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KC native screenwriter Gillian Flynn might finally get the Oscar love that eluded her for “Gone Girl.” “Widows” is a fierce and gritty heist movie that is also a potent, beautifully acted social drama with powerhouse performances from Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya. It’s disturbing, realistic and easily one of the best movies of the year. If “Ocean’s 11” had had a social conscience, it would have been “Widows.”

 

The second in the Harry Potter prequel series is pretty much what you’d expect. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a beautifully produced but rambling adventure with dark overtones. Johnny Depp returns as an evil wizard who gives Eddie Redmayne and the other good wizards a run for their money. The multiple plot threads aren’t woven together successfully, but there’s enough movie magic to please most fans.

 

Mark Wahlberg’s family comedy “Instant Family” is a pleasant surprise, based loosely on director Sean Anders’ own experiences. This story about foster parenting and adoption has more meat on its bones than most movies in this genre and manages to be a genuinely touching experience.

 

An outstanding cast and thoughtful execution make “Boy Erased” a winner. It tells the true story of a teenager, played by Lucas Hedges, who is sent to a gay conversion therapy camp. It makes a strong point without casting stones. Expect to see Oscar nominations for Hedges and Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his conflicted parents. Filmmaker Joel Edgerton might get some notice, too.

 

Also opening this week, Rosamund Pike stars in “A Private War,” a biopic about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin. “Monrovia, Indiana” is a new documentary from the master, Fredrick Wiseman. “Prospect” is a sci-fi entry about a teen girl and her dad going to an alien moon to strike it rich. “The Clovehitch Killer” is yet another serial killer flick.


If understatement is a virtue, then “Wildlife,” a film adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel, has virtue to spare. This drama about the dissolution of a marriage marks the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano (“There Will be Blood”), who wrote the screenplay with his partner, Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”). Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”), Carey Mulligan (“Mudbound”) and Ed Oxenbould (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) play members of a family in crisis.

Take Two: “Wildlife” (PG-13)
Episode date : November 16, 2018
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Lisa Gilbert: Nationwide Protect Mueller Protests Erupt After Trump Fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Norman Solomon: Incoming Democratic Party Majority in the House Should Govern as Progressives

Jared Margolis: Federal Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline, Orders New Environmental Impact Statement

Bob Nixon: This Week’s Under-reported News


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Climate Scientist Who Fled CA Wildfire: We’re Going to Keep Paying Price If We Ignore Climate Change

At least 44 people are dead and more than 200 remain missing as two massive wildfires, fueled by easterly winds and a historic drought, continue to rage in … Read More →

As Fires Devastate California, 350.org Calls for Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Economy

California’s Camp Fire has become the state’s deadliest fire on record, decimating the town of Paradise, killing 42 people and destroying 7,200 structures. The fires in … Read More →

“An Incredible Victory”: Opponents of Keystone XL Pipeline Praise Judicial Order Blocking Construction

On Thursday, a federal judge in Montana temporarily halted the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands … Read More →

Gaza Is Already Unlivable: A Response to Israel’s Deadly Airstrikes Targeting TV Station & Homes

The death toll in Gaza has risen to at least six after Israel launched its heaviest airstrikes on the region since 2014, targeting scores of buildings, including the … Read More →

Acting AG Matt Whitaker Scrutinized over His Radical Judicial Beliefs & Past Dirty Work for GOP

Controversy is growing over President Trump’s selection of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general following the ousting of Jeff Sessions. The state of … Read More →

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California’s Record-Breaking Wildfires Kill At Least 44 Across State
Arizona’s U.S. Senate Seat Flips Blue as Sinema Declares Victory
Trump Falsely Claims Voter Fraud in FL, Says Races Should Go to Republicans
Mississippi Senator Under Fire for “Public Hanging” Comment
Daily Beast: ICE Imprisoning Record High of 44,000 People
Audio of Khashoggi’s Murder May Implicate Saudi Crown Prince
Amnesty Int’l Withdraws Top Honor from Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Gaza: Israeli Airstrikes Kill 6 Palestinians as Fighting Intensifies
DRC: Ebola Outbreak Worst in Country’s History, Kills Almost 200
NYT Investigation Accuses North Korea of Expanding Missile Program
Vatican Orders U.S. Bishops to Halt Vote on Stopping Child Sex Abuse
Roger Stone Associate Jerome Corsi Expects to Be Indicted by Mueller
In New Memoir, Michelle Obama Slams Trump’s Sexism and Bigotry
Amazon Selects Queens, NY and D.C. Suburb for Headquarters Expansion
Trump Blames Democrats as Stock Market Falls 600 Points
Legendary Comic Book Creator Stan Lee Dies at 95

