Forum: “Where is Public Transportation Headed in Greater Kansas City?” with Ron Achelpohl

MARC, KCATA and other partners are updating the Smart Moves plan. RideKC will provide better transit access to jobs, support development in activity centers and corridors, and provide intra-city mobility—suburbs and core—throughout the region. Ron Achelpohl, MARC’s director of transportation and environment, will discuss the RideKC plan to redefine transit in the region.

Women’s Disaster Radio In Haiti

The theme of World Radio Day 2016 is “Radio Broadcasting In Times Of Emergency And Disaster”. A good example is AMARC member Rezo Fanm Radyo Kominote Ayisyen (REFRAKA) – the Women’s Community Radio Network of Haiti. After the devastating earthquake that destroyed its headquarters, REFRAKA recovered – again training and empowering women broadcasters and distributing programs with music, news, and life-saving information through community radios across the country.

We Are the Bomb: Boots Riley and Dave Zirin Talk Activism and Politics

Rapper and grassroots organizer Boots Riley‘s recent book is titled Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb. Riley appeared at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington DC, where he was interviewed by author and Edge of Sports blogger Dave Zirin.

Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

Featured speakers/guests:

Boots Riley, Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb author; Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports blogger


Host: Andrew Stelzer
Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez, Monica Lopez
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth

Manning Marable — By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X

The singular voice of Malcolm X speaks today to more people than ever before. He endures as a powerful and inspirational figure. It’s not hard to understand why. With his mesmerizing oratorical style and cadence it was Malcolm who redefined the discourse on race. He moved the discussion from notions of “prejudice” and “discrimination” to racism. It was Malcolm who articulated concepts like “community control” and “white power structure” and “the field Negro and the house Negro.” It was Malcolm who made it clear that Blacks were the victims of a system of domination and exploitation that was not regional but national, not superficial but structural, not episodic but ongoing and intentional. His uncompromising critical analysis gave Malcolm his moral authority. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965, but as new generations discover him, his ideas live on.

Featured speaker:

Manning Marable, a renowned scholar, was professor of public affairs, political science, history and African American studies at Columbia University. His syndicated column “Along the Color Line” appeared in over 400 newspapers and journals worldwide. He’s the author of many books including How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, Living Black History, and his masterwork Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Manning Marble died in New York in 2011.

Extinction Dialogues

By now, climate change is hopefully a widely accepted phenomenon by most everybody, but perhaps many don’t realize how close we are to seeing drastic consequences of such changes.

On today’s episode, we’ll examine what could be a near-term mass extinction on planet Earth. We’ll hear from Dr. Guy R. McPherson, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, interviewed by Barry Vogel of Radio Curious.

Prof. McPherson, co-author with Caroline Baker of Extinction Dialogues: How to Live with Death in Mind, presents overwhelming scientific evidence in support of an oncoming mass extinction of human life as we know it.

Science News & The Skeptic Society

This week on Exploration, we review the latest science news:

-5 planets that can be seen at night

-A breakthrough in Alzheimers

-New blood test for cancer

-What is the 4th revolution?

Later, Michael Shermer, founder of the Skeptic Society, talks of UFOs, aliens, psychics, etc.

Native Spirit Radio Feb. 7,2016 Interviews with Burns Paiute Tribal councilman and update on the KCPL exhibit

Today’s show includes interviews with a Burns Paiute tribal councilman Jarvis Kennedy and his take on the Oregon standoff going on their tribal lands. Also Haskell student Simona Charles and her connection to the Burns Paiute people and the situation going on. I also do an update on the Kansas City Public Library’s “Frozen in Time” exhibit and my own opinion on the display of certain pictures.

Gene De Alessi’s Lives of Black Entertainers 1968

On this edition of From The Vault, we present Gene De Allessi‘s 1968 profile of black artists in America since the early 1900’s called Lives of Black Entertainers, produced in the studios of Pacifica Station KPFA in Berkeley, California.

You may recognize De Allessi’s name or voice as the interviewer of Lena Horne from Pacifica’s classic interview from 1966.

De Allessi mentions entertainers most of us know some of the greats such as Marion Anderson, Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson, but also many great talents that we haven’t heard much about such as Abbey Mitchell, Ira Aldridge and Roland Hayes.

Featured speakers/guests:

Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Will Marion Cook, Ethel Waters, Abbey Mitchell, Claude McKay, Roland Hayes.