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This month’s book for the Sandra Moran Alphabet Soup Radio Book Club is Backcast by Ann McMan, which has been described as Fried Green Tomatoes meets The Big Chill by way of A River Runs Through It. Panelists Ann McMan, Michelle Pond, Bev Prescott, and Jeff Vincent join host Elizabeth Andersen for a good-humored yet serious discussion of this wonderful novel.


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Panelists Joy Baker, Luann Fox, Melodie Griffis, and David F. Whitner join host Elizabeth Andersen on the Sandra Moran Alphabet Soup Radio Book Club to discuss “If You Could Be Mine” by Sara Farizan. In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture.


Episode date : June 11, 2016
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The powerhouse production duo of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have taken on the daunting task of remaking a movie classic, “Ben-Hur.” Jack Huston plays the title role in this epic based on the novel by General Lew Wallace. So, how does it stack up against the 1959 Charlton Heston version that won 11 Academy Awards including “Best Picture?” Susan and Russ are of one mind about this reboot that makes some changes to the original story.


There are times while watching “Don’t Breathe” that you probably won’t. Yes, it’s yet another sordid, R-rated horror flick, but it’s an exceptionally well made edge-of-your-seat chiller. Three young and foolish thieves break into the house of a blind man, thinking they’ll make off with easy money. Their victim, however, is a former military man who turns the tables on them. Smart and original, “Don’t Breathe” may very well take your breath away.

Barak Obama’s 1989 first date with future wife Michelle is the focus of “Southside With You,” a likable, nicely acted romance. TIka Sumpter and Parker Sawyers give appealing performances as the sharp lawyer and the brash intern who pursues her. Like the first couple themselves, “Southside With You” has an easygoing charm.

The infamous words “No mas” get some cinematic context in “Hands of Stone,” a biopic about celebrated Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. Edgar Ramirez plays the troubled welterweight, Robert Di Niro is Ray Arcel, his astute trainer, and Usher Raymond portrays his nemesis, Sugar Ray Leonard. It plays a bit like a mash-up of every boxing movie you’ve ever seen, but benefits from a solid cast and sincere approach.

“Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words” is an example of truth in advertising. This documentary is made up almost exclusively of interviews with the iconoclastic rock musician who turned aggravating the establishment into a fine art. For fans, it’s a must-see. For others, it’s an illuminating glimpse into the mind of an artistic rebel.

Also opening this week, Jason Statham returns as hit man Arthur Bishop in the thriller “Mechanic: Resurrection.” “Equity” is a drama about sexism in the world of high finance. Anna Gunn stars. “The Intervention” is an ensemble drama about a weekend retreat that turns out to be a surprise marital intervention. “The Land” is an urban drama about skateboarding.


KU Professor William Lindsey’s primary research interest lies in analyzing how individuals and groups in Tokugawa Japan (1600-1867) constructed and contested social identity and power along lines of ritual and symbol made available through the bricolage of Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, kami worship, local traditions, and individual motivations.

https://religiousstudies.ku.edu/william-r-lindsey

Recorded at The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence on May 22, 2016


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
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Andre Thurman, Sr. will be our guest AND we’ll be taking your calls.  We’ll be talking race as it relates to this organization and their motto “Keeping Our Community, Safe, Productive and Beautiful.”


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-.


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