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70 Million: Tribal Land, Banishment, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry
Oct27

70 Million: Tribal Land, Banishment, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry

  This week on Making Contact – with assistance from our podcast partners, 70 million – we head to the state of Alaska, where statewide increases in violent crime and substance abuse have led to increased incarceration rates among Native Americans. Making use of their legal sovereignty, some Alaska Native leaders issue “blue tickets,” documents that sentence offenders to legal expulsion. Journalist Emily Schwing looks...

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 2 (ENCORE)
Oct20

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 2 (ENCORE)

  PART 2….In 2019 a well known romance writer began tweeting about other writers in her community and concerns about racism. It led to a huge reckoning within an organization called the Romance Writers of America, which is still unfolding. And although the online debate seemed to be isolated to a specific community of romance writers and their fans, it was really a microcosm of what’s been happening all over the US....

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 1 (ENCORE)
Oct12

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 1 (ENCORE)

  In 2019 a well known romance writer began tweeting about other writers in her community and concerns about racism. It led to a huge reckoning within an organization called the Romance Writers of America, which is still unfolding. And although the online debate seemed to be isolated to a specific community of romance writers and their fans, it was really a microcosm of what’s been happening all over the US. In this episode...

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Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels (ENCORE)
Oct05

Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels (ENCORE)

In this episode we bring you one little girl’s experience in a Northern California neighborhood with high asthma rates and other health challenges. We also look at one part of Southern California that is bombarded with pollutants from oil refineries, a trucking thoroughfare, and one of the world’s largest ocean ports. Special thanks to the Park Foundation for support of this program. Image Caption: Ta’Kira Dannette Byrd, 11-year-old...

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Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
Sep29

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

  Inflammatory diseases are on the rise around the world, and doctors are finally starting to pay more attention to them. But why does a beneficial part of our immune system turn unhealthy? Raj Patel and Rupa Marya think it has a lot to do with the world we’re forced to live in.  They talk about the collapse of our planet and what it has to do with inflammation, and how our bodies are a mirror of a much deeper disease in...

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Revolutionary Mothering and Reproductive Justice
Sep21

Revolutionary Mothering and Reproductive Justice

  In the mid 1990s, the Reproductive Justice movement was formed by Black and indigenous women as a response to the limitations of the “reproductive rights” movement.  Movement leaders argue, “rarely do we find ourselves fighting for just one aspect of reproductive justice such as abortion rights” – SisterSong. Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, scholar and writer, joined us to talk about her book...

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