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Family Matters: How Communities Support Trans Kids in Conservative States
Jun19

Family Matters: How Communities Support Trans Kids in Conservative States

In 2023, Kirin Clawson’s endocrinologist placed a puberty-blocking implant in her arm, a medical intervention that is associated with improved mental health for many trans kids with gender dysphoria. In February, Indiana joined several other conservative states banning this treatment for minors. In the first of a 2-part series, we hear from the Clawsons how the ban has impacted their family.  And, we hear from psychologist, Dr....

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Survival for All: Securing Vaccines for the Global South
May01

Survival for All: Securing Vaccines for the Global South

At the beginning of the pandemic, we reported on the extreme inequality of the vaccine rollout to low income countries. Their access was hindered because of a Western patent system which was imposed globally through the WTO. At the time, activists tried to pass the TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Waiver, which would have suspended all patents related to COVID. This would have allowed...

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You Can Still Have An Abortion
Apr24

You Can Still Have An Abortion

How does anyone make sense of abortion access these days? We sat down with All Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana to talk about what’s changed since Indiana’s full abortion ban went into effect last August. Local abortion funds like All Options do a lot, but they can’t talk to clients about self-managed abortion, even though the World Health Organization says it’s safe and effective.  We learn about...

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A History of Traditional Root Healing (ENCORE)
Sep13

A History of Traditional Root Healing (ENCORE)

In some parts of the world, traditional herbal remedies are the norm.  When we  think of natural remedies we tend to think of older generations living in remote areas, in far away  countries,  with little access to modern healthcare.  We rarely think about the ancient medicinal plants that might exist in our very own cities. On today’s episode we look at plant and herb medicines through the lens of Michele Elizabeth Lee the...

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Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (ENCORE)
Mar01

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (ENCORE)

  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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Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
Sep28

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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A History of Traditional Root Healing (ENCORE)
Sep07

A History of Traditional Root Healing (ENCORE)

In some parts of the world, traditional herbal remedies are the norm.  When we  think of natural remedies we tend to think of older generations living in remote areas, in far away  countries,  with little access to modern healthcare.  We rarely think about the ancient medicinal plants that might exist in our very own cities. On today’s episode we look at plant and herb medicines through the lens of Michele Elizabeth Lee the...

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A History of Traditional Root Healing
Nov10

A History of Traditional Root Healing

Making Contact · A History of Traditional Root Healing   In some parts of the world, traditional herbal remedies are the norm.  When we  think of natural remedies we tend to think of older generations living in remote areas, in far away  countries,  with little access to modern healthcare.  We rarely think about the ancient medicinal plants that might exist in our very own cities. On today’s episode we look at plant and...

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Reckonings: From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller
Nov19

Reckonings: From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller

From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller ‘I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences.’ That’s Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country, he was responsible for concocting tales that enabled CIGNA to deny coverage, discredit...

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Abortion Beyond Clinics Pt. 1: Call Jane
Jan16

Abortion Beyond Clinics Pt. 1: Call Jane

Stop Making Decisions Over My Body In a special 2 part program by Making Contact we explore new safe at-home abortion options and the growing movement for “self-managed abortions.” Amidst changes to the Supreme Court of the United States, and after decades of restrictions to abortion access across the country, people continue to find ways to make this vital procedure safer, more affordable, and more accessible....

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