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Making Contact – August 27, 2004

Documenting Torture: Holding the United States Accountable Until the 60 Minutes II report late April 2004, very few people in the United States had even heard of Abu Ghraib. On this edition, we trace the seeds of the prison scandal to 9/11 and previous to that time. We hear from survivors of torture, human rights … Continued


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Making Contact – August 20, 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 – August 13, 2004

Courage Under Fire: Resistance to War Resistance to the status quo is a common theme among social, political, and environmental movements. But resistance during war can increase the stakes, sometimes with dire consequences. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll take a look at resistance in Rwanda during the nationwide call for genocide in 1994, … Continued


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Making Contact – August 6, 2004

ElectionWatch ’04 – Systems Failure A healthy democracy depends not only on the leaders whom voters choose to elect, but also the systems used to cast votes. When election systems fail, so does democracy. On this edition, we take a look at the disenfranchisement of African Americans in Florida, the debate over electronic voting machines, … Continued


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Making Contact – July 30, 2004

Transgender Bender: Moving Beyond the Binary System Until the 1950s in the United States, in a binary system that included only male or female, gender was simply a matter of plumbing. Now gender is more commonly understood to be more complex-and sometimes separate from the body. On this edition, we take a look at a … Continued


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Making Contact – July 23, 2004

Native Lands: The Struggle for Sovereignty Broken treaties, contested land, reservations, loss of resources. Land sovereignty is a key issue for indigenous peoples. On this edition, we take a look at the Mapuche people in Argentina, the Shuswap Nation in the British Columbia province of Canada, and the Oglala Sioux in the state of South … Continued


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Making Contact – July 16, 2004

Entry Denied: Former Prisoners Re-entering Society The prison population in the United States is rising. So are the numbers of people exiting prison and trying to piece their lives back together. In fact, three million people will be released from prison over the next five years. On this Prison Desk edition of Making Contact, we’ll … Continued


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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