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Freeze Frame: “Transformers: The Last Knight” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 23, 2017 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Just how does one transform $260 million into something pretty much worthless? Just ask director Michael Bay, who spent all that dough on the latest Hasbro Toys come to life extravaganza, “Transformers: The Last Knight.” It’s not that you can’t see where the money was spent. After all, the movie provides two hours and forty-eight minutes of special effects overkill that undoubtedly employed a lot of computer animators. But the end result is a mind-numbing mix of robot battles, insipid dialogue and borderline racist and misogynistic hokum that feels totally out of step with the times.
Mark Wahlberg is back as inventor Cade Yeager, who, as it turns out, is the chosen one in an epic battle between Earth’s protectors and the Transformers’ home pseudo-planet. By the time the final conflict comes around, you might be wishing for both to blow up.
The movie’s only saving grace is a slumming Sir Anthony Hopkins who mostly manages to retain his dignity as he collects his check.
The fifth “Transformers” installment isn’t the worst movie ever made, but it may be the biggest waste of money.
Also opening this week, “Ripped” is a stoner sci-fi comedy starring Faizon Love about two friends who smoke some super secret CIA weed in the 80s and wake up in the present day. “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” is an animated satire featuring voice work from Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon. “Beatriz at Dinner” is a comic drama set at a dinner party given by an immigrant health care worker where she clashes with a billionaire. Salma Hayek and John Lithgow star. “The Exception,” also known as “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” is a WWII thriller about a German solider investigating exiled Kaiser Wilhelm in The Netherlands. Christopher Plummer stars.
Take Two: “Megan Leavey” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 23, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ check out "Megan Leavey," the true story of a Marine and her bomb-sniffing dog who served with distinction in Iraq. Kate Mara ("The Fantastic Four") takes the title role, supported by Edie Falco, Common, Bradley Whitford and Ramone Rodriguez. It is the first dramatic film from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, best known for her award-winning documentary, "Blackfish."
Native Spirit Radio with host Rhonda LeValdo 6/18/17 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 18, 2017 | 5:00 pm
What's going on in Native America?
A Town Meeting with Missouri State Representative, Judy Morgan ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 21, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Judy Morgan, Missouri State Representative from the 24th district, gave a legislative update on June 1st at All Souls UU Church. KKFI's roving recorder allows us to listen in.
Whitewater Theme Park at Clinton Lake? ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 19, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Eric Kirkendall talks about the proposed whitewater theme park and the opposition to it with host Craig Lubow.
ARTSPEAK RADIO Creatively Speaking ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 21, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Josie Mai Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO, Margaret Hoang Maker Faire Kansas City Producer, photographer Sharon Rodriguez, and Bill Sundahl KKFI Special Events Coordinator.
Donald Trump IS NOT a Populist! ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 20, 2017 | 06:00 pm
Donald Trump has often been characterized as a “populist”. Author and civil rights activist Devin Burkhart argues that this analysis is not accurate. In a lecture given at the United We Stand Conference in Kansas City in May 2017, Burkhart describes the populist history and tradition and contends that the Trump election really had little to do with true populism, but rather relied on a darker and more sinister tradition.
Devin Burghart is president of Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin began as a research analyst with the Coalition for Human Dignity in Seattle, and was co-author of Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias & White Supremacy in 1996.
“The Ironing Man” & “Sondheim On Sondheim” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Guests from Melting Pot Productions join Michael in the studio to discuss their play, "The Ironing Man", and Summit Theatre will talk about their musical production of "Sondheim On Sondheim".
Bessie’s House, Helping the Homeless in NE KC; and Scott Langley – Photojournalist and Human Rights Activist ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 19, 2017 | 9:00 am
Bessie's House needs your help to expand their mission to help the homeless of NE KC. Scott Langley uses his photojournalism to teach people the realities of the Death Penalty and more.
Detroit: Are the Engines Restarting? ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm
We start with a history tour of Detroit labor from its heyday in auto and the bloody struggle to organize, and in music with the union that represented the Motown Sound. Then, we’ll hear from Detroit labor and community activists today about emergency managers, tax incentives and what kind of Detroit they are rebuilding.