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If “more” equals “better,” then “Avengers: Infinity War” is everything a Marvel fanboy could hope for. However, in spite of some impressive scenes and spirited individual performances, “Avengers: Infinity War” is just what you’d expect from a $300 million, 2 hour and 40 minute superhero extravaganza. No more, no less.

To call it busy and over-packed with characters would be an understatement. On the upside, Josh Brolin’s motion-capture performance as the villainous Thanos provides a bit of gravitas and an appearance by Peter Dinklage is a memorable one…and we’ll just leave it at that. But the filmmakers’ insistence on an ambiguous ending…one that won’t be resolved for at least a year…will infuriate a lot of viewers, me included.

“Avengers: Infinity War” has a lot going for it. It just seems content to go on to infinity.

The sci-fi thriller “The Endless” is, in some ways the “Ying” to The Avengers “Yang. This low-budget entry is about a pair of brothers, escapees from a UFO cult, who return to the commune’s site after receiving a mysterious videotape. Naturally, they become entangled once again. Whereas “The Avengers” is all action, “The Endless” is a little too low key for its own good. Yet, this clever entry manages to build plenty of paranoid tension.

Also opening this week, “Foxtrot” is an Israeli drama about a soldier’s harrowing experience, his family’s reaction and the cover up of a war crime. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. “Kings” is a social drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig about racial tensions that ran high just after the Rodney King incident in LA. “The Devil and Father Amorth” is a documentary about exorcism from director William Friedkin, the filmmaker behind the 1973 horror classic, “The Exorcist.”


The topic of body image takes center stage in the new Amy Schumer comedy, “I Feel Pretty.” The story involves an insecure woman who falls, bumps her head, and imagines that she’s a raging beauty, giving her newfound confidence. While Susan found its social message muddled, Russ enjoyed Schumer’s performance.

Take Two: “I Feel Petty” (PG-13)
Episode date : April 27, 2018
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Moody Blues and Wings founder, Denny Laine joins Mike Murphy once again in advance of his appearance in KC this Thursday.

Check out this interview with Denny from September 2nd, 2015.

Denny Laine Returns
Episode date : April 25, 2018
On Your Morning Buzz: Wednesday
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This week on CounterSpin: The United States military is, at any given moment, visiting lethal violence on human beings—with families, and hopes and dreams—in a range of countries around the world. Media coverage is a sort of roving spotlight, highlighting one or another of those nightmares, and enjoining the US public to care about it, for a minute, and in a particular way, even if they haven’t heard much about it until now, and might stop hearing about it next week.

That coverage, while it may be full of narrative detail, is generally crude in message: There are good guys (hint, that’s always going to be the United States) and bad guys…. Those will be whoever the article tells you they are, even if they just got through presenting those bad guys as good guys in another context. And there’s an implied encouraged response, which virtually always involves dropping bombs, and virtually never involves ascertaining what regular people say they want and need to live in peace.

So, as corporate media talk about Syria, where a recent airstrike by the US—legality be damned—is meant to represent the US doing the right thing in the world, you are right to ask questions. What is actually happening in Syria? It’s a real place, with real people—not a talking point; do the people there welcome intervention—by the US, Russia or anyone? Are the principles supposedly guiding US intervention in Syria really principles—in the sense of being universally applied—and if not, why are they being invoked now?

Americans can be forgiven for not knowing what’s going on in every other country. They are also right to ask whether media demanding that their country’s president order devastation on another country’s people are actually informing them, or just doing state PR.

We’ll talk about US military intervention in Syria with Gregory Shupak. He teaches media studies at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, and is author of the new book The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media.

Greg Shupak on Syrian Airstrikes
Episode date : April 24, 2018
On Counterspin
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Neighbors in KCK’s Argentine district suffered from extreme flooding on several occasions last year. Will it happen again?

Between Floods
Episode date : April 23, 2018
On EcoRadio KC
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A mix of contemporary and traditional Native American music with host Rhonda LeValdo, Acoma Pueblo Native music savant :)


This month on River City Chautauqua we peer in to the Hard Problem of Consciousness–that is, the problem of explaining the relationship between physical phenomena, like brain function, and experience. We’ll hear from computer science grad student Christine Betts, professor of philosophy at KU, Dr. John Symons, our own Bill Clause, and musical guest Scott Hrabko. Also, Vi Tran and Mackenzie Goodwin will perform an excerpt from Tom Stoppards “The Hard Problem.”


Daze of Justice is the intimate story of trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia’s killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses determined to resurrect the memory of their loved ones before the UN Special Tribunal prosecuting the Khmer Rouge. Only Daze of Justice takes us beyond the Killing Fields. The women must not only find the courage to remember their past, they also face an unexpected and agonizing predicament when they come face to face with Phang, the son of Kaing Guek Eav (Alias “Duch”), one of Pol Pot’s most notorious torturers. And in the process, on the margins of the UN tribunal, the seekers become the source of Justice. The women not only generate a vocabulary for reclaiming the past but pave a path that extends the promise of redemption to future generations.

Featuring:

Marie Chea, Khmer Rouge Survivor
Sophany Bay, Khmer Rouge Survivor
Sarem Neou, Khmer Rouge Survivor
Leakhena Nou, Ph.D, Medical Sociologist, Associate Professor, CSU Long Beach
Pheng, Khmer Rouge Survivor
Michael Siv, Filmmaker, Khmer Rouge Survivor

Credits:

Host: RJ Lozada
Producers: Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, R.J. Lozada
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
Development Associate: Vera Thykulsker
Voices: Jessica Antonio, RJ Lozada, Julian Jaravata, Lisa Rudman, Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, John Tyler Laureta, Roger Habon, Tyler Trumbo

Daze of Justice
Episode date : April 26, 2018
On Making Contact
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