Trump, Trump, Children’s Trust

Trump Firing of FBI Director a Threat to U.S. Rule of Law

Interview with Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

Almost daily, the Trump administration provokes a new scandal, makes official statements which later turn out to be false or incites government chaos. The latest episode began on May 15, when the Washington Post reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information during a White House meeting with Russia’s U.S. ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Moscow’s foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to current and former U.S. officials, Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, an assertion that the White House denies.

This serious allegation comes just one week after Trump was widely criticized for his firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into charges of collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia’s effort to influence the outcome of last year’s presidential election. While White House officials stated the reasons for Comey’s termination were related to his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server, the president himself admitted in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that his decision was driven by “this Russia thing,” seen by critics as an attempt to obstruct justice.

Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society, who assesses the prospects for a credible investigation into the charges of Russia-Trump election collusion after the Comey firing, and the larger threat posed by Trump to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.

[Producer’s note: This interview was conducted prior to reports that fired FBI Director James Comey had created a paper trail documenting how Donald Trump had asked him to end the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Rush transcript follows.]
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CAROLINE FREDRICKSON: Apparently, Jim Comey had dinner with Donald Trump in January in the White House, and according to him, he was asked to give his loyalty to Donald Trump, and he said, “I’ll give you my honesty, but loyalty is something I give to the Constitution” – which is appropriate for a law enforcement officer and anybody who works for the U.S. government, including the president. You take an oath to uphold the Constitution. So then we get to this week, where apparently Donald Trump is really angry about stories continuing about Russia, about the investigation that the FBI was leading and decided that he was going to fire Jim Comey. His staff announced a whole slew of different reasons, including from the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, that said – and this is what was most ludicrous – Jim Comey was fired because he inappropriately handled Hillary Clinton’s email investigation and caused harm to Hillary Clinton. So that doesn’t pass the laugh test because none of the Trump people had a lot of compassion to spare for Hillary Clinton on whether the investigation was fair or not. I don’t think that had anything to do with it.

Then Trump was on the news with Lester Holt and said, “I fired Jim Comey because of this Russian investigation. There’s nothing there.” And so there’s sort of the big story, and then subsequently, news stories came out that Jim Comey had told a different version – “alternative facts” maybe, about what happened during that dinner. And then Trump tweeted, which is a dangerous tool for him, I think, basically that he had tapes and if the tapes contradicted Comey he’d be in trouble. Basically, threatening Jim Comey with releasing some tape and that of course, stirred up all sorts of things, where members of Congress had been saying, “Well, if there are tapes, then you need to turn them over.”

So, this is a whole set of different issues that are raised clearly, that raise questions about the president’s understanding of the role of the FBI, of the Justice Department as having an independent role to investigate crimes of his role as the president in intimidating perhaps, intimidating a witness; perhaps trying to change somebody’s story; perhaps concealing evidence. I mean, there are so many possible causative actions that have been raised now. But I think for all us in the world, the legal world, whether you’re Republican, a Democratic, an independent, it’s so dismaying to see a president behaving in this way and to think that the FBI director would be swearing an oath of fealty to him – the FBI director needs to follow the law and follow it where it leads and not be ready to put down an investigation because the president would like it to.

So, for the moment, which is unique certainly in my lifetime and for most of us, trying to think through what’s going to happen – our government seems, the basic system seems to be threatened. The rule of law is threatened. Where’s the oversight? Where’s the investigation going to be? Can Congress actually sort of shed its partisanship and take on this important job? I certainly hope so. There are other avenues people have suggested. A special counsel. Did the Russians in fact influence our election? There’s just so many questions that we really need an independent investigator with no agenda, no allegiance to either the president or the Congress, any allegiance that is above his or her allegiance and duty to the Constitution.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Caroline, the fact that Republicans have almost total control of the federal government at this point, the question arises – how do citizens put pressure on Washington, to more toward a special counsel or an independent commission to credibly investigate the Russia-Trump campaign connections and allegations of collusion? What’s the role of a citizen right now in this moment in history? And I’ll just parenthetically mention that there’s a lot of comparisons being made to what occurred during Watergate. But there were checks and balances in place, as the Congress was under the control of the Democrats – the opposition party – and there was a bit of conflict and checks and balances. Here, we have a completely different situation.

