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Bike Share ICT Gearing Up For Big Day At Open Streets ICT Event

Last year’s Open Streets ICT event was the busiest day in Bike Share ICT’s short history. And the bike sharing service is preparing for more of the same this year.

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The unprecedented nastiness of this season’s primary campaign seems noteworthy. Has there ever been a political atmosphere as charged with negativity as this one? Have there ever been so many candidates who’ve had so little to say about what they are actually in favor of? Okay, we did hear some platitudes about “Kansas values.” But mostly we heard negative messages telling us what they were against. They were against President Obama. They were against health care reform. They were against taxation. They were against undocumented immigrants.

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Wichita has a long and proud history as a baseball town-- from club games in the 1870s, to serving as the home of the NBC Tournament since its beginning in 1935, to the national championship success of Wichita State University. But last month marked the anniversary of a lost piece of Wichita baseball history that almost seems too strange to be true: A game in 1925 between the Wichita Monrovians-- an all African-American professional team-- and the Wichita chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

So my family went out of town for a week and Wichita had a whole lot of rain during that time. There was the usual indicator of too much moisture in Wichita yards: a mushrooming bumper crop of political yard signs.

The recent death of Tom Leahy Jr., better known as Major Astro to Kansas baby boomers, caused my mind to rocket into the past. The good major wore his astronaut jumpsuit while hosting a daily afterschool kiddie show on local TV from 1962 to 1973. Wally Gator, Touche Turtle and Felix the Cat cartoons were beamed earthward to all the little tykes watching their rabbit-eared TV sets. Many were, no doubt, clutching their membership cards to the Major Astro Club.

Had a garage sale the other day. Swore I’d never have another one 2 sales ago. But stuff just kept piling up and something had to be done. So my wife, my daughter and I spent a long 90-degree June day saying over and over, “Yes, we’ll take 50 cents instead of 75 cents for that.”

I was going to do another commentary today about British Petroleum’s oil massacre of the Gulf of Mexico. But when I sat down to write it and began thinking about the leak which is a mile below the surface of the water, my thoughts were interrupted by a BP official who burst into my brain and quickly waved me away from the scene.

“You can’t consider this at all,” he ordered. “This entire area of thought is off-limits to anyone except employees of BP. Cease all mental cogitation on this subject immediately.”

The amazing thing about the tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for me, is not that it happened. It’s not the gargantuan size of the spill itself. And it’s not that the three corporations involved are each blaming the other. What’s unbelievable about this disaster is the fact that the drilling industry had no plan for what to do in the event that such a spill took place. They seem to be scrambling and improvising in a way that reminds me of a three-year-old who shattered Mom’s favorite flower vase all over the kitchen floor while trying to get to the cookie jar.

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Cooking With Fire: Sausage Fatty

The sausage fatty is a modern classic for backyard pitmasters. This simple dish, which traditionally was a smoked sausage chub with barbecue rub on the outside, started popping up online in the late 90s in various barbecue chat groups.

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September 25

13 Rivers is the latest release from Richard Thompson. Listen for selections from that recording as well as music from Neko Case’s Hell-On.

September 26

Formed in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1970s, Angel was signed to Casablanca Records, the home of the era’s biggest band, KISS. A new boxed set spotlight’s Angel’s progressive and hard rock roots. We’ll hear selections from that set as well as music from KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album, notable for the hit single, “Back In The New York Groove.”

September 27

Guitarist Marc Ribot’s latest, Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018 features contributions from Tom Waits, Steve Earle and others. Listen for music from that collection as well as Todd Rundgren’s Runt.

September 28

We celebrate the birthday of musician Ben E. King as well as hearing music from Atlanta’s Dead Now’s self-titled debut.

September 29

Listen for music from Yes’s 1973 double LP Tales Of Topographic Oceans as well as from former Yes drummer Bill Bruford’s One Of A Kind.

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Judy Collins and Stephens Stills briefly dated in the late 1960s, though their relationship has endured through song. Stills' "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" has become a staple of classic rock radio and one of his quintessential compositions. Though the two had bumped into each other occasionally, they'd never found time to do sustained work until 2017.

