Dr. Vandana Shiva – Live Broadcast

Dr. Vandana Shiva will be speaking at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Thursday.  KKFI will be broadcasting her talk on the value of diversity in nature and society.

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist and author who is changing the way the world thinks about food, agriculture and sustainability.

Her lecture, “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope,” will address the value of diversity in nature and in society, as well how the monoculture of the mind can destroy that diversity at every level. She will share what is happening to seed and food, and how “Gardens Of Hope” protect Seed Freedom and Food Democracy.

Her message of local ownership and self-sufficiency in the production and distribution of food offers a powerful case for the development of urban and local food systems that we’ve seen in Kansas City over the last ten years; her deep understanding of sustainability challenges us to keep reaching across sectors, disciplines, and communities as we grow our regional food system.

Hosted by: Cultivate Kansas City, UMKC’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.

Redefining Success And Thriving with Arianna Huffington

The common lament in these post-modern times is that there is not enough time. We’re overly busy and are overworking. We allow our gadgets, such as smart phones and tablets, to absorb our attention. We jump down the rabbit hole of emails and texting, and engage in social media letting them take up more and more of our time so we spend less and less time connecting with ourselves and with one another in deep and meaningful ways. Many studies have shown all of these things prevent us from having the time to regenerate and recharge and to tap into our innate wisdom. After suffering a fall from over-exhaustion, Huffington asked herself this question: “What is success?” She points out, “by the conventional definition of success, I was successful. I had just been chosen for Time Magazine as one of a hundred most influential people…But by any sane definition of success, I was clearly not successful. I was collapsing and finding myself in a pool of my own blood. That was the beginning of this journey for me. It was really about redefining success, both for me and for all of us.” Success in Huffington’s terms is about the quality of our well-being. It is about the wisdom and the wonder that manifests in our lives as well as the contribution we make to others. She has many suggestions as to how we can live a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)Bio

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of many books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics.

Her books include:

To learn more about the work of Arianna Huffington go to: www.huffingtonpost.com/thrive.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What is the third metric of true success beyond the accumulation of money and power
  • Why women are more vulnerable to health complications due to stress than men
  • Why “burn out” is a disease of post-modern civilization
  • What is “hyperconnectivity” and how can we disengage from it
  • Why sleep is the best medicine
  • Why wisdom is more than information and data
  • Why we must educate our inner voice to be kinder
  • How we can be more mindful and present in our lives
  • How our thoughts about death and dying can stimulate a sense of wonder
  • What an amazing and wise person her mother was

Host: Justine Willis Toms                Interview Date: 2/14/2014             Program Number: 3499

Coal From the Mine to the Power Plant

Kellis Bayless is a coal activist with a Ph.D in Ecology in Evolutionary Biology.  He is an expert on mountaintop removal and its consequences.  We’ll discuss the whole spectrum of coal consumption on the program.




Apocalypse Untold

The Apocalypse is revealed in an upbeat musical composed and performed by Kansas City’s Black Crack Revue featuring songs such as “‘Headed Toward Extinction”, “Dinosaur Breakfast”, and “666 Dub”.

The Bar-Kays

The Bar-Kays are with us on Beale Street Caravan this week as they celebrate 50 years of Funk.

The Bar-Kays humble beginnings start in the music classroom at Booker T Washington High School in Memphis. Their first hit, the instrumental “Soulfinger,” shot the group to stardom only to come crashing down as 4 of the members were killed in the tragic aviation accident that also took the life of Stax star, Otis Redding. The Bar-Kays reformed and reinvented themselves: first through studio and road work behind Stax legends like Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes. Then they came into their own again with 1971′s Black Rock, an experimental album that rewrote the rules and defined the funk genre. Founding member James Alexander joins us in the studio to share his stories about the band. Also on today’s show, we continue our series The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll, a series from our archives of interviews with the late Sam Phillips.

About the artist:

A group of six Memphis musicians called The River Arrows found themselves in the fortunate position of auditioning for and being hired by Stax Records in 1966. The company’s goal was to prep them to be a second “house band” for recording sessions at the label’s movie theater-turned-studio. After a name change to The Bar-Kays (taken from a nickname for Bacardi Rum that someone saw on a billboard), the group scored with their debut release, “Soul Finger.” The instrumental was an amalgam of several musical influences beginning with the rhythmic line from J.J. Jackson’s then-recent hit “But It’s Alright” (which they had been performing live in local clubs backing Norman West, future lead singer of Stax act The Soul Children), adding, of all things, the children’s song “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as an opening riff. It started as a casual jam session and came together as a horn-heavy guitar groove.

Jim Stewart, co-owner of Stax (with Estelle Axton), present at the impromptu session, went wild over the song but thought it needed a little extra something to make it stand out. Kids were always hanging around in the vicinity of the McLemore Avenue studio, so he had them come in and make sounds like a party was going on and shout ‘Soul finger!’ whenever he pointed to them (so in essence Jim’s pointing finger was the subject of the title). They knew they had a hit on their hands with the finished product; a funk record before it had occurred to anyone to call it that. Released on that other great Stax-owned label, Volt, it was a big hit in the summer of 1967, hitting the top 20 on the pop charts and top ten R&B.

