Canadian acoustic world roots music born from the rich Toronto soundscapes of Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Brazil. 

"Absolutely exquisite..."  Karen Gordon,  CBC Radio 1

Lenka Lichtenberg performs two concerts in Cedar Rapids Tue Nov 3 at the Cedar Cultural Center and Wed Nov 4 at Legion Arts (CSPS).

Lenka Lichtenberg & the FrayLenka Lichtenberg creates uniquely Canadian world music, channeling the rich Toronto soundscapes of Middle East, India and Brazil, and her own East European heritage. Once a child star in her native Prague, Czech Republic, she is an award-winning recording artist, published composer, sought-after session vocalist (Yiddish, English, Czech, French, Russian, Hebrew), and bandleader with 6 solo CD releases and several collaborations on her resume.

Lenka is in the midst of a diverse international concert career, traveling across continents as a solo artist, with a trio, her group “Fray”, or with one of her collaborative projects. Most recently, she has commenced collaboration with Eccodek's Andrew McPherson; the resulting remix of one of her songs, "Open My Eyes", was picked as "Song of the Week" on CBC's Here and Now in 2014. Lenka's plans for 2015 include publishing  a collection of her original Yiddish songs, releasing an EP of Eccodek remixes, filming two new music videos, and recording the bulk of an upcoming CD of Czech and Moravian songs, titled "Masaryk."

  • Sat
    Oct 31
    1:00 am -
    3:00 am
  • Mon
    Nov 02
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

All Those Years Ago, and Still Fresh

RRI built this show around Bruce Palmer, Lou Donaldson, and The Seeds. Not that they have that much in common. Up in Her Room is a seedy spoonful of blues, to steal their phrase. Strollin' In finds Donaldson and crew jamming their you-know-whats off in the fiest tradition of jazz. Alpha Omega Apocalypse seems as though it is made up on the spot by Palmer, and is all the better for it. The Zerfas you might not know about so I included a nice rolling vamp. Plus some well-known ditties by Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, Country Joe & The Fish, and Tom Fogerty. Cool Breeze

Blue Like Me is a documentary that profiles Siona Benjamin, an artist who has a fascinating back story: she was raised in a near mythical 2000-year-old Jewish community in India, and though most of the Jews from her childhood, like Siona, are now scattered around the world, some Jews remain and are the subject of her recent work.

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. In her paintings, she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons. She has her first MFA in painting and a second MFA in Theater set design. She has exhibited in the US, Europe, and Asia. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for her project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, ArtNews and Moment magazine, to name a few.

Q&A with Siona Benjamin, after her documentary screening at The ICON. Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:30 pm for complimentary refreshments 8:00 pm Showtime (45 min. film)

Marianne Williamson


Marianne WIlliamson, changemaker and author of "A Return to Love", "A Woman's Worth", and other bestselling books, talks with Dennis Raimondi and Phil Goldberg about life, spirituality, politics and much more.

Marianne is speaking in Fairfield at the Arts & Convention Center Wed Oct 28th.


  • Tue
    Oct 27
    4:00 pm -
    5:00 pm
  • Wed
    Oct 28
    10:00 pm -
    11:00 pm

Brass & Beats of 2015

We'll be starting out today's show with some alternative brass featuring the Manchester-based Riot Jazz Brass Band and the album they released last week: Incoming!. We'll also hear from Booka Brass Band and Tubaluba.

After that we've got some trip-hop and hip-hop featuring San Francisco-based producer Nym and the album he dropped today: ConvexWe'll also hear from Neroche, Awon & Phoniks, Blacklicious and a whole lot more.

Stream it live October 27th, 5pm-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

Cory Wells


Saw Three Dog Night in concert playing with Lee Michaels, Edgar Winters and Ten Years After when I was a kid and had the pleasure of opening for them at the Surf Ballroom some years back. Class act and nice souls. will do a musical tribute Sun Oct 25th 4pm CT. Rebro Monday 9am.

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Ari at the White HouseARI BERMAN talks about his new book with Dennis Raimondi & James Moore

Investigative journalist Ari Berman will read from his new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Berman takes the reader from the The Voting Rights Act in 1965 and demonstrations of the civil rights era to the halls of Congress and the chambers of the Supreme Court. At this important moment in history, Give Us the Ballot provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and an investigative journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. He is the author of Herding Donkeys, his writing has appeared in The New York Times and Rolling Stone, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and NPR. He lives in New York City.

"A must-read...This book should become a primer for every American...It is the first history of the contemporary voting rights movement in the United States. It is long overdue, but Berman’s extensive reporting makes it well worth the wait." -- Rep. John Lewis, Washington Post

  • Fri
    Oct 23
    3:00 pm -
    5:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 25
    8:00 am -
    10:00 am

INSIDE THE HEADLINES with JP Sottile & James Moore


>>>Frontrunning With Scissors
Over A Year Before 9/11, Trump Wrote Of Terror Threat With Remarkable Clarity
Hillary’s Libya Post-War Plan Was ‘Play It by Ear,’ Gates Says

>>>The Profits Of Doom
Yet Another Costly F-35 Glitch That Won’t Be Fixed Any Time Soon
Overkill: The Case Against a New Nuclear Air-Launched Cruise Missile

>>>The Economy Doesn't Suck. It Just Sucks For You.
With Just $10 "You're Wealthier Than 25% Of Americans"
Being Poor Is Too Expensive

  • Sat
    Oct 24
    1:00 am -
    3:00 am
  • Mon
    Oct 26
    3:00 am -
    5:00 am

The Rainbow Rider, circa 2015

RRWell, I threw a couple of songs by Dr. John and Bokaj Retsiem from 1968, but the rest of the music is fairly recent. I bought some new music off Beckology by Jeff Beck, so two songs from him. Plus Canned Heat, Shawn Phillips, and some Neil Young from Sleeps With Angels. Local Des Moines artists The Soul Searchers will also be with us. This is #247. I will enter the playlists from when the website was down soon, also, so everybody can catch up. Cool Breeze

  • Fri
    Oct 23
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Mon
    Oct 26
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Sukey Forbes: "The Angel in My Pocket"

Sukey Forbes"The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death" is a memoir written by a woman whose classic "stiff-upper-lip" New England heritage left her with no idea how to grieve when her six year old daughter died suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of a rare genetic disorder.

Angel in My Pocket Sukey Forbes turned to the example set by her great, great, great grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose young son also died of a high fever, and came to realize that her family history, which included Presidential advisers, Ambassadors and tycoons as well as the famous transcendentalist, also included many ghosts who still prowled the family residences and whose presence were taken for granted.  Thus, it was natural that she would seek a way to connect with Charlotte on the other side.

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