live recordings and advocacy that is immigrant KC!

Mike Murphy recorded some of the World Refugee Day talent show and celebration on June 24th, in Kansas City, and we finally get to listen and cheer on the talent in the Kansas City immigrant community! <3

In the second hour, an interview with JVSKC (Jewish Vocational Service) Executive Director Hillary Cohen Singer, to find out more about all the services offered and upcoming events!

Set Up? Child Porn Files Put On Your Computer Without Your Knowledge…It Does Happen

Set Up? Child Porn Files Put On Your Computer Without Your Knowledge…It Does Happen

Dr Michael Taylor’s son was a student at UMKC studying for his classes one evening when he decided to take a break and check out his computer. He came across a zip file he did not recognize and had not downloaded. When he opened the file to see what it was he was flooded with picture of Child Pornography. He was horrified and started to delete the pictures. Within minutes the police were at his door and arresting him. What happened to this young man is a cautionary tale for all of us. This case illustrates when charges of harming children are brought the courts they are tried on emotion rather than the facts.

Today’s host Attorney David Bell talks with Dr Michael Taylor, a constitutional scholar about his son’s case and the violations of his son’s rights in the courtroom and the police station. Since his son has been convicted and sent to prison the two of them have found many more cases just like his.

“Waiting for Lefty” by SAVE UMKC THEATRE Students & Faculty

Taxi Drivers on Strike! Tune to the Heartland Labor Forum for a special broadcast of Waiting for Lefty, a play by Cliff Odets performed by UMKC Theatre students and faculty.

And then stay for the second half for an interview with Lefty‘s director, Amy Billroth-Maclurg, graduate student/teacher in the MFA program at UMKC Theatre.

FREEZE FRAME: “Maudie,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “The Little Hours”

British actress Sally Hawkins gives the kind of performance Oscar loves in “Maudie,” a biopic about Maude Lewis, the late Canadian folk artist who gained fame in the 1950s. The story covers her struggle with crippling rheumatoid arthritis, her dysfunctional family, stark poverty in rural Nova Scotia and her awkward marriage to her boorish and sometimes abusive husband, well played by Ethan Hawke.


While it never gives us any insight into what made her great, the film’s sincere approach and the terrific performances transform “Maudie” into a touching and very warm character study.


From the other end of the cinematic universe comes “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” French filmmaker Luc Besson’s wacky adaptation of a sci-fi comic book series. Dane DeHaan plays Valerian, an intergalactic agent who upholds the law in multiple dimensions, aided by his partner and lover, Laureline, played by Cara Delevigne. The plot and dialogue are derivative and goofy in the extreme, but the movie’s giddy playfulness and impressive visuals should be enough to please fan boys.


“The Little Hours” is an adaptation of a couple of bawdy comedic stories from Boccaccio’s 14th century work, “The Decameron.” Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza and John C. Reilly lead the cast in the story of foul-mouthed nuns who have a sexual awakening when a handsome and virile laborer comes to work at the convent. It doesn’t all work, but the talented cast wrings some raunchy laughs from the irreverent material.


Also opening this week, “Dunkirk” is the acclaimed WWII epic from filmmaker Christopher Nolan about the evacuation of Allied troops from France. “Girls Trip” is an R-rated, ‘girls gone wild’ comedy from the African-American perspective. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith star. “Score” is a documentary about some of the world’s great film composers.

Take Two: “Baby Driver”

Susan and Russ take on the latest film from writer/director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”), a violent and profane action comedy. Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in our Stars,” “Divergent”) plays the title role, a getaway driver who uses music to help him concentrate and cope with tinnitus. Things get tricky when he double-crosses mob boss Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards) and thugs Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”) and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”).

Martha Childers, Local SCORE Award Recipient

Martha Childers, psychotherapist and owner of Childers Counseling Service, Kansas City received 2017 award from SCORE and will join 98 other national winners to compete for three grand prizes. SCORE is a national network of volunteer business mentors. Martha was selected from more than 1,500 applications.

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents Poets, Printers, & Processors

Wednesday July 26, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with poet Huascar Medina, Print League KC founders Ani Volkin & Michelle Dreher, writers Arlin Buyert and Adam Rhodes, and artist Neil Goss.

Huascar Medina has lived artfully in Topeka, Kansas since 2001. His hometown was San Antonio, TX but he does not miss things that do not fit in his ticket pocket. Huascar’s work encompasses deep imagery and metaphor. His time is well spent performing theater, singing and writing. He is a member of Topeka’s Speak Easy Poetry Group and the Red Tail Collective in Lawrence. His first published poem appeared in HomeWords: A Project of former Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley. Huascar’s words can be found in Reverberated Echoes: A Kansas City Reader (Asinimali Publications) and Prompts! : A Spontaneous Anthology by the poets of Poetic Underground (39 West Press). How to Hang the Moon. His first published collection of work was published by Spartan Press in February 2017 as part of their POP! Poetry series. Follow Huascar at

Arlin Buyert and poet Adam Rhodes -Arts in Prison Inc. is a nonprofit founded in 1995 by Elvera Voth, a local music educator. The organization’s inaugural program, the East Hill Singers, comprises a group of male inmates who sing alongside volunteer community members. Art, theater and writing classes followed the choir’s formation, and today Arts in Prison is a comprehensive arts program serving several locations, including Lansing Correctional Facility, the Osawatomie Correctional Center and the Topeka Correctional Facility.
Arlin Buyert began singing with the East Hills Singers; four years ago, he was approached about a vacancy in the Arts in Prison poetry program. Buyert’s venture inside the Lansing Correctional Facility has progressed into more than simply working with incarcerated men 24 Thursday nights each year.

Ani Volkan, Michelle Dreher, & Angie Dreher- Print League KC Community Print Shop is a creative arts space offering affordable access to printmaking equipment as well as a variety of fun and educational workshops. Print League KC, founded by Ani Volkan, Angie and Michelle Dreher, is a community print shop allowing artists and art enthusiasts access to printmaking equipment, an open work space, and classes.
Print League KC 3121 Gillham Rd. KCMO

Upcoming event: Paper Marbling Workshop Saturday July 29 at 1pm with Kim Foster
Learn the basics of paper marbling. Workshop includes all necessary supplies to include ink, paper, and materials. Participants must be 18 or older. Ask about education discounts for schools, student groups, etc.

Ani Volkan
Director of Print League KC. Master Trail Runner. Family History Enthusiast. Armenian Storyteller. Intaglio Printmaker. Loquacious Professor with a Printmaking MFA.

Michelle Dreher
Expert Linocutter. Letterpress Printmaker Extraordinaire. Marvelous Molder of Young Minds. Coffee Lover. Quiet Extrovert. Two Tone Press Owner. KCAI Graduate.

Angie Dreher
Art Dabbler. Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nerd. World Traveler. Loud Introvert. Purveyor of Accidental Antics. Spreadsheet Aficionado with a Business Degree.

Neil Goss lives in Eudora, KS where he focuses his art on Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA. He has been dedicated to researching sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving, utilizing hand-dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, installed public art and presented artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation & teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center.
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