When someone screams in the vacuum of space there is no sound, no vibration, an absence of contact. That is what has been happening to the youth of America, they are being victimized by a justice system developed by their elders who are afraid of them, as well as economic and political forces that marginalize their experiences.
On Today’s show host Rebecca Hamilton talks with Kevin Coval, founder of the Louder than a Bomb poetry slam competition in Chicago in 2011. He will be talking about how Hip Hop music and culture has lead into a new kind of poetry that gives voice to the “deliberately silenced and the preferably unheard”. Also joining Rebecca will be Paul Richardson, who teaches English at Washington High School, in KCK and is in charge of the local “Louder than a Bomb” poetry slam competition, which will take place in April 2014.
LOUDER THAN A BOMB chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not “high school poetry” as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film.
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Death Penalty Protocol In Missouri Goes Awry
In the second part of our show host Robin Martinez talks with Joe Luby of the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic about the recent changes in Missouri’s drug protocol for executions. The European Union forced Governor Jay Nixon to relent and give up his effort to use Profofol for executions, since then there has been a canceled execution, a new drug chosen and political gamesmanship to hide the source of then new drug.
Jaws of Justice CALENDAR 10.28.2013
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City is hosting the EXPLORE College & Career Showcase, Tuesday October 29th, 6 to 8:30PM on its five campuses. Prospective students are invited for the evening to learn about MCC’s degree and certification programs, financial aid and admissions process. You will meet faculty, explore student resources, experience a college class and take a guided campus tour. MCC’s five campuses are Penn Valley, in Midtown KC; Blue River in Independence; Maple Woods in the Northland; Business & Technology near Front Street and I-435; and Longview in Lee’s Summit. See mcckc.edu/explore-event or call 816.604.1000 for additional information, pre-registration and maps.
The Metropolitan KC Reentry Coalition monthly meeting will be Tuesday October 29th from 3-4PM at Pioneer Community College Auditorium, 2700 E 18th St, KCMO. The speaker this month will be Audra McLeod with her perspective on the reintegration of former offenders into the community and workforce.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare will have their 1st Friday Forum, 11:30AM to 1PM at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport RD, KCMO. This Month’s guest will be George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections. You are welcome to come join the discussion of what’s new in DOC policies and practices.