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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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America’s Black Capital
Apr10

America’s Black Capital

“America’s Black Capital: How African Americans Remade Atlanta in the Shadow of the Confederacy” chronicles how a center of Black excellence emerged amid virulent expressions of white nationalism as African Americans pushed back against Confederate ideology to create an extraordinary locus of achievement. Alongside author Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, in this episode we examine the methods in which Black Atlanteans pushed for social,...

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Help Us Support Journalism from Gaza
Apr03

Help Us Support Journalism from Gaza

  Click here to donate to our Gaza Reporting Fund! Over the next few weeks, we are running a special campaign to fundraise for our Palestinian colleague Rami Almeghari. He is currently in Gaza with his family as Israeli military forces continue their genocidal assault on the residents of what has been called “the world’s biggest open-air prison.” Rami has been a longtime journalist and friend to Making Contact, and his work has...

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The Origins of Zionism
Apr03

The Origins of Zionism

In this episode with a brief report from Gaza-based journalist Rami Almeghari, we talk to Rashid Khalidi about his book “The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine” to learn about the early history of the Zionist movement and his argument that it was, from the start, a settler-colonial endeavor. Featuring: Rami Almeghari – Palestinian reporter from Gaza Rashid Khalidi – Historian and Edward Said Professor of...

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7 Shows to Listen to this Women’s History Month
Mar28

7 Shows to Listen to this Women’s History Month

We’re knee deep in Women’s History Month and at Making Contact we’re celebrating the best way we know how: highlighting the stories of women making change and fighting for a better future for ourselves and all those around us along the way.  Check out these stories from Making Contact featuring the often untold stories impacting women everyday: 1.Don’t Let Them See You Bleed: PERIOD From period stigma to the unfair tax on...

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No, COVID Isn’t “Over,” and the Need for Continued Community
Mar27

No, COVID Isn’t “Over,” and the Need for Continued Community

This March marks four years since the COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared. Public health failures and government inaction have forced communities to take matters into their own hands. On today’s show, we look at two groups steeped in the values of community care. First, we’ll hear about the Auntie Sewing Squad, which distributed over 350,000 hand-sewn masks to communities in 2020-2021. Then, we’ll speak with...

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