Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

01 May 2010

Safeguarding U.S. Democracy: A Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary

Community Bridge opens with Jean Lee of the Manhattan/Riley County League of Women Voters along with attorney Gabrielle Thompson and Prof. John Fliter from K-State in a discussion of Safeguarding U.S. Democracy: A Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary.

The League of Women Voters works to promote the importance of fair and impartial courts nation-wide. During the next two years, 2009-2011, the Kansas League will focus on promoting diversity at all levels of the state judiciary to enhance the legitimacy of our system of justice in the eyes of an increasingly diverse public. According to the 2008 report from The Brennan Center, Improving Judicial Diversity , most judiciaries do not reflect the diversity in their states—and Kansas is no exception.

Community Bridge closes out the hour by rebroadcasting an interview Tavis Smiley conducted with Diane Ravitch, former US Department of Education official, about her new book: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Ravitch discusses the negative impact of No Child Left Behind on our public school system.

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