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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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Nuclear Colonialism and The Story “Oppenheimer” Didn’t Tell (Encore)
Jan17

Nuclear Colonialism and The Story “Oppenheimer” Didn’t Tell (Encore)

Oppenheimer swept the Golden Globes, reigniting public interest in the Manhattan Project, the WWII-era secret program to develop the atomic bomb and the impacts of nuclear power. But what the film leaves out alters our understanding about the real impacts of this advancement. On today’s encore episode, we hear about nuclear colonialism and how it has changed the course of the people and places of New Mexico with Myrriah Gómez,...

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But Next Time Part 3: The Fight for Fair Housing in the Face of Climate Change (Encore)
Dec20

But Next Time Part 3: The Fight for Fair Housing in the Face of Climate Change (Encore)

No matter where we come from, or how much money we make, we all deserve a safe and healthy place to call home. In this episode we meet Jamie, a mom who lives in subsidized housing in Houston, Texas, who joins with other moms to stand up to landlords and local officials whose policies have kept Black and brown families trapped in unsafe homes for years.  Before and after Hurricane Harvey, Jamie and organizers in Houston came together...

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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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Gaza, Solidarity, and the Movement for Palestinian Liberation
Nov29

Gaza, Solidarity, and the Movement for Palestinian Liberation

For weeks people around the world have been witness to Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza. Today, we uncover the military corporations profiting from the war, and highlight the activism in every corner of the world in support of Palestinian liberation.  We’ll hear from Rami Almeghari, a Gaza-based journalist, to get insight on the conditions on the ground in Gaza before zooming out with Nora Barrows-Friedman to look at...

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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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