Victoria Cherrie from Nourish KC and Mariah Friend from After the Harvest KC join Craig Lubow to talk about food waste, including free area screenings of the movie “Wasted”. Additionally, Kim Noble and Kerene Taylor from Dream Corp USA, a Green For All affiliate, join Richard Mabion.

Life sometimes hands you lemons, first our guests from ArchCity Defenders had to cancel at the last moment and then our guest who was to tell her story of being arrested for a traffic violation couldn’t answer the phone = LEMONS! We made Lemonade and came up with a show on the fly that addressed the issue of the day, Gun Violence and American Gun Culture. We hope you were enlightened and entertained.

Gun Culture In America Explained

There many differing interpretations of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution that guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. Over the years and especially the last few decades numerous, federal, state and local lawmakers have sought to define what the limits of those rights should be where they live. Those efforts have included the right to open carry, conceal carry and now a bill in congress would make the owning and use of silencers legal (something law enforcement has been against for decades).

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Don Haider-Markel, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Kansas University, in Lawrence Kansas. They will be discussing gun culture in America and why of if guns really are loved by the American people.

Praise and Pass Redux

Praise and Pass Redux iS a feature Produced for THE radio program “SOUND and FURY.” The theme is America’s attitudes towards guns and gun violence. On this episode of SOUND and FURY we react to the mass shooting in Las Vegas (and elsewhere) and attitudes towards guns. Produced by Dave Goodman for I.B.I.S. Radio and the world. Features Senator Cory Booker, Donald Trump, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, President Barack Obama, Pastor Peter J. Peters, Conan O’Brien, Chris Hayes, Senator John McCain, Stephen Colbert, Mel Gibson (clip from “The Patriot”). Music by Frank Loesser, Mark Isham, and Armen Ra. Thanks to CNN for archival news audio.

This piece is a product of the Independent Broadcast Information Service who produce audio segments for station in the US and abroad. They are located in Jamaica Plain, Boston Mass.

The JoJR Calendar for February 19th

The Jackson County Legislature will introduce a resolution pushing Congress to pass the DREAM Act, Tuesday, February 20th at 2:15 PM, in the Jackson County Courthouse, on the Second Floor in the Legislative Chambers, 415 E 12th St, KCMO. Please arrive early enough to allow time for parking and going through courthouse security. You are invited to come and show your support.
On Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 pm, The Writers Place and the Johnson County Library will present a poetry reading by inmates and former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison. This inmate reading will be held at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas.
You are invited to join the Dream Fighters Coalition on Thursday, February 22nd, at 801 Valentine Rd, the intersection of Southwest Trafficway and Valentine Rd. They will rally for a Clean Dream Act during the evening commute. Signs will be provided. Restrooms, hot drinks, and a place to warm up will also be available. This is a weekly event every Thursday.
The Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City will present one of the most innovative plays in the history of African American Theater, The Colored Museum, February 15th thru March 4th at ArtsTech, 1522 Holmes Street, KCMO. For more information call them at 816-663-9966 or Check out their webpage http://www.brtkc.org/

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

In her engaging new book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz chronicles the history of American gun culture and its casualties. From Andrew Jackson, the slave trade, the extermination of indigenous populations, domestic terrorist organizations such as the KKK to serial killings, U.S. history is rife with violence. What is the underpinning for such violence?

Dunbar-Ortiz argues that it is the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and the resulting gun culture that it spawned.She lays out an array of historical facts and figures that will be new information for many readers. In doing so she provokes questions about the American ethos to help inform pressing issues confronting the nation, from mass shootings in schools to police killings with impunity.

In her meticulously researched book, Dunbar-Ortiz investigates the dynamics of armed struggle within the U.S., their motivations and their contemporary relevance.

Publishers Weekly writes: “In her trenchant analysis of the Second Amendment, Dunbar-Ortiz avoids a legalistic approach and eschews the traditional view that links the amendment to citizens” need to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Instead, she argues that the Second Amendment was passed to facilitate the genocide of Native Americans in order to steal their land and to provide a means for slaveholders to control their human property.

Guest – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the First United Nations Conference on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Her other books include Outlaw Woman, and the acclaimed An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States. Her newest book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is published by City Lights.


Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color
Bearing Faith

Catholic affiliated hospitals set strict guidelines that prohibit doctors from providing contraceptives, sterilization, abortion, and fertility services regardless of their patients wishes or their doctors medical judgment or the standard of care in the medical profession.

A just released report titled Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color by the Columbia Law Schools Public Rights/Private Conscience Project in partnership with Public Health Solutions shows that in many states women of color are far more likely than white women to give birth at Catholic hospitals. These women are at greater risk of having their health needs undermined because these health needs have been determined by the religious beliefs of male bishops rather than the medical judgment of their doctors.

