• Fri
    Aug 22
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 24
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre- Life Itself, for many film fans a must-see. Life Itself poster"A lively thumbs-up documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert- America's most popular, intelligent and influential modern-day movie critic." "An account that's affectionate & honest, taking the title and much of the content of Ebert's bestselling 2011 autobiography." "Ebert once described the cinema as 'a machine that generates empathy.' Watching James's lovely film, you know exactly what he means."- Boston Globe  "Every movie fan will want to see Life Itself" - Chris Busch, Filmosophers

Held over for the second Alive week: Alive Inside: A Story Of Music & Memory. Still deciding on this one? Watch the trailer. Search "alive inside trailer" Watch the trailer...  "No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside..- Movie Mezzanine

We'll also talk about new releases, including two intriguing looks at love: 1) Love Is Strange "Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity." -RT 2) The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass & Elizabeth Moss- "an ambitious, well-acted look at love and marriage." "Knowing you've never seen anything like this, Moss and Duplass let it rip." - Rolling Stone. All this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller- "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30." “When you're young you don't realize that at every age you are always in the present, and in that sense no older." - Roger Ebert, "Life Itself"

  • Fri
    Aug 22
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Mon
    Aug 25
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Digging "Prairie Gold"

Prairie GoldOnce again, Writers' Voices welcomes voices from our favorite small press, Ice Cube Press, founded in North Liberty Iowa by former guest Steve Semken to feature literary writing from the Midwest.  So it is no wonder that Steve published this treasure, "Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland."

Whether you prefer prose or poetry, fiction or non, short or long, you will find it all here, with each piece shining a separate light on one of the myriad of ways that Midwesterners define themselves.

"Prairie Gold" was spun into whole cloth by the collaboration of three writers with close ties to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa: Stefanie Brook Trout, an English instructor and MFA student, Lance M. Sacknoff, whose literary work focuses on environmental criticism, and poetry teacher Xavier Cavazos.  Trout and Sacknoff will be joining us this week on Writers' Voices.

the glorious Vegetables of ItalyI’m about to let you in on what is not known to most lovers of asparagus:  you probably could be eating a late harvest of locally grown asparagus right now.  I am.  Most growers only plan for the normal spring asparagus season, but if you follow the advice in this article, another six to eight weeks of eating that divine vegetable can be yours to enjoy.  It may be too late for this year, but now you can plan ahead.

More about vegetables when we visit with Domenica Marchetti, author of the glorious Vegetables Of Italy on the first half of this week’s show.  You can learn more about Domenica by clicking here.  I hope you try the pasta recipe featuring cherry tomatoes from her book.  You can find it at the bottom of the blog post. Click READ MORE to learn about the rest of the show.

  • Tue
    Aug 19
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Fri
    Aug 22
    8:00 am -
    10:00 am

Celebrating John Hiatt's Birthday on Roots Rock Roadhouse

This week we'll be celebrating the birthday (Aug 20th) of singer-songwriter, John Hiatt . Hiatt has had prolific career and his songs have been recorded by many of the great icons of music including Bonnie Raitt, Robben Ford, BB King, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowel, Don Henley, David Crosby, Jewell, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Healey, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffet and Buddy Guy to name a few.  We'll focus mainly on the albums, Bring the Family and Slow Turning, released in the late 80's and which I consider to be some of his finest work. His 2011 recording, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns will also be mined for musical gems.


Are we at Wolfowitz End or just another beginning?It's time for your weekly news fix with the Newsvandal, JP Sottile with James Moore for another edition of INSIDE THE HEADLINES. This week's three tiers include money for nothing and blank checks for free, food, inglorious food, and future tense, sunglasses not required.

Also, I want to highlight an incredible piece JP wrote for all about the Grim brothers' fairy tale known as The Neocon's Grim "Victory" in Iraq or Why Wolfowitz Declared Victory in Iraq. Fascinating read.

And remember you can follow all the links to stories we dicuss by clicking on th "Read more" tab below. Thanks for tuning in. Showa are archived as well.

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Sherrie Taha


Interview airs Thu 6:30am; 12;30pm & 6:30pm

Sherrie Taha discusses her campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. She is running against incumbent Bill Northey (Rep). Taha is a lifelong Democratic activist with over 15 years of experience serving on Boards & Commissions. Most recently she served as Recording Secretary/Treasurer for ATU Local 441 and on the Board of the League of Women Voters Metropolitan Des Moines.  She was elected and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Sherrie was born in Creston, Iowa and split her childhood between southwestern and central Iowa. She earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and received a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University.  Sherrie has two adult daughters, Maggie & Annie.

Rising Appalachia(See link to playlist below). This week's program spotlight shines on the second-hour Chill Zone with American jazz master Alice Coltrane (photo right) featuring music from her 1971 LP Universal Consciousness and on New Orleans world-folk fusion sister duo Rising Appalachia (photo) from their outstanding 2013 CD Soul Visions.  International singer-songwriters who join the fun include Miraque I Myro (Hungary), Vargo (Germany), Laura Marling (UK), Prince Jammy (Jamaica), Ohm-G (Germany), and Bill Laswell (US).   First-time bands to Fringe Toast:  LeavingAlice Coltrane Music, Blue Foundation, Blockboy, and Dick Gaughan

Click here for playlist.  Tell your friends worldwide to join the live stream at

Fringe Toast Music, the best place to discover new music from off-the-beaten path.  Watch for DJ Andy Bargerstock's music reviews in Iowa Source Magazine the first week of each month.

  • Thu
    Aug 21
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 24
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the women of 2004

10 years ago...listen to the women who were making music by adding their voices to the eclectic sounds of 2004.

ani difrancothere were the delicate whispers the french chill group, air....

the brazen attitude of new york's ani difranco [pictured]....

the mad stomps of omaha's tilly & the wall....

the twangy insights of los angele's rilo kiley....

the fascinating edge of canadian singer feist....

the serene heart of welsh singer jem....

and the divine bliss and chill of denmark's bliss....

  • Wed
    Aug 13
    8:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Tue
    Aug 19
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Fringe Toast Music - ROBERT REEDER CD debut

(Playlist link below). This week’s program begins with music and interview with Fairfield’s Robert Reeder (photo left) about his soon to be released Robert Reederfirst CD called the album. This album oozes flavors of early Eagles but with more grit and contemporary flair.  Clapton offers tracks from his new tribute album to J.J. Cale.  And, Tom Petty offers “Shadow People” from his new CD.

 The second hour Chill Session is anchored Natalie Merchantby Natalie Walker (photo), whose vocals blessed Wax Poetic’s 2012 On a Ride album.  First-timers to Fringe Toast this week include Triptic Soul, Syd Arthur, Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience, and Astronauts. Listen closely for classically obscure psychedelic sound of West Coast Art Pop Experimental Band with “Smell of Incense” from 1967.   

 Click here for playlist.  Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at where you simply click on “Listen Live.”  For more information on the Robert Reeder CD release, read DJ Andy Bargerstock's article in August issue of Iowa Source Magazine at

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