“Juror No 2”, as Lindy Lou Isonhood was known, talks about the impact that a death sentence had on her and other jurors in a case in Mississippi in which they reached a verdict to sentence Bobby Wilcher to death for the murder of a woman. Bobby had been convicted by another jury, but his original death sentence was set aside by an appeals court. Bobby was then sentenced to death a second time after a new sentencing trial. Lindy had reservations about the sentence and set out to find the other jurors nearly twenty-two years later to see if they had similar thoughts of regret. Lindy visited Bobby while he was on death row. He was executed and that event sparked a crusade by Lindy to reform the system. Lindy felt trapped by the jury instructions given by the Judge, making her feel like she had no choice. Lindy’s story is captured in a film, “Lindy Lou, Juror No. 2” which is currently being screened in some film festivals. Lindy is interviewed by host Craig Lubow in the second of two parts. Other films and news stories have looked at the impact of the death penalty on the defendants’ families, the victims’ families, and on the Warden and doctors that must implement the death penalty. This is the first time that the impact on the jurors is examined.
On this very special Thanksgiving edition of Arts Magazine, host Michael Hogge welcomes members of the Heartland Men’s Chorus to the KKFI studios for a chat about their upcoming Holiday Concert, and future concerts. Later, actor Kip Niven will talk about the upcoming performances of the Equity Actors Readers Theatre (E.A.R.T.H.). Get your lunch on and check out the great stuff happening in our city this holiday season!
Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2017 +
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite Singles of 2017
We’ll play MidCoastal Releases from: Hi-Lux, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type, Arc Flash, Emmaline Twist, Abandoned Bells, Hembree, Radar State, The Life and Times, Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds, Approach, Red Kate, Momma’s Boy, The Atlantic, Mess, Victor & Penny, Schwervon!, The Country Duo, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Smokey James & The Avalanche, The 238s, Chase The Horseman, Joon Moon (featuring Krystle Warren), and Amy Marcus.
In our first hour we’ll play tracks from 14 of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite Singles of 2017. We’ve played from over 50 MidCoastal single releases in 2017. These songs represent the diverse talent present in our MidCoastal Music Community.
In our second hour, we welcome musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, Content Writer at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle joins us to play from her Top Ten Favorite Musical Recordings of 2017. Michelle Bacon works as a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle Bacon plays drums and sings harmony vocals with Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds. She also plays with Heidi Lynne Gluck. In 2017 she has also performed and recorded music with, Erica Joy, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, and Nathan Corsi.
Michelle Bacon is the producer and organizer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. The Band That Fell To Earth is: Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals/guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keys/brass, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Havilah Bruders on backing vocals, Camry Ivory on backing vocals, Matt Ronan on percussion, Christine Broxterman on cello, Betse Ellis on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone…and special guests to be announced. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in Kansas City.
First off in the 6 am hour, some of the best in Americana/Roots Music including songs celebrating South Texas…where host Diana Linn is flying off to right after the show to spend Thanksgiving with family on Galveston Island.
The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show then welcomes live in the studio during the 7 am hour Kasey Rausch, Sara Morgan and Kelly Hunt in support of their concert to benefit the women’s, children’s and pet shelter at Rose Brooks Friday, November 24th at Knuckleheads. Kasey, co-host of River Trade Radio on KKFI, is an accomplished country artist performing all around town and the country with Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo. Country artist Sara Morgan will be sharing the broadcast debut from her upcoming release “Average Jane.” Kelly Hunt, a lovely addition to the Kansas City music scene from Memphis, Tennesse, will be sharing new music from her upcoming studio release. This is a can’t miss show!!!!
By Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots Producer
One of my very favorite parts of this crazy wonderful gig is the opportunity to meet and follow important and excellent artists who aren’t stars but who have given their lives to the music and who have solid long-term careers because of their commitment. They are the hard-working, resilient journeymen and journeywomen who reach audiences at a personal level, serve the legacy and who may, at any time, hit a wave and make a mark on the big mainstream culture. We never know. This week at Roots features two women who’ve made an impression on me as artists, writers, self-starters and people. One works in the idiom of bluegrass. The other has evolved from country/folk to a deep commitment to blues and soul.
