RevoltThe writers whom we have interviewed on Writers' Voices came to writing from a wide range of backgrounds.  It is always interesting to hear their stories - for some, how they came to write a book at all is surprising. This week's guest, Ray Bourhis, is an attorney specializing in representing people whose long term disability claims were denied by insurance companies.  As such, he has a unique perspective on greed, and the concentration of power, although his fictiional response to this in "Revolt: The Secession of Mill Valley," may seem a bit extreme.

Ray BourhisStill, the issues that are raised in this political thriller - including government surveillance of average citizens and elections dominated by big money, - couldn't be more timely. Join Monica and Caroline this week to learn how political passions can turn into a political thriller.

RRNew bands to the show! We have the first appearance of The Klaxons, from Myths of the Near Future, Nosound, from A Sense of Loss, and Rocketship, from 1998's Garden of Delights. I am also playing an alternate version of the song Question by The Moody Blues you will enjoy. Plus a whole lotta Prog music from the likes of Caravan, Gong, Wishbone Ash, Third Ear Band, and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer.  Cool Breeze

  • Thu
    Apr 24
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 27
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the new americana

there's a new kind of americana music being createdalex ebert these days. some of it comes from england (mumford & sons), but its roots go back to american cowboys rephrasing old irish folk songs in ways that expressed their time and personal stories.

neil young has led the way, and this week i'll play his take on woody guthrie's "this land is your land."

but most of the music is being made by the next generation to embrace living and playing in the dirt and water. while their music might be played by the hipsters at the coffeeshop, these guys aren't hipsters.

take alex ebert, right, of edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros. he and his bands of musician friends are hippies, plain and simple, singing and dancing around the drum circle bonfire.

jack johnsonand then there's hawaii's modern folk singer, jack johnson, left, who i consider much underappreciated as someone who writes creative, organic music with mostly just an acoustic guitar.

father john misty, fanfarlo, and avicii.

call it the new americana. it's the music a new, and old, generation are building and gardening to.

the songs.

  • Wed
    Apr 23
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Apr 25
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Live at Hy-Vee with Chef Matt Steigerwald and SOFIA on the KRUU Stream

Chef Matt SteigerwaldGreat Taste this week is an encore broadcast featuring Matt Steigerwald. Matt is one of the most talented chefs I know, and it's a gift to have him on the Iowa food scene. He closed the Lincoln Cafe in December, but the Lincoln Wine Bar in Mount Vernon is open and serves some of the best pizza anywhere. Last Saturday night I saw at least 15 folks from Fairfield there. Enjoy the broadcast.

Next week a visit with Heli Claire Witherspoon who works at Tartine in San Francisco. Put Tartine on your “must eat there" list if you are in the Bay Area.

This Wednesday our show features Chef Matt Steigerwald of the Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  Many folks believe Matt has the best restaurant in the state.  I would not miss this one-in the Club Room at Hy-Vee, 7:00 pm sharp.

Claudia Mueller, publisher of The Iowa Source, will be there, along with Nina Benjamin, who wrote an article about Matt for the Source's March issue.

Kicking off the show is Emily Rose Shaw presenting part 2 of her "Ode to Spring Greens."  I almost forgot to mention that Matt's making Harissa cauliflower with local greens, as a nod to Emily's presentation, and a Charred eggplant falafel with goat cheese lemon yoghurt.

  • Tue
    Apr 22
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Fri
    Apr 25
    8:00 am -
    10:00 am

Linda Ronstadt Duets on Roots Rock Roadhouse

Our feature this week is the new album: Linda Ronstadt: Duets.  This 15 song CD spotlights Ronstadt's most memorable collaborations including duets with James Taylor, Don Henley, Aaron Neville, Emmylou Harris, Carl Jackson, JD Souther and Dolly Parton.  The album was released in conjunction with Ronstadt's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. The honor recognizes her exceptional musical legacy, which has earned 10 Grammy® Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards.  Ronstadt won her first Grammy in 1976 for a cover of Hank Williams’ “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” that featured Emmylou Harris and appeared on what many consider her masterwork, Heart Like a Wheel (1974).

  • Fri
    Apr 25
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 27
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield: Noah, visionary Director Darren Noah posterAronofsky's (Black Swan, The Fountain) "massively ambitious" film about the Old Testament shipbuilder. "One of the most dazzling and unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film." - Richard Roeper. "As much a fantasia inspired by the Old Testament as a literal retelling of that tale, Noah manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won't want to divert your eyes from the screen.- Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times

Hear more about that, the new releases and what we've seen. We'll also look at the month of June in our continuing summer movie preview, highlighted by what may be this summer's indie darling: Obvious Child and the Young-Adult literary phenomenon that may become one of the most watched movies of the year: The Fault In Our Stars. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, where "we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Ham- Is this the end of everything? Noah- The beginning. The beginning of everything.

