Jake Johnston on Haiti Reporting

This week on CounterSpin: Whether it’s Haitians or Muslims or Mexicans, Donald Trump’s actions seem clearly driven by hatred, and whatever cocktail of ignorance and fear undergirds it. Media’s job goes beyond identifying this animus, to countering the damage it inflicts with thoughtful, humane reporting. Jake Johnston is a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and lead author for CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog. His latest, an account of a UN-connected “anti-gang raid” in Port-au-Prince that ended in the death of civilians, is just one example of the present-day news we need to hear to get Haiti coverage beyond tales of hardship and handwringing. Jake Johnston joins us to talk about that.

Also on the show: Participants in a rally to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, now entering its 17th year of operation, included family members of people killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks, along with torture survivors and human rights activists. All called for an end, finally, to the monument to illegality and cruelty that Guantánamo represents, and where 41 Muslim men remain indefinitely. Pardiss Kebriaei is senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She’ll tell us about the new legal challenge to the prison.

Live From Sundance

Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

Live From Sundance

Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

Live From Sundance

Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

Live From Sundance

Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

Live From Sundance

Democracy Now! continues it’s annual tradition of broadcasting all week from the Sundance Film Festival.

ARTSPEAK RADIO with Nathan Sawaya, Writers Place, Brackenbury, Prospero’s, & Bent

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with artist Nathan Sawaya, board President of the Writers Place Anne Gatschet, writer Eve Brackenbury, Prospero’s Book owner/writer Will Leathem, & Dan Storm from the stage production of Bent.

Will Leatham -Prospero’s Books opened its doors on November 19, 1997, currently it fills two floors of the historic, 120-year-old Johnson Hardware building. Prospero’s serves as a literary staple in the city, not only with its selection of books and albums, but it’s literary and live events.

Directed by author and revered KC ART INSTITUTE professor (retired), RUSH RANKIN, this workshop emphasizes a CLOSE READING of poetry presented by particpants. Each session is LIMITED to 10 participants (though individuals may sign up for all 5 at a discounted price).

COST: $25 per session (all 5 sessions for $100).
CLASS SIZE: 10 – first come, first seated (note: you can reserve your spot in advance at eventbrite)

Pushcart Prize nominated (2017) RUSH RANKIN is the author of three books of poetry: “Bene-Dictions”, “The Failure of Grief” and “Pascal’s Other Wager”. In addition, he has published a book of essays, philosophy and aesthtetics titled “In Theory”.

(note: later this year, Prospero’s will be joining with Rush to present a philosophy and aesthetics series)
Prospero’s Books 1800 W. 39th St. KCMO 64111 Mon-Sat 10:30am-10pm Sun 10:30am-6pm

Anne Gatschet Board President Writers Place-Since 1992, The Writers Place has been Kansas City’s literary community center, offering readings, creative writing classes, writing groups, an art gallery, and more. We invite you to get involved — attend a reading, take a class, write a poem or story.
3607 Pennsylvannia KCMO 64111

Eve Brackenbury -The Burns Supper is an annual celebratory tribute to the life, works, and spirit of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet. Celebrated all over the world. the supper occurs around January 25, the date of his birth. The Burns Supper at The Writers Place includes eating a traditional Scottish meal, sipping a bit of Scotch whiskey, and reading poems by or about Robert Burns. Scottish attire is welcome. Eve Brackenbury and Rhiannon Ross host this fine event. If you wish to bring and share a traditional Scottish dish or beverage, please contact Eve or Rhiannon with details and RSVP.
3607 Pennsylvania KCMO 64111 www.writersplace.org

