It’s an all-breaks and breakbeat special during this week’s First 30 Mix on MTG with tracks by Luke Vibert, Martyn, Mirage, and LMajor…following that is J Zed‘s Best Of February Playlist revisiting some of her favorite tunes from the past 30 days including those by Brine, Catz N’ Dogz, London Elektricity, Alex Metric & Ten Ven and more, closing out with an eclectic electronica DISC 2 courtesy of Adesse Versions and Bonobo. LOG ON, OR JOG ON!! Stream us worldwide at KKFI.ORG, or locally on your radio dial at 90.1 FM.
This week on This Way Out:
Queer women put the ‘Grr’ in Grammy; a unique theater piece creates concentration camp experiences; same-gender couples challenge Japan’s marriage inequality, Taiwanese and Swiss legislators grapple with queer couples questions, Chile, Honduras and Cayman Islands courts contend with nuptial equity, Auckland celebrates its Big Gay Out, Buttigieg cautions Colbert about Pence, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Tamati Coffey; Pete Buttigieg; Keala Settle, Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, Cardi B, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Brandi Carlile.
Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle and produced with Greg Gordon. “NewsWrap” reporters: Brian DeShazor & Michael LeBeau, produced with Brian DeShazor. Correspondent: John Dyer V. Theme Music: Kim Wilson.
Wednesday February 20, 2019 noon – 1pm
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes comedian Byron Stamps, artist Laura Pensar, Studio Inc, & Doug Peete with Jazz For Good Foundation.
Byron Stamps is a Mississippi native whose laid-back delivery about tales of family life, observations, and being a thug trapped in a nerd’s body thoroughly engages audiences. There is never a dull moment during this peek behind the curtain into his wild and hilariously twisted mind. Stamps performs during the Truth in Comedy show and is also the creator where pre-selected individuals share personal stories and a comedian creates a set based on the story. Stamps’ premise is simple: “If you were willing to be open, honest and vulnerable, what would you talk about?”
The idea behind the show is something Stamps has been thinking about since the death of his mother, Dorothy Stamps, in 2011. He started incorporating a bit about the last two weeks of her life into his sets.
“I’d just feel the tension in the room from everybody, and then that release of laughter,” he said. “I would just feel close to my mother doing that joke.”
Stamps, who was a high school algebra teacher at the time, wondered if he could replicate that feeling for others to help them find the humor in their hardships. He envisioned a show that was part comedy and part confessional.
“I didn’t know how it was going to go, but people received it really well,” he said. “ People said they felt exhausted but in a good way.”
He has performed his act at the Dallas Comedy House, Chicago’s Snubfest, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. He can be seen performing stand-up regularly around the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as improv with The Hammock District.
Truth In Comedy, Wednesday February 20, 7pm
Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway St. KCMO 64111
Laura Pensar-Tarot cards have gained in popularity in recent years. Local artist, playing card designer, and Tarot reader Laura Pensar looks to the long history of Tarot to evolve the practice of cartomancy (the art of reading cards). “Tarot and cartomancy are incredibly useful and easily accessible tools… but there’s a lot of misconception and dogma out there about how to work with cards. By sharing their history and evolution it helps demystify them. There’s a tradition there, but it’s a living art form and continues to evolve with the needs of people today. As card designers we need to consider the people using cards now in contemporary culture and what our imagery and symbolism are conveying to them.”
Pensar is a Kansas City-based artist and professional Tarot reader. With a Master’s degree in printmaking from UMKC and 25+ years of Tarot study, designing her own decks was a natural progression of her art practice.
Laura released her first original deck in April 2017. The Paris Tarot based on her sepia-toned photographs of Paris features several Kansas City musicians and ex-pats including Hermon Mehari, Krystle Warren, and LP’s partner Matt Hopper amongst its imagery.
“As an artist, I’m extremely grateful to be designing decks. It’s a beautiful gift. People will hold my work and spend time with it. Either playing games with friends or in quiet contemplation as part of their own reading practice. Very few mediums allow for that much interaction between the work and the viewer.”
LP will be releasing her newest deck, Little Lulu’s Lucky Lenormand (a spunky and contemporary twist on a French-style deck from the mid 1800’s)In February of this year and has several projects already in progress for future release: The Oracle of the Resistance (a more politically-slanted deck paying homage to the French Resistance of World War II), a two- deck companion set of a Tarot deck based on Homer’s Odyssey with a smaller oracle deck inspired by Sappho’s poetry, and The Cartomancers Deck (a pack of playing cards that acts as a biography honoring the lives of four famous cartomancers: Marie Lenormand, Pamela Colman Smith, Marie Laveau, and Agen the 15th century French card-maker responsible for the iconic designs we still see on standard Poker decks today.
