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The “Take Two” short segment reviews independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City. Take Two first went on the air in 2012 and is co-hosted by Russ Simmons, producer of the “Freeze Frame” short segment, and Susan Sanders, former psychotherapist in the Kansas City area.

The segment airs at the following times:

  • Thursdays at 10:58 am
  • Fridays at 12:30 pm during “Anything Goes”
  • Saturdays at 5:58 pm between “Guess Who’s Coming to KC” and “Roots-Wise Reggae”
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Take Two: “BlacKkKlansman”
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August 17, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The remarkable true story of Ron Stallworth has been brought to the big screen by director Spike Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott, who is professor of film at KU. John David Washington ("Ballers") plays Stallworth, a black Colorado police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Adam Driver ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") plays a Jewish police officer who posed as Stallworth in his face-to-face encounters with the Klan. Topher Grace ("That 70s Show") plays Klan leader, David Duke.


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Take Two: “Eighth Grade” (R)
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August 10, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Writer/director Bo Burnham who achieved celebrity through is internet postings, offers his first feature-length dramatic film, "Eighth Grade," the story of an angst-ridden teen in the age of social media. Elsie Fisher ("McFarland, USA") plays a 15-year-old who posts helpful advice on the internet. If only she'd listen to her own counsel. Josh Hamilton ("Frances Ha") is her ineffectual dad.


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Take Two: “Three Identical Strangers” (PG-13)
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July 27, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

A remarkable true story is at the core of "Three Identical Strangers," a documentary about Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman, identical triplets separated at birth. They were part of a scientific experiment in the "nature vs. nurture" debate and only discovered each other...by chance...when they were 17 years old.


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Take Two: “Sorry to Bother You” (R)
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July 20, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Weird, comic and sometimes off-putting, the social satire "Sorry to Bother You" features LaKeith Stanfield as an African-American telemarketer who uses a "white" voice to get ahead. Then, Boots Riley's bizarre film turns into a sci-fi melodrama! Susan and Russ have very different takes on this edgy movie.


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Take Two: “American Animals” (R)
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July 13, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Is it a documentary or a drama? In the case of "American Animals," the answer to both is, "Yes." This unique hybrid from filmmaker Bart Layton ("The Imposter") is a true crime drama about a group of college students who decide to rob a college library of some valuable books. Barry Keoghan ("Dunkirk") and Evan Peters ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") play Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka, two of the inept thieves. The real Reinhard and Lipka appear to provide often contradictory narration.


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Take Two: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (PG-13)
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July 6, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Susan and Russ cover the acclaimed documentary about Fred Rogers, host of the longtime PBS children's show, "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood." This overview includes clips featuring Yo Yo Ma, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Koko the Gorilla and was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom").


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Take Two: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (PG-13)
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June 22, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The fifth entry in the "Jurassic Park" franchise reprises a lot of what's come before. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and an army of special effects magicians return to wreak more dinosaur havoc. Directed by J. A. Bayona ("A Monster Calls") and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly ("Safety Not Guaranteed"), this episode sees our heroes attempt to save the dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption.


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Take Two: “First Reformed” (R)
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June 15, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Faith has played a major role in a number of movies from filmmaker Paul Schrader. He's responsible for the screenplays of "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull." He's also both writer and director of "Hardcore," "Dominion," "Affliction" and "American Gigolo."

"First Reformed" stars Ethan Hawke as a protestant pastor whose crisis of faith dovetails with the suicide of one of his parishioners, an environmentalist. The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer and Van Hansis.


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Take Two: “Adrift” (PG-13)
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June 8, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

A true-life survival story is at the core of the new film, "Adrift." Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star as a couple who contract to sail a private boat from Tahiti to San Diego, only to hit a monster storm, blow way off course. They battle the elements in an epic fight for life.


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Take Two: “Let the Sunshine In” (R)
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June 1, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

French superstar Juliette Binoche stars in the latest arthouse offering from filmmaker Claire Denis. Binoche plays a woman who has a series of affairs but is unable to make a meaningful connection with any of her lovers. Susan and Russ give the 411 on this French language entry.


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Programmer
Susan Sanders | Email me

Although I don't produce my own show, I participate in other people's shows and I simply love the comraderie. On the "Pioneer Series" for Heartland Labor Forum, I've interviewed women in traditionally male-identified jobs: a female pilot, firefighter, drummer, mail carrier, electrician. For the "Tenth Voice", I interviewed a woman in a gay marriage who shared candidly about the validity as well as travails of seeking recognition for her committed bond. I also wrote and starred with Tom Edmondson in a four-episode soap opera called: "Fatal Femmes and the Derringer Dame". With Bill Clause, I conducted a class in writing comedy for the radio. This effort resulted in a one hour success called "Radio for Laughs". With Russ Simmons, I co-host the "Take Two" spot which involves reviewing independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City.


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