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This week on CounterSpin: The elite media takeaway on the nomination to the Supreme Court of arch-conservative Brett Kavanaugh—despite allegations of perjury, and an unprecedented lack of access to his work—would seem to be reflected by CNN, which ran two items on the same day: a poll showing more Americans oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation than support it, and an analysis that took his confirmation as a given. “Americans don’t want it, but it’s happening anyway; next!” seems to be corporate media’s approach to many things these days. Others take democratic dysfunction less sanguinely. We speak with Richard Kim, executive editor of The Nation magazine, about that.

Also on the show: In 1994, John Bolton declared: “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interest, and when we can get others to go along.” Bolton is now national security advisor under a president who shares his ideas that international bodies only exist to the extent that the US finds them useful. You can call that straight talk, but then you also have to care what impact it has when a country declares its sovereignty to be the only sovereignty that matters on the planet. Bolton’s target of the moment is the International Criminal Court. We talk about what his most recent threats against the ICC mean with Jamil Dakwar, director of the human rights program at the ACLU.


Zack Pistora represents the Sierra Club and Kansans on issues such as water conservation, hydraulic fracturing, energy efficiency, clean energy and other environmental topics which are addressed by the Kansas Legislature in Topeka, KS. Zack will give us a look at what we can expect from our electorate as the Kansas Legislative Session wraps up their 2018 session. Host Richard Mabion will assure Zack tells us all.

Calendar of Events for the week of 9/17/18:

9/17/18 Backyard Composting Class
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm free at the Solid Waste Administrative Building, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS. To enroll, sign up online at Compost 101 Class. For more information, email [email protected] or call 785-832-3032.

9/22/18 Shoal Creek Stream Party Saturday, 9am-1pm Learn about streams at Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE Antioch Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119. Come out and join the fun. Lunch will be served.
info – [email protected] 816-812-5166

9/18/18 9:00 am – 11:00 am Take a hike through the woods to harvest Missouri wild edibles and then learn how to prepare them at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center.
This free, two-hour Workshop includes an optional hike and a class. The class is designed for participants age 18 and older and will be held from 9 – 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 18 at the nature center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Registration is required at Missouri Department of Conservation.

9/22/18 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Monarch tagging in Lawrence will be at Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N 1250 Rd Lawrence, KS 66046
Once again, Monarch Watch, the Jayhawk Audubon Society, and the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center are sponsoring Monarch butterfly tagging for the public. There is no charge to participants and no experience is necessary – so bring yourself, your kids (all ages), your friends, and your neighbors! If you have a net, bring that too.

Environmental programs on KKFI this week include:
“Country Life Isn’t What It Used to Be” with Terry Spence & Craig Volland
September 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm on All Souls Forum
Terry Spence and Craig Volland will explain how Big AG’s political power increasingly threatens rural landowners’ quality of life and property values. It’s the environmental injustice nobody talks about. Terry is with the Socially Responsible Agriculture project and farms in northwest Missouri. Craig is Chair of the Agriculture Committee of the Kansas Sierra Club.

“Iowa Landowners Sue Dakota Access Pipeline”
September 20, 2018 | 12:00 pm on Sprouts
In 2016, three Iowa farmers, Keith Putenney, Arlene Bates, and Lavern Johnson, were forced to surrender their land through eminent domain to be used for the Dakota Access pipeline. They relate how the installation of the pipeline has affected their land, and in turn how it has affected their livelihood.

“Kids’ Climate Lawsuit”
September 22, 2018 | 2:30 pm on WINGS
Twenty-one young plaintiffs are alleging the United States knew since the 1950s that a horrendous climate disaster would be in store from fossil fuel energy and caved to industry, not to implement policies that could avert that.


First Amendment Case: Food Not Bombs

In a remarkable victory for free speech, in late August three 11th Circuit judges held that the Ft. Lauderdale Food Not Bombs’ weekly outdoor food sharing is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment. The Florida group is affiliated with the international organization Food Not Bombs, and engages in peaceful political direct action. It conducts weekly food sharing events at Stranaham Park in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, distributing vegetarian or vegan food free of charge. Their message is clear: society can end hunger and poverty if we redirect our collective resources from the military and war and that food is a human right, not a privilege, which society has a responsibility to provide for all. Providing food in a visible public space and sharing meals with others is an act of political solidarity meant to convey the organization’s message.

Guest – Keith McHenry, and seven friends founded Food Not Bombs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Keith has been arrested more than 100 times for making a political statement of sharing free food in San Francisco and he has spent more than 500 nights in jail for peaceful protest.

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure.
Coddling American Minds

Over the past five years or so, American colleges and universities have been dealing”quite publicly–with issues related to free speech on campus.

