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The Art of Healing: Finding Strength Through Frida Kahlo
May22

The Art of Healing: Finding Strength Through Frida Kahlo

This week on Making Contact we take a look at one of the most prolific Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo, and how she inspired the Latina artist collective, “The Phoenix Fridas.” “In Confianza, with Pulso” producer Anthony Wallace brings us the story of Thania Betancourt Alcazar. A member of  “The Phoenix Fridas,” Alcazar discovered a lifeline in the art of Frida Kahlo and her artistic message of resilience and empowerment. Alcazar shares...

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Jenny Odell and Discovering Life Beyond the Clock (Encore)
May15

Jenny Odell and Discovering Life Beyond the Clock (Encore)

Have you ever really considered how we view time as a society? From work to leisure to appointments, we schedule every minute of our days, but how often do we think about why we treat time the way we do, our relationship to it, and why we value productivity over all else? This week, we talk to Jenny Odell about the ideas behind her book Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock and How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention...

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Uncovering the Refugee Experience & Healing Through Storytelling (Encore)
May08

Uncovering the Refugee Experience & Healing Through Storytelling (Encore)

This week’s Making Contact episode is about two strong women who survived historic trauma, and the stories they later told their families.  We start with the story of Katie Wilson. Born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Kiev, Ukraine, she grew up safe and comfortable – until the Russian Revolution. After holding it close for years to protect the next generation, she tells the story of the family she lost to her...

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Survival for All: Securing Vaccines for the Global South
May01

Survival for All: Securing Vaccines for the Global South

At the beginning of the pandemic, we reported on the extreme inequality of the vaccine rollout to low income countries. Their access was hindered because of a Western patent system which was imposed globally through the WTO. At the time, activists tried to pass the TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Waiver, which would have suspended all patents related to COVID. This would have allowed...

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You Can Still Have An Abortion
Apr24

You Can Still Have An Abortion

How does anyone make sense of abortion access these days? We sat down with All Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana to talk about what’s changed since Indiana’s full abortion ban went into effect last August. Local abortion funds like All Options do a lot, but they can’t talk to clients about self-managed abortion, even though the World Health Organization says it’s safe and effective.  We learn about...

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The Coast Miwok Peoples, Colonization, and the Preservation of Indigenous History (Encore)
Apr17

The Coast Miwok Peoples, Colonization, and the Preservation of Indigenous History (Encore)

Dive into the history of Point Reyes National Seashore, one of the most iconic parks in northern California, with us. Known for rugged sweeping beaches and the famous tule elk, we’ll recount the waves of colonization that violently upended the lives of the Coast Miwok peoples who lived there – and one Indigenous woman’s struggle to preserve her family history.  The story of Point Reyes is a story about how the forces of...

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