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Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

Live From Sundance
Episode date : January 23, 2018
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Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

Live From Sundance
Episode date : January 22, 2018
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CCR Attorneys Discuss 16 Years Of Guantanamo Prison

Guantnamo is Americas offshore prison island located on the eastern end of Cuba. It has been used for 16 years to detain Muslim men and boys. The prison was used by the Bush-Cheney regime to torture them after 911.

Despite President Obamas campaign pledge to close the prison it remains open. 41 prisoners are there now. President Trump has announced that he will not close the prison and, in his words, will load it up. Trump has said that he believes that torture works.

Of the 41 remaining prisoners, 5 have been cleared for release. Others are being held under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force law until the end of the war on terror. This war, which has gone on for 16 years, has been called the forever war because it is a war, not against a country, but against a tactic.

Two weeks ago the Center for Constitution Rights and other attorneys filed a motion in federal court in DC challenging the imprisonment without trial of a group of remaining Muslim prisoners.

Guest – Pardiss Kebriaei is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging U.S. government abuses in the national security context. She was lead counsel for CCR in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, which challenged the killings of three American citizens in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen, and Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, which challenged the authorization for the targeting of an American citizen added to secret government kill lists.She represents current and former Guantanamo detainees, including Ghaleb Al-Bihani, a Yemeni man cleared for release through the governments Periodic Review Board process after having been designated as a forever detainee, but who remains detained without charge, and another Yememi client who, in 2009, was in the last group of detainees to be repatriated to Yemen.

Guest – Aliya Hana Hussain is an Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she manages CCRs advocacy and campaigns on indefinite detention at Guantanamo, the profiling and targeting of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities, and accountability for torture and other war crimes. Aliya travels to Guantanamo regularly to meet with CCR’s clients.

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Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

Former Law and Disorder guest Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz was in New York City and January 9, 2018 and spoke at the CUNY Graduate Center about her new book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.She did this in a dialogue on white supremacy with Ramona Africa. In a Law Disorder radio exclusive we bring you excerpts from her presentation. Roxanne Dunbar Ortizis the author of An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States and other works on the history of indigenous peoples.


KCKS NAACP Working To Keep Young People Out of Prison

The Kansas City, Kansas Chapter of the NAACP has been working on the problem of young people being funneled into prison instead of the workforce for years. They are partnering with the Unified Government and the business community to find pathways to success for young people in their community.

Host Craig Lubow talks with Richard Mabion, President of the KCKS chapter of the NAACP about their efforts to break the school to prison pipeline.

Prison Imperialism Program

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The United States is spreading its model of mass incarceration around the world. The US government has prison management programs in at least 33 different countries, mainly to majority non-white and “developing” nations. These classified, clandestine programs involve the construction of new prisons, prison guard training, and data management.

Host Margo Patterson talks with Nasim Chatha of the Alliance for Global Justice about how the USA is to exporting our incarceration policies and prison industrial complex across the globe.


As anti-immigrant elected officials turn Dreamers into bargaining chips for more border walls, the Heartland Labor Forum this week talks to three citizens who live at the U.S.- Mexico border, including one whose Indian reservation spans the border. We’ll find out what it’s like to face constant checkpoints and armed patrols, and why they want less walls and more cross-border community. Thursday at 6:00 PM, rebroadcast Friday at 5:00 AM.


Chris Hemsworth moves from superhero to war hero in“12 Strong,” a tale inspired by the true story of the Green Beret soldiers who were the first sent into action in Afghanistan after 9/11. Historians may quibble about the accuracy of the proceedings and some may find this standard action flick a bit jingoistic, but it’s a suitable tribute to those brave men who willingly put themselves in harm’s way.

“Phantom Thread” is reportedly Daniel Day-Lewis’ final film appearance and, as always, he delivers an imposing performance. He plays a British fashion designer in the 1950s who uses and misuses his young muse, played by Luxembourger actress, Vicky Krieps (creeps). Paul Thomas Anderson’s film is sumptuously and meticulously made, but has some grating plot elements lessen its impact.

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in “Call Me by Your Name,” a gay coming of age story set in Italy in the early 1980s. Chalamet plays a conflicted teen who falls for a grad student visiting his family’s 17th century Italian villa. There are a couple of excellent scenes that help make up for some of the duller ones. Overall, it’s well acted and beautifully filmed…but perhaps a bit too subtle for its own good.

Fans of gritty shoot-‘em-ups should like “Small Town Crime,” a violent and suspenseful drama starring John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Anderson. Hawkes plays an alcoholic ex-cop who puts his family’s life in danger when he strikes out on his own to pursue the killer of a prostitute. An excellent cast and zippy pace help propel this decadent thriller.

Also opening this week, “Den of Thieves” is a bank heist flick starring Gerard Butler and 50 Cent that was hidden from the critics. “Mary and the Witches Flower” is a Japanese anime offering. “Midnight Man” is a low budget horror entry starring Robert Englund.


One of the year’s most acclaimed movies has finally gotten its Kansas City release. It’s hard to imagine a timelier movie about freedom of the press than “The Post.” Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in Steven Spielberg’s riveting drama about the Washington Post’s behind the scenes struggles leading up to the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Streep once again shows why she’s our greatest actress playing The Post’s troubled publisher, Katherine Graham. Tom Hanks adds another notch on his belt as the paper’s grizzled editor, Ben Bradlee.

One of the most difficult things for a filmmaker to accomplish is to build tension and suspense in a story where most of the audience already knows the outcome. Spielberg and company pull it off in “The Post,” and that’s no small feat.

It’s nice to see guys in their 60s who are still able to kick some backside. Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller is “The Commuter,” the tale of an insurance agent/former policeman who is blackmailed into hunting for a murder witness on a commuter train. Neeson teams up for the fourth time with action director Jaume Collet-Sera and while there are plenty of eye-rolling coincidences and ridiculous plot holes, there’s enough action to please fans of the genre.

Also opening this week, “Paddington 2” is the sequel to the popular mixed live action and CGI kid’s comedy from 2015. “Proud Mary” is a throwback action flick about a hit woman with a conscience. Taraji P. Henson stars.

Downright Creepy’s annual Panic Fest takes place January 26th through the 28th at the Screenland Armour. Over 20 horror, thriller and sci-fi films will be featured. More information is available at panicfilmfest.com.


The bizarre true story of American ice skater Tony Harding is given the black comedy treatment by filmmaker Craig Gillespie. Margot Robbie (“Goodbye, Christopher Robin”) produced and stars as Harding. Allison Janney (TV’s “Mom”) won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress as Harding’s pushy, lowlife mom.

TAKE TWO: “I, Tonya” (R)
Episode date : January 19, 2018
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