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September 11th 20 Years Later: Surveillance, Policing, and Torture
Sep08

September 11th 20 Years Later: Surveillance, Policing, and Torture

Making Contact · September 11th 20 Years Later: Surveillance, Policing, and Torture   September 11th, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. In today’s program, we turn our attention not to the tragedy of 9/11 itself, but to 9/11 as an inflection point in U.S. culture and policy in two areas: domestic surveillance in the form of fusion centers, and the government and public regard of the use of...

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70 Million: How the Asylum Process Became Another Carceral Matrix
Jan06

70 Million: How the Asylum Process Became Another Carceral Matrix

Making Contact · 70 Million: How the Asylum Process Became Another Carceral Matrix   The Trump administration has issued numerous policies to systematically dismantle asylum as a legal right. They’re also locking up asylum seekers for months or years, until they either win their case, are returned to their home countries, or self deport. Reporters Valeria Fernández and Jude Joffe-Block follow two asylum seekers as they...

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Election 2020 Special: More Than a Vote
Nov04

Election 2020 Special: More Than a Vote

Making Contact · Election 2020 Special: More Than a Vote Image Credit: Verónica Zaragovia Voting in one of the most momentous presidential elections in the nation’s history is over. The morning after polls closed nearly 136 million ballots had been counted. But as had been reported for weeks ahead of the election, there is no clear winner, and the tally of absentee ballots continues. In this election special, we go to Arizona,...

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Self Care as Selfless Act: Mental Health at the Root of Activism (Encore)
Oct21

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

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 activists...

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‘A pandemic within a pandemic’: Intimate partner violence cases rise during pandemic
Sep24

‘A pandemic within a pandemic’: Intimate partner violence cases rise during pandemic

By Emily Rose Thorne, Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism On March 23, residents of the United Kingdom were ordered to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two weeks later, calls to the domestic abuse helpline shot up by 110% within a single 24-hour window. As the pandemic continues to rage, experts say that the U.K. is not alone in seeing an alarming uptick of another public health crisis: intimate...

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Re:Work: [No] Child Left Behind, the School to Prison Pipeline
Aug11

Re:Work: [No] Child Left Behind, the School to Prison Pipeline

Making Contact · Re:Work: [No] Child Left Behind, the School to Prison Pipeline   We often see children as innocents who need love, support, and stability. But not all young people are nurtured this way. Too often youth from marginalized communities of color are not seen as needing protection — they are treated as the ones we need protection from. We see this in this episode, brought to us from Re:Work Radio, with...

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