  • Thu
    Apr 24
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Wed
    Apr 30
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am

Its A PBJ's Party!

G ManI was out on the town for a night a week or so ago, and I saw a wonderful band called The PBJ's perform at the Gas Lamp. I had such a fine time listening to their particular brand of original folk tunes that I decided to share- this week. We will enjoy fifteen tunes by the band, five each from the Ep's I Wonder, If This Is, and How Dogs... catchy, eh? Plus twenty other songs by some also-rans like Leon Russell, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and The Fireman. I know you will like what you hear, so get out around southeast Iowa and see these two live some night soon.The PBJ's The G Man

  • Thu
    Apr 24
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Tue
    Apr 29
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

How the Market has Quantified our Worth.

Join host, Andrew Tint as he highlights the issues facing Generation Y.

This week 'Generation whY' will start with a serious discussion with Sarah Kendzior about the devaluing of millennials, and her recent article "Surviving the post-employment economy". After that Matt Segal stops by to discuss the outcome of FEC vs Mccutcheon.

Sarah Kendzior is a writer best known for her critical takes on the “prestige economy” and for her work on authoritarian states in Central Asia. As an op-ed columnist for Al Jazeera English, Ms. Kendzior writes about exploitation, particularly in higher education, and the diminishing opportunities of America’s youth. She also cover internet privacy, political repression, and how the media shape public perception.

Ms. Kendzior April 2013 article “The wrong kind of Caucasian” is the most popular AJE op-ed of all time. Since October 2013, she’s been a monthly columnist for the Vitae section of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Ms. Kendzior has also written for Foreign Policy, Slate, Registan.net, Medium, POLITICO, Radio Free Europe, Opinio Juris, Alternet, Ethnography Matters,The Atlantic, and La Stampa. In August 2013, Foreign Policy named her one of “the 100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events”. In October 2013, St. Louis Magazine profiled her as one of 15 inspirational people under 35 in St. Louis.

OURTIME.org co-founder Matt Segal will return to discuss the voter fraud and voter suppression. Find out more about their efforts here.

As president and co-founder of OurTime.org, Matthew leads campaigns to expand job opportunities, voting rights, and civic education among his generation while devising strategic partnerships with media brands to enhance the voice of his peers. Matthew is also a regular TV commentator, contributing most frequently to MSNBC, and has appeared on The TODAY Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, and the CBS Evening News among several other cable and broadcast news programs.

Laura Marling(See link to playlist below). You don't want to miss this program that features so many delightful newly discovered tracks from DJ Andy. Swamp blues legend Slim Harpo leads off with his off-the-beaten swoon from 1967 "Tip On In (parts 1 and 2)". The interview spotlight shines on Fairfield's own James Dean Claitor and his 2014 jazz-chill CD release Pseudonyms.  UK folksinger Laura Marling (photo left) shares her beauty and Noah Gundersenlyrics.  And rising young singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen (photo) proves why he is getting so much attention for his song "Ledges" and more.

The second-hour Chill Session should compare favorably with last week's down-tempo drift through the cool ether of Spring nights.   Anchoring the 2nd hour is Sweden's Velours Perfect, the brotherly electronic duo that knows how to create elevated brain chemistry, the natural way. Other contributors to the fine feast include Cayetano, Cyril Hahn, Deep Dive Corp., Blue Phantom, and PhaelehClaitor joins the fun too with more tracks from Pseudonyms.

Click here for playlist.  Share with friends to join us on the live stream at www.kruufm.com.

  • Wed
    Apr 23
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am
  • Sat
    Apr 26
    6:00 am -
    7:00 am

Interview with Daisy on Lyrical Venus Wed 4/23!

Singer Songwriter DaisyOh Maria won't you come with me?
I called your name around the rosary
Oh Maria you can disagree
Spinning in the stormy history
~ Maria, by Daisy

With songs delightfully deep and quirky-fun by turns, Austin singer-songwriter and ray of sunshine Daisy released her debut EP entitled Do Be Do this week. Tune in to hear her discuss her path from her childhood on a farm in Washington state, to becoming a social worker, to giving that up to follow her heart to the musical mecca of Austin, Texas where she met producer Daniel Barrett.  Together they polished up 5 of her songs, including some co-writes with Steve Poltz, into a shiny gem of an EP that is sure to get your boots stomping along, at least when it isn't tugging at your heartstrings.

Tune in to Lyrical Venus from 9-10am Central for songs by female singer-songwriters. Interview with Daisy starts shortly after 9:25am.

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