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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.


Plugging The Gaps Children Fall Through With Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that began in 1971 by Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer as a response to requests from parents in the central city for quality child care for children of the working poor. Things have hanged a lot since 1971 and the programs offered range from Educational programs, before and after care, tutoring and mentoring for children. They have partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital and others to provide healthcare, Speech and language therapy as well as Occupational and physical therapy for children. The needs of families as a whole are addressed by programs like Family Nuturing plans, Housing for homeless families and assistance accessing other programs.

Sister Berta will be in today to talk about the work of Operation Breakthrough, who they are helping, how you can help them and the other organizations that are involved in their efforts. In this season of giving we hope this story will provide you with an outlet for your giving.

http://www.operationbreakthrough.org/

Restorative Justice An Alternative To Incarceration?

Puppies For Parole, Growing Trees for Reforestation and Gardens providing food for food pantries and shelters are some but not all of the restorative justice programs active in the Missouri Corrections System. The benefits of these programs to society and the incarcerated has been proven. The question is can these Restorative Justice Programs work outside the walls as well? Can some cases be resolved with restorative justice instead of prison?

Annette Lantz-Simmons joins host Craig Lubow to talk about how restorative justice programs are at work in our community. What kind of offenses are being resolved in this way? Can an act of contrition be more healing to those who have suffered a wrong than punishment of the offender? What is the effect on the offender?

Annette Lantz-Simmons, Executive Director
Center For Conflict Resolution
1734 E. 63rd Street, Suite 305
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-461-8255
http://ccrkc.org/


Russ and Susan seek common ground on “The Homesman,” a bleak Western entry starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Swank, Jones Star in “The Homesman”
Episode date : December 12, 2014
On Take Two
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Russ reviews Ridley Scott’s revisionist version of the Biblical story of Moses, Chris Rock’s edgy comedy and an Australian horror flick.


Bridging the Gap’s Executive Director, Kristin Riott speaks with host, Richard Mabion about their new Green Pocketbook program.

http://www.bridgingthegap.org/

Kristin Riott began her environmental career by growing a single sweet pea blossom from seed in lousy suburban soil in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was sidetracked for a number of years by a career in creative management at Hallmark Cards. Moving to Hong Kong in 2000 for her husband’s career, she and her family witnessed the rapid environmental degradation so easy to see in crowded Asian cities. Upon returning to Kansas City, she became active in various environmental movements, and in 2007 trained with Al Gore to become a spokesperson for climate change. She is also chairperson of Johnson County Climate Protection, a group devoted to reducing greenhouse gases in greater Kansas City.

The Green Pocketbook Program
Episode date : December 15, 2014
On EcoRadio KC
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Host Craig Lubow interviews Dennis Meier about the services and history of Synergy Services which began in 1970 as Synergy House, the only shelter for runaway and homeless youth in western Missouri. Through the years, a series of both serendipitous and strategic mergers expanded the organization’s reach to include young children and women victimized by abuse. Some of the topics to be covered include Synergy sevices the public may not be aware of, homelessness in general, youth homelessness, and LGBT homeless issues.

Dennis Meier is a a licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist by profession and has worked at Synergy for 30 years and has been instrumental in developing programs and services for children, youth, and families who are impacted by child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.


When hospitals failed to protect workers who were treating ebola patients, it was National Nurses United who blew the whistle and demanded better standards of protection . This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we’ll talk with NNU’s Julie Perry about why ebola is a union issue. Then we’ll play one of our best archived Pioneer Women interviews where we ask: Do Exotic Dancers need a union? Heartland Labor Forum, Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Why Ebola is a Union Issue
Episode date : December 11, 2014
On Heartland Labor Forum
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Activists from two local organizations (One Struggle and the Ida B. Wells Coalition) speak about Ferguson and the Eric Gardner case. We’ll talk about the local protests that have been and will be happening in the Kansas City area and what these activists have seen during the times they have been Ferguson.


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