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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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The Response: Heatwaves and Energy Poverty in the Mediterranean
Aug31

The Response: Heatwaves and Energy Poverty in the Mediterranean

In today’s episode, we’re going to focus on energy poverty. When temperatures rise to the point where they become dangerous, what happens to people who can’t escape the heat? As temperatures continue to soar and extreme heatwaves become the norm, a lack of resources to stay cool — so, having access to things like air conditioning, for example, — is a huge issue across the world. To find out how people are fighting energy...

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Grace Lee Boggs: Sister Revolutionary (Updated Encore)
Jun23

Grace Lee Boggs: Sister Revolutionary (Updated Encore)

Making Contact · Grace Lee Boggs: Sister Revolutionary (Updated Encore)   Anti-Asian violence and hate has increased since the start of the pandemic last year. #StopAsianHate became a viral hashtag much like #BlackLivesMatter in the wake of Black people killed by police officers. The relationship between Black and Asian Americans is complicated. However, the groups are united in their efforts to call out white supremacy as the...

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Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels
Jun16

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

Making Contact · Where There’s Smoke: Asthma, Wildfires, and Fossil Fuels   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...

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President Biden and America’s Expectation
Jan20

President Biden and America’s Expectation

Making Contact · President Biden and America’s Expectation   Today, a divided nation experiences one of the most tumultuous presidential transitions in US history. Leaders from marginalized communities across the nation are watching, with cautious optimism, as Biden and Harris seek to tackle several serious crises amid a raging pandemic. Thank you to freelance journalist Maritza L. Félix for reporting from Arizona. Like...

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Holding the Thin Green Line II: A View from the Blast Zone
Nov26

Holding the Thin Green Line II: A View from the Blast Zone

A View from the Blast Zone  As the fossil fuel industry works to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. Producer Barbara Bernstein’s latest project, “Holding the Thin Green Line,” explores how local communities are fighting the fossil fuel industry’s push for massive fracked gas projects in Washington and Oregon. In part 1, we heard about plans to build the...

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Call for Pitches

We’re seeking sound-rich radio stories with ear-grabbing characters, interesting angles, and solid facts. We encourage you to explore grassroots solutions and the ways communities are organizing. We look forward to hearing from you on these topics below and others you have, at pitches@radioproject.org. Making Contact is accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our Fall schedule....

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Call for Pitches!

  Do you have a story with perspectives on an ongoing local, national, or global issue? Do you have access to voices and perspectives that get lost in mainstream media landscape? How are people working to cope, and change things? If so, consider pitching to Making Contact!  We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. See list below.   Seeking Pitches Immigration: We want your pitches!...

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Donate Today!
Dec08

Donate Today!

Click here OR return your envelope plz! The envelopes are going out! Making Contact staff and volunteers working hard on snail mail fundraising. #MakingContact6400 Thanks to listeners like you Making Contact has been able to produce 52 weekly shows in 2017: That’s 1500 minutes of programming, broadcasting on 140+ radio stations around the world, working with 28 US & international freelance reporters during 22 years of community...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2
Jun13

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. This week we present Part Two of Sacrifice Zones...

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