From the land of bluegrass and its blurry edges into traditional country music comes Donna Ulisse, a Nashville based artist whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for going on ten years. In that time, she’s gone from re-booting her life and career around bluegrass music (after an early foray in major label country) to being an industry leader. In 2016 she was named IBMA Songwriter of the Year and just this September her composition “I Am A Drifter” won IBMA Song of the Year. Nevertheless, I’ve felt like her work as a recording artist has gone underestimated, though perhaps that’s changing too. She was picked up by the influential Mountain Home Music company in Western NC and her new Breakin’ Easy album, produced by the legendary Doyle Lawson, is performing well on the bluegrass airplay charts. Doyle says this about the artist: “Donna is a dynamic vocalist with what I call ‘that sparkle’ one listens for, and it matches her personality perfectly.” That’s how we felt the last time Donna played Roots in 2013, when I noted that “she’s pure without being a purist, and that’s an impressive line to walk.”
Also defining the striving career and hard earned respect is Nashville transplant Amy Black. Amy debuted on MCR in July 2011 when we described her as a “Boston folk singer” though that may have underplayed the bluesy southern tones in her music. She’d released her debut album One Time which had core sounds in Bonnie Raitt blues terrain, plus a clear Joan Baez vibrato, adding enough fiddles and dobro to keep it country. That night she shared the bill with the Bo-Keys, the retro Memphis band led by bass player/producer Scott Bomar and including members of the Hi Rhythm Section. Did Amy Black have any idea that night that six years later she’d be working in Memphis with the some of those same guys and Scott Bomar producing her on a classic-style soul album? No, because she says exactly that in the video bio for her new project Memphis. We’ve really been able to watch Amy’s evolution from bold voiced folk singer to the blues and soul artist she is today. She calls where she’s landed her “sweet spot” and the tracks on Memphis are sweet indeed. She’s got color and drama and commitment. And seven original songs sit easily with catalog covers from Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland and others.
Rounding out the bill, two newcomers from a more rock and roll side of the music world whom we’ll be discovering together, unless of course you’re already on the Guthrie Brown or Hanna Fairlight train. Brown has recently been opening a bunch of shows for guitar slinger Johnny Lang, so that’s impressive. In reverse chronology he’s also worked with super producer Jaquire King, landed a publishing deal with BMG, won the love of Lightning 100, opened shows for Willie Nelson and Robert Randolph and moved to Music City from Montana. The last item might seem like the least difficult, but it was the thing that set this whole promising career in motion. Guthrie makes tuneful, well crafted pop rock and he’s just getting started. Meanwhile songwriter/artist Hannah Fairlight promises something “something completely different and hard to categorize” in her official bio. Other mentions: influence of Bowie and Patti Smith, history at CBGBs in New York and leather pants. Sounds loud and stylish.
Pilgrims and Natives: Thanking Different Gods
When the Puritans arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the early 1600s, they brought with them a concept of God totally alien to their new neighbors, the Wampanoag people. For the Puritans, the divine was an all-powerful Father figure. For the Wampanoag, God was a multi-dimensional force of nature, found in the trees, rocks and fields. This Thanksgiving, we explore the faith of the early Native Americans with two guests: a direct descendant of the Wampanoag Nation, and an historian of Native American religious traditions. Ramona Peters is director of historic preservation for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and
Clara Sue Kidwell is a former director of the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill and pioneer in the field of Native American studies.
Bless This Food
Have you ever seen anyone pray before eating their burger combo? Maybe not. But our guest Adrian Butash says, maybe it would be a good idea. The simple act of giving thanks before a meal is one of the most universal prayers, found all over the world and stretching back thousands of years. So before you polish off your Thanksgiving feast, we thought we’d pause and reflect on this small act of gratitude. Adrian Butash, author of Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World.
Toxic Charity: The Darker Side of One-Way Giving
Charity always feels good for the giver – but what about for the receiver? Before you donate that can to a food drive, Bob Lupton wants you to know that handouts can leave people feeling powerless, dependent and degraded. Bob Lupton is the author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse it).
11:00 AM: No Bow Tie “Taking the bowtie out of classical music”. John Svoboda, guitarist and guitar teacher once having been compelled to play J.S Bach on an old Gibson Blues guitar, had a revelation and began taking classical pieces and transforming them into classically infused bluegrass tunes. Need music for a wedding rehearsal (or other) dinner? An anniversary? An event? John’s your guy! Bidding for a performance by No Bow Tie starts at $250.
11:30 AM: Mark Montgomery Blues and jazz guitarist, bass player, beekeeper and honey manufacturer who plays bass twice a month at The Phoenix. Mark also writes his own material. You may know ‘Town Topic’ and Johnson County Blues’? Well, they’re both his. Mark is signed with Enneagram records and His song ‘Talk to Your Doctor’ was nominated for best blues song by the Big City Blues magazine of Detroit in the International Blues competition held by the Blues Foundation in Tennessee. Bidding for a performance by Mark starts at $200. A great birthday or office party idea or anniversary gift. And perfect if you’re a venue owner.
