Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in a “Casablanca” wannabe called “Allied.” This romantic WWII drama features Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) who may -or may not- be a Nazi spy. While Susan and Russ found some things to admire, they agreed about the movies weaknesses as well.

TAKE TWO: “Allied” #filmreview podcast
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On Take Two

Earnest performances and good intentions don’t always lead to good movies. “Man Down” is a case in point. Shia LaBeouf gives a solid turn as a U.S. Marine who, upon his return home from serving in Afghanistan, discovers that his wife and child have fallen into the hands of some chaotic force. Is this a mystery, a sci-fi story or an apocalyptic drama? The answer isn’t clear until the movie’s final moments. Sadly, this well-meaning film never gets a grip on its subject and comes off as forced and pretentious instead of heartfelt and impassioned.

If there is a bird lover in your family, you may want to consider taking them to see “The Eagle Huntress.” This beautifully photographed documentary tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who lives in the mountainous region of Kazakhstan. Her dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps, capturing and training a wild eagle for hunting. She meets steep resistance from the other hunters in their very patriarchal society. The film unfolds at a very leisurely pace, so it’s not for young children. But for those with an interest in all things aviary or in search of a film about female empowerment, “The Eagle Huntress” delivers.

Also opening this week, Sonia Braga stars in “Aquarius,” the story of a sixtysomething woman, the last tenant of an apartment complex, who wages war with the developer who wants her out. “The Love Witch” is an unrated horror drama that pays homage to genre films of the 60s. “Keep Watching” is a horror thriller about a home invasion televised around the country. “Believe” is a faith-based drama about a financially strapped small town struggling to fund their Christmas pageant. Screenland Theaters are featuring the annual Arts and Crafts Festival, showcasing a number of films and brews. Information is available at screenland.com.

The inaugural podcast of Peace Journalism Perspectives was produced for KKFI-FM by the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, MO. This edition features audio from a recent discussion at a conference about rhetoric in the 2016 US presidential election, and a report on a PJ project in South Sudan.

Followed at 7:30pm, by Shots in the Night annual Lamplighters Holiday Parade Special.

Monique Gabrielle Salazar shares the story of her recent pilgrimage to Standing Rock, Tommee Sherwood discusses the Kansas City efforts to bring much needed firewood to Standing Rock, and other listeners share their thoughts as well.

Standing Rock Conversation
Episode date : November 28, 2016
On EcoRadio KC

Tom Huffman interviews Mike Dean about American Promise and Spencer Graves about Represent.Us.  AmericanPromise.net is working with Move to Amend and Wolf PAC to pass local initiatives supporting a constitutional amendment to declare that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. Represent.Us is organizing local initiatives to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act, which is a collection of measures to stop political bribery by overhauling lobbying and ethics laws, end secret money by dramatically increasing transparency, and give every voter a voice by creating citizen-funded elections.  The measures in the American Anti-Corruption Act have so far been deemed constitutional and would be useful whether or not a constitutional amendment overturned the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court.  Represent.Us works to bring conservatives and progressives together to pass these initiatives.  Represent.Us groups in eight states succeeded in getting anti-corruption measures passed on Nov. 8.  This included the first state-wide measure, in South Dakota plus local measures in CA, IL, OR, ME, MD, MO, and RI.  In addition, California voters approved a measure, “Prop 59” to support overturning Citizens United.

The American Anti-Corruption Act was initially drafted in 2011 by Republican Trevor Potter, who was nominated as head of the Federal Election Commission under Democratic President Clinton.  The drafting process included consultations with dozens of strategists, democracy reform leaders and constitutional attorneys from across the political spectrum.  Potter also supports American Promise.

Money and Politics
Episode date : November 29, 2016
On Radio Active Magazine

Our guests will be three college students from Avila University and an instructor who is Palestinian.  We’ll talk about our favorite topic – the racial divide in this country and what can be done about it. What does this country look like through the eyes of young people?  Maybe young people have solutions that we need to listen to… let’s listen and learn.  Please tune in and CALL in with your view!

