This week on the Thursday Night Special, please join us for an inspiring community panel, “An Edifice Which Produces Beggars Needs Restructuring: Changing Systems of Racism, Poverty, & Militarism”. This panel was taped on January 19th at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, and featured these venerated community leaders:

  •  Dr. Vernon Howard, Jr. — Executive Vice President for Social Justice, SCLC-GKC
  • Irene Caudillo — President/CEO, El Centro
  • Clyde R. McQueen — President/CEO, Full Employment Council
  • Melissa Robinson — President, Black Healthcare Coalition
  • Dr. Rex Archer — Director, KCMO Health Department

Learn what they and their organizations are doing to change the systemic roots of injustice and to revive a Poor People’s campaign. Find out about ways we can work together to reduce poverty and create greater economic justice.


On this week’s edition of Arts Magazine, Karen Paisley, the artistic director and actress with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will join host Michael Hogge to talk about their production, the historical drama, Mary Stuart: Two Queens. One kingdom. Who will win the Crown?

Then, at 12:30, Shelly Stewart-Banks (director) and Val Fagan (actress) will tell us about the Chestnut Theatre production of Always A Bridesmaid.

Russ reviews two tragic true stories, one of a Navy Seal sharpshooter and the other about a paranoid schizophrenic millionaire.

From our guest’s website:
Hi, I’m Don Wilhite, professor of Applied Climate Science in the School of Natural Resources. I am the founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, a position I held from 1995 until 2007 when I was appointed director of the School of Natural Resources. On August 1, 2012, I stepped down from the SNR’s director’s role to rejoin the faculty. I have been a faculty member at UNL since 1977. My principal areas of interest include drought preparedness, mitigation and policy, climate and drought monitoring, climate impact assessment, and the development of climate-based decision support tools.
Throughout my career, I have worked with many federal and state agencies on climate and drought-related issues. I have also worked in many foreign countries and with numerous international organizations, including several agencies of the United Nations. Most of this work has been associated with the development and implementation of integrated drought monitoring programs and risk-based drought preparedness strategies and policies.
I recently served as chair of the International Organizing Committee for the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy. This meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. This international conference was sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, and the U. N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Several follow-on activities related to this meeting are now being held, including a series of regional workshops on capacity building in support of the development of national drought management policies. The first of these workshops was held in July 2013 in Bucharest, Romania, for Eastern European countries. Subsequent workshops have been held in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the Asian region and Fortaleza, Brazil, for Latin America and the Caribbean. Another workshop will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for eastern and southern African countries in August 2014. Additional workshops are planned for West Africa and the North African/Near East regions. My role at these workshops is to give the keynote presentation and facilitate discussion.
I am also chairing the Management and Advisory Committees of the newly formed Integrated Drought Management Program (IDMP) launched by the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership. I recently authored a handbook on Guidelines for National Drought Management Policy: A Template for Action. This handbook is a product of the IDMP. I am also a member of the steering committee for several European drought-related projects.
On campus, I recently co-chaired the organizing committee for the annual symposium of the Center for Great Plains Studies, Drought in the Life, Cultures, and Landscapes of the Great Plains. This very successful symposium was held on campus in April 2014. I am also working with a team of university scientists to produce a report on the implications of climate change in Nebraska. This report will be published in September 2014. The team will also be presenting the results of this report at the first Heuermann Lecture in late September. The report will form the basis for the development of strategic programming decisions for various divisions of the university and will also be used to build awareness about climate change around the state for diverse audiences. I am also working with other faculty colleagues to publish an Atlas of Nebraska in late 2015 or early 2016.
In 2005, I edited Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology and Management Issues, published by CRC Press. I am now editing a book series by the same name that focuses on the complex interrelationships between drought, climate change, and water management.
Plus on This Week in Water:
Two New Contaminants Found in Fracking Wastewater
Cow Manure Is “An Imminent and Substantial Threat to Drinking Water”
Des Moines Utility to Sue Counties for Farm Runoff
Citing BP Gulf Oil Spill, EPA Wants Stricter Standards on Oil Dispersants
The “Underworlds” Project at MIT Aims to Develop “Smart Sewage” 
Is There Gold in Your Sewer? Probably. 
This Week’s Calendar:

City Energy Project January Workshop

Date: January 21, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Hosted by USGBC Central Plains and the Kansas City Energy Project, Speed Energy Efficiency Roundtable Discussions is a happy hour and networking event. Attendees will have four opportunities to rotate to different discussions, each round lasting 15 minutes. Find the table topics and speakers here.

