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Making Contact – April 9, 2004

ElectionWatch ‘04: Taxonomics:Federal Tax Cutsand the Budget Deficit During his Presidential bid in 2000, then-Governor George W. Bush said tax cuts would help those at the bottom end of the economic ladder. During his 4 years of Presidency, however, it is the wealthy who have benefited the most from those tax breaks. Meanwhile, in the … Continued


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Making Contact – April 2, 2004

Building Walls: Life in the Palestinian Territories" Since the lines were drawn over 50 years ago, the borders of Israel have been intensely contested. With the construction of a wall in the Palestinian territories, a new border is being created. The Israeli government says they are building the wall for security reasons, but many Palestinians … Continued


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Making Contact – March 26, 2004

Trouble at Sea: The State of the World’s Oceans (Encore Edition) While seemingly indestructible, the ocean is a fragile eco-system. It’s increasingly under threat from over- fishing, coastal development, and pollution. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll take a look at the over-all health of the ocean today, along with a close-up of the … Continued


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Making Contact – March 19, 2004

Patagonian Winds of Resistance In the midst of a shattered economy in Argentina, US-based Meridian Gold acquired a gold deposit in Patagonia worth an estimated one billion dollars. This mining project, however, could damage the natural environment and the local community’s way of life. On this edition of Making Contact Pauline Bartolone traveled to the … Continued


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Making Contact – March 12, 2004

War Against Women, Women Against War: A Report Back From the World Social Forum Violence against women manifests in both overt and covert forms: from rape used as a war tactic to women themselves participating in violence. On this edition of Making Contact, we feature three leading feminists: Egyptian sociologist Nawal El Saadawi, activist and … Continued


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Making Contact – March 5, 2004

Making Contact’s ElectionWatch ’04: "Home Economics: Women and Voting" Presidential candidates realize they need to address the issues that women care about such as healthcare, jobs, and the economy- but do women themselves feel spoken to? On this edition of Making Contact’s ElectionWatch’04- a monthly special from the National Radio Project— we explore the pre-election … Continued


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Making Contact – February 27, 2004

Legacies of War During wartime, the U.S. public is barraged with images and information about the current military offensive. But how much do we know about the effects that conflict has on war-torn regions years after the violence has ended? In many cases, countries recovering from war suffer from extremely high unemployment, environmental illness, limited … Continued


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Making Contact – February 6, 2004

Making Contact’s ElectionWatch ’04. Youth Vote: Mobilizing from the Grassroots. The nearly 43,000,000 young Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 comprise about 23% of the electorate. A strong youth turnout at the polls has the potential to swing the presidential elections of 2004. On this edition of Making Contact’s ElectionWatch ’04-a monthly special … Continued


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Making Contact – January 30, 2004

Empty Promises?: NAFTA at 10 It’s been ten years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Proponents claimed that NAFTA would be a solution for poverty and sluggish economic growth in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Opponents warned that NAFTA would spark a race to the bottom in wages, labor rights, and … Continued