audio by year 2017

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w /the Newsvandal

Americans Still See Big Government as Top Threat

Republicans call Obamacare a 'failure.' These 7 charts show they couldn't be more wrong

Conservatives jittery over Obamacare repeal plan

Decoding McCain’s Hearing on Trump vs. Spies

Donald Trump Is Preparing to Unravel a Century of GOP Trade Policy

Donald Trump Admits U.S. Taxpayers Will Pay For The Wall, Claims Mexico Will Reimburse Costs

Mexico’s climate migrants are already coming to the United States

What It’s Like to Live Where It’s Not Even Safe to Breathe

- The Studio - 20170123 - Marc Nieson

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Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love and Landscape


During Iowa woods walks, urbanite MARC NIESON learned to connect with nature, his most creative self, and other people. Marc's memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: LESSONS ON LOVE AND LANDSCAPE, describes the pivotal year he spent living in an old one-room schoolhouse while attending The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Distraught over a failed 10-year relationship, Marc came to Iowa seeking apartness. Instead he found a tribe of supportive fellow writers, a landscape that seduced him, and the realization that writing and life are all about connecting. Today Marc serves on Chatham University's faculty and is fiction editor of The Fourth River. To hear Marc's description of his evolving creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Marc Nieson.

- Planet Erstwild - 20170131 - Luke Davids

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Jimmy Moore interviews a new singer/songwriter who has just moved to town. His name is Luke Davids and he has two great records out.

Join me on to hear some of his music and learn more about the London-born musician who emigrated from Orlando. His voice is a heart-centered light beam.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Trump vs. the Very Fake News Media

Journalists Whisper at Trump’s Crazy Press Conference: ‘This Is Insane’

Sorry media — this press conference played very different with Trump's supporters

The Trump-Bibi-Murdoch Love Triangle Puts Us All at Risk

WHOA: Harward Calls National Security Adviser Offer a “Sh** Sandwich”, Says CNN

Trump’s blatant cronyism turns to national security: The president taps billionaire investor to overhaul the spy agencies

Trump's Repeal of Bipartisan Anti-Corruption Measure Proves He's a Fake

Private Prisons to Profit Handsomely Off Trump Immigrant Raids

Federal immigration raids net many without criminal records, sowing fear

White House denies National Guard plan for deportations

How San Diego Built a Bridge Over the Wall

- The Studio - 20170220 - Beth Corning

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Beth Corning of Corning Works Dance Company"Ski behind skiers that are better than you are." That advice from her father inspired dancer BETH CORNING to craft a dance career that features interdisciplinary collaboration and celebrates the strengths of mature performers. A dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Corning Works, Beth's studied with outstanding teachers. Now recognized as a Master Teacher herself, she's served on faculty and as guest artist in dance programs in the U.S., France, England, and Scandinavia. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Corning! [Photo Credit Frank Walsh]

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Korby Lenker drops by KRUU prerecord studios on his way out of town.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Amnesty: 'The world in 2016 became a darker place'

Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices

Trump’s ‘big fat bubble’ trouble in the stock market

GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows

Town hall protesters scoff at Trump admin's claim they're paid agitators

Trump's former campaign staff fed him positive news to keep him from rage-tweeting

Trump Condemns FBI Leakers for Leaking That He Asked Them to Leak

CPAC expels ‘alt-right’ leader, declares war on movement

Bannon rips 'corporatist, globalist media' at CPAC

Majority of Americans trust the media more than Trump: poll
We're consuming too much media. It's time to detox our brains.

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Big weekend for movies with the Oscars Sunday night. With six Oscar nominations Manchester By The Sea posterManchester By The Sea is one of three films considered award favorites, along with Moonlight and La La Land.  My son Shane and I saw Manchester By The Sea on DVD. I've highly anticiapted this film since, along with Shane, I resonate with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's potent emotions about loss of family. Shane and I both loved it, and he agreed to record Filmosophers with us Thursday (can't do live during school :) Among other things he said Manchester By The Sea comes closest to his own experience.

We'll also give our Oscar thoughts and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30.

Lee - If you could take one guy to an island with you and you knew you'd be safe cause he is the best man, he's going to keep you happy, if it was between me and your father, who would you take?

Patrick - My daddy! ; Manchester By The Sea

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SOUL SHERPA in the House!

Band performs this Saturday, Feb 25th at the Depot Brewery 8:30pm $5 cover.

Soul Sherpa, a 9-piece original horn band, was pieced together from the remains of members of a jazz combo from Kirkwood Community College.

