“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

Bald Eagles Are Getting Lead Poisoning

The Decorah Eagles are famous for raising yearly broods while being observed at close range by eagle lovers and schools around the world via a ground-breaking web cam project by naturalist Bob Anderson in Decorah, Iowa.

In early April, their three new Eagle chicks hatched despite extreme cold conditions. Anderson, reports on the eaglets’ progress.

Then Iowa DNR wildlife specialist and KHOI community radio reporter speaks with a wild bird rehabilitation expert, a wild life veterinarian, and a hunter, as well as Anderson, about the growing problem of lead poisoning of bald eagles caused by lead bullets, resulting in their agonizing deaths. Since copper bullets do not poison birds, advocates are calling for a ban on lead bullets and conversion to copper bullets. As the birds who symbolize our nation return from extinction, they once again perform as “indicator species” as they did with DDT in the 1950′s and 1960′s.

Featured speakers/guests:

Bob Anderson – Raptor Resource Project, Kay Newman – Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR), Dr. Bianca Zaffarano, Dr. Elwood Hart.


Produced by Pat Schlarbaum, Ursula Ruedenberg and Rebecca Brown at KHOI in Ames, IA.

“From Kansas City KS to Tanzania” with Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal

Our speaker this week on All Souls Forum, Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal will share her journey from growing up in KCKS and membership in the KC Black Panther Party to a life as a community activist, musician, poet, and artist in Tanzania. O’Neal and her husband Pete run UAACC, the United African Alliance Community Center. (Historical note: Pete O’Neal, then leader of the KC Black Panther Party, spoke May 25, 1969  at the All Souls Forum on Why Revolution?)

Jimmy Carter on Women and Religion, Christian-Mulism Violence in Nigeria, and More

On this week’s Interfaith Voices:

Jimmy Carter’s ‘Call to Action’ on Women

Since Jimmy Carter left the White House in 1981, he has founded the Carter Center and traveled to 145 countries, establishing humanitarian projects in more than half of them. And he’s written more than 2 dozen books–the latest of which focuses on the plight of women and girls around the world. He says that much of the prejudice women face can be traced to interpretations of scripture that elevate men as superior.

Christian-Muslim Violence in Nigeria

At least 3,600 civilians have been killed in Nigeria since 2009, when the Islamist militant group Boko Haram began a rebellion against that country’s government. It’s the latest in a long history of tension between Nigeria’s Muslim North and Christian South. But as is true of many other places, Nigeria’s violence has deeper roots than just theological differences.

Imam Ashafa: Working With Former Enemies For Peace

As leaders of street militias in war-torn Nigeria, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammed Ashafa used to try to kill each other. Now true friends, they work together to heal the religious divide between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Featured guests:

President Jimmy Carter, author of A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power

Charles Sennott, editor and co-founder of GlobalPost

Darren Kew,
director of the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development at University of Massachusetts Boston

Imam Muhammed Ashafa, co-founder of the Interfaith Mediation Centre

Remembering Ludlow

The Ludlow Massacre took place on Easter Sunday, April 20,1914. The 100th anniversary also falls on this Easter, April 20, 2014. This week, Tell Somebody will be bringing back Remembering Ludlow, the radio documentary which first aired on the Heartland Labor Forum in 2003. Besides United Mineworkers President Cecil Roberts and the little girl in the white dress and much more, this broadcast will include later additions from interviews with historian Howard Zinn and former U.S. senator and presidential candidate George McGovern. Tune in to Remembering Ludlow this Thursday at 9AM on Tell Somebody on 90.1 FM KKFI.

(NOTE: This show will NOT be podcast, so be sure to tune in!)

Contamination Without Consent

When faced with injustice, what options are open to people? Turn away and ignore it, or confront it? The destruction of the environment is an injustice. We are turning parts of the Earth into a toxic waste dump. What comforts are we willing to give up to protect Mother Nature? Will we make real sacrifices or simply kick the ball down the road and be content with placebos like shopping differently? The planet is facing a medical emergency. In response, activists are sitting in, chaining themselves to fences and blocking roads. Some, like Sandra Steingraber, go to jail in upstate New York in protest of fracking. “My small, non-violent act” she says, “is set against a larger, more violent one: the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies. This is a form of toxic trespass.“

About the featured speaker:

Sandra Steingraber is a biologist, professor, writer and environmental health expert. In the tradition of Rachel Carson she is a leading voice alerting the public to toxic trespassing and the dangers posed by fracking. She is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Raising Elijah.