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Making Contact – July 9, 2004

ElectionWatch ’04: All the News That’s Fit to Buy What we learn through the news media shapes how we choose our elected officials. In a democracy, we expect the media to serve the public interest. On this edition, we’ll take a look at how media companies have failed the public interest by influencing the political … Continued


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Making Contact – July 2, 2004

ElectionWatch ’04: Progressive Strategies Bigger, Faster, More Powerful. That’s not a marketing slogan for the latest sport utility vehicle – rather, it’s what some activists say the progressive movement needs to become in order to win the November elections. On this edition, we’ll hear from three such activists: Reverend James Forbes, senior minister of the … Continued


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Making Contact – June 25, 2004

Queer Youth Identities Young people today are embracing a wide range of terms to describe their sexuality: straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, two-spirit, questioning pansexual, down low, along with reclaiming formerly pejorative terms like dyke and queer. They are changing the way that society thinks about sexual orientation and gender identity. On this edition of … Continued


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Making Contact – June 18, 2004

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 toxic waste. On this week’s edition we … Continued


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Making Contact – June 11, 2004

CAFTA: The Cost of Free Trade Frequently compared to the decade-old North American Free Trade Agreement, the new Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, extends many of the same economic policies as far south as Costa Rica. Critics of CAFTA say NAFTA is responsible for high unemployment, a growing gap between the rich and … Continued


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Making Contact – June 4, 2004

ElectionWatch ’04: "War on Terror" After September 11th, 2001 the Bush administration created controversial policy at home and abroad in the name of homeland security. Increased surveillance, security searches, and military intervention in the Middle East have changed life in the United States. Many Arab, South Asian, and Muslim Americans have experienced an even greater … Continued


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Making Contact – May 14, 2004

Working Democracy: Participatory Movements in Latin America As many Latin American countries are moving away from longstanding dictatorships, they still face the challenges of poverty. Structural adjustments imposed by the International Monetary Fund and increased privatization of resources characterize the region’s economic policies. In response, peace and social justice groups challenge these policies by implementing … Continued


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Making Contact – May 7, 2004

ElectionWatch ’04: "Hip Hop and Elections" Ever since it emerged off the streets of The Bronx in the mid-1970’s, hip hop has had a significant and growing influence on popular culture. But what influence will hip hop culture have in the 2004 elections? On this ElectionWatch ’04 edition of Making Contact we take a look … Continued


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Making Contact – April 30, 2004

Refugees of Development:India and Multinationals With the country’s 1991 economic reform package, India significantly reduced trade barriers, moving away from a model of self-sufficiency. The World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund have loaned India money to promote economic growth. Anti-corporate globalization activists warn that this trend towards liberalization has given multi-national corporations, like … Continued


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Making Contact – April 23, 2004

Deadly Extractions: Oil and Mining Interests in Africa When President Bush made a one-week tour of the African continent in early July 2003, the U.S. public heard a lot about human suffering and conflict there. The tragic AIDS epidemic and the toll of bloody wars are critical issues that should be examined in-depth. Yet, one … Continued