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Episode date : November 13, 2018
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If there was a blue wave in last week’s elections, it missed Missouri’s Democratic candidates. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we talk to Rep. DaRon McGee about prospects for working people in the Missouri legislature in 2019. Will they try to re-pass right to work? Then hear about Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill whole grain foods put people before profits when he retired and transferred ownership to his workers. Then we talk to UMKC Economist Erik Olsen about types of employee ownership.


If there was a blue wave in last week’s elections, it missed Missouri’s Democratic candidates. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we talk to Rep. DaRon McGee about prospects for working people in the Missouri legislature in 2019. Will they try to re-pass right to work? Then hear about Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill whole grain foods put people before profits when he retired and transferred ownership to his workers. Then we talk to UMKC Economist Erik Olsen about types of employee ownership.


Stories

A Century After End of WWI, Trump Snubs Peace Summit While Macron Warns of Growing Nationalism

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—that’s when World War I ended in 1918, 100 years ago this weekend. On Sunday, world leaders gathered in Paris to … Read More →

Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams: Honoring Antiwar Resisters on the 100th Anniv. of WWI’s End

This weekend marked 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I. In a speech commemorating the anniversary, French President Emmanuel Macron … Read More →

A Century After WWI’s End, Adam Hochschild Cautions: “Think Long and Hard Before Starting a New War”

Between 1914 and 1918, about 10 million civilians perished in World War I, and almost 10 million soldiers were killed. Another 21 million were wounded. This … Read More →

On Veterans Day, Advocates Warn Against Pence & Trump-Led Attacks on VA Healthcare

On the federal observance of Veterans Day, we take a closer look at the issue of veterans’ healthcare. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence wrote an article for … Read More →

After Former Marine Kills 12 in Thousand Oaks, CA, a Discussion on Mental Health for Veterans

On November 7, 2018, a former marine opened fire at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California, killing 12 people, mostly college students. Police have … Read More →

Headlines →

Over 30 Killed and 200 Missing in California Wildfires
Gov. Brown Blames Climate Change for Fires as Trump Blames California
Thousand Oaks Evacuated for Wildfires Days After Deadly Mass Shooting
Florida Recounts Underway in Contested Senate and Governor Races
Senate Race in AZ Still Uncalled as CA District Flips to Democrats
MS Senate Candidates Head to Runoff as GOP Incumbent Under Fire for Racist Joke
FBI Probing “Scam Company” Where Acting AG Matt Whitaker Once Served
Trump Continues Attacks on Black Women Reporters
In Final Act as AG, Sessions Limits Police Abuse Consent Decrees
Trump Skips Paris Peace Forum During WWI Commemoration
Yemen: U.S.-Backed Assault Threatens Supplies to Millions Facing Famine
NYT: Saudi Intelligence Officials Discussed Iran Assassinations
Somalia: Al-Shabab Attack Kills 39 as U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes
Gaza: Israeli Raid Kills Seven Palestinians
Gaza: Israel Allows Qatar to Pay Palestinians’ Back Salaries
Aetna Ordered to Pay Family of Cancer Patient Denied Treatment

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Monday, November 12, 2018
Episode date : November 12, 2018
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This week on CounterSpin: There’s a lot to think about in terms of who “won” in the 2018 midterms, but there’s also a lot to think about in terms of how we locate electoral politics in our efforts to change the world. As Phyllis Bennis and Rev. William Barber wrote: “Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we — social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power.” So Tuesdays in November and what happens every other day of the year is our topic.

First we’ll hear from Negin Owliaei, inequality editor and researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies, about choices voters made about a range of ballot initiatives that can have major impact in their communities.

We also talk with civil rights attorney Liz OuYang, of the New York Immigration Coalition, about the fight over the 2020 Census. If you don’t know just how that relates to elections, you certainly should.

Plus, Janine Jackson takes a very quick look at press coverage of the midterms.


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Jared McNett, Truman State Grad, Shares His Musical Insight

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