Jasmine Jones, Miss Black Missouri USA 2014 discusses her mission and journey

Jasmine Jones, Miss Black Missouri USA 2014 discusses her journey as she vies for the title of Miss Black USA 2014

Jasmine’s platform is Fostering the Foster “It is my goal to provide education and awareness of foster care. This cause has opened my eyes to the lives of children in foster care for the past 8 years and I would like to use my platform to educate and encourage others to get involved.”

Jasmine is earning a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences, with minors in Business and Biology.

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Claire & The Crowded Stage + Dustin Rapier + Chad Abernathy Band + Underhouse Dogs

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Claire Adams & The Crowded Stage
+ Dustin Rapier + Chad Abernathy Band
+ Underhouse Dogs

Wednesday MidDay Medley participates in 90.1 FM’s biggest band auction ever, with more than 120 area bands. Listeners call 888-931-0901 to bid. The highest bidder at the end of the segment gets a 2-hour concert for an upcoming party. The band auction supports 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio. For info or to pre-bid on any of these band please visit: www.kkfi.org

10:00 – Dustin Rapier

Dustin Rapier was born into a musical family in Northwest Arkansas. His debut album “Songs About No One” was released July 23, 2012. The album began in a college dorm room at a small private college. After trying a few things using school recording equipment, Dustin fell in love with the recording process. Working as a bank teller he used every cent he earned to purchase recording equipment that would eventually become Fly Penguin Records. Now in Kansas City, Dustin recently headlined a series of shows at Californo’s and his second full-length album, “Spectrum” is scheduled to be released June 2014, accompanied by a Midwest album release tour. More info at: www.dustinrapier.com

[Dustin Rapier plays Hashtag, 965 N. main Street, Hendersen, Nebraska, on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 pm.]

10:30 – The Chad Abernathy Band

Chad Abernathy is a seasoned singer/songwriter from Kansas City. For the past 8 years, he’s been seen all over the midwest, Europe and Washington DC playing in various venues. After years working clubs as a front man for cover bands he released his debut of 12 original songs called: “The Journey” on his own music label, Midnight Blue Records and Lone Willow Music. For more information about Chad Abernathy visit: www.chadabernathy.com

[The Chad Abernathy Band play a House Concert with Bill Abernathy, Saturday, April 26, at Cyd's Art & Antiques in Parkville, Mo. This will also be broadcast on KC Cafe Radio! Their first show together in 2014!]

11:00 – Underhouse Dogs

Prior to forming Underhouse Dogs, in the spring of 2011, Andy Money, spent several years with the Independence symphony, The Columns, The Insultors and Smokestack Lightnin’. Part of the Kansas City Blues Scene for over 10 years, Andy is a multi-instrumentalist. Alan Luecke plays bass, sax, and sings. Alan has spent most of the last twenty years in the KC scene. Alan is the low-end of the Underhouse Dogs. He played bass with Spiny Norman, an Americana/ Rock project with members of the Wheel House. Ben Money started playing violin at age six and then changed to percussion when he was 11. He spent his formative years playing marching and concert percussion with a focus on the kit, ethnic rhythms and drums. More info at: www.reverbnation.com/underhousedogs

11:30 – Claire Adams & The Crowded Stage

Kansas City based singer, songwriter, and musician, Claire Adams, is an integral part of multiple area bands including: Claire & The Crowded Stage, Appropriate Grammar, Hidden Pictures, The Katy Guillen Trio, and Quirk & Ruckus. Claire Adams grew up in Topeka and went to college in Nashville. Founded in 2011, the Crowded Stage is a genre-jumping eight piece based out of Kansas City, MO. Fronted by songwriter Claire Adams, the band brings her tunes to life with lush arrangements, diverse instrumentation, and a lil’ quirkiness. Among members of Claire & The Crowded Stage, many other bands are represented including: The B’Dinas (Peter Lawless, Katy Guillen, Katelyn Boone), Dream Wolf (Katelyn Boone, Brent Jamison), The Katy Guillen Trio (Katy Guillen, Stephanie Williams, Claire Adams), Quick & Ruckus (Katy, Claire), Genessee (Jerod Rivers), Appropriate Grammar (Claire), Hidden Pictures (Claire), The Cave Girls (Stephanie Williams), I Found A Job (Peter), with all of you switching around on keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, lead vocals. For more info at: https://www.facebook.com/claireandthecrowdedstage

[Claire & The Crowded Stage play Knuckleheads Saloon, Wednesday, April 23, at 7:00 pm, with The Latenight Callers, and Amy Farrand.]

