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

Investigative journalist, author, filmmaker, media critic and activist Danny Schechter died of pancreatic cancer on March 19, 2015.  On the March 26, 2015 edition ofTell Somebody,two frequent guests of the show remember their friend.

First, bestselling author Greg Palast explains how Schechter influenced him to abandon his career as an investigator to become an investigative journalist.  Then former CIA analyst Ray McGovern shares his recollection of spending a couple of hours with his friend and fellow Bronx native just a few weeks before Schechter’s passing.  Palast and McGovern both talk about the importance of Schechter’s impressive life’s work.

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The March 19, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody begins with some thoughts about the March anniversaries of the deaths, murders really, resulting from government policies in Germany and Israel, of Anne Frank, sometime in March, 1945, and of Rachel Corrie on March 16, 2003.

Then we consider some of the less-discussed statistics about police policies in Ferguson, MO that were spelled out in a recently released Department of Justice report.

The final segment of the show is a continuation of audio from a symposium organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott, The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, held February 28 – March 1, 2015 in New York.

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On the March 12, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody, Todd O’Boyle,  program director for Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative talks about the FCC's recent decisions on Network Neutrality and Community Broadband.  In the second half of the show, Dr. Helen Caldicott opens a a symposium she organized on The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction

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On the March 5, 2015 edition ofTell Somebody,American history professor Robyn Muncy talks about her new biography, Relentless Reformer: Joesephine Roche and Progressivism in America.

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On the February 26, 2015 edition ofTell Somebody, the subject was the relationship of Israel, Palestine, and the U.S.

Allison Weir is the founder of If Americans Knew, a national organization that provides information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and on U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East, that is often missing from U.S. press coverage.  Ahead of appearances in Kansas City by Allison Weir sponsored by Citizens for Justice in the Middle Eastand AFSC-KC, we had a conversation with Katy Escobar, the social media director and outreach coordinator at If Americans Knew.

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Robert McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, has a new book out, Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-first Century – Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy.

McChesney talks about the book on the January 29, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody.

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President Obama gave a speech in Iowa on January 14, 2015, promoting Community Broadband.  In Missouri, a proposed house bill would outlaw it.

 

On the January 22 edition of Tell Somebody, Christopher Mitchell, Director, Community Broadband networks with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, talks to us about municipal broadband.

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On the day after Christmas, Stephanie Kelton, chair of the economics department at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and proponent of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), announced in a tweet that she had accepted a position as chief economist for the minority side of the U.S. Senate budget committee. This January 15, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody seemed a good time to repeat a conversation I had with her in July, 2013.

Before getting to that, we heard about Henry Stoever’s then upcoming trial for protesting nuclear weapons at the new Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant, we noted that January 15, 2015 would have been the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday, and we heard some climate radio from the Yale Project on Climate Communication

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On the January 8, 2015 edition of the show, start a look back at  2014 on Tell Somebody, The portions are small but we’re serving up single payer health care, Kansas City nuclear weapons parts, community broadband, net neutrality, corporate personhood, food for the homeless and more, You’ll hear John Nichols, Ray McGovern, Vandana Shiva, Kathy Kelly and others, and we only made it through August.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Click on the pod icon above, or the .mp3 filename below to listen to the show, or right-click and choose "save target as" or "save link as" to save a copy of the audio file to your computer. 

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On December 26, 2014, UMKC economics professor Stephanie Kelton tweeted “I've accepted a position as Chief Economist on the Senate Budget Committee,” reportedly hired by Senator Bernie Sanders who will be ranking member of that committee.  Kelton has been associate professor and chair of the economics department at UMKC, started the blog site www.neweconomicperspectives.org and is a leading proponent of Modern Monetary Theory or MMT. According to at least one report, Kelton will return to UMKC after a two-year leave.

On November 19 at an event organized by Jobs Now and the Economics Club of UMKC, Dr. Kelton, gave a presentation called “The Angry Birds Approach to Understanding Deficits in the Modern Economy." With thanks to David Neal and Working journalist press for the audio, here is that presentation.

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