Dr. J. Drew Lanham is on a mission to diversify the ornithology community. Hear him talk about his passion for nature, birding, conservation ethics, and what happens when a black man goes birding in rural American woodlands. He will speak at Lawrence Public Library Thursday evening and lead a birding outing at Baker Wetlands Discovery Center on Friday morning. He will join us on the phone, and Candice Price and Wayne Hubbard of Urban American Outdoors TV will join us in the studio.

Lanham is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature and Sparrow Envy, a book of poetry. The Home Place was named a 2017 Nature Book of Uncommon Merit, the first time in the Burroughs Association history such a designation was awarded. The Home Place was also recently named the 2018 winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Reed Environmental Writing Award.


Middle East Round Up: Brian Becker

Iran and Gaza are at both at critical and potentially catastrophic junctures. Iran faces new challenges due to because of Donald Trumps denunciation of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and the re-imposition of sweeping sanctions. As well, recent elections in Iraq pushed Irans allies in Iraqs Shia militias”the Popular Mobilization Forces”into second place by nationalist Moqtada al-Sadr.

The element within the Republican Party with deep pockets is the Republican Jewish Committee. They support Netanyahu and his Likud party. The RJC supported both the blowing up of the Iran deal and the move of the Embassy to Jerusalem. Now they support Netanyahus crushing of the Palestinians in Gaza.

Iran also risks being diplomatically out-maneuvered. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Moscow recently, aligning his interests in Syria with Vladimir Putins. In what is becoming routine coordination, Israel forewarned Russia of its attacks on Iran. Viewed from Tehran, Russia, Irans ostensible brother-in-arms in Syria, is more and more unreliable. Its Saudi foes are greatly encouraged by Trumps offensive.

Guest ” Brian Becker, the National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition and a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Brian has been a central organizer of the mass anti-war demonstrations that have taken place in Washington, D.C. in the past decade.”

Stories From Trailblazing Women Lawyers
Women Lawyers

Before the Civil War there were six women lawyers in the entire United States of America. By 1890 there were about 200 and by 1900 about 1000. Women then could not even vote.

It was nearly impossible for a woman to get admitted to a law school or find a job when she graduated. Things did not qualitatively change until the late 1960s and 1970s.

By then, as a consequence of a number of factors including the great civil rights movement, the womens movement, and the empty law school seats created by drafting men to serve in the Vietnam War, women were able to fight discrimination and win law school admission first by protesting in the streets and then through legislation, court decisions, and the actions of a few forward looking politicians.

Now half of the students in American law schools are women. They are professors in those very same places, indeed, the deans of the two most prestigious law schools in America, Harvard and Yale, are women. They are partners in law firms, hold important positions and governmental agencies, and are judges on the bench.

They have made a difference in the measure of social justice obtained by people in this country by advancing peoples and womens rights in education, healthcare, employment, discrimination, family life, and violence against women.

Guest “Jill Norgren, the author of the just published book Stories From Trailblazing Women Lawyers. Ms. Norgren is Professor Emerita of Political Science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. She is the author of several books including Rebels at the Bar.

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, more than 300 religious organizations have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, and Sikh communities. Members include national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and local congregations.

Host Margot Patterson talks with Reverend Ron Stief, executive director of the Religious Campaign Against Torture about US torture programs, the new Director of the CIA and much more.

Every June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark Torture Awareness Month when the United Nations declared June 26th the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, because the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT for short) went into force on that date in 1987.

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites you, and your local church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or faith community, to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating June as Torture Awareness Month. Let them know how you might be involved this June: contact Kristin Schol at 202-853-9012

National Religious Campaign Against Torture
110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 502
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone – 202.547.1920
Website – http://www.nrcat.org

Risk Factors That Lead To Gun Violence
*With another school shooting just last week JoJR felt this interview from December 2015 might help in the ongoing discussion on gun control.
Risk Factor Gun Violence

Does hunger as a child contribute to violent tendencies later in life? Are the mentally ill more likely to commit violent attacks? Do video games, movies and other media desensitise people to violence? Can collaborative community programs change the culture of violence in our community. At this fall’s conference on Gun violence at the Kaufman Foundation, Dr Jean McCabe spoke about how poverty, hunger and prevailing gender roles can lead to violent behavior.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Dr Jean McCabe about some of the myths and facts of what contributes to gun violence and suicide.

Jean M. McCabe, Ph.D

Dr. Jean McCabe is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Dr. McCabe was on faculty with UMKC for ten years, where she developed and directed the Community Counseling Center. Previous to that, she was Associate Director of Psychological Counseling Services at Catholic Charities. She has also been employed in federal law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and was a Federal Probation & Parole officer. For the past 20 years, Dr. McCabe has been engaged in full time private practice with Wilson & McCabe, Psychological Counseling & Consulting.

Wilson & McCabe, Inc.
6220 Blue Ridge Cutoff, #206
Kansas City, MO 64133

JoJR Calendar for the week of May 21st

On Saturday, May 12th, prisoners at Crossroads Correctional Center attempted to peacefully negotiate improved conditions however the situation escalated and they ended up hot wiring forklifts, tearing down gates, and destroying parts of the prison. It is unclear exactly everything that happened as the Missouri Department of Corrections has not said much about the incident. According to one guard interviewed by the media the administration was made aware this action was coming and did nothing to prevent it, putting guards and prisoners at risk.