CAROLINE FREDRICKSON: It’s a really good question and it’s one of the reasons why I think many people are concerned. But look, there’s no better than now for people to raise their voices. And it’s actually having an impact already. You’ve already started to hear some Republicans raise concerns. I mean, it’s unfortunate that there haven’t been more of them. But they’re responding to pressure. They’re responding to pressure from people contacting their offices. They’re responding to pressure from people going to town hall meetings. They are responding to pressure from their local papers and their local radio stations. Radio stations like this one that broadcast news and opinion have a really profound impact on what members of Congress do. Democrats need to work as hard as they can make sure that their concerns are raised and Republicans need to take the concerns of their voters and their constituents seriously. And it’s all in the hands of the constituents.

And I’d say, we’re a nonpartisan organization, but I can tell you without being partisan, that there’s an election coming up in 2018. It’s a time when members of Congress are very much paying attention and so I’d say, seize the opportunity. Everyone who’s listening, seize the opportunity. Raise your voice. We are approaching a constitutional crisis and we need Congress to pay attention.

For more information on the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, visit ACSLAW.org


New Trump Election Integrity Commission a “Sham”

Interview with Jenny Flanagan, vice president for state operations with Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris

Not long after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump declared that he would have won the national popular vote and not merely by the Electoral College, if it hadn’t been for millions of illegal votes cast by non-citizens in several states. In fact, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by some 3 million votes and the repeated charge that there is widespread voter fraud across the U.S. has been debunked by numerous investigations and academic research.

Now in the wake of the controversy generated by Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the president has signed an executive order establishing a presidential commission to examine “election integrity,” based on his bogus assertions of voter fraud. The commission will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will serve as vice chair. Both these Republican politicians have a long history of supporting voter suppression measures that make it more difficult for specific groups of voters to cast ballots, groups that generally support Democratic candidates.

Since 2010, nearly two dozen Republican-controlled state governments have enacted an assortment of new voter suppression laws, many of which have been struck down by federal courts deeming them to be designed to gain partisan political advantage. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Jenny Flanagan, vice president for state operations with Common Cause. Here, she examines Trump’s false premise for creating the “election integrity” commission, and the danger of the panel being used as a “Trojan Horse” to justify new voter suppression measures. [Rush transcript]
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JENNY FLANAGAN: There’s been a lot of research and I think, notably, to stand up to what Trump and other Republicans are saying, the investigation that took place under the Bush administration – George W. Bush – also led an investigation searching. This commission seeks, too, for that needle in the haystack of some indication of non-citizens voting in our elections. And they didn’t find it. The Brennan Center also conducted years-long surveys of election challenges where voters may have been subject to claims of voter fraud or wrongful voting. It is more likely to be struck by lightning than it is for someone to have committed voter fraud in this country. It’s just not happening.

But it is rhetoric that moves people. Most Americans find that it is easy to vote. They make their registration when they go to the motor vehicle office; they know where their polling place is. And for most Americans that’s a wonderful thing. But for many Americans, particularly those who are disenfranchised historically, in all aspects of our society – who may not drive and have that driver’s license who are in and out of homes and moving locations frequently – for those individuals, it’s more difficult to track down the rules and requirements in order to access your vote. And they’re capitalizing on those challenges instead of making it easier.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Jenny, given the fact that Republican-controlled state governments across the country have invoked these voter suppression tactics deemed as such by federal courts, highly partisan laws that try to gain political advantage for Republican candidates – given that fact, what is the ultimate objective of this commission in your view? Is the fact that Donald Trump invoked this panel to look at voter fraud mean that the objective possibly could be to justify more repressive voter measures – make it increasingly more difficult for particular groups of voters to cast ballots in future elections?

