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All Recent Audio Archives
Monday Morning Medicine Show ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 30, 2019 | 10:00 am
Dr. Mike is your host...
Sunrise Project and Environmental Impacts of Floods ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm
First, Brent Ragsdale interviews Jack Vandeleuv Hub Coordinator for Sunrise Movement KC. We will be discussing what the Sunrise Movement is about and particularly their support for the Green New Deal. Their website says: "We're building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process."
Second, Craig Lubow interviews Linda Langston about the environmental hazards of flooding, including prevention and mitigation. Linda is director of strategic relations for the National Association of Counties and was previously a county supervisor in Linn County, Iowa.
Kansas’s New Secretary of Labor, Delia Garcia and Kansas City’s Pay Gap Study ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 16, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Kansas has a new Secretary of Labor. She’s Delia Garcia, the first Latina to serve in a Cabinet post. We’ll get to know her this week. Then, the city of Kansas City, Missouri is about to embark on a study to assess Gender Pay Equity in city jobs. The results should provide a map for attacking the pay gap.
Reentry Is Hard For Exonerees Too; and KS ACLU’s Smart Justice Campaign ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 20, 2019 | 9:00 am
Host Latahra Smith will talk with a couple of exonerees trying to build a work life for themselves and their family and reclaim their place in society. Kiana Knolland, Smart Justice Field Organizer will talk about her effort to reduce mass incarceration in Kansas.
Venezuelan Embassy Protected Against Staged Attacks In DC; and Lawyers For The Left: In The Courts, In the Streets And On The Air ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 21, 2019 | 9:00 am
The US government's failed attempted military coup in Venezuela and the ongoing attack on the Venezuelan embassy here. Michael Smith discusses how he came to write Lawyers from The Left and previews several of the lawyers profiled therein.
Freeze Frame: “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” (R), “The Sun is Also a Star” (PG-13), “All Creatures Here Below” (R), “Trial by Fire” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 17, 2019 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
If great stunt sequences were are all a movie needed, then “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” would definitely fill the bill. Uber-talented professional hit man Keanu Reeves returns in yet another decadent explosion of violent mayhem. The script and plot are ludicrous, and the action sometimes becomes mind-numbing. But the fight choreography is first rate, making it an R-rated guilty pleasure.
Likable leads are the main attraction of the teen romance, “The Sun is Also a Star,” based on a popular YA novel. Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton play young New Yorkers who are thrown together, not by coincidence, but by the unshakable power of fate. It’s sweet and innocuous but tends to unravel toward the end.
KC native David Dastmalchian stars in and wrote the very dark and harrowing drama “Are Creatures Here Below,” shot mostly in the Kansas City area. Dastmalchian and Karen Gillan play young lovers who flee their hard, poverty-stricken lives in LA and head back to KC. They return home but can’t escape the ghosts of their past. It’s hard to watch but beautifully acted.
The acting also carries the day in “Trial By Fire,” the true story of Texas man wrongly convicted of murdering his own children. Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern give it their all in this provocative indictment of the Texas judicial system. While its heart is squarely in the right place, “Trial By Fire” is very uneven, drawn out and lacks a successful dramatic arc.
Also opening this week, “A Dog’s Journey” is the cinematic sequel to Prairie Village native novelist Bruce Cameron’s hit, “A Dog’s Purpose.” “Wild Nights With Emily” is drama about Emily Dickinson. Molly Shannon stars. “Fast Color” is a sci-fi mystery starring Gugu Mbatha Raw. “Dogman” is an Italian drama about a man who stands up to a bully.
Freeze Frame: “Tolkien” (PG-13), “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” (PG), “The Hustle” (PG-13), “Red Joan” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 10, 2019 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
The early years of author J.R.R. Tolkien are the focus of the lethargic biopic, “Tolkien.” Nicholas Hoult plays the “Lord of the Rings” scribe who suffered multiple losses in his youth. Lily Collins portrays his lover and muse, Edith Bratt. Although it’s sincere, “Tolkien” never provides much insight into the novelist’s imagination.
The vocal wisecracks of Ryan Reynolds provide most of the entertainment value in “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,” a beautifully produced comic mystery featuring the popular video game characters. The visuals are impressive and the cast is likable, but the storyline gets overly complex for young kids who are, ostensively, the movie’s main audience. “Detective Pikachu” is amiable enough, but no “Zootopia,” which may have been its inspiration.
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in “The Hustle,” a gender flip remake of “Dirty
Rotten Scoundrels,” which was, in turn, also a remake. Hathaway plays a sophisticated con-woman whose territory is invaded by a brash, uncouth Australian upstart, played by Wilson. While it certainly has its funny moments, this broad and goofy comedy is merely the third-best big screen version of this story.
Dame Judi Dench has a supporting role in the drama, “Red Joan,” loosely based on a true story. Dench plays the older version of a British woman who spied for the KGB from the 30s through the 90s, supplying the Russians with British nuclear secrets. In flashback, young Joan is played by Sophie Cookson. Although well-acted, “Red Joan” is oddly sluggish and dispassionate.
Also opening this week, “Charlie Says” is a drama about the women who fell under the spell of Charles Manson. “Faith, Hope and Love” is a faith-based rom-com about a couple who enter a dance contest. “Poms” is a comedy about a woman who stars a cheerleading squad at her retirement home. Diane Keaton and Pam Grier star.
Take Two: “Red Joan” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 17, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Dame Judy Dench takes a supporting role in "Red Joan," an adaptation of a novel loosely based on the true story of a woman who gave British nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. Sophie Cookson plays the character in flashbacks. Russ and Susan disagree about the effectiveness of this drama.
ARTSPEAK RADIO + Jason Vivone, Jenny Martin, Melanie Johnson, & Olathe Station Art Fair ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Wednesday May 15, 2019 noon to 1pm CST 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio streaming live audio www.kkfi.org
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Jason Vivone, Jenny Martin, Melanie Johnson, and Olathe Station Art Fair.
Endangered Species Act ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 13, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Join host Craig Lubow for a discussion of the Endangered Species Act with Heather Navarro, Executive Director of Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Discussion will include an overview of the act, reasons for the act, successes and failures, procedure for listing and delisting, pending court battles, unique habitat in Kansas and Missouri. impact of habitat loss from floods, and some endangered species in Kansas and Missouri.