Native Spirit Radio host Rhonda LeValdo interviews Joseph Quintana the outgoing managing editor of Red Ink Magazine. Quintana talks about Red Ink’s history and celebration of their 25 years of publishing. 10606316_10153846191069947_4667065109324632856_n

On today’s show, Sandra Meade, Una Nowling, and Luke Harness will interview their guests about the oft discussed topic of medical transition. Medical transition includes hormones as well as an array of surgeries for both trans men and trans women.Hear the pros and cons, learn about the struggles one goes through in making such an important decision, and why surgeries aren’t the right path for everyone.  Interview guests include James, Amanda, and MJ

Susan and Russ check out “Woman in Gold,” the latest Helen Mirren vehicle, about a woman who attempts to reclaim art stolen by the Nazis.

Russ thinks “Ex Machina,” a new sci-fi effort is the year’s best so far. “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, and “Little Boy,” a new faith-based offering are also covered.

Move The Money Listening Project

Should our taxes go to build big public projects, pay for infrastructure for private development, or to rebuild public infrastructure and neighborhoods? What are the most pressing unmet needs in our communities? The American Friends Service Committee KC initiated the Move the Money Listening Project in which they identified community leaders with insights into the lives of residents of the Kansas City metro and held 43 Listening Sessions to learn what they thought about community needs, austerity, the impact of budget cutting, revenue policy, military spending and priorities that would improve the lives of area residents.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Ira Harritt of AFSC KC to find out what they heard. You are encouraged to look at the report before or during the show and write your questions down and call in. 816-931-5534

Read the report at the link below.

Calendar of Events

The Kansas City Chapter of Empower Missouri’s First Friday Forum will be Friday, May 1st, 11:30am – 1:00pm at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO. Their panel is titled: “Gun Violence: What Citizen Groups Are Doing While Legislators Are Pandering To The NRA. The Panelist are Judy Sherry with KC Metro Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Sara Campbell: KC Veterans for Peace and Lorren Stanton: Kansas Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The KC Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide will hold their monthly meeting Friday May 1st 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.
Voices of the People and the Jackson County Bar Association will hold the third presentation in their Legal education series, Tuesday May 12th, from 6-8pm at the Mary Kelly Center, 2803 E 51st St. KCMO. Judge Kevin Harrell and Tricia Scaglia will be speaking about and answering your questions about Family Law.




BIODIVERSITY: The variety of Earth’s species, or varying life forms; the genes they contain; the ecosystems they live in; and the ecosystem processes of energy flow and nutrient cycling that sustain all life.


FOUR COMPONENTS OF BIODIVERSITY: Species, functional, genetic and ecological diversity.


BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION BY NATURAL SELECTION EXPLAINS HOW LIFE CHANGES OVER TIME: Populations evolve when genes mutate and give some individuals genetic traits that enhance their abilities to survive and to produce offspring with these traits.


MILLIONS OF SPECIES ON EARTH ARE HERE: The reason is because of biological evolution….the process whereby earth’s life changes over time through changes in the genetic characteristics of populations.


EARTH IS JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE TO SURVIVE: 1 – Most life requires average temperatures between freezing and boiling points of water. 2 – Size of the earth provides a gravitational mass to keep the atmosphere from flying off into space. 3 – Earth has the right amount of O2 to support life; too much or too little O2 can be lethal to life. 3 – Plants and some oxygen producing bacteria provide us with the necessary O2 and some O2 is converted into ozone to protect us from solar radiation.



O2 production

Natural water purification

Climate moderation

CO2 absorption

Nutrient cycling

Reduced storm damage because of mangroves, coastal wetlands, coral reefs, etc.

Raw materials for industry


Food production


Recreation and Tourism


Waste treatment

Reduction of disease causing microbes

Flood control

Recharging of groundwater

Habitat for species

Drinking and irrigation water

Etc. etc. etc…….


Examples of Natural Causes: 1 – Changes in climate. 2 – Changes in sea levels and currents. 3 – Meteorites. 4 – Volcanic activity. 5 – Diseases. 6 – Invasive species


FIVE PERIODS OF MASS EXTINCTION IN GEOLOGIC HISTORY (Non-human related over last 500 million years)








Examples of Human Centered Causes (HIPPCO acronym)

H….Habitat destruction

I……Invasive Species


P…..Population Growth

C…..Climate Change (controversial)





1975 Convention on International Trade

Convention on Biological Diversity

U.S. Endangered Species Act

Wildlife Refuges and Other Protected Areas

Seed Banks, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Farms

Zoos and Aquariums

Personal Responsibilities (reduce energy and water needs; fewer children; educate yourself and others; recycle and reuse plastics, paper, and metals; don’t buy furs, ivory products, or other items made from endangered animal species; do not buy wood or wood products from tropical or old growth forests; don’t buy animals or plants taken from the wild; plant trees, plant flowering plants to attract pollinating insects; lower your meat consumption; buy organically produced foods; use less toxic and/or non-toxic alternatives; support environmental organizations; become politically active at the local, state and national levels; support laws and treaties that protect biodiversity; etc.).




Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) verses Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Implement full cost pricing

Reward (subsidize) environmentally sustainable economic growth

Penalize (tax and do not subsidize) environmentally harmful growth

Shift taxes from wages and profits to pollution and waste

Make products that are more durable that last longer

Do not deplete or degrade natural capital

Reduce poverty

Certify sustainable practices and products

Use eco-labels on products

Reduce resource use and waste by reducing, reusing and recycling

Improve energy efficiency

Rely more on solar, wind, hydrogen and geothermal energy

Shift from a non-renewable carbon-based fossil fuel economy to a non-carbon renewable energy economy




We are part of and entirely dependent on nature, and nature exists for all species

Resources are limited and should not be wasted

We should encourage earth-sustaining forms of economic growth and discourage earth-degrading forms

Our success depends on learning how nature sustains itself and integrating such lessons from nature into the ways we think and act



Sharon Lockhart and Amy Bell open up the phone lines to talk about the word feminism, food stamps, and Hillary Clinton. A truly engaging discussion with plenty of opinions to go around.

Feminist Topic Call-in Show
Episode date : April 18, 2015
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