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Democracy Now! broadcasts all week from the climate talks in Poland.

COP24
Episode date : December 12, 2018
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This week on CounterSpin: Early this year, Congress approved a budget of some $700 billion for the Department of Defense, more than the Trump administration even requested. Corporate media, for whom proposals like free college tuition or universal healthcare are all about the price tag, didn’t even blink. The Pentagon budget was “a rare act of bipartisanship,” the New York Times told readers, that “sets forth a muscular vision of America as a global power.” That article had three sources—two approving state officials and a rep from a thinktank funded by Defense contractors, who said the US military is underfunded. The Times didn’t find it relevant that the US already spent more on “defense” than the next eight countries combined, six of whom are US allies—and the idea of standing that $700 billion alongside the estimate, of the UN and others, that it would cost just $30 billion per year to end world hunger—well, don’t be silly.

But if serious people are not supposed to consider Pentagon spending in any sort of context, or conversation about priorities, can we at least ask why it’s not just hard, but impossible, to find out how much the Pentagon spends and on what? Elite media reception of new research in that arena suggests they’d just as soon keep the whole thing under wraps—while reserving their right to entertain complaints about food stamps, however.

We’ll talk about Pentagon accounting—and accountability—with investigative reporter Dave Lindorff, author of that new expose, exclusive to The Nation magazine and the cover story in their new print edition. Lindorff is a veteran investigative reporter and author, and a founding member of the news collective This Can’t Be Happening.

Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Fraud
Episode date : December 11, 2018
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Democracy Now! broadcasts live from the climate talks in Poland.

COP 24
Episode date : December 11, 2018
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Our guest, Robert Rosenberg, will speak on the availability and advantages of solar generated electricity.  Robert is a co-director of the Flint Hills Renewable Energy Cooperative (FHREEC) which is based in Manhattan, KS.  FHREEC is a collective of volunteers who are dedicated to solar energy. Their personal approach to solving energy problems has been based on a neighbors-helping-neighbors philosophy.  They work with the homeowner to put up solar panels to generate electricity, and they help to reduce the cost by buying in bulk at the most effective price. Because of the new technology, FHREEC’s system is safe, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install. Today on KKFI’s EcoRadioKC, they share their knowledge and experience and we keep ourselves informed about the technology.

Flint Hills Renewable Energy and Efficiency Co-op’s website is www.fhreec.org.

TOMORROW IS GOOD/SOLAR POWER FOR YOUR HOME
Episode date : December 10, 2018
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How the Rats Re-Formed Congress

A fable is a short tale that anthropomorphizes animals. The animals personify human virtues and vices, and function as an instrument of moral instruction. We mention this because Ralph Nader joins us to discuss his new book How the Rats Re-Formed Congress. Its a Fable about an invasion of rats in Congress that triggers a peoples political revolt. It begins when a Congressional reporter breaks a bizarre story: Rats have invaded the toilet bowls of the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader. A national news frenzy ensues.

Activists seize on the breaking story to organize for a populist agenda. Spontaneous rallies erupt. The activists see the rats upending business as usual routines on Capitol Hill as a symbol against lobbyists and corporate Congress. Millions flood into the nations capitol to take back Congress from Wall Street. Congressional offices are deluged with citizen rallies and meetings. Members are challenged in primaries. Incumbents join the movement.

Wall Street and its lobbyists warn of economic collapse and mass layoffs if the peoples agenda passes Congress. Corporate front groups are formed to disrupt peaceful crowds. Despite that, corporate lobbyists and think tanks cant overcome the organized will of the determined citizenry. Tortmuseum.org

Guest ” Ralph Nader, one of the nations most effective and well-known social critics. He has raised public awareness and increased government and corporate accountability. As a young lawyer in 1965 he made headlines with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, leading to congressional hearings and passage of a series of life-saving auto safety laws in 1966. His example has inspired a generation of consumer advocates, citizen activists and public interest attorneys.

How the Rats Re-Formed Congress
Episode date : December 11, 2018
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This week we will be joined by PaKou Her of the Tseng Development Group to discuss intersectional feminism & racial equality, and the talk she will be giving at Open Table on this topic. PaKou is the co-founder of the Community Alliance for Racial Equity, and Digital Advocacy, Growth and Innovation Campaigner at ParentsTogether, as well as leading Tseng Development Group, LLC, a consulting firm that provides lectures, coaching, and grassroots strategy development to build racial equity and shift the culture.

Join us at 3pm Central time on 90.1FM, streaming on kkfi.org, or via various apps on your phones!

Every Woman – 20181208 – PaKou Her
Episode date : December 8, 2018
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The Barn Players talk about their 6 by 10 Playwrights festival followed by Music Theatre Kansas City



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