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The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation
Jun12

The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation

Caste—one of the oldest systems of exclusion in the world—is thriving. Despite the ban on Untouchability 70 years ago, caste impacts 1.9 billion people in the world. Every 15 minutes, a crime is perpetrated against a Dalit person. The average age of death for Dalit women is just 39. And the wreckages of caste are replicated here in the U.S., too—erupting online with rape and death threats, showing up at work, and forcing countless...

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Disclose! Divest!: Behind the Fight Over College Endowments
Jun05

Disclose! Divest!: Behind the Fight Over College Endowments

As graduation approached this year, students around the country began protests after calls for divestment from Israel were initially ignored by university leadership. The campus encampments were met with physical violence and the mainstream press dismissed the students’ demands as naive and immature. But, it turns out that there’s a lot we should be asking about college endowments.  We take a look at what an endowment is...

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Borders: What are they good for?
May29

Borders: What are they good for?

What are borders, and why do we have them? And how is violent border enforcement at the US-Mexico border connected to Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza? And what happens when borders cross living land and communities? We’ll dig into these questions in this week’s episode with the help of Heba Gowayed, sociology professor at CUNY Hunter College and Graduate Center. And then we’ll hear a story brought to us by In...

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Uncovering the Refugee Experience & Healing Through Storytelling (Encore)
May08

Uncovering the Refugee Experience & Healing Through Storytelling (Encore)

This week’s Making Contact episode is about two strong women who survived historic trauma, and the stories they later told their families.  We start with the story of Katie Wilson. Born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Kiev, Ukraine, she grew up safe and comfortable – until the Russian Revolution. After holding it close for years to protect the next generation, she tells the story of the family she lost to her...

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Survival for All: Securing Vaccines for the Global South
May01

Survival for All: Securing Vaccines for the Global South

At the beginning of the pandemic, we reported on the extreme inequality of the vaccine rollout to low income countries. Their access was hindered because of a Western patent system which was imposed globally through the WTO. At the time, activists tried to pass the TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Waiver, which would have suspended all patents related to COVID. This would have allowed...

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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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