News & Public Affairs

KKFI’s public affairs programs magnify our mission, to “provide a broadcast voice to the voiceless.”  We fulfill the need for you, our community, to be informed about what is happening  on a local level and many of our programs provide you with an opportunity to voice your opinions and suggestions.

The program titles say it all, from EcoRadio, Guess Who’s Coming to Kansas City, Every Woman to Jaws of Justice , The Heartland Labor Forum and Urban Connections… to name a few!

All Souls Forum

Hosted by Bill Clause & Spencer Graves   •  Listen live Every Wednesday at 6:00pm

The All Souls Unitarian Universalist Forum, Kansas City; longest ongoing conversation, has offered a platform for the discussion of significant issues since 1943.

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Alternative Radio

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Wednesday at 9:00am

A weekly one-hour public affairs radio program that provides analyses and views that are ignored or distorted in most media.Guests include Dar Jamail, Michael Pollan, Noam Chomsky, Antonia Jusef, Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Jeff Cohen, David Zirin, Bill Moyers and Howard Zinn.

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Between the Lines

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Friday at 9:00am

"Between the Lines" is a national, half-hour program that provides a platform for individuals and spokespersons from progressive organizations generally ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media.

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Bioneers

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Friday at 9:30am

Bioneers brings bold innovators with break-through solutions to the airwaves with our eighth annual radio series. "Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature" airs in more than 250 cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Ireland and is free to all stations, distributed by WFMT Radio Network.

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Compartiendo en Familia

Hosted by Isidro Carlos   •  Listen live Every Monday at 9:30pm

Spanish Language Public Advocacy.

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Counterspin

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Tuesday at 6:30pm

Counterspin is FAIR's weekly radio show, hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall and Peter Hart. It's heard on more than 125 noncommercial stations across the United States and Canada. Counterspin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage.

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Cowtown Conversations

Hosted by Joseph Jackson   •  Listen live Every Thursday at 9:00am

Cowtown Conversations is a weekly public affairs show where we discuss matters that impact our lives as resident's of the Metropolitan Kansas City Area.

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Democracy Now!

Hosted by Amy Goodman   •  Listen live Monday – Friday at 8:00am

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 450 stations in North America. The program is hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez and produced out of the Downtown Community Television Center, a community media center in New York City's Chinatown.

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EcoRadio KC

Hosted by Richard Mabion   •  Listen live Every Monday at 6:00pm

EcoRadio KC is a magazine show, including live segments, prerecorded stories, and interviews. The weekly explores our interdependence with the rest of the world, showing the connections between the ways we choose to live and the health of the whole community of life.

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Every Woman

Hosted by Una Nowling   •  Listen live Every Saturday at 3:00pm

Featuring a fresh format for feminism in 2018, Every Woman continues on as the preeminent forum for women on the air in Kansas City. Every Woman is produced locally by Fiona and Una Nowling, and has an ensemble cast of hosts and operators including Marvita Oliver, Anthony Joe, and Angela Believes. After a move in November 2018, the official Facebook page for Every Woman can now be found at this link.

The Every Woman Facebook page.

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Exploration

Hosted by Michio Kaku   •  Listen live Every Monday at 5:00am

The "Exploration" radio show is an hour-long science program heard nationally. Exploration covers the world of science, war and peace, and the environment. The show has commentary and interviews with top scientists and environmentalists.

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Freeze Frame

Hosted by Russ Simmons

Freeze Frame is a weekly show reviewing the latest movies from Hollywood's best films to independent and arthouse movies.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Kansas City

Hosted by MC Richardson   •  Listen live Every Saturday at 5:00pm

The program targets all cultures and genders. It celebrates special holidays, events and specializes in ethnic events not limited to sports, conventions, seminars and provocative subjects others dare not to touch. It is referred to as the Anchor Public Affairs Programming on Saturday evening. When people want to reach specific markets, they want to be on “Guess Who’s Coming to Kansas City!” The show publicizes issues that impact the Minority Community, encouraging the pursuit of positive solutions.

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Hard Knock Radio

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Friday at 4:00am

Hip Hop music and culture remixed with the important issues of the day.

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Free Speech Radio News Headlines

Headline News

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Tune into Headline News from Free Speech Radio News, one of the most respected sources of independent radio news in the United States and heard in more than 100 communities large and small from Nova Scotia to California, from Alaska to Florida. FSRN Headline News provides a daily newscast that calls on more than 200 reporters across six continents.

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Heartland Labor Forum

Hosted by Judy Ancel   •  Listen live Every Thursday at 6:00pm

Heartland Labor Forum is Kansas City's only program about the workplace. It is produced by and for our working people. We have been agitating on the air since 1989. Find out who is busting unions and who is fighting back.

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Heartland Labor Forum (Repeat)

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Repeat airing: Heartland Labor Forum is Kansas City's only program about the workplace. It is produced by and for our working people. We have been agitating on the air since 1989. Find out who is busting unions and who is fighting back.

