Cheryl Fusco Johnson's Audio

- The Studio - 20140310 - Tom North

57:45 minutes (52.87 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

A 1968 film starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, Yours, Mine, and Ours purportedly told the true story of Tom North's youth as part of the happy, blended Beardsley-North family, which ultimately included 20 children. Tom recently dispelled the "one big happy family" myth that this movie created by writing and independently publishing a memoir. An Amazon Best Seller, Tom North's book, True North: The Shocking Truth About Yours, Mine, and Ours was listed by The Washington Times as Recommended Reading, garnered rave reviews by Writers Digest, and won a Living Now Award Gold Medal. 

Tom, a graduate of Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management), will read from and sign copies of True North at 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 15th in Revelations Cafe and Book Store. Tom is a financial investment advisor, and he lives in Carmel, California with his wife, Connie.

- The Studio - 20140303 - Susan Sussbaum

57:57 minutes (53.06 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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Honored as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader in 2008, playwright and disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum wrote her first book, Good Kings Bad Kings, recently and promptly won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Published by Algonquin Books in 2013, Susan's debut novel was the 2013-2014 Villanova One Book selection. Good Kings Bad Kings also was the Indie Next Pick for 2012 and was included in the In the Margins Top Ten List for 2014.

Barbara Kingsolver deems Susan's book "fiction at its best" and "a stunning accomplishment." Don't miss The Studio with Cheryl and Susan this week!

20140106 - The Studio - Darcy Pattison

58:16 minutes (53.34 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)


Published in eight languages, Darcy Pattison's children's books earned her the Arkansas Governor's Art Award for Individual Artist in 2007.

Two years later she launched Mims House to independently publish children's books (such as Prairie Storms) and how-to-write books for adults (such as Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise and The Book Trailer Manual).

Darcy's independently published books win prizes, are acclaimed by major review media, and earn her a profit. How does she do it?

Learn specific strategies for succeeding at independent publishing during this episode of The Studio with Cheryl.

- The Studio - 20131216 - Eric Johnson

59:36 minutes (54.57 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Eric Johnson with Pinup Popup CalendarNow on Kickstarter, Eric Johnson's Pinup Popup 2014 Desktop Calendar weds paper engineering techniques to fun and tasteful images inspired by the classic style of pinup girls' golden era (the 1940s and 1950s). On this episode of The Studio Eric explores the ups and downs of crowdfunding, the evolution of paper engineering, maker spaces, and how emergent technologies benefit artists. A book indexer, maker, author, and artist, Eric studied book arts at Brown University under Walter Feldman. If you're considering launching a Kickstarter campaign or if you're wondering what happens when you combine the concepts behind a desktop calendar, pinup girls, and popup books, be sure to tune in!

- The Studio - 20131125 - Chris Higdon

58:59 minutes (54.01 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Chris Higdon clearly recalls helping his dad glue pink tiles onto a customer's bathroom wall when he was only four years old. in 2009 this father/son duo founded Everything Stone by Masterpiece LLC. They specialize in polishing and installing granite, marble, ceramic tile, and cultured stone. Partnered with Creative Edge Mastershop, they've tackled many ambitious projects, including the inticate floor medallion that greets visitors to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center in Fairfield, Iowa. In this hour of The Studio, Chris, now 27, discusses the rewards and challenges of running an intergenerational small family business. Tune in to learn how the Higdons successfully solved the puzzle of how a father and son can work harmoniously side-by-side for decades. 

59:53 minutes (54.83 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Fried Walleye &  Cherry Pie Book Cover

Stuart Dybek on a slaughterhouse school field trip, Mary Kay Shanley on Thanksgiving tamales--you'll find this and more in Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food. Just released by the University of Nebraska Press, this thoughtful and sometimes funny collection of essays by the region's finest writers was edited by Peggy Wolff.

At 7 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, authors of some of the essays will read excerpts from this book at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

On The Studio this week, former New York Times food columnist and award-winning author, Molly O'Neill will discuss food, writing, and Midwestern culture with Peggy and Cheryl. Why does Molly think writing about food is a great warmup for other kinds of writing?

Tune in to find out!

20131111 - Steven Semken

57:41 minutes (52.81 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ice Cube Press LogoTwenty years ago, Steven H. Semken founded Ice Cube Press, an independent publishing company operating out of North Liberty, Iowa.

To bolster its application to become an official City of Literature, Iowa City referred to Ice Cube Press and mentioned its focus on how to best live with the natural world and its interest in topsoil, Devonian fossil beds, landcape art, weather patterns, and prairies.

Over the years Ice Cube Press's mission has broadened; it now publishes novels, short stories, poetry, real-life murder mysteries, and children's books, as well as nature-focused fiction and nonfiction.

To learn how a lone entrepreneur built and sustains a thriving Midwestern small press, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Steven this week.

- The Studio - 20131028 - Rob Cline 2

59:50 minutes (54.78 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Rob ClineCedar Rapids Arts Professional Rob Cline returns to The Studio to report on the success he and his critique group buddies experienced after teaming up to inspire each other to finish, self-publish, and market their novels. Rob also reveals how his 365 Short Stories in 2013 project inspired him to write and submit short stories of his own. Rob's the Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and the Grants Manager of the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. He's appeared at Prairie Lights Bookstore and other venues to promote his self-published mystery, Murder By the Slice.

- The Studio - 20131104-James Moore

59:24 minutes (81.58 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

For seven years, under the dedicated guidance of Station Manager James Moore, radio station KRUU LP 100.1 FM has fulfilled its mission "to give Fairfield a voice and strengthen the community by encouraging creativity, dialogue, and community involvement."

During this hour James will explain upcoming changes in Federal law regarding low-power stations and explore KRUU's past, present, and likely future. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week, and when you get a chance, take a minute to thank James for his devoted leadership.

- The Studio - 20131014 - Patrick Irelan

58:46 minutes (53.81 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Miracle Boy Book CoverAuthor Patrick Irelan earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He also studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop. For many years, Patrick wrote and edited educational materials for the university's Division of Continuing Education. His award-winning short stories have appeared in many regional publications, including Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Iowa City Magazine, and Wisconsin River Valley Journal. A versatile writer, Patrick has also authored two memoirs, Central Standard: a Time, a Place, a Family, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2002, and A Son of the Middle West, published by Ice Cube Press in 2006. Ice Cube Press also published Patrick's first collection of short stories, Reruns, in 2009, and has just released his second story collection, The Miracle Boy.

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