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Just how does one transform $260 million into something pretty much worthless? Just ask director Michael Bay, who spent all that dough on the latest Hasbro Toys come to life extravaganza, “Transformers: The Last Knight.” It’s not that you can’t see where the money was spent. After all, the movie provides two hours and forty-eight minutes of special effects overkill that undoubtedly employed a lot of computer animators. But the end result is a mind-numbing mix of robot battles, insipid dialogue and borderline racist and misogynistic hokum that feels totally out of step with the times.

 

Mark Wahlberg is back as inventor Cade Yeager, who, as it turns out, is the chosen one in an epic battle between Earth’s protectors and the Transformers’ home pseudo-planet. By the time the final conflict comes around, you might be wishing for both to blow up.

 

The movie’s only saving grace is a slumming Sir Anthony Hopkins who mostly manages to retain his dignity as he collects his check.

 

The fifth “Transformers” installment isn’t the worst movie ever made, but it may be the biggest waste of money.

 

Also opening this week, “Ripped” is a stoner sci-fi comedy starring Faizon Love about two friends who smoke some super secret CIA weed in the 80s and wake up in the present day. “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” is an animated satire featuring voice work from Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon. “Beatriz at Dinner” is a comic drama set at a dinner party given by an immigrant health care worker where she clashes with a billionaire. Salma Hayek and John Lithgow star. “The Exception,” also known as “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” is a WWII thriller about a German solider investigating exiled Kaiser Wilhelm in The Netherlands. Christopher Plummer stars.


Susan and Russ check out “Megan Leavey,” the true story of a Marine and her bomb-sniffing dog who served with distinction in Iraq. Kate Mara (“The Fantastic Four”) takes the title role, supported by Edie Falco, Common, Bradley Whitford and Ramone Rodriguez. It is the first dramatic film from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, best known for her award-winning documentary, “Blackfish.”

Take Two: “Megan Leavey”
Episode date : June 23, 2017
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Rhonda LeValdo, host of Native Spirit plays Native American music and does news at the half hour. rhondalvfd

Songs played:

05:03PM-05:09PM (5:04) Sharon Burch “Brother Warrior” from Touch the Sweet Earth (CD, Album, Other) on Canyon Records

05:09PM-05:13PM (4:24) Alex E. Smith, Cheevers Toppah & Nitanis “Kit” Landry “Southern Man” from Harmony Nights (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:13PM-05:18PM (5:07) Clark Tenakhongva “Hoat’ Ve’ La” from Hoat’Ve’La (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:19PM-05:23PM (4:00) Danny T and the Stealing Thunder Band “Alligator Boots” from Fantasy Island (CD, Album, Other) on Independent (http://gileshedley.com, USA)

05:23PM-05:26PM (3:00) Frank Waln “Oil For Blood” from My Stone – Single (CD, Album, Other) on FDW Entertainment LLC

05:26PM-05:31PM (5:00) Gksisedtanamoogk “Gksisedtanamoogk” from Living Voices

05:47PM-05:49PM (2:00) Cree Confederation “Straight Crow Hop” from Horse Dance – Mistatim Simoowin (Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at ASU) (World) on Canyon Records

05:49PM-05:53PM (3:31) John Trudell “Rockin’ the Res” from Graffiti Man on Rykodisc (America)

05:55PM-06:00PM (5:57) Cheevers Toppah “Mahpiya To” from True Melodies (Harmonized Songs from the Heart of Native America) (World) on Canyon Records


Judy Morgan, Missouri State Representative from the 24th district, gave a legislative update on June 1st at All Souls UU Church. KKFI’s roving recorder allows us to listen in.


Eric Kirkendall talks about the proposed whitewater theme park and the opposition to it with host Craig Lubow.

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Donald Trump has often been characterized as a “populist”.  Author and civil rights activist Devin Burkhart argues that this analysis is not accurate.  In a lecture given at the United We Stand Conference in Kansas City in May 2017, Burkhart describes the populist history and tradition and contends that the Trump election really had little to do with true populism, but rather relied on a darker and more sinister tradition.

Devin Burghart is president of Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin began as a research analyst with the Coalition for Human Dignity in Seattle, and was co-author of Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias & White Supremacy in 1996.


Bessie’s House – Helping the Homeless in NE KC

Bessie’s House is a loving, Christ-like response to the spiritual, economic, and social poverty across the city of Kansas City, Missouri; with focus on the Old Northeast neighborhood area. They are a passionate group of servant followers of Jesus dedicated to respond to these problems – one person at a time. Bessie’s House serves hundreds of people every month with an introduction to Jesus, a bite to eat, a hot shower and laundry service.

Host Melvin Merritt will talk with Mike Low about the beginnings of Bessie’s House, their move from the house they worked out of for many years and their recent purchase of land in NE area to build a facility that fits their operation and the needs of the neighborhood.

For More info about Bessie’s House and how you can get involved check them out at –
Webpage – http://www.bessieshouse.org/
Phone – (816) 509-2428

Scott Langley – Photojournalist and Human Rights Activist

Scott Langley is a grassroots organizer on a number of human rights and social justice issues, having primarily focused on the death penalty since 1999. Scott is most notably known for his educational and artistic work on the issue as a trained photojournalist, having documented the death penalty for the last 20 years as part of a long-term project that has been exhibited around the world, and was recently reported on by the BBC and NPR. Scott currently travels regularly within the U.S. to speak about capital punishment and about his photography documentary project. He is based in upstate New York.

Host Craig Lubow talks with Scott Langley about what happened to compel him to use his photography to inform the public about the Death Penalty. You can look at the pictures they will be discussing by following along at http://www.deathpenaltyphoto.org/

Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/deathpenaltyaction/

Webpage – http://www.deathpenaltyaction.org/


This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll ask about Detroit: Are the Engines Restarting? We start with a history tour of Detroit labor from its heyday in auto and the bloody struggle to organize, and in music with the union that represented the Motown Sound. Then, we’ll hear from Detroit labor and community activists today about emergency managers, tax incentives and what kind of Detroit they are rebuilding. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.


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