Kansas has a new Secretary of Labor. She’s Delia Garcia, the first Latina to serve in a Cabinet post. We’ll get to know her this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, the city of Kansas City, Missouri is about to embark on a study to assess Gender Pay Equity in city jobs. The results should provide a map for attacking the pay gap. Tune in Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

If great stunt sequences were are all a movie needed, then “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” would definitely fill the bill. Uber-talented professional hit man Keanu Reeves returns in yet another decadent explosion of violent mayhem. The script and plot are ludicrous, and the action sometimes becomes mind-numbing. But the fight choreography is first rate, making it an R-rated guilty pleasure.


Likable leads are the main attraction of the teen romance, “The Sun is Also a Star,” based on a popular YA novel. Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton play young New Yorkers who are thrown together, not by coincidence, but by the unshakable power of fate. It’s sweet and innocuous but tends to unravel toward the end.


KC native David Dastmalchian stars in and wrote the very dark and harrowing drama “Are Creatures Here Below,” shot mostly in the Kansas City area. Dastmalchian and Karen Gillan play young lovers who flee their hard, poverty-stricken lives in LA and head back to KC. They return home but can’t escape the ghosts of their past. It’s hard to watch but beautifully acted.


The acting also carries the day in “Trial By Fire,” the true story of Texas man wrongly convicted of murdering his own children. Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern give it their all in this provocative indictment of the Texas judicial system. While its heart is squarely in the right place, “Trial By Fire” is very uneven, drawn out and lacks a successful dramatic arc.


Also opening this week, “A Dog’s Journey” is the cinematic sequel to Prairie Village native novelist Bruce Cameron’s hit, “A Dog’s Purpose.” “Wild Nights With Emily” is drama about Emily Dickinson. Molly Shannon stars. “Fast Color” is a sci-fi mystery starring Gugu Mbatha Raw. “Dogman” is an Italian drama about a man who stands up to a bully.

The early years of author J.R.R. Tolkien are the focus of the lethargic biopic, “Tolkien.” Nicholas Hoult plays the “Lord of the Rings” scribe who suffered multiple losses in his youth. Lily Collins portrays his lover and muse, Edith Bratt. Although it’s sincere, “Tolkien” never provides much insight into the novelist’s imagination.


The vocal wisecracks of Ryan Reynolds provide most of the entertainment value in “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,” a beautifully produced comic mystery featuring the popular video game characters. The visuals are impressive and the cast is likable, but the storyline gets overly complex for young kids who are, ostensively, the movie’s main audience. “Detective Pikachu” is amiable enough, but no “Zootopia,” which may have been its inspiration.


Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in “The Hustle,” a gender flip remake of “Dirty

Rotten Scoundrels,” which was, in turn, also a remake. Hathaway plays a sophisticated con-woman whose territory is invaded by a brash, uncouth Australian upstart, played by Wilson. While it certainly has its funny moments, this broad and goofy comedy is merely the third-best big screen version of this story.


Dame Judi Dench has a supporting role in the drama, “Red Joan,” loosely based on a true story. Dench plays the older version of a British woman who spied for the KGB from the 30s through the 90s, supplying the Russians with British nuclear secrets. In flashback, young Joan is played by Sophie Cookson. Although well-acted, “Red Joan” is oddly sluggish and dispassionate.


Also opening this week, “Charlie Says” is a drama about the women who fell under the spell of Charles Manson. “Faith, Hope and Love” is a faith-based rom-com about a couple who enter a dance contest. “Poms” is a comedy about a woman who stars a cheerleading squad at her retirement home. Diane Keaton and Pam Grier star.

Dame Judy Dench takes a supporting role in “Red Joan,” an adaptation of a novel loosely based on the true story of a woman who gave British nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. Sophie Cookson plays the character in flashbacks. Russ and Susan disagree about the effectiveness of this drama.

Take Two: “Red Joan” (R)
Episode date : May 17, 2019
On Take Two

Join host Craig Lubow for a discussion of the Endangered Species Act with Heather Navarro, Executive Director of Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Discussion will include an overview of the act, reasons for the act, successes and failures, procedure for listing and delisting, pending court battles, unique habitat in Kansas and Missouri. impact of habitat loss from floods, and some endangered species in Kansas and Missouri.

Endangered Species Act
Episode date : May 13, 2019
On EcoRadio KC

On April 29th, The Cross Border Network hosted an evening with former priest and missionary, Charlie Hardy. Cross Border Network President and KKFI’s Heartland Labor Forum producer, Judy Ancel drew out Charlie’s well-informed incites on Venezuela.

Also, excerpts from the Traditional Music Society’s World Music and Dance performance.

Host David Mitchell interviews psycho-metricist Connie Campbell on the psychological dynamics of climate change advocacy, examining the question, “Why are some people so resistant to fact based scientific evidence?”

Brian Daldorph, Mentoring Prison Poets
We replay an interview from June of 2018

Brian Daldorph has been involved with prison poetry programs at the Lawrence Jail and the Kansas Penitentiary at Lansing, KS. He is the Editor/Poetry Editor of Coal City Review, an Independent Literary Review published annually by the Coal City Review Press. The 2018 edition of the Coal City Review features the Poets of Lansing Prison.

Guest Host Arlin Buyert returns to talk to Brian Daldorph about his background, how he got interested in poetry, doing poetry at the jail, why he keeps doing it and what he gets out of it. He will read some poems out of the latest issue of Coal City Review too.

Website for Coal City Review – https://coalcity.org/

Brian Daldorph
University of Kansas
English Department
Lawrence, KS 66045

How Has Juvenile Justice Reform Progressed In Kansas?
Juvenile Justice - Kansas Appleseed 2

In 2016 Kansas Legislature passed a bill reforming the Juvenile Justice System. Host Craig Lubow talks with Mike Fonkert of Kansas Appleseed to discuss what is still needed to achieve the reform envisioned by the Juvenile Justice Reform bill passed three year ago. They will also talk about the problems that still exist in the Kansas Juvenile Justice system.
Kansas Appleseed website – https://www.kansasappleseed.org/
Phone – 785-856-0917
Email – [email protected]

The JoJR Calendar for the week of May 13th

The 7th Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth runs from May 17th thru May 24th The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a fully-volunteer project organized by hundreds of groups and individuals around the United States. They are looking for groups and individuals around the United States to organize events because they believe another world is possible, and it begins with community based programs and alternatives such as rehabilitation, therapy, counseling, job readiness workshops, tutoring, and transformative and restorative justice programs in the community and in schools to address conflicts. If you would like to find out more or get involved find them on Face Book at stopincarceratingyouth or call 315-657-2911 or by email at [email protected]
Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigations, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This is a workshop, not a grief group. You should bring something to take notes with and please include only those individuals mature enough in age to deal with issues being covered during the meeting. The next workshop, Beginning The Journey, will be held Monday May 13th from 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, KCMO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of future workshops call 816-834-9161 or email [email protected]
or check them out on Face Book at Corey’s Network, Inc.

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