Tell Somebody
A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio.

David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential nominee and current Move To Amend spokesman will be speaking in Springfield MO on April 21, 2014 before coming to Kansas City on April 22. Both are stops on the 2014 Barnstorming Tour, “Challenging Corporate Power & Creating Democracy.” 

Cobb got on the phone with Tell Someboy for the April 10th edition of the showto talk about the upcoming Kansas City talk and the need to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the ‘corpporate personhood” and the concept of money equaling speech.

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Since first speaking with her on the phone for a segment about water privatization on the Heartland Labor Forum in 2003, I have been hoping Dr. Vandana Shiva would someday make it to Kansas City.

So I was delighted to read a couple of months ago that Cultivate Kansas City was partnering with UMKC to host a 2-day visit by Dr. Vandana Shiva on Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18, 2014.  There is more information on this at www.cultivatekc.org, and on a facebook event page titled

 “Dr. Vandana Shiva "Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope"

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned physicist, feminist, activist and author.  Her many books include Water Wars, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth.

I called her in Delhi, India and recorded a conversation broadcast on Tell Somebody on April 3, 2014.

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern kicked off a trip to Missouri with a stop at the KKFI studios on March 27, 2014 to share some of his thoughts on goings-on in Ukraine and to talk about his recent trips to England, Netherlands, and the National Press Club and the State Department in Washington.

McGovern’s current trip will take him all over Missouri, with quick stops in Lawrence, KS and Fayetteville, AR, culminating in talk at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on Monday, April 7 at 6:30pm.  That presentation is billed as “Speaking Truth to Power.”  (You can RSVP for that *here*).

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Care of Poor People, Inc. (www.coppinc.com) is holding the 2014 Spring Break for the Homeless at the Scottish Rite Temple near Linwood and Paseo in Kansas City, MO on April 19.  Author, former homeless cab driver and COPP Inc. founder Richard Tripp stopped by to talk about the upcoming event on the March 20 show. 

 

While this is a local Kansas City event, Richard Tripp’s story and his approach to helping the homeless have a more universal appeal.  You might want to read his autobiography, Please Underestimate Me,, available via a link at www.coppinc.com, or at Amazon.com:

 http://www.amazon.com/Please-Underestimate-Me-Blood-Richard/dp/0595442102

 

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A February 13, 2014 Comcast press release announced “Time Warner Cable to Merge with Comcast Corporation to Create a World-Class Technology and Media Company” and went on to say “Strategic Combination Will Accelerate Delivery of Comcast’s Technologically Advanced Products and Services to Time Warner Cable’s Customers,” and “Transaction Creates Multiple Pro-Consumer and Pro-Competitive Benefits.

Outside the Comcast and Time Warner corporate offices, there were different characterizations of what would result if the biggest cable company merged with the second biggest.

On the March 6, 2014 edition of Tell Somebody, Matt Wood, Policy Director with Free Press got on the phone to talk about some of the issues related to this proposed merger.

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Attorney and journalist Dave Saldana is the producer and director of the new Center for Media and Democracy film Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, about the Keystone KXL pipeline, and he talks about it in the first half of the February 27, 2014 edition of Tell Somebody.  

 

In the second half of the show, University of Nebraska Economics Professor Hank van den Berg returns to talk about the mostly secret proposed so-called “free trade” agreement known as TPP.

 

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On Tell Somebodyon February 20, 2014, the main topic was McCutcheon v FEC, the Supreme Court case described as worse than Citizens United in terms of possible impact on money in elections. Public Citizen Senior Organizer Aquene Freechild talked about same-day events being planned all over the country to respond to a decision being handed down in the McCutcheon case, which could be as early as Monday, February 24.  After that, we heard audio clips from the oral arguments in the case heard In October, 2013.

 

But first, news from the Oxford Union in England, hosting an event just the night before the broadcast honoring Chelsea Manning, 2014 recipient of the Sam Adams award for Integrity in Intelligence.  Tell Somebodyplayed audio from 2013 Sam Adams awardee Edward Snowden, who appeared at the Oxford Union via video stream from Moscow.  Also, word of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. State Department on behalf of Ray McGovern, and Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant cleanup Community Advisory Panel news.

 

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Recently Todd O’Boyle of Common Cause brought my attention to a Kansas Senate bill, authored by a cable industry lobbyist, which would outlaw community broadband in Kansas.  Subsequently I came across an article online written by O’Boyle’s colleague Christopher Mitchell who wrote that the bill in question, if passed, would create some of the most draconian limits on building networks that we have seen in any state.

 

On  Tell Somebody  on February 13, 2014, Todd O’Boyle and Christopher Mitchell came on the air to talk about community broadband and industry efforts in Kansas and across the country to outlaw it.

 

Todd O’Boyle is  Common Cause’s Program Director for Media and Democracy.  He joined Common Cause in September 2012 and is responsible for research, advocacy, and strategy for media reform. 

 

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative with the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

 

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On the January 2, 2014 edition of Tell Somebody,  we hear from Dr. Ed Weisbart on single payer healthcare.  Dr. Weisbart of St. Louis was in Kansas City in December for several speaking engagements including a presentation at the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City on the theme of  “Health Care Reform: What’s Here? What’s Coming? What’s Missing?” 

 

Dr. Ed Weisbart is a family physician who practiced at Rush Medical Center in Chicago for 20 years before moving to St. Louis in 2003 to become chief medical officer at Express Scripts, a Fortune 100 Company. After retiring from that position in 2010, he began organizing the St. Louis chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, which he currently chairs. He volunteers in a variety of safety-net clinics in the St. Louis area, and is also assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.  He has had several articles published in national medical journals regarding the health care needs of the uninsured, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has printed several of his opinion pieces about single-payer health care. He has also testified multiple times before the Missouri Legislature on health care reform. He resides in Creve Coeur, Mo.

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On the December 26, 2013 edition of Tell Somebody,  in the midst of conflicting Federal Court decisions about NSA practices and some very interesting mainstream media print and broadcast pieces, Ray McGovern returned to the show to talk about Edward Snowden, Michael Hayden, Bobby Ray Inman, the Constitution, the NSA, and more as only he can.

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