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All Recent Audio Archives
Chinese Zodiac and Its Effects on Women’s Lives Today ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 5, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Author Maija Devine joins us to discuss how a belief in Chinese zodiac signs still affects women's lives in Asian countries,
Stand Up KC and Sahj Kaya ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 12, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Stand Up KC and Sahj Kaya
Freeze Frame: “Logan Lucky,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Brigsby Bear” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 18, 2017 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Actor Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh go rogue with their independently produced and distributed comic heist movie, “Logan Lucky.” Tatum plays a fired miner who decides to rip off all the cash for a big race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He recruits a ragtag posse of hayseed thieves for a complicated caper. The terrific cast includes Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig and Hilary Swank. Soderbergh seems to be doing a self-parody of his best-known movie. So, you could call this goofy but entertaining popcorn flick, “Redneck Ocean’s 11.”
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, two extremely likable actors, give a big boost to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an overlong and violent action comedy about a protection agent escorting a hired killer to testify at a trial at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. There’s not a moment of credibility in this over-the-top farce, but it has wild stunts, lengthy car chases and plenty of R-rated mayhem for fans of the genre.
“Saturday Night Live’s” Kyle Mooney stars in and co-wrote the offbeat comedy, “Brigsby Bear.” It’s a high-concept, low-key tale about a man, kidnapped at birth and raised in isolation. When he’s freed at age 25, he attempts to complete the story of a children’s TV show he was raised on. It’s odd, but surprisingly sweet.
Also opening this week, “Whose Streets?” is a documentary about the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri. “Wind River” is a suspense drama starring Jeremy Renner about mysterious deaths on a Native American reservation. “Paint it Black” is a drama about the difficult dynamic that evolves between a suicide victim’s mother and girlfriend. “Kuso” is a horror film set in the aftermath of an LA earthquake. “Dave Made a Maze” is a horror comedy about a man trapped in a cardboard maze of his own creation. “68 Kill” is described as a punk-rock romantic comedy about a young woman and her boyfriend who decide to rip off her older sugar daddy. Catherine Deneuve stars in the French drama “The Midwife” about the relationship that develops between a woman and her late father’s mistress.
Take Two: “Detroit” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 18, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Perhaps the most controversial film of the year, "Detroit" recounts story of the infamous Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 riots in Motor City. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") re-teams with screenwriter ("Zero Dark Thirty") to tell the tale of police brutality and murder.
07-29-17 Sandra Moran Bonus Book Club ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 29, 2017 | 1:00 pm
We are showcasing three authors who have published original and captivating novels: Jessica Webb for "Pathogen," a medical thriller"; "RJ Samuel for An Outsider Inside," a book about an Indian-Irish main character; and Stefani Deoul for "On a Larp," a young adult steampunk thriller. Author Fay Jacobs joins Stefani to talk about "On a Larp."
Dirty Deeds in Kansas ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 14, 2017 | 6:00 pm
The Harcros chemical company was recently fined for illegally storing environmentally sensitive material in their Wyandotte County locale. The Kansas Sierra Club's Elaine Geisel returns to the program to bring us up to speed. Also, are there plans afoot to foul the Flint Hills? Flint Hills Stewards, Elexa Dawson and Karla Jo Grimmett let us know about the proposed high-pressure injection of wastewater into the Flint Hills.
ARTSPEAK RADIO with Elaine McMilian, Mark Allen, and Julie Valdivia ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 16, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Wednesday August 16, 2017
ARTSPEAK RADIO host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with singer/songwriter Elain McMillan, KC Conjure Shop owner Julie Valdivia, and multi-discipline artist Mark Allen.
On The Inside Looking Out – The Jackson County Jail And Courts Revealed ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 14, 2017 | 9:00 am
Ray Johnson talks about the Jackson County Jail, the Jackson County Courts and proving his innocence while locked up. The Dekesha Cornelius talks about her brother's conviction without evidence.
The Politics of Immigration and Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm
We’ll ask David Wilson, who has just updated The Politics of Immigration, “Do immigrants really take jobs from the rest of us and lower wages?” Then, we'll talk to Corinne Goria, whose new book Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy introduces us to phone manufacturers in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment workers in Bangladesh, and farmers around the world.
Freeze Frame: “Step,” “The Glass Castle” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 11, 2017 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
The term “uplifting” is often overused, but it’s apt when describing “Step,” a documentary about a step dancing team from an all-girls high school in inner city Baltimore. Don’t expect lots of dance footage, however. “Step” instead focuses on the personal struggles of several team members, all of whom face unique challenges. The film shows how the work and discipline of the dance team help the girls in their academic and personal lives.
It’s virtually impossible not to get caught up in these girls’ lives and enthusiastically root them on. That makes the climatic dance competition all the more compelling. “Step” is an involving documentary in step with the times.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson stars in the big screen adaptation of Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir about her difficult upbringing in a family run by two very eccentric parents. Larson is fine as the adult Jeannette, but young actresses Ella Anderson and Chandler Head are equally good as the childhood versions. How well this movie works for you may relay on your reaction to Woody Harrelson as the family’s iconoclastic, alcoholic patriarch and Naomi Watts as Jeannette’s spacey artist mom.
Director Destin Daniel Cretton takes a sincere approach, but the movie never achieves the authenticity he achieved with his earlier collaboration with Larson, the touching film about at-risk teens, “Short Term 12.” Chalk up “The Glass Castle” as a near miss.
Also opening this week, “The Only Living Boy in New York” is a drama starring Callum Turner about an aimless recent college grad who winds up having an affair with his father’s mistress. Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Bridges co-star. “Annabelle: Creation” is yet another horror film in the “Conjuring” franchise. “Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” is a sequel to the 2014 animated tale featuring Surly Squirrel.