12:00 PM: Michael O’Loughlin Founder of Irish Roots Café, genealogical researcher (the world’s most published author in his field) and a singer of traditional and sean nos Irish songs. Michael organized and sang with the first all Irish language song performance on stage in the Midwest and his first album of traditional Irish song was a TradConnect top 10 Traditional Irish Song Album of 2013. Wouldn’t it be great to have some friends over for dinner and a personal Irish house concert sometime around St Patrick’s day? Wouldn’t that make a great Christmas present for someone? Bidding for a performance by Michael starts at $150.
12:30 PM: The Nite Owls Alternative/acoustic/folk duo consisting of Wyatt Brewer, (nephew of Mike Brewer of Brewer & Shipley), and Wyatt’s co-author Sarah Lynn. The Nite Owls perform cover versions of a wide range of material in their signature style and have also released a few self-penned tracks. Have you heard ‘We’ll be Fine’, a Mudstomp Records release, right here on KKFI? That’s one of theirs. A great band for a block (or any other kind of) party. Bidding for a performance by The Nite Owls starts at $200.
Law and Disorder Editorials:
FDA Approves Digital Pill by Heidi Boghosian
Release Aging People in Prison Campaign
The number of persons 50 years and older in New York State has risen more than 98% since 2000; it now exceeds 10,000″nearly 20% of the total incarcerated population. This reflects a national crisis in the prison system and the extension of a culture of revenge and punishment into all areas of our society.
The organization Release Aging People in Prison, or RAPP, works to end mass incarceration and promote racial justice by getting elderly and infirm people out of prison.
Led by Mujahid Farid, a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow who was incarcerated for 33 years in New York before his release in 2011, RAPP focuses on aging people in prison, many of whom are long-termers convicted of serious crimes. Many of these human beings have transformed their lives and developed skills and abilities they lacked before incarceration. They could be released from prison with little or no threat to public safety. Yet many are denied release, often for political reasons, and they needlessly remain imprisoned into old age. These elders could return to their communities if current mechanisms such as parole and compassionate release were correctly utilized. We also support legislation in New York to correct the parole system and increase the number of releases.
Guest ” Mujahid Farid co-founded the Prisoners AIDS Counseling and Education program and helped design prison-based sociology and theology courses that allowed others to earn college-credited in prison. He also earned four college degrees and other certifications while incarcerated, including his paralegal certificate, NYS Department of Labor Certificate in Human Development Counseling, and NYC Department of Health Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counseling.
Guest – David George, Associate Director of RAPP. In the last few years Dave has organized with and on behalf of currently and formerly incarcerated people, including at the Osborne Association and Correctional Association of New York.
RAPP Website – http://rappcampaign.com/
RAPP, c/o Correctional Assoc. of NY, 22 Cortlandt Street, 33rd Fl., New York, NY 10007
(646) 793-9082 X 1014
Perpetual Line Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition In America
The presence of surveillance cameras across the United States has enabled targeted facial recognition surveillance at essentially any place and any time. Each day law enforcement puts in place more and more cameras, including CCTV cameras, police body cameras, and cameras on drones and other aircraft. The FBIs Next Generation Biometric Identification Database and its facial recognition unit, FACE Services, can search for and identify nearly 64 million Americans, either from its own databases or through access to state DMV databases of driving license photos.
Its likely that government agencies will soon be able to pinpoint your location and even with whom youve been, just by typing your name into a computer.
The release of Apples IPhone X has drawn scrutiny to this technology. Despite civil liberties and privacy concerns, there are few limits on facial recognition technology. In March 2017 Congress held a hearing to discuss the risks of facial recognition surveillance. There is concern that facial recognition can be used to get around existing legal protections against location tracking, opening the door to unprecedented government monitoring an logging of personal associations, including protected First Amendment-related activities. Knowledge of individuals political, religious and associational activities could lead the way to bias, persecution and abuse.
As with many technological advances, there are benefits, too. Facial recognition can assist in locating missing persons or for other public safety purposes.
Guest – Clare Garvie, Clare is a Law Fellow at the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology. Her research with the Center is on face recognition use by law enforcement and the disparate impact of payday lending on vulnerable communities. She worked on the Centers 2016 report on facial recognition technology.