Ray McGovern: Part 3 of 3

In this, the last of a three-part series, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern returns this week to Tell Somebody to give some of this unique perspective on illegal spying by the NSA (does that stand for No Such Amendment?), the complicity of the major media, and some of the history of the FISA court process arising from the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s.

Jen Zaman in for Michael Hogge!

It’s a bit outside the norm this lunch hour as Jen Zaman fills in for Michael Hogge today on Arts Magazine! We’ve got an incredible show lined up for you, featuring Director Amy Sanders and Music Coordinator Kelsie Clark of Culture House Dance Theatre of Olathe, in to chat about their upcoming production of Big River at the Kauffman Center.

Then, at 12:30, Director Nino Casisi of River City Community Players will be joined by some of the cast of Legally Blonde: The Musical to discuss the nuts and bolts of the show. Tune in for some lively chat, and a new episode of Russ Simmons’ Freeze Frame!

River Trade Radio with guest host Mark Manning

River Trade Radio
Nine to Eleven Sundays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

Sunday, July 27, 9:00am

Local & New Releases + Songs About Rivers

This week Mark Manning fills in for hosts Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch who are sharing their music with the world. Mark will play some great new & local releases plus a few songs about rivers.

We’ll hear tracks from: Victor & Penny, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Sara Swenson, Scott Schumann, My Oh My!, John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons, Sarah Carpenter, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, David Burchfield, High & Dry, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Scott Hrabko, Sky Smeed, Quiet Corral, Damawa, Greg Brown, Sturgil Simpson, Courtney Barnett, Bob Dylan, Odetta, David Byrne & Brian Eno, and Valerie June.

Show #22

Folk Alliance Rewind featuring Amy Black

It’s been five months since Folk Alliance International invaded Kansas City’s Crown Center Hotel, but planning for the 2015 is already in full swing.  Our town was blown away by the quality and quantity of world class musicians that graced our town for over a week.  This week’s Tasty Brew edition of Your Tuesday Morning Buzz will highlight many Folk Alliance artists including Amy Black. See Amy here. Black is a Boston-based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood. In record time, she’s become one of the most sought after acts in the East, sharing stages with Chris Isaak, The Courtyard Hounds, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and headlining at some of the region’s best venues. Amy grew up in Missouri and Alabama and at 15, moved to Massachusetts and will be appearing this Saturday night, July 26, with Tasty Brew favorite Sky Smeed at Knucklehead’s Gospel Lounge.


Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates The Pitch Music Awards!

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates
The Pitch Music Awards & Nominees
with Natalie Gallagher, Music Editor at The Pitch

Mark plays music from some of 75 Kansas City based bands nominated for 2014 Pitch Music Awards. We’ll hear music from: Katy Guillen and the Girls, Bummer, Josh Berwanger Band, Shy Boys, My Oh My, The Pedaljets, My Brothers & Sisters, Victor & Penny, The Grisly Hand, John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons, Your Friend., Radkey, Troglodyte, Not A Planet, Various Blonde, Chris Hazelton’s Boogalloo 7, Shay Estes, Kansas City Bear Fighters, AJ Gaither OMB, Stik Figa, The Bad Ideas, Sigrah, and Ha Ha Tonka.

The Pitch Music Editor – Natalie Gallagher joins us for the entire show as our special guest. Natalie will share information about The Pitch Music Showcases: Saturday, July 19, at 7:00 pm, at The Riot Room, with two stages of Pitch Music Award nominees, including: Abnorm, Approach, Bummer, Rev Gusto, Bad Ideas, Berwanger, New Riddim & DJ Sheppa. AND, Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, featuring Pitch Music Award nominees: A.J. Gaither, Pedaljets, Katy Guillen, Grisly Hand, Not a Planet, and more!

Winners will be announced at The Pitch Music Awards on Sunday, August 3, at The Uptown Theater and in The Pitch on Thursday, August 7. The Pitch Music Awards will be co-hosted by Eric Melin and Judy Mills.

Voting on The Pitch Music Awards Ballot is open until Monday, July 28, at 9:00 am. You can vote online at this link: http://posting.pitch.com/kansascity/Survey?survey=4218892

Show #535

Defending Cops That Kill – Lance LoRusso. Nation Inside and Second Chance, Advocating For Sensible Policy


On Today’s show we look at the issue of police violence and police killing from the point of view of the officer. Our guest will talk about how law enforcement deals with threatening situations, how they assess safety in those situations and why they use deadly force.

