Inspiring is the one word that comes to mind when I think about this week’s show. Both of my guests inspire me, and I believe you, the listener, will feel the same way after tuning in. It’s very easy to become cynical looking at the devastation of our natural resources, and the plundering of the environment that goes on in a world dominated by industrial agriculture in the guise of feeding the ever-growing population of human beings. I think a little cynicism may have just snuck through in the previous sentence. BUT…..Deborah Madison and Fred Kirschenmann, through their words and actions, can pull us out of that dark spot where it’s too easy to become enmeshed in futility, and turn our attention to the immense change that is the reality of the present and future cultivation of our planet.
It’s an honor to welcome Deborah back to the show. We’re planning to talk seasonally so she can offer insights into what fresh foods play well with the weather. Though we have a variety of micro climates in the lower 48 states there are plenty of foods that are either grown locally or easy to find at the market or store that represent the changing seasons on our plate. For decades Deborah has championed the use of local/regional produce, and showcased that world in numerous award-winning cookbooks like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and Vegetable Literacy. In this visit, we’ll focus our discussion on the abundance of delights still available in the autumn, and provide some assistance for home cooks to not only expand their repertoire, but revel in the experience.
During our “Iowa Cooks” segment, Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, provides a vision of how significant positive change is not only already in motion in the cultivation and production of our food, but why it is inevitable.
Kill The Messenger is held over at the Orpheum. "A lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale." - NPR "Flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb." - Peter Travers, R.Stone
It will behoove all film fans in our cultural district and region when the Orpheum gets funding to open up their second screen. Do you have some interest in this?
Very cool to see Bill Murray's latest film St. Vincent starting Friday at the Ottumwa 8. Thank you Vickie and your find folks. Bill Murray's "freewheeling, deadpan image fuses so thoroughly with Vincent's own endearingly grizzled misanthropy that it's hard to tell where the actor ends and the geezer begins. We've seen similar stuff in Little Miss Sunshine and Up - but it sails ahead on the collective charms of its ensemble cast," including Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts & Chris O'Dowd. "...all hail Bill Murray who whacks away at the script's sentimental softballs like A-Rod in full swing." - P. Travers, R.S.
Early buzz on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was it may be a "flawed" masterpiece. It's getting good reviews and we believe this film may be even more deeply appreciated by the filmosophical set. We'll talk about that, new releases and more on the Filmosopher's Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "What happens when scientists bump up against these things that defy easy characterization and analysis- things like love? We are at an interesting moment, where science realizes it has to begin addressing abstractions and human elements and I wanted to get that in the film." -
Director Christopher Nolan (Inception) getting filmosophical about his latest, Interstellar
this week you will laugh, you will see things through the unique mind of one of america's great humorists, robert benchley.
i think of him as dave barry's literary father. or perhaps mark twain's illegitimate zygote. in any case, he created a genre of short humor essays that has become the form that now dominates our short attention spans.
thursday night and sunday morning i'll read some of funniest, weirdest, and most creative pieces, interspersed with some of the funniest and most creative gypsy music by django reinhardt and stephane grapelli.
Ben Woolf is an actor currently appearing in the new season of the televison series American Horror Story.
Phil Bolsta is the author of the book, Through God's Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. A comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life.
(See playlist link below). At the urging of East Coast listeners, we reverse the hourly formats on this program with the Chill Session in the first hour and singer-songwriters and Alternative musicians in the second. LA electronica duo Poolside leads off the program with what they call "daytime disco" but don't be fooled by "disco" because you'll be dancing in very contemporary ways. Producing music since late 1980s, the Danish duo Laid Back (album cover) offers two tracks of intriguing electronica from 2013 CD Uptimistic. Others contributing their talents include Phil Mison, Deep Dive Corp., and Tosca.
Spotlight on the second hour features English folk duo Smoke Fairies, quirky English band alt-J, and Aussie beauty Missy Higgins (photo) with tracks from her CD Oz. Listen closely for English folk-ballad set with Nick Drake, Alexi Murdoch, and late '60s legendary band Pentangle lead by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.
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Had an opportunity to spend some time in the big trees recently. Sat down and put together an earthy playlist that reflects some of the awesome feeling of that experience. From Natural World to Nature's Boy, and In The Wild Hills to Green Heaven. From Mother Earth and Earth Anthem to River of Orchids and Castle Keep. Stop on by at 2 PM Thursday and relax into a deep set of organic music. The G Man
It's that thrilling, chilling, time of year to highlight selections from some well deserving film scores for Halloween.
Ramin Djawadi's "Dracula Untold" gripping narrative leads off the set followed by Marco Beltrami's"Carrie". Further in is Christophe Beck's compelling epic "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"; Alexandre Desplat's 'vamp-on-werewolf action' section in "The Twilight Saga-New Moon". Also a couple of Bernard Hermann "Twilight Zone"episodes, "Psycho IV" from Graeme Revell; "The Wolfman" of Danny Elfman; Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine"; Trevor Jones' score to the very atmospheric visuals in "From Hell"; James Newton Howard's "The Village" and Danny Elfman again with "Hitchcock". Don't Miss All on Wed Oct 29, 3-4pm.
This week's feature is Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford. One of the founding members of the Be Good Tanyas, Frazey has a new release out called Indian Ocean. It's her second solo album and she combines influences from blues, folk, soul and pop. Recorded in Nashville with Al Green's former band, the Guardian calls it a "country-soul gem, full of lovely and deeply atmospheric instrumentation gilding Ford’s alluring vocals."
So tune in, turn on and check it out!
With election time nearing, the Sondheim became the backdrop for a pair of forums featuring candidates for county and state offices.
CLICK HERE for incumbent Democratic Iowa State Rep. Curt Hanson and Republican challenger Jeff Shipley, both vying for the Iowa House District 82 seat.
CLICK HERE for incumbent Republican Jefferson County Supervisor Dick Reed and his independent challenger Jack Finn, who are seeking a spot on the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors.
The audience had a chance to submit questions to the candidates, which were read by moderator Andy Hallman, news editor of The Fairfield Ledger. Presented by The Fairfield Ledger, Fairfield Economic Development Association and The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Audio provided by the Fairfield Media Center.
Today's Writers' Voices interview almost didn't happen - it was scheduled and cancelled multiple times. I wouldn't normally perist - there are so many great writers to interview!
But this is a very special book. "Brown Girl Dreaming" is Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in poetry, written for young adults, about growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights movement. Like many children her age, she was part of the great migration to the North, and went back and forth between New York City and South Carolina. These poems represent snippets of memory, hers and her loved ones, about that time. The result is an authenticity that jumps off the page.
"Brown Girl Dreaming" was recently named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, making it one of the top 5 nonfiction books for young adults published this year.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices for our discussion with this insightful author.