Audiences say they want originality, but do they actually prefer familiarity? If the latter is true, then “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” should catch the fancy of audiences who made the original 2008 Abba musical a box office hit. All of the original cast members are back, joined by a cadre of actors who portray the characters in their earlier years. The flimsy-dual timeline plot doesn’t make sense if you think too hard about it but thinking hard isn’t what this movie is about. Meryl Streep’s role, the best thing about the original, has sadly been reduced to a cameo. But her appearance is still the best thing about this movie. It’s a breezy, cheerful lark with plenty of earworm pop tunes that will invade your brain for days after viewing. “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” is the cinematic equivalent of a mirror ball; a cheesy, sparkly distraction.

Familiarity also abounds in “The Equalizer 2,” Denzel Washington’s first sequel, the follow-up to his 2014 action thriller that was based on the old TV series. Washington plays a former CIA black ops agent who uses his impressive kills to wreak violent revenge on the people who murdered his friend, played by Melissa Leo. Director Antoine Fuqua punctuates the plot with some well-staged and tense action scenes, but the movie is also burdened with some long dull stretches. Still, it’s got Denzel, one of the few actors who can elevate this kind of sadistic and brutal material.

Also opening this week, “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” is a Japanese anime fantasy about a peaceful clan whose idyllic life is upended when an army invades in order to obtain their secret to immortality. “Unfriended: Dark Web” is a sequel to the 2015 horror hit about the deadly pitfalls of the internet.

Weird, comic and sometimes off-putting, the social satire “Sorry to Bother You” features LaKeith Stanfield as an African-American telemarketer who uses a “white” voice to get ahead. Then, Boots Riley’s bizarre film turns into a sci-fi melodrama! Susan and Russ have very different takes on this edgy movie.

Take Two: “Sorry to Bother You” (R)
Episode date : July 20, 2018
On Take Two

This is an unusual Shots in the Night show. Tonight’s show is about our city, its people, its feelings, and its life, described through poetry by local artists.  If you think you don’t like poetry, you are in for a pleasant surprise, because many of these poems are more like storytelling.

You will hear work by these poets: Gregory Cenac, Linda Kay Davis, Patrick Dobson, Sharon Eiker, Kathy Hughes, Silvia Kofler, Will Leatham, Michelle Pond, Jeanette Powers, Jason Preu, Larry Welling, and Brandon Whitehead.

The poems will be read by Rosena Baumli and Jason Preu.


Vol. 79 Would I Lie to You? This week our hero has something to talk about.

Donald Drumpf Theatre
Episode date : July 19, 2018
On Thursday Night Special

A ballot initiative Question 1 has been placed on the August 7, 2018 ballot to start inspection of rental units that are rented for more than 30 days in Kansas City, Missouri. Join us as we talk with Ms. Diane Charity who helped with the ballot initiative and Ms. Stacy Johnson-Crosby on how it could impact those who rent in Kansas City.

Native Spirit Radio with Rhonda LeValdo playing Native Music and reviewing news across Indian Country.

Native Spirit (Cultural) with Rhonda Levaldo 07/15/2018 05:00PM to 06:00PM

05:02PM-05:06PM (4:19Cindy Paul “He Can Fancy Dance” from This Northern Girl on Cindy Paul

05:06PM-05:10PM (4:34Estun-Bah “All is Beautiful” from From Where the Sun Rises (CD, Album, Other) on Canyon Records

05:10PM-05:16PM (5:14Young Spirit “Stray Rez Cat” from Nitehe Ohci – “From the Heart” (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:16PM-05:19PM (3:26Sihasin “Shine” from Fight Like a Woman

05:19PM-05:22PM (3:00Floyd Red Crow Westerman “Custer Died for your sins” from Custer Died for your sins (Single)

05:26PM-05:31PM (5:08Robert Mirabel “Interview with Robert Mirabel” from Living Voices on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

05:45PM-05:48PM (3:00The Red and Blues “Build a Pipeline Through My Heart” from Hope Begins to Bloom on Team Revolution (http://xopublicity.com/xo-for-the-holidays-vol-ii, UK)

05:48PM-05:51PM (3:00Mic Jordan “Dear Native Youth” from Last Stand Mixtape (CD, Album, Other) on Last stand Mix tape