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Jim Hightower

Hightower’s Lowdown

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Tune in to "Hightower's Lowdown," a short commentary segment. Hightower's daily two-minute commentaries that hit the issues hard...but with a sense of humor. Jim Hightower, America's leading populist, zings the powers that be in a way that makes audiences perk up, take notice, get angry, think, laugh out loud... and tune in for more.

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Inspired

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Sunday at 5:00am

Inspired is the nation's leading public radio show about faith, ethics and spirituality. Each week we offer you analyses of the big headlines alongside lesser-told stories – those of Orthodox Jewish artists and African-American atheists, Muslim feminists and spiritual seekers. Through these stories, a rough sketch of our country’s religious landscape begins to emerge. It’s a marketplace of beliefs and ideas too complex for sound bites, and too important to ignore.

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Jaws of Justice Radio

Hosted by Margot Patterson   •  Listen live Every Monday at 9:00am

It is the intention of Jaws of Justice Radio to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice and the criminal justice system. We want to put a human face on those caught in the grasp of injustice and those that are part of an unjust system. We strive to dispel the misconceptions created by the news and entertainment industry, politicians and our educational system.

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Law and Disorder Radio

Law and Disorder

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Tuesday at 9:00am

Law and Disorder is a weekly, independent radio program airing on several stations across the United States. Law and Disorder gives listeners access to rare legal perspectives on issues concerning civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent and the horrendous practices of torture exercised by the US government.

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Live Broadcasts

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Live Broadcasts turned into Podcasts for your convenience.

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Making Contact

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Thursday at 12:30pm

"Making Contact" is produced by International Media Project, an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1994, committed to investigative journalism, in-depth critical analysis, the promotion of civic participation and the dissemination of educational material. Its core focus is National Radio Project, the team that creates Making Contact.

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One KC Radio Spotlight

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Tuesday at Noon

The One Kansas City Radio Spotlight is collection of programming produced and broadcasted by One Kansas City Radio (KONN-LP 100.1 FM).

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Paragon Radio

Hosted by Ben Johnson   •  Listen live Every Monday at 12:00am

An all-night talk show driven by listener phone calls and emails. Nothing is ever off-topic and everything and everyone is held accountable.

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Paris of the Plains Podcast

Hosted by Matt Hodapp

The Paris of The Plains Podcast is dedicated to producing unheard audio stories from people who have a relationship with Kansas City. We will seek out those narratives that are personal, powerful, but above all surprising and engaging.

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Plant Detective

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Flora Delaterre, plant detective, investigates one medicinal plant per show including recent science, traditional uses, efficacy, risks, and lore.

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Radio Active Magazine

Hosted by Craig Lubow   •  Listen live Every Tuesday at 6:00pm

A locally produced program where activist groups in the Kansas City area present interviews, commentary, editorials, and other thought provoking content on a weekly basis.

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Shut Up and Listen

Hosted by Jaye Powers   •  Listen live Every Monday at 2:00am

A late night call in talk show where anything is open to discuss. Sometimes we succeed at this, other times we fail..horribly.. it’s a real crap shoot. But please join us on this adventure into the less appealing sides of the argument, some skepticism and advocating for the devil, and oh yeah, plenty of ‘Florida Man.’

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Special Program

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You'd be Surprised.

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Sprouts

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Thursday at 12:00pm

Sprouts Radio from the Grassroots is a 30-minute weekly program featuring radio programs produced at community radio stations or by other independent producers from across the country and sometimes around the world.

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Take Two

Hosted by Russ Simmons

The "Take Two" short segment reviews independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City. Take Two first went on the air in 2012 and is co-hosted by Russ Simmons, producer of the “Freeze Frame” short segment, and Susan Sanders.

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The Tenth Voice (LGBT)

Hosted by Una Nowling   •  Listen live Every Saturday at 1:00pm

The Tenth Voice is the Kansas City area's only weekly broadcast created by and for LGBTQIA people throughout the metro region. Listeners can tune in each Saturday at 1:00 PM. Each week our team of hosts and producers present interviews, information, music, news and features especially important to Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, Transgender and Allied collective communities.

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This Way Out (LGBT)

Hosted by Una Nowling

This Way Out leads off each week with NewsWrap, a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting the lesbian/gay community, compiled from a variety of publications and broadcasts around the world.

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Urban Connections

Hosted by Donna Wolfe   •  Listen live Every Saturday at 4:00pm

Urban Connections conducts guest interviews covering issues effecting our local, national, international and global communities from a Black perspective. Subjects include current events, trends, history, education, economics, science, political science, health, race, law and more.

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WINGS

Hosted by Una Nowling   •  Listen live Every Saturday at 2:30pm

WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world.

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World Possibilities

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Thursday at 5:00am

KKFI tries out various syndicated programs during this timeslot.

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