Ellen Hart, recently named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, joins us on the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club to discuss The Old Deep and Dark. Beth Burnett, Lora Ceperley, and Linda Wilson are the panelists along with host Elizabeth Andersen. With The Old Deep and Dark, the twenty-second installment in the award-winning Jane Lawless series, Ellen Hart has crafted another impeccably plotted, seamlessly written mystery.

Our August book is Janet Mock’s “Redefinining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.” The panelists are Una Nowling, Samantha Ruggles, Anne Terpstra, and host Elizabeth Andersen.
With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real.

The River And The Sea, A Story Of Forgiveness

Author Julia Laughlin will be in Kansas City as part of the Women’s Equality Week Events. Her new book The River And The Sea, A Story Of Forgiveness tells the story of the thirty years it took Julia Laughlin to heal from the horrific attack she suffered at age twenty-one, when she was raped, beaten, and tortured by a serial killer. This book is the culmination of what brought her to healing—reaching forgiveness not only for the perpetrator, but for herself too.

Special guest host Sister Rose McLarney will talk with Julia Laughlin about the book and her journey of healing and how she finally was able to come to forgiveness.

About the book – http://laughlindaughterspublishinghouse.com/about-the-book/
Women’s Equality Week page – http://wegkc.zohosites.com/
Women’s Equality Week FB page – https://www.facebook.com/WomensEqualityGKC/

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Brandon Ellington, Bringing It To The Hood

There has been a lot happen in the last couple weeks with the events in Charlottesille, Virginia and the President’s back and forth comments. However the real work of helping people in need and building unity continues on the ground in Kansas City.

New host Keith Washburn talks with 22nd District Rpresentative Brandon Ellington about two events coming up, a job fair for those with felony convictions and his annual Unity In The Community in Spring Valley Park. hey will also talk about Brandon’s take on what’s in the news.

Flyers for both events below-
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Jobs for felons (2)

Author Maija Devine joins us to discuss how a belief in Chinese zodiac signs still affects women’s lives in Asian countries,

Elaine Geisel joins us to discuss the wonders and perils of the monarch butterflies and whether they should be on the endangered species list.

Kansas City Monarchs
Episode date : August 21, 2017
On EcoRadio KC

This episode of Radio Active Magazine will focus on efforts to discuss net neutrality with people who represent major portions of the KKFI listening area in the US Congress.

What is net neutrality?  

Net neutrality is the principle that all information on the Internet should be treated equally.  Different types of data should not be blocked, throttled, altered or redirected to maximize the profits of Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) providers like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Spectrum (formerly TWC).

Opponents of net neutrality claim that the 2015 Title II Order by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that made net neutrality enforceable in the US has forced BIAS providers to reduce their investments in expanding the Internet, thereby making new and better service less available to the public.2

Supporters of net neutrality claim the opposite:  Even the publicly traded BIAS providers make no claims of deleterious effects in the only place with credible penalties for misleading statements:  their filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).3 A group of 191 leading Internet engineers, pioneers and technologists wrote that if the FCC implements some of their current proposal to destroy net neutrality, “the result will have a disastrous effect on innovation in the Internet ecosystem“,4 as briefly explained further below.

Radio Active producer Spencer Graves claims that every credible source of data he has found so far fails to show a deleterious effect of the Title II Order.  Most of the changes following the Title II Order are not statistically significant.  The only statistically significant changes found since the Title II Order were positive.  However, those may be due to other things that happened at the same time.5

Moreover the 2015 Title II Order was adopted only after seven years of activism on this issue and efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to prevent the blocking, throttling, altering and redirecting that generated the activism.6

Open discussion 

KKFI’s phone lines will be open for comments by people who want to ask what they can do or discuss want they have done on this issue: The number to call is

816-931-KKFI (i.e., 816-931-5534).

These efforts are supported locally by the Friends of Community Media (FCM) and nationally by “BattleForTheNet.com”.

FCM will host a Forum dedicated to this issue on Saturday, September 16, 4-5:30 PM, in the KKFI Annex, 3901 Main St., KCMO 64111: Park and enter in the rear.

This August 22 episode and the September 16 Forum will provide interested parties opportunities to ask questions or discuss what you have done or might do to contact your representatives in the US House and Senate about this issue. An easy way for you to get involved is via “BattleForTheNet.com”, if you have not already signed up with them. If you have done that or have questions about how to do that, you can the KKFI on-air number above on August 22 between 6 and 6:30 PM.  Or check “BattleForTheNet.com” and / or come to the September 16 event mentioned above.

Many people have heard little or nothing on net neutrality, because the mainstream media do not want you to know that the Trump administration is trying to destroy it by “Restoring Internet freedom”. The “freedom” Trump’s FCC wants to restore is the freedom of BIAS providers like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Spectrum to block, throttle, alter, or secretly redirect content exchanged with their end users.

