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Nov 10, 2009

KKFI's Bill Clause talks about his play, 1937: One Helluva Year, a fact-based drama-comedy-musical about the about the struggle for racial equality, womens rights and workers rights in 1937 Kansas City.

A. Phillip Randolph and and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters figure prominently in the play, so we go to the archives for a 2004 Heartland Labor Forum interview with Larry Tye, author of Rising From the Rails -  Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class.

Finally, we go to a meeting of the Kansas City Planned Industrial Expansion Authority to hear activists testify against the plans to use city tax abatement and a complicated leasing scheme involving the federal government and private developers to build a new nuclear weapons components plant, leaving behind a toxic mess at the old plant.  The show ends with a brilliant spoken word performance by The Recipe.

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