This week on CounterSpin: Whether as a boondoggle, a cartoon or a mindless chant for the two-minute hate—”building a wall” at the US/Mexico border is an abstraction for many Americans, a political plot point. Among those for whom it is not that? People who live in the borderlands—and those who listen to those who do. We’ll talk with reporter Debbie Weingarten about the walls that already exist on the Southern border.

Also on the show: Speaking of cartoons, trying to get a sensible understanding of Venezuela from US news media is like studying the Vietnam War by watching Rambo. We’ll decipher coverage of the reelection of President Nicolas Maduro with Alexander Main, director of international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Money And Class In America – Lewis Lapham

We are especially pleased and honored to spend the hour with our guest Lewis Lapham. After graduating from Yale in 1956 he started out working as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco and then in New York, where he currently lives and works. The editor of Harpers Magazine for 20 years, Lapham has written 14 books. Currently, he edits Laphams Quarterly.

Lapham founded the quarterly magazine in an effort to further the consideration of history, which he calls the advice and counsel of the past. He sees history as a guide to understanding and acting on the issues and ideas before us today.

Major pillars of the rule of law have been defiled since 911. The edifice still stands, the promises remain, but as a nation, we have suffered huge losses. Last spring Laphams Quarterly addressed the topic, The Rule of Law.His 1988 book Money and Class In America was re-published by OR Books last year with a new introduction by Lapham and a forward by Thomas Frank. We speak with him in our studio today about the contradiction between the rule of the monied rich and the rule of law.

Guest – Lewis Lapham is editor and founder of Laphams Quarterly since 2007 and editor of Harpers Magazine from 1975 to 2006, Lewis H. Lapham is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. He is the author of fourteen books, among them Money and Class in America, The Wish for Kings,Waiting for the Barbarians, Theater of War, and Age of Folly. He produced a weekly podcast,The World in Time, for Bloomberg News from 2011 through 2013. His documentary film The American Ruling Class has become part of the curriculum in many of the nations schools and colleges. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Lapham has lectured at Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota.

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Pat Riehle discusses what we might expect from the Missouri legislature this year with Craig Lubow after a brief interview with Matthew Westra of Global and Multicultural Education, who will have their annual Peace Builder Award Luncheon, Saturday, January 26.

This show began with a brief interview by Spencer Graves with Matthew Westra discussing the program of Global and Multicultural Education.  Every other year, they organize a local conference especially highlighting two issues:  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

And every year, they have an annual Peace Buiders’ Award Luncheon.  This year’s event will be Saturday, January 26, at Grand Street Cafe, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  It will feature awards to an individual and an organization.  The individual recipient this year will be Alvin Sykes, who has worked hard and effectively to help solve unsolved murders of African Americans including Emmett Till.  Cultural Crossroads is the organization being recognized.


After the GAME interview, KKFI Programmer Pat Riehle discusses some pre-filed legislation in the Missouri House and Senate as it prepares to open its legislative session on January 9th.  He looks at the Clean Missouri Amendment 1, Sunshine Law legislation in the wake of the Grietens fallout and anti-discrimination laws affecting LGBTQIA and Transgender individuals.  Official details can be found via LegiScan.com/MO.


The East Hill Singers is a unique, internationally know prison chorus located at Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, KS.  Founded in 1995, the chorus has grown in size and prominence to include up to 50 inmate singers.  The unique aspect of the chorus is the addition of volunteer singers from the surrounding community who are also chorus members.  Normally, the chorus is comprised of about 50% inmates and 50% volunteers.

Typically, the chorus comes outside the prison walls to present four public performances per year.  Performances are held in various locations in the state of Kansas, most often churches.  The chorus members gain important skills in collaboration, respect of others’ abilities and efforts, accepting responsibility to the group and honoring commitments to the group’s goal.  The volunteer singers serve as informal role models and mentors.  The appreciation of the audience for a job well done is an experience most of the singers have never had.  It makes a life-long memory of successful effort – working toward a goal of creating excellence and beauty and of being honored for that.

The experience of singing in the chorus has an impact for individual inmates far beyond gaining the ability to match pitches and follow a conductor.  When asked what the East Hill Singers meant to him, one inmate replied, “Hope.  Hope that I can do something good when I get out.  Hope that I can be accepted back into society.”

Leigh Lynch, Executive Director, joins host Teresa Wilke in the KKFI studio.  The East Hill Singers were taped by KKFI at a Conceived in Liberty concert and portions of the concert will be aired.

Arts in Prison

Webpage – http://www.artsinprison.org/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Arts-in-Prison-Inc-131439540370162/

The JoJR Calendar for the week of January 14th

Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. The next workshop, How Do I Move Forward, will be held Monday, January 14th, 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]

The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, January 17th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.