In a widely read opinion piece in the Atlantic in 2016, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt argued that American students are being coddled as administrators cede to their demands for protection from offensive ideas and words. The authors wrote that requests to be shielded from offensive words and behaviors come at the expense of both intellectual rigor, and the First Amendment.

Two years later, professors are still eliminating controversial material from their classes to avoid facing Bias Incident Reports. College administrators are dis-inviting speakers whose viewpoints may make students feel “unsafe,” and many students are afraid to talk or write openly out of fear they will face public shaming.

Guest – Greg Lukianoff, teamed up with Jonathan Haidt once again in writing the newly-published book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure. The book lays out the continued assault on free speech on U.S. campuses and the disservice it does by treating students as fragile. It also examines how conditions have worsened with polarizing politics. And the authors offer suggestions for change. Greg is also author of the 2014 book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.


In Pima County, where Tucson is located, formerly incarcerated individuals and local government officials have joined efforts to send fewer people to jail. Meanwhile, a federal program designed to stop drug and human trafficking at the border is also sending people to jail for months over traffic violations and minor drug offenses. Reporter Jesse Alejandro Cottrell explores just how complicated it can be to reform a local criminal justice system.

Featuring:

Manny Mejias, re-entry coordinator, Fortaleza and Pima County Community Collaborative member; Michelle Keller, Pima County Community Collaborative member; Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier; Nigier, Fortaleza graduate; Terry Bressi, chief engineer at the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona; Francisco Flores Juez, Tucson resident; Sharon Bronson, Pima County Supervisor.

Credits:

70 Million is made possible by a grant from the Safety and Justice Challenge at
the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The 70 Million podcast is a production of Lantigua Williams & Co.

Editor: Jen Chien
Audio Engineer: Luis Gil
Associate Producer: Oluwakemi Aladesuyi
Marketing specialist: Kate Krosschell
Resource Guide Writer: Amy Alexander
70 Million creator and executive producer: Juleyka Lantigua-Williams
70 Million host: Mitzi Miller

Making Contact staff

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
Host + Producer: Monica Lopez
Audience Engagement Manager: Sabine Blaizin
Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

Music Credits:

Ervira, Blue Dot Sessions (open)
Symphony No. 2 in F Minor, Percival Pembroke (open)
Svela Tal, Blue Dot Sessions
Year of Glad, Lifetrap – Johnny Ripper remix (credits)
Rise, Meydan (podcast version break)


Have you seen the movie BlacKKKlansman, about a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan forty years ago? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll take a look under the hood, talk about the true story and get reactions from viewers. Then: this year over a thousand workers in downtown KC were suddenly laid off thanks to corporate restructuring at DST. Why this is happening? What impact will it have on the metro area? Find out Thursday at 6:00 PM, rebroadcast Friday, at 5:00 a.m.


“The Predator” is the fifth entry in the popular alien huntsman series. Writer/director Shane Black offers lots of chaotic violence as well as a good deal of jokey humor. Jacob Tremblay, who may be the best child actor working today, plays a kid genius who becomes an alien target. Fans of the series, yes. Others, no.

 

A highly controlled and nuanced performance by Glenn Close is the main attraction of “The Wife.” Jonathan Pryce plays an author who is invited to Sweden to accept the Nobel Prize. On the trip, his relationship with his wife hits the skids when a biographer threatens to expose the truth about their relationship. A great cast makes the most from an iffy premise.

 

Also opening this week, “A Simple Favor” is a modern film noir entry about a mommy blogger, played by Anna Kendrick, who tries to discern why her friend, played by Blake Lively, has disappeared.

 

“White Boy Rick” tells the strange but true story of a teenager, played by Richie Merritt, who gets mixed up with crack in the 1980s, first as an informant and then as a dealer. Matthew McConaughey plays Rick’s dad.

 

“Pick of the Litter” is a documentary about guide dog training. Where Hands Touch” is a drama about the struggles of a mixed-race girl in Germany during WWII. “American Chaos” is a documentary featuring Trump supporters in their own voice. Nicholas Cage stars in “Mandy,” an over-the-top revenge drama involving a cult in the Northwest. Lost Child” is a mystery suspense drama about a woman who discovers an abandoned boy in the woods. “Let the Corpses Tan” is a violent Belgian entry with a high body count. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is a faith-based sequel to the 2014 war drama.


The new thriller “Searching” stars John Cho (“Star Trek”) and Debra Messing (TV’s “Will and Grace”). Cho plays a father whose teenage daughter goes missing. He breaks into her computer and uses the internet and online tools in a desperate attempt to find her. The film is unique in that no movie cameras were used, only online technology. It was written and directed by newcomer Aneesch Chaganty.

Take Two: “Searching” (PG-13)
Episode date : September 14, 2018
On Take Two
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We will have a discussion about Trusts with Donna C. Watson, Trust Administrator for Country Club Trust Company


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