Her Tarot studio Moth & Candle also works as a booking agency for events and parties. Clients contact her looking for anything from Tarot and palm readers to henna artists and musicians.
LP also hosts Obscure Card Game nights monthly at her studio. These evenings are free and open to the public. “Each month we focus on an unusual card game, we talk a little bit about its history, I teach the group the rules, we play a few rounds, and decide if we like it.”
“I love what I do for a living. I’m grateful that I get to be part of such a rich and long lineage. Card games have been part of just about every culture and I love the intersection of art, psychology, social interaction, and play therapy. I’m happy to share it with my community.”
Colby Smith/Courtney Wasson, Studios Inc- Courtney Wasson named as the organization’s new Executive Director of Studios Inc. Wasson joins Studios Inc with 10 years of gallery experience, marketing, and business management. Wasson is to succeed Colby K Smith, who has been the Executive Director since
2003 when he co-founded Studios Inc. Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.
Studios Inc 1708 Campbell KCMO 64108
Doug Peete-Jazz For Good is a charitable foundation that serves other non-profit organizations in the greater Kansas City area by providing jazz artists and ensembles at their fundraising events. Jazz For Good is the product of a shared dream of KC jazz musicians who hope to see a revival in the city’s tradition of jazz. The idea was first put into motion by Doug Peete, jazz guitarist, who dreamt of seeing the jazz revival be not only here to stay but also for doing good. Through the development of the community shared foundation, the commitment of a few initial donors, and the talent of a few world class jazz artists, Jazz For Good has already begun to make it’s mark on Kansas City jazz.
Guest: Dr. Seth Shostak
Topic: Aliens in space
Guest: Dr. Ray Kurzweil, will the robots take over?
This week on CounterSpin: Every news report contains text—whatever new information is being conveyed—and subtext: a lesson it’s underscoring, or a pattern it fits. When it’s a foreign policy story, as in coverage of current negotiations on ending the war in Afghanistan, the subtext is that the US may naturally, legitimately unleash all the violent, life-shattering power it sees to fit to muster in those countries in which it deems itself interested, and the terms for cessation of that violence should be judged primarily, if not entirely, according to those interests. We’ll look at Afghanistan through a different lens with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and author of, among other titles, Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer, with David Wildman, and Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror.
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at press coverage of Venezuelan “aid.”
Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
New & MidCoastal Releases + Claire Adams + Frank Alvarez + Wick Thomas
Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Shy Boys, Vedettes, Mess, Calvin Arsenia, Mae C, Kasey Rausch, Claire Adams & The Classical Revolution, Wick & The Tricks, The Uncouth, Red Kate, Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One, Mavis Staples, Laurie Spiegel, Mercury Rev featuring Rachell Goswell, and Queen.
At 10:30 Claire Adams joins us to talk about her new show on Friday, February 22, at 8:00 PM at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, where she will perform with the Kansas City based string trio, Rewound, performing her original songs as arranged by Peter Lawless. Rewound is Carmen Dieker violin, Alyssa Bell viola, and Ezgi Karakus cello. Claire Adams is a critically acclaimed bassist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Special guest Alyssa Murray opens the show. More information at: www.claireadamsmusic.com
At 11:00 Frank Alvarez joins us to talk about Sister Anne’s – Records and Coffee, the new record store Frank opened with business partner and friend James Oshel at 901 East 31st Street, in Kansas City. Sister Anne’s sells used records, new local releases, posters, stereos, and coffee and was named after Anne Winter who owned Recycled Sounds, one of Kansas City’s most treasured record stores, where both Frank and James worked. More information at: www.sisterannes.com
At 11:30 Wick Thomas joins us to share details about A Tribute to Queen presented by I Heart Local Music at The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 PM. The special evening will feature performances by: Wick & The Tricks, PartyParty, Katlyn Conroy, Nick Carswell, Vedettes, and Vibralux. There will also be a drag performance by: Dick Von Dyke, and a special air guitar tribute to Queen by: Mean Melin and CindAIRella, also known as Eric Melin and Beth Melin. More information at: www.iheartlocalmusic.com
The Movement To Elect Progressive Prosecutors In MO And Nationwide
It has been said that the most powerful person in any courtroom is the not the Judge but rather the Prosecutor. This is because of the Prosecutor’s ability to determine charges and force plea deals by overcharging suspects. This power in part stems from laws passed by legislators (many who are former prosecutors) who have been elected on a law and order platform. Many prosecutors use their office as a stepping stone to higher office and feel a need to keep their conviction rates high to have a record to run on. The result is what is commonly called mass incarceration, fueled by campaign funds from prison industries and a election winning strategy of fear mongering about crime. Justice has become an inconvenience.
