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The Bannister Federal Complex, which for decades housed the Allied/Bendix/Honeywell nuclear weapons facility, has been found to contain over 2000 toxins, resulting in the deaths of scores of workers, both at the weapons facility and at other federal offices on the premises. Former plant employee, Maurice Copeland brings us up to date.

Toxic Weapons Plant
Episode date : August 22, 2016
On EcoRadio KC
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Hosts Spencer Graves and Bill Clause will have Erin Richey to discuss the Kansas and Missouri Integrity Investigations, which were published in December 2015 by the Center for Public Integrity. Kansas got an F and Missouri got a D-.


The Criminal Appeals Process With Attorney Kent Gipson

For the past 30 years, Kent Gipson has focused his practice exclusively on representing citizens that have been accused or convicted of crimes at both trial and on appeal. Over the years, he has represented dozens of criminal defendants at trial before a jury. In recent years, the bulk of his practice has been devoted to appellate and post-conviction litigation in both state and federal courts in Missouri and in a few other states. Many observers and commentators have described the post-conviction process in state and federal court as a procedural minefield that lays traps for the uninformed or inexperienced prisoner or counsel. If a mistake is made or a deadline missed early on in the process, this could result in procedural bars in later post-conviction proceedings.

On this edition of Jaws of Justice Radio host Latahra Smith talks with local Appellate Lawyer, Kent Gipson about the criminal appeals process and the appellate system on the federal and state level. He will give us a basic understanding of the appellate system and why it is necessary. We hope to learn how it works and why sometimes it doesn’t work.

KENT E. GIPSON, LLC
121 East Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114
Telephone number 816-363-4400, Fax number 816-363-4300
Website: http://kentgipsonlaw.com/

To End The War On Drugs aka The War Of Terror

In March of 2014 Jaws of Justice Radio broadcast a call in show with Dean Becker about his work trying to dismantle the War on Drug. Today we are going to replay the first half of that show but will not be taking calls.

Dean Becker started his career in law enforcement as a military policeman and continued as a police officer once he returned to civilian life. Since 2002 he has been a member of and speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and produces the 420 Drug War News as well as the Unvarnished Truth out of KPFT in Houston, a Pacifica Network Community Radio Station.

Host Jessica Thomas will talk with Dean about his new book To End The War On Drugs: A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public, the radio show and dismantling the war on drugs.

“For decades, Dean Becker has given himself over to the cause of sane and sensible drug policies. In ‘To End the War on Drugs’, he explains his passion for reform, and tells us why he’s been willing to make sacrifice after sacrifice to end this country’s disastrous drug war. Along the way, we hear from scores of reformers (and more than a few apologists for U.S. drug policy). But it is Dean’s voice that comes through loud and clear as he makes a strong, compelling case for an end to the War on Drugs.”
– Seattle Police Chief (Ret) Norm Stamper.

For more on his book go to http://www.endthedrugwar.us/ and find out more about the radio show at http://www.drugtruth.net/

Calendar for August 22, 2016

Amnesty KC will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday August 23rd, 7pm at the Downtown Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. KCMO, in Room 310. This will be a planning meeting for their upcoming Refugee Rights event. The purpose of the event will be to bring awareness to the global Refugee Crisis, mainly in Syria.
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Corey’s Network provides immediate services to families surviving homicide; such as advocacy, connection to community support, and other needs. Corey’s Network and Chuck E Cheese are teaming up to raise funds to help families of murder victims bury their loved one, Thursday, August 25th from 3 to 9 pm at the Chuck E Cheese store, 18701 E 39th Street, Independence, MO. Corey’s Network will receive 15% of all food and game sales with the proceeds going to help bury victims of violence. Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/CoreyLaykovichNetwork/
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The Black Archives of Mid America and 1 Struggle KC invites you to learn legal ways to interact with and/or film the police while protecting your rights. Their guest speaker is Mustafa Abdullah, Lead Organizer at the ACLU of Missouri. This event will be Tuesday, August 30th, 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Black Archives, 1722 E. 17th Terrace, KCMO. Please reserve your spot online at http://blackarchives.org/ and click on the events tab at the top of the page.
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The Census Bureau has requested comments on its proposed residence rules for the next census, which include a plan to once again count incarcerated people as if they were residents of the facility where they happen to be located on Census Day, rather than in their home county. The deadline for written comments regarding the proposed rules can be emailed by September 1 to Karen Humes, Chief, Population Division at [email protected]


