Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer film the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. The company develops the country’s first commercial oil field, yet its success is quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of oil, the filmmakers discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields. “Big Men,” executive produced by Brad Pitt, provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal-making and dark underside of energy development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world.
This week's panel discusses some of the local and wider political implications of the unrest in Ferguson as well as tracks current election topics including the race for Kansas governor, Pat Robertson, and streetcars. Also this week, a refreshing string of positive news stories coming out of the Kansas City, Missouri school district. News reviewers: Steve Kraske, KCUR; Eric Wesson, The Call; Garrett Haake, 41 Action News, and Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star.
Ruckus is back! This week, Mike interviews John Murphy of Citizens for Responsible Government. Longtime Ruckettes Yael Abouhalkah and Gwen Grant are joined by new recruits Aimee Patton and Ron Freeman to discuss Jay Nixon's response to Ferguson, Sprint in KC, The American Royal and Kemper Arena. More about the show and submit your roasts or toasts: kcpt.org/ruckus