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70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable
Jan12

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 much more. Aside from legal statutes, ethical and constitutional rules govern what prosecutors can and cannot do. But a system that incentivizes bringing criminal cases to trial—and winning them—can...

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Re:Work Radio: Stranded
Jan05

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 emergency. Millions of jobs disappeared, and hunger was a serious issue. Tens of millions of migrant workers struggled to get home – often on foot – and many died attempting the journey. In this episode,...

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Fallen Heroes 2021: bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Carrie Dann, Margo St. James, and more
Dec29

Fallen Heroes 2021: bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Carrie Dann, Margo St. James, and more

Making Contact · Fallen Heroes, 2021   Thousands of social justice leaders in communities all over the world passed away this year. In our annual Fallen Heroes episode, we share words of inspiration from, and about, some grassroots activists that may not have been very well known outside their particular communities. Special thanks to the following for use of audio: Clandestino Institut Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes produced by...

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Best of Making Contact 2021
Dec22

Best of Making Contact 2021

Making Contact · Making Contact 2021 Spotlight   In this special year-end episode, Making Contact producers and staff turn the spotlight on some the best shows they aired in 2021. Image Credit: Creative Commons Like this program? Please click here and support our non-profit listener-supported journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Making Contact Producers: Salima Hamirani, Anita Johnson, and Monica Lopez Interim Executive Director:...

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But Next Time, Episode 4: Higher Ground
Dec08

But Next Time, Episode 4: Higher Ground

Making Contact · But Next Time, Episode 4: Higher Ground   When communities face the aftermath of catastrophes, what does it take to ensure that the next time will be different? In Houston, it takes a city council member who bicycles in her neighborhood to hear from constituents about what they need most. It takes 12 moms who organize to take legal action against the landlords that have kept their families in moldy, substandard...

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But Next Time, Episode 3: Rising Waters
Dec01

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 families’ homes despite a perfect storm of  greedy landlords and hurricane-related flooding. Jaime, a mom who lives in subsidized housing in Houston Texas, joins with other moms to stand up to...

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