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Russ and Susan share their views of the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir about her harrowing 1100 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Take Two Goes on a “Wild” Trek
Episode date : December 26, 2014
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Russ reviews the Christmas Day openings, including Angelina Jolie’s directorial effort and the adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Into the Woods.”


On Today’s show we highlight two organizations, Friends and Family Organizing For Reform Of Juvenile Justice and Niles Home For Children are both working to help children and young people in crisis. Our first interview is a rebroadcast of an interview done in April of this year and in the second half of the show we will talk with Dr. Madelyne Douglas, Director of Residential and Administrative Services at Niles Home For Children, a long time Kansas City institution..

Tracy McClard on FORJ

About two years ago Jaws of Justice Radio spoke with Tracy McClard about her son who at 17 was sentenced to 30 years as an adult. He committed suicide after being sent to an adult prison and being assaulted other prisoners. Tracy and her husband are spearheading an effort in Missouri called Family and Friends Organizing For Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ).

Tracy explains to host Margot Patterson how parents lose the legal right to be involved in the defense of a child once they are deemed an adult by the court. In Missouri children as young as 12 can be certified as adults. She also talks about the Dual Jurisdiction program in Missouri that has a 90% + record of turning young people around without sending them to adult prison. Learn about Johnathan’s Law that requires the courts to submit juveniles certified as adults to be recommended to the Dual Jurisdiction program.

Contact FORJ
website http://www.forj-mo.org/
Email: forjmo@gmail.com
573-837-7346

Niles Home For Children – A Safe Haven For Kansas City’s Troubled Young People
We are sorry that we were not able to bring you this segment please tune in to JoJR January 5th to hear the interview we taped with Dr. Madelyne Douglas, Director of Residential and Administrative Services at Niles as she bring us up to date with the programs and opportunities for at risk youth.

THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE FORCES

In the second half of our show we replay an interview Attorney Robin Martinez hosted earlier this year – a discussion with KC-area criminal defense attorney and former Wyandotte County prosecutor Brian Leininger about the militarization of our police forces and the increasing use of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics by police for what should be mundane law enforcement matters.

During the Clinton Administration an office was opened in the Pentagon to sell excess military hardware to local police forces. Has Homeland Security and the Defense Department been remaking policing in America? Is this military surplus equipment encouraging our local police to view the streets of America as war zones? What effect does this mistrust of the citizens by the police have on their ability to stop crime?

No Calendar This Week


Russ and Susan examine the raunchy big-screen comedy, “Top Five,” written, directed by and starring Chris Rock.

Take Two Reviews “Top Five”
Episode date : December 19, 2014
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Russ Simmons takes a look at the finales of two popular movie franchises as well as a new drama starring Reese Witherspoon.


The Obama Administration is holding about 700 Central American women & children in a small desert town in New Mexico under poor conditions and without due process. Volunteers who traveled to Artesia to provide legal services will update us on progress in getting the families released and the facility closed.


On this edition of Arts Magazine, Michael Hogge welcomes Ian R. Crawford (Director) and Ted Swetz (Actor, UMKC Theatre Professor) to the studio to talk with us about the joint UMKC & Unicorn Theatre production of Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo.

Then, Donna Thomason (Actress & Creative Director) will fill us in on her current one-woman show I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, also being performed at the Unicorn Theatre.


Writer/educator Brian Daldorph and The Recipe KC, (Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7″ Jones) join Maria Vasquez Boyd and Michelle Pond live from the KKFI studio.

Brian Daldorph came to the University of Kansas English Department almost 20 years ago and has become a permanent resident of Kansas. He contributes to Kansas belles lettres in many ways: he writes; he organizes readings; and he is a writing class instructor at the Douglas County Jail — featured in Poet’s Market 2008. Brian has taught English at the University of Kansas since 1990. He also has taught in Japan, Senegal, and England. His books are The Holocaust and Hiroshima: Poems (Mid-America, 1997); Outcasts (Mid-America, 2000); Senegal Blues (219 Press, 2004); and From the Inside Out: Sonnets (Woodley, 2008). He publishes and edits Coal City Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine.

The Recipe KC is Dramatic Art N Rhythm, poetic theater and music all ages appreciate. From a Tom Joyner morning performance, to New York City’s Times Square, to San Antonio by way of a stop in Chicago, poetry has taken The Recipe KC around the United States, and also overseas – via a web performance that made front page news in Nagasaki, Japan.

Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7” Jones, who make up The Recipe KC, believe that by exemplifying excellence and teamwork as spoken word artists/activists they can influence, change, and encourage people by example, with a goal of working together towards common goals. Their Nu Muse-ik POetry supports Expression without Weapons, youth and adult creative writing programs in schools and homeless & juvenile institutions, nurturing a generation of understanding through honest conversation.


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