To write that Beth Howard loves pie is not telling the true story. As we see it, she is a pie fanatic and that's good because Beth views pie as a means to making the world a more peaceful place. She says, "Pie represents comfort, purity and simplicity, it's the perfect antidote to today's highly stressed-out world."
Beth is an Iowa native coming back to the state to judge 22 categories of pie-making beginning August 13 at the Iowa State Fair. Whether it's apple pie, French silk, savory or oh-my it's peach pie, Beth will eat her way through hundreds of entries during the Fair's 10-day run.
Born in Ottumwa, Beth got her start baking pies in a most unlikely fashion. Also, her pie fixation has helped her through some trying times. Join us on this week's episode of Great Taste to hear about Beth's pie journey and how it's lead her back to the state of her birth.
Big River, Way Off Broadway's final musical of their summer season, is opening Friday, August 13 over at The Sondheim Center. Big River is the musical adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with a score by country music legend, Roger Miller.
I spoke with the director Adam Cates, the musical director, Mark Hanson, and cast member, Mike Ragogna about their upcoming production and the history of this musical.
4-times BMA award winner blues musician Tommy Castro talks with James Moore from the road about his nascent career, recent European jog through Norway, his brand of songwriting, grooving band and much more.
His latest release Hard Believer, produced by John Porter, who has worked with B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, The Smiths, Otis Rush, Billy Bragg, and Roxy Music, has garnered rave reviews. The band plays 150-200 gigs a year all across the US and Europe.
A live broadcast featuring the creator and contributors of this "glowing, historically important anthology of poets who live, or have lived, in Fairfield, Iowa."
THIS ENDURING GIFT, selected and introduced by Freddy Fonseca, features a total of 76 poets and is arranged in 16 chapters covering these topics:
Chapter 1: The Poetry of Remembrance and Renewal
Chapter 2: The Poetry of Nature, the Cosmos, and the Soul
Chapter 3: The Poetry of Mysteries and Imagination — View introduction
Chapter 4: The Poetry of Whimsicality and Simple Things
Chapter 5: The Poetry of Darkness and the Eerie Nocturnal
Join Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices as we bring back one of our favorite guests, Linda Egenes, to discuss her latest book "Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi Ayuveda," coauthored with Dr. Kumuda Reddy. This is the first book on Maharishi Ayuveda and children, and follows in the footsteps of "For a Blissful Baby: Healthy and Happy Pregnancy with Maharishi Vedic Medicine."
As explained in Super Healthy Kids, "All parents want the best for their children. Yet when faced with a sick kid, it's hard to know what to do. The time-tested wisdom of Maharishi Ayurveda offers surprisingly effective solutions to children's health problems today—from ADHD to obesity." We will be talking to Linda Egenes about what it takes to write an authoritative book on such an important topic.
Planet Erstwild host James Moore interviews Walter Day.
On Thursday at 1pm, Mike interviews American Hi-Fi, an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, which originally hailed from Boston, Massachusetts.
Note that Mike Ragogna's web archives do not contain the music from the originally aired program in order to comply with copywrite laws.