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The Pseudo-Science of Whiteness: Biology as a Social Weapon ENCORE 
May10

The Pseudo-Science of Whiteness: Biology as a Social Weapon ENCORE 

  This week, filmmaker Stephanie Welch explores the role that racist, unscientific propaganda has played in promoting white supremacy in the U.S. She traces the history of the Pioneer Fund, the primary funding source for research that claims to demonstrate that people of color are genetically and intellectually inferior. The Fund used such research to lobby for eugenic policies like forced sterilization and the restrictive 1924...

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Unequal Justice: the Criminalization of Black Youth
Apr13

Unequal Justice: the Criminalization of Black Youth

Nearly two thirds of all children in the U.S. juvenile justice system are kids of color. That’s according to a recent report by the Children’s Defense Fund. In this episode of Making Contact, we’ll hear from Dr. Kris Henning on the disparities faced by Black youth in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Henning is the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center. And...

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Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives (Encore)
Mar03

Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives (Encore)

Making Contact · Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives (Encore)   On this episode of Making Contact, we will look at transgender activism and the call for inclusion and intersectionality in the movement for Black lives. We’ll also meet Trans activists in Louisiana who have been organizing against a state law that has been used to unfairly target trans women for decades. Like this program? Please click here and...

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The Pseudo-Science of Whiteness: Biology as a Social Weapon  
Feb24

The Pseudo-Science of Whiteness: Biology as a Social Weapon  

Making Contact · The Pseudo-Science of Whiteness: Biology as a Social Weapon   This week, filmmaker Stephanie Welch explores the role that racist, unscientific propaganda has played in promoting white supremacy in the U.S. She traces the history of the Pioneer Fund, the primary funding source for research that claims to demonstrate that people of color are genetically and intellectually inferior. The Fund used such research to...

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Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives
Aug19

Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives

Making Contact · Activism and The Fight for Black Trans Lives   On this episode of Making Contact, we will look at transgender activism and the call for inclusion and intersectionality in the movement for Black lives. We’ll also meet Trans activists in Louisiana who have been organizing against a state law that has been used to unfairly target trans women for decades.  TRANSCRIPT BELOW Like this program? Please...

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Say Their Names: George Floyd and the Movement to Uplift Black Lives
Jun10

Say Their Names: George Floyd and the Movement to Uplift Black Lives

Making Contact · Say Their Names: George Floyd and the Movement to Uplift Black Lives On May 25, 2020, the nation ignited after a bystander posted a horrific video of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes. Now the movement to uplift Black lives, and to defund and dismantle police departments where officers disproportionately kill and brutalize African American men...

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Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop Freedom Summer’s Civil Rights Movement of 1964
Jan14

Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop Freedom Summer’s Civil Rights Movement of 1964

Spies of Mississippi Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations...

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The Far Right and Antifa (Encore)
Jan23

The Far Right and Antifa (Encore)

Greek Raps Anti-Fascism In this episode of Making Contact, we explore the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with a story from Athens on the murder and investigation of Greek rapper, Pavlos Fyssas. In the second half of the show, historian and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Mark Bray, describes anti-fascist responses to Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920’s and 30’s. Image Credit: seven_resist on...

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Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
Jan02

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

Paul Kivel on Racial Justice On this edition of Making Contact, we speak with author Paul Kivel about his book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. This book offers a framework for understanding institutional racism. It provides practical suggestions, tools, examples, and advice on how white people can intervene in interpersonal and organizational situations to work as allies for racial justice. Completely...

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Michael Eric Dyson on Trump Truth and Race
Dec11

Michael Eric Dyson on Trump Truth and Race

Michael Eric Dyson America’s unwillingness to assess the ugly truth about systemic inequality has created a perpetual sinkhole of denial. A reality that existed long before Trump’s presidency. It’s AMERICA’s Legacy. On this edition, we hear from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and an editor of...

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