With Stills' regular gig in Crosby, Stills & Nash on indefinite hiatus (Crosby and Nash might insist that it's over for good), he and Collins began discussing collaborating both in the studio and on the stage.

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Tuesday, September 18

Released in 1997, Cornershop’s third album, When I Was Born For The 7th Time combined elements of Punjabi music, hip-hop and alternative rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Richard Thompson’s 2015 release, Still.

Wednesday, September 19

We celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with selections from Tom Waits, Clutch, Tempest and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Thursday, September 20

Young Sick Camellia is the new album from Alabama soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We’ll hear selections that release on this episode as well as music from the 2005 self-titled debut from The Budos Band.

Friday, September 21

Listen for selections from Double Negative, the latest release from Low plus new music from Will Courtney’s Crazy Love.

Saturday, September 22

My Way is the latest release from Willie Nelson and is his tribute to the late Frank Sinatra. Listen for selections from it as well as from Lyle Lovett’s The Road To Ensenada.

Monday, September 24

Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune is the latest from Swamp Dogg. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station.

 

Monday 9.17.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Jeff Ballard and Jack McDuff (including a special featuring music and conversation from the soul jazz organist in hour two of the show), continues with more music for our September feature (including a classic Horace Silver composition performed by pianist Tommy Flanagan, and music from the classic Somethin’ Else album from Cannonball Adderley), and new music from the Brad Mehldau Trio and guitarist Nate Najar.

Tuesday 9.18.18

More September feature music from Frank Foster (with Frank Wess), Horace Silver, and Cannonball Adderley (with his brother Nat’s Sextet) – and a Jazz Profiles Special about Nat Adderley in hour two of the show. There’s also new music from French horn player Ken Wiley, and Mike Clark with Delbert Bump, and birthday salutes to guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock.

Wednesday 9.19.18

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson (with Nat Adderley), and contemporary artists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the trombone lineup of Band of Bones. Also music from Billy Strayhorn performed by saxophonist Johnny Hodges and pianists Fred Hersch and Joey Alexander, and a guest appearance Strayhorn made with South African singer Sathima Bea Benjamin – and saxophone greats Johnny Hodges, Bobby Watson, and Pharoah Sanders.

Thursday 9.20.18

Night Train highlights tributes and covers tonight – including music from featured artists Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley and Frank Foster performed by Taj Mahal, Allan Harris, Tim Hegarty, Doug MacDonald and others. We’ll also hear Mose Allison compositions from Maria Muldaur and Roseanna Vitro, and Chick Corea compositions from Joe Farrell and Duende Libre.

Monday, September 17

Global Village heads to Prince Edward Island this time to showcase music from three talented contemporary folk ensembles: Vishten, the East Pointers, and Ten Strings & a Goatskin. Also on tap, music from indigenous Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie,  Swedish folk group Vasen, English folk rock from Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project, and as the September Music of Mali feature continues, more from the Tuareg/desert rock band Tinariwen.

Tuesday, September 18

As part of the Global Village September Music of Mali feature, a special show devoted to some of the wide range of styles and artists of that country. We’ll hear legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure, his son Vieux Farka Toure, the father and son release from Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, one of the great traditional singers of Mali, Kasse Mady Diabate, and his equally talented daughter who is part of Trio da Kali (our featured artists in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Salif Keita’s groundbreaking Soro album, and the remarkable women of Wassoulou, including famed singer Oumou Sangare.

Wednesday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and, of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance!

Thursday, September 20

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to Malian guitarists. We’ll hear Djelimady Tounkara, a member of the influential Super Rail Band and widely regarded as one of the country’s and one of the continent’s finest guitarists, the acclaimed and eclectic Boubacar Traore, the legendary Ali Farka Toure, Samba Toure who worked in Ali’s band, and rising guitar stars Oumar Konate and Sidi Toure.

Friday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, Van Morrison, and more.

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UPDATE: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Killed During Scuffle With Suspect

Updated on Monday, Sept. 17, at 1:40 p.m: A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday afternoon while trying to subdue a suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze III, a deputy since 2006, was killed after responding to a suspicious character call. The suspect, who has been identified as Robert Greeson, also was killed, Easter said.

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