Guest DJ Brooke Palmer will bring her music to WomanSong this Saturday at noon. You will hear music from Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Carly Simon, kd lang, Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos, Janelle Monea, Roberta Flack and Joni Mitchell.

Listen for other surprises, I have new music that I picked up at the Folk Alliances International Conference this past week.

Loretta Napoleoni – The ISIS Crisis

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is the latest chapter of the so-called war on terror. One should point out that you can’t have a war on a tactic. ISIS has displaced al-Qaeda. It is violently addressing unresolved issues relating to European imperialism and the creation of artificial borders and states. After WWII, the U.S. supplanted Britain, France and Italy in the region and became its self-appointed guardian. Washington’s footprint in the Middle East is enormous. It has created a network of allies consisting of emirs, sheikhs and generals. These leaders are despised by most of the people they rule. They are seen as puppets of Washington. Israel is isolated. Meanwhile, ISIS is growing. What is its appeal? How is it, as the Pentagon says, “tremendously well-funded”? How has it inspired attacks as far away as Ottawa, Sydney and Copenhagen?

Loretta Napoleoni is an independent journalist. She has worked as London correspondent and columnist for La StampaLa RepubblicaEl Pais, and Le Monde. A former Fulbright scholar, she holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. She is the author of Rogue EconomicsTerror Inc. and The Islamist Phoenix

OPA!: A Celebration Of The Search For Meaning with Alex Pattakos, Ph.D. & Elaine Dundon

This husband and wife team teaches us that the age-old search for the meaning of life can be lightened up using an age-old expression. They’ve found that using the ancient Greek celebratory word “OPA!” makes it easy to apply their principles to everyday life: connecting with others, finding purpose, and maintaining an embracing attitude can help us enjoy the process of searching for meaning in life. From small villages in Greece, they learned that seeking meaning is more fulfilling than seeking happiness. They believe that authentic happiness comes from a life lived with purpose, connection, and the right attitude. The trouble comes when we lack these elements and an understanding of the self. In our frustration, we become “prisoners of our thoughts.” Dundon explains that “one of the reasons we lack meaning in our lives is…we don’t know what we really want.” Pattakos says that, in a counterintuitive way, paying attention to what we consider meaningless can push us closer the joy we seek. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Alex Pattakos, Ph.D. is a political scientist and internationally-recognized leader of the “Meaning Movement.” His focus is on bringing meaning to work, the workplace, and into everyday life.

He’s the author of:

Elaine Dundon, MBA is a philosopher of meaning, a meaning strategist, and keynote speaker.

She is the author of:

They are co-founders of The Opa Way!®, an approach to living and working with meaning that is inspired by and based on Greek philosophy and culture.

They are co-authors of:

To learn more about the work of Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon go to www.theopaway.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What does OPA! mean
  • How do we apply OPA!
  • What is the village concept
  • Why do we become prisoners of our thoughts
  • What does it mean to “know thyself”
  • How do you find meaning in everyday life
  • What is the difference between happiness and meaning

Host: Justine Willis Toms                Interview Date: 12/9/2014            Program Number: 3529

Letting Go Of Resistance: A Constant Rebirth with Guy Finley

Guy Finley tells us that on a day to day basis our lives are a kind of “constant hopping from one identity to another.” He describes this as the location from which we are operating. He suggests we ask ourselves the question: Are we choosing the location of fear and anxiety, which supports knee-jerk reactions, or one of mindfulness and a tuning into our true nature? He further intimates that when anxiety becomes our guide it is “not our true nature; it is a reaction that belongs to our past.” And it is always “preceded by resistance.” Paradoxically, rather than a bad thing, resistance itself can have meaning and purpose. He says, “There is an elegance to resistance… the resistance is the revelation of our old nature…anything in me that resists a moment, separates me from the lessons the moment could give me… It brings consciousness into what has been unconscious.” Finley takes us on a whirlwind tour of awakening to our true nature. He declares that the purpose of our existence on this planet is to use each moment as an opportunity to grow, to allow a new awareness to be born. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Guy Finley is the founder of the Life of Learning Foundation and author of more than forty books and audio programs on self-realization. He lives and teaches in Merlin, Oregon.