05:53PM-06:00PM (6:39Tiinesha Begaye “dreams” from Rhythm of Love (Native American – Traditional) (World) on Canyon Records

Trump’s Disastrous Summit Performance Could Derail U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Control Talks
Interview with Mel Goodman, former CIA analyst, now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

The Helsinki summit meeting between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, will be remembered as one of the most bizarre in American presidential history. Following a two hour meeting between the two leaders with only interpreters present, Trump and Putin held a press conference. There Mr. Trump stunned the world by once again casting doubt on U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia was responsible for meddling on behalf of Trump in the 2106 U.S. election, while insisting that Putin’s denials were credible. The President also condemned special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, calling it a “a disaster for our country.”

The summit took place just a few days after Trump’s own Justice Dept. indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges that they had hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer and released embarrassing information regarding Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party’s staff attempt to support Clinton against Bernie Sanders during the primary campaign.

Although it’s not certain what Trump and Putin discussed during their 2 hour private meeting, it’s doubtful that major issues causing friction between the two nations, including the war in Syria, Ukraine and arms control agreements, were substantively addressed. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Mel Goodman, a former CIA analyst at the office of Soviet Affairs, and author who currently serves as a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Here, Goodman assesses the strange meeting between Trump and Putin and expresses concern that critical nuclear arms control negotiations may fall victim to the U.S. 2016 election scandal.

Mel Goodman is a former CIA analyst and author who currently serves as a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. His new book, “American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump,” will be published later this year. Visit his website at melvingoodman.com. For information on the Center for International Policy, visit his staff page at ciponline.org.

Ireland is First Nation in World to Fully Divest from Fossil Fuel Industry
Interview with Richard Brooks, North America iconic divestment campaigns coordinator with 350.org, conducted by Scott Harris

Ireland is set to become the first nation in the world to fully divest public funds from investment in the fossil fuel industry. Divestment legislation was approved by the Irish lower house on July 12, and now awaits approval by the country’s Senate. Ireland’s $10.4 billion Strategic Investment Fund had approximately $371 million invested in fossil fuel companies last year. The bill mandates divestment from fossil fuel companies within five years and bars future investments in the industry.

Those working to divest believe that reducing the flow of money to oil, coal and gas companies will help curb expensive new drilling and mining projects to extract fossil fuels that produce carbon and greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. While some climate activists believe they can be more effective by working from the inside as shareholders to change corporate policies, the worldwide divestment campaign is growing by leaps and bounds.

Nations including Norway are moving toward full divestment and New York City recently announced it plans to divest their $189 billion pension fund from fossil fuel companies within the next five years. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Richard Brooks, North America iconic divestment campaigns coordinator with the climate justice group 350.org. Here, he examines the significance of Ireland’s fossil fuel divestment – and updates us on other divestment campaigns being undertaken in cities, states, religious institutions, corporations and universities.

That was Richard Brooks, North America Iconic Divestment Campaigns Coordinator with the climate justice group 350.org.

CT Lawsuit Targeting Family Separation Policy Succeeds in Reuniting Children with Their Parents

Excerpt of speeches by Muneer Ahmed, Vanesa Suarez and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

A few days after attorneys in Connecticut filed lawsuits on behalf of two immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border and brought to Connecticut, a federal judge on July 13 ruled the separation was unconstitutional and the two families were reunited three days later. The two families, one from El Salvador and the other from Honduras, are now receiving legal, social and emotional support as they consider their next steps.

While the court victory was cause for celebration, speakers at a press conference at the Yale University Law School in New Haven on July 17 noted that most of the 3,000 other children separated from their parents have not yet been reunited, and that it appears the goal of the Trump administration is to deport entire families back to the violence they fled once they are reunited.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus covered the press conference and presents excerpts from some of the speakers there. We hear first from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy who said he was glad the children were brought to his state, where there are public and private legal resources available to those in need. He also described the Trump administration as “sadistic.”

Speakers included Vanesa Suarez, with the immigrant rights groups Unidad Latina en Accion and Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, Muneer Ahmed, co-director of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School, which, along with Connecticut Legal Services, filed the lawsuits and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Find more information on this case and commentary on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy by visiting the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance on Facebook or Connecticut Legal Services at ctlegal.org.

