Tell Somebody
A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio.
The Ambassador's Daughter-Remembering the Murders

On the December 24, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody we heard a report from Kansas Citians Alice Kitchen and Carol Coburn on the recent delegation to El Salvador marking the 35th anniversary of the murder of four church women there in 1980. One of the delegation participants was Claire White, daughter of Robert White, US ambassador to El Salvador 1980-1981, who was fired after refusing to cover up the guilt of the US-supported Salvadoran military in the murders. Alice Kitchen put me in touch with Claire White, and I reached her on the phone and recorded a conversation for the December 31, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody.

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Delegation to El Salvador

A delegation of 120 people went to El Salvador November 26 - December 5, 2015, marking 35 years since 4 churchwomen were murdered by the US-supported Salvadoran military. Two Kansas Citians, Carol Coburn and Alice Kitchen, joined that delegation, and they report on it this week on Tell Somebody.

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Lindsay Wise Talks About “Irradiated”

This week on Tell Somebody, Lindsay Wise, Washington reporter for the Kansas City Star, talks about Irradiated, the McClatchy print and multimedia online series about “the hidden legacy of 70 years of atomic weaponry” that left “at least 33,480 Americans dead.”

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Sister Helen's Kansas City Speech

This week on Tell Somebody, the speech that Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean gave at Unity on the Plaza in Kansas City on the evening of October 30, 2015.

Sister Helen Prejean was in Kansas City on October 30 2015 for speaking engagements thanks to Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and The Center for Global Studies and Social Justice at Avila University. On the previous edition of the show, I played the interview I recorded with Sister Helen after a talk she gave at Avila University. On this show, you'll hear the speech she gave that evening.

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Dead Man Walking – The Journey Continues in Missouri

This week on Tell Somebody. Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean, and Staci Pratt, state coordinator for Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP).

If someone viciously and brutally murdered a loved one of yours – a child, a spouse, a parent - could you get past rage and grief to forgive? Or even just to accept? I'm not sure I could. Unless we've experienced such a loss, most of can't ever know for sure. I hope I never have to find out. But as citizens, don't we all have an obligation to consider the issue? Society has to deal with such, otherwise we leave it to surviving loved ones to forgive or not. To act in retribution or not.

Sister Helen Prejean returned to Kansas City on October 30 2015 thanks to MADP and The Center for Global Studies and Social Justice at Avila University. In between her speaking engagements at Avila University and Unity on the Plaza in Kansas City, I recorded interviews with Sister Helen and with Staci Pratt, State Coordinator for MADP.

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Rocky Flats Cold War Horse

A bigger-than-size statue of a horse wearing a hazmat suit is the subject of the October 29, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody. Author and professor Kristen Iversen and artist Jeff Gipe joined us on the phone to talk about it.

Rocky Flats, near Denver and Boulder, Colorado, was the site of a plant producing highly radioactive plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs since 1952. After major fires and other problems spread contamination over the site and the region, the plant was shut down and officials claim it is now cleaned up and safe. Until the installation of the Cold War Horse, nothing indicated that the plant, or the contamination, had ever been there. Iversen and Gipe will fill in some details about the site and the horse statue.

Jeff Gipe, an artist now living in Brooklyn, NY, grew up near Rocky Flats, and his father worked at the plant for 20 years. He created the Cold War Horse to mark the site of the plutonium plant and to serve as a memorial to those who worked at the plant.

Kristen Iversen author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up In the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, and is a professor in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati where she will introduce a new PhD program in literary non-fiction. She is currently working on her next book, Strange Genius: The Curious Friendship of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.

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Ray McGovern on Obama, Putin & Syria

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern returns for the October 15, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin having unleashed his version of Shock and Awe on Syria, possibly putting the tiny remaining handful of US CENTCOM's $500 million force of “Viable Indigenous Ground Forces” at risk and with what Ray McGovern calls the “Fawning Corporate Media” in full “demonize Putin” mode and Obama's critics urging him to stand tall against the Russian threat, I thought it a good time to check in with McGovern, and ask how in the midst of all this, he sees “The Hope Behind Putin's Syria Help.” For that, and much more, listen to the conversation.

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Economist Richard D. Wolff

Professor Richard D. Wolff spoke in Kansas City, Missouri at the All Souls Forum on September 13, 2015, and at the University of Missouri – Kansas City on September 14.. Shortly after his forum appearance at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, he sat down for a conversation with Tell Somebody.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

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Richard Rhodes on Nagasaki, 70 Years On

On the August 20, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody, Richard Rhodes appeared for the second time in as many weeks. Rhodes had been on the phone for the July 30 edition of the show, ahead of an August 9, 2015 speaking engagement in Independence, that would mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Tell Somebody was in attendance at Community of Christ Church in Independence for Rhodes' speech, and was subsequently on hand to speak with him about an hour after the speech.

Richard Rhodes was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and Independence, Missouri. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1986 book, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” and has written over 20 books on a wide variety of subjects.

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Joe McGovern- The Other Side Documentary

For the August13, 2015 edition of Tell Somebody,I got together with Joe McGovern to talk about his current project. According to his website, theothersidedocumentary.com, Joe is a progressive liberal democrat who has always been interested in politics, but who recently grew tired of the extreme political partisanship in America today. He got the idea for a documentary film he calls “The Other Side: a liberal democrat explores conservative America” to see if he could find another way – a better way – to talk to those he disagrees with. 20,000 miles, 5 months, 35 states and 82 interviews later, Joe and his team are editing the footage of his journey into a 75 minute documentary.

Joe and Charlie were passing through the area again on August 8, 2015, and I caught up with him in Independence, MO for breakfast and a conversation about his film. Give a listen.

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