audio by genre interview talk show

1 - Sundar Raman - Open Views - Moore, Wells

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2 - Open Views - Prayas Abhinav, Creative Commons India

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11 - Open Views - Mark Shuttleworth

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12 - Open Views - Richard Poynder

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Richard Poynder is a feelance journalist, with contributions in the Financial Times, Information Today, Information World Review, and a regular blogger on his Open and Shut blog. In 2003 Richard Poynder had the idea to write a book about the open source and free culture movements - focusing on the people behind the movements.

The interviews that Richard has compiled thus far include Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, Eric Raymond, founder of the Open Source Institute, Lawrence Lessig, creator of the Creative Commons license and the person who created the "free culture" monicker, Richard Jefferson, creator of the Biological Open Source License, and others.

The full text of his interviews and biographies can be found from his Open and Shut blog.

Richard agreed to speak with me about the free culture world and what he found to be interesting about the open source movements.

15 - Open Views - Kembrew McLeod, Author, Filmmaker, Professor

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Kembrew McLeod is author of the Oboler Award winning book Freedom of Expression, and the documentary films Copyright Criminals and Money for Nothing.
Kembrew is currently Associate Professor at University of Iowa, in the Department of Communication Studies.
This audio file is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 2.5 license. If you find it useful or interesting, please consider donating a few bucks to this station (KRUU).

16 - Open Views - John Wilbanks, Science Commons

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John Wilbanks is currently the Executive Director of Science Commons

17 - Open Views - Jennifer Papin Ramcharan, UWI

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Jennifer Papin-RamcharanOn this show I've spoken to editors from the Public Library of Science - Mark Patterson and Virginia Barbour - and to the Executive Director of Science Commons, John Wilbanks. They are all involved with the production and distribution portion of the Open Acces equation. What happens on the other side? How does Open Access affect an institution in the developing world, and does the model really have the promised benefits?

Are the problems stated by the Open Access movement "real", or just marketing?

To answer these questions, and to get a clear perspective from the end-user-side of Open Access, I spoke with Jennifer Papin-Ramcharan. Jennifer is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian at the University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago. Jennifer agreed to talk to me about her experiences with Open Access.

- Sonia Vera - 20070129

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Ethan ZuckermanEthan Zuckerman founded GeekCorps, GlobalVoices and is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

After I spoke with Wayan Vota, currently Director of IESC-GeekCorps, about the work of Geekcorps in Mali. I wanted to get some more insights into why Geekcorps came into existence, from the person who founded the organization. But more importantly, I wanted to find out what has been learned from the collaborative model, global volunteerism, and the experiences working in Africa towards a better

Ethan talked to me for almost 90 minutes, about his GeekCorps experiences, his work with the Berkman Center, and his ongoing work as a global activist. This is the abbreviated 45 minute version of the interview. The longer version is available by request.

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Melissa HagemannMelissa Hagemann, my guest today on Open Views, is the program manager for the Information Program at the OSI. Melissa was profiled as a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Innovator in December 2006 for her work promoting and facilitating Open Access.

Melissa could well be given the credit for the sucess of the Open Access movement. Considering the initiative is just over 5 years old, it's impressive that organizations as large as the National Institutes of Health have mandated are considering instituting that all the reseach they fund be released under an Open Access model and deposited into PubMed Central, the online digital library maintained by the NIH. Essentially this makes all NIH funded peer-reviewed articles completely freely available to anyone who wants it.

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Michel Bauwens This week's guest on Open Views is Michel Bauwens , founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives at

Peer-to-Peer (or P2P) is most often thought of in terms of the file-sharing computer networks that have been vilified by the recording and movie industry associations, for allegedly permitting (if not encouraging) rampant digital content "piracy". But Michel takes the concept of peer networks, to the realm of society. We're creating a new world, where peer production is taking on traditional societal models. The most obvious example is Wikipedia - an encyclopedia designed to be created by collaborators, and gaining sufficient momentum (and arguable credibility) to take on the likes of
Brittanica. The success of the Wikipedia project could be attributed to peer production - basically global collaboration amongst a like-minded group.

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Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow is currently a mostly full-time, award-winning science fiction author. His novels are all released under Creative-Commons licenses, and can be downloaded directly from his website at Cory won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer for 2000, the Locus Award for Best First Novel for Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom in 2003, and in 2004 he won the Sunburst award for best Canadian Science Fiction Book for his short story collection, A Place So Foreign and Eight More.