Wednesday July 18, 2018 Noon – 1PM CST

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Marcia Epstein, Bonnie Swade, and Kian Byrne.

Marcia Epstein, LMSW-Ms. Epstein is a long-time member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), a survivor of suicide loss, and a social worker who specializes in suicide prevention and bereavement support. Her home is Lawrence, Kansas, where she served as a volunteer, then as Director for 34 years, of Headquarters Counseling Center, which serves Kansas on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She now works privately, specializing in helping people reduce the risk of suicide and providing support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. In other words, she helps people learn the skills for #LifeWorthLiving. She does this through individual and family work, as well as support groups for people affected by suicide. In Lawrence, she has been facilitating Healing After Suicide, a support group for survivors of suicide loss, since the mid-1990’s, and has been facilitating Stayin’ Alive, a support group for people living with thoughts-selfharm-attempts, since 2015. A new support group for family-friends of people living with thoughts-selfharm-attempts is in the works. The groups are open to people from the Kansas City area. Ms. Epstein is a member of the Steering Committee for NAMI Douglas County, KS. She is also the host of a podcast and events “at the intersection of Art and Mental Health.” Learn more at https://MarciaEpstein.biz

“Love Really IS The Answer”
June 9, 2018

Thriving While Living With Suicide
The first Midwest USA (or maybe anywhere) retreat for adults with 1, 2, or 3 of these types of experiences with suicide: suicide loss; suicide thoughts, self harm, and/or attempts; supporting suicidal loved ones
Saturday, July 28 10am – 5pm
at The Light Center https://lightcenter.info/
Information: www.facebook.com/events/122361731912278/
Registration, by Wednesday, July 25: https://lightcenter.info/events/2018/07/thriving-while-living-with-suicide/
For answers to questions: Marcia Epstein at [email protected]

Freedom of Expression
The 12th annual retreat for adults, and children/youth accompanied by an adult, who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Saturday – Sunday, October 6-7 10am Saturday until about 11am Sunday
at The Light Center https://lightcenter.info/
Links for information and registration: to come
For answers to questions: Marcia Epstein at [email protected]

And, on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, during USA’s National Suicide Prevention Week: September 9-15, 2018

Words Save Lives
The 5th annual evening of Poetry, Storytelling, Music, Comedy, and Drag
Always on World Suicide Prevention Day
Monday, September 10, 2018
Lawrence, KS venue and other info: to come
For answers to questions: Marcia Epstein at [email protected]

Bonnie Swade, SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support) believes the public must be educated about suicide.
We sincerely feel that “Suicide is everyone’s business.” With this in mind, SASS has five steps that we’re taking to make sure that “Suicide is everyone’s business.” Those steps are:
• Education
• Public awareness
• Networking with healthcare agencies
• Uniting survivors; and
• Providing information to area support groups.
• SASS-MoKan profile on Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
SASS has been check marked through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Bonnie’s Blog-Bonnie Swade now has a blog. You can follow by email or other social media sites.
Bonnie’s Blog Site

Charity Giving Cards-Charity Giving Cards can be purchased through the donor edge site above or go to Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

2008 Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree-The Kansas City Royals honor members of the community who have made an important impact on the people around them, on a large or small scale, and that embodies an aspect of O’Neil’s spirit. The Royals pay tribute by having the honoree sit in the seat location that was Buck O’Neil’s at Kauffman Stadium.
Sunday, Aug. 10 – Bonnie Swade
Drawing on personal tragedy, Bonnie Swade started Suicide Awareness Survivor Support Missouri and Kansas, a non-profit support group for those affected by a suicide. Along with offering support, the group also organizes a walk each year to raise funds for the education, awareness and grief support groups in the Kansas City community. Bonnie, an Overland Park, Kan., resident, has facilitated suicide prevention groups and suicide survivors support groups, also spending time visiting the Lansing State Prison to facilitate STOP Violence groups.

Musician/singer/songwriter performs live from the KKFI studio. KIAN BYRNE – FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
THE ELDERS @theelderskc
YUM @yum_kc
HI-LUX @hiluxkc
THE NEW RIDDIM @thenewriddim

Multi-instrumentalist and a Singer-Songwriter


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