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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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Uncovering the History of the Massacre of Black Wall Street (Encore)
Jan24

Uncovering the History of the Massacre of Black Wall Street (Encore)

In the first of our 3 part series leading up to Black History Month, we turn our focus to how journalists and historians today are covering the Tulsa Race Massacre. We hear from KalaLea, host of the critically acclaimed podcast Blindspot: Tulsa Burning. The series tells the story of the rise of Greenwood, a prosperous Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also known as Black Wall Street.  The podcast recounts the brutal 1921...

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But Next Time Part 2: Language Justice and the Road to Recovery After Disaster (Encore)
Dec13

But Next Time Part 2: Language Justice and the Road to Recovery After Disaster (Encore)

This week we continue delving into community-rooted disaster relief in California, from wildfires to the pandemic. From building mutual aid networks, to translating emergency messages in common local languages, we see in action the incredible difference language justice can make in our communities. In Sonoma County, organizers hit the field with information on where to get food, shelter, and support.  In San Francisco, they set up a...

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Powerlands (Encore)
Nov15

Powerlands (Encore)

On this week’s Making Contact, we bring you a special encore of an episode that first aired in June. We’ll hear an extended interview with Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, a queer Diné filmmaker and director of the award-winning documentary Powerlands. Powerlands traces how multinational energy corporations extract resources and profits while displacing and harming Indigenous communities around the world. The film follows...

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Pandemic and Profit (Encore)
Aug16

Pandemic and Profit (Encore)

On today’s show, we’ll revisit the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic by looking at two alternative supply chains for masks during the fallout from the Trump administration’s failure to prepare. We’ll be speaking with the ProPublica reporter David McSwane about his book Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick. The book details the shadowy supply chain of brokers...

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What the SVB Failure Teaches us About Investment Banking (Encore)
Jul05

What the SVB Failure Teaches us About Investment Banking (Encore)

The Silicon Valley Bank collapse brings with it memories of the wider 2008 economic crisis. Jeet Heer and John Nichols from The Nation join us to discuss the 2018 bank deregulations that set the stage for this moment and the risky investment strategy at the bank itself. They argue that bailout and FDIC’s role in the collapse could set the stage for a dangerous economic future.  Like this program? Please show us the love. Click...

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