Oscar bait? Susan and Russ chat about a new contemporary Western thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham. The screenwriter is responsible for last year’s hit thriller, “Sicario.” Pine and Foster play bank robbers who are taking revenge on the financial institutions that ruined their family ranch. Bridges and Birmingham play the cops who are on their trail.


In terms of spectacle and emotional power, few films have equalled the 1959 epic, “Ben-Hur.” Although the new version big screen version is adequate for the uninitiated, it pales by comparison.

Jack Huston steps into the role that won Charton Heston an Oscar, a Jewish aristocrat who is betrayed by his Roman best friend during the days of Jesus in Jerusalem. Purists may balk at some of the changes the filmmakers have made in the story, but visually, the new version delivers.

It may be too early to talk about Oscars, but we may well be mentioning the modern Western “Hell or High Water” at awards time. Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster star in this terrific Texas bank robbery flick that may have the best screenplay of the year. It’s a social commentary and character study disguised as a thriller.

Every frame of “Kubo and the Two Strings” is work of art. The visuals for this stop-motion animated tale about magic in ancient Japan are deserving of the term “stunning.” The story may be too intense and tangled for the very young, but older kids and adults should enjoy its opulent pleasures.

“War Dogs” tries to do for arms smuggling what “The Big Short” did for the economic meltdown. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill star in this comic true story about old friends who get in over their head when they try to cash in on the military’s open bidding for weaponry during the Iraq War. It’s funny, scary and profane in equal measure but relies a bit too much on voice-over narration.

When a improv comic, played by Keegan-Michael Key, gets a job on a popular TV comedy show, the other members of his improv group become jealous and resentful. “Don’t Think Twice” is a bittersweet comedy from writer/director/star Mike Berbiglia about unfulfilled dreams and unused potential. It’s smart and sometimes touching, but not quite as funny as it could have been.

Also opening this week, Daniel Radcliff plays a federal agent who infiltrates a white supremacist group in the thriller, “Imperium.”


The annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance will, this year, feature a time to apologize for the US nuclear attacks in 1945 and will suggest taking immediate steps toward a nuclear weapon-free world, a nonviolent world.

Recorded on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the west side of the Loose Park Lagoon.

One of the many words for “I’m sorry” or “I apologize” in Japanese is “Shazai,” and our ceremony will incorporate that. We’ll also share information on online petitions, for example, to end the US first-strike policy and extend US response time to a suspected attack instead of keeping our military on first-alert status. Henry Stoever, chair of the PeaceWorks Board, says, “You will have an opportunity to say ‘I’m sorry!’ in writing on various issues, ranging from environmental dangers, to war and weapons and gun violence, to whatever is dear to your heart.”

Ann Suellentrop, a PeaceWorks Board member and one of the planners of the Aug. 6 ceremony, says, “We should turn to each other, not turn on each other.” Ann says that phrase is of old, from early civil-rights-movement days.

Ron Faust, also a PeaceWorks Board member planning the ceremony, says in his poem “If Only an Apology”—

Unless one feels nothing
We are mourning
The massacre of lives
In Hiroshima where
A bomb unleashed the atomic age
And left us with radiation
And apocalyptic destruction


Founder of Mdwest Artist Studio (MAS) Frank Juarez joins Maria by phone with artsts/educators Joe Bussell, and Larry Thomas. Artist/gallery owner Bruce Burstert talks about his new gallery in Lexington, MO and Charlotte Street Foundation discuss (re)remember study- KC.

Frank Juarez-Art Educator + Founder Midwest Artist Studios-MAS, “The project I designed is called the Midwest Artist Studios (MAS) Project. This project connects two areas-contemporary art and art education. The thought of traveling the Midwest and the idea of visiting studios was overwhelming. I knew I would not be able to do it alone so I was able to put together a team of art enthusiasts, Erika Block, writer, photographer Pat Ryan, and Jonathan Fritsch assistant.”