After playing music with each other daily, there was such an indescribable connection that we just couldn't leave behind. Having similar inspirations and aspirations, Soul Sherpa emerged.

According to Ian Draves, the band's bassist, "We strive to bring the groove from our hearts to the audience, playing a mixture of R&B, Funk, Pop, Jazz, andSoul music."

- Around Town - 20170301 - Events in Fairfield

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Melinda Arndt discusses the latest haps AROUND TOWN on her weekly show.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

A Who's Who of the Trump Campaign's Russia Connections

Sergey Kislyak, Russian Envoy, Cultivated Powerful Network in U.S.

How much longer can Republicans defend Trump over Russia?

Russia asserts growing ambitions in Middle East with Libya talks

US Launches a Flurry of Airstrikes Against al-Qaeda in Yemen

Trump pledges ‘great rebuilding’ of military on visit to new carrier

Palantir Provides the Engine for Donald Trump’s Deportation Machine

EPA moves confirm Trump's climate hostility, but what of the Paris Agreement?

Our Oceans Are Garbage

- Inside the Headlines - 20170310 - The Week That

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Here are all the factions opposed to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan

Paul Ryan Fundraised With Health Insurance Lobbying Firm Just Before His PowerPoint

Longtime allies, sworn enemies and temporary bedfellows collide on Syria battlefield

No 'Incompetence' or 'Bad Judgment' in Yemen Raid, Probe Finds

The Marine Corps' nude-photo-sharing scandal is even worse than first realized

Donald Trump unaware Michael Flynn was a 'foreign agent', Sean Spicer says

With Trump in White House, His Golf Properties Prosper

CEOs Widen Income Gap Over Staff as Survey Shows 5.5% Pay Jump

A Tiny Bit Of Good News On Inequality Before It All Goes To Hell

The CIA can hack your TV? So what else is new?

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Stephen Bannon wants to dismantle your government

Trump Gambles With Cuts to Programs His Base Relies On

Trump boosts security budget while slashing anti-poverty programs

Trump’s Mideast surge has Pentagon debating ‘mission creep’

Tillerson’s Asia Trip Could Signal the End US Soft Diplomacy

US makes formal apology to Britain after White House accuses GCHQ of wiretapping Trump Tower

Sean Spicer’s angry, lonely defense of Trump’s wiretapping claim, annotated

Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle

Scandal Fatigue and the Trump Ethical Swamp

- The Studio - 20170320 - Taylor Brorby

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Getting arrested is expensive, millennial Taylor Brorby learned Coming Alive Book Coverafter he engaged in civil disobedience in Boone, Iowa, last autumn to protest construction of the Bakken Oil Pipeline. Taking a stand on behalf of his old home, near the North Dakota Badlands, and his new home, Ames, where he's pursing MFA studies in creative writing and the environment, Taylor views Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the U.S. as an incursion he has to resist.

His motivation?

Love of landscape and concern for nephews who he fears may someday ask him why he didn't do more. His new book, Coming Alive: Action & Civil Disobedience, describes Taylor Brorby's reluctant journey from homebody to activist. A good read for people grappling with their own evolving activism. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl.

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Interview to air Friday 3pm | Sat 11am

Did you know Iowa is home of the oldest mosque in America?

In response to a distrurbing rise in reports of Islamophobia, talk of Muslim travel bans and the new administration's emphasis on radical "Islamic" terrorism, Imam Taha Tawil, the leader of North America's oldest mosque, has scheduled a multifaith rally for this Sunday, March 26th at 3pm to encircle the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids.

Enjoy a conversation about the rally and related topics. Imam Taha stresses that it's not as much a Muslim rally as a rally for Americans of all faiths and even non-faiths to stand for the Constitution, the freedom to practice religion, assembly and exercise free speech which are birthrights of all Americans.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

White America is tops in the developed world when it comes to death by drugs, alcohol, and suicide

Many Americans are woefully unprepared for a surprise medical expense

White House Preparing to Blame Ryan If Health Bill Fails, Official Says

No, over there! Our case-by-case guide to the Trump distraction technique

Trump's early policy moves benefit the industries he knows best — his own

Congressman’s Trump Surveillance Claims Have an Obvious, Mundane Explanation

Aid Officials Beg Congress to Help Yemen, While Trump Sends More Bombs

'We are not afraid': Londoners defiant after parliament attack

- The Studio - 20170424 - Jane A. Schmidt

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"Who's your Mama? I'm your Mama!"