Call 888-931-0901 to bid. Visit www.kkfi.org to pre-bid.

All bids start at $200.00
To make pre-bids contact BillC@kkfi.org or 816-517-4083
Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI – streaming live at www.kkfi.org

Show #522

Urban Culture on Display

The Urban Culture Project’s facilitator Patrick Alexander, along with second year residents Madeline Gallucci and Eric Dobbins, will be guests on Artspeak Radio. Host: Blair Schulman.

Urban Culture Projects Open Studios weekend is scheduled for April 25-26 and includes live music, dance, theatre, comedy improv, and cross-disciplinary performances, special sales, temporary installations, participatory activities, artist talks, and more, highlighting the work of 22 visual artists, and 9 performing artists/ensembles awarded free studios for year-long terms through Charlotte Street’s competitive Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.

All events are free and open to the public.

IPCC Climate Change Report, Medea Benjamin, Comcast/Time-Warner Merger

Latest IPCC Climate Change Report Warns of Disparate Impacts on Economically Vulnerable Populations

Posted April 16, 2014

MP3 Interview with Dr. Michael Dorsey, interim director of The Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released the third part of its every-seven-years report on global warming. In their most recent climate research report, scientists predict that unless the world acts immediately to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy, the atmosphere will heat up by more than 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius – a level at which catastrophic changes will be inevitable and irreversible for centuries, if ever.

Consequences of global warming include the complete melting of the polar ice caps, massive flooding of coastal cities, as well as droughts and desertification. The scientific panel also warned that demand for food and drinkable water could outpace supply, and that those who contributed the least to the problem – poor people living in wealthy nations, and impoverished countries overall – will suffer first and most.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dr. Michael Dorsey, interim director of The Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. Originally founded to study the impact of economic and environmental policies on African Americans, the program has since broadened its research to include all marginalized people in America. Here, Dorsey explains the disparate impacts of climate change on different groups of people and points to what action should be undertaken to address and alleviate the crisis.

DR. MICHAEL DORSEY: The first thing to understand is that those that contribute the least amount of carbon pollution to the atmosphere are regrettably those that are harmed the most from the contributions of that very same carbon pollution to the atmosphere, as well as a host of concomitant co-pollutants. So, African Americans in the U.S., their emissions are about a fifth of those of wealthy, white Americans in the country. Yet when we look at the effects of asthma-associated mortality, we find that African Americans are about a third more likely to die of asthma, particularly asthma that is exacerbated by polluted air that can be exacerbated also as the average mean temperature rises. And this particular problem of the disproportionate impact of carbon pollution and its effects on particular marginalized communities in the U.S. is a problem that faces the world. So, indigenous communities in the Arctic; communities in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa; in South Asia; in the high Andes. Those poor, marginalized communities, they are right now living out and experiencing the deleterious effects of the unfolding climate catastrophe that’s gripping the planet.

BETWEEN THE LINES: What do you think should happen now?

DR. MICHAEL DORSEY: Within the climate change negotiations taking place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, there is an ongoing and active discussion on what diplomats refer to as a loss damage waiver. And this is essentially diplomatic speak for coming up with a framework to compensate communities and countries that are the hardest hit by unfolding climate change and more specifically by catastrophic weather events that we can likely say are made worse as catastrophic climate change plays out around the world. Right now there’s a desire – and it’s a longstanding desire – that countries in the global North – in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, etc. – the wealthy countries that contribute much, much more carbon pollution to the atmosphere, that they need to contribute resources in proportion to the pollution they put into the atmosphere. That’s a basic principle in U.S. environmental law, and it’s called the principle of making the polluter pay, right? If you pollute excessively, you need to be fined and penalized excessively. This is something that’s fundamental to U.S. environmental law. What’s happening, however, is that U.S. negotiators, led by our president, President Obama, have essentially tried to water down any sizeable monetary commitments the U.S. will make to other countries, or other developed, rich, high-polluting countries will make to move resources quickly and in robust proportions to countries that need those resources the most. This kind of positioning is fundamentally un-American, it’s fundamentally unjust.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Not to mention the Republicans, many of whom deny the existence of human-caused climate change.

