Rev. Wheeler Parker – the REAL story of Emmett Till

Wheeler Parker tells what he saw on that fateful day long ago (he’s a cousin of Till and an eye witness to the incident that cost Emmett Till his life). Much has happened recently and we’ll talk to Rev. Parker for the hour… AND we’ll be taking your calls!

Indivisible KC: Grass Roots Organizing

What’s up with all the sudden raucous citizen participation in congressional town hall meetings and other forms of push back for our elected representatives? Part of the answer lies with the surge of a new nationwide organization called Indivisible.

RadioActive host David Mitchell talks with Indivisible KC activists Anne Becker Schutte and Rachel Norman.

Mardi Gras With the Voodoo Kittens!

Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement.  It’s one big holiday! Between Jan. 6 and Fat Tuesday, over 70 different krewes host their own parades in and around New Orleans!  And don’t forget the Mardi Gras Indians, with their own parades, the schedules of which aren’t announced ahead of time.

Purple, green, and gold; masks and costumes; throws from floats; krewes…what is the meaning of each of these? Big Chief and Little Liza Jane—who are they? And what’s the deal with the baby and the King Cake?

Join Stray Cat to laisser le bon temps rouler on Fat Tuesday to learn the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and hear classic tunes associated with the celebration.  The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Buckwheat, The Wild Magnolias and more of those N’awlins sounds make their contributions to the rich traditions of that beloved city. We’ll do a Second Line and Pocky Way our way through 3 hours of bon temps, mes amis!

FREEZE FRAME: “Get Out,” “A United Kingdom,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “The Girl With All the Gifts,” “Bitter Harvest”

Comic Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame makes his directorial debut with a surprisingly effective, full-blooded horror film, “Get Out.” Daniel Kaluuya plays a young black photographer who goes to meet his white girlfriend’s parents in rural suburbia, where things go horribly wrong. An effective social commentary as well as a potent creepfest, “Get Out” is this generation’s answer to “The Stepford Wives.”

 

David Oyelowo from “Selma” and Rosamund Pike from “Gone Girl” star in the true historical romance “A United Kingdom.” Oyelowo plays the heir to the throne of Botswana who creates international chaos in 1947 when he takes a white, British wife, played by Pike. It’s a handsomely produced, beautifully acted and involving drama.

 

“I Am Not Your Negro” is a compelling and penetrating documentary about the late author James Baldwin and his perspective on three men he knew well: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, who were all assassinated. It’s a sobering, resonant and timely work.

 

“The Girl with All the Gifts” is yet another zombie apocalypse flick, but this one is particularly smart and effective. Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton lead the strong acting ensemble, but newcomer Sennia Nanua steals the show as a child zombie who retains her emotions and an extremely high level of intelligence. It’s an interesting twist on the genre.

 

“Bitter Harvest” is a bitter disappointment. This romantic historical drama is set against the backdrop of Stalin’s suppression of Ukraine that led millions to starvation in the 1930s. It’s a ham-fisted and artificial entry that squanders its chance to bring this shocking story to a wide audience.

 

Also opening this week, “Rock Dog” is an animated offering about a music-loving pooch and “Collide” is an action thriller starring Felicity Jones that’s been sitting on the shelf for a few years.

TAKE TWO: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” is a compelling work about the late African-American writer James Baldwin and his relationship with three Civil Rights workers who were all assassinated: Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King. Using archived footage and the voice of Samuel L. Jackson to read Baldwin’s words, this is a very timely, resonant movie.

Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War and Fannie Never Flinched

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we bring you the hidden history of women workers in the 1800s. In Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War, poor immigrant girls and widows – made bullets and literally went up in smoke because of industrial carelessness at three major arsenals. Then, Fannie Sellens organized during the Gilded Age and founded key union locals in Missouri during her life long fight for justice. Her legacy lives on thanks to a new children’s book by Mary Cronk Farrell called Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War and Fannie Never Flinched

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we bring you the hidden history of women workers in the 1800s. In Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War, poor immigrant girls and widows – made bullets and literally went up in smoke because of industrial carelessness at three major arsenals. Then, Fannie Sellens organized during the Gilded Age and founded key union locals in Missouri during her life long fight for justice. Her legacy lives on thanks to a new children’s book by Mary Cronk Farrell called Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

StandUp KC and the Fight for $15

RadioActive host Tom Huffman is joined by StandUp activist Rachel Hogan and a minimum wage worker to discuss the prospects of passing a $15 minimum wage. We will learn the challenge of trying to live on less than poverty level wages.