Encouraging a rescued gosling to consider her its mama is all in a day's work for humor writer, animal lover, and fitness instructor Jane A. Schmidt. As a child Jane wore metal leg braces like Forrest Gump's, but she dreamed of an unfettered outdoor life raising animals.

Today Jane's living her dream. In rural Wisconsin, surrounded by ducks, geese, goats, cats, dogs, donkeys, and a pet pig, Jane writes books and leads clients on backpacking adventures. Her latest book is Not A Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World. To see how a determined woman crafted a life for herself that seemed out of reach, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jane A. Schmidt. 

- Planet Erstwild - 20170426 - Tony Ellis on Rishikesh

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James Moore interviews Tony Ellis about Rishikesh and its upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles journey to India.

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Enjoy learning about ARBORFEST at the Arbor Bar April 28-29, 2017 featuring 10 fabulous Iowa bands. Impressario Nicholas Naoti fills us in on the haps.

- Great Taste - 20170504 - Jeff Roberts

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Salted and Cured cover

Jeffrey Roberts teaches the history and culture of food, and is the president of Cow Creek Creative Ventures, a company working to address the need for more sustainable agricultural solutions.  In his new book, Salted & Cured, he recounts the stories of chefs, entrepreneurs, craftspeople, immigrant butchers, and others who have and continue to develop the culture of meat preservation.  It's a fascinating read, full of history and colorful characters, who are participating in culinary practices that originated thousands of years ago.


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Kimberly & Frank Broz at KRUUHer hobby became their business: Husband and wife duo Frank and Kimberly Broz co-own The Tokyo Pen Shop, an online and brick-and-mortar store that sells high quality Japanese stationery. Former high tech Apple employees, the couple left California and returned to their rural Iowa roots to run a shop they never expected to open. Sparked during a high school trip to Japan, Kimberly's fondness for Japanese pens eventually caused Frank to appreciate them, too. The Tokyo Pen Shop supplies writers, artists, nurses, policemen, homeschoolers, and lots of other people with pens, journals, mechanical pencils, stickers, and a host of other fun products.

- Inside the Headlines - 20170512 - Trump, Comey. Yates

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Talkback with JP Sottile and James Moore. We'll try to dissect this incredible WEEK THAT WAS, as the President's head begins to spin at the speed of light.

Above the law? What law? Fire the law! Fire the judges! Fire the press!

As the Russian nuisance tightens around his neck, Trump summarily fires the FBI Director, who finds out about it on TV.

"Look, he's a showboat. He's a grandstander."

--Donald J. Trump, talking to the mirror, er, I mean, about firing James Comey, which the president admits may have had something to do with "this Russian thing" after all

The so-called realDonaldTrump also tweeted that...

James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

..Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings"...

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Tune in for Talkback with Newsvandal JP Sottile as he and James Moore go INSIDE THE HEADLINES for another WEEK THAT WAS.

And it most surely was another week in Trumplandia USA.

Will Trump be able to make headway on Middle East Peace on his trip abroad? Will the Russian collusionI investigation continue on its trajectory? Will Joe LIeberman be the new FBI Director? Who will replace Chaffetz to oversee the oversight committee? Will the Pope and The Donald hit it off? How about that embassy move to Jerusalem for Israel?


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Gary Garles inrerviews Justin Black of the band Saw Black about theur new release,

- The Studio - 20170605 - Kelly Oliver

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Fracking, sex trafficking & genetic engineering are among the thorny contemporary issues DR. KELLY OLIVER explores in riveting murder mysteries.

Curiosity about the world we live in inspired Dr. Oliver's 20 scholarly books (Example: CARCERAL HUMANITARIANISM: LOGICS OF REFUGEE DETENTION) and also generated her mysteries, WOLF, COYOTE, and F.O.X.

All three feature JESSICA JAMES, a young philosophical cowgirl detective. To learn how Dr. Oliver garnered the courage to tackle challenging topics via noir millennial mysteries, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Kelly Oliver 1 PM Monday & 7AM Wednesday on KRUU.

- The Studio - 20170612 - Susan Spann

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Book Cover Betrayal at IgaSet in 16th century Japan, SUSAN SPANN'S HIRO HATTORI murder mystery series features a detective duo that pairs her Ninja protagonist Hiro with a Portuguese Jesuit, Father Mateo. BETRAYAL AT IGA, the fifth mystery in the series, will be published soon by Seventh Street Books. A practicing transactional att

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JP Sottile with James Moore: "Talkback" with the Newsvandal.