23 - Sundar Raman - Laurent Kratz, CEO of Jamendo

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Dr. David LipmanDr. David Lipman is currently the Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which is a division of the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health . NCBI was created by Congress in 1988 to do basic research in computational biology, and to develop computational tools, databases and information systems for molecular biology.

After medical training, Dr. Lipman joined the Mathematical Research Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as a Research Fellow. In his research on computational tools, he developed the most widely used methods for searching biological sequence databases. There are thousands of citations to Dr. Lipman’s methods in papers which have used them to discover biological functions for unknown sequences and which have thereby advanced the understanding of the molecular basis of human disease.

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Doc SearlsDoc Searls is one of the co-authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as we know it , and Senior Editor of Linux Journal.

In August, 2005, Doc recieved the fist annual Google O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Communicator.

In 2006, Doc was named a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Information Technology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

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Dean Jansen is part of the Special Projects team at the Participatory Culture Foundation. The PCF is the non-profit organization which creates the Democracy Internet TV Platform, soon to be named Miro.

DemocracyPlayer aims to change the way mass-media works, by giving control of Internet TV back to the public. You can control how you download, re-mix, and distribute different video channels. In essence DemocracyPlayer lowers the bar for anyone to create their own online TV channel.

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Prof. Ronaldo Lemos, CC-BrazilRonaldo Lemos is the director of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS) at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro, and Project Lead for Creative Commons in Brazil.

Ronaldo Lemos was professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Sao Paulo Law School and at the Brazilian Society for Public Law (SBDP). Professor Lemos is the author of several articles published in Brazil and abroad, and of two books, Comercio Eletronico (2001) and Conflitos sobre Nomes de Dominio e Outras Questes Juridicas da Internet (2003). He earned a J.D. from the University of Sao Paulo Law School, a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Sao Paulo.

Professor Lemos coordinates the Intellectual Property area at the FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro. He works with the Brazilian Federal Government in the implementation of its Free Software program, and with the Ministry of Culture in the implementation of its digital culture policy. He is one of the four members appointed by the Ministry of Justice to its electronic commerce commission.

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Bill Witherspoon
Bill Witherspoon is founder and CEO of The Skyfactory, located in Fairfield. The company has instituted a transparent management model called Open Book Management, which makes all financil information within the company (with the exception of individual salaries) completely open to all employees.
Bill Witherspoon is an artist and entrepreneur. He has founded six companies, and served as President and CEO of Genetic ID. His artistic endeavors have included large-scale land-art projects in Oregon and Iowa.
On this week's episode of Open Views we'll be discussing what Open Book Management is, what its challenges and benefits have been for The Skyfactory, and whether or not this is just the latest management fad.
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Global Voices Online logo

Ethan Zuckerman joins me again on this week's Open Views, to talk about his current venture, Global Voices. The project is a citizen journalism initiative aimed at providing visibility into theEthan Zuckerman global blogosphere. The project is not just a blog, and it's not a repository for journalists. Instead the objective is to bring out the voices in the global community and get a sense of what issues are being discussed around the world.

Ethan Zuckerman was a guest on Open Views a few months back, as founder of GeekCorps. Since his departure from GeekCorps he has become a fellow at the Berman Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard Law School, which is where he co-founded Global Voices.

24 - Open Views - Sunil Abraham,

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In 2002, Sunil Abraham was elected as a Fellow of, an international organization whose Sunil Abraham, Mahiti.orgmission is to promote positive social change by investing in social entreperneurs with innovative solutions that are sustainable and replicable.

Mahiti is the for-profit company that Sunil founded in 1998, in order to create simple, effective, and affordable solutions for non-profit and volunteer organizations, so that they could do their work better.

Sunil's work as an activist using free/open-source tools, his projects with organizations such as the Open Society Institute, the International Open Source Network, AsiaSource, and his presentations to a long list of both private, and public orgnizations have made him both an important and admired member of the larger Free and Open Source worlds. In addition to this non-profit he is also a successful social entrepreneur, as the fellowship recognizes.

- Great Taste - 20121115 - Gisella Isidori

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The amazing Gisella Isidori is our special guest on a bonus GREAT TASTE show live from Hy-Vee on Thursday evening.  Fresh from surviving Hurricane Sandy, Gisella blew into Fairfield last weekend and proceeded to capture the hearts of local food lovers and Italophiles.  On Sunday, she taught a hands-on class at the At Home Store with 20 people.  In a little over two hours they made 12 different dishes including polenta, sauces, and dessert.  On Monday, a group of middle school students at MSAE learned how to make pasta and two sauces with her.  Tuesday at Indian Hills she interacted with 30 culinary students, and they turned out an array of 12 plates featuring classic Italian dishes such as risotto Milanese.