DR. MICHAEL DORSEY: You could have no more the kind of sideways and backwards views of science and of reality than those expressed by many members on the Republican side of the aisle. There are those Republicans, however, who are rooted in reality and not in cartoonish hucksterism and charlatanism, who would love to see serious steps made on environmental issues, and some of those folks are having conversations with those on the other side of the aisle. There is a dialogue among both right and left political positions in Washington and elsewhere about what more can be done to get out ahead of the unfolding climate crisis. And in fairness, that level of charlatanism from the Republican Party is something that the White House has to contend with.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Michael Dorsey, it seems like the world has already passed several dates which were presented by scientists as the absolute latest by which we’d need to make serious efforts to rein in greenhouse gases. I kind of think it’s too late. What do you think?

DR. MICHAEL DORSEY: Well, the question of whether or not we are beyond certain tipping points is indeed a debate that many scientists are actually having. The real scientific debate has nothing to do with the actual existence of climate change or an unfolding climate catastrophe. The real scientific debate is how bad will unfolding climate change and climate catastrophe be for ecosystems as well as societies and communities. That’s the real debate that’s in the science. And there’s a lot of evidence that indicates that we are indeed beyond certain tipping points.

Find more information The Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies by visiting jointcenter.org.

Related Links:

  • “IPCC Report: A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist for effective responses,” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, March 31, 2014
  • “Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind – IPCC report,” The Guardian, March 31, 2014
  • “U.N. climate report: We must focus on “decarbonization,” and it won’t wreck the economy,” Grist, April 15, 2014
  • “U.N. climate report was censored,” Grist, April 15, 2014
  • “Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come,” New York Times, March 31, 2014
  • “This Sham Report is What the Climate Movement Is Up Against?” The Nation,

    As Peace Activist Medea Benjamin was Brutalized by Egyptian Police, Her Call for Help Ignored by U.S. Embassy

    Posted April 16, 2014

    MP3 Interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink Women for Peace, conducted by Scott Harris

    egyptOn March 3, Medea Benjamin, a U.S. peace activist and co-founder of the group, Code Pink Women for Peace, flew to Egypt where she was to join a  delegation of women traveling to Gaza for International Women’s Day. However, when she arrived at Cairo airport, she was detained without explanation. After seven hours of isolation, she was placed in a jail cell and held overnight. Although Medea, through her friends had contacted the U.S. embassy in Cairo for assistance, no one from the embassy ever arrived. In the morning, five men dragged Medea out of her cell, tackling and handcuffing her, which resulted in a dislocated shoulder, a torn ligament and fractured arm. Soon after Benjamin was placed on a plane for deportation to Turkey where she later received medical treatment for her injuries.

    The original purpose of Medea’s trip to Egypt was to cross the border into Gaza with 100 other women solidarity activists to witness the hardships facing the 1.7 million residents there, deliver humanitarian aid, and call for peace and justice for Palestinians. But her treatment at the hands of Egyptian police has focused new attention on the repressive actions of Egypt’s military government. Since overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood government led by Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the military has killed over 1,000 people and jailed over 16,000, and is clearly targeting anyone they view as opponents of the regime. On March 24, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of former President Morsi to death for the killing of a single police officer, a verdict which provoked condemnation from human rights groups.

    Despite the ongoing repression, on Jan. 15, the U.S. Congress restored more than $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt, aid which had largely been frozen after the military overthrew the Morsi government. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, who talks about her detention and brutalization in Egypt and the current status of U.S. relations with Egypt’s military government.

    Benjamin is the recent recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award from the group Promoting Enduring Peace. For more information on the human rights situation in Egypt and Code Pink actions, visit codepink.org.

