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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 2 (Encore) – Making Contact – August 11, 2023

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 … Continued


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THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY: RACE AND THE FUTURE OF THE LOVE STORY PART 1 (ENCORE) – Making Contact – August 4, 2023

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 … Continued


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The Healing Project: An Abolitionist Story (Encore) – Making Contact – July 14, 2023

This week we hear from artist Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes about The Healing Project, an abolitionist art exhibition. The work explores the structures of systemic racism, particularly the prison industrial complex in the U.S. and takes multiple forms including music, films, community gatherings, and live performances. A digital library of audio interviews centers the project. The … Continued


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Revolutionary Mothering and Reproductive Justice – Making Contact – June 30, 2023

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, … Continued


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Powerlands – Making Contact – June 23, 2023

On this week’s Making Contact, we feature an extended interview with Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, a queer Din filmmaker and director of the award-winning documentary Powerlands. Powerlands traces how multinational energy corporations extract resources and profits while displacing and harming Indigenous communities around the world. The film follows Indigenous activists in Navajo Nation, Colombia, Mexico … Continued


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A History of Development and Disruption – Making Contact – June 16, 2023

Long Description: This week on Making Contact, we bring you a story of urban planning and how race has shaped American cities. In a new book, Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption, Author Mitchell Schwarzer explores the origins and the lasting impacts of transportation improvements, systemic racism, and regional competition on Oakland’s built … Continued


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The Fight Over the Indian Child Welfare Act Is Not Just A Custody Battle (ENCORE) – Making Contact – June 9, 2023

It’s a lesser-known case in the docket for the Supreme Court, but if The Indian Child Welfare Act is overturned, it could have massive implications for the laws that govern Indigenous sovereignty in the United States. We talk with author and activist Rebecca Nagle about the case of Baby O and the Librettis and how … Continued