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Join us this week as we welcome Jo Anne Zingo, a local belly dancer who will be performing at the upcoming Kansas City Fringe Festival!  We will talk about her art and the impact on women’s lives.

Join us at 3pm Central time on 90.1FM, streaming on kkfi.org, or via various apps on your phones!


“Die Hard” meets “The Towering Inferno” in “Skyscraper,” Duane “The Rock” Johnson’s third action/adventure special effects extravaganza in the past seven months. Johnson plays a security expert whose family is trapped above the fire line when the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong is torched by a crime syndicate. Can he save his loved ones while battling the elements, the bad guys and the cops? Need you ask? This by-the-numbers thriller delivers just what you’d expect, and that’s probably enough for Johnson’s legion of fans.

You’ve got to give writer/director Boots Riley a lot of credit. His film debut “Sorry to Bother You” is an original, audacious work. This comic sci-fi social commentary stars LaKeith Stanfield as an uber-talented telemarketer in the near future who unwittingly uncovers an evil corporation’s massive plot to enslave people. One could argue that this R-rated farce often goes way too far, but “Sorry to Bother You” is smart, funny and observant about the state of racial affairs.

Homelessness, PTSD and family dynamics are at the heart of Debra Granik’s low-key drama, “Leave No Trace.” Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie are excellent as a father and daughter who live off the grid. Things get complicated when authorities force them into state run shelter. This slow-moving feature is realistic, heartfelt and sincere.

The documentary “Three Identical Strangers” presents the remarkable story of triplets, separated at birth and adopted by different families, who accidentally discover one another at the age of nineteen. They become instant celebrities and the film documents their extreme highs and devastating lows while raising intriguing questions about the very nature of identity. “Three Identical Strangers” kickstarts the longtime “nature vs. nurture” debate.

Also opening this week, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is another animated monster comedy featuring the voice and juvenile humor of Adam Sandler. “Nancy” is a drama starring Andrea Riseborough, about a disturbed woman who takes on false identities on the internet.


“Die Hard” meets “The Towering Inferno” in “Skyscraper,” Duane “The Rock” Johnson’s third action/adventure special effects extravaganza in the past seven months. Johnson plays a security expert whose family is trapped above the fire line when the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong is torched by a crime syndicate. Can he save his loved ones while battling the elements, the bad guys and the cops? Need you ask? This by-the-numbers thriller delivers just what you’d expect, and that’s probably enough for Johnson’s legion of fans.

You’ve got to give writer/director Boots Riley a lot of credit. His film debut “Sorry to Bother You” is an original, audacious work. This comic sci-fi social commentary stars LaKeith Stanfield as an uber-talented telemarketer in the near future who unwittingly uncovers an evil corporation’s massive plot to enslave people. One could argue that this R-rated farce often goes way too far, but “Sorry to Bother You” is smart, funny and observant about the state of racial affairs.

Homelessness, PTSD and family dynamics are at the heart of Debra Granik’s low-key drama, “Leave No Trace.” Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie are excellent as a father and daughter who live off the grid. Things get complicated when authorities force them into state run shelter. This slow-moving feature is realistic, heartfelt and sincere.

The documentary “Three Identical Strangers” presents the remarkable story of triplets, separated at birth and adopted by different families, who accidentally discover one another at the age of nineteen. They become instant celebrities and the film documents their extreme highs and devastating lows while raising intriguing questions about the very nature of identity. “Three Identical Strangers” kickstarts the longtime “nature vs. nurture” debate.

Also opening this week, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is another animated monster comedy featuring the voice and juvenile humor of Adam Sandler. “Nancy” is a drama starring Andrea Riseborough, about a disturbed woman who takes on false identities on the internet.


Is it a documentary or a drama? In the case of “American Animals,” the answer to both is, “Yes.” This unique hybrid from filmmaker Bart Layton (“The Imposter”) is a true crime drama about a group of college students who decide to rob a college library of some valuable books. Barry Keoghan (“Dunkirk”) and Evan Peters (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) play Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka, two of the inept thieves. The real Reinhard and Lipka appear to provide often contradictory narration.