    Related Links:

    • mp3 Interview with Medea Benjamin, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, April 14, 2014 (19:52)
    • “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control,” published by OR Books
    • “U.S. spending bill restores aid to Egypt, includes $1.5 billion,” Reuters, Jan. 15, 2014
    • Egypt: More than 500 sentenced to death in ‘grotesque’ ruling,” Amnesty International, March 24, 2014
    • “Sentenced to Die,” Code Pink, March 24, 2014

      Consumers Will Be Big Losers If FCC Approves Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

      Posted April 16, 2014

      MP3 Interview with Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy with Free Press, conducted by Scott Harris

      cabletvmergerIn the debate over the proposed $45.2 billion Comcast takeover of Time-Warner Cable, there is much at stake both for consumers and media diversity. Opponents of the deal point out that a future marriage between Comcast, the nation’s No. 1 cable and Internet company and No. 2 Time Warner, would create a giant communications corporation that would dominate two-thirds of the country.

      A coalition of consumer and public interest groups, including Free Press, Common Cause, Consumers Union and the Working Families Party assert that approval of the Comcast-Time Warner merger would be anti-competitive, anti-consumer and result in higher prices for cable and Internet service. Together the groups collected 400,000 petition signatures opposed to the deal, and turned them into the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, the two government agencies responsible for approving or rejecting the proposed merger.

      While more than 100 lobbyists hired by Comcast are roving the halls of Congress advocating for approval of the merger, there are more than a few skeptics. During a recent Senate Judiciary hearing on the proposal, Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota expressed his strong opposition saying the megadeal threatens competition and could spike consumers’ cable rates. Between the Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy with the media democracy group Free Press. Here, he talks about the coalition of groups challenging the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger, and the consequences for consumers should the deal be approved.

      Find more news and analysis on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger by visiting Free Press’ website at freepress.net.

      Related Links:

    April 10, 2014


A Call In Show, Helping The Homeless Person to Person

Please remember Care of Poor People’s Spring Break for the homeless Saturday April 19th. If you have summer clothing, hygiene items or donations you can take them to the Scottish Rite Temple, at 1330 E Linwood in KCMO starting Thursday April 17th. Dishes for the potluck dinner will be accepted the day of the event.

Eleos Coffeehouse and Bessie’s House

How do you help people in need without government money or institutional assistance? Can you and your church or organization start a day center for the homeless or feed the hungry?

On tody’s edition of Jaws of Justice Radio host Keith Brown El talks with Dan Smith of Eleos Ministries and Mike Lowe of Bessie house about how their groups help the homeless in NE KC. Find out how they were able to put their operations into gear with people power and no government money.

Call In with your questions and comments 816-931-5534

Dan Smith
Eleos Ministries Inc
3401 Independence Ave
Kansas City, MO 64124

Mike Lowe
611 Brighton Ave
Kansas City, Missouri 64124
Phone 816-509-2428
Email mike@bessieshouse.org

Vox Narro and Immigrant Communities

Vox Narro Project is a celebration of immigrant communities funded by a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation working with Charlotte Street and the Spencer Museum in Lawrence,KS. THe grant provides funding for seven events. To date six event have been presented including the Vietnamese, Kurdish, Palestinian, Indian, Persian and Bhutanese communities. The project has been extended by a collaboration with the Kansas City MO Public Library to add three more presentations this year.

Vox Narro members Rhiannon Ross, Michelle Pond, Jose Faus, and Sharon Eiker join us in the studio.

“Red Alert!” on Global Warming Impact for Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi Member of the Muscogee Nation) is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University (http://www.haskell.edu/climate/dwildcat.html) in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. He is also co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. Dr. Wildcat is the co-author with Vine Deloria, Jr., of Power and Place: Indian Education in America (Fulcrum, 2001), and co-editor, with Steve Pavlik, of Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria, Jr., and His Influence on American Society (Fulcrum, 2006), and is the author of Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge. Dr. Wildcat joins us for an exclusive one-hour interview to discuss the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report -released on 03/31/14 -, the work of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, and the impact global warming is having on Indigenous Peoples and their respective First Nations as Climate Refugees.

“From Kansas City KS to Tanzania” with Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal

Our speaker this week on All Souls Forum, Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal will share her journey from growing up in KCKS and membership in the KC Black Panther Party to a life as a community activist, musician, poet, and artist in Tanzania. O’Neal and her husband Pete run UAACC, the United African Alliance Community Center. (Historical note: Pete O’Neal, then leader of the KC Black Panther Party, spoke May 25, 1969  at the All Souls Forum on Why Revolution?)