Wednesday evening she told the Great Taste audience at Hy-Vee about how she and her husband got started making gourmet pastas in New York over 30 years ago.  They were the first to introduce pastas made from quinoa, amaranth, oat bran, and other widely unknown grains.  She even made fresh buckwheat pasta in 1990 at Le Madri, a Manhattan restaurant Bryan Miller, then the New York Times critic, called the hot spot where you find ''the hugs-and-kisses-I-love-your-hat-Ciao-baby crowd.'' [Click on pic to read Gisella's post-Sandy story in the Iowa Source.]

- Planet Erstwild - 20130104 - Taylor Ross

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Singer/ songwriter Taylor Ross talks with PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore about her first release 'Come on, the Comet' and her upcoming Beauty Shop concert on January 12th. She performs live in the studio and discusses her work helming the successful artists in residence program this past year.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130221 - Deborah Bunka - KHOI

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Ames KHOI co-station manager Deborah Bunka talks about the great strides KHOI is making as a community station.

- Roots Rock Roadhouse - 20130305-Mike Mangione

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This week's feature is the soulfull folk rock of Mike Mangione and The Union. I'll be playing tracks from their brand new and unreleased album. Bo Ramsey (of Greg and Pieta Brown) says: "When I first saw Mike and his band I thought, this is a real band--unique and dynamic!"  Mike Mangione's band consists of the usual drums, bass and guitar but adds violin and cello to create its special sound. They will be performing at Cafe Paradiso on Friday March 8th. 

Well the night’s busted open on those two lanes to anywhere
There’s a kiss on my cheek and it burns so I leave it there
I step on the gas and something begins to shake

It’s my heart and it’s singing, boy, this is more than you can take

--Mike Mangione, You Don't Wann Leave


- Planet Erstwild - 20130308-Cameron O'Connor

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Interview with Cameron O'Connor

- Writer's Voices - 20130315-Allen Cobb

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The Rules by Allen Cobb 


Allen Cobb returns to Writers' Voices this week to tell Monica and Caroline about his latest publishing venture - "The Rules for the game of life" - A novel, in which secrets are revealed.

According to Allen, "t's a little comical, a little cosmic, and hopefully a fun read. As many of you know, I've been collecting a strange set of "rules" — with tongue firmly in cheek — and I finally succumbed to repeated requests to "make them into a book." It quickly turned into an unexpected little novel, one which pretty much wrote itself. (Which is probably a Good Thing.)"

Allen is also a poet, a sound artist, and a publisher so no doubt this will be a far-ranging conversation on Writers' Voices!

- Planet Erstwild - 20130318-John Huff

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Interview with John Huff

- Speaking Freely - 20130319-Doug Rauch

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Doug Rauch Doug Rauch is the former President of Trader Joe's. His current work is with Urban Food Initiative, a non-profit solution to the issue of “food waste” and hunger/obesity by bringing high quality, nutritious food at affordable prices to the underserved in our inner cities.

- Great Taste - 20130320 - Alan Tardi & Laurie Baumann

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Romancing the VineWe have a double dose of Italy planned on Wednesday live from the Hy-Vee Club room. 

James Beard award-winning author, Alan Tardi, joins us via Skype to discuss Piemontese cuisine, and his experiences after a decade of living in the Italian countryside.  Alan left his career as a chef in New York City, closing his fabulous Tuscan-style restaurant, Follonico, and moving to the Langhe Valley in Piemonte in 2003, a region known for its amazing grapes.

With Laurie Baumann's assistance, we'll prepare a couple of typical Piemontese delights.  Join us at 7:00 pm for a delicious and informative hour.

- Parsons College Remembered - 20130320- Bill Teeple

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Interview with Bill Teeple

- Planet Erstwild - 20130325-Tim Hawthorne

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Tim Hawthorne, of Hawthorne Direct talks about his company and the great work he's doing with First Fridays ArtWalk

- Speaking Freely - 20130326-Miriam Katz

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Miriam Katz is a New York based curator and writer. She has organized exhibitions and performances for MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, Art21, Columbia University, and Deloitte Consulting. Ms. Katz has written on the relationship between comedy and art and recently conducted a panel discussion at MoMA on Andy Kaufman's Influence on Contemporary Comedians.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130326-Andre Perry

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James Moore speaks with Iowa City's Andre Perry, Mission Creek Festival co-founder

- Great Taste - 20130403- Vanessa Allen & Jeffrey Smith

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Fish TacosLive at the Hy-Vee Club Room A star-studded cast, 60-minute non-stop food happening.  Emily Rose Shaw started the hour with an introduction to her upcoming weekly health and nutrition appetizer segment.  She was followed by the queen of eating healthy and delicious on a food stamp budget, Linda WatsonJan Swinton provided the latest triumphs on the local food scene.  Joy Salmon introduced us to cornbread three ways.  Jeffrey Smith put in perspective how Whole Foods decision to label GMO's will play out in the rest of the food industry. And, chef Vanessa Allen prepared guacamole, slaw, and salsa to go along with her blackened fish tacos.  Whew!  Have fun listening.