This religious overreach undermines fundamental rights to equality and liberty and violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment which seeks to separate church from state.

Guest – Attorney Elizabeth Reiner Platt. Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia, she was a Staff Attorney at MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project.

Guest – Kira Shepherd, Director of the Racial Justice Programat the Public Rights/Private ConscienceProject at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joiningColumbia Law School she was the Executive Director and Director of Campaigns at The BlackInstitute (TBI), an action think tank that leads advocacy work in the areas of immigration,education, the environment, and economic justice.



Attorney Heidi Boghosian and Professor Johanna Fernandez Discuss Potential New Trial For Mumia Abu-Jamal

Marvel’s superhero “Black Panther” finally gets his proper feature-length movie introduction and it’s a rousing, involving adventure. The fact that most of the folks in front of and behind the camera are black makes it all the more compelling. Chawick Boseman plays the king of a mysterious, highly advanced African nation who must rise to the occasion and save his country, and the world, from a rival cousin, played by Michael B. Jordan. The cast is solid, the story has interesting social implications and Ryan Coogler displays a deft hand as director. While it runs a bit too long for its own good, “Black Panther” is a worthy addition that enriches the Marvel Universe.

“Early Man” is the latest stop-motion animated farce from Aardman, the folks behind Wallace and Gromit. It purports to relate the origins of soccer, pitting cavemen against the Bronze Agers. It’s all very silly, but good fun for the little league set.

The final days of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Graham provide the background for the low-key drama “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in this story of a May-December romance between Graham and a young and struggling British actor. The story only scratches the surface of Graham’s fascinating life, but the actors it worth a look.

Also opening this week, “Samson” is a faith-based production about the Biblical strongman. “The Scent of Rain & Lightning” is a contemporary Western drama that was an award winner at last year’s Kansas City FilmFest. “The Female Brain” is a comedy about modern romance written and directed by standup comic Whitney Cummings. “Golden Exits” is a drama about a young Australian girl whose arrival upends the lives of folks from two Brooklyn families. Emily Browning and Jason Schwartzman star. “Poop Talk” is a documentary featuring a number of comics telling funny stories about poop.

The last days of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame are the focus of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Graham won fame in the 1940s and 50s for her femme fatale roles in film noir thrillers like “The Big Heat” and “Sudden Fear” and won an Academy Award for “The Bad and the Beautiful.” Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) plays Grahame in the last days of her life while carrying on an affair with a much younger man, played by Jamie Bell (“King Kong”).

Today’s analysts and commentators describe Britain as being nearly in a state of civil war over Brexit. Will Britain be able to hold it together in these turbulent times, and what will be the impact on British workers? Find out this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then: if you’re a woman worker and want a beautiful place to chase away the winter blues, think about applying for the Polk School. We’ll talk about the Regina Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference May 16th – May 20th, with labor workshops, wellness, labor history and more!  Thursday at 6:00 PM, re-broadcast Friday, 5:00 a.m.

Derek Warfield of Wolfetones fame (and now the Young Wolfetones) checks in with Mike Murphy about his career and his pending Kansas City visit. Also, music for Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day.

We’ll feature some of Derek’s music, and find out about his upcoming visit to Kansas City on Friday and Weston on Saturday.

Kansas City Irish Center

The Young Wolfetones

This week on CounterSpin: Economic news is presented as facts and figures, but it’s also, maybe most importantly, a story, a narrative. But whether it’s an article about companies using their tax cut savings to give workers bonuses or one about how few of them are actually doing that, corporate media’s economic reporting stays within a certain mindset, in which the propriety of a small set of corporate executives and shareholders deciding how they fancy divvying up the profits of the work of employees is a given. The current US economic system, despite exorbitant health care costs and the highest infant mortality rate in the developed world, despite entrenched and increasing inequality, despite an actually declining life expectancy, is understood to be functioning essentially as it should.

With all eyes on the stock market, we’ll take a questioning look at some economic fundamentals with Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at The New School. He’s also founder of Democracy at Work and host of the weekly tv and radio program Economic Update. His most recent book is Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown.

Plus Janine Jackson takes a look back at recent press, including commentary on the government shutdown and coverage of the the post-Super Bowl riots.

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A couple weeks back we caught a great show down at Record Bar. The lineup featured: Merit Badge, the Sapwoods, and Drew Black and Dirty Electric.  The band Merit Badge made their debut.  Billed as “Instrumental boy scout rock” they …

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 This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, January 19th to Sunday, January 25th. 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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January 22, 2015 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Local Showcase Schedule
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