Tell Somebody
A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio.
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman & Russian Revolution Part VI

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman is my guest on this edition of Tell Somebody.  Just ahead of an appearance in Kansas City in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI, Goodman talks about her book Standing Up To The Madness, Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, co-authored with her brother, David Goodman.

After that, Part VI of Eyewitness to the Russian Revolution, a never before published account of the February Revolution in Petrograd, Russia in 1917, by Hugo Hakk, Estonian officer in the czar's army, used with permission of his daughter and translator, Liia Hakk.

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Critical Condition - U.S. Healthcare

A recent column by Democracy Now host Amy Goodman cites a study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting that found that in the week before Obama’s health-care summit, of the hundreds of stories that appeared in major newspapers and on the networks, “only five included the views of advocates of single-payer—none of which appeared on television.” Most opinion columns that mentioned single-payer were written by opponents.

I thought it might be a good time to reach into the archives and give another listen to a December, 2004, conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Steele.  Jim Steele was co-author, with Donald L. Barlett, of Critical Condition, How Health Care in America Became Big Business & Bad Medicine.  Even after four-plus years, the diagnosis of the problem as laid out in the book holds up.

After that, Part V of Eyewitness to the Revolution, Hugo Hakk's account of the February, 1917 Russian Revolution breaking out in Petrograd, just translated this month by his daughter Liia Hakk.

Tom Klammer

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I Want My Democracy Now, a musical interlude

A musical break by my alter ego and friends, Albert and the Labortones.

This started rattling around in my head several years ago and refused to not come out. 


I Want My Democracy.  NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vandana Shiva - Soil, Not Oil

Vandana Shiva on her book Soil Not Oil, and Part IV of Eyewitness to the Russian Revolution.

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker.  Her latest book is Soil Not Oil, Engironmental Justice In An Age Of Climate Crisis.  On this edition of Tell Somebody, I talk to Vandana Shiva about the book.

"A must-read for anyone who takes the future of the planet seriously,  Soil Not Oil dares us to imagine a world where people matter more than profits."

Then I finish up the show with Part IV of Eyewitness to the Russian Revolution.  Hugo Hakk, machine gun trainer/officer in the Czar's Army is on leave from the Eastern Front in WWI and finds himself in Petrograd just as the February Revolution is breaking out in 1917.  After a side trip to Finland, he's back in Petrograd on International Women's Day. 

Tell Somebody is a locally produced weekly public affairs program on 90.1 FM, KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio.

Tom Klammer

host and producer


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Breaking Bread, Local Media Activism, and Russian Revolution Pt. 3

This week on Tell Somebody, Ira Harrit, Program Director of American Friends Service Committee - Kansas City and co-chair of the KC Iraq Task Force talks about a rally on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, followed by "Breaking Bread" a dinner benefit with Iraqi refugees and Iraq War veterans on the weekend before the 6th anniversary of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Then we'll talk with media activist Alice Kitchen and journalist Bruce Rodgers about a petition effort to convince KCPT, Kansas City's PBS affiliate, to stop pre-empting  Now and Bill Moyers Journal every time they have a pledge drive.  This effort resulted in an invitation from the television station for would-be media reformers to man the phone banks during a pledge drive to try to demonstrate that quality public affairs programming really can make the station money.  We'll talk about how that effort fared, and about the state of the media generally.

And finally, Eyewitness to the Russian Revolution, February, 1917, Part 3.  Hugo Hakk's account of revolution in Petrograd continues, as the young machine gun officer in the Czar's army returns to Petrograd on International Women's Day after a side trip to Finland.

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The Rachel Corrie Story, and Eyewitness to Revolution, pt. 2

March 16th marks the sixth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death in Gaza after being run over by an American-supplied Israeli bulldozer.  The play My Name is Rachel Corrie opens at the Unicorn Theater in Kansas City on March 19th.  On this edition of Tell Somebody, you'll hear some comments former CIA analyst Ray McGovern made about Rachel while he was here in Kansas City in October, 2008, and then an interview with Rachel's parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, that I recorded when they were here in October 2006.

After that, hear the words of Hugo Hakk, young officer in the Army of Czar Nicholas, in part two of the multi-part Eyewitness to the February Revolution.  Hakk is on leave from the Eastern front in February, 1917, and finds himself in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) in the days leading up to the revolution.

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