This free event will be held Wed., Jan. 21 from 4 – 6 p.m., at The Board Room at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO. For more information visit USGBC Central Plains.com


Kansas Water Law

Date: January 22, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Sierra Club Wakarusa Group January Meeting will discuss Kansas water law. The meeting will cover the history and development of Kansas water law, how water resources are currently allocated, and how one obtains water rights. Everyone is welcome.

This event will be held Thurs., Jan. 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at 2736 Rawhide Ln., Lawrence, KS. Please RSVP to olga.khakova@gmail.com or 479-899-7900.


Sustainability Action: Annual Member Party & Meeting

Date: January 23, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Sustainability Action in Lawrence, KS will celebrate its seventh birthday with a potluck dinner and a presentation by Kris Adair. After the potluck, members will recap 2014 achievements in bicycle transportation, community gardens, food sovereignty and more. Directors will also be elected for the coming year.

The main event will be a keynote talk by Kris Adair, urban sustainability advocate and member of the Lawrence School Board. She has interests in the Safe Routes To Schools program, curtailing urban sprawl, walkable neighborhoods, and non-motorized transportation. Following Ms. Adair’s talk, small group will share ideas for 2015 activities. Since forming in late 2007, Sustainability Action has been bringing to the Lawrence community local solutions for transition to a sustainable economy. Everyone is welcome, non-members and members alike.

This event will be held Sat., Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS.

How Climate Change Affects Agriculture
Episode date : January 19, 2015
On EcoRadio KC

Is Execution By Drones Really Legal? Is it Ethical?

While most Americans accept the targeting of terrorist chosen by the President for execution, many legal scholars have been pointing out drone attacks are not only illegal, but immoral. Many others are saying the “collateral damage” of many more innocent people killed than terrorists is just creating more terrorists and making us less safe. I mean really would we be willing to let our death row inmates loose and then execute them by drone attack on the streets of America?

Host Margot Patterson talks with Professor Marjorie Cohn, of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Professor Cohn has written extensively on conditions in US prisons, torture conducted by our government here and abroad and is now taking on the many issues raised by drones.

Marjorie Cohn, Professor of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego
Phone: (619) 961-4219
E-mail: marjorie@tjsl.edu

Mother In Charge KC – Family and Friends Asking For Justice

The mission of Mothers In Charge is violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations. In addition, Mothers In Charge works with elected officials on legislation to support safe neighborhoods and communities for children and families and collaborates with community and faith based organizations. Mothers In Charge will advocate for families affected by violence and provide counseling and grief support services for families when a loved one has been murdered. Mothers In Charge is comprised of impassioned mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters who are committed to working towards savings lives.

Host Allie Catherin Bush talks with Rosilyn Temple of the Kansas City Chapter of Mothers In charge about their activities in the community. They are often on the news holding rallies and asking for information for murder victims. They have gone door to door in neighborhoods where murder victims have been found asking for information that might find the killers.

Kansas City, MO Chapter
Rosilyn Temple, Chapter Leader
1734 East 63rd Street, Suite 408
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-912-2601 – Office

    Dan Connolly presents a discussion by Mary Lindsey and Mike Dean of the Kansas City chapter of Move To Amend concerning the 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that established that money is speech. Join us for a review of the history of corporate personhood, how the Supreme Court’s decision has affected our democracy, and the future of Move To Amend.

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll ask: Is Kansas City like Ferguson? We talk to police critics from One Struggle KC and we talk to the police about an alternative: community policing. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Is the deluge of money unleashed by Supreme Court decisions connected to U.S. failure to address critical issues for building a better future? Linda Vogel Smith, president of the League of Women Voters, KC and Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties, will address effects of money in politics on a range of issues like climate change, voting rights, public education, student debt, jobs availability and gun control.

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