Ben Woolf

Phil Bolsta

Ben Woolf is an actor currently appearing in the new season of the televison series American Horror Story

Phil Bolsta is the author of the book, Through God's Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. A comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life.

Laid Back(See playlist link below). At the urging of East Coast listeners, we reverse the hourly formats on this program with the Chill Session in the first hour and singer-songwriters and Alternative musicians in the second.  LA electronica duo Poolside leads off the program with what they call "daytime disco" but don't be fooled by "disco" because you'll be dancing in very contemporary ways.  Producing music since late 1980s, the Danish duo Laid Back (album cover) offers two tracks of intriguing electronica from 2013 CD Uptimistic. Others contributing their talents include Phil Mison, Deep Dive Corp., and Tosca.

Spotlight on the second hour features English missy higginsfolk duo Smoke Fairies, quirky English band alt-J, and Aussie beauty Missy Higgins (photo) with tracks from her CD Oz.  Listen closely for English folk-ballad set with Nick Drake, Alexi Murdoch, and late '60s legendary band Pentangle lead by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.

Click here for playlist. Spread the good news about Fringe Toast and invite your friends to join our live steam.

  • Thu
    Oct 30
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Wed
    Nov 05
    3:00 am -
    5:00 am

A Natural Kind of Joy

River of Five ColorsHad an opportunity to spend some time in the big trees recently. Sat down and put together an earthy playlist that reflects some of the awesome feeling of that experience. From Natural World to Nature's Boy, and In The Wild Hills to Green Heaven. From Mother Earth and Earth Anthem to River of Orchids and Castle Keep. Stop on by at 2 PM Thursday and relax into a deep set of organic music.  The G Man

picIt's that thrilling, chilling, time of year to highlight selections from some well deserving film scores for Halloween.
Ramin Djawadi's "Dracula Untold" gripping narrative leads off the set followed by Marco Beltrami's"Carrie". Further in is Christophe Beck's compelling epic "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"; Alexandre Desplat's 'vamp-on-werewolf action' section in "The Twilight Saga-New Moon". Also a couple of Bernard Hermann "Twilight Zone"episodes, "Psycho IV" from Graeme Revell; "The Wolfman" of Danny Elfman; Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine"; Trevor Jones' score to the very atmospheric visuals in "From Hell"; James Newton Howard's "The Village" and Danny Elfman again with "Hitchcock"Don't Miss All on Wed Oct 29, 3-4pm. 

Deborah Madison

Inspiring is the one word that comes to mind when I think about this week’s show.  Both of my guests inspire me, and I believe you, the listener, will feel the same way after tuning in.  It’s very easy to become cynical looking at the devastation of our natural resources, and the plundering of the environment that goes on in a world dominated by industrial agriculture in the guise of feeding the ever-growing population of human beings.  I think a little cynicism may have just snuck through in the previous sentence.  BUT…..Deborah Madison and Fred Kirschenmann, through their words and actions, can pull us out of that dark spot where it’s too easy to become enmeshed in futility, and turn our attention to the immense change that is the reality of the present and future cultivation of our planet.  

It’s an honor to welcome Deborah back to the show.  We’re planning to talk seasonally so she can offer insights into what fresh foods  play well with the weather.  Though we have a variety of micro climates in the lowFred Kirschenmanner 48 states there are plenty of foods that are either grown locally or easy to find at the market or store that represent the changing seasons on our plate.  For decades Deborah has championed the use of local/regional produce, and showcased that world in numerous award-winning cookbooks like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and Vegetable Literacy.  In this visit, we’ll focus our discussion on the abundance of delights still available in the autumn, and provide some assistance for home cooks to not only expand their repertoire, but revel in the experience.

During our “Iowa Cooks” segment, Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, provides a vision of how significant positive change is not only already in motion in the cultivation and production of our food, but why it is inevitable.

  • Tue
    Oct 28
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Fri
    Oct 31
    8:00 am -
    10:00 am

Frazey Ford on Roots Roadhouse


This week's feature is Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford. One of the founding members of the Be Good Tanyas, Frazey has a new release out called Indian Ocean. It's her second solo album and she combines influences from blues, folk, soul and pop. Recorded in Nashville with Al Green's former band, the Guardian calls it a "country-soul gem, full of lovely and deeply atmospheric instrumentation gilding Ford’s alluring vocals."

So tune in, turn on and check it out!

With election time nearing, the Sondheim became the backdrop for a pair of forums featuring candidates for county and state offices.

CLICK HERE for incumbent Democratic Iowa State Rep. Curt Hanson and Republican challenger Jeff Shipley, both vying for the Iowa House District 82 seat.

CLICK HERE for incumbent Republican Jefferson County Supervisor Dick Reed and his independent challenger Jack Finn, who are seeking a spot on the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors.

The audience had a chance to submit questions to the candidates, which were read by moderator Andy Hallman, news editor of The Fairfield Ledger. Presented by The Fairfield Ledger, Fairfield Economic Development Association and The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Audio provided by the Fairfield Media Center.

  • Fri
    Oct 24
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Mon
    Oct 27
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

"Brown Girl Dreaming" - a Different Kind of Memoir

Brown Girl DreamingToday's Writers' Voices interview almost didn't happen - it was scheduled and cancelled multiple times.  I wouldn't normally perist - there are so many great writers to interview!

But this is a very special book. "Brown Girl Dreaming" is Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in poetry, written for young adults, about growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights movement. Like many children her age, she was part of the great migration to the North, and went back and forth between New York City and South Carolina. These poems represent snippets of memory, hers and her loved ones, about that time. The result is an authenticity that jumps off the page.

"Brown Girl Dreaming" was recently named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, making it one of the top 5 nonfiction books for young adults published this year.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices for our discussion with this insightful author.

  • Fri
    Oct 24
    4:00 pm -
    5:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 26
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Inside the Headlines w/ Newsvandal JP Sottile - Fridays 4pm CT


Money, money, money, money, MONEY! And power, power, power, power, too. Newsvandal JP Sottile takes you INSIDE THE HEADLINES with co-host James Moore.

This week's three tiers include: they get what YOU pay for! Power plays with itself. And meanwhile, back at the front--the war front, that is, it's back to the future. Yessir, it's just another manic news week.

For a link to all the headlines discussed in today's show, click 'Read more' below.

Mr. Hermansen is the director of a successful project to make the town of Samso, Denmark one of the first to be 100% powered by renewable energy. He is a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and has received many other awards. Samso is a great case study of the economic and other benefits of implementing community scale renewable energy. The Danish Foreign Embassy is sending Mr Hermansen to the US to spread the word about Samso and to promote community engagement in a future powered by renewable energy. The Sustainable Living Department at MUM organized his visit and is hosting him in Fairfield.

Soren will discuss how he organized the community of Samso to support and participate in the project and give an update on project. Samso is a rural, conservative farming community of around 5000 that is located on an island in Denmark. The Samso project combines wind power, solar power, district heating powered by biomass (large square bales of straw), electric vehicles, locally produced biodiesel, biogas and many other technologies that could be part of Fairfield's energy mix in the future. Samso is 100% powered by these renewable sources of energy and produces a surplus energy that is sold to other communities.


Bill Powers, author of COLD, HUNGRY & IN THE DARK, debunks the 100-year natural gas myth touted by T. Boone Pickens, President Obama, & Exxon. The real dirt why fracking is a bad joke and may be more future mea culpa than the energy savior shale gas promoters profess it to be.

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