JENNY FLANAGAN: Absolutely. All signs are pointing in that direction. And that’s why we call it a sham. To put these two individuals, Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, who are both known to support these voter suppression laws in charge of a commission aimed at “voting integrity”? I think the American public need to look much more closely at what integrity means to them. To us, voter integrity means that every eligible voter can cast their ballot and have it counted accurately with confidence. And with Russian interference in our elections, there were a lot of doubts going into the 2016 election, as there continue to be doubts in terms of what kind of interference took place, whether or not on our voting equipment or trying to influence our elections in other ways. And we deserve better than that as citizens of this country. We deserve voting systems that are modern and up to date. And that’s why we’re working with election officials all across the country.

BETWEEN THE LINES: One last question for you, Jenny. There are efforts across the country to push back in another direction. There’s automatic registration as many countries across Europe have – when you’re born or get a driver’s license, or become of majority age, you are automatically registered to vote. Here, there’s a lot of games involved in political partisanship that goes into a lot of the regulations around registering to vote. But maybe you can conclude here by telling us how people can push back against these voter suppression laws, and certainly resist what recommendations are likely to come out of this presidential election integrity commission.

JENNY FLANAGAN: Automatic voter registration is moving in dozens of states across the country with bipartisanship support because there are more convenient, more cost-effective ways to register voters with integrity. I’m not afraid of that word. We should have integrity in our voting system. And we can do it with Democrats and Republicans alike. People who really do care about our democracy. Reforms are moving likewise, reforms like combining vote by mail with in-person voting. There are real solutions out there that election officials and civic engagement leaders and elected officials in state legislatures are advancing to make reforms.

I think the most important thing that people can do is just keep the pressure on contacting your lawmaker whether they’re a Democrat or a Republican, everybody’s got a role to play to stand up for our democracy. And if we lose our right to vote, that is a right through which all other rights flow. This is a civil rights issue, it is a social justice issue, it is really the fundamental core of being American – to be able participate in our democracy through voting. So it is really critical that we continue to speak up on behalf of all Americans.

Learn more about Common Cause by visiting CommonCause.org.

Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward in Court

Interview with Kelsey Juliana, Our Children’s Trust lawsuit lead plaintiff, conducted by Scott Harris

On April 27, 14 of the 21 youth plaintiffs in a historic lawsuit against the U.S. government held a press conference in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Their case, filed by Our Children’s Trust, aims to hold the federal government accountable for the failure to protect their right to a stable climate.

A federal district judge in Oregon last April denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, an attempt brought by the federal government and the fossil fuel industry, which had joined the Obama administration to oppose the youth plaintiffs’ filing. That judge’s opinion was confirmed by a second judge in November, setting the case on its way to be adjudicated. The young people announced at the press event that the name of the lead defendant in their suit has now been changed from Barack Obama to Donald Trump.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus was at the event just two days before the People’s Climate March in the Capitol and spoke with 21-year-old Kelsey Juliana, a young woman from Oregon who is the lead plaintiff in the case. Here, she explains the evolution of the lawsuit and what the young people who are involved, ages 9 to 21, hope to accomplish.

For more information on Our Children’s Trust’s climate change lawsuit, see www.ourchildrenstrust.org/us/federal-lawsuit/ at ourchildrenstrust.org

This week’s summary of under-reported news


Compiled by Bob Nixon

The United Nations is in the midst of raising $4 billion from donor nations to prevent a full-scale famine that would impact over 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria. (“A global famine aid comes up short, Somalis abroad step up,” Christian Science Monitor, April 18, 2017; “UN chief seeks $900 million for crisis in Somalia,” Reuters, May 11, 2017)
Single-payer health care advocates introduced the “Healthy California Act” in the California Legislature in February, a one-page bill to establish a comprehensive single-payer health insurance system to cover every resident in the state. (“Can California go single-payer,” American Prospect, May 10, 2017)
Hundreds of workers were evacuated from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in early May after the collapse of a tunnel where toxic nuclear waste was stored. “Tunnel containing nuke waste collapses at Hanford,” KING-TV, May 9, 2017; “Tunnel Collapse latest safety issue at Washington nuclear site,” The Associated Press, May 10, 2017)

ARTSPEAK RADIO Artfully Speaking

Wednesday May 24, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Merrit Benz, Cristina Mũniz, Adam Long, Kevin King,Vicki Vodrey, & Pete Bakely.