Take Two: “American Animals” (R)
Episode date : July 13, 2018
On Take Two
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A forum featuring eight of the eighteen Kansas gubernatorial candidates was held in the Johnson County Central Resource Library last Saturday, July 7.  Roughly 250 people came for a room with seating capacity for 150.  Roughly 200 listened for over two hours as candidates answered questions.   This episode of All Souls Forum will feature each candidates answers to the first three questions plus opening and closing remarks.

The candidates, in the order they spoke were Rick Kloos (Independent), Joshua Svaty (Democrat), Jeff Caldwell (Libertarian), Carl Brewer (Democrat), Arden Andersen (Democrat), Patrick Kucera (Republican), Laura Kelly (Democrat), and Jim Barnett (Republican).

The forum was organized by the NAACP of Johnson County, KS, Alpha Kappa Alphy Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter, El Centro, Inc., Johnson County Latina Leadership Network, KCK NAACP, MORE2, the Olathe Latino Leadership Network, and Opmicron Xi Chaper of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  It was moderated by Vanessa Vaughn West, the Community Relations manager for the city of Olathe, KS.

A video of the entire Forum will be available on the web site of the NAACP of Johnson County, KS.

Kansas Gubernatorial Candidates
Episode date : July 11, 2018
On All Souls Forum
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Richard Mabion welcomes folks from project rally.

Also, an update on the last KC Forest.

Project Rally’s Garden Party
Episode date : July 9, 2018
On EcoRadio KC
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This week on CounterSpin: A new report finds a big Bill Gates–backed education initiative is a bust. The findings, writes the Washington Post‘s Valerie Strauss, with some restraint, “revive questions about whether the country is well-served when America’s wealthiest citizens choose pet projects and fund them so generously that public institutions, policy and money follow—even if those projects are not grounded in sound research.” For most media, though, those questions need to be not so much “revived,” as engaged in the first place. We’ll talk about that with Wayne Au, editor at Rethinking Schools and professor at the University of Washington/Bothell.

Also on the show: While elite media preach “civility” towards those enforcing cruel and hateful policies, they will also celebrate the Fourth of July, marking the rather impolite act of establishing national independence through revolution. The truth is this country has a rich tradition of radicalism and dissent, struggle in many ways being the thing that has pulled us forward. It matters very much that the White House is working hard to criminalize protest as more and more people feel moved to take part. We talked about that this time last year with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, activist, attorney and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent coverage of Mexico and gangs.


The First Amendment, Separation of Church and State

On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan said that conservatives are weaponizing the First Amendment and turning it into a sword.
Many on the left who once held absolutist views on free speech are realizing that certain court victories may actually bring harms to women, or gay and lesbian couples and others, rather than advancing their causes. The same is true with some cases involving religious freedom.

The Washington, DC-based group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State says, in part, on its website that:Religion is often used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, non-believers and others. Some want to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to deny health care, refuse to provide goods and services, and disobey laws protecting Americans from discrimination.

Guest – Richard Katskee, Legal Director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Richard has litigated First Amendment cases in appellate and trial courts throughout the country, including challenging creationism in the public schools, religiously based discrimination against same-sex couples, the presentation of official prayer at governmental meetings and functions, and the provision of federal funding to faith-based organizations. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a regularly speaker at universities and legal, educational, and scientific associations across the country.

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Alternative 4th of July celebration in NYC commemorated Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglas

Last week an Alternative 4th of July celebration in NYC commemorated Frederick Douglass and his Independence Day Speech at the Rochester Ladies Anti-slavery Society in 1852.

The event was organized by poet Raymond Nat Turner, who has been a guest on Law and Disorder, and held at the NY Chapter of the National Writers Union on July 3, 2018.

The celebration included performances by UpSurge! NYC, solidarity poems, and Frederick Douglass readers Ralph Poynter of the Lynne Stewart Organization and the New Abolitionist Movement, Margaret Kimberly from the Black Agenda Report, Diane Ward form the NWU Steering Committee and our own Heidi Boghosian.We are pleased to bring you some of the music, poetry and the readings.

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