Tell Somebody
A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio.
Honduras, KC Tax Abatement, & Healthcare Town Hall Mtg

On this edition of Tell Somebody, we start out with what Kansas City, MO public library director and former regional bank CEO Crosby Kemper had to say to the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority about out-of-control tax abatement.

Next, Sen. Claire McCaskill held a town hall meeting on healthcare reform in Kansas City on August 24, and we'll hear a few minutes from that.  (If you like, you can listen to the whole one-hour event here:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D, MO) Healthcare Townhall Meeting

And last, but not least, the second half of the show is about post-coup Honduras.  Alice Kitchen and Judy Ancel were part of a Global Exchange Delegation to Honduras, August 7-15, 2009, and they came to Tell Somebody to tell you about their experience there. (You can read/download a pdf of their report here:

Report on the Honduran Coup by Global Exchange Delegation

Tom Klammer

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On Monday, August 24, 2009, Sen. Claire McCaskill held a town hall meeting on healthcare at the Swinney Gymnasium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Tell Somebody was there.  Here is audio of the one hour event.

(right click on the "pod" icon above, or on the filename ending in "mp3" below and then select "save target as" to save the audio file to your computer)

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Ray McGovern - Why Are Downing St. Memos Still Important (and how single payer saved his life twice)

Twenty-seven year veteran retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern returns to Tell Somebody to talk about the Downing St. memos and why they are still relevant seven years on, but first he tells how single-payer healthcare saved his life.  Twice.

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Need Long Term Care Info?  Kansas Advocates Can Help

Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC)  is a non-profit organization whose mission is advocating for quality long-term care for adult care home residents. 

Mitzi McFatrich is the Executive Director of KABC, and she talked recently to Tell Somebody about the history of KABC and about the help and information they offer to those dealing with long-term care issues.

Their website is, and they can be contacted via email at, by phone, toll free throughout Kansas and in the Kansas City, Missouri area at (800) 525-1782 or at their Lawrence, KS number at (785) 842-3088.

Direct download: tellsomebody090811.mp3
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Dr. Margaret Flowers on Single-Payer Healthcare & KC WMD Mercury Dump

Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Plan ( is the featured guest on this edition of Tell Somebody.

Dr. Flowers was one of 13 single-payer healthcare advocates arrested in May for demanding that a single-payer healthcare reform advocate be included "at the table" with all the for-profit healthcare campaign donors at U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearings. 

Dr. Flowers was able to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in June, and on August 4th was heard on Tell Somebody.  Right-click on the mp3 file at the bottom of this posting and "save as", or subscribe to Tell Somebody, for free, at the iTunes store to hear what she had to say.

Links to Dr. Flowers' testimony and more information, including contacts for local advocacy, here

Also this week, the Department of Energy is looking for a national dump site for mercury.  In an inter-governmental agency memo, Mark Holecek, Acting Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration Kansas City Site Office (ie., the 'old' Kansas City WMD plant at Bannister Rd. and Troost) said, in effect, "pick me, pick me!"

At public meetings helping to grease the skids for a complicated leasing arrangement involving city tax breaks and private developers to build a new nuclear weapons components plant, , Kansas City plant officials usually push how well they claim to have cleaned up the old place.  But in his pitch to have the old KC WMD plant considered as a waste dump, Holocek writes:

"The Kansas City Plant presently stores a quantity of  a liquid alloy of mercury that is commercially used for its reduced melting point.  For both environmental protection and practical reasons, it might be advantageous to consider including other liquid alloys of mercury within the mission of the proposed elemental mercury storage facility..."

rather than just the 99.5% pure mercury that the DOE folks stressed at the public meeting.

I had a couple of questions for the mercury managers - in the second half of the show you can judge for yourself the quality of their answers.

Lots more on the Kansas City WMD plant here:


Direct download: tellsomebody090804.mp3
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