If you haven’t witnessed the marketing blitz for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” I hope you get your TV, radio and internet service back soon. The fifth film in the popular series should take in a monstrous haul at the box office but doesn’t quite live up to the quality of the last outing. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and the special effects magicians all return to save the resurrected dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption that threatens to wipe out their island. While certainly watchable and visually spectacular, the Jurassic plot elements may be getting a bit long in the tooth.

Was the real Fred Rogers the kindly, affable, empathetic fellow he appeared to be on his long-running PBS kids’ show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?” Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville’s documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” shows that indeed he was. The movie focuses on the Presbyterian minister’s back story, his motives and his passion for kind-hearted, morally instructive children’s programming. Even those who weren’t fans of his show may be surprised by just how moving this loving portrait actually is. For those who watched as kids, it’s nostalgia heaven.

“American Animals” is an intriguing hybrid movie, part documentary, part dramatic re-enactment. This skillfully made film intricately interweaves the two in its depiction of the true story of a boneheaded heist. Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters play a couple of college kids who finds out how badly things can go when you rob a library of some valuable books.  While it’s a comic crime thriller, “American Animals” is also a thought-provoking examination of memory, morality and the consequences of choice.

Also opening this week, “Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town” is a comedy about a young woman who traverses LA to crash the engagement party of her ex-boyfriend and her ex-best friend. Mackenzie Davis stars.

The fifth entry in the “Jurassic Park” franchise reprises a lot of what’s come before. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and an army of special effects magicians return to wreak more dinosaur havoc. Directed by J. A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”) and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (“Safety Not Guaranteed”), this episode sees our heroes attempt to save the dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption.

Saudi-led Assault on Yemen’s Vital Port Exacerbates Humanitarian Crisis
Interview with Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Harvard graduate school student originally from Yemen, conducted by Scott Harris

Yemen’s vital port city of Hodeida is under attack by a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, employing both airstrikes and ground troops from the United Arab Emirates. International aid groups say that the offensive launched last week to drive out Houthi rebels is disrupting the delivery of critical food and medical supplies in a nation already gripped by famine and facing a devastating humanitarian crisis. Story continues

AT&T – Time Warner Merger Will Likely Impose Costs on Consumers and Citizens
Interview with Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy and communications with the media democracy group Free Press, conducted by Scott Harris

Ruling against President Donald Trump’s Justice Department lawsuit, a federal judge approved the merger between AT&T and Time Warner on June 11. The $85 billion deal will bring together two of the nation’s largest media companies with complimentary assets: one that produces content and the other which distributes content. Story continues
‘Water Is Life Walk’: An Indigenous Sacred Ceremony of Connection and Healing
Interview with Carole Buber-Blodgett, aka Spirit Hawk, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

From mid-May to mid-June, an indigenous woman completed her eighth Water is Life Walk, from the source of the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts to the river’s mouth in Stratford, Connecticut, at Long Island Sound. Carole Buber-Blodgett, who goes by the name Spirit Hawk, translated from Lakota, traces her matriarchal lineage through the Penobscot nation and belongs to the defined-out-of-existence band of the Penobscot people. She says, “Like many who have been assimilated it’s very difficult to prove lineage when you’re trying to hide your children from boarding schools and you try to hide their heritage in order to do that.” Spirit Hawk is an adopted Lakota from the Sicangu band and follows the Lakota Sun Dance Way of Life. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

