Cheryl Fusco Johnson's Audio

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Author Bruce HopkinsIn his new book Truth in the Rivers, author, educator, and political activist Bruce Hopkins weaves together seemingly disparate elements. Via poems, essays, photographs, and paintings, he explores Japanese American Internment during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the importance of exploring nature's lessons with children. Bruce's deceptively slim new book, just released by Ice Cube Press, is an artful tapestry of complex and important issues. Tune in to The Studio this week for a thought-provoking hour with Cheryl, Bruce, and his wife Jeanette. 

- The Studio - 20130930- Wayne Johnson

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Wayne Johnson's new memoir Baseball Diaries: Confessions of a Cold War Youth, published by Submarine Publishing, reads like a series of interconnected, cleverly-crafted and hilarious short stories. Using all the skills he developed writing critically acclaimed, best-selling novels and popular nonfiction books, Wayne poignantly reveals what it was like to grow up during the bombshelter-building era. Wayne's been a Chesterfield Writers' Film Project Fellow in Hollywood and has received recognition from the Sundance Film Festival for his screenplays. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Story, and other magazines. Wayne's received many accolades for his work, including a listing as a London Times bestseller for his first novel, The Snake Game; three Pulitzer nominations; and New York Times Notable Book citations.

- The Studio - 20130923- Sarah Trigg

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Artist Sarah Trigg investigated the creative processes of 200 fine artists by visiting their studios, interviewing them, and photographing the bizarre collections, odd rituals, and makeshift tools that help and inspire them. Then Sarah culled her photos and interviews down into an exploration of 100 artists.

The result is Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, released by Princeton Architectural Press last week. Following a narrative arc that loosely explores all stages of artists' lives, this book provides a unique view of artists and their creative process. Sarah's photos of and commentary on how artists work just may inspire you, too, to unleash your playful side so don't miss The Studio with Cheryl this week! 

20130916 - Joy M. Newcom

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Parenting a disabled child during his first five years of life is candidly described in Joy M. Newcom's self-published memoir, Involuntary Joy: a Story of Unexpected Rebirth. A motivational speaker, Joy co-owns JoyMark! Communications with her college professor husband. Their public relations consulting firm specializes in providing comprehensive services to nonprofits. Joy served as creative consultant and event coordinator for an Iowa conference on diversity issues for the Lt. Governor's Committee on Diversity (with Dr. Maya Angelou as featured speaker). Joy has also overseen many print and video productions. For 17 years she was an adjunct instructor of public relations for Waldorf College. Involuntary Joy details her thoughts and feelings during her son Stross' early years. She and husband Mark live in Forest City, Iowa with Stross and their younger son Skye. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn about self-publishing and about what parents of disabled children really wish you would do.

20130909 - Anola Pickett

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Lighthouse in North Carolina

Anola Pickett makes history intriguing for kids of all ages. She's repeated the 2011 success of her juvenile historical novel Wasatch Summer, set in Utah in 1889, with a great just-released page-turner, Whisper Island, set in 1913 in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Abandoned by her mother, protagonist Primmy longs to someday join the U.S. Life-Saving Service like her dad and older brother, but until 1919 this precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard accepted only men.

With an exquisite eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Anola utlizes all the skills and knowledge she developed as an urban language arts teacher and avid world traveler to pump life into days gone by. Adults, too, will enjoy this book! Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn Anola's techniques for making her travels pay off.

20130902 - Francesco Marciuliano

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Poem and photo of dogCartoonist Francesco Marciuliano follows up on the success of his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats with a funny and poignant new title, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs. Francesco currently writes Sally Forth, an internationally syndicated family comic strip that appears in nearly 800 newspapers around the world. He's also a playwright and served as head writer for the highly praised PBS children's series SeeMore's Playhouse. This week on The Studio with Cheryl Francesco discusses the creative process and how his parents nurtured his talents and continue to feed his funny bone. Tune in! 

20130826 - Ken Grimes

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Double Double book cover For 10 years a special book project eluded famed mystery writer Martha Grimes' grasp. In 2012 she garnered the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, and she's published at least one book a year for the last 30 years. Not until June 4, 2013, though, did she succeed in publishing a nonfiction book she'd pondered for years. Both Martha and her son Ken Grimes are alcoholics who've been sober for over two decades. Their experiences with alcoholism and their paths to sobriety differ radically, and that's one of the many intriguing facets of their inspiring memoir, Double Double: a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism.

20130819 - Lee Starshine

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Web marketing expert Lee Starshine explains ethical email newsletter strategies, how to segment email newsletters for maximum results, and her pioneering software usability study, "Critical Thinking and Hypertext in the Secondary School System." A skilled writer, computer expert, and computer trainer, Lee has an M.A. in Professional Writing and an undergraduate degree specializing in Computers and Learning. She's worked in writing, technical support, training, software design, and software testing. As the owner of Web Marketing Star, she provides online marketing services, such as search engine optimization, web hosting, and ecommerce development. Also, as the Newsletter Gal, Lee specializes in helping clients develop effective, ethical email newsletters and marketing campaigns. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week for online marketing tips and a glimpse into how Lee's childhood fascination with Legos and Star Trek helped foster her development as a computer programmer and online marketing expert.

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MUM's Literature Department Reunion, Part 2: Rhoda Orme Johnson, Nynke Passe, Tim Truby, Anna-Maria Cornell & Matthew Kendz

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Diane FrankMUM's Literature Department Reunion, Part 1: Diane Frank, Silvine Farnell & Terry Fairchild

Poets, professors, authors, and former students will celebrate 40 years of Maharishi University of Management's Literature Department August 30 through September 2nd on MUM's campus in Fairfield, Iowa. Literature Reunion celebrations will include book exhibits, readings, and master classes.

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