There is a growing movement across the nation by new groups and established activists that are making electing a new kind of prosecutor their focus. Working from a list of changes that have been proven to reduce incarceration, bring justice back into a system corrupted by money and power and serves the safety, economic and wellbeing of their community these groups are seeing success at electing Progressive Prosecutors. These groups know that electing a good prosecutor must be followed up by constant contact and cooperation with this Progressive Prosecutor. We have two recorded interviews on these issues and solutions to them with Hosts Jamie Jackson and Elyse Max.
Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the ACLU in MO
Host Jamie Jackson talks with Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the ACLU in MO about how the MO ACLU has joined other Missouri groups in a coalition to help voters become more aware of their central role in electing prosecuting attorneys who pledge to pursue the voters’ priorities in their jurisdictions.
Daniel Gould, Saint Louis Activist
In the second half of our broadcast Host Elyse Max of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will speak with Daniel Gould, a Saint Louis Activist who will talk about the St Louis County campaign that successfully led to the election of progressive district attorney, Wesley Bell. Daniel will elaborate on the central role of the Missouri coalition both before and after Bell’s election to ensure that the voters’ priorities are honored and the pivotal role such community coalitions play in district attorney campaigns across the country.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of February 18th
Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday February 18th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, February 18th, 6:30pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government, direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, February 21st from 5-7 PM at the KCPD Crime Laboratory, 2645 Brooklyn, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. Join them to hear from Scott Hummel, Quality Assurance Manager with the Kansas City Crime Laboratory. Join them in healing with fellow survivors of homicide. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal
In the overburdened U.S. criminal justice system, with its burgeoning prison population, we hear a lot about felony convictions. Felonies are crimes usually punishable by a term of more than one year, or the death penalty. What we dont hear much about are misdemeanors, low level offenses punishable by fines or short terms of imprisonment in local jails.
With ten million petty cases filed annually, most U.S. convictions are misdemeanors. Unlike felonies, however, their processing is typically informal and deregulated. Much like fast-food justice, they have high-volume arrests, weak prosecutorial screening, an overtaxed defense bar, and high plea rates. There is often little meaningful scrutiny to see if convictions are supported by evidence. Innocent people who cant afford bail often plead guilty just to get out of jail.
What the result of misdemeanor convictions? Its pretty serious: stigma of a criminal record, misdemeanants are often heavily fined, incarcerated, and/or lose jobs, housing, and educational opportunities. Petty convictions are more frequent and burdensome even as we devote fewer institutional resources to ensuring their validity.
The misdemeanor phenomenon has profound systemic implications. It invites skepticism about whether thousands of individual misdemeanants are actually guilty. It reveals an important structural feature of the criminal system: that due process and rule-of-law wane at the bottom of the penal pyramid where offenses are pettiest and defendants are poorest. And it is a key ingredient in the racialization of crime. Misdemeanor processing is the way poor defendants of color are swept up into the criminal system with little or no regard for actual guilt.
In her new book, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, University of California Irvine law professor Alexandra Natapoff takes an in-depth look at the misdemeanor process is an institutional gateway that explains many of the criminal systems dynamics and dysfunctions.
Guest ” Alexandra Napatoff, University of California Irvine law professor and a member of the American Law Institute. She’s also a former federal public defender, a community organizer, and the recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship.
Kings Bay Plowshares 7
In our society nuclear weapons that can destroy all creation are taken as a normal, even an inevitable, part of life. In a dramatic action to break what they call the crime of silence seven Catholic peace activists entered the Kings Baytrident submarine base in Georgia last April to perform an act of symbolic disarmament.
They used hammers to follow the prophecy of Isaiah to beat swords into plowshares and poured blood to make holy what was evil in a sacramental action.
Kings Bay is homeport to six ballistic missile trident submarines, each of which deploy 16 trident missiles carrying four or more warheads of at least 100 kilotons. The Hiroshima bomb was 14 kilotons. Each submarine thus has the distructive power of at least 500 Hiroshima bombs.
The plowshares seven face up to 25 years in federal prison. Their trial is coming up in the next month. Theirs was the latest of 100 plowshares actions around the world since 1980.
Guest – Martha Hennessey, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 co-defendant, activist and volunteer with the New York Catholic Worker.
Guest – Carmen Trotta, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 co-defendant, activist and volunteer with the New York Catholic Worker.