A Personal Story of Over Policing

Have you ever forgotten your drivers license or insurance card at home and then been stopped by the police? Did you get arrested for not having them or did you get a ticket? If you are a mother of four children what would be the disruption to your life if you were suddenly arrested on the street in the middle of your day? Would you be able to bail yourself out? Do you have family to pick up the kids and take care of them? We explore the case of Jamee a young woman in Lawrence, KS who was unnecessarily arrested in a traffic stop and the mess int made in her life.

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Jamee, a young mother from Lawrence who was arrested when she was stopped by police and they found she did not have her insurance card with her. Her arrest raises the question of why would the police arrest someone for minor traffic infraction, how the incident impacted Jamee’s life and why the charges were dropped?

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.

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.

Transgender, alternate gender, and non-binary gender studies is an incredibly broad and diverse field of study, which sometimes can be overwhelming even to someone who is honestly interested in the subject. And while it can be tempting to lump together anyone who is not cisgender binary as being “transgender,” that broad umbrella term can also hide the incredible depth and breadth that exists within a specific culture. This can be especially troubling when we are trying to learn from an ancient culture which has been subjugated and nearly destroyed by a conquering culture of invaders – such as the Native American two-spirit people.

We are very happy today to have two representatives of Native American two-spirit culture with us in the studio today, Bry Smiley and Reggie Black Elk, who will give us some enlightenment on their people and their culture, and who will talk about a premier event they are holding at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, called the Two-Spirit Pow-Wow.

Join us at 1pm Central today on 90.1FM KKFI, streaming on kkfi.org, or via various apps on your phones.

Authors Penny Mickelbury and Renee Bess join host Elizabeth Andersen to discuss Penny’s novel Belle City, which is an interracial, intergenerational saga of love, loss and land—and ultimately of family.

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KKFI Programs on Iranian Affairs and Music End Long Run

April 7, 2013 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Programs on Iranian Affairs and Music End Long Run
KKFI Programs on Iranian Affairs and Music End Long Run

KKFI volunteers, staff and listeners acknowledge with regret Nilufar Movahedi‘s decision to resign as host of Saba and Sayeh, Persian music and Farsi language programs that fit wonderfully into our Sunday afternoon schedule. During Nilufar’s tenure, these shows brought to …

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Hug A Web Browser Today: Small Improvements to the KKFI Website

April 5, 2013 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Hug A Web Browser Today: Small Improvements to the KKFI Website
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KKFI is improving the website to help you connect with the station and the programs you like. Here’s what we delivered today: Better mobile device support – the site should format properly on Android and iPhone devices, among others. Better …

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History of KKFI 90.1 FM – Mid-Coast Radio Founders Inspired by “Sex and Broadcasting”

April 4, 2013 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on History of KKFI 90.1 FM – Mid-Coast Radio Founders Inspired by “Sex and Broadcasting”
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by Tom Crane, host of KKFI’s “World Sound Radio,” Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm. Twenty-five years ago, on February 28, 1988 at 10:00 a.m., Kansas City listeners heard something new on the radio on KKFI 90.1 FM – the cry of …

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Susan Sanders Featured on LGBT “The Tenth Voice” and at UMKC

April 3, 2013 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Susan Sanders Featured on LGBT “The Tenth Voice” and at UMKC
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Recently, Susan Sanders, KKFI board vice-president and volunteer, talked with host Pierce Patterson, a host of The Tenth Voice show about Kansas City’s gay nightclubs in the 1980s and how they were located prior to the advent of the Internet. …

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Media: Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16, 2013 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Media: Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Parade
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KKFI 90.1 FM participated in the 2013 St. Patricks’s Day parade held in the Brookside neighborhood. The photos and video were taken near Meyer Blvd and Wornall Road.  

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Listener Comments on KKFI’s 25th Anniversary

March 3, 2013 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Listener Comments on KKFI’s 25th Anniversary
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KKFI 90.1 FM celebrated its 25th year on-air on February 28, 2013. Here are some supporter’s comments about the impact of KKFI on the lives of listeners. Hawk Jones – What an amazing accomplishment, kiddos, kudos. Davina Anne Gabriel – …

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