The Local Show - Feb 6, 2014





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Published on Feb 6, 2014

This week, Randy Mason travels to Lawrence to speak with Kevin Willmott about his new film Jayhawkers. The film focuses on Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen and the racial tensions during this period of Kansas basketball history. Reporter John McGrath reports on how the lawsuit by former Kansas City Chiefs could have ripple effects throughout the NFL. Education Reporter Lindsey Foat takes us behind the scenes of the FIRST LEGO League championship competition. And Doug Frost hosts another installment of Ferment Nation and turns his attention to cocktails.

Next weekend, a new movie about Wilt Chamberlain, and Phog Allen called Jayhawkers will premiere at Lawrence's Lied Center. It's the newest from director Kevin Willmott, who's made a name creating low-budget films that often explore our racial divide. As a KU film professor, Kevin is well aware that he's walking a fine line—trying to mix high-profile names, believable hoops and a story that risks stepping on toes. Dave Burkhardt and Randy Mason headed to Mt.Oread as Willmott prepared for the film's unveiling. Willmott's movie about Wilt Chamberlain will be screened seven times on Feb. 14th, 15th and 16th. His sci-fi send up hits Kansas City on the 23rd.

The football season is over now, but the concern over concussions continues. In the wake of the groundbreaking Frontline episode League of Denial, the NFL has made player safety a top priority. Reporter John McGrath explains how a lawsuit brought by former Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famers could bring the national story about concussions very close to home.

LEGOs—we all know them. The colorful building blocks have been an essential part of growing up for decades. Now an international competition challenges kids to take those little blocks to the next level. With FIRST LEGO League, students design and program robots made of LEGOs. Teams compete on a board filled with a veritable gauntlet of tasks. The more your robot can do, the higher your score. Education Reporter Lindsey Foat followed FIRST LEGO League team from Red Bridge Elementary to the Kansas City championship competition in January. Although the Rocking Robo Roadrunners did not advance to the final championship competition in St. Louis, Coach Chrissy Chandler says that her students are already talking about how they are going to improve next year's robot.

Doug Frost continues to roam the Ferment Nation to show us more about the ways of wine and spirits. This week, with help from producer Kevin Lambi, Doug gets away from the grape and into the cocktail.

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