Sherrie Taha


Interview airs Thu 6:30am; 12;30pm & 6:30pm

Sherrie Taha discusses her campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. She is running against incumbent Bill Northey (Rep). Taha is a lifelong Democratic activist with over 15 years of experience serving on Boards & Commissions. Most recently she served as Recording Secretary/Treasurer for ATU Local 441 and on the Board of the League of Women Voters Metropolitan Des Moines.  She was elected and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Sherrie was born in Creston, Iowa and split her childhood between southwestern and central Iowa. She earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and received a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University.  Sherrie has two adult daughters, Maggie & Annie.

Rising Appalachia(See link to playlist below). This week's program spotlight shines on the second-hour Chill Zone with American jazz master Alice Coltrane (photo right) featuring music from her 1971 LP Universal Consciousness and on New Orleans world-folk fusion sister duo Rising Appalachia (photo) from their outstanding 2013 CD Soul Visions.  International singer-songwriters who join the fun include Miraque I Myro (Hungary), Vargo (Germany), Laura Marling (UK), Prince Jammy (Jamaica), Ohm-G (Germany), and Bill Laswell (US).   First-time bands to Fringe Toast:  LeavingAlice Coltrane Music, Blue Foundation, Blockboy, and Dick Gaughan

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Fringe Toast Music, the best place to discover new music from off-the-beaten path.  Watch for DJ Andy Bargerstock's music reviews in Iowa Source Magazine the first week of each month.

the glorious Vegetables of ItalyI’m about to let you in on what is not known to most lovers of asparagus:  you probably could be eating a late harvest of locally grown asparagus right now.  I am.  Most growers only plan for the normal spring asparagus season, but if you follow the advice in this article, another six to eight weeks of eating that divine vegetable can be yours to enjoy.  It may be too late for this year, but now you can plan ahead.

More about vegetables when we visit with Domenica Marchetti, author of the glorious Vegetables Of Italy on the first half of this week’s show.  You can learn more about Domenica by clicking here.  I hope you try the pasta recipe featuring cherry tomatoes from her book.  You can find it at the bottom of the blog post. Click READ MORE to learn about the rest of the show.

  • Thu
    Aug 21
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 24
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the women of 2004

10 years ago...listen to the women who were making music by adding their voices to the eclectic sounds of 2004.

ani difrancothere were the delicate whispers the french chill group, air....

the brazen attitude of new york's ani difranco [pictured]....

the mad stomps of omaha's tilly & the wall....

the twangy insights of los angele's rilo kiley....

the fascinating edge of canadian singer feist....

the serene heart of welsh singer jem....

and the divine bliss and chill of denmark's bliss....


ecelctic with Joseph Mayfield on KRUU-LP 100.1 FM Tuesday 4-5pm.


  • Tue
    Aug 19
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Fri
    Aug 22
    8:00 am -
    10:00 am

Celebrating John Hiatt's Birthday on Roots Rock Roadhouse

This week we'll be celebrating the birthday (Aug 20th) of singer-songwriter, John Hiatt . Hiatt has had prolific career and his songs have been recorded by many of the great icons of music including Bonnie Raitt, Robben Ford, BB King, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowel, Don Henley, David Crosby, Jewell, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Healey, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffet and Buddy Guy to name a few.  We'll focus mainly on the albums, Bring the Family and Slow Turning, released in the late 80's and which I consider to be some of his finest work. His 2011 recording, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns will also be mined for musical gems.


  • Wed
    Aug 13
    8:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Tue
    Aug 19
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Fringe Toast Music - ROBERT REEDER CD debut

(Playlist link below). This week’s program begins with music and interview with Fairfield’s Robert Reeder (photo left) about his soon to be released Robert Reederfirst CD called the album. This album oozes flavors of early Eagles but with more grit and contemporary flair.  Clapton offers tracks from his new tribute album to J.J. Cale.  And, Tom Petty offers “Shadow People” from his new CD.

 The second hour Chill Session is anchored Natalie Merchantby Natalie Walker (photo), whose vocals blessed Wax Poetic’s 2012 On a Ride album.  First-timers to Fringe Toast this week include Triptic Soul, Syd Arthur, Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience, and Astronauts. Listen closely for classically obscure psychedelic sound of West Coast Art Pop Experimental Band with “Smell of Incense” from 1967.   

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Mississippi EyesPhoto-documentarian Matt Heron writes on the first page of Mississippi Eyes, "Those of us who trained our eyes (and our cameras) on Mississippi, had our eyes trained in turn by Mississippi.....From that time onward, we looked at the world with Mississippi Eyes."

Join Monica and guest host Paul Gandy this week on Writers' Voices as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Freedom, and the publication of Heron's moving account, in words and pictures, of the work of the five photographers who comprised the Southern Documentary Project in the Deep South during the Summer of 1964.  Gandy's own family ties to the Mississippi Delta, and his current work with the Keeping History Alive Foundation, allow him to bring personal insight to this important topic.

Learn how the Souther Documentary Project come to be, the influence of Dorothea Lange (check out the WV interview with Lange's goddaughter here,) and why it took 50 years for much of this work to be published.

  • Mon
    Aug 18
    10:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Wed
    Aug 20
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

The Songs of Summer, Week 6

Summer Breeze

Got a great show planned for you today, PLANET ERSTWILD lovers. Definitely spanning the topical and musical safari gamut.

First up, Dennis Kossow tells us about his love of geode hunting and the 19th Annual Rock & Gem Show coming up September 5-7 at the Convention Center. Sac & Fox Lapidary Club is putting on the gemstone ritz with 11 dealers and fun for the whole family.

Next up, James speaks with Steve Boss, the gifted host of KRUU's GREAT TASTE program [Wednesdays 7pm; rebro Fridays 7am], a weekly foray into all things delectable food, cooking, and cuisine enriching. Learn about his background and what's he's got cooking going forward.

In the second hour, I speak with Amanda Karg, tour manager of the Maietreya Loving Kindness Buddhist Relics Exhibit in Des Moines. This free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display in Des Moines August 15th to 24th at Hoyt Sherman Place. Most of the Relics in this collection resemble beautiful multi-colored pearl-like crystals and are over 2,600 years old. Several of the relics are on loan from the 14th Dalai Lama’s own personal collection. This non-sectarian public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and free to attend.

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