Radio Active Magazine
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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Bill Clause is a cultural worker volunteer who has been part of the Kansas City performing arts scene for decades. He remains active as producer of RadioActive Magazine; Shots in the Night Comedy Radio Theatre; and helps produce River City Chautauqua.
Craig Lubow is a criminal defense and family law attorney in Kansas. Craig has been a progressive activist since the early 1970s, starting in the War Resisters’ League. Craig serves on the executive committee of the Kanza Group of the Kansas Sierra Club.
Lynn is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Cold War. She has taught English in Japan, and was a communication instructor at Park University. Her hobbies are making jewelry and art, doing Afro-Brazilian drumming, and volunteering at KKFI. She loves interviewing people for Radio Active, because it gives her an opportunity to learn new things and share that knowledge with listeners.
Graves was raised on a farm in Cheyenne County, KS, four miles from Nebraska and 26 from Colorado. He serves on multiple committees and is an Associate Programmer with Radio Active Magazine.
Susan was born on a dark and stormy night in Detroit, MI, when Detroit was a great city. She is a family therapist, filmmaker and and a contributor to Radio Active Magazine, interviewing really interesting people. She says life is like an empty canvas: Every day she gets up and paints it in a beautiful way.
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March 3, 2020 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
This episode of Radio Active Magazine will feature a half-hour March 1 reenactment of a 4-hour trial November 1, 2019, of fifteen activists with PeaceWorks Kansas City for trespassing on the Kansas City National Security Campus on the previous Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. This National Security Campus makes or procures 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts for US nuclear weapons. All fifteen were convicted and sentenced to a year's probation plus community service plus $248.50 court costs and supervision of probation and community service.Read More
February 18, 2020 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, is the Centennial of the League of Women Voters (LWV), founded Feb. 14, 1920. This episode of Radio Active Magazine celebrates this event with interviews with representatives of four Kansas City Area chapters of the League. The League of Women Voters of Kansas will be represented by their co-President Cille King. The League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Kansas, will be represented by Donna Lauffer, former president and currently head of the Johnson County League's 100th anniversary celebration, and Amber Stenger, incoming co-president and currently head of their Communications Team. Evelyn Maddox is the current President of the Missouri League and a former co-President of the League of Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties.Listen
February 11, 2020 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Dave Mitchell interviewed Zach Pistora, Sierra Club lobbyist for the Kansas Sierra Club.
Their focus was on the Kansas energy sector, including the very recent announcement that Holcomb 2, a massive addition to that coal plant in S.W. Kansas, that investors were pulling their funding for it. This move was viewed as a victory for those fighting global warming. They also discussed the energy mix in Kansas, with renewables at 36%, and Evergy's plans to move to 80% by 2050, and a legislatively approved study of Kansas high electricity rates by London Economics, highlighting a few of their recommendations for actions to allow utilities more flexibility in their development, along with lowering of bills for consumers. Finally, they talk about Governor Kelly's plans to move the Energy Office out from under the Kansas Corporation Commission, as part of the state's effort to develop a state energy plan that was generated independently, with stakeholder input.Listen
February 4, 2020 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Preston Washington, President, Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition and Kenneth Ford of Descendant Freeman will discuss the issues involved with tracing genealogy for black americans. Ford will describe slavery among Native Americans, with emphasis on slaves that were descendant from the five "civilized tribesRead More
January 28, 2020 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Richard Mabion joins host Craig Lubow to talk about the NAACP and Environmental Justice on the first part of the show. Julie Burkhart, CEO and founder of Trust Women.org, joins us on the second part to talk about pending legislation in the Kansas House and Senate that would effect reproductive rights and would put the issue on the ballot to amend the State constitution.Read More
January 14, 2020 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
On January 3rd, eleven days before this broadcast, a US drone strike killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and four others near the international airport of Bagdad, Iraq. The next day, at least two rallies were held in Kansas City to protest this extra-judicial execution, one at noon and another at 3 PM. This episode of Radio Active Magazine will discuss some of the history behind this conflict and activities in Kansas City relating to this and other issues.Listen
December 31, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Dave Mitchell talks to Dennis Murphey, recently retired Supervisor for the Kansas City Office of Environmental Quality. The interview includes the steps the city took during the last decade to reduce it's carbon footprint 40% for city operations, and 21% for the city as a whole.
The discussion also includes his involvement with Climate Action Kansas City, a new and local organization comprised of local leaders, that has published the Climate Action Playbook in Dec., 2019. This playbook uses Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, as one of its sources for actions local leaders can take to reduce their community's carbon footprint.Listen
December 24, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Craig Lubow interviews John Wiley, Founder of River of Refuge. John talks about the River of Refuge, which provides a transitional living program for people who have been on the verge of homelessness and who have lacked stable housing. The program length of the program varies for each family and is determined by the needs of the individual family. It helps families with budgeting and other basic support needs. The families are sometimes ones that have been living out of motels. The goal is to keep them out of shelters and assist them with finding independent affordable housing at the end of their stay at the River of Refuge. The families must have children living with them, remain drug free, and maintain employment. Www.riverofrefuge.orgListen
December 17, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Hosts Susan Sarachek and Spencer Graves will interview Bob Grove, Director of the Deportation Defense Legal Network, and Maria, a young DACA recipient who was recently detained by ICE and experienced first-hand local ICE detention facilities and immigration court proceedings.Listen
December 10, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
This episode of Radio Active Magazine will feature host Spencer Graves interviewing Queen Wilkes about the Sunrise Movement in Kansas City and internationally. The discussion will consider the goals and activities of the Sunrise Movement in Kansas City and beyond. The Sunrise Movement is primarily concerned about climate change, which is driven especially by CO2 levels that are already 50 percent higher than what the earth has seen in most recent 800,000 years. Other concerns include increased levels of nitrogen and plastics in the earth's oceans and inland seas. These problems is already starting to degrade the quality of life for a sizeable portion of the earth's population, and they will almost certainly impact everyone still alive 20 years from now. Perhaps the worst possibilities involve climate change contributing to war like the current civil war in Syria that could ultimately expand into a nuclear war. The latter has been documented by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. A nuclear war could produce a nuclear winter lasting several years, during which 98 percent of humanity would likely starve to death if they do not die of something else sooner. Economists say that the most sensible approach to the excess CO2 problem is to eliminate current subsidies for carbon, e.g., petroleum products like gasoline, and instead tax them at a rate of at least $40 per ton of CO2, which translates to an additional 35 cents per gallon of gasoline in the US. Sadly, changes like this have led to riots in Nigeria, France, Peru, and elsewhere. To get around this, the Citizens' Climate Lobby proposes a "carbon fee and dividend" program that would pay a "dividend" to common folk roughly equal to what they need to pay for the increase in the price of carbon, combined with a substantive public education program explaining why this is needed.Listen