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Juristac and the Amah Mutsun: Indigenous Resistance and Regeneration
Mar16

Juristac and the Amah Mutsun: Indigenous Resistance and Regeneration

  In this episode, we take a deep dive into Indigenous resistance against extractivism and the forces behind climate change. We’ll look at an underreported story in California about the Amah Mutsun Ohlone’s fight to save their most sacred site — a place called Juristac. Contributors Robert Raymond and Della Duncan explore the horrific injustices wrought upon California Indians since the time of the Spanish Missions up to the...

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But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes
Oct12

But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 2: From the Ashes   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in their community survive and recover. Continue delving into community-rooted responses to disaster in California, from the fires to the pandemic.  You’ll hear about how people banded together to build...

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But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire
Oct06

But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire

Making Contact · But Next Time Part 1: Toward the Fire   As fires ravaged California’s world-famous wine country in 2017, a community radio station, emergency dispatcher, and tenant organizers helped the most vulnerable in their community survive and recover. Community organizers and hosts of the podcasts But Next Time Chrishelle Palay and Rose Arrieta bring us the first of four stories of hard-won lessons learned from...

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The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)-ENCORE
Aug04

The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)-ENCORE

Making Contact · The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it) – Encore   The Fight to Stop the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Barbara Bernstein’s story of several communities in the Pacific Northwest of the United States who are fighting mammoth fracked gas projects that would turn this green region into a fracked-gas export hub. For years, Bernstein has reported for Making Contact on David versus...

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Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels
Jun16

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

Making Contact · Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels   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...

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Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water (Encore)
Apr20

Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water (Encore)

Making Contact · Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water (Encore)   Water is critical to maintaining the balance of all life on Earth. As humans go, the United Nations estimates that each person needs about 50 to 100 liters a day for drinking and washing. It must be safe, accessible, and affordable. Some corporations claim ownership of fresh water sources to bottle and sell for profit. Others use water as a tool to...

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