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A Family Coping With Murder Of Alexis Murder

Alexis Mitchell was a 16 year old girl that was severely wounded in a shooting at the Park Meadows Apartments on December 13th and died two days later. While someone has been taken into custody in connection with her death that does little to alleviate the emotional and economic devastation wrought on her family.

Host Latahra Smith talks with Lisa Mitchell, mother of Alexis Mitchell the 16 year old girl killed on December 13th here in Kansas City. They will talk about the emotional loss wrought on this family and the economic hardship of trying to pay for her funeral.

Go Fund Me Page to help with funeral expenses – https://www.gofundme.com/celebration-of-life-for-alexis

Demanding Jails Provide Feminine Hygiene For Female Prisoners

A group of citizens are demanding the Franklin County, Kansas County jail provide feminine hygiene products for women in their jail. As many as 50% of those housed in county jails around the country are awaiting trial and have not been convicted of anything but cannot afford bail. Conditions in many of these jails are worse than penitentiaries, with health and safety of prisoners and guards compromised daily.

Host Keith Brown El talks with Jake Howard and Ruth about their efforts to address conditions in the Franklin County, Kansas jail and the push back they have experienced.

https://www.facebook.com/kansascity.iww/


This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we ask: what exactly is a “green job” and how do we move our economies and our workers into an environmentally sustainable world? Find out when we talk to author Peter Poschen about his book, Decent Work: Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy. Then: Trump pulled the rug out from under immigrant youth. Will Congress pass the Dream Act or leave them to be deported? Hear their stories. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.


You can always count on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to deliver visually arresting and atmospheric cinema. “The Shape of Water” is no exception. This adult sci-fi fantasy is really an oddball love story featuring an aquatic humanoid creature and a cleaning woman in 1960s Cold War America. Sally Hawkins leads a terrific cast as an emotionally damaged mute who works at a top secret US government research facility. She befriends and eventually becomes romantically involved with a captured monster that resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The top-notch supporting cast includes Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. “The Shape of Water” is ravishing to behold and works in spite of, or perhaps because of, its stubbornly eccentric sensibilities.

Late in Woody Allen’s latest movie, a character played by Kate Winslet yells, “Enough with the bad drama.” My thoughts, exactly.  “Wonder Wheel” is set in New York’s Coney Island amusement park during the 1950s. Winslet plays an unhappy waitress married to a boorish, boozy carousel operator played by Jim Belushi. She carries on an affair with a lifeguard and wannabe playwright, played by Justin Timberlake. Trouble is, Justin is attracted to her comely stepdaughter, played by Juno Temple. The dialogue is unusually stilted for a Woody Allen movie, and it plays like “Tennessee Williams Lite.” The talented cast imbues his screenplay more heft than it deserves, especially Winslet who gives an inspired performance. Too bad it’s wasted in this dramatic misfire.

Also opening this week, “Ferdinand” is an animated offering about the gentle bull with a big heart. It features the voice talent of John Cena. “Kaleidoscope” is a British psychological thriller starring Toby Jones. Oh, and also, there’s a little indie offering called “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” popping up in theaters. I’ll have my review next week.


It was shot in North Carolina, but Martin McDonagh’s searing comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” has a show-me attitude. Susan and Russ agree that Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell give award-worthy performances in this dark tale concerning the aftermath of a murder.


A discussion with Professor Jomella Watson-Thompson of the University of Kansas and Deputy Chief Tyrone Garner of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department on the new 1.4 Million dollar grant to help reduce youth violence in Kansas City, Kansas.


Literacy emerges from a broad range of factors that include early childhood learning opportunities, development stages at which children are ready to learn abstract skills, and the flexibility of schools and teachers. Rita Norton will describe one white child’s decades long route to reading proficiency. Bill Mullins will discuss winning the literacy battle in several local, contemporary primary schools.


Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven, is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves.

She is the founder of Mama Glow (MamaGlow.com) a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas.

Latham is best-selling author of “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy,” a go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers.

We are discussing Latham’s second book, “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within” debuted September of 2017, Hay House.

Own Your Glow with Latham Thomas
Episode date : December 16, 2017
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It’s a Noir Holiday! Authors Ann Aptaker and Stefani Deoul, as well as host Elizabeth Andersen, lead a frightfully festive tour through passion and crime in Gotham.The three books in the Cantor Gold series that we discuss are Criminal Gold, Tarnished Gold, and Genuine Gold.


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KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 28 – April 3

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This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, March 28th to Sunday, April 3rd. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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Back on the first Friday of March, the Quivers released their long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Hot Young Mess” with “Sugar Tease”. The show took place at the midtown swap shop Holy Cow Market.  The Thunderclaps opened with a great set …

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Had a bit of a crazy week during the Folk Alliance so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to spend as much time down there as I had hoped.  But I did make it down on Saturday evening and caught a bunch …

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