How can we get fresh food locally grown in the cold Midwestern winters?  On this EcoRadio, we learn about extending the growing and harvest seasons through the months with “r’ in them.  Discussing beneficial techniques like row covers, high tunnels and selecting winter-hardy varieties will be Cary Rivard, Director of the K-State Research and Extension Center and Mark Gawron, Director of Metro Farms and Food Systems with CultivateKC, along with our new co-host and small farmer, Brent Ragsdale.

Kansas State Research and Extension Center-Olathe

All universities engage in research and teaching. But the 100 land-grant colleges and universities across the country have a third critical mission — extension.

The national Cooperative Extension Service was created with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914. The service was created to assure that research-based knowledge developed by the land-grant universities got delivered to the people at the county level.

Along with research and teaching, land-grant institutions “extend” their resources through non-formal, non-credit educational programs.

As the local branch of Kansas State University Research and Extension (Kansas’ land-grant university), this Extension Office has served Johnson County citizens since 1917.

We have access to the latest science, research and technology on subjects in five program areas. Our agents are university faculty. Their role is to encourage the application of this research-based information to help improve the quality of life for our residents.

Facility Description:

342 acres that include:

♦ 150 acres native woodland
♦ 75 acres bottomland
♦ 117 acres upland soil grassland
♦ Creek running through site
♦ Blend of soil types to meet a variety of needs


Cultivate Kansas City grows food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable and healthy local food system for all.  Cultivate Kansas City was founded by organic farmers. At its core, organic farming values diversity, interconnectedness, and life. These values underlie our work in building a sustainable, local food system for Kansas City. In the years to come, it is clear that we need to be vocal and powerful advocates for these values – recognizing that diversity give us strength, resiliency, and adaptability in all aspects of our collective lives.

As an organization:

We stand with the farmers in our New Roots for Refugees program, their families and communities who enrich our local food system with their farming knowledge, hard work, and diverse food crops.

We stand with black urban growers who are creating change in their neighborhoods through food, who are joining forces to develop leadership as business owners, community leaders, educators, and advocates.

We stand with our all of our farmers – white, Latino, women, LGBTQ, Muslim, Jewish, and others – whose skills and agricultural and culinary heritages enrich our growing community.

We stand with everyone who eats, we all deserve access to nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and locally grown food that is raised with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals.

We stand with those working to prevent further damage to our climate – as growers, we know the impact of rising temperatures and extreme climate events on our ability to grow food and feed ourselves. We are committed to work toward education and innovation to protect our planet.

We stand with those who work for a democracy based on the premise that all people are created equal and that share our values of diversity, inter-connectivity, and life. Cultivate Kansas City seeks to create a democratic, just and sustainable food system; our efforts are profoundly connected to the work of other people and organizations who pursue democracy, justice, and sustainability in other aspects of our human lives.

Food is a beautifully unifying force. We commit to working to find common ground among farmers who are engaged in the hard and critical work of feeding our communities and the world.

Extending the Growing Season Locally
Episode date : January 14, 2019
On EcoRadio KC

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll hear about a labor classic from 1969, The Ink Truck, an award-winning first novel by William Kennedy which recounts the doomed efforts of Bailey, a former newspaper columnist who leads four other workers in a strike against their employer, a newspaper in a medium-sized American city. Then, we’ll look at a strike that starts this week by United Teachers of Los Angeles and find out what these teachers want. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Catherine Tactaquin: Trump Takes Government Workers Hostage to Demand Border Wall Funding

Leigh Chapman: Democratic House Proposes HR1: Voting Rights, Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform Bill

Anstress Farwell: Sustainable Public Transit Planners Reject Auto Park Projects

Bob Nixon: This Week’s Under-reported News Summary

Pachamama Alliance’s Advancing Climate Solutions through Local, State and Regional Partnerships event on 12/8/18 had their first workshop to present Paul Hawken’s radical, emerging new NY Times Bestseller: DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING.

Local Leaders were invited to share ideas on and solutions that can actually reverse global warming!
KKFI was on hand to record the following speakers at the event:
Sly James, Mayor of City of KCMO since 2011
Dennis Murphy, Chief Environmental Officer for City of KCMO
Kathryn Kelly, Executive Director, Co-Founder Cultivate KC
Oliver Kroner, City of Cincinnati OH Sustainability Coordinator
Tom Hawk, Democratic Senator in Kansas since 2013 and a former member of the Kansas House of Representatives, serving 2005-2010

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015 who has been praised for his environmental record.
We will now listen to our recording of their live presentations on 12/8/18:

Advancing Climate Solutions
Episode date : January 9, 2019
On All Souls Forum

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