You can always count on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to deliver visually arresting and atmospheric cinema. “The Shape of Water” is no exception. This adult sci-fi fantasy is really an oddball love story featuring an aquatic humanoid creature and a cleaning woman in 1960s Cold War America. Sally Hawkins leads a terrific cast as an emotionally damaged mute who works at a top secret US government research facility. She befriends and eventually becomes romantically involved with a captured monster that resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The top-notch supporting cast includes Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. “The Shape of Water” is ravishing to behold and works in spite of, or perhaps because of, its stubbornly eccentric sensibilities.

Late in Woody Allen’s latest movie, a character played by Kate Winslet yells, “Enough with the bad drama.” My thoughts, exactly.  “Wonder Wheel” is set in New York’s Coney Island amusement park during the 1950s. Winslet plays an unhappy waitress married to a boorish, boozy carousel operator played by Jim Belushi. She carries on an affair with a lifeguard and wannabe playwright, played by Justin Timberlake. Trouble is, Justin is attracted to her comely stepdaughter, played by Juno Temple. The dialogue is unusually stilted for a Woody Allen movie, and it plays like “Tennessee Williams Lite.” The talented cast imbues his screenplay more heft than it deserves, especially Winslet who gives an inspired performance. Too bad it’s wasted in this dramatic misfire.

Also opening this week, “Ferdinand” is an animated offering about the gentle bull with a big heart. It features the voice talent of John Cena. “Kaleidoscope” is a British psychological thriller starring Toby Jones. Oh, and also, there’s a little indie offering called “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” popping up in theaters. I’ll have my review next week.

It was shot in North Carolina, but Martin McDonagh’s searing comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” has a show-me attitude. Susan and Russ agree that Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell give award-worthy performances in this dark tale concerning the aftermath of a murder.

A discussion with Professor Jomella Watson-Thompson of the University of Kansas and Deputy Chief Tyrone Garner of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department on the new 1.4 Million dollar grant to help reduce youth violence in Kansas City, Kansas.

Literacy emerges from a broad range of factors that include early childhood learning opportunities, development stages at which children are ready to learn abstract skills, and the flexibility of schools and teachers. Rita Norton will describe one white child’s decades long route to reading proficiency. Bill Mullins will discuss winning the literacy battle in several local, contemporary primary schools.

Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven, is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves.

She is the founder of Mama Glow (MamaGlow.com) a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas.

Latham is best-selling author of “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy,” a go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers.

We are discussing Latham’s second book, “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within” debuted September of 2017, Hay House.

Own Your Glow with Latham Thomas
Episode date : December 16, 2017
On Urban Connections

It’s a Noir Holiday! Authors Ann Aptaker and Stefani Deoul, as well as host Elizabeth Andersen, lead a frightfully festive tour through passion and crime in Gotham.The three books in the Cantor Gold series that we discuss are Criminal Gold, Tarnished Gold, and Genuine Gold.

John Fish will join us to speak abour recycling do’s and don’ts as we approach the holiday season. You may know him from the KC chapter of 350kc or the Kansas City Climate Coalition but he’ll be sharing his recycling knowledge from years of experience at Bridging The Gap’s recycling centers. Maurice Person of KC Aquaponics will be joining us for the second half of the show. He is an entrepreneur, Black farmer and a apart of the KC chapter of BUGS–Black Urban Growers. He has experience growing foods indoors and outdoors and teaches others–be it students at East Highschool or community members that attend his aquaponics workshops.

Recycling and Aquaponics
Episode date : December 11, 2017
On EcoRadio KC

Marianne K. Martin, Lisa Marie Evans, and cheryl Pletcher talked with host Elizabeth Andersen about the Legacies of Lesbian Literature project. It was a conversation on the origins of the project (Marianne and Sandra Moran were keynote speakers at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2014); the roles of the team members; the interviews already filmed; and future plans. 

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KKFI Program Notes for August 13-19, 2012

August 19, 2012 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Program Notes for August 13-19, 2012
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Program Notes on KKFI radio shows for the week of August 13-19 These program notes provide details to several locally-produced and national shows airing on KKFI 90.1 FM. We hope you’ll agree that having more information about these shows will …

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February 3, 2012 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Program Changes: “Jaws of Justice Radio” show selected for regular timeslot; plus other schedule changes
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