Kevin King, from Whim Productions and KC playwrights, Vicki Vodrey and Pete Bakely, talk about their upcoming production called “Pastiche.” It’s one play that was written by 10 playwrights in sections of 7 – 10 pages. “Pastiche” is a one-night only staged reading event on May 26 at 8 pm at the Buffalo Room in Westport.” One playwright begins a script. They write ten minutes of a play, then hand it off to another. Like keeping a top spinning, each successive writer will send the script to another writer, then another, then another. The result will be a single play, written with one voice, more or less. This is Pastiche, the latest show by Whim Productions.

“Pastiche” is being written by Kansas City playwrights including Emma Carter, Diane Hightower, Alli Jordan, Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Jesse Ray Metcalf, Prisca Jebet Kendagor, James P. McNamara, Vicki Vodrey, plus Whim Productions’ Playwright-in-Residence Pete Bakely, and Whim’s Founder Kevin King. Once the play is complete, we’ll do a staged reading!

The Cast: Lisa Isabella Tate
Susan Briana Marxen-McCollom
Rocky Davis DeRock
Ty Stephonne Singleton
Tim Kyle Wallen
Kelly Ai Vy Bui

Friday May 26, 8pm – 10pm
The Buffalo Room, Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill 817 Westport Rd. KCMO
Tickets at pastiche.eventbrite.com

Cristina Mũniz, Adam Long-The Drugstore Open Studio
3948 Main Street, KCMO
May 26th 2017
6:00-9:00 PM

On May 26th 2017, The Drugstore opens its doors in the historic Katz building for our biannual Open Studios. A communal and collaborative studio space, The Drugstore currently hosts 25 resident artists whose work spans across all mediums.
We warmly encourage the public to see new and in-progress works and building developments that have been generated by The Drugstore artists over the past seven months. This event will also be our first public opportunity to introduce our new residents, selected from an outside panel of artists and educators, as well as the recipients of the Gift of Faith Awards. Four awards were given to incoming and current residents coming from traditionally underserved or underrepresented communities, gifting a $2,000 stipend in addition to one year of free studio space. Coinciding with the opening, Archive Collective will be hosting the release of its photo book publishing platform in collaboration with Drugstore resident Adam J. Long. The book, Incline | Decline features a series of photographs Adam made over 3 years in the financial district of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Alongside of his book release he will also be exhibiting prints from the body of work inside the front gallery space. Incline | Decline was made possible in part by an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, and acts as the inaugural publishing project from Archive Collective.
The Drugstore is a non-profit organization run by artists and supported by Redeemer Fellowship a local church in midtown KC. The objective of The Drugstore is to provide studio spaces at low cost to young, emerging and/or already accomplished artists in need of space to develop their work and to increase their creative and cultural involvement within the city. Current residents of the studio include: Emily Elder Cramer, Kristen Devlin, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Sarabeth Dunton, Andrew Erdrich, Brandon Forrest Frederick, Francisco Gabuardy, Fredy Gabuardy, Madeline Gallucci, Damon Heybrock, Amos Leager, Adam J. Long, Whitney Manney, Melaney Mitchell, Carmen Moreno, Dylan Mortimer, Cristina Muniz, Andrew Ordonez, Annie Raab, Kat Richards, Alex Savage, Randy Taylor, William Toney, Yulie Urano, and Don Wilkison.
Archive Collective provides opportunities for the community to engage with photography by hosting group critiques, gallery visits, artist talks, local and traveling exhibitions, studio visits, and meet-ups. Archive’s goal is to celebrate and contribute to the democracy, versatility, and ever evolving critical discourse of photography and lens-based media, while simultaneously securing its place within a broader Kansas City arts community.

