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- The Studio - 20130504- Diana Star Helmer

59:13 minutes (54.22 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- The Studio - 20130429 - Lynn Koos

59:03 minutes (54.07 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- The Studio Cheryl - 20130422-Francis Thicke

58:08 minutes (53.22 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

56:20 minutes (51.58 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

59:46 minutes (54.72 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)


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.  

60:11 minutes (55.11 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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Prolific author Roxane Gay visits Iowa City April 2nd - 7th as a Writer-in-Residence for this year's Mission Creek Festival. She has two books coming out in 2014. Her fiction and essays appear in dozens of national magazines and in her previously-published book Ayiti.

She's co-editor of Pank Magazine, essays editor of The Rumpus, and she teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She'll appear at Prairie Lights Tuesday, April 2nd alongside author John D'Agata. On this episode of "The Studio" Roxane reads one of her stories; Joe Tiefenthaler announces Mission Creek's amazingly full literary lineup; and Sarah Dodson, Executive Editor of Make Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the founding of Make: A Literary Magazine. Tune in!

53:30 minutes (48.98 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

"Bartending proved instrumental in how the magazine formed...." Sarah Dodson, Executive Director of Make Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the 2005 founding of Make: A Literary Magazine. She also discusses how Make, which she cofounded with writing friends, forges connections among writers and artists spread across the globe. Containing work from writers in the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, the latest issue, Exchange/Intercambio, features work translated from Spanish to English and others translated from English to Spanish. Join us for an fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a literary journal and the minds of the volunteers whose devotion keeps it relevant and fresh. Sarah and other Make writers will be in Iowa City next week for the Mission Creek Festival.

20130325 - McFarland Gaub Duo

60:35 minutes (55.47 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

At 7:30 PM on Sunday, April 7th the McFarland Gaub Violin and Piano Duo will perform three Johann Brahms sonatas at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Tune in to hear bits of each sonata and Nancy and Gene's discussion of how each one is unique. They'll also give us their predictions about the future of classical music.

Gene and Nancy, husband and wife, are both faculty members in Grinnell College's Music Department. As a pianist, Gene made his New York debut performing Bartok's First Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He's given solo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall and many other venues. He's also performed with orchestras in Vienna and Salzburg. A specialist in chamber music, he's performed with many ensembles throughout the U.S. 

- The Studio - 20130318 - Bobbi Miller

53:48 minutes (49.26 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

 Bobbi Miller: Folktales Are Endangered!

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Folklore is endangered: should you care? Yes! says author Bobbi Miller, and she explains why during this behind-the-scenes look at tales that reflect the unique history of the United States. An author, a story collector, a storyteller, and a writer who teaches writing, Bobbi's earned five college degrees, including an MA in chilldren's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in children's writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level college composition classes and, occasionally, a folklore survey course.

- The Studio - 20130311 - Virginia Morell

59:56 minutes (54.88 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Virginia Morell photo by Michael McRaeDo dogs think? Do rats laugh?

All over the world, scientists are making new discoveries about how and what animals think and feel. Acclaimed science writer Virginia Morell visited these researchers, and she reports their discoveries on animal cognition in her new book, Animal Wise: the Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures.

Virginia's three previous celebrated nonfiction books are Ancestral Passions, Blue Nile, and Wildlife Wars (coauthored with Richard Leakey). Her work appears regularly in Science, National Geographic, and Conde Nast Traveler. Want to know what your dog has in mind? Tune in to this show to find out!

Photo courtesy of Michael McRae

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