- Writer's Voices - 20130405-Ron Louthan

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Unlikely Confederacy  When a pig, a frog, and a woodpecker set out on a three wheeled Harley bound for the ancient redwood forests of Big Sur so they can learn how to fly (a woodpecker who can't fly - what's that all about?), a lot can go wrong.It’s times like this when it’s good to have friends. Like Swami, a local surfer who hears your thoughts and changes his appearance at will; or Vashti, the ten thousand year old holy man; or Anansi, the shape shifting trickster; or Stokes, the ageless mountain man.  

"The Unlikely Confderacy of Hoggy, Froggy and Ernie" is hard to describe

Ron Louthan

 - a little bit "The Incredible Journey" and a little bit Tom Robbins, with a dash of Vedic storytelling thrown in.  Join us this week on Writers' Voices for the story behind the story, when Monica and Caroline interview Fairfield author Ron Louthan, a fourth generation California native who studied English Literature at the University of Oregon and UCLA and has managed to become a witty, original writer nevertheless.  "The Unlikely Conferacy" was published March 22, and Ron will be giving a reading at Revelatiions on Saturday, April 6. 

- Planet Erstwild - 20130405 - Inside the Headlines

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1. Oil And Everything Don't Mix
Toxic and Tax exempt: How Tar Sands Spills From Michigan to Arkansas Cost Us All

Exxon controls skies over Arkansas oil spill
Groups seek probe into low-grade crude shipments to L.A. refineries,0,7952694.story
Fish deformities linked to oil pollution in U.S. and Alberta
Time for the World Bank to stop funding climate change: More fossil fuel funding isn't the answer

2. The Economy Doesn't Suck. It Just Sucks For You.
Mary Schapiro and Lanny Breuer Give Us the Ultimate Dog-Bites-Man Story

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Why do athletes learn to play the violin? Has the Mozart Effect been verified by science? Can Tai Chi improve pianists' performance?

Violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub and pianist Eugene Gaub answer questions about classical music that you never thought to ask.

They also play and discuss bits of three vastly different Brahams' sonatas.

Tune in for a lively, informative hour of The Studio with host Cheryl Fusco Johnson.  

- Great Taste - 20130410-SOFIA & Emily Shaw

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Map of ItalyLive at Hy-Vee on Wednesday at 7:00 pm it's Italian food, fun, and family as we welcome SOFIA, the Society of Fairfield Italian Americans, to the show.  SOFIA members will share stories and treasured family recipes, plus they will prepare several dishes-farinata, minestra, fresh-baked Italian bread, and fried peppers Calabrese-style.  Join us in the Club Room for a celebration of Italian life.  Also, Emily Rose Shaw kicks off her new weekly health and nutrition segment with helpful information and tips on how to feel your best.

- Around Town - 20130411-Eco FF

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- Planet Erstwild - 20130412-Inside the Headlines

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Inside the Headlines-w-snippets

- Writer's Voices - 20130412-Pamela Peeke

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Dr. PeekeIf you're intrigued by new ideas; excited by in-depth conversation on consciousness; or inspired by visionary speakers who are thinking and doing outside the box -sometimes far outside - then the upcoming  (April 20) conference hosted by MUM, "Our Conscious Future" has probably caught your interest.

This Friday on Writers's Voices, join Monica and Caroline as they invite conference speaker, best-selling author, Discovery Health TV medical host and NIH medical researcher Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss the neuruological basis of food addiction.  Dr. Peeke's most recent book, "The Hunger Fix" provides a three stage detox and recovery plan for overeating and food addiction.

Dr. Peeke has also written columns and editorials for O, Prevention, Fitness and More magazines and is a regular health news commentator for national and cable networks.

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Author Linda EgenesTo celebrate National Library Week (April 14th-20th), the Fairfield Public Library is hosting the First Annual Local Authors Exhibition. On Monday through Thursday, from 7 - 9 PM, goups of local authors will speak at the library. An authors' open mic event will be held at the library on Saturday from 1 - 4 PM. All five events are free and open to the public. Books sales will be held on site.