After walking away from a partially complete painting major over twenty years ago, Cristina Muñiz left her home in San Antonio to enroll in the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a BFA in 2014. She is an alumni of Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency program. Muñiz currently lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. She is featured in the recent May/June 2017 issue of KC Studio. www.kcstudio.org

www.cristinamuniz.com

Incline | Decline by Adam J Long
Published with Archive Collective
Exhibition & Book Release:
May 26th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00pm The Drugstore – Open Studios 3948 Main St, Kansas City, MO
Archive Collective is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new publishing platform with the release of “Incline | Decline,” by Adam J Long [Perfect bound, 70 pages, 7 x 8.5 inches, 25$]. Available for pre-order at: archivecollective.org
Archive Collective is hosting an exhibition to coincide with the book release at the biannual Open Studios event at The Drugstore on May 26th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00pm.
Incline | Decline is a book of 47 photographs made in and around the Financial District in downtown Kansas City. Adam started this project three years ago with the notion that he, like so many others, was stressed financially, and that there was something down there that could speak to his situation. Incline | Decline weaves together photographs of parking meters, pay phones, ironic city slogans, portraits, cityscapes and the everyday. His pictures, his observations, and his curiosity serve a purpose more personal than documentary.
Adam Long (born in Washington state, 1978)
studied photography in Los Angeles, California
(BA), Sunderland, England (MA) and Hartford,
Connecticut (MFA). His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collection of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Hirsch Library – Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He currently resides in Kansas City with his wife and three children where he teaches photography. Tim Carpenter (foreward) is a photographer and writer who works in Brooklyn and central Illinois. He is a co-founder of TIS books, an independent photobook publisher. Tim’s writing has been featured in the Aperture Photobook Review, SPOT magazine, Photo-eye, and the Camera Club of New York.
Since 2013, Archive has been making free public programming centered around photography in Kansas City. In 2017, Archive launched a profit-free publishing platform and residency program to connect photographers to resources, audiences and opportunities.
For more information please contact Megan Pobywajlo at: [email protected]

Rick Stasi is an artist/writer/intellectual properties producer with credits at DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Charlton Comics, NOW Comics (Twilight Zone), Eclipse, Disney, Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes & Tiny Toons for Steven Spielberg).
Rick also contributes to Wonder Woman Day, an annual charity event that supports shelters for abused women and children.
Rick has taught comics, sequential art and storyboarding courses for more that twenty years, as an instructor with the Shawnee Mission School District, The Westport School of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute. He currently gives individual instruction and career counseling.
Rick is regional talent representative for Kathy Garver, (actress “Cissy”, Family Affair – CBS classic 60’s – ‘70’s sit-com) and voice talent (Firestar) for the animated series, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.
Rick has recently completed a comics, with writer/editor, Paul Kupperberg- christening the return of Charlton Comics with The Charlton Arrow, a new quarterly anthology.
Rick also takes commissioned graphic design, marketing and illustration work.

Rick Stasi’s first non-comics related publishing venture, a book christened at Planet Comicon in 2014 and has sold out and is now in a second printing. He recently released his first audio collection, a two disc anthology of poetry and songs titled “Talking to Myself, (To You!) and is available for readings. www.rickstasi.com
Rick Stasi, also voice talent is represented by Chapman Recording and Voices.

Merritt Benz Owner/Director Bedford Therapy Group- Merritt is a Kansas City native but calls Brooklyn NY “her true home”. Merritt Benz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of the Bedford Therapy Group. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and focuses on shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
Before private practice, Merritt was the Program Director and helped open Gilda’s Club Kansas City where she provided individual and group counseling to people living with cancer and their family members and friends. Before moving to Kansas City, she participated in a post-graduate fellowship at the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine where she provided both individual and family counseling in a community based setting. In New York she was the worked with various high risk teen population groups as Program Director for the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a new clinical evidenced-based treatment program (called Multi-Systemic Therapy) that provides intensive in home family therapy for adjudicated teens and their families, as an alternative to incarceration. Although her work brings her great satisfaction and joy, Merritt’s ideal day is being knee deep in a spring fed trout stream casting flies, hoping for a fish to rise, and celebrating with a cold beer on the river afterwards.

www.bedfordtherapygroup.com

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NEW Toddla T, Radio Slave, Tiga & Audion, PLUS Extended DISC 2!

J Zed is back for your weekend raving session, bringing you stuff from Toddla T‘s forthcoming full-length album, Ellen Allien‘s new album, tracks by Tiga & Audion, Radio Slave, Low Steppa, Julia Govor and more, plus an extended DISC 2 downtempo segment with stuff from Max Cooper, Dauwd, and Roosevelt. LOG ON, OR JOG ON…stream us worldwide at KKFI.ORG and locally at 90.1 FM.

