Rhonda LeValdo, host of Native Spirit RadioNative American contemporary and traditional music with host Rhonda LeValdo 

Native Spirit playlist 08/19/2018 05:00PM to 06:00PM

05:02PM-05:05PM (3:00) Zuni Buffalo Dance “Zuni Buffalo Dance” from The Best of Native America

05:05PM-05:09PM (4:00) Bill Miller “Ghostdance” from Ghostdance – EP

05:09PM-05:13PM (4:38) Cree Confederation “Bradley’s Sweet Sensation” from Kihtawasoh Wapakwani – Beautiful Flower on Canyon Records

05:17PM-05:22PM (4:24) Alex E. Smith, Cheevers Toppah & Nitanis “Kit” Landry “Southern Man” from Harmony Nights (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:22PM-05:25PM (3:26) Sihasin “shine” from Fight Like a Woman

05:25PM-05:31PM (5:40) Frank Dukepoo “Interview with Frank Dukepoo” from Living Voices

05:45PM-05:50PM (4:53) Indigenous “things We Do” from Things We Do (Rock) on Pachyderm Records

05:50PM-05:53PM (3:00) Lee Francis “Crack in the Mesa” from Last Stand Mixtape on Indie (http://fleshtetris.bandcamp.com, UK)

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

The http://www.heartlandconservationalliance.org/ checks in with us to bring us up to speed on all of their current endeavors.

And on World Ocean Radio:
“The Earth Has One Big Ocean With Many Features.”
So states the first principle of the ocean literacy curriculum, a series of fundamental concepts to help us better understand the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. World Ocean Radio’s Ocean Literacy series continues this week with an overview of the various ways that the one oceanic system connects us all, with examples of the connections that occur worldwide: shipping, trade, circulation of water, watershed connections, weather, climate, food, coastal settlement, social connections, and much more. “One Big Ocean” is episode two of an eight-part series on Ocean Literacy, an anthology of reflections, examples and illustrations that represent responses to the ocean and the environmental challenges we face.

Heartland Conservation Alliance
Episode date : August 20, 2018
On EcoRadio KC

To learn more about what Chuck is up to visit his official website.

For further information on events and tickets at the Kauffman Center visit their site here.

Holding Smart City Projects Accountable – Sidewalk Labs Toronto

Around the world, countries are talking about the idea of, and developing plans to implement, so-called smart cities. Smart Cities are urban areas that use electronic data to collect information, which is then used to manage financial assets and other municipal resources. Data is collected from citizens and electronic devices, and is then processed and used to monitor and inform the management of traffic, transportation systems, hospitals, schools, law enforcement, water supplies, and other community services, such as libraries.

The Smart City concept uses information and communication technology to interact with the cities infrastructure and to monitor its development and evolution. Proponents claim it will increase efficiency. Information and Communication Technology is used to increase the contact between local citizens and government to reduce costs and enhance the quality and interactivity of urban spaces within cities. Critics say it vests too much power in profit-minded corporations, and that total connectivity may makes smart cities a hacker’s dream.

In 2018, the Canadian government launched a Smart Cities Challenge offering prizes up to $50 million dollars for towns and cities that will work to improve residents lives through innovation, data, and connected technology. A few months earlier, in October 2017, the Google-affiliated company Sidewalk Labs announced plans to build a neighborhood from the Internet up along Torontos waterfront in a spot known as Quayside. The goal is to create an advanced microgrid to power electric cars, bring down housing costs, improve recycling and use data to improve public services. The project has had support from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who declared it a testbed for new technologies.

Guest – Bianca Wylie,an open government advocate with a background in technology and public engagement, Bianca leads work on public sector technology policy for Canada at Dgen Network and is a co-founder of Tech Reset Canada.


The New York State Parole Board: Failures in Staffing and Performance
NY Parole Board

All people have in them a dream of being free again, writes D.B., a 40-year-old who has spent 21 years in prison. During this time, D.B has had a total of 12 hearings at the Department of Corrections: four postponements, two de novo hearings, and eight board hearings.

Like D.B., many inmates have the same dream of being free, but for those being reviewed by parole commissioners W. William Smith and Marc Coppola, their chances are slim. In an extensive report co-authored by the RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) and the Parole Preparation Project, The New York State Parole Board: Failures in Staffing and Performance outlines the serious problems within the New York State Parole Board, focusing on the boards inability to perform while significantly under-staffed and allowing thecontinued malpractice of board commissioners Marc Coppola and W. William Smith.

W. William Smith has been on the board since 1996 when he was appointed by Governor George Pataki. He was re-appointed by Governor Cuomo in 2017. Although the rules and regulations around the Parole Board have been updated and modernized, Smith continues to deny parole to people convicted of violent crimes despite demonstrated rehabilitation.

Marc Coppola, like Smith, frequently denies parole because of a persons crimes rather than their demonstrated low level of risk to public safety. His political ties and financial gifts to the elected officials in charge of confirming parole board members suggests that he is not a fair or ethical candidate for the position of Parole Commissioner. Both Smith and Coppola have been known to be condescending and unprofessional in their interviews for the parole board.

Guest – Dave George, Associate Director ofRAPP or Release Aging Persons in Prison.

Guest ” Jose Saldana, Jose was recently released from prison after serving 38 years. He works with parole reform organizations and RAPP.


