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Excerpts from the Memorial Day Witness at the Kansas City Weapons Plant, and the Earth Day Environmental Justice Forum at the Argentine Library in Kansas City, Kansas.

There are 154 documented deaths attribute to exposure to toxins at the Bannister Federal Complex, which housed the Bendix/Allied/Honeywell Weapons plant.

60 activists gathered on Memorial Day, 2016 to bear witness and read the names of some of them.

On Earth Day, there was a forum on Environmental Justice featuring the EPA’s National Director on Environmental Justice.

We bring you audio from both of those occasions.


Host Rhonda LeValdo plays songs to honor veterans in this Memorial Day show with some wonderful Native American music.


Hello everyone! We have two great topics this month on the “Trans Talk” segment of The Tenth Voice. First, if you’re a frequent listener of our show, you know that we always give out props to LIKEME Lighthouse and its programs and events – well today we are joined in the studio by three folks representing the Lighthouse – Skyler Whittaker, Joy Brungardt, and Samantha Kay. They’re here to discuss the Equal Trans* support group at the Lighthouse, talk with us a bit about other transgender subjects, and a little bit about themselves. Next we have the second in our series of interviews with individuals from the transgender community in Kansas and Missouri, which we call Transgender Kaleidoscope. Our guest will be transgender woman Larissa Vitt, a former US Army Specialist who worked in aviation, and a local published fantasy author.

Fiona Nowling will be co-hosting today’s program, and she will give us the community calendar update, while I will provide my view of some of the LGBT news this week.


Susan and Russ take on the story of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a pioneer who made major contributions to the field. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” is an earnest and well-meaning biopic starring Dev Patel as the mathematical genius and Jeremy Irons as his British mentor, professor G. H. Hardy. Both Susan and Russ agree on the merits and demerits of this earnest biopic.


The latest installment in the X-Men franchise follows the ‘younger mutants’ timeline from “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Jennifer Lawrence is the nicer Mystique of days gone by and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto gets more than he can handle from Oscar Isaac’s mutant god, Apocalypse, the most powerful mutant of them all. Problem is, the appropriately named Apocalypse wants to cleanse the Earth of all mankind. Will the mutants step up to save the humans?

With this terrific cast, a strong director in Bryan Singer and a $234 million budget, it should have been a lot better than it is. There’s a lot of noise both audibly and visually, but it all seems a bit too familiar. It’s not a bad movie, it’s just a predictable one. It plays a bit like someone accidentally inserted a reel from the recent Gerard Butler stinker, “Gods of Egypt.”

Also opening this week, “Alice: Through the Looking Glass” is the sequel to Disney’s phenomenally successful live action version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Johnny Depp is back as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter all return to their roles for another Lewis Carroll adaptation. This time, however, director James Bobin (BOW-bin) of “The Muppets” fame replaced Tim Burton behind the camera.

Indie filmmaker Whit Stillman offers a comic concoction called “Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of Jane Austin’s novella “Lady Susan.” Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny star in this story set in the 1790s. “The Lobster” is a critical darling that made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly star. It’s a sci-fi comedy set in an alternate universe where single people have a limited time to find a mate or they’ll be transformed into an animal.


Khadijah and the White Guy discuss politics with Mr. Billy Gilreath.  The focus will be “taxation without representation” in the Urban Core. What are the politics of any decision that gets made in our system and how are you left out?  And, of course, we may also talk about the current election, AND we’ll be taking your calls. Join us!


Maria welcomes Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services KCMO and Vladimir Krstic, Director of KC Design Center,for a discussion about the Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Culture and Creative Services, in partnership with Kansas City Design Center is one of the recipients for an award of $100,000 for the “West Bottoms Reborn: Activating Public Space through the Arts” project, a “place-keeping” strategy that integrates local artist and design professionals in the visioning and planning process of public space to extoll and nurture the unique qualities of the West Bottoms.

www.kcmo.gov

Sherry Bushue, founder of The Little Fig and illustrator Cassie Allen talk about their multi-lingual children’s books. Based in the Kansas City metro area, The Little Fig self publishes multi-lingual and special situation children’s books for pre-school and early elementary school aged children. The books are intended to be both entertaining and education, teaching concepts, facts and a second language. Selected titles are available in E-book and print on demand formats in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

www.thelittlefig.com

Artists Cristina Muniz and Andrew William Erdrich joins us live in the studio to talk about their art and open studio event at The Drugstore 3948 Main St. KCMO. The Drugstore is a collaborative and grassroots effort between 20 artists of varying disciplines in the old Katz Drugstore. The Drugstore Spring Open Studios Friday May 27 from 6pm – 9pm

www.thedrugstore.com
www.cristinamuniz.com
www.andrewwrdrich.com


Dr. Kara Tan Bhala is President of the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance & Ethics, and editor of Moral Cents: The Journal of Ethics in Finance, covering topics of banking regulation, global financial collapse & Buddhist ethics in finance. Her new book is International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics & Practice.


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