Host Keith Brown El talks with Lance LoRusso, an attorney, former law enforcement officer, and author of the book, WHEN COPS KILL: THE AFTERMATH OF A CRITICAL INCIDENT TAKES YOU THROUGH AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING AND THE YEARS AFTER. Mr LoRusso is an attorney for officers whose actions are under investigation by the authorities and the public. Many will see him as defending the indefensible while many others will see him as defending heroes of law and order.
Some of the issues covered in his book are:
What does it mean to be sued as a law enforcement officer?
What will happen during the internal affairs investigation?
Should you speak with the homicide division?
Will the state licensing agency investigate as well?
How will you handle the media coverage and public attention?

Contact: Molly Robinson, Strategic Vision LLC, Ph: (404) 380-1079, www.strategicvision.biz

Nation Inside and Second Chance

We recently ran across a request for formerly incarcerated citizens to call in and record their stories of searching for a job with a conviction. This request came from Nation Inside – Powering Campaigns for Justice.

Nation Inside is a platform that connects and supports people who are building a movement to systematically challenge mass incarceration in the United States. Nation Inside is a community of people dedicated to changing the U.S. criminal justice system by using our collective voices to
spark public dialogue about criminal justice, educating policy makers and
develop strategies for safer and healthier communities. You can find them at http://nationinside.org/ or to listen to some of the stories gathered by Nation Inside go to https://nation_inside.creatavist.com/story/9794

Host Allie Catherine Bush will talk to a representative of Nation Inside about their advocacy and training opportunities as well as Debra Neal of the Second Chance program here in the metropolitan KC area.

The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, with a mission of public safety, launched the Second Chance Program in October of 2008. Unique in this area, the program offers leadership and work that organizes the entire metro social service community to reduce recidivism and support of Missouri Probation & Parole by providing direct service work to connect high risk returning offenders to services.

For more information on second Chance contact:

Ron Smith, Program Director

2700 E. 18th St., Room 207
Kansas City, MO 64127
816.231.8828 (Fax)

Local playwrights Cynthia Hardeman, Michelle T. Johnson and Teresa Leggard share insights and experience

Today on Urban Connections local playwrights Cynthia Hardiman, Michelle T. Johnson and Teresa Leggard talk about their upcoming Fringe production and their experiences as Black Women playwrights.

Cynthia Hardeman is a family services advocate by day and playwright by night. She is the recent winner of Kansas City’s 2013 Project Playwright II competition. Her plays have been seen at the Unicorn’s 2012 Gala playwright’s showcase and the 2012 InTENsity Showcase at Fishtank Performance Studio, produced by Frank Higgins. Her play “Truth Be Dead” was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory at Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore, MD. She then received a reading at The Unicorn Theatre in 2013, and the original premiere production as “Truth Stands” was in the 2013-2014 season at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. Cynthia’s full-length work is scheduled to have its World Premiere here in Kansas City at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in February of 2015. Cynthia writes plays because she wants to touch people, to reach people, to make them feel something, somehow, someway trapped in a moment they would otherwise ignore.”

Michelle T. Johnson is a Kansas City-based local and national diversity consultant and speaker. She has three published books on diversity, has a freelance column in the Kansas City Star as the “Diversity Diva” and is the Diversity Coordinator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School.

Johnson is also a playwright whose plays have been produced in the Barn Players of Mission, Kansas’ “2011 Six By Ten Festival,” the 2012 Kansas City Fringe Festival and by Potluck Productions in 2012. She was selected as a featured playwright in the Unicorn Theater’s Writer Showcase in February 2013, as a participant in the 2013 Project Playwright 2.0 competition and had her micro-play read at the 2013 World Theater Day celebration held by Mind The Gap Theater in New York City. She has had her plays picked and produced for playwriting festivals in Houston, Texas and Medford, Connecticut. Johnson’s play “Wiccans in the ‘Hood” was selected for and produced in the “Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival” in New York City in February 2013 and was the sixth best-attended show out of over 120 acts in the 2013 Kansas City Fringe Festival. Her play “Echoes of Octavia” will be produced by KC Melting Pot Theater next year. Her plays “Trading Places” and an expanded “Wiccans in the ’Hood” will be produced next year in the regular season of Brainspunk Theater of Philadelphia. Her play “The Negro Whisperer” was in the New Work Series Festival in New York City last month.

Teresa Leggard is a writer, editor, poet and playwright.  She’s also a member of The Writers Place, Kansas City’s own literary community center. Her upcoming plays “The Birthday” and “To Bed”  will be featured in the KC Fringe Festival in July 2014, as part of the productions Girl on Girl and More 4Play