Life sometimes hands you lemons, first our guests from ArchCity Defenders had to cancel at the last moment and then our guest who was to tell her story of being arrested for a traffic violation couldn’t answer the phone = LEMONS! We made Lemonade and came up with a show on the fly that addressed the issue of the day, Gun Violence and American Gun Culture. We hope you were enlightened and entertained.

Gun Culture In America Explained

There many differing interpretations of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution that guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. Over the years and especially the last few decades numerous, federal, state and local lawmakers have sought to define what the limits of those rights should be where they live. Those efforts have included the right to open carry, conceal carry and now a bill in congress would make the owning and use of silencers legal (something law enforcement has been against for decades).

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Don Haider-Markel, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Kansas University, in Lawrence Kansas. They will be discussing gun culture in America and why of if guns really are loved by the American people.

Praise and Pass Redux

Praise and Pass Redux iS a feature Produced for THE radio program “SOUND and FURY.” The theme is America’s attitudes towards guns and gun violence. On this episode of SOUND and FURY we react to the mass shooting in Las Vegas (and elsewhere) and attitudes towards guns. Produced by Dave Goodman for I.B.I.S. Radio and the world. Features Senator Cory Booker, Donald Trump, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, President Barack Obama, Pastor Peter J. Peters, Conan O’Brien, Chris Hayes, Senator John McCain, Stephen Colbert, Mel Gibson (clip from “The Patriot”). Music by Frank Loesser, Mark Isham, and Armen Ra. Thanks to CNN for archival news audio.

This piece is a product of the Independent Broadcast Information Service who produce audio segments for station in the US and abroad. They are located in Jamaica Plain, Boston Mass. You can find them at http://www.ibisradio.org/services.htm

The JoJR Calendar for February 19th

The Jackson County Legislature will introduce a resolution pushing Congress to pass the DREAM Act, Tuesday, February 20th at 2:15 PM, in the Jackson County Courthouse, on the Second Floor in the Legislative Chambers, 415 E 12th St, KCMO. Please arrive early enough to allow time for parking and going through courthouse security. You are invited to come and show your support.
On Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 pm, The Writers Place and the Johnson County Library will present a poetry reading by inmates and former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison. This inmate reading will be held at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas.
You are invited to join the Dream Fighters Coalition on Thursday, February 22nd, at 801 Valentine Rd, the intersection of Southwest Trafficway and Valentine Rd. They will rally for a Clean Dream Act during the evening commute. Signs will be provided. Restrooms, hot drinks, and a place to warm up will also be available. This is a weekly event every Thursday.
The Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City will present one of the most innovative plays in the history of African American Theater, The Colored Museum, February 15th thru March 4th at ArtsTech, 1522 Holmes Street, KCMO. For more information call them at 816-663-9966 or Check out their webpage http://www.brtkc.org/

Marvel’s superhero “Black Panther” finally gets his proper feature-length movie introduction and it’s a rousing, involving adventure. The fact that most of the folks in front of and behind the camera are black makes it all the more compelling. Chawick Boseman plays the king of a mysterious, highly advanced African nation who must rise to the occasion and save his country, and the world, from a rival cousin, played by Michael B. Jordan. The cast is solid, the story has interesting social implications and Ryan Coogler displays a deft hand as director. While it runs a bit too long for its own good, “Black Panther” is a worthy addition that enriches the Marvel Universe.

“Early Man” is the latest stop-motion animated farce from Aardman, the folks behind Wallace and Gromit. It purports to relate the origins of soccer, pitting cavemen against the Bronze Agers. It’s all very silly, but good fun for the little league set.

The final days of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Graham provide the background for the low-key drama “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in this story of a May-December romance between Graham and a young and struggling British actor. The story only scratches the surface of Graham’s fascinating life, but the actors it worth a look.

Also opening this week, “Samson” is a faith-based production about the Biblical strongman. “The Scent of Rain & Lightning” is a contemporary Western drama that was an award winner at last year’s Kansas City FilmFest. “The Female Brain” is a comedy about modern romance written and directed by standup comic Whitney Cummings. “Golden Exits” is a drama about a young Australian girl whose arrival upends the lives of folks from two Brooklyn families. Emily Browning and Jason Schwartzman star. “Poop Talk” is a documentary featuring a number of comics telling funny stories about poop.

The last days of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame are the focus of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Graham won fame in the 1940s and 50s for her femme fatale roles in film noir thrillers like “The Big Heat” and “Sudden Fear” and won an Academy Award for “The Bad and the Beautiful.” Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) plays Grahame in the last days of her life while carrying on an affair with a much younger man, played by Jamie Bell (“King Kong”).

Today’s analysts and commentators describe Britain as being nearly in a state of civil war over Brexit. Will Britain be able to hold it together in these turbulent times, and what will be the impact on British workers? Find out this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then: if you’re a woman worker and want a beautiful place to chase away the winter blues, think about applying for the Polk School. We’ll talk about the Regina Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference May 16th – May 20th, with labor workshops, wellness, labor history and more!  Thursday at 6:00 PM, re-broadcast Friday, 5:00 a.m.

Derek Warfield of Wolfetones fame (and now the Young Wolfetones) checks in with Mike Murphy about his career and his pending Kansas City visit. Also, music for Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day.

We’ll feature some of Derek’s music, and find out about his upcoming visit to Kansas City on Friday and Weston on Saturday.

Kansas City Irish Center

The Young Wolfetones

This week on CounterSpin: Economic news is presented as facts and figures, but it’s also, maybe most importantly, a story, a narrative. But whether it’s an article about companies using their tax cut savings to give workers bonuses or one about how few of them are actually doing that, corporate media’s economic reporting stays within a certain mindset, in which the propriety of a small set of corporate executives and shareholders deciding how they fancy divvying up the profits of the work of employees is a given. The current US economic system, despite exorbitant health care costs and the highest infant mortality rate in the developed world, despite entrenched and increasing inequality, despite an actually declining life expectancy, is understood to be functioning essentially as it should.

With all eyes on the stock market, we’ll take a questioning look at some economic fundamentals with Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at The New School. He’s also founder of Democracy at Work and host of the weekly tv and radio program Economic Update. His most recent book is Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown.

Plus Janine Jackson takes a look back at recent press, including commentary on the government shutdown and coverage of the the post-Super Bowl riots.

Transgender, alternate gender, and non-binary gender studies is an incredibly broad and diverse field of study, which sometimes can be overwhelming even to someone who is honestly interested in the subject. And while it can be tempting to lump together anyone who is not cisgender binary as being “transgender,” that broad umbrella term can also hide the incredible depth and breadth that exists within a specific culture. This can be especially troubling when we are trying to learn from an ancient culture which has been subjugated and nearly destroyed by a conquering culture of invaders – such as the Native American two-spirit people.

We are very happy today to have two representatives of Native American two-spirit culture with us in the studio today, Bry Smiley and Reggie Black Elk, who will give us some enlightenment on their people and their culture, and who will talk about a premier event they are holding at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, called the Two-Spirit Pow-Wow.

Join us at 1pm Central today on 90.1FM KKFI, streaming on kkfi.org, or via various apps on your phones.

Authors Penny Mickelbury and Renee Bess join host Elizabeth Andersen to discuss Penny’s novel Belle City, which is an interracial, intergenerational saga of love, loss and land—and ultimately of family.

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