- The Studio - 20170626 - Nynke Passi 2

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Nynke Passe, The Luminous Writer Literary CenterPoetry, drums, chimes & Tibetan bowls are tools that can help you revitalize your relationship with your muse. That's what poet and creative writing professor Nynke Passi and sound therapist Kenny Kolter have discovered while collaborating on events offered through The Luminous Writer Literary Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

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Another week of madness and there's a new kid on the block.

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Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Famers from Iowa City, DOGS ON SKIS are playing the Depot Brewery Saturday August 12th at 8:30pm. They are classic rockers from Iowa City who've been together over 30 years and they really rock. Three part harmonies. Guitar and keyboard hooks. Great repertoire. Crowd responsive. From the Cars to the Beatles to Cheap Trick to Pink Floyd. The next best thing to Dogs on Surfboards.

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Newsvandal JP Sottile discusses (emphasis on cusses) this bizarro than thou week in politics with James Moore. Let's just say the Trump clan has made the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" look like an after school special. Boy Scouts, Scaramucci, Priebus, Kelly, McCain, ACA repeal--NOT, police brutality, Sessions, Kushner, Manafort, North Korea, Lebanon, etc. Are things finally coming together or are the wheels falling off? You beat the judge. Join us for a dive into the wheel of misfortune. (Yes, that pesky Russian investigation is quietly continuing.)

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WED 1pm | FRI 3pm | SAT 11am: Singer/songwriter, artist, activist and organizer JENNY SAMMONS talks with James Moore about music, love, standing up, making a difference, compassion, community building, and where she's coming from.

Jenny is holding a special gathering Wednesday August 16th at 5pm at the Phoenix Rising Hall in solidarity and to show support for those activists in Charlottsville who have suffered trauma and harm. The first half hour will be a meditation and then some song and witnessing.

She performs this Saturday at the Fairfield Farmers' Market and leads regular Sunday services at the Phoenix Rising Hall at 10am-noon. The first hour is a safe space, judgment-free, kind of spiritual variety show and the second hour is a livestream with Michael Beckwith and Agape.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS - OH WAS IT EVER!! Picture's worth a 1000 words.

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Dr Scott Terry talks with musician Luke Davids about mental health matters.

- The Studio - 20170828 - Jack & Meghan Dowd

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Dowd Family Enjoying CadoFood brings families together. Preparing good food together also brings one Iowa family business successes. In 2014, Shaktea Kombucha owners Deb, Jack & Meghan Dowd--a mom, son & daughter trio--won a $250,000 Mission Main Street grant from J.P. Chase & Company. Since then they've expanded that businesses and launched, Cado, a frozen avocado dessert company. For a glimpse into this creative trio's approach to forging family bussiness successes together, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jack and Meghan Dowd.

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"As you may know by now, when you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder."
First Lady Melania Trump at a voter rally in Milwaukee, 2016

"When they attack him, he's going to hit back.”
--Sarah Huckabee Sanders
, White House spokesperson, June 2017

- Great Taste - 20170913 - New Hope Network

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Student Farm/Andrew/Kris

Great Taste host Steve Boss interview:

Last Saturday Fairfield was a destination on an unusual road tour.  

The group comprised Rick Polito, Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrition Business Journal, Bethany Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Foodstate/Megafood, Alan Lewis, Director of Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy at Natural Grocers, and organic aronia berry farmer Andrew Pitz of Sawmill Hollow farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Cindy Westrum

They are currently on a five-day trek from western Iowa to Baltimore, MD, probing the complicated relationships between farmers, producers, the natural products industry, and the US government's agricultural policies.

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JP Sottile with James Moore on the Talkback for The Week That Was. Or the Wizard of Oz. Or something like that. Newsvandal,com.

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Newsvandal JP Sottile goes inside the headlines for Talkback on The Week That Was with James Moore.

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Judyth Vary Baker has a compelling story to tell. Her boyfriend, Lee Harvey Oswald, is one of the most vilified characters in American history. Would you still feel that way if you knew he may have been set up, sacrificed for national security interests, a "patsy", as he claimed. Is it possible his long-time acquaintance Jack Ruby was also set up?

James Moore has a free range discussion with Judyth Baker, author of Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald, about Dallas, Mexico City, Cuba, Russia, her experience with American intelligence agencies, and much more. She will be keynoting this weekend's 5th Annual JFK Assassination Conference in Dallas,

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Talkback with Newsvandal JP Sottile with James Moore who delve Inside the Headlines for the Week That Was.

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Rick Shaddock talks about the Bitcoin revolution that is happening in Fairfield with James Moore.