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You can always count on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to deliver visually arresting and atmospheric cinema. “The Shape of Water” is no exception. This adult sci-fi fantasy is really an oddball love story featuring an aquatic humanoid creature and a cleaning woman in 1960s Cold War America. Sally Hawkins leads a terrific cast as an emotionally damaged mute who works at a top secret US government research facility. She befriends and eventually becomes romantically involved with a captured monster that resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The top-notch supporting cast includes Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. “The Shape of Water” is ravishing to behold and works in spite of, or perhaps because of, its stubbornly eccentric sensibilities.

Late in Woody Allen’s latest movie, a character played by Kate Winslet yells, “Enough with the bad drama.” My thoughts, exactly.  “Wonder Wheel” is set in New York’s Coney Island amusement park during the 1950s. Winslet plays an unhappy waitress married to a boorish, boozy carousel operator played by Jim Belushi. She carries on an affair with a lifeguard and wannabe playwright, played by Justin Timberlake. Trouble is, Justin is attracted to her comely stepdaughter, played by Juno Temple. The dialogue is unusually stilted for a Woody Allen movie, and it plays like “Tennessee Williams Lite.” The talented cast imbues his screenplay more heft than it deserves, especially Winslet who gives an inspired performance. Too bad it’s wasted in this dramatic misfire.

Also opening this week, “Ferdinand” is an animated offering about the gentle bull with a big heart. It features the voice talent of John Cena. “Kaleidoscope” is a British psychological thriller starring Toby Jones. Oh, and also, there’s a little indie offering called “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” popping up in theaters. I’ll have my review next week.


It was shot in North Carolina, but Martin McDonagh’s searing comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” has a show-me attitude. Susan and Russ agree that Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell give award-worthy performances in this dark tale concerning the aftermath of a murder.


A discussion with Professor Jomella Watson-Thompson of the University of Kansas and Deputy Chief Tyrone Garner of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department on the new 1.4 Million dollar grant to help reduce youth violence in Kansas City, Kansas.


Literacy emerges from a broad range of factors that include early childhood learning opportunities, development stages at which children are ready to learn abstract skills, and the flexibility of schools and teachers. Rita Norton will describe one white child’s decades long route to reading proficiency. Bill Mullins will discuss winning the literacy battle in several local, contemporary primary schools.


It’s a Noir Holiday! Authors Ann Aptaker and Stefani Deoul, as well as host Elizabeth Andersen, lead a frightfully festive tour through passion and crime in Gotham.The three books in the Cantor Gold series that we discuss are Criminal Gold, Tarnished Gold, and Genuine Gold.


John Fish will join us to speak abour recycling do’s and don’ts as we approach the holiday season. You may know him from the KC chapter of 350kc or the Kansas City Climate Coalition but he’ll be sharing his recycling knowledge from years of experience at Bridging The Gap’s recycling centers. Maurice Person of KC Aquaponics will be joining us for the second half of the show. He is an entrepreneur, Black farmer and a apart of the KC chapter of BUGS–Black Urban Growers. He has experience growing foods indoors and outdoors and teaches others–be it students at East Highschool or community members that attend his aquaponics workshops.

Recycling and Aquaponics
Episode date : December 11, 2017
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Marianne K. Martin, Lisa Marie Evans, and cheryl Pletcher talked with host Elizabeth Andersen about the Legacies of Lesbian Literature project. It was a conversation on the origins of the project (Marianne and Sandra Moran were keynote speakers at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2014); the roles of the team members; the interviews already filmed; and future plans. 


CCR: Current Supreme Court Dockets

We are currently living through an attack on every aspect of American democracy. This phenomena predated the Trump presidency and has been qualitatively accelerated by it.

This across-the-board constriction of the power and rule of the American people, to the extent that it had existed, has encompassed the suppression of voting rights; an attack on public education; the growth of enormous income inequality; the unimpeded influence of money in elections; the threat and constriction of the right of women to control their own bodies; the attack on peoples rights to build and join effective unions; the refusal to close the offshore prison of Guantnamo and the refusal to prosecute illegal torturers; the attack and net neutrality and access to the internet; the increase by the state of the surveillance of American citizens; the militarization of the police; encouragement of racism; the banning of Muslims; suppression of the right to demonstrate; and the growth in executive authority.

Guest ” Attorney Baher Azmy, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. The CCR was founded in 1966 to advance the goals of the civil rights movement. Michael Ratner, our co-host and founder of Law And Disorder Radio, was its president emeritus at the time of his passing in May of last year. Baher Azmy and Michael worked closely together.

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Lawyers Youll Like: Alison McCrary

As part of our Lawyers Youll Like series, today we are joined by Alison McCrary. Alison is a social justice attorney, a Catholic nun, president of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and a Spiritual Advisor on Louisianas death row. She is the former Program Director for the Community-Police Mediation at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor where she created a national model for improving community-police relationships, taught at the New Orleans Police Academy, and helped develop similar programs in cities across the nation.

As a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship in New Orleans, Alison challenged and helped reform policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans indigenous cultural traditions. Alison has served as a National Lawyers Guild legal observer trainer and the New Orleans Legal Observer Program Coordinator.

Before law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations in New York monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.

Guest ” Attorney Alison McCrary. In New Orleans, Alison worked, clerked, and/or volunteered at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the Louisiana Voters Rights Network, Equity and Inclusion Campaign for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office, Louisianas Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Loyola Universitys Community Justice Clinic. Nationally, Alison coordinates and provides legal support for social justice movements such as the School of the Americas Watch. She received her J.D. from Loyola Universitys College of Law in New Orleans and her B.A. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta.


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This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, February 27th to Sunday, March 5th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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