The Kansas City Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW is asking that those who are concerned to call MODOC officials today, May 21st to express your concern for the rights of prisoners to safe conditions and to be treated humanely.

They ask that you call and/or email The following officials.
Warden of CRCC Rhonda Pash – 816-632-2727 email [email protected]
Director Anne L. Precythe – 573-751-2389 email [email protected]
Deputy Director Matt Sturm – 573-526-6607 email [email protected]
Director of Facilities – Alana Boyles email [email protected]
You can find email addresses for these officals and more by going to the Kansas City Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW Face Book page – https://www.facebook.com/GKCIWOC/

The hosts of Every Woman interview representatives from Dirty Girls Adventures about empowering women to explore the outdoors in the Midwest.

This week on Arts Magazine, Melting Pot Productions will tell us about their new show, Ain’t No Such Thing As Midnight Black, and Stone Lion Puppet Theatre will discuss their upcoming production, Illuminated Waters and the Puppets For the World Festival. Tune in for your weekly cultural lunch & brunch!

Join us this week as we welcome Jovan Franklin. She works in the corporate banking world, but also owns a photography business.  Coming from the world of pageantry she also is a fitness bikini competitor which has helped encouraged many around her to be proactive about their health and wellness. On January 24, 2018 at the age of 32, Jovan was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast cancer which changed her life in many ways. No family history and no health issues growing up, she chose to be an advocate and share her story for today’s generation and those to come.  Learn about the upcoming Pink Celebration brunch!

Join us at 3pm Central time on 90.1FM, streaming on kkfi.org, or via various apps on your phones!

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we look at upcoming changes in how people in Kansas City get around. What’s the latest on naming something after Martin Luther King? What is bus rapid transit? Will streetcar expansion be good for Westport? Will it even happen? We’ll spend the hour discussing why these issues are important for workers in the metro area. Tune in Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Israel Massacres Dozens of Palestinians at Gaza Border as U.S. ‘Celebrates’ New Embassy in Jerusalem
Interview with Sam Husseini, communications director with Institute for Public Accuracy, conducted by Scott Harris

The contrast between the horrific violence on the Israel-Gaza border and the posh celebration of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14 couldn’t have been more stark. As an estimated 50,000 Palestinians gathered along the frontier fence line in the sixth straight week of protests, Israeli Army snipers opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring 2,700 more. This was the deadliest day since the “Great March of Return” protests began on March 30, which demanded an end to the 12-year Gaza blockade and the right to return to land now occupied by Israel. Story continues

Corporate and Russian Oligarch ‘Pay to Play’ Funds Flow to Trump’s Lawyer
Interview with James S. Henry, senior fellow with Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable International Investment, conducted by Scott Harris
As the Trump-Russia investigation rolls on, much of it behind closed doors, new revelations made headlines when Michael Avenatti, adult film star Stormy Daniel’s attorney, disclosed that several major U.S.-based and international corporations had made large payments to Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Story continues

#MothersDayBailOut Challenges the Nation’s Money Bail System
Excerpts of speeches by bail reform activists at a rally in solidarity with incarcerated women at Connecticut’s York Correctional Institute, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

Connecticut was one of many states and cities around the U.S. that raised money and awareness to bail women out of jails and prisons for Mother’s Day this year. The Connecticut Bail Fund, working with a dozen other groups, raised about $30,000 and bailed out 30 women. The funds were used to bail out 26 women from the state’s only women’s prison, York Correctional Institute in Niantic – and another four from immigration jail. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

A decade ago, during a peak in Colombia’s 50-year civil war, the Army lured young men into the city of Ocana, 400 miles from the capital city Bogota. Once there, the young men were killed by soldiers and declared rebel fighters, in order to boost the headcount of the number of leftist insurgents killed. (“Colombian Army Killed Thousands More Civilians Than Reported, Study Claims,” The Guardian. May 8, 2018; “Colombian Civilians Caught in Crossfire as Rebel Factions Fill Violent Vacuum,” The Guardian, April 30, 2018)
Kentucky, a red state that embraced Obamacare is changing course under Republican Governor Matt Bevin. The Bluegrass State is set to be the first state in the U.S. to enforce work and community engagement requirements for some Medicaid recipients. (“Kentucky Tests How Much to Demand of Medicaid Recipients,” Christin Science Monitor, Feb. 27, 2018)
During a rally of affordable housing activists on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, a white counter protester Sonja Trauss, a leader in the Bay Area YIMBYism movement (Yes, in my backyard) moved through the crowd and got involved in a confrontation with veteran activists from the city’s communities of color. (“YIMBYism, Decoded,” In These Times (not published yet))

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March 1, 2017 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Jazz Calendar for February 27 – March 5
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This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, February 27th to Sunday, March 5th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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Under the Radar’s Fifth Anniversary Show at KKFI

February 23, 2017 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Under the Radar’s Fifth Anniversary Show at KKFI
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On Sunday night, KKFI’s Under the Radar a weekly show featuring local artists and musicians celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary.  The show was a gathering of local musicians and supporters including: Drew Black and Dirty Electric, The Electric Lungs, Missouri Loves …

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February 23, 2017 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KC for Refugees Fundraiser at Record Bar
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Back on Jan 20th (Yea, yea I know.),  the Musicians for Active Justice held a fundraiser at the Record Bar for local non-profit KC for Refugees. The event featured a number of great local rock bands including:  Emmaline Twist, Hipshot Killer and (the)medicine theory. …

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