Hugo Phan

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Born in Wichita, Hugo is a media consumption addict. From films to music to news, nothing seems to satiate his rapturous appetite for consuming various methods of information, concepts, and ideas except for public radio.

Picking up the habit at a young age from his own father, listening to KMUW has become a lifelong solitary practice, although he is open to a listening party to all those who are willing. His favorite public radio programs are Talk of the Nation (R.I.P.), Strange Currency, Fresh Air, Snap Judgment, Radiolab and This American Life. 

A graduate of Wichita State University, he majored in sociology and minored in communication. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, read comic books, participate in laughter, and attend live performances of any variety.

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Wikipedia, IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes

On this month's KMUW Movie Club, it's all about classroom shenanigans and hittin' the road.

For some reason, I have this thing for unlikable characters. I find enjoyment out of pushing myself far enough to empathize with them. The more unlikable, the better. "Election," and by extension, most of Alexander Payne's films, has characters that fit this bill. Tracy Flick and Mr. McAlister are the types of people you would never want to meet in real life, but they do exist, and they are closer to you than you think.

NPR.org

Following a series of police shootings this week, a group of local community organizers will be holding a vigil on Thursday in Old Town Square.  

The event is a response to the officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both incidents were caught on camera.

According to a statement from organizers, the vigil will also serve as a rally to "demand action from elected officials and candidates running for office."

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and in honor of the patriotic holiday, the KMUW Movie Club came together to talk about their favorite films with "America" in the title.  

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Open Wichita, a local initiative that advocates for open data in Wichita, will be holding a hackathon on Saturday.

The 24-hour event brings together civic-minded people and computer programmers to help devise meaningful tools to put into the hands of the community.

It’s all part of Code for America’s National Day of Civic Hacking, an initiative that works to combine civic duty with technology.

The event, which takes place at Century II, begins on Saturday at 10 a.m., and will run until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Wichita Police Department

The Wichita Police Department has filed misdemeanor charges against a motorcyclist and a WSU student involved in an altercation last month at a Kwik Shop at 21st and Oliver.

The biker, identified as Joseph Bryan, was charged with battery and disorderly conduct. WSU student Christian Saldana-Banuelos and his friend Khondoker Usama, WSU student body vice president, say Bryan's attack was racially motivated and that he repeatedly yelled "Trump" as he drove away.

Rotten Tomatoes

On this month's KMUW Movie Club, it is all Shakespeare. First up, the group discusses modern adaptations of Shakespeare's work. Next, the gang talks about films inspired by the works of the famous playwright. 

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Updated 7:45 p.m. 

The Kansas Democratic Party declared Bernie Sanders the winner of Saturday's Kansas Democratic caucuses. The Vermont senator took 23 delegates, and opponent Hillary Clinton took 10. 

Just hours after the GOP caucus in downtown Wichita boasted personal appearances from party frontrunners on Saturday, including eventual winner Ted Cruz, area Democrats swamped their caucus sites to support their candidates.

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Update at 7:20 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican caucuses in Kansas. He received 48.2 percent of votes, per the AP, with 4,161 votes in Sedgwick County.

rottentomatoes.com

On this month's KMUW Movie Club, we talk about two incredibly different subsets of films. First up, the club talks about some of their favorite movies--that others love to hate. Second, the guys discuss films that take on the task of examining important issues.

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Wichita Police Department's new police chief has announced that body camera implementation is now back on track.

According to WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay, the U.S. Department of Justice has released the $250,000 in matching funds from a federal grant in an effort to help cities across the country expand their body camera programs. He made the announcement on social media.

Wichita, along with three other Kansas cities, were approved for the federal grant last September.

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