Denny Laine, Eddie Delahunt, and Andy Powell Walk into a Buzz

During the 6am hour, Mike Murphy interviews Denny Laine from the Moody Blues and Wings.  From 7 to 7:30am, Kansas City’s Irishman, Eddie Delahunt performs live.  During the final quarter of the show, Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash checks in.


Denny Laine and the Cryers will be at the Voodoo Lounge on Thursday, September 3rd.

Eddie Delahunt will be at O’Dowds Little Dublin on Thursday, September 3rd and The Kansas City Irish Fest September 5th and 6th

Andy Powell and Wishbone Ash will be at Knuckleheads on September 6th.

Felicia Kornbluh on ‘Welfare Reform’ Anniversary

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This week on CounterSpin: The 10-year mark since Hurricane Katrina has occasioned some journalistic looks back at the devastation, and, to a lesser extent, how and why that devastation was disproportionately born by black and poor people — and to a still lesser extent, how those same people are missing from the “silver lining” improvement or “opportunity” narratives now presented.

Would that even that degree of critical consideration would be granted to the anniversary of another disaster for low-income communities of color: the move to “end welfare as we know it,” signed into law in August 1996 by Bill Clinton. If you don’t remember the media stampede — Black women having babies for government checks! Pregnant teenagers draining public resources! — that’s partly because elite media, having championed hard for the dismantling of the safety net, were markedly less interested in tracking the human fallout.

We talk about what was called “reform” of what was called “welfare” with associate professor of history at the University of Vermont Felicia Kornbluh, author (with Gwendolyn Mink) of the forthcoming Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform After 20 Years.

And first, as usual, a quick look back at the week’s press.



  • “Poor Mothers Don’t Matter in Welfare Policy,” by Felicia Kornbluh and Gwendolyn Mink (Common Dreams, 8/23/15)

“Remembering Nagasaki: Propagating Hope”

This week on the Forum, we’ll hear the full speech given by Kansas City native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes (How To Make An Atomic Bomb) in Independence at the  “Remembering Nagasaki: Propagating Hope” event co-sponsored by PeaceWorks, which was held at the Community of Christ Temple.

Lauren Anderson: LIVE in Studio!

On this week’s Thirsty Thursday Morning Buzz, Beth Pike welcomes musician Lauren Anderson into the KKFI studios for a bit of a chat, and then we’ll get to hear some soulful sounds from the band live in studio ahead of their performance at KKFI’s Crossroads Music Fest on September 12th!

Capitalism: Fantasies & Realities

The stories spun about the economy are more akin to fairy tales. The most popular one, endlessly repeated, is that if you work hard you’ll get ahead. Another is trickle down. Remember that one? The fat cats get fatter and you’ll benefit by getting the leftover crumbs. It’s a wonder after decades of breathtaking income and wealth inequality and flat wages for most workers that these tales are still told. Noam Chomsky talks about “really existing capitalism,” dependent on state subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. The drift to oligarchy continues unabated. Corporate power is dominant. It has tremendous political influence. The media fail to inform. In spite of all that, people all over the world, tired of enduring the lies and deprivations, are asking questions about the fantasies and realities of capitalism.

Featured speaker:

Richard Wolff teaches at the New School in New York. The New York Times called him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.” He is the author of numerous books including Capitalism Hits the Fan, Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy with David Barsamian.

Khadijah & The White Guy, Shots In The Night!

Khadijah & The White Guy are back in the saddle to take your calls on issues affecting race relations in our community, and then stick around for an all-new episode of Shots In The Night, KKFI’s radio theater troupe!

Women Journalists on the Frontlines

This week on Making Contact, women journalists speak about dangers confronting women journalists both on the frontlines of war and covering dangerous issues at home.

Featured speakers/guests:

Sara de Jong, (Former) Deputy General Secretary of the International News Safety Institute, and an organizer of an International Federation of Journalists conference on the Safety of Female Journalists; Olga Rodriquez, human rights journalist and war correspondent, received 2014 award from the Human Rights Association of Spain – in 2003 she was in Iraq for Cadena SER, Spain’s national broadcaster; Jacqueline Aubenas, mother of kidnapped French war correspondent; Nadia Azhgikhina, Russian political journalist and current Vice Chair of the European Federation of Journalists; Asil Al Akhras, national newpaper journalist; a broadcaster and agencies reporter from Palestine; anonymous national newspaper reporter from Africa (under threat); pseudonymous national news reporter from Iran (under threat).


Produced for WINGS by Mindy Ran; some audio used by permission of Radio Netherlands; WINGS series producer, Frieda Werden.


Circles Out of Poverty

A Colorado woman who is part of the working poor relates her involvement in the Circles campaign, a national campaign to get people out of poverty by increasing their social capital.

She attended this year’s National Circle Conference in Atlanta Georgia and brings us voices from the conference.


Maeve Conran, KGNU, Boulder, Colorado.