“Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century”

This week on Tell Somebody, Tom Klammer features a phone covnersation with Professor Robert McChesney about his new book, Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, which “…uses a sophisticated political economic analysis to delineate the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration.” Tune in for all this and more this Thursday from 9AM!

Spying, Secrecy & Suppression

There is an assault on civil liberties and fundamental rights. State spying, secrecy and suppression have vastly increased. 9/11 is the pretext for surveillance that never stops giving. Both Democrats and Republicans have greatly expanded the powers of the multiple government agencies who watch and monitor us. What is called oversight is a joke. We would do well to recall Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s ringing dissent in his 1972 opinion Laird v. Tatum. This is what he said: “The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people.

Featured speaker/guest:

Nadine Strossen is professor of law at New York Law School. She has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of civil liberties, constitutional law and human rights. She was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1991. She is the first woman and youngest person to serve as head of the ACLU.

“An Iliad” & “Lasso Of Truth”

Today on Arts Magazine, actor Kyle Hatley will once again join host Michael Hogge to speak about the new show at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, An Iliad, a re-telling of Homer’s epic poem.

Later, the director and actors from the Unicorn Theatre will be with us to talk about their latest adult comedy, Lasso Of Truth. Join us for all this, plus the latest reviews from Russ Simmons on Freeze Frame!

God and Government Turkish Music, and Remembering Marcus Borg

Controlling Religion in Secular Turkey

On paper, Turkey’s government is secular. But the state controls nearly every aspect of religious life–and seems to prefer the Sunni Muslim variety.  The founders of modern Turkey thought the best way to keep Islam from competing with government was to take it over. Now critics say the country’s president is using his power not to control religion, but to promote the religion of the majority: Sunni Islam. We begin with the story of ‘Fatma,’ an Alevi Muslim teenager who was automatically enrolled in a state-run Sunni school.

In the Studio with Guitarist Celil Kaya

Celil Refik Kaya was born in Turkey and moved to Austin, Texas, to study classical guitar when he was 19. He’s also a master of the rebab, a three-stringed instrument that’s played with a bow. He came to the studio to play for us, and to explain how music can connect the listener and performer to the divine.

Celebrating the Life of Marcus Borg

Marcus Borg looked for the larger message in scripture. He used to say, “The Bible is true, and some of it actually happened.”  Although not a literalist, he handled scripture with reverence, curiosity  and rigor.  And it showed. The revered liberal theologian and Biblical scholar passed away on January 21st, so this week, we’re listening back to his final interview with us, from last June.