The Midwest Artist Studios™ Project is a three summer project established by a Wisconsin high school art educator, Frank Juarez. A team consisting of a photographer, writer, and assistant will travel the Midwest visiting contemporary visual artists who embrace the importance of Art Education, believe that their art experience was influenced or shaped by their K-12 Art Education and are following their artistic dream of art making. These visits will encompass a close and personal approach into the studio life of an artist. Artists will not only talk about their engagement in their art processes, but also discuss their rigorous work schedule, daily commitments, work ethic, artistic vision; to name a few.

After each summer the MAS Team will be creating a catalog and a curriculum workbook, which will contain lesson plans that compliment and reinforce the artists’ contemporary art practices. These lesson plans can be used to reinforce, supplement, or become an art curriculum for grades 6-12. A blog will house the MAS Team’s journey, behind the scenes footage, reflections, and photographs.

Our audience is very diverse just like this project. The Midwest Artist Studios™ Project will benefit anyone interested in Contemporary Art, Art Education, technology, social media, National Visual Arts Standards, and Literacy. We envision public, private art educators, home schools, core educators, IMC specialists, administration, districts, artists, professors and students utilizing this resource.

Artsts/educators from Kansas Joe Bussell and Larry Thomas, Karrie Dieken- North Dakota, Sharon Grey-South Dakota, Judy Boyer, Rachel Mindrup and Lori Elliott-Bartle- Nebraska, participated in the current MAS project.

www.midwestartiststudio.com

Kansas City mostly knows Bruce Burstert as an Oriental Rug Dealer and Interior Designer through his 20-year operation, Smith and Burstert Antiques that closed in 2007. More than that, he is an artist, singer, performance artist, and much more. Born in Marceline Missouri, growing up in the 1960’s, Burstert observed major historical events: including President Kennedy’s assassination, the Beatles coming to America, and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Because of those historical happenings, Burstert believes he “caught the resurgence of that time and people fighting for civil rights,” along with growing up in Missouri and seeing all the visual elements that the Midwest has to offer. Burstert embodies the passionate components of America and a region that he identifies strongly with.
History has been a continual element in his life, Burstert says, “I’m a researcher about material. I like understanding who influenced who, what effects artists, their circumstances and what drives them…that informs me about traditions.” Tradition, is an important constituent in Burstert’s research and art. He describes his interests to involve culture, sacrifice, ceremony and how all of those have affected and driven artists and cultures.
Always loving the American Southwest, particularly because of its convergent cultures, Burstert has painted this area for 25 years. Two years ago he started to do cultural and Native American studies, along with studying cultural icons that came to the west years ago such as Georgia O’Keeffe, and many other painters and musicians that felt the Southwest was the true American culture. Taos Pueblo New Mexico has been painted many times, and Burstert believes this informed his education, by knowing who was affected by going to that place. Burstert states, “The environment helped the reduction of the work and development. Those who toured the Southwest are the best artists in America”. Though his passion for the Southwest is evident he also believes the Midwest is the birthplace of the American genre, and that there are a lot of Midwestern artists that are unsung heroes.

Founder of Mdwest Artist Studio MAS) Frank Juarez joins Maria by phone with artsts/educators Joe Bussell, and Larry Thomas. Artist/gallery owner Bruce Burstert talks about his new gallery in Lexington, MO and Charlotte Street Foundation discuss (re)remember-Kansas City study.

Frank Juarez-Art Educator + Founder Midwest Artist Studios-MAS, “The project I designed is called the Midwest Artist Studios (MAS) Project. This project connects two areas-contemporary art and art education. The thought of traveling the Midwest and the idea of visiting studios was overwhelming. I knew I would not be able to do it alone so I was able to put together a team of art enthusiasts, Erika Block, writer, photographer Pat Ryan, and Jonathan Fritsch assistant.”

