The First 30? How About The First FORTY! (PART TWO)

Once again, J Zed‘s had to expand her hottest tunes list this week due to all the many brand-new releases that have just dropped and that she’s all too eager to turn out to you all...DJ KOZE. PAUL WOOLFORD. DEATH RAY SHAKE. TOM MIDDLETON. FELICE VISONE. HUXLEY. And those are just some of the names she’ll be featuring on this week’s playlist, plus an ultra-chilled out DISC 2 from Roosevelt and Roísín Murphy. You know what to do, your marching orders are clear: LOG ON, OR JOG ON. 10PM CST, stream us worldwide at KKFI.ORG!

Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness (Encore)

Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn’t getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses. This week on Making Contact, we bring you an abridged version of the film Bipolarized; Rethinking Mental Illness, chronicling McKenzie’s journey.

Special thanks to Specialty Studios

Ross McKenzie, diagnosed with Bipolar disorder; Ross McKenzie’s mother and sister; Gwen Olsen, former pharmaceutical rep; Laura Delano, psychiatry survivor; Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America; Dr. Charles Whitfield, trauma recovery specialist; Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing.


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

All Eyes are on Kansas City! w/ guest Twoana Sheppard

Our guest is currently active with youth and families in KCK. Twoana Clark-Sheppard, Licensed Mental Health Professional and founder of Abundant Living Legacy dedicated to supporting individuals, families, and communities toward mental, spiritual and overall wellness through personal and professional development as well as counseling and life coaching. Twoana has presented and trained for many area and national organizations including FEMA, Mid-America Regional Council, and Girls Scouts of America. She has over 22 years in the social service and counseling field.

Fringe Festival 2016

Join host Craig Lubow on Radio Active Magazine for a preview of some of the shows at the 2016 Fringe Festival in Kansas City, featuring some of the artists from the shows.

Eying Lazy Eye + A Faithful Trans Presidential Panelist + More!

This week on This Way Out:

Midlife and lost love as seen through a “Lazy Eye”; a faith-fortified trans activist advises Obama; Trump picks a homophobic Hoosier running mate; Canadian Anglicans defiantly bless marriage equality, Bermuda lawmakers split over the issue, U.S. Republicans propose a hateful anti-LGBT agenda, the U.S. House has no Pulse after the Orlando Massacre, and “out” education is in in California, and more global LGBT news!

Featured speakers/guests:

Tim Kirkman; Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Aaron Costa Ganis; Barbara Satin; Donald Trump and Mike Pence.


Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle and produced with Greg Gordon. NewsWrap reporters: Jessica Andrea & Michael LeBeau; Producer: Steve Pride. Correspondents: Dixie Treichel & John Townsend; Abby Dees & Wenzel Jones. Add’l material from NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Theme music: Kim Wilson. Add’l music: Barbra Streisand.

Darryl Purpose

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Darryl Purpose. With a storyteller’s heart Darryl has connected with audiences in the top folk venues in the country, including Club Passim, McCabe’s, The Bluebird Cafe, and The Kennedy Center. In the nineties he joined with a group of musicians and peaceniks to walk across the entire United States for peace. In 2005, Darryl put down the guitar and resumed his former career as a professional card player. During that time he earned enough money to buy two houses, one for himself and one for his mother. He is one of 17 members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Thankfully, Darryl has returned to music. In 2012 he released the highly acclaimed CD, Next Time Around, which spent five weeks at number one on the Roots Music Report folk chart. We spoke with Darryl in our Albuquerque Studios about music, card playing and healthy living.

Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter

Faith, Race and the Police

The police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile re-ignited Black Lives Matter protests across the country. Then, five Dallas police officers were shot to death by a lone gunman. We do some soul-searching with black and white clergy who’ve been thinking deeply about where we go from here.  This week, we speak with Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., Rev. Nancy Ladd, Senior Minister at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, MD, Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, VA and Rev. Matthew Braddock, Senior Minister at Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring, MD.

The Art and Power of Black Preaching

When we listen to the call and response of a jazz trio, we are hearing echoes of black preaching. When we tap our feet to a hip-hop song, we are also hearing black preaching. And when we get caught up in the words of a powerful storyteller, that too is black preaching. This week we listen back to some of the most riveting examples of African-American sermons.  Our guest, Martha Simmons is the co-editor of Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present.


The New Operating Engineers Union Health Clinic: Will It Start a Trend?

Last month, Kansas City based union Operating Engineers Local 101 opened its own healthcare facility, the Union Health and Wellness Center for union members and their families. The union says it’s a groundbreaking concept. The Heartland Labor Forum will visit the center, find out what the members think and ask whether other unions should do the same. All this Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.