with Michele Norris Officer Liable in Student’s Killing The Counted Black Victim, Black Cop, Black...

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Voice Recognition: Does how we sound determine who we are?

What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity. Lateef McLeod, our inaugural Community Storytelling Fellow, explains the everyday challenges that come with using a speech generating device. We’ll hear from someone who nearly lost their voice, and we’ll look at how voice contributes to trans women’s sense of safety and self. Featuring: Mya Byrne, singer-songwriter Kathe Perez, creator of EVA app Samuel Sennott, assistant professor of special education at Portland University Bob Segalman, author “Against the Current, My Life with Cerebral Palsy” April Bryant, UC Berkeley student Hannah Simpson, Nika Jewell, Tela Love, 13th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, attendees. Host: George Lavender Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Meredith Talusan, Community Stortelling Fellow-Lateef McLeod Special thanks to Saskia Maltz More information Lateef McLeod Twitter: @kut2smooth Meredith Talusan, Twitter: @1demerith Mya Byrne Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/myabyrne Twitter: @myadriene Bob Segalman Is vocal fry hurting women’s job prospects? Eva App This show features Lateef McLeod, our 1st Community Storytelling Fellow. Donate now to help this year’s class of fellows tell their stories....

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Coffee: Trouble Brewing? (see list for free coffee below)
Mar24

Coffee: Trouble Brewing? (see list for free coffee below)

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee? From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe. Featuring: Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita, coffee farmers Jeff Goldman, former executive director Fairtrade Resource Network Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee Guy Groundworks Roasters John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station Credits Hosts: George Lavender and Mallory Smith Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Jennifer Dunn, Mallory Smith Music: Pensacola Twilight: Lee Rosevere Cafetero: Christian Martinez Grand Caravan: Blue Dot Sessions Them Never Love No Bans: Hot Fire  La Boite A Sons – Contest Contributions: Various Artists SEPT 29   #nationalcoffeeday list of free coffee: List is not an endorsement just info: Dunkin’ Donuts: free medium cup of hot or iced dark roast  Peet’s Coffee and Tea: free small cup w/ purchase of food Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and glazed donut Whole Foods: $.25 coffee through 9/30/15 Starbucks: Buy 1 Get 1 free Starbucks Via Ready Brew House Blend Online Only Use coupon code BIG1HOUSE   Or listen to separate segments: From Bean To Cup Over 500,000 Colombian families depend on coffee farming to survive. But 5 decades of war between left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries forced millions of Colombians to flee their land and abandon their crops. In recent years the violence has decreased and many farmers have returned to their land, but getting back to farming hasn’t been easy. Jennifer Dunn reports on how Colombia’s small-scale coffee farmers are struggling to protect their crops and their way of life. Fairtrade v Fairtrade Fairtrade is Fairtrade right? Wrong. As Mallory Smith of Green Grid Radio found out, in 2012 the Fairtrade movement suffered an ugly breakup that resulted in two different organizations, both claiming the Fairtrade label, but with different visions of what it stood for… Kill the K-Cup? Single-cup brewing is wildly popular- partly because it’s marketed as being so easy- you simply pop the pod in the machine and you have a cup of coffee. But it’s what happens to that little pod after you’re done making coffee that’s causing concern. Making Contact producer Laura Flynn decided to find out what happens next.. More information: Green Grid Radio Fair trade lite: Fair Trade USA moves away from worker co-ops Hijacked Organic, Limited Local, Faulty Fair Trade Groundwork Coffee Roundup on the Fair Trade USA/FLO Split FWP’s Statement on Fair Trade USA s Resignation from Fairtrade International (FLO) A Schism Over...

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Deadly Force- Interview with Julie Perini
Feb27

Deadly Force- Interview with Julie Perini

Following up on last week’s show on police shootings, Making Contact’s George Lavender interview Julie Perini one of the producers of “Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” about the “ghostly scratchings” she created at the sites of police violence. Listen to the entire show here: https://www.radioproject.org/2015/02/deadly-force-police-shootings-in-black-and-white/ And for more about her work go to:...

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