Trans Talk: Trans* support at LIKEME Lighthouse, and Part 2 of the Transgender Kaleidoscope

Hello everyone! We have two great topics this month on the “Trans Talk” segment of The Tenth Voice. First, if you’re a frequent listener of our show, you know that we always give out props to LIKEME Lighthouse and its programs and events – well today we are joined in the studio by three folks representing the Lighthouse – Skyler Whittaker, Joy Brungardt, and Samantha Kay. They’re here to discuss the Equal Trans* support group at the Lighthouse, talk with us a bit about other transgender subjects, and a little bit about themselves. Next we have the second in our series of interviews with individuals from the transgender community in Kansas and Missouri, which we call Transgender Kaleidoscope. Our guest will be transgender woman Larissa Vitt, a former US Army Specialist who worked in aviation, and a local published fantasy author.

Fiona Nowling will be co-hosting today’s program, and she will give us the community calendar update, while I will provide my view of some of the LGBT news this week.

TAKE TWO: “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

Susan and Russ take on the story of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a pioneer who made major contributions to the field. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” is an earnest and well-meaning biopic starring Dev Patel as the mathematical genius and Jeremy Irons as his British mentor, professor G. H. Hardy. Both Susan and Russ agree on the merits and demerits of this earnest biopic.

FREEZE FRAME: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

The latest installment in the X-Men franchise follows the ‘younger mutants’ timeline from “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Jennifer Lawrence is the nicer Mystique of days gone by and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto gets more than he can handle from Oscar Isaac’s mutant god, Apocalypse, the most powerful mutant of them all. Problem is, the appropriately named Apocalypse wants to cleanse the Earth of all mankind. Will the mutants step up to save the humans?

With this terrific cast, a strong director in Bryan Singer and a $234 million budget, it should have been a lot better than it is. There’s a lot of noise both audibly and visually, but it all seems a bit too familiar. It’s not a bad movie, it’s just a predictable one. It plays a bit like someone accidentally inserted a reel from the recent Gerard Butler stinker, “Gods of Egypt.”

Also opening this week, “Alice: Through the Looking Glass” is the sequel to Disney’s phenomenally successful live action version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Johnny Depp is back as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter all return to their roles for another Lewis Carroll adaptation. This time, however, director James Bobin (BOW-bin) of “The Muppets” fame replaced Tim Burton behind the camera.

Indie filmmaker Whit Stillman offers a comic concoction called “Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of Jane Austin’s novella “Lady Susan.” Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny star in this story set in the 1790s. “The Lobster” is a critical darling that made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly star. It’s a sci-fi comedy set in an alternate universe where single people have a limited time to find a mate or they’ll be transformed into an animal.

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Morley, Obama,Vietnam, Robocalls and Spacetime” ( Told Through Narration, Music and Soundbites)

A strange convergence of timelines in recent days. Morley Safer obituaries all include some of his groundbreaking reporting from Cam Ne in 1965….as President Obama is in Hanoi this week announcing new agreements…including the first US arms sales to Vietnam…as HBO unveils its version of Bryan Cranston as LBJ. Also, Congress marks the 25th anniversary of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act… designed to protect you from robocalls, telemarketing scams and violations of do not call lists..and holds Senate hearings including testimony from corporate witnesses who want a new watered down version…that would protect them from consumer lawsuits and give them more access…including reaching out to you on your smartphone. Guess how that idea went over with consumer groups…and some members of the committee. ( Told Through Narration, Music and Soundbites)

Paul Fischer/ writer/host

Musical Works
Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Fixin To Die Rag (Radio Edit) Country Joe And the Fish I Feel Like I’m Fixin To Die . Vanguard Rec 1967 04:04
Kill For Peace (Radio Edit) The Fugs The Fugs. ESP Rec 1966 02:10
Pythagorean Dream Excerpt One Rhys Chatham Pythagorean Dream. Foom 2016 04:05
Flesh And Blood Beth Orton Kidsticks. ANTI 2016 05:43
End of Reel The Hotelier Goodness. Tiny Engines Rec 2016 06:16
Hello, It’s Me Todd Rundgren Something/Anything. Bearsville 1972 03:52
Emma O (Radio Edit) Speedy Ortiz Foiled Again EP. Carpark 2016 03:23
I Am A Nighmare Brand New single. Procrastinate! Music Traitors 2016 03:21
Bad Vibrations NAPS single. Viridian Sounds 2016 04:11
Cellphone’s Dead (Radio Edit) Beck The Information. Interscope 2006 04:46
Vincent Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial. Matador 2016 07:45
I’m Done (Radio Edit) The Julie Ruin Hit Reset. Hardly Art Rec 2016 03:06
Internal Exile (Radio Edit) Wire Nocturnal Koreans. Amoeba Music 2016 03:29
Blue Wave Operators Blue Wave. Last Gang Rec 2016 05:34
City Sirens Mutual Benefit Skip A Sinking Stone. Mom +Pop 2016 01:45
Additional Credits

This program contains soundbites…including….Montage/Mashup of excerpts Morley Safer Cam Ne Vietnam 1965/excerpts Pres. Obama 2016 in Hanoi/ Vietnam Pres. Quang…. excerpts of Obama and Quang on new agreement for US arms sales to Vietnam…Q and A Obama is asked at press conf. if the new agreements with Hanoi are a hedge against recent moves by China… montage/mix/mashup from Sen. Commerce Comm. hearing on the 25th anniversary of the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act…and moves by some corporate witnesses to water it down and let marketers have more access to you on your cellphone and more protections against lawsuits from consumers receiving robocalls, phone scams and violations of “Do Not Call list”. Hilarity ensued….with excerpts from Sen. Thune, R South Dak (comm. chair)… excerpts Sen. Bill Nelson, D Fla….excerpts Indiana Attny Genl, Greg Zoeller… excerpts Becca Wahlquist..US Chamber Inst. for Legal Reform…excerpts Margot Saunders, National Consumer Law Center… Q and A Sen. Claire McCaskill, D- Mo with all the above witnesses at the hearing, plus Rich Kovich, representing healthcare callers being sued by consumers. Also…two robocalls i got while making this program…claiming I owe the IRS money and this is my last warning…or else…. ( Told Through Narration, Music and Soundbites)

Tex Sample discusses Workforce Inequity

Khadijah and the White Guy welcome Tex Sample to discuss workforce issues related to construction and other industries.  Why is there still so much inequity?  What role does race play in people’s ability to earn a living?  Tex has a long history in community organizing and was also a popular seminary professor at St. Paul’s here in Kansas City for 20 years.  He brings a racial justice perspective that has roots in the Old Testament.  As always, we’ll be taking YOUR calls!