Poets kick off the exhibition Monday, April 15th with Freddie Fonseca as facilitator. Tuesday, April 16th will feature kids' writers under the direction of children's librarian Jessi May. Wednesday, April 17th nonfiction author Linda Egenes will host the Health & Fitness panel, with Mayor Ed Malloy making a special appearance. Thursday, April 18th Diane Denbaum will lead the Dating & Relationships panel. Saurday's Open Mic will be hosted by the founder of the Annual Local Author's Exhibition, Slobodan Dumuzliski. To learn more about what local authors are up to, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week. Linda Egenes and Slobodan Dumuzliski are lively guests!

- Speaking Freely - 20130416-Kelly Rappuchi

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Ms. Kelly Rappuchi is known for her work as an instructional consultant, curriculum strategist, researcher, and writer. Ms Rappuchi recently collaborated with Dr. Ron Heifetz, professor at Harvard University and the founder of Adaptive Leadership, on an innovative program for developing advanced leadership skills.

- Great Taste - 20130417-Matt Steigerwald

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Chef Matt SteigerwaldThis Wednesday our LIVE 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.

- Writer's Voices - 20130419- Nancy Kennedy

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Miracles and Moments of Grace - Moms



Caroline and Monica welcome Nancy Kennedy, editor of the "Miracles and Moments of Grace" series back to Writers' Voices this week for an inspiring hour of stories from Moms.

Nancy's previous books include two others in the Miracles and Moments of Grace series - "Inspiring stories from Military Chaplains" and Caroline's favorite, "Inspiring Stories from Doctors" as well as a book of weight loss success stories "How We Did It."

If you are a Mom, have a Mom, or know a Mom - you will surely enjoy this interview.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130419-threefifty-w-live-music

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Three Fifty duo with live music

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At 4pm we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile. Special segment on Boston bombing and its potential geopolitical ramifications. Links to headlines listed below.

- The Studio Cheryl - 20130422-Francis Thicke

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Francis Thicke's five year term on the The National Organic Standards Board started on January 24th, 2013, but his dedication to organic farming began over 30 years ago. He and his wife Susan operate a 160-head, certified organic dairy on 450 acres in Fairfield. Francis previously served as a National Program Leader for Soil Science at the USDA Cooperative Extension Service, and he's been active in many environmental organizations. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service named him the 2012 Farmer of the Year. 

At 3 PM on Saturday, April 27th in the Cambridge Room of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Francis will participate in a free readers theater production of Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment. This play was written by students in Mary Swander's Iowa State MFA writing class. Mary is Iowa's poet laureate, and she'll facilitate audience discussion after the performance. She'll also present a free keynote talk, "Celebrating Local Community," at 7:30 PM at the Fairfield Public Library. Both these free events are part of the EcoFairfield Festival.

To learn more about organic standards, rural issues, Farmscape, and Francis Thicke, tune in to this episode of The Studio with Cheryl.

- Great Taste - 20134024-Farmer's Market Preview

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Baker Creek Seed Catalog


Crazy fun Wednesday coming up on GREAT TASTE LIVE

Two shows are on tap at Hy-Vee. 

First, at 7:00 pm it's our annual Farmer's Market preview. 

The market moves outside in two weeks, and we have some of the key players lined up to tell you what to expect. 

- Around Town - 20130424- Keith DeBoer

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Interview with local musician and KRUU host Keith DeBoer about Open Mic- Cafe Paradiso, Wednesday at 8pm.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130426- Green Building Supply

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Joel Hirshberg



The HIrshberg family, Joel, Joy & Aaron, talk about their grand opening for May Art Walk at Green Building Supply on the corner of 2nd Street and Burlington in Fairfield, Iowa.


- Planet Erstwild - 20130426-Green Building Supply

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The HIrshberg family, Joel, Joy & Aaron, talking about their Grand Ppening for May Art Walk at Green Building Supply.

- Writer's Voices - 20130426-Kevin Smokler

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Kevin Smokler


Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this week for an English teacher's dream as we welcome Kevin Smokler, author of "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School."  Just released from Prometheus books, "Practical Classics" covers a lot of ground, from Shakespeare to "Huckleberry Finn,"  with stops along the way for "The Bell Jar," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and oh so much more.

And yes, Caroline was a high school Engilsh teacher (here at FHS).

Kevin Smokler has been called "a publishing visionary" by the Huffington Post.  His writing on the arts has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, and he was a recent guest on NPR's "Talk of the Nation."

