The fastest rising star in cable news is Kansas City bound…
Love her or hate her, there’s no denying MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is a force to be reckoned with. Since taking over the 8 p.m. slot four years ago her ratings have soared and she’s crossed swords with the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs – and even been compared to legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.
Here’s the deal.
Unlike most successful, lightning rod news-talk hosts, the openly gay Maddow has the grey matter to back up her arguments and point of view. As she does in her new book Drift, about "how the decision-making process of the American military has become divorced from the democratic process making it far too easy and streamlined to use force worldwide," says Slate Magazine.
Now this just in, Rainy Day Books in Fairway is bringing Maddow’s book signing roadshow to town Sunday April 22nd.
Rainy Day head Vivien Jennings will join Maddow in a conversation on the Uptown’s main stage at 2 p.m.
Which just happens to be Earth Day.
Maddow’s appearance and book signing is just part of the Uptown’s Earth Day celebration.
"We’re also having a big garage sale in the shopping center parking lot across the street," says main man Larry Sells. "It’s an Earth Day Garage Sale, so for $25 you can have a place to sell your stuff and help out the earth."
As for Maddow’s contribution to the holiday, "What better way to help preserve the earth that to get rid of these questionable wars – these illegal invasions of other countries," Sells says. "And Rachel Maddow is is one of the people who speaks most eloquently about not using the military to promote corporate greed around the globe."
One question I’d like to see Jennings ask: for Maddow’s take on Fox News blockhead Lou Dobbs classless calling her a "tea-bagging queen."
Not to be confused with a "tea party queen."
Tickets – which include an autographed copy of Maddow’s book – are available at Ticketmaster or by calling the Uptown at 816 753-8665