Three years ago, Chinese authorities in the western province of Xinjian with a large Muslim population known as Uighurs, ordered everyone in the provincial capital, Urumqi, to return to their the towns in which they were born to get a new identity card. This order imposed hardships on families who had migrated to the capital city to find work. (“Apartheid with Chinese Characters,” The Economist, June 2, 2018)
The conservative majority on the US Supreme Court, upheld Ohio’s aggressive voter purge law, which allows a voter to be scrubbed from the registration rolls if they miss a federal election. Only a handful of states have such punitive voting regulations, which disproportionately impact poor people and communities of color. (“Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Ohio Voter Purge Law,” NPR, June 11, 2018;“Ohio Voting Rights Decision not a Green Light for Reckless Voter Purges,” CNN, June 12, 2018)
The National Fair Housing Alliance recently issued its annual Fair Housing Trends Report. The study found that the number of housing discrimination complaints continues to rise as the Trump administration is rescinding rules that imposed strict deadlines on states and localities to address housing discrimination and segregation. (“Government Remains the Biggest Obstacle to Fair Housing,” American Prospect, May 8, 2018)

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Brooke Salvaggio of Urbavore Farms joins Christina Frazier on this pilot broadcast of East of Eden.

Surrounded by reporters eager to talk about the cancellation of the White House visit and new NFL policy on standing during the National Anthem, Malcolm Jenkins, safety for the Super Bowl–winning Philadelphia Eagles, chose not to speak, instead holding up signs with information on racism in the criminal justice system and community work players are doing. “Before the anthem even started, players were involved in these types of social justice issues,” Jenkins said afterward. “And so for us, it’s staying on topic, doing the work, supporting those who are doing the work and pushing forward.”

The work Jenkins is talking about is the topic of a timely new book by journalist Howard Bryant; it’s called The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism. Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and author of a number of books, including Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston. We’ll talk with Howard Bryant today on CounterSpin.


And Janine Jackson takes a quick look at “Trumpwashing.”

The Sierra Club’s Zack Pistora returns with updates for Kansas.

Zack Pistora Returns
Episode date : June 18, 2018
On EcoRadio KC

Mark Crispin Miller – Julian Assange, Voter Fraud and Fake News

WikiLeaks founder the truth telling publisher Julian Assange is in escalating danger of being sent from England to America where he would likely be tried for espionage, a crime that carries the death penalty.

Assange and WikiLeaks have revealed American war crimes in the middle east, CIA global machinations , and the work of Clinton Democrats in preventing the popular Bernie Sanders from heading up the party ticket.

Assange is presently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he was granted political asylum six years ago by past leftist president Rafael Correa. But now, with the change of presidents in Ecuador, Assange has been cut off from the outside world. He has no phone, no computer, and no visitors.

The fresh offensive against him occurred the day after American General Joseph DiSalvo, the head of the US Southern Command, the Pentagons arm in Latin America, visited the new right wing Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.Moreno has said that Assange is an inherited problem and is seeking s better relationship with the United States government, to whom he has already granted a military base.

Guest – Mark Crispin Miller who is a professor of media studies at New York University. Professor Miller has frequently spoken about media propaganda, the engineering of consent for empire, fake news, and the destruction of the independent press.He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the humanities and is a vigorous defender of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.


CCR Delegation To Israel
Welcome to Palestine

Like the USA, Israel is a colonial-settler state which, beginning in 1948, 70 years ago, expelled 750,000 native Palestinians, took their land, homes and businesses, and reduced those who remained to abused second class citizens, not unlike what was done to native Americans by white settlers in the USA. Their land was stolen, their tribes uprooted, and their culture practically destroyed.

In 1967 Israel expanded further, militarily occupying Palestinian territories to their north, east, and south, including East Jerusalem.

Last month Attorney and Columbia law professor Katherine Franke, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CCR, along with Attorney Vince Warren, the CCRs Executive Director, headed up a 20 person delegation of American activists who traveled to Israel to report on the human rights situation there. Franke and Warren never made it past the airport in Tel Aviv. They were stopped, questioned , detained for 14 hours, and then deported back to the USA. Franke was told she could never return.

Guest – Attorney Katherine Franke,is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation’s leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory. She is the author of Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality. Her next book will be coming out from Haymarket Press in the spring: Repair: Slaverys Unfinished Businessmakes the case for racial reparations in the U.S.

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