Native Spirit with host Rhonda LeValdo 2/19/17

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Native Spirit host Rhonda LeValdo interviews Madison McKinney, Lawrence High school senior about her recent dealings with the Shawnee Mission North High school mascot, the Indians.  McKinney’s video of the students during the game went viral on facebook and prompted the Native American student club on campus to have the banner in their gym taken down.  Playlist from the show:

05:02PM-05:07PM (5:07) Clark Tenakhongva “Hoat’ Ve’ La” from Hoat’Ve’La (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:07PM-05:12PM (4:46) Fawn Wood “When She Leaves You Tonight” from Iskwewak – Songs of Indigenous Womanhood (World) on Canyon Records

05:20PM-05:24PM (3:33) Broken Walls “fly” from Ride the Wind (World) on Broken Walls

05:24PM-05:28PM (4:00) Interview with Charlene Teters “Interview with Charlene Teters” from Living Voices on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

05:40PM-05:43PM (3:00) Jay Begaye “In Beauty we Walk” from The Colorful World – Songs from the Diné Heartland (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:43PM-05:46PM (3:00) Smokeytown Singers “Women’s Side Step” from The Next Generation (CD, Album, Other)

05:46PM-05:51PM (4:53) Indigenous “things We Do” from Things We Do (Rock) on Pachyderm Records

05:54PM-06:00PM (5:54) Cheevers Toopah “Mahpiya” from True Melodies (World) on Cool Runnings Music

Answers For Your Questions on Child Support In Kansas

Answers For Your Questions on Child Support In Kansas

On our broadcast today we return to our discussion about child support and you are invited to join the discussion. Host Craig Lubow will be talking with Sheryl Bussell, a Court Trustee in Wyandotte County, Kansas and they are joined by local Lawyer Phillip Sedgwick about how the system works and answers to your questions.

The phone number to call in is 816-931-5534. Please wait for the host to ask for calls, turn your radio down so we don’t get echos and keep your questions and commets on topic. Thank you.

JoJ Calendar for February 20th

The Writers’ Place and the Johnson County Library, will present a poetry reading by inmates and former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison. The poetry program at Lansing Prison is lead by Arlin Buyert and is sponsored by Arts in Prison, Inc. You are invited to join them Tuesday, February 21st beginning at 6:00 PM at the Johnson County Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS.
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CCO’s event “On Race & Privilege,” with Dr. John Powell and Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. will be Tuesday, February 21st, 6:30pm – 8pm at the Gem Theater, 1615 E 18th St, KCMO. They will engage in critical dialogue on the specific actions needed to create a just and equitable society for tomorrow including inequity in policing, violence, early learning, wage/employment, and access to healthcare. To purchase your ticket go to onraceandprivilege.eventbrite.com.

The Deep State: The Constitution Or The Shadow Government; and The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and Americas Secret Government

The Deep State: The Fall Of The Constitution And The Rise Of The Shadow Government

A century ago, Ferdinand Lundberg wrote the classic book “America’s 60 Families” describing them, their interconnections, and the powerful role they played in American governance. This was in 1965 by the great sociologist C. Wright Mills who wrote “Tthe Power Elite” and then by William Domhoff who wrote “Who Rules America?” Now, Mike Lofgren has made a significant contribution in describing the workings of the American ruling elite with his book The Deep State: The Fall Of The Constitution And The Rise Of The Shadow Government.

Guest – Mike Lofgren worked in Congress for 28 years, 16 of them as a senior analyst at the house and senate budget committee’s. He held a top security clearance. He now represents no political party, no business interest, and no ideology. His previous book The Party Is Over was a New York Times bestseller.

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The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of Americas Secret Government

As director of the CIA, from 1952 until Kennedy fired him, Allen Dulles has been said to exemplify unbridled authority at the height of the Cold War. Under his leadership the CIA became a lawless force domestically and internationally that engaged, with impunity, in covert acts such as the assassination of foreign leaders including Patrice Lumubo in the Congo and Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala and the over throw of a number of foreign governments.

As an attorney for the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell in the 1930s, Dulles protected and promoted Nazi-controlled cartels. He wielded his influence in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and then in the CIA to shield former Nazis from prosecution for war crimes in the 40s and 50s. David Talbot writes in book The Devils Chessboard, over the final months of the JFK presidency, a clear consensus took shape within the American deep state Kennedy was a national security threat. For the good of the country he must be removed and Dulles was the only man with the stature, connections and decisive will to make something of this enormity happen. so he could enlist them to fight communists. In addition to assisting with the assassination of Congo leader Patrice Lumumba, he organized the Bay of Pigs invasion and tried repeatedly to murder Fidel Castro.

