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The Feminist Birth of the Home Pregnancy Test
Feb28

The Feminist Birth of the Home Pregnancy Test

In 1965 Margaret Crane was a young designer creating packaging for a pharmaceutical company. Looking at the rows of pregnancy tests she thought, “Well, women could do that at home!” and so she made it a reality for potentially pregnant people to be able to know about and take control of their own lives and bodies.  But while the design of the prototype was simple, Crane faced the issues we continue to fight when it comes to...

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Jenny Odell on Saving Time
Feb21

Jenny Odell on Saving Time

On this week’s episode, we take a critical look at productivity culture and the idea that time is money by speaking with Jenny Odell, acclaimed author of Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock and How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. We dig into the ideas behind Saving Time, which gives a panoramic overview of how the ways we think about time actually shapes our lives. Then begin to disentangle our daily...

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9 Shows to Listen to this Black History Month
Feb15

9 Shows to Listen to this Black History Month

This month at Making Contact, and all year round, we are excited to honor, celebrate and recount the stories of Black people and Black heritage in America. Storytelling allows us the opportunity to uncover the lives, the hope, and the people who built a better world for all of us. Too often these stories are lost or forgotten in time.  Today, take some time to listen to some of those stories: 1.Tulsa & Black Wall Street Our most...

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Giving Bayard Rustin His Flowers (ENCORE)
Feb14

Giving Bayard Rustin His Flowers (ENCORE)

Today, we continue celebrating Black history and heritage with a special encore episode honoring an often forgotten civil rights leader. We take a look at the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin, a central figure in the and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was a trusted advisor to labor leader A. Phillip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rustin’s methodology for challenging racial inequality and imperialism...

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Tulsa’s Black History Saturday School
Feb07

Tulsa’s Black History Saturday School

2021 marked the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre – a horrific attack white people waged against Greenwood, a once prosperous Black neighborhood in north Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also in 2021, state legislators passed a law that limits how race is discussed in classrooms.  Tulsa activists say HB 1775 prevents descendants of those who built Greenwood from being able to acknowledge the attack, and also Greenwood’s success. In...

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Building Back Black Wall Street
Jan31

Building Back Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street, or the historically Black neighborhood Greenwood, Oklahoma is the site of a once prosperous, thriving, Black community. It is also the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a violent attack waged by white supremacists, killing hundreds of residents and leveling homes and businesses.  In the second episode of our three part Black History Month series, we talk about how the community built back. In fact, Greenwood’s...

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