Monday, January 17, 2011

Tom Klammer: "Tell Somebody Radio, Tuesday, 18/Jan/2011, KKFI-FM"

Sue Wilson, Jeremy Alderson, and Bannister CAP next up on Tell Somebody

This Tuesday, January 18 on Tell Somebody, journalist and filmmaker Sue Wilson, Homelessness Marathon host and founder Jeremy Alderson, and a report from last week's meeting of the Bannister Federal Complex Community Advisory Panel.
Sue Wilson came to Kansas City and Tell Somebody in September 2009 for the screening of her media reform documenatry Broadcast Blues, and she returns to the show to talk about the current media climate and how it is affected by right wing talk radio. Wilson also edits and has a new post up at Bradblog: Sheriff Dupnik is Right: Radio Lies, Our Culture Dies.

The Homelessness Marathon will be originating its 2011 national broadcast in Kansas City on KKFI. Homelessness Marathon founder and host Jeremy Alderson is in town this week in preparation for the 14 hour February 23-24 broadcast, and will stop by the KKFI studios to talk to Tell Somebody. Find out more about the Homelessness Marathon here. Or just got to and scroll down to the Homelessness Marathon link right under the picture of KKFI board president Kathy Peters.
The Bannister Federal Complex Community Advisory Panel met last week and Tell Somebody was there to hear from CAP members and NNSA, EPA, GSA and Missouri Department on Natural Resources officials. The NNSA's Patrick Hoopes talked about community involvement (did he really mean it?) and a 20 month moving schedule from the old to the new nuclear weapons plant. Don Long of the International Association of Machinists suggested that labor relations weren't so great with NNSA and Honeywell, and Jason Klumb offered GSA offices at the Bannister Federal Complex for the next meeting.
Hear it all this Tuesday, January 18, 2011 on Tell Somebody at 6pm Central Time on 90.1 FM KKFI, streaming on the web at, and podcasting at
The December 28 and January 4 shows looking back at 2010 on Tell Somebody are now online for downloading, or you can subscribe to the podcast, for free, at the iTunes store or other podcast directory.
click on picture for link to each story.

For the May 27, 2010 edition of Tell Somebody, I called Dr. Helen Caldicott at her home in Australia to talk about nuclear weapons in connection with her upcoming visit to Kansas City.

On June 1, I talked to Ivory Mae Thomas and her son Dave Hunt. Thomas was working the night shift at the Kansas City nuclear weapons plant in 1989 when workers in hazmat suits told her she'd stepped in something bad.

For the June 15 edition of the show, I went to GSA Regional Adminstrator Jason Klumb's office at the Bannister Federal Complex to talk about how he called in doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and NIOSH to look into health concerns among former and current workers at the complex.

Helen Caldicott came from Australia to talk about nuclear weapons and the Kansas City Plant at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Before doing that, she talked to Tell Somebody on June 22.

Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch of New Mexico also came to Kansas City to speak at All Souls. He spoke to Tell Somebody on June 29.

I went into the archives for the July 6 show and re-aired a 2006 interview with Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean. We talked about her subsequent book, The Death of Innocents.

Former Kansas City Plant supervisor Maurice Copeland and Ann Suellentrop of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Peaceworks KC spoke about the plant on the July 20th show.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern returned to the show on July 13 to talk about Afghanistan, General Petraeus, and media coverage of torture. We also hear part of Michelle Obama's speech to the National NAACP convention in Kansas City.

On August 3, we caught up with the Marching Monahan Brothers, halfway through their march across the country to overturn "corporate personhood."

Free Press co-founder Josh Silver warned of "the end of the Internet as we know it" on the August 10 show. Also, the Marching Monahan brothers made it to Kansas City.

On August 17, we heard about a protest at the site of a new nuclear weapons plant in Kansas City. Click on the picture at left to hear the show. See a video of the protest here:

On the August 24 show, another visit to GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb's office, plus some audio from a town hall for Bannister Federal Complex workers.

FBI whistleblower and 2002 Time Magazine person of the year Coleen Rowley weighed in on whistleblowing and Wikileaks, and Father Joseph Phillipe talked about his efforts to empower the poor in Haiti on August 31.

Alternative Radio's David Barsamian was on the air on September 7 talking about Middlle East peace talks in Washington, the importance of independent media, and his friendship with the late Edward Said.

On September 14 we heard audio from the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new nuclear weapons plant on the south edge of Kansas City. Includes mini-interviews with NNSA head Thomas D'Agostino and real estate developer Hugh Zimmer.

What effect has the Citizens United v FEC corporate Supreme Court decision already had on election campaigning? On September 21, Public Citizen's public affairs lobbyist Craig Holman gave an answer.

FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley talked about FBI raids on peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago and 's Robert Parry talked about the need for independent media on the September 28 show.

Former Congresswoman Karen McCarthy died on October 5, 2010. McCarthy talked to me about how proud she was of her vote against authorizing the invasion of Iraq, but mainstream media remembrances of her never mentioned that vote and Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Dennis seemed to apologize for her "liberalness" in their remembrances. Click on McCarthy's picture to learn what she had to say in 2008 about that vote.

On the October 5 show, a Community Advisory Panel established by the GSA and the EPA to look at the Bannister Federal Complex is heavily tilted toward insiders connected to the Economic Development Corporation, Supreme Court Justice impersonators hold forth on the Plaza in Kansas City, and Richard Tripp talks about the homeless.

A trial for weapons plant protestors reveals yet another insider connection to the Economic Development Corporation, a remembrance of Karen McCarthy, and an extended conversation with Russell Anderson and Mandy Hancock about their Collective Progression project.

An active duty veteran military women's mini retreat and stand down, and one of the peace activist targets of FBI harrassment in Minneapolis on the October 19 edition of Tell Somebody.

On October 20, we listen in on a Public Citizen phone conference about whether the Supreme Court will ban class actions, audio from a Labor Department town hall meeting for sick Kansas City plant workers.

On November 2, a little bit of election day commentary followed by an in-depth conversation with Cold War Soldiers vice president Donna Hand on how Kansas City Plant workers can file health claims with the Federal government.

The November 9 show has audio from a press conference on an Inspector General Report blasting GSA management of health issues at the Bannister Federal Complex and an interview with Scott Dye, director of the Sierra Club Water Sentinels.

A Tell Somebody commentary on the dominant presence of the Economic Development Corporation on the members and nominators of members of the Bannister Federal Complex "Community" Advisory Panel.

On November 16, a show on corporate personhood. First some background, then an excerpt of former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb's Kansas City speech in support of a move to amend the U.S. Constitution.

A visit to Kansas City's HopeFaith Ministries day center for the homeless and previews of COPP Inc's homeless event and the national broadcast of The Homelessness Marathon are featured on November 23.

On November 30, we heard voices from Richard Tripp and COPP Inc's Survival 10 event for the homeless at Hope Faith Ministries in Kansas City, and a conversation with Bill Douglas' book 2012 - The Awakening.

On December 7, a broadcast of Bill Moyers' keynote speech to the National Conference on Media Reform in Minneapolis in June, 2008

The Good Samaritan -
the original version and some thoughts about applying it today.

Robert Parry, founder of and formerly with AP, Newsweek and Frontline, talks about the left's media miscalculation on the December 14 show.

Veterans for Peace and others organized a protest in front of the White House on December 16. Ray McGovern and Daniel Ellsberg and about 130 others were arrested there. Ray McGovern tells us all about it on the December 21 edition of Tell Somebody

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