Jarrett Ott and Jack Swanson, singers from the Lyric Opera presentation of “The Barber of Seville”. Then later Ricardo Kahn, co-author and director, and actor Duncan McIntyre will talk about the UMKC New Works Festival production of “Freedom Summer”.

Highlights from Labor Notes and Bill Fletcher on How to Beat Right to Work

Two weeks ago more than 2,500 grassroots labor activists, “worker center” leaders, union members, union officers, and community activists gathered in Chicago for the semi-annual Labor Notes Conference. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we’ll bring you some highlights. Then, as labor gears up for the No on Proposition A Campaign, we’ll talk to Bill Fletcher, Jr. former AFL-CIO Education Director, commentator and author about how to beat Right to Work.

Every Woman – 20180421 – Kris Wade, Justice Project of Kansas City

Join us this week as we welcome a special guest to our studio – Kris Wade, the executive director and co-founder of the Justice Project of Kansas City, an organization whose mission is to provide criminal justice and social service advocacy and navigational learning for women in poverty. These women suffer from a multitude of challenges including homelessness, prostitution, sexual exploitation, discrimination, mental illness, and domestic violence.

Join us at 3pm Central time on 90.1FM, streaming on, or via various apps on your phones!

Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water

This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court has just ruled that a woman shot four times by a police officer, though she posed no threat to him or anyone else, has no grounds to sue the officer, because he has a kind of immunity that means if he didn’t understand that he was violating her Constitutional rights, he wasn’t. We’ll talk about trying to use law to protect communities from excessive force from law enforcement, with Peter Bibring, director of police practices at the ACLU of Southern California.

Also on the show: A judge has approved an agreement to screen the children in Flint, Michigan, for learning disabilities. US District Judge Arthur Tarnow declared that a “win-win situation for all sides.” Meanwhile, Flint residents will no longer receive free bottled water from the state, whether their tap water is safe or not. But wait, there’s more: Michigan also decided to let Nestle extract more spring water from the state, to sell for profit. Flint residents who now need to buy the bottled water they’re forced to use—for washing, cooking, bathing—don’t have to buy it from Nestle. But that would bring the whole game full circle, wouldn’t it? Peggy Case is president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. We’ll talk to her about Michigan’s—but not only Michigan’s—struggle over the right to water.

Blue RIver Update

Evan Smalley returns to the program to bring us up to speed on water issues, particularly around the Blue River, and tell about some of the most important changes which might be happening with Government to protect our local Parks for 20 years!

But first Guy McPherson (Nature Bats Last) gives us an update on his activities.

Olathe Town Hall For Our Lives

A “Town Hall For Our Lives” was held April 7 at the Saint Andrew
Christian Church in Olathe, Kansas.
All the candidates for Kansas district 3 in the US House of
Representatives were invited.  The incumbent, Kevin Yoder, did not appear.
The moderator said that this district was one of only 15 districts in
the US that voted for the Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and the
Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.  “Real Clear Politics” rated this as a
Present in the order they spoke were Democrats Jay Sidie, Brent Welder,
Sharice Davids, Tom Niermann, Libertarian Chris Clemmons, and Democrats
Sylvia Williams and Mike McCamon.


Tasty Brew welcomes John Keck and Joy Zimmerman

This week’s Tasty Brew Music Radio Show will be another Americana/Roots Music jam packed extravaganza! Follow the highlighted links to learn more about each artist.  Both hours of the show this week are sponsored by KKFI supporter Mark Ritter.  Mark has chosen Lawrence based songwriter Sky Smeed and musical icon John Prine as his featured artists.



Host Diana Linn will be giving away two tickets to the upcoming Dan Tedesco April 28 Show at Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads.



Joining Diana Linn live in the studio will be Kansas City Songwriters John Keck and Joy Zimmerman.



Green Guitar Folk House Series Host, Mike Paget will be in to give the 411 about this month’s show.  Headlining that April 21 show will be Quinn DeVeaux with local favorite Shapiro Brothers (Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers)  opening on April 21.