- The Studio - 20130429 - Lynn Koos

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Lynn Koos & Jeni Reeves at Museum ExhibitAfrican American Museum of Iowa: Happy 20th Birthday! This Cedar Rapids museum is hosting lots of great events this week. Don't miss out on all the fun! For details on all the birthday celebrations, tune in to Cheryl's second chat with curator Lynn Koos. High-lights include Free Friday on May 3rd and a Saturday birthday party (also free) on May 4th with 20 different hands-on children's activities. Other plans include a formal dinner Thursday, May 2nd, and a mixer Friday night. Lynn explains the museum's mission and details its history, as well. Be sure to tune in! Lynn is pictured here (left) with Iowa artist Jeni Reeves (right) at the museum's colorful textile exhibit. Visit the museum soon!

- Planet Erstwild - 20130430 - Michael Perry

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It's my new favorite writer, New York TImes best-selling author Michael Perry, who'll be at the Fairfield Public Library 3pm on Sunday, May 12th. You definitely want to spend some time with this guy. Funny and humble as hell, the amateur pig farmer's latest book VISITING TOM is a gem. He told me his writing was inspired by Greg Brown & Steve Earle. And wait till you hear his band The Long Beds. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop. The Wisconsin farm boy writes regularly for Men's Health,and has contributed to Esquire, Runner's World, New York Times Magazine and His website is

- Local Yokels - 20130430- Farmer's Market 2013

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2013 Fairfield Farmers Market kick-off interview. The market is held weekly at Howard Park  Saturday 8am-1pm & Wednesday 3-6pm. For more information email:


- Planet Erstwild - 20130430 - Dr. Jonathan Yavelow

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James Moore interviews Dr. Jonathan Yavelow about his upcoming talk at MUM's Dalby Hall Sunday, May 5th at 7:30pm and his set-to-be-released book "Stargazing to Sustainability."

- Planet Erstwild - 20130503 - Inside the Headlines

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We go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile.

- The Studio - 20130504- Diana Star Helmer

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DiElsie's Afghanana Star Helmer switched to epublishing after traditionally publishing 43 nonfiction books and the popular picture book, The Cat Who Came for Tacos. Her ebook novel for middle-grade students, Elsie's Afghan, highlights the transformative power of a shy girl's love for the afghan hound she knitted. On The Studio with Cheryl, Diana discusses why, despite her love of printed pages, she embraced new technology. She also reveals tidbits about her creative process and how she and her husband, fellow writer Tom Owens, facilitate each other's writing.

Diana's book, Belles of the Ballpark, about the All American Girls Baseball League, was named to the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list. She and Tom had seven of their coauthored books about Women's National Basketball Association teams published in one year. That same year Diana had an eighth book, American Woman Suffragists, published, as well.

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Joel Lesko returns to Fairfield after a 10-year-plus hiatus to show his documentary "Tears of the Buddha" Saturday May 18th at the Morning Star Studio, 7:00pm.

- Local Yokels - 20130508- Fairfield Farmer's Market

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2013 Fairfield Farmers Market weekly update. The market is held weekly at Howard Park Saturday 8am-1pm & Wednesday 3-6pm. For more information email:

- Great Taste - 20130508-Sam Auen

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Chef Sam AuenFor this week only our live show is on Thursday.  If you are local, make certain to grab a seat as our special guest is Chef Sam Auen of Tacopacalypse in Des Moines. Sam is bringing his special brand of zaniness to the Hy-Vee kitchen for "fun with tacos" where we'll get a jump on Cinco de Mayo.  I've eaten at Sam's place, and love his take on south of the border food.  It's not your usual taco, and you'll get a chance to hear what makes Sam cook, plus taste the results.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130509-Sascha-Kyassa

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Recent sustainable living graduate and permaculture garden designer Sascha Kyassa explains new KRUU garden he installed as part of EcoFairfield 2013.

- Writer's Voices - 20130510-Marcy Luikart

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Marcy LuikartNot too long after she met her husband Ralph, author Marcy Luikart (formerly Woolf) helped him fulfill a lifelong dream of building a raft and floating down the Mississippi River.

Inspired by that journey, the former Fairfielder, now living in Santa Barbara, wrote "River Braids," the story of a former midwesterner who returns to his roots along the Mississippi River and discovers the real history behind the family story of his grandfather Joe on the 1904 Olympic rowing team.  The tale weaves back and forth between the modern day and the St. Louis Worlds' Fair and Olympics of 1904.

