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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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9 Shows to Listen to this Black History Month
Feb15

9 Shows to Listen to this Black History Month

This month at Making Contact, and all year round, we are excited to honor, celebrate and recount the stories of Black people and Black heritage in America. Storytelling allows us the opportunity to uncover the lives, the hope, and the people who built a better world for all of us. Too often these stories are lost or forgotten in time.  Today, take some time to listen to some of those stories: 1.Tulsa & Black Wall Street Our most...

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Giving Bayard Rustin His Flowers (ENCORE)
Feb14

Giving Bayard Rustin His Flowers (ENCORE)

Today, we continue celebrating Black history and heritage with a special encore episode honoring an often forgotten civil rights leader. We take a look at the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin, a central figure in the and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was a trusted advisor to labor leader A. Phillip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rustin’s methodology for challenging racial inequality and imperialism...

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Tulsa’s Black History Saturday School
Feb07

Tulsa’s Black History Saturday School

2021 marked the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre – a horrific attack white people waged against Greenwood, a once prosperous Black neighborhood in north Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also in 2021, state legislators passed a law that limits how race is discussed in classrooms.  Tulsa activists say HB 1775 prevents descendants of those who built Greenwood from being able to acknowledge the attack, and also Greenwood’s success. In...

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Building Back Black Wall Street
Jan31

Building Back Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street, or the historically Black neighborhood Greenwood, Oklahoma is the site of a once prosperous, thriving, Black community. It is also the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a violent attack waged by white supremacists, killing hundreds of residents and leveling homes and businesses.  In the second episode of our three part Black History Month series, we talk about how the community built back. In fact, Greenwood’s...

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Uncovering the History of the Massacre of Black Wall Street (Encore)
Jan24

Uncovering the History of the Massacre of Black Wall Street (Encore)

In the first of our 3 part series leading up to Black History Month, we turn our focus to how journalists and historians today are covering the Tulsa Race Massacre. We hear from KalaLea, host of the critically acclaimed podcast Blindspot: Tulsa Burning. The series tells the story of the rise of Greenwood, a prosperous Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also known as Black Wall Street.  The podcast recounts the brutal 1921...

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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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Denial of the Funk: The Impact of Racism on our Nation’s Health
Jan10

Denial of the Funk: The Impact of Racism on our Nation’s Health

The problem in America is, America’s been in denial about its problems. And that’s a problem.  America doesn’t have a race problem, in reality there’s been catastrophes visited upon Black people. Catastrophes visited on Indigenous brothers and sisters. Catastrophes visited on Latino brothers and sisters. Catastrophes visited on working people. Catastrophes visited on women of all colors. We can go on and on.  This week on...

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The Rise of the New Labor Movement
Jan03

The Rise of the New Labor Movement

The last few years have seen a wave of labor organizing as it becomes more and more clear to workers that what they do is not expendable, but actually the heart of every business. From walkouts to unionization, workers everywhere, from Starbucks to Amazon to your local coffee shop have come together to build and exercise their power. In this episode we explore the issues that led people to organize their workplaces, the ins and outs...

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But Next Time Part 4: The Road to Rebuilding and Recovering, Better (Encore)
Dec27

But Next Time Part 4: The Road to Rebuilding and Recovering, Better (Encore)

When communities face the aftermath of catastrophes, what does it take to ensure that the next time will be different? In Houston, it takes a city council member who bicycles in her neighborhood to hear from constituents about what they need most. It takes 12 moms who organize to take legal action against the landlords that have kept their families in moldy, substandard apartments. And it takes a city official who blows the whistle on...

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