He’s the author of:

To learn more about the work of Guy Finley go to www.guyfinley.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What is meant by personal location
  • What is resistance
  • How do we find wisdom in each moment
  • How are we reinforcing negative conditions
  • What is our true nature
  • How can awareness remove fear
  • When is suffering useful
  • What is “karment”

Host: Justine Willis Toms                 Interview Date: 1/13/2015                 Program Number: 3527

Aging With Grace And Humor with Susan Moon

Travel with Susan Moon to get an inside view on the perils and joys of aging. With humor and deep insight, she encourages us to move forward in our aging with courage and hope. There are many lessons along the way. She says much of it is “learning how to ask for help, learning how to receive it, and also learning how to let go graciously when you can’t do something anymore. I loved backpacking, but I really don’t think I could carry a pack up a steep hill anymore; my knees would probably not allow it. But I can still enjoy walking in the country, and just keep on adapting to what the situation is.” So when you find yourself in a “senior moment,” and you can’t remember what you were up to when you entered a room, relax, take a deep breath, smile, and take the opportunity to enjoy the day. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Susan Moon is a writer and Zen Buddhist practitioner who teaches popular writing workshops, mostly in California. She is the former editor of Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism.

She is the author of the satirical cult classic:

She has also written:

To learn more about the work of Susan Moon go to www.susanmoon.wordpress.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How can we cope with “senior moments”
  • Why it is important to honor our bodies as they change as we age
  • What is an exercise we can do to improve our deteriorating balance
  • How can we face the death of our parents, and others who are close to us
  • Why long-term friendships matter
  • What is the role of grandparents

Host: Justine Willis Toms            Interview Date: 8/26/2010        Program Number: 3374

KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team and A Conversation with Ron Brooks Former Pastor of Grand Ave Temple

What Is The KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team All About?

The Kansas City Police Department had a meet the public gathering at Palestine Baptist Church back in December. JoJR was there and met some officers that we thought the public should get to know. The Crisis Intervention Team works with officers that have had traumatic experiences or may be experiencing PTSD. We will find out about how officers are evaluated after traumatic experiences and if there are any specific evaluations they must take to join the force.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Captain Brad Deichler, of the KCPD CIT. Captain Deichler was in charge of CIT but has moved over to recruitment not too long ago so he should be able to talk to requirements for applying to the police academy as well.

Captain Brad Deichler
Commander Employment Unit, KCPD
Phone – 816-234-5407 (w) 816-547-6550 (c)
email – bradley.deichler@kcpd.org

Ron Brooks – A Look Back At What He Learned As Pastor Of Grand Ave, Temple

Pastor Ron Brooks learned a lot during his time at Grand Ave. Temple. He also got to know and love his parishioners and they him. Serving the poor and homeless gives one a unique perspective on not only society’s misaligned priorities but what one has been granted personally. We will see how Pastor Ron is handling retirement and what his wife has him doing now that he is around more.

Host Richard Tripp talks with Pastor Ron Brooks formerly of the Grand Avenue Temple in Downtown KCMO

Syriza, ISIS, TPP

“I think if Syriza succeeds and they win some very important concessions and are able to accelerate the recovery in Greece, that will help (Podemos in Spain). … I think it helps them just because all of Europe sees that it is possible to say, ‘No,’ because before, nobody has really stood up to the ‘troika’ and lived to tell about it.” – Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, on the impact of Greece’s Syriza government’s effort to reverse EU austerity policies may have on the rest of Europe

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Greek Syriza Party Makes Progress Challenging Austerity Policies in Four-Month Eurozone Bailout Extension

MP3 Interview with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris

syrizaThe Greek government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of the Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left)’s Party, faced its most difficult test this week since its victory in national elections on Jan. 25. Having won office by pledging to renegotiate the harsh austerity measures imposed by Eurozone officials, Syriza entered recent talks with its credibility at stake.  Story continues

What’s Behind the Warped Theology and Origin of ISIS Terrorists?

MP3 Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

isisMuch of the world’s attention continues to be focused on the savage violence carried out by ISIS in Iraq, Syria and more recently in Libya. In an act that appeared to lend urgency to President Obama’s call for Congress to formally authorize the ongoing U.S. war against ISIS, a report on Feb. 24 stated Islamic State militants had abducted as many as 90 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning several small villages in northeast Syria. Earlier, an ISIS video released on Feb. 15 showed 21 Egyptian Christians being beheaded by ISIS fighters on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Libya.  Story continues

Opponents Mobilize to Stop Fast Track and TransPacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement

MP3 Interview with Margaret Flowers, co-director of Popular Resistance.org, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

tppPresident Obama is pushing hard for congressional approval of trade promotion, or fast track authority, that many believe is essential for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. The proposed trade deal would include 12 nations that border the Pacific Ocean, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon



India, Music, Biking, Food

Venkat Manda returns on March 15 with two guests – the first will bring some of her Bollywood choices and we will talk Bollywood. Then Mark Hines (from KCMBC) who will discuss his Indian tastes, Indian food and bicycling in Kansas City. Venkat and Mark both serve on the board on KCMBC.