This is Marcy's second appearance on Writers' Voices. As one of our first guests, in 2006 Marcy discussed her success with getting stories published in literary magazines. "River Braids" is her first published novel.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130510 - Inside the Headlines

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We go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130510- Siobhan Spain

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Siobhan Spain, director of the Center on Sustainable Communities discusses a special free workshop [Sat May 5th at the Public Library 1-3pm] on home energy improvables

- Great Taste - 20130514-Lisa Catherine Harper

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The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage cover

Our second guest is Lisa Catherine Harper, one half of the editing team, along with Caroline Grant, that put together, The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat.  The book brings to the table 29 different writer's perspectives on food, family, and learning to eat.  You will absolutely experience an emotional roller coaster reading this collection of essays, which, in its essence is about nourishing our body and spirit.  Lisa is the author of the award-winning book, A Double Life:  Discovering Motherhood.

- Speaking Freely - 20130515-Paul Jones

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Dennis Raimondi interviews classical musician Paul Jones

- Planet Erstwild - 20130515-Napoleon Gomez

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Los Mineros President Napoleon Goez 


Napoleon Gomez, the exiled leader of Mexico’s powerful mining and metalworkers union Los Mineros.

His book Collapse of Dignity is just out and it's a helluva read. One of my favorite interviews I've ever done.

You will not think about unions the same way after hearing what this man and his family has been through standing up for workers' rights and safety.

- Planet Erstwild - 20130517 - Inside the Headlines

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We go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile.

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The Baby Companion

"The Baby Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey through Baby's First Year." Co-author Jessica Wolstenholm will be our guest. "The Baby Companion" is Jessica's follow-up to her 2011 book "The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood." This book takes us month by month through baby's first year, with information about infant development, baby care, and mommy care too! Jessica's two coauthors are Dr. Andrea Johnston, pediatrician, and Dr. Heather Rupe, OB/GYN.

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Corey Morrow in Tea Shop 


Corey Morrow's Earth & Water Tea Lounge & Pottery Shop celebrates one year of business in Fairfield, Iowa on Friday, May 24th, 2013.

During this episode of The Studio with Cheryl, this young entrepreneur reflects on what it took to launch the business voted as Winner, Best Coffee or Tea Shop in The Iowa Source 2013 Regional Restaurant Survey.

For details on the Tea Shop's birthday celebrations and on the strategies Corey uses to run a successful new business, tune in to The Studio this week.


- Speaking Freely - 20130521-Dr. Candida Moss

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Dr. Candida Moss is a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame.  

A graduate of Oxford University, Dr Moss earned her doctorate from Yale University.

Her latest book is The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.

- Great Taste - 20130522 - Dr. Thimmaiah

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Emily Rose Shaw discusses berries.  Personally, I'm a big berry fan, and Emily clues us in on why they are so good for us, fresh versus frozen, and ways to prepare them. 

Our guest the remainder of the hour is Dr.Thimmaiah, an inspiring proponent of agricultural methods that enrich our environment and individual lives.  Dr. Tim, as I like to call him, has an infectious personality that will take enthrall you, and help you understand why and how everyone must assist in making our food system healthier.  As the advisor to the Bhutanese Ministry of Agriculture, and the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Tim is assisting that nation in its drive to have its farming community 100% organic by 2020.  He is an expert on organic, bio-dynamic, and Vedic agriculture, and advises governments in many other countries about the critical environmental and health issues surrounding the growing of food.  I need to mention he's also a terrific cook.  You can find his blog here.

- Writer's Voices - 20130524 - Rodney Charles

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Rodney Charles Many industries are being impacted by the rapid pace of technological change, but perhaps none more than the publishing industry.  Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn how these changes impact authors and readers, from Rodney Charles, founder of 1st World Publishing here in Fairfield.

1stWorld Publishing bridges the gap between the old and new publishing paradigms, allowing authors to maintain creative control over their books while gaining access to mainstream distribution channels and one of the highest royalties in the industry.

Listen in and learn about the breadth of publishing options now available to authors, how 1st World chooses books for publication, what is expected from the author, how the books are marketed and sold, how the book business works in 2013; and what changes are on the horizon.

- The Studio - 20130527 - Susan Salzman Raab

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Marketing Consultant Susan Salzman Raab will reveal "New Rules of Media Engagement" on Saturday, June 1st at the Coralville, Iowa Public Library during a conference sponsored by the Iowa chapter of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for its Published and Listed (PAL) members. During this "Wave of Inspiration," two Iowa children's authors will also speak. Jacqueline Briggs Martin will discuss research techniques and Gary Metivier will provide time management strategies. 

