Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Art McDonnell joins Mike Murphy for music about baseball.  Baseball Fever: Catch It!

Listen for Bob Dylan, John McCutcheon, The Baseball Project, & more.


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It’s Saphira’s Last Show!

Today we bid farewell to the retiring Saphira Rain, and with it, Psychic Talk, an important part of our Sunday morning line-up since the station’s inception in 1988, making it the longest-running show of its type in the region. Saphira won the Pitch newspaper’s “Best Radio Talk Show in Kansas City” award in 1994 while producing her previous program,
“The Heart to Heart Metaphysical Radio Talk Show”. We wish Saphira and her colleagues all the best, and we thank her profusely for all her years of service to KKFI and to the psychic community here in Kansas City. WE’LL MISS YOU, SAPHIRA!!

Elaine Lee’s “Trans Mars Tango”

Trans Mars Tango provides a fresh and original take on transgender issues.” — Radio Drama Reviews Online

The Ark presents an off-world, gender-bending sci-fi adventure by cyber-sex fashionista Elaine Lee (Starstruck, Vamps, Honey West) starring Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre) and Robin Miles (Maya’s Soul), directed by Brian Price with music by Dwight Frizzell, Julia Thro and Patrick Conway. A National Audio Theatre Festivals production. Recommended for adults and sneaky teens.

“Rails Risky Business” with Mike Hendricks

Mike Hendricks has been a columnist and reporter for the Kansas City Star for nearly 30 years, covering business and agriculture. He will update his extensive reporting on the dangers of lightly regulated railroad traffic through Kansas City, potentially exposing adjacent neighborhoods to toxic chemicals.

Sorry, Wrong Number

“Operator! Operator! — I — I’m in desperate trouble — I — I don’t dare speak louder. I — There’s someone listening. Can you hear me now? But you’ve got to hear me. Oh — please… You’ve got to help me. There’s someone in this house — someone who’s going to murder me — and you’ve got to get in touch with the — Oh, there it is. Did you hear it? He’s put it down. He’s put down the extension phone. He’s coming up the stairs. Give me the police department. Give me the police. I can hear him. Hurry — hurry AHHHHH!”
            ~Mrs. Stevenson from Lucille Fletcher’s radio drama Sorry Wrong Number

Radio Drama is on the verge of becoming nothing but a nostalgic memory in the US collective conscience. In the first half of this week’s episode of From the Vault, we will honor the art of radio drama by presenting a recent Pacifica Radio Archives production of one of the most famous plays penned specifically for radio. Sorry, Wrong Number was written by Lucille Fletcher, stars Miss Shirley Knight and Ed Asner, and is directed by Erik Bauersfeld. This broadcast is as creepy today as it was in 1943!

Thwarting Democracy, the Battle for Voting Rights

It s election season! But since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. On this week’s show, we’ll hear about hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws.

Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana; Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative; Clifford Kuhn, Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; JT Johnson, civil rights organizer; Allen Secher, rabbi; Jerel James and Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine; August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962); Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.

Credits: Host: Laura Flynn; Producers: Laura Flynn, Andrew Stelzer, George Lavender, Jasmin Lopez; Contributing Producers: Anna Simonton and Dina Weinstein; Executive Director: Lisa Rudman; Web Editor: Kwan Booth.

Wildcat Turned Vegetarian


This program looks at the history and legacy of President Jos Pep Mujica of Uruguay, whose lifestyle differs dramatically from most other world leaders. Popularly called “the poorest president in the world,” Mujica forgoes the luxurious house provided by the Uruguayan state and lives with his wife in a farmhouse off a dirt road, where he farms and raises flowers with his wife, donating 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charity and small entrepreneurs.

José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano has been President of Uruguay since 2010. A former urban guerrilla fighter with the Tupamaros and a member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties, Mujica was Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries from 2005 to 2008 and a Senator afterwards. As the candidate of the Broad Front, he won the 2009 presidential election and took office as President on 1 March 2010.

Music by: Mikis Theodorakis, performed by Los Calchakis, from the 1972 film State of Siege.

Credits: Produced at WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin by Laura Brickman with production assistance from Norman Stockwell.

Justice in the Home

Progress is being made by the domestic workers rights movement in the US. In this episode of WINGS, we will be hearing from the organizer largely credited with spearheading its recent success.

Guest(s): Ai-Jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant Award.

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. As Co-director of Caring Across Generations, Ai-jen leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of care workers, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security and independence.

Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging. She is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Other accolades include the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, and Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list.

Credits: Produced for WINGS by Ashley Milne-Tyte; Series Producer, Frieda Werden.