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Call for Radio Pitches: Fossil Fuels, Squatters, Minimum Wage, Women’s Bodies and Voting
Aug11

Call for Radio Pitches: Fossil Fuels, Squatters, Minimum Wage, Women’s Bodies and Voting

We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. If you feel you have a story that fits or a new idea, please let us know! We’re also always interested in pitches on any of our regular beats: prisons, poverty, climate change, reproductive health, and the environment. Divestment from Fossil Fuels We’re looking for stories about students putting pressure on colleges and universities to cut financial ties with the oil and gas industry; as well as other government bodies and private organizations making similar choices. We’re looking for lively pieces that explain the complicated financial issues at stake. We’d also be interested in personal stories about students or staff involved in these campaigns. Squatters This show looks at how squatters around the world continue to maintain their delicate existence, while (often unintentionally) challenging commonly held notions about property ownership, community, and the human right to a home. Most American’s image of squatters that we might be familiar with – punks, semi ‘homeless’ folks in abandoned buildings. Some even choose it as a lifestyle.  But that stereotype blinds us to other ways of seeing people living  on land/property without paying for it.  How squatters are seen by society varies widely by region. We are looking for several first person narratives, with squatters in different countries around the world, squatting for different purposes. Some possibilities include: -The Philippines,  where “vote-conscious politicians and the police have been reluctant to push out squatters, who register in large numbers to vote.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/world/asia/land-disputes-slow-recovery-in-philippines.html -Venezuela (-Torre David, the “world’s tallest squat” in Caracas.) -Kenya,  Where the Constitution recognises the right of former hunter-gatherers to their ancestral forest lands http://allafrica.com/stories/201401150580.html?page=4 -Denmark  (Christiana) -Berlin, where seniors squatted in a community center to avoid eviction. -MST landless workers movement in Brazil The last several years has also seen occupations of foreclosed or other unoccupied homes throughout the US and Europe—technically these people are ‘squatting’ too, but has this movement changed public perceptions of squatters— something besides the“dirty punk” image? Low Wage Workers Movement/Minimum Wage Over the past year or so, we’ve been watching workers at Wal-mart, fast food chains and elsewhere begin to stand up for higher wages, and change public perception of who they are and what they deserve. At the same time, cities are debating and instituting) minimum wage increases of up to $15/hour. We’d like unique approaches to this show–not just a profile of a campaign to raise the minimum wage in your local town…Perhaps a profile of a particular organizer…A large company that voluntarily raised wages when workers asked…An especially strange coalition of supporters for higher wages. We know this story has been covered elsewhere,...

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2/14/14 Call for Pitches: Coffee, Restorative Justice, Low wage workers

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.  Amplifying voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems. We are seeking pitches on these themes: Coffee Restorative/Transformative Justice Low Wage Workers Movement Coffee We’re collaborating with Green Grid Radio on a show about coffee. Whether it’s about the public health impact of one of our favorite drinks, the damage coffee farming causes the environment, the effects of caffeine in oceans and rivers, the trash coffee culture leaves behind, or what civet coffee is, we want to hear your coffee pitches. (We’re already covering the Fairtrade USA/ Fairtrade International split) HURRY! PITCHES FOR THIS SHOW MUST BE RECEIVED BY 2/7 Restorative/Transformative Justice We already have a piece on restorative justice in high schools.  We’re looking for something in the criminal justice system, or somewhere else surprising. Key to pitching stories for this show is access.  Do you have access to the participants? Even better, can you be there to record some of the encounters which are part of the restorative justice practice? We want to bring the listener there and show them how it works, not just tell them about it. Low Wage Workers Movement The last year has seen an upsurge in low wage workers organizing; either with unions, or on their own. We’re particularly interested in profile-esque pieces of some of the organizers/participants in this emerging movement, especially those who weren’t previously active or activists. Where is this movement for wages and respect headed? Can it raise wages and respect on the job for all American workers? What does its emergence mean for unions? These are some of the questions we would like to explore in this show. We are also planning shows on reproductive health, gentrification, squatters, and prison/criminal justice issues. We also invite pitches to mark 50 years since 1964 and the Freedom Rides. We will send out a more details call for pitches in the future on these, but if you have an incredible story you are following on any of those topics, let us know. Specifications This call for pitches is for segments of about 8 minutes, and we generally pay $450 per story, but we also occasionally take longer pieces (12 or 26 minutes).  As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. https://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/ Consider the following. Does the story: Link grassroots issues and human realities to...

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