- Speaking Freely - 20130528- Dr. Eban Alexander

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Dr. Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon and the author of the NY Times best seller, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife in which he describes his 2008 near-death experience.  Dr Alexander has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Duke University Medical Center.

- Writer's Voices - 20130531- Dr. Robert Watson

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Dr. Robert Watson

If you are a history buff or political junkie, this show is for you. Our guest this week on Writers' Voices, Dr. Robert Watson, has been a professor for 22 years and written over 30 books, two encyclopedia sets and more than 150 book chapters, articles and essays on politics and American History. He has offered political analysis on all the major cable news networks and even appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Dr. Watson is also a newspaper columnist and blogs on Huffington Post.

Watson's latest book, "Affairs of State" divulges secrets and scandals from 1789 to 1900 in the White House. Compared to more recent Presidential scandals - well, as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

We will also be discussing "Lincoln's Enduring Legacy", edited by Watson and two colleagues in 2011. 


- Planet Erstwild - 20130531- Scott Timm & Anna Bruen

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- The Studio - 20130603 - Marilyn Bode

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Book Cover: My Mean MomMarilyn Bode attributes her complete recovery from polio in 1952 partly to her "mean" mom's rigorous administration of a physical therapy regimen that included twice-daily hot baths. Those baths weren't easy for her mom, Vivian Lawson, to arrange in a farmhouse that relied on an outhouse and had no running water.

With help from friends and relatives, Bode has turned her family history into a poignant, self-published children's book, My Mean Mom. It includes an informative historical afterward and includes a page of activities children can do to further their understanding of this era of our country's medical history. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week: you'll be inspired to record your own family's stories!

- The Studio - 20130610- Frances Caballo

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Marketing Strategist Frances Caballo provides online marketing tips for authors in her book Social Media Just for Writers and in Caballo is Social Media Editor for three large California writers' groups, has 25 years of communications and marketing experience, and owns ACT Communications.

A specialist in social media training, she sets up and manages clients' social media accounts, coaches clients on social marketing platforms, and blogs for clients. Her latest Kindle e-book is Blogging Just for Writers. Caballo accepts that  social media can be challenging but says, "It's the future and we all need to ride the wave and let it help us to reach our dreams." Learn how social media can help you reach your dreams--tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week!

- Writer's Voices - 20130614-David Bedrick

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David Bedrick Mainstream medicine tends to focus on treating symptoms of illness, often quite  successfully, but many people have turned to alternative medicine to address the root causes of disease.  Similarly, mainstream psychology tends to treat unwanted behaviors, feelings and beliefs as symptoms of an illness, and success in treatment is measured by the ability to alleviate the symptoms. Talking Back

Instead, what if we ask:  what is your psyche trying to tell you?  David Bedrick, author of “Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology” proposes that a love-based approach that looks beneath the symptoms can yield some surprising answers.  Join Monica and Caroline with the author this week on Writers’ Voices on KRUU 100.1 FM at 1 pm Friday, June 14 and 8 am on Monday June 17 to learn more.

- Writer's Voices - 20130823- Norman Rosenthal

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The Gift of AdversityJoin Monica and Caroline this week as we welcome Dr. Norman Rosenthal back to Writers' Voices.  Throughout his storied career as a research psychiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal has searched outside the box for ways to help people struggling with depression and other mood disorders.  This search led him to diagnose and name seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and develop light therapy as a wonderfully effective treatment while at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He went on to write several books that brought alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatments straight into public awareness, including "Winter Blues," "St. John's Wort:The Herbal Way to Feeling Good," and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, "Transcendence," which explores the power of Transcendental Meditation in healing and transformation.

In his new book, "The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks and Imperfections," Dr. Rosenthal shares personal stories of adversity, as well as case studies and lessons he has learned from his heroes. Less scientific than his previous books, "The Gift of Adversity" is part memoir, part inspiration, and thoroughly enjoyable to read.

- Writer's Voices - 20130830-Steven Verney

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Best of All Possible WorldsMonica and Caroline are delighted to welcome first-time novelist and former MIU student B. Steven Verney to KRUU and Writers' Voices, as he returns to Fairfield from his home in Massachusetts to join in the festivities of the MUM Literature Reunion being held this weekend, August 30 - September 2.

In "The Best of All Possible Worlds," just published this month, Verney combines story-telling, philosophy, and the history of the TM movement into a unique and engaging novel.  Anyone who attended TM teacher training courses in Switzerland or learned to meditate at Amherst in the early 70's may just recognize pieces of their own personal history in this novel, while younger meditators, and even non-meditators with with no connection to those events, will get a much deeper perspective of what all the fuss was about.