Nathan Sawaya & The Art of the Brick- THE ART OF THE BRICK is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Sawaya transforms LEGO bricks into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art. Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.
As an early bonus to The Art of the Brick at Union Station, Sawaya will make a rare artist appearance as the exhibition opens and unveil a creation just for Kansas City, reflecting a unique aspect of our hometown. The public will be invited to submit ideas and even witness the creative process as it happens. Watch the Union Station Facebook page for upcoming details.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Union Station website here: unionstation.org/artofthebrick
Former NYC corporate lawyer turned contemporary artist, Nathan Sawaya is the first artist ever to take the LEGO brick into the art world as a medium. Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe-inspiring and groundbreaking ways. Sawaya’s touring exhibition – THE ART OF THE BRICK® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, THE ART OF THE BRICK is one of the top ten “must-see exhibits in the world!” Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information visit www.brickartist.com.
Union Station Kansas City — a 501(c)3 non-profit organization — is a 103-year-old historical landmark and celebrated civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. The organization — dedicated to science education, celebration of community and preservation of history — is home to Kansas City’s internationally-awarded Science City; the new Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium; the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre; the popular Model Railroad Experience; H&R Block City Stage featuring live theater, and a selection of unique shops and restaurants. Union Station is also home to prominent area civic organizations and businesses, and regularly hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Awarded “Top Banquet Facilities in KC” by KC Business Journal, the facility regularly hosts community events and private celebrations of all sizes.

Dan Born-StormDoor Productions and EMU Theatre present the play Bent. Bent is the story of gays swept up in the Nazi Holocaust. The play opens with the dissolute playboy Max and his gentle boyfriend, Rudy, discussing the wild scene that Max had been part of the night before. Little did they know that night was also the infamous Night of the Long Knives, in which Hitler targeted his enemies, real and perceived, for death. Max and Rudy are on the “pink list” and soon are running for their lives. In the end, Max the playboy, is given a chance to learn, among the most brutal conditions imaginable, what honesty and loyalty entail.

Performances will be at Lawrence Arts Center
January 25, 26, 27 7:30
Jan 28 3:00
$10 suggested donation

The Pearl KC
February 2, 3
Co-directors Dan Born Christie Scanlin Dobson
Production team Sarah Jane Russell, Keena Reimer Schmidt, Jason Badgett, Todd Schwartz, Janette Salisbury, Megan Fairchild

Cast: R.H. Wilhoit, Connor Eastman, Mario Bonilla, Bryce Ostrom, Alek Joyce, Nick Stock, Curt Alan Enos, Chris Hayes, Travis DeRousse, Quinton McPanda


Marshall Chapman, Bobby Bare, Don Henry, Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell.

This week marks the start of a new year with a new rhythm from Music City Roots. As we’ve said, we’re re-tooling the show for a mid-year move to the Yee Haw Brewing Co. in downtown Nashville. The live show is adjusting to that with one-off shows about once a month at venues around town. The first takes place 1.27 at the City Winery with John Oates, Greg Garing and more. We’ll have that to you as a new show asap.

In the meantime, we’re re-mixing and re-introducing historic shows and sets in a look-back format called Roots Rewind. This is the first of those shows. In this case we took a great single show from August 2011 and added new intros/outros for context. Promos are refreshed as well.
Marshall Chapman anchors the show as curator and guest interviewer. She wrote “They Came To Nashville” about major artists arrival stories, and we capture those in word and song. This episode features also Bobby Bare, Don Henry, Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell.

Marshall Chapman is an American singer-songwriter-author who was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. To date she has released thirteen critically acclaimed albums. Her latest, Blaze of Glory, was hailed a masterpiece. (Click here for NPR interview.)

Chapman’s songs have been recorded by everyone from Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker to Irma Thomas and Jimmy Buffett. (Click here for complete list.)

Of her three rockin’ albums for Epic, the Al Kooper-produced Jaded Virginwas voted Record of the Year (1978) by Stereo Review. Her album, It’s About Time… (Island, 1995), recorded live at the Tennessee State Prison for Women, drew rave reviews from Time, USA Today and the Village Voice.

Marshall is also an actor and contributing editor to Garden & Gun and Nashville Arts Magazine. She’s also written for The Oxford American, Southern Living, WPerforming Songwriter, and The Bob Edwards Show (Sirius/XM). “But music,” she says, “is my first and last love.”