RadioActive Magazine Special: Eggs and Enlightenment and More

 

This one hour RadioActive Magazine Special is the culmination of a project to bring new voices to KKFI radio.  KKFI volunteers were invited to attend a workgroup to put together a series of radio broadcasts about social justice issues in our community.

This first broadcast features four main parts:

  • Brooke Palmer interviews folks at the annual Troost Festival held on May 20th;
  • Darnell Hunt captures some of the discussion from the regularly scheduled Eggs and Enlightenment breakfast and conversation gatherings;
  • Connie Mitchell explores Indivisible KC with a discussion on the most effective way of impacting your elected representative;
  • Daniel Karam has a conversation with Dennis, a retired auto worker with a Masters Degree in history, about the differences between Capitalism and Socialism.

Denying Reality: The Psychology of Climate Denial

RadioActive host David Mitchell interviews Dr Connie Campbell, co-founder and president of Human Interactions.  Dr Campbell has 25 years experience as a learning specialist and psychometrist.  Dr Campbell will explain the psychology behind “true believers” on both the left and the right who ignore sound scientific evidence that disagrees with an already decided world view, providing insight into those who reject climate change despite well established scientific analysis.

Scott Hrabko and Lauren Krum on the Local Showcase!

Join Host Diana Linn of The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show for a musical conversation on the Local Showcase with Kansas City’s own Scott Hrabko, bandleader of Scott Hrabko and The Rabbits and Lauren Krum, vocalist for Kansas City’s The Grisly Hand, Fool’s Gold Country Revue and others. The show will be live in the studio and streaming at kkfi.org and online with the TuneIn App.

KC’s own Scott Hrabko is a singer/songwriter who can trace his roots back to his post-Kansas City Art Institute days in the fertile crescent of the local indie rock scene of the late ’80s, with his first chords on guitar (G, C and D) and — shortly thereafter — his first bands, The Andersons and The Splinters. After years of drifting in relative obscurity, from his old hometown, St. Louis, to Chicago and then Austin, Hrabko resettled in KC in 1997 to raise his family. It took him long enough, but he finally released his debut solo album, Gone Places in November, 2013 — a set of wickedly funny and poignant songs of love and loss, scattered across the haunted American landscape. Hot on the heels of that release came Biscuits & Gravity in January, 2015, recorded with the first incarnation of The Rabbits.  Scott’s new CD “Summer” will be released in June 2017.

Lauren Krum was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, took piano starting at the age of 3 from Juan Francisco La Manna and sang in the children’s choir at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. She attended St. Teresa’s Academy where she sang in choir and theater productions. She has lived in Lawrence, KS and Chicago, IL and now resides in Kansas City, MO. She went to school at Columbia College in Chicago for vocal performance. In January of 2009 her band, The Grisly Hand, played their first show. They released their debut EP, “Safe House” in November of 2010, a 7″ titled “Western Ave.” in February of 2012, “Country Singles” in 2014 and most recently, 2015’s “Flesh & Gold”.

 

RuPaul’s DragCon Rules + Chechnya Crisis Update + much more!

This week on This Way Out:

Drag goes wild at L.A.s “Ru-fest”; a “Rainbow Minute” finds the first queer use of “The Word Gay”; Chechnya’s gay purge continues unabated, South Korea’s new president sends queerly mixed messages, Singapore bans foreigners from Pink Dot after local funding restrictions, Pride blossoms in Cambodia and Tokyo, the Mormon Church divorces the Boy Scouts of America, and more queer news from around the world!

Featuring:

Janet Rice; RuPaul, Carin Soul, Matt Knife, Zackary Drucker, Ongina, Frank DeCaro, Jim Colucci, Blake McIver, Michelle Visage, Fenton Bailey.

Credits:

Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle & produced with Greg Gordon. NewsWrap reporters: Michael LeBeau & Wenzel Jones; Producer: Steve Pride. Correspondents: Dustin Richardson; produced by Judd Proctor & Brian Burns; Wenzel Jones & Steve Pride. Theme music: Kim Wilson. Add’l music: Chubby Checker.