The band’s original 1966 lineup featured guitarist Jimmy King, bassist James Alexander, Ronnie Caldwell on keyboards, Ben Cauley on trumpet, Phalon Jones on sax and drummer Carl Cunningham. House band The Mar-Keys (of “Last Night” fame), with some varying members and contributions from Booker T. and the MG’s, had been stretched thin over the five or six years since the company was founded. The Bar-Kays quickly rose to their potential through the efforts of MG’s drummer Al Jackson, who helped to mold them into a tighter, more prolific version of themselves with more than a hint of Mar-Keys style mixed in. In 1967, they were used on a number of hit singles by Sam and Dave and Otis Redding and lesser-known efforts by other Stax/Volt artists, with outstanding results.

Besides all the session work, other Bar-Kays tunes made a mark in 1967: the bluesy, harmonica-heavy “Knucklehead” on the flip side of “Soul Finger” received its share of airplay on R&B and some pop stations, and follow-up 45 “Give Everybody Some” gave off an urgent party vibe with all components poppin’, notably a hot organ solo by Caldwell reminscent of prime Booker T. Otis Redding was so impressed by the sextet and its seemingly effortless musicianship that he hired them to be his backing band on tour, traveling on his private Beechcraft plane, starting with an engagement at New York’s hottest Harlem venue, the Apollo Theater, for ten nights during the summer.

With session work in between, the Redding tour continued in the fall. On the afternoon of December 10, 1967, en route to a scheduled appearance in Madison, Wisconsin, the plane went down in Lake Monona, just east of the city. Ben Cauley was the sole survivor of the crash. A rescue team arrived quickly; had they been there a few minutes later, even he might not have made it. Four members of the Bar-Kays, along with Redding, the pilot and an assistant died that day. James Alexander hadn’t been traveling with the band for this particular part of the tour; suddenly he and Cauley were the only ones left. The incident stunned everyone in the Stax/Volt family as well as many millions of Otis Redding fans who have kept the dynamic singer’s memory alive.

It could have spelled the end for the Bar-Kays and for Ben Cauley’s career. The horrifying experience nearly caused him to call it quits, but after several months he and Alexander decided to reform the band (though Cauley ultimately decided a few years later to leave and focus on family life while doing occasional session work). Some of the early musicians to join the new band included guitarist Michael Toles, organist Ronnie Gordon, sax player Harvey Henderson, drummer Roy Cunningham and, when the need for a vocalist came into play, Larry Dodson (formerly with The Temprees). This core unit, in addition to James Brown and The Meters, paved the way for the ’70s funk movement. Having warmed up by backing Isaac Hayes on his highly-regarded 1969 album Hot Buttered Soul, in early ’72 the new band hit the singles charts for the first time in four years with “Son of Shaft,” an extension of Hayes’ chart-topping theme from the first film installment of Shaft.

After Stax fell into financial difficulties forcing its closure and sale in the mid-’70s, The Bar-Kays signed with Mercury and began rolling out a nonstop bombardment of R&B smashes (and occasional pop hits) starting with “Shake Your Rump to the Funk” in 1976. Some of the band’s hottest grooves include “Too Hot to Stop” in ’77, “Move Your Boogie Body” in ’79 and “Freakshow on the Dance Floor” in ’84. All told, two dozen records hit the charts between 1976 and ’88, a body of work that put them, along with George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic dynasty, in a funky class above the rest.
- Michael Jack Kirby

“The Jayhawker”: Norman Ledgin

M.C. Richardson, host and executive producer of Guess Who’s Coming To Kansas City, will feature The Jayhawker, a novel by Norman Ledgin. The book deals with the battles and loves of Malcolm Erskine, a mixed-race leader in the Border War of the 1850s, and is a fascinating mix of fact and fiction about the events preceding the Civil War. In Kansas, it was a selection for “Best Book” in the 2011 Sesquicentennial of statehood. So, turn on and tune in this Saturday, April 19th from 5-6PM on your radio dial at 90.1 FM, and online at KKFI.ORG.

Comfort Women Denied: Massive sex slavery by Japan in WWII

During WWII the Japanese military enslaved large number of women, particularly from countries Japan had colonized such as Korea, for sexual use. This edition of WINGS tells how it happened, how Japan has gotten away with it, and about the activism that women have mounted for the survivors’ claims.

Featured speaker:

Angela Lytle is a feminist activist and human rights educator who works internationally with the comfort women support movement. She is also the Executive Director of the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute.


Originally produced for Feminist Current, and edited by Meghan Murphy for inclusion in WINGS. Series Producer, Frieda Werden.


Shh!: Life in a State of Surveillance

Who’s watching you? Nowadays it seems everyone wants to get their hands on our personal data, from the FBI to the welfare department, to some of the country’s biggest retailers. On this edition of Making Contact, we take a closer look at the world of surveillance.

Featured speakers/guests:

Hasan Elahi, artist and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland; Charles Duhigg, New York Times journalist and author of The Power of Habit; Jodie Berger, public benefits lawyer; John Gilliom, professor of political science at Ohio university; Kaaryn Gustafson, welfare lawyer and University of Connecticut teacher.


Host: George Lavender
Contributing Producers: Salima Hamirani
Producers: George Lavender, Andrew Stelzer
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth
Organizational Volunteers: Dan Turner and Barbara Barnett