Making Contact

Making Contact – March 4, 2005

Women’s Movements in Palestine The long tradition of Palestinian women’s movements are little known in the West, where Arab women are often portrayed as bad mothers, veiled, and shut up in their homes. On this edition, correspondent Sarah Olson talks with Palestinian women about their experiences fighting for peace, democracy and gender equality. – www.radioproject.org


Making Contact

Making Contact – February 4, 2005

Many Minds in an Army of One They’ve all worn the uniform of the United States military, but when it comes to the war in Iraq they don’t always think alike. On this special report, prepared by Associate Producer Justin Beck, we take a look at some of the different ways the war has affected … Continued


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Making Contact – January 28, 2005

Seeing Red: Marshalling Cultural Anger in Middle America In the last two elections, the conservative values rhetoric has been effective in getting working class voters in middle America to vote in spite of their own interests. On this edition, we’ll hear from Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the … Continued


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Making Contact – January 21, 2005

Capturing Dreams: Race and Public Policy in the United States President George W. Bush made headlines by appointing a number of people of color to his cabinet. But what does this mean for race and public policy in the United States over the next four years? On this edition, we’ll hear from leaders in the … Continued


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Making Contact – January 14, 2005

The Third Option – Assisted Suicide In 1994, Oregonians voted to make doctor assisted suicide legal, the only law of its type in United States. Ten years later, it’s still controversial. On this edition, correspondent Barbara Bernstein speaks with activists and analysts on both sides of the issue.


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Making Contact – January 7, 2005

Who Owns Our Water?Profits vs. Public Interest Water is essential to survival. Yet access to fresh, clean water has increasingly come under the control of private corporations, making it less affordable and harder to come by. On this edition, we’ll take a look at water as a basic human right. We’ll hear about a plan … Continued


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Making Contact – December 31, 2004

Reaching for Peace in the Holy Land Although small in number, Israelis and Palestinians committed to peace provide a glimmer of hope for the future. On this week’s edition of Making Contact, Israeli women defend Palestinian human rights at military checkpoints near Jerusalem. In Ramallah, we hear from Palestinian high school girls confronting issues of … Continued


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Making Contact – December 24, 2004

From Cradle to Grave:The Impact of Electronics The electronics industry has brought us gadgets galore, from mobile phones that take pictures to the computer we use to edit this radio show. But there’s also a dark secret: the electronics industry is one of the world’s dirtiest; its growing legacy includes poisoned workers and mountains of … Continued


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Making Contact – December 24, 2004

Chemical Soup: Pollutants in the Body There are thousands of chemicals in our air, water, dust, and food coming from everyday products like detergents, cookware, cosmetics, paints, sofas, shower curtains, computers, and TVs. These chemicals accumulate in our bodies-in our fat, blood, and organs-staying there long after they are banned or removed from the market. … Continued