Guest ” David Talbot, the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and the acclaimed national bestseller Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love. He is the founder and former editor in chief of Salon, and was a senior editor at Mother Jones and the features editor at the San Francisco Examiner. He has written for The New Yorker, Time, The Guardian, and other major publications. Talbot lives in San Francisco, California.

Million Dollar Quartet

By Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots Producer

Later this week (2/23), the series SUN Records premieres on CMT, with music supervision by friend of the show and friend of hillbilly music Chuck Mead. We’ve been thrilled to follow Chuck’s journey on this unexpectedly large gig. Years ago he was hired to keep the music real in the then off-Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet. It grew into a global award winning phenomenon. This week we got to hear Chuck perform his own music again for the first time in a while, and he was part of our own quartet of Nashville artists. Worth a million? Who’s to say. What’s fair to notice, I think, is that for ten bucks, it was a very good deal.

Hailey Whitters kicked things off looking show-biz sharp in a black sparkly dress and backed by an extremely tight country band. Her stuff comes through the playbook of Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin with commercial-friendly touches that ought to propel it to the airwaves. Her co-write with Lori McKenna “Happy People” was lovely and bright. Album title cut “Black Sheep” was deeply bluesy. Special notice for Telecaster picker Anthony Olympia who played masterful backing and lead throughout.

We like eclectic, and boy did Amelia Eisenhauer bring that to the stage. Songs were stylistic mashups and the set flowed around from the gospel heartiness of “What Your Mother Told You” to the hard bluegrass romp of “Pistol Pete.” The band was partly family – her brother and mom played and sang. I found a lot to like in the sweet and lofty “Moth or Butterfly.”

Chuck Mead got started with a twist-worthy groove on “Short Goodbye” and offered a brand new honky tonker called “Tap Into Your Misery.” We’re more than familiar with his smoky, slow 6/8 shuffle called “Sitting On Top of the Bottom.” And he closed with his song version of the story from his home state of Kansas that was captured in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. “Evil Wind” it’s called, and it only sounds evil if you listen to the lyrics really closely. Besides that, I was listening all set to Carco Clave’s remarkable pedal steel guitar.

You can tell the folks in the audience who were attending Government Cheese shows in the 1980s. They got up and danced. A dude pumped his fist in the air. Fans sing along with the surreal and snarky lyrics, while the five piece band makes its loud, joyful electric noise. The wonderful Lisa Oliver Gray and Tommy Womack’s son Nathan joined in on voice and trombone respectively for the set closing “I Need Love.”

Heavenly Sex and Interfaith Marriage

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex and Judaism*

(*But Were Afraid to Ask)

She’s Jewish, she’s 4-foot-7, and she likes to see the Torah as an ancient sex manual.  Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a sex therapist and author of “Heavenly Sex: Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition.  The one and only Dr. Ruth explains the sanctity of sex – good sex – in Jewish law. 

Saying “I Do” In an Interfaith Relationship

Christmas tree or Menorah? Honey baked ham or brisket? CCD or Hebrew School? For the nearly 40 percent of Americans in mixed-religion marriages, (many of which are Catholic-Jewish,) what to do about holidays and religious school are just a few of the worries that often come up. Interfaith marriage counselor Mary Helen Rosenbaum says, fear not: there are practical ways to make it work over the long haul. We’re also joined by two interfaith couples who share their own experience.  Mary Helene Rosenbaum is co-author of “Celebrating Our Differences: Living Two Faiths in One Marriage.”

Special thanks to Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington and Jewish-Catholic Family Network.

The Vagina Monologues & Community Voices

Michelle Kroner, UMKC’s Violence Prevention Manager, and Brenda Bethman, Director of UMKC’s Women’s Center, join us to discuss the upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues.  In the second segment, we open the phone lines to discuss how people are preparing for the worst and where to find trusted news.

“X”, “Julius Caesar”, & “Moon Over Buffalo”

Guests from UMKC and the Acting Company will discuss their touring productions, X: Or Betty Shabazz Vs The Nation and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Later, the Summit Theatre Company chat about their production of Moon Over Buffalo.