Kal Cahoone was raised in Colorado and studied piano as a young child. Her mother had a passion for folk music (bruce cochburn, judy collins, gordon lightfoot, leonard cohen, the fairport convention, tim buckley) and Kal never imagined that one day she would also be a fan.
After receiving a degree in Spanish she ended up in valparaiso chile, living on a hill (cerro alegre) in total solitude with nothing but a typewriter and a Beautiful view. Here she began writing songs, at age 26. Six months later she took a bus across the Andes, arriving in Buenos Aires. Within a few days she met composer Christian Basso and they began recording together and eventually married. Thier song “The Movement” can be heard in the film “Dot the I” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. She also took up accordion, which was easier to travel with than a piano. www.KalCahoone.com
I love being on the radio. I really love being on the radio in Fairfield.
And I was first on the radio in Fairfield in about 1977 at KMCD.
Unfortunately no audio tapes of that time still exist (if you have any, contact me immediately).
The best I can offer is a dramatic recreation of a moment on KMCD from that time coming very, very soon on an episode of The Feed Store. It will shock, stun and amaze you. No, really.
On today's edition of That Righteous Jive I'll be playing some more of my favorite brass of 2014. I'll be featuring the six-piece experimental brass band from Moscow: 1/2 Orchestra. Earlier this month they released their second album together: Next Level.
We'll also hear from The Brass Funkeys, Moon Hooch, Brass Cooled and Busty and the Bass. Stream it live October 14th, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.
Disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum says suicide among the disabled is too often the plot device of choice in literature, TV, and film. In 2008 Utne Reader honored Susan as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" for her work with girls with disabilities.
Susan's first novel, Good Kings, Bad Kings paints a complex and vibrant picture of what life is really like for institutionalized young disabled people and their caregivers, lovers, families, and friends. Barbara Kingsolver calls Good Kings, Bad Kings "a stunning accomplishment" and "fiction at its best."
To begin gaining a more realistic understanding of the lives of the disabled, tune in to this rebroadcast episode of The Studio with Cheryl and Susan this week.
Donna Cleveland will be discussing her recent article on suicide written during suicide prevention month and published in Little Village Magazine. The discussion will specifically focus on suicide prevention in the Fairfield. community.http://littlevillagemag.com/suicide-in-fairfield-iowa-town-struggles-with-mental-health-awareness/
Jeff Shipley is running for Iowa State House of Representatives on the Republican ticket. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has recently worked as a legal assistant. http://www.shipleyforiowa.com
Despite dire predictions that the digital universe would put an end to reading, it seems like young people are reading more than ever. Many of the most popular novels and series of the 21st century are classified as "Young Adult" fiction, but probably attract just as many adult readers.
Our guest this week on Writers' Voices, Meg Wolitzer, has had a fruitful career writing fiction for adults. Her recent novel, "The Interestings" garnished many favorable reviews and was a New York Times bestseller. Her short fiction has appeared in "The Best American Short Stories" and received a Pushcart Prize. Two films have been made from her work, and she has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Skidmore College, and more.
Her latest work, "Belzhar" is a deeply moving novel for young adults set at a boarding school for fragile teens. The characters are richly drawn, the plot is filled with intriguing reveals and unexpected twists, and Sylvia Plath's "Bell Jar" plays a pivotal role.
Join Monica and Caroline this week as we delve into one author's foray into the world of young adult fiction, why a classic such as "The Bell Jar" can have such an impact yet today, and how the traumas of youth can reverbate throughout life.
Helluva romp lined up for you today.Don't miss a minute. Happy birthday Thelonius Monk. Yesterday John "Say You Want A Revolution" Lennon.
3:30pm -- A feature on one of the most maligned investigative journalists in American history, Gary Webb, whose disheartening life and death story is hitting the silver screen this weekend in a movie called KILL THE MESSENGER, starring Jereemy Renner. We have a clip of Gary describing the critial role of journalism that was made before he took his own life after being chased out of the profession he loved basically by being disgracefully hung out to dry by the jury of his peers at the New York Times, Washington Post & Los Angeles Times. Also, a Democracy Now! report.
Webb's carefully compiled work uncovered the role the CIA wittingly played in looking the other way while Nicaraguan "freedom figters", lauded by Ronald Reagan, were allowed to sell a new, virulent form of cocaine known as crack, that would plague African-American communities and US cities to this day in order to generate funding for arms, bypassing Congressional approval. CIA and American leadership exhibiting the qualities of the most egregious banana republics. And this man dared reveal it. He thought he was just doing his job.
3pm -- JFAN's Annual Summit Wednesday, October 15th at 7:30pm is presenting Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, is interviewed. People can make a difference, she says, if they come together. Her national organization & work is testimony to how it's done. Don't miss this discussion.
2:05pm -- Marlon Brando was an amazingly gifted and natural actor. But when he received an Academy Award in 1973 for his performance in "The Godfather", he did something almost unheard of. He said: No, thanks. But I will take this opportunity to put a spotlight on the plight of Native-Americans. American Indian civil rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather made a statement on his behalf.It was while Wounded Knee was going on. And a profile in courage.
2:25pm -- Mark Deuitch, founder of PeopleClaim.com, a member-supported online dispute resolution service, designed to allow parties to come together in a neutral setting and solve problems—easily, quickly, and constructively, along with Jeff Kapek, marketing director, talk about their company's unique business model and successes in bringing parties together to resolve complaints.
My mom just sent me the article from the Fairfield Ledger detailing the amount of money that was brought into Fairfield by way of this year's FAIRfest. Bravo. My hat is off to the city of Fairfield and particularly to James Moore and KRUU. The event is only in its second year and it sounds like it brought a whole mess of people and a truckload of cash to town. I hope that maybe possible perhaps my band the Gin Palace Jesters, who performed at the inaugural event, can be a part of the festivities again.