Employment Discrimination: Impact On Women, A Conversation With Jane McQueeny

The 2018 Women’s Equality Week in Kansas City starts on Sunday August 19th, 5:30 to 7 PM at the Blue Room, 18th and Vine, KCMO. This week long discussion includes events sponsored by aa wide variety of local groups from the League of Women Voters of Johnson County to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to Stand Up KC and many more.

Jaws of Justice Radio is proud to kick off the presentations today with guest host Alice Kitchen talking with Jane McQueeny of the KC Human Rights Commission talking about how employment discrimination impacts women in our community.

*Tune into the Heartland Labor Forum, 6 PM Thursday August 23rd for Voter Suppression of Women with NOW President Toni-Van Pelt

KC Human Rights Commission – http://kcmo.gov/humanrelations/civilrights/human-rights-commission/

JoJR encourages you to find out more about the events of Women’s Equality Week at –

Twitter – @WEGKC
Facebook – facebook.com/WomensEqualityGKC
Instagram – instagram.com/WEGKC
Email – [email protected]

Doug Kean of Sleepy Head Beds

Since 2010, Sleepyhead Beds has delivered over 8,000 donated, gently used, and recycled beds to Kansas City metro area children in need of a comfortable place to sleep. They ask for gently-used beds, bedding or donations from the generous people of the Kansas City metro area. When a bed is donated, with the help of their amazing volunteers, they pick it up and take it to their facility to be sanitized. Only then does it get their Kid-Worthy seal of approval. Then it’s ready to be delivered to the family’s home and placed in the child’s room. They don’t require any formal applications; all they ask is that the donated beds are in good condition. That means beds with stains and/or odors will not be accepted.

Today host Latahra Smith will talk with Doug Kean, Operations and Logistics Manager about Sleepyhead Beds’ mission to make sure every child in KC has a bed to sleep in and how you can donate and show your support for their efforts.

Mailing Address – Sleepyhead Beds, 4741 Central #244, Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone Number – (816)547-9965
Website – http://sleepyheadbeds.org/
Want to donate contact – [email protected]

JoJR Calendar for the week of August 20th

Survivors Unite is uniting surviving families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. Their next meeting will be Monday August 20th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions through sharing and conversation.
The monthly meeting of the KCMO Chapter of Citizens United for the Reform of Errants will be held Monday – 6:30 PM at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut, KCMO. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government, direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.
The 2nd Annual Felon Friendly Job Fair hosted by State Representative Brandon Ellington will be held Thursday August 23rd 10 AM to 2 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multi-Purpose Center, 3200 Wayne, KCMO. For more information contact them at 573-751-3129 or email [email protected]
Camp CHOICE is partnering with Wildwood Outdoor Education Center to provide 8th-12th graders an unforgettable experience connecting with nature, and learning life saving tips to prepare for and survive emergency situations. This is new for Camp Choice, welcoming parents of campers to join us for the weekend to help develop a household emergency preparedness plan. Space is limited, if you want to volunteer you will have to pass a background check and attend a training session on either September 1st or September 15th . If your family wishes to attend or you want to volunteer, email [email protected] or check their website at campchoicekc.com for details.

You’ve seen it all before, but not like this and not with this cast and not at this locale. “Crazy Rich Asians” is a very likable Cinderella story, a romantic comedy that seems fresh due to its engaging all-Asian cast, feel-good vibe and amusing script. It’s a sweet wish-fulfillment fantasy, the positive Ying to “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” negative Yang.


“Alpha” is a visually spectacular pre-history epic from writer-director Albert Hughes. Kodi Smit-McPhee plays a young hunter who becomes the first to develop a cooperative relationship with man’s best friend. It’s a family-friendly survival saga.


Mark Wahlberg stars in the ultra-violent and morally ambiguous action-adventure, “Mile 22.” Wahlberg plays the leader of a CIA special ops team that must make a dangerous 22-mile trek through an East Asian city to help a valuable prisoner escape. In spite of some well-staged action sequences, this noisy thiller ultimately outfoxes itself.


“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is about a lesbian teen, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, who is forced by family to attend a Christian conversion therapy camp. Although the cast is fine, Moretz’s character is just too enigmatic and unfocused.


“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” profiles Scotty Bowers, a 95-year-old man who was once a Tinseltown pimp and claims to have been the sexual partner of many of the biggest male and female stars from the movie’s golden age. While the stories are salacious, Scotty comes off as a likably foul-mouthed geezer.


Also opening this week, Uma Thurman stars in “Down a Dark Hall,” a horror film set at a boarding school. “McQueen” is a documentary about famed fashion designer Alexander McQueen. “Our House” is a horror thriller about a machine that can bring back the dead. “Never Goin’ Back” is a coming of age drama.  “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich” is a horror…oh, well, enough said.

The remarkable true story of Ron Stallworth has been brought to the big screen by director Spike Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott, who is professor of film at KU. John David Washington (“Ballers”) plays Stallworth, a black Colorado police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) plays a Jewish police officer who posed as Stallworth in his face-to-face encounters with the Klan. Topher Grace (“That 70s Show”) plays Klan leader, David Duke.

Take Two: “BlacKkKlansman”
Episode date : August 17, 2018
On Take Two

Angela Davis, Amy Goodman, and others pay tribute to the late, great Queen of Soul.


A Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Episode date : August 17, 2018
On Democracy Now!

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