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Amanda Graor, Principal Planner/Air Quality Program Manager for the Mid America Regional Council joins us to discuss air quality and ozone alerts in Kansas City.

Air Quality in Kansas City
Episode date : July 16, 2018
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The Fall Of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest Of A Progressive Bastion And The Future Of American Politics.

For decades Wisconsin was known as a laboratory of democracy, the birthplace of labor and environmental movements, and home to the cherished Wisconsin idea, which championed expertise in the service of the public good. All this has changed under Republican Governor Scott Walker and the Republican state legislature.

There are two themes central to Walkers success. He turned public opinion against well meaning public servants through absurd caricatures and trumpeted
that far and wide through the almost limitless financial backing of right wing zealots like the Koch brothers. He also divided the labor movement, conquering it by splitting some workers from others. First he broke the public sector unions, and then, over a weakened opposition, passed a right to work law crippling the private sector unions. Huge amounts of dark money, gerrymandering legislative districts, voter suppression, and voter ID laws made this all possible. Over time big money wrote legislation which was enacted into law. Eventually Donald Trump won Wisconsins electoral votes, making him the president.

Guest – Journalist and author Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native and the author of the fall of Wisconsin: the conservative conquest of a progressive bastion and the future of American politics. Through the microcosm of one state, Jane Mayer has written, Dan Kaufman does a masterful job explaining what happened to America, and why.Dan Kaufman has written for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

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Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council
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With its Janus versus AFSME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council) decision the Supreme Courts activist rightist majority has overturned a 40 year old precedent that allowed public-sector unions, like private sector unions, to charge non-members ” who they are required by law to represent ” a fee for that representation.

A strategic campaign organized by the State Policy Network(SNP) think tanks nationwide included a multistate effort to reach 5 million teachers, librarians and other public sector workers affected by the Janus decision.

In Texas the State Policy Network is funded by the Koch brothers, Koch industries, AT&T, Verizon, Exxon mobile, Coca-Cola, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Texas SPN like others across the country is leveraging the Supreme Court decision as a means of starving unions of funds and eventually disbanding them all together.

They recently sent out a mailing claiming government unions have undue political influence and stating that by 2020 SPN aims to empower our interstate freedom network to rescue nearly 1,000,000 people from forced government union musician. This strategy could remove one billion dollars per election cycle from union budgets.

Guest – Attorney Dean Hubbard, For more than three decades, he has been an attorney, organizer, educator and artist for workers rights and environmental and racial justice. Dean is the longtime Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee. He is currently a strategic consultant to unions and social justice organizations. Among other movement gigs, he was Director of the Labor and Economic Justice Program at the Sierra Club, he was Senior Counsel to the Transport Workers Union of America and its NYC Local 100, he held the Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy and Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College, and he co-founded the progressive workers rights law firm Eisner & Hubbard, P.C. He has published widely, and has organized and led investigations, tribunals and delegations on labor and human rights issues worldwide.


On this week’s edition of Arts Magazine, host Michael Hogge brings you another hour of lively banter and local cultural news: Tiffany Chappel, the Director of Operations, and six participating artists will talk about the 14th Annual Fringe Festival. Later, guests from Blue Springs City Theatre will talk about their latest musical production, “Hello, Dolly!”.

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!


Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Task Force and Education Association- LATTE

Three grandmothers, after hearing about the atrocities of human trafficking and the lack of awareness in the Lawrence, Kansas area, went in search of a local community organization to volunteer their help. Unable to find a local group they decided something must be done. They invited friends who were concerned about the issue and LATTE’s first formal meeting was held in January 2014. LATTE decided their role as an organization would be to prevent people from being trafficked by educating the community and collaborating with organizations like local law enforcement, victim / survivor advocacy organizations, and the court system.

Today Host Melvin Merritt talks with Becca Burns-Spielman of Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Task Force and Education Association about their mission, their collaborations and their impact on the public’s knowledge of the issue of human trafficking.

Website – https://latteassociation.org/
Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/LATTEassociation/
Email – [email protected]

Native Hope – Working To Stop Trafficking of Native Women and Children
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Native Hope believes in the power of storytelling to dismantle barriers, bring healing, and inspire hope for Native people. They have been fighting trafficking of Native people during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally and throughout the year across the United States with offices in Chamberlain, South Dakota, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They use storytelling because telling stories of Native struggle and Native strength is a powerful catalyst for unity, generational healing, and personal growth. Each of us has an evolving story which no one else can write.

Host Jessica Thomas talks with Kyle Middleton and his twin brother Kansas of Native Hope about empowering Native people and raising awareness of trafficking through storytelling and art.

Website – https://www.nativehope.org/
Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/ProjectNativeHope/
Blog – https://blog.nativehope.org/

The JoJR Calendar for the week of July 16th

Momma On A Mission has started Survivors Unite a new group uniting the surviving families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet today July 16th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
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The Lees Summit chapter of Moms Demand Action will be held Thursday, July 19, 9:30 AM at Lowenstein Park, Shelter One, 2050 NW Lowenstein Dr, Lees Summit, MO. You are invited to help them work for common sense gun laws at the state and national level.
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The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, July 19th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
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Corey’s Network Annual Vigil to Support the Families of Unsolved Murders will be held 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 3907 Crackerneck Rd, Independence, MO. They will gathering in recognition of the fifth anniversary of Corey Laykovich’s murder and families of unsolved murder victims for praying together, lighting candles, and lining 39th Street with the faces and loved ones still waiting for answers for their homicide victims.


“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
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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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