Our four guests will be Zaria, Victoria, Karis and Noor (other colleges were invited and declined).

Note:  Original program name was Black/White Students… Young People Unite!

Ban The Box and The EEOC

Many of our listeners know about the local Ban the Box efforts. KCMO, KCKS, and the state of Missouri have some kind of law or ordinance that requires removing the “have you ever been convicted of a felony” box on employment applications for government jobs. Today we learn about the Federal laws and how the EEOC enforces them.

Host Nancy Leazer talks with Teresa Wilke an EEOC investigator about helping those who feel they have been discriminated against for their past. It is not as clear cut as one might imagine and navigating the system takes some help.

Sharon Snyder worked at the Jackson County Courthouse for 34 years and is now out of a job for doing the right thing..

*We were unable to get our scheduled guest, journalist Greg Gagne on the phone so we replayed the interview below.

20-year-old Robert Nelson was convicted in 1984 of rape and sentenced to 50 years behind bars, today at the age of 49 he is a free man. It was the undying efforts of his sister, Sea Dunnell who continued to fight even after Judge David Byrn had denied Robert’s request for a DNA test to prove his innocence. It was the actions of Sharon Snyder, a judicial administrative assistant with 30 years of experience when she gave Sea the information needed to properly file the DNA motion Robert needed.

Robert did file a proper motion for the DNA test, eventually winning his freedom and Judge Byrn fired Sharon Snyder for breaking rules of the court. Today Host Keith Brown El talks with Sharon Snyder about what she did that got her fired and why she risked her job for someone she had never met.

Calendar for November 28th

The Kansas City Chapter of Empower Missouri’s First Friday Forum will be Friday, December 2nd, 11:30am – 1:00pm at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO. Empower Missouri Executive Director, Jeanette Mott Oxford will be on hand to discuss where we go now that the elections are over.
The KC Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide will hold their monthly meeting Friday December 2nd beginning at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Road, KCMO. POMC makes the difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness. They meet to provide support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder.

Jaws of Justice Radio and KKFI want to send their condolences to the Family and Friends of John E Burris. John passed away this past week and is interred at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. John was proud of his service as a US Marine and spent much of his life working to improve the lives of those living in his NE Wyandotte County community. His family was large and extended beyond blood relations to many in need of a loving family.
John’s involvement with KKFI included the Heartland Labor Forum and Jaws of Justice Radio. He also was a member of Veterans for Peace and would show up on the line with many local groups working for Peace and Justice. We are all diminished by the loss of his wisdom, his demand for honesty and the truth as well as that big smile that he would share even in the face of adversity. Rest in peace my friend, you taught a whole host of us how to carry on the fight.

Cian Westmoreland, a former member of the US Air Force, helped build the communications infrastructure for the drone program in Afghanistan. He has signed an open letter to President Obama proclaiming that US drone attacks, which have killed thousands of civilians, have served as recruitment tools for ISIS and other terrorist groups rather than curtailing wars.

PeaceWorks-KC is cosponsoring a speaking tour by Westmoreland, including Kansas City.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16

Time: 7 pm

Place: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo.

Concerning Air Force drone communications, Westmoreland says, “No comms, no bombs.” In 2009, he was offered a $50,000 bonus to re-enlist, but he turned it down. During the past year, even though he is dealing with PTSD, he has given talks around the world urging an end to US belligerence.

Ann Suellentrop, MSRN, a member of the PeaceWorks-KC Board of Directors and leader in Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC, has heard Westmoreland and other drone war experts speak out against the use of drone warfare. Suellentrop says, “Stepping forward as a whistleblower has been very difficult for those who’ve dared to do it, and morally imperative.”

Westmoreland’s Missouri speaking tour is cosponsored by PeaceWorks-KC, University of Missouri Peace Studies, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, Veterans for Peace, William Woods University Legal Studies Program, and Mid-Missouri PeaceWorks.

A Drone Specialist Speaks Out
Episode date : November 30, 2016
On All Souls Forum

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