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Susan and Russ take on the story of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a pioneer who made major contributions to the field. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” is an earnest and well-meaning biopic starring Dev Patel as the mathematical genius and Jeremy Irons as his British mentor, professor G. H. Hardy. Both Susan and Russ agree on the merits and demerits of this earnest biopic.


The latest installment in the X-Men franchise follows the ‘younger mutants’ timeline from “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Jennifer Lawrence is the nicer Mystique of days gone by and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto gets more than he can handle from Oscar Isaac’s mutant god, Apocalypse, the most powerful mutant of them all. Problem is, the appropriately named Apocalypse wants to cleanse the Earth of all mankind. Will the mutants step up to save the humans?

With this terrific cast, a strong director in Bryan Singer and a $234 million budget, it should have been a lot better than it is. There’s a lot of noise both audibly and visually, but it all seems a bit too familiar. It’s not a bad movie, it’s just a predictable one. It plays a bit like someone accidentally inserted a reel from the recent Gerard Butler stinker, “Gods of Egypt.”

Also opening this week, “Alice: Through the Looking Glass” is the sequel to Disney’s phenomenally successful live action version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Johnny Depp is back as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter all return to their roles for another Lewis Carroll adaptation. This time, however, director James Bobin (BOW-bin) of “The Muppets” fame replaced Tim Burton behind the camera.

Indie filmmaker Whit Stillman offers a comic concoction called “Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of Jane Austin’s novella “Lady Susan.” Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny star in this story set in the 1790s. “The Lobster” is a critical darling that made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly star. It’s a sci-fi comedy set in an alternate universe where single people have a limited time to find a mate or they’ll be transformed into an animal.


Khadijah and the White Guy discuss politics with Mr. Billy Gilreath.  The focus will be “taxation without representation” in the Urban Core. What are the politics of any decision that gets made in our system and how are you left out?  And, of course, we may also talk about the current election, AND we’ll be taking your calls. Join us!


Maria welcomes Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services KCMO and Vladimir Krstic, Director of KC Design Center,for a discussion about the Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Culture and Creative Services, in partnership with Kansas City Design Center is one of the recipients for an award of $100,000 for the “West Bottoms Reborn: Activating Public Space through the Arts” project, a “place-keeping” strategy that integrates local artist and design professionals in the visioning and planning process of public space to extoll and nurture the unique qualities of the West Bottoms.

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Sherry Bushue, founder of The Little Fig and illustrator Cassie Allen talk about their multi-lingual children’s books. Based in the Kansas City metro area, The Little Fig self publishes multi-lingual and special situation children’s books for pre-school and early elementary school aged children. The books are intended to be both entertaining and education, teaching concepts, facts and a second language. Selected titles are available in E-book and print on demand formats in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

www.thelittlefig.com

Artists Cristina Muniz and Andrew William Erdrich joins us live in the studio to talk about their art and open studio event at The Drugstore 3948 Main St. KCMO. The Drugstore is a collaborative and grassroots effort between 20 artists of varying disciplines in the old Katz Drugstore. The Drugstore Spring Open Studios Friday May 27 from 6pm – 9pm

www.thedrugstore.com
www.cristinamuniz.com
www.andrewwrdrich.com


Dr. Kara Tan Bhala is President of the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance & Ethics, and editor of Moral Cents: The Journal of Ethics in Finance, covering topics of banking regulation, global financial collapse & Buddhist ethics in finance. Her new book is International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics & Practice.


Host Craig Lubow welcomes Professor John Fleeger to discuss the BP oil spill.

From Professor Fleeger:
. I’m currently an Adjunct Professor at UMKC, teaching in the Environmental Sciences Program. I’m also an Emeritus Professor at Louisiana State University where I am currently studying the recovery of coastal wetlands following the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill. My research interests are in marine and estuarine ecology with emphasis on benthic communities. I’ve also conducted research and teach in the area of environmental toxicology.

Also, Eric Kirkendall and Leticia DeCaigny return to discuss the event they have this week regarding Diesel Emissions in the metro area.

The BP Oil Spill six years later
Episode date : May 23, 2016
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Marvita Oliver interviews Nicole Davis, a recent KC replant from Maryland, in this installment of revitalizing KC’s neighborhoods. Ms Davis explains how revitalizing our neighborhoods will help make our children better citizens.


A Full Life: James Connolly, The Irish Rebel

Executed by a British firing squad on May 12, 1916 for his role in organizing the Easter Rising, James Connolly was one of the most prominent radical organizers and agitators of his day. Born in Scotland in 1868 to Irish immigrant parents Connolly spent most of adult life organizing for labor unions and Socialist organizations in Ireland, Scotland and the United States. Despite attending school for only a few years, Connolly became a leading Socialist writer and theoretician, founding and editing newspapers including The Socialist Scotland, The Harp in the United States, and the Worker’s Republic in Ireland. As a labor organizer, Connolly stressed the importance of direct action, broad working class unity and a commitment to ending labor’s exploitation. As a Socialist agitator, Connolly saw economic and political independence as inextricably intertwined. The pamphlet, A Full Life: James Connolly, The Irish Rebel is the first graphic treatment on Connolly’s life. Its been issued on the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Guest – Paul Buhle, formerly a senior lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics. He founded the SDS Journal Radical America and the archive Oral History of the American Left and, with Mari Jo Buhle, is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison.
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Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band

Songs of Freedom is the name of the songbook initially edited by James Connolly and reedited by Mat Calahan and republished by PM Press. Connolly’s introduction is better known than the collection for which it was written contained in his oft quoted maxim “Until the movement is marked the joyous defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement. It is the dogma of a few and not the faith of the multitude. Songs of Freedom is the celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary Socialist martyred by the British government for his role in the Eastern Rising of 1916. Songs of Freedom the CD, makes contemporary music out of old revolutionary songs. The band turns the timeless lyrics of James Connolly into timeless manifestos of today.

Guest – Mat Calahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble With Music. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland. http://www.matcallahan.com

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