Kansas Senators Moran and Roberts 

Kansas Senators Moran7 and Roberts8 both replied to questions about this by claiming that the 2015 Title II Order, which established net neutrality, was an abrupt decision to apply to the Internet outdated, utility-style regulations intended for monopolistic telephone companies in the 1930s. This leaves BIAS providers vulnerable to the consistent threat of interpretation and change by a group of unelected FCC commissioners, they say.  These recent emails suggest that Senators Moran and Roberts may not be familiar with the questions about the credibility of the data1 upon which the NPRM on “Restoring Internet freedom” is based, nor the concerns expressed in the “Joint Comments of Internet Engineers, …” about blocking, throttling, altering and redirecting information, mentioned above.1

The motivation for the 2015 Title II Order 

The blocking, throttling, altering and redirecting content that generated the groundswell of activism that led to the 2015 Title II Order has a number of deleterious effects on society:

  1. Currently, with net neutrality, anyone with Internet access can compete in the marketplace of ideas based solely on the quality of their presentation. “Restoring Internet freedom” would dramatically increase the cost to individuals and small businesses of reaching their audience.  Major companies that can more easily afford to pay the higher fees associated with “Restoring Internet freedom” to have their content delivered at the high speeds that are standard and expected today. “Restoring Internet freedom” would also make it harder to expose political corruption and other questionable activities that major advertisers and public officials do not want exposed[5] — and even threaten world peace and broadly shared economic development.[9]
  2. Blocking, throttling, altering and redirecting content make it easier for big money interests to push people into acting contrary to their own interests.[5]
  3. Altering and redirecting content make everyone more vulnerable to identity theft.
  4. Altering and redirecting content also make it impossible for web designers to know what the user will actually see. And it contributes to “ossification” of the Internet that makes it harder and potentially infeasible for entrepreneurs to develop new services that will add substantial value to people’s lives if the Title II Order remains in place.[1]

Radio Active producer Spencer Graves says the following:

Progress on many and perhaps all substantive issues is blocked, because every countermeasure threatens someone with substantive control over the media.10

Graves says we need others besides him to ask their elected representatives about their position on this issue and to meet with them or their staffs.  “BattleForTheNet.com” is helping organize groups of people to visit their elected representatives in the US House and Senate.  Or write to spencer dot graves at effectivedefense.org.


[1] “Joint Comments of Internet Engineers, Pioneers, and Technologists on the Technical Flaws in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rule-making …”, filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, July 17, 2017 (https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/1071761547058), accessed 2017-08-18.

[2] US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) “In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom”, WC Docket 17-108, adopted May 18, 2017 (https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-17-60A1.pdf), accessed 2017-08-18.

[3] Spencer Graves and Ernesto Falcon, “$15 minimum wage on Aug. 8 ballot in KCMO plus Trump’s attack on net neutrality”, July 25, 2017, episode of Radio Active Magazine on KKFI (http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/15-minimum-wage-aug-8-ballot-kcmo-plus-trumps-attack-net-neutrality), accessed 2017-08-18.

[4] “Joint Comments”, op cit., p. 2.  

[5] Spencer Graves, “EffectiveDefense.org Comment in Opposition to Restoring Internet Freedom NPRM”, filed July 17, 2017 (https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10717083022106/EfDef-comments-FCC%2017-60A1-2017-07-17.pdf), accessed 2017-08-18.

[6] ibid., p. 3.

[7] email from Sen. Moran to Spencer Graves, 2017-07-14.

[8] email from Sen. Roberts to Spencer Graves, 2017-08-15.

[9] Wikiversity, “Winning the War on Terror” (https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Winning_the_War_on_Terror), accessed 2017-08-18.

[10] Spencer Graves, “Endowment for Journalism” (http://endowment4journalism.org/), accessed 2017-08-18.

Net Neutrality and Congress
Episode date : August 22, 2017
On Radio Active Magazine

Stand Up KC and Sahj Kaya

Stand Up KC and Sahj Kaya
Episode date : August 12, 2017
On Every Woman

Actor Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh go rogue with their independently produced and distributed comic heist movie, “Logan Lucky.” Tatum plays a fired miner who decides to rip off all the cash for a big race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He recruits a ragtag posse of hayseed thieves for a complicated caper. The terrific cast includes Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig and Hilary Swank. Soderbergh seems to be doing a self-parody of his best-known movie. So, you could call this goofy but entertaining popcorn flick, “Redneck Ocean’s 11.”


Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, two extremely likable actors, give a big boost to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an overlong and violent action comedy about a protection agent escorting a hired killer to testify at a trial at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. There’s not a moment of credibility in this over-the-top farce, but it has wild stunts, lengthy car chases and plenty of R-rated mayhem for fans of the genre.


“Saturday Night Live’s” Kyle Mooney stars in and co-wrote the offbeat comedy, “Brigsby Bear.” It’s a high-concept, low-key tale about a man, kidnapped at birth and raised in isolation. When he’s freed at age 25, he attempts to complete the story of a children’s TV show he was raised on. It’s odd, but surprisingly sweet.


Also opening this week, “Whose Streets?” is a documentary about the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri. “Wind River” is a suspense drama starring Jeremy Renner about mysterious deaths on a Native American reservation. “Paint it Black” is a drama about the difficult dynamic that evolves between a suicide victim’s mother and girlfriend. “Kuso” is a horror film set in the aftermath of an LA earthquake. “Dave Made a Maze” is a horror comedy about a man trapped in a cardboard maze of his own creation. “68 Kill” is described as a punk-rock romantic comedy about a young woman and her boyfriend who decide to rip off her older sugar daddy. Catherine Deneuve stars in the French drama “The Midwife” about the relationship that develops between a woman and her late father’s mistress.

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