The Midwest Artist Studios™ Project is a three summer project established by a Wisconsin high school art educator, Frank Juarez. A team consisting of a photographer, writer, and assistant will travel the Midwest visiting contemporary visual artists who embrace the importance of Art Education, believe that their art experience was influenced or shaped by their K-12 Art Education and are following their artistic dream of art making. These visits will encompass a close and personal approach into the studio life of an artist. Artists will not only talk about their engagement in their art processes, but also discuss their rigorous work schedule, daily commitments, work ethic, artistic vision; to name a few.

After each summer the MAS Team will be creating a catalog and a curriculum workbook, which will contain lesson plans that compliment and reinforce the artists’ contemporary art practices. These lesson plans can be used to reinforce, supplement, or become an art curriculum for grades 6-12. A blog will house the MAS Team’s journey, behind the scenes footage, reflections, and photographs.

Our audience is very diverse just like this project. The Midwest Artist Studios™ Project will benefit anyone interested in Contemporary Art, Art Education, technology, social media, National Visual Arts Standards, and Literacy. We envision public, private art educators, home schools, core educators, IMC specialists, administration, districts, artists, professors and students utilizing this resource.

Artsts/educators from Kansas Joe Bussell and Larry Thomas, Karrie Dieken- North Dakota, Sharon Grey-South Dakota, Judy Boyer, Rachel Mindrup and Lori Elliott-Bartle- Nebraska, participated in the current MAS project.

www.midwestartiststudio.com

Kansas City mostly knows Bruce Burstert as an Oriental Rug Dealer and Interior Designer through his 20-year operation, Smith and Burstert Antiques that closed in 2007. More than that, he is an artist, singer, performance artist, and much more. Born in Marceline Missouri, growing up in the 1960’s, Burstert observed major historical events: including President Kennedy’s assassination, the Beatles coming to America, and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Because of those historical happenings, Burstert believes he “caught the resurgence of that time and people fighting for civil rights,” along with growing up in Missouri and seeing all the visual elements that the Midwest has to offer. Burstert embodies the passionate components of America and a region that he identifies strongly with.
History has been a continual element in his life, Burstert says, “I’m a researcher about material. I like understanding who influenced who, what effects artists, their circumstances and what drives them…that informs me about traditions.” Tradition, is an important constituent in Burstert’s research and art. He describes his interests to involve culture, sacrifice, ceremony and how all of those have affected and driven artists and cultures.
Always loving the American Southwest, particularly because of its convergent cultures, Burstert has painted this area for 25 years. Two years ago he started to do cultural and Native American studies, along with studying cultural icons that came to the west years ago such as Georgia O’Keeffe, and many other painters and musicians that felt the Southwest was the true American culture. Taos Pueblo New Mexico has been painted many times, and Burstert believes this informed his education, by knowing who was affected by going to that place. Burstert states, “The environment helped the reduction of the work and development. Those who toured the Southwest are the best artists in America”. Though his passion for the Southwest is evident he also believes the Midwest is the birthplace of the American genre, and that there are a lot of Midwestern artists that are unsung heroes.

(re)remember study – Kansas City
A project by visiting artists, Findlay//Sandsmark,
composer, Catherine McRae, and local artist, Gillian Tobin
August 18th & 19th

Join Charlotte Street Foundation Thursday August 18th & Friday 19th, from 6-9PM for a unique durational performance and installation piece by visiting Norwegian performance company, Findlay//Sandsmark, New York-based composer, Catherine McRae, Kansas City-based artist, Gillian Tobin, and curator, Marte Danielsen Jølbo. Their project, (re)remember study — Kansas City, will explore nostalgia and the act of remembering inspired by the stories of Kansas City residents.Over the past few days, the artists went on walks with local Kansas City residents who took the artists to places in which the residents associated with a good or pleasant memory. In live performances, the artists will interpret and re-remember the stories from places they visited with KC residents.
Event Details:
Thursday, August 18th, 6-9PM
Friday, August 19th, 6-9PM
La Esquina (1000 W 25th St KCMO 64108
Check out Facebook for details!
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This week on Arts Magazine, Michael Hogge welcomes guests from Kansas City Actors Theatre for a chat about their new show I’m Not Rappaport, and later, legendary dancer Billie Mahoney will talk about her next Tap Jam.


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