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Generation Putin, Ten Years Later
Mar23

Generation Putin, Ten Years Later

  This week Jessica Partnow offers a look at the state of youth activism in Russia from 2012 to today. She revisits her reporting from Ukraine and Russia and speaks with the people in those stories against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. First, she shares the story of re-connecting with her childhood pen pal Sasha, a Ukrainian boy who witnessed the fall of the Soviet Union and is now fighting to protect his country from the...

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70 Million: Taking Mental Health Crises Out of Police Hands
Feb09

70 Million: Taking Mental Health Crises Out of Police Hands

Making Contact · 70 Million: Taking Mental Health Crises Out of Police Hands   Police encounters during a mental health crisis have a greater chance of turning deadly if you’re Black. New response mechanisms bypass law enforcement and result in helpful interventions. Reporter Jenee Darden looks at how folks in Northern California are trying to reimagine crisis response services. Image Caption and Credit: Asantewaa Boykin,...

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The Response: The Fight for Justice after the Grenfell Tower Fire
Aug18

The Response: The Fight for Justice after the Grenfell Tower Fire

Making Contact · The Response: The Fight for Justice after the Grenfell Tower Fire   On June 14, 2017, a fire started in a 24-story public housing apartment in West London called Grenfell Tower. The fire raged all night and reduced the building to a shell. Seventy-two people lost their lives, making the Grenfell Tower fire the United Kingdom’s deadliest disaster since World War II. In this episode, we examine the events that led...

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Self Care as Selfless Act: Mental Health at the Root of Activism 
Aug05

Self Care as Selfless Act: Mental Health at the Root of Activism 

Making Contact · Self Care as Selfless Act: Mental Health at the Root of Activism Activists in the Latinx immigrant community of Los Angeles share what they do to take care of their mental health. The issues these activists work on often impact their personal lives, and people who work in the service of others are particularly at risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. Self-care becomes a “selfless act” when it allows...

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Two Revolutions, Many Secrets
Apr28

Two Revolutions, Many Secrets

Two Revolutions, Many Secrets In the midst of our stress and trauma dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine what stories we will ultimately tell our children and grandchildren. This week’s Making Contact episode is about two strong women who survived historic trauma, and the stories they later told their families. During this time of social distancing, these stories remind us of the importance of being in...

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COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds
Apr22

COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds

COVID-19 Pandemic Capitalism and Bonds The world as we knew it seemingly turned upside down overnight. With stay at home orders in place, we are no longer rushing to work each day, getting stuck in traffic, hustling to get the kids to school, and scrambling for time to take care of chores. This strange and abrupt stop to “business as usual” has shined a light on the capitalist systems that are now crumbling down, and offers...

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