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"There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Sunday night December 13th 2009
Beginning @ 11e/10c/9m/8p
::Obvious World::

Caryn Mirriam-GoldbergThe Sky Begins at Your Feet is an unforgettable cancer memoir by veteran writer and poet Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn will be hosting Writers' Voices this Friday, December 11, at 1pm Central Time. Tune in at KRUUfm.com.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2011 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and a long-time transformative language artist. As a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator, she explores and celebrates how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word.

Heather Derr-Smith
Part two of Heather Derr-Smith's reading at MUM Library airs this Sunday at 10:30 am and Monday at 1:30 pm on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost. Heather has just returned from a trip to the former Yugoslavia, giving readings and workshops there. Here's some news from the University of Sarajevo:

Dear Listeners:  sisters and brothers

I appreciate all condolences for my late son, thank you all.






Love  Brother Ioel 

Beatle Xmas

In honor of Dr. Winston O'Boogie, who passed away 29 years ago on Dec. 8th, the first hour of this week's I.W.H. will feature Christmas music by and about The Fabs, including:

Xmas Help

The Beatlecracker Suite - A lovely arrangement of Beatles songs done in the style of different selections from The Nutcracker Suite, performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic.

A mind-boggling 9-minute Beatles Christmas Mashup, created from bits of the Beatles' annual Fan Club Christmas Messages combined with sampled Beatles recordings.

Assorted stupid Beatles/Christmas novelty records and cool song-parodies.

Saturday morning Forest (14) Shane (10) and Dad (7) will be in the house playing some of our favorite cuts from the annual Pirate Satellite Christmas compilations. It's kinda fun because the boys and Dad have added their quips to the mix over the years. So when we go back and listen to older recordings, say 2003's Yule B Chilling, we'll hear things that tickle the funny bone, warm the heart, or both. That year we asked the boys their favorite Christmas song: Forest (9) liked "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", little Shaney (4) liked "race cars." We're promising fave cousin Adam Miller right now we're playing his favorite song from 2004's Code Of The Elves- "I Wish It Was Like Christmas Everyday". After all, it is Adam's house we go to visit at Christmastime...

Right now it's all about Christmas for the Pirate Satellite Entertainment Group. So tune in, share some holiday cheer and do your part in supporting the Christmas-Spirit Meter, so Santa's sleigh will fly on Christmas eve.

Helen ThomasHelen Thomas: Commonly referred to as "The First Lady of the Press," former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is a trailblazer, breaking through barriers for women reporters while covering every President since John F. Kennedy.

Omer Ismail: Omer Ismail, born in El Fashir, Western Sudan. After graduating from Khartoum University, he worked as research assistant to Dr. Mansour Khalid, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sudan. His work with international relief and development organizations continued until 1988 when he became the Operations Manager for the United Nations Operation Life Line Sudan, the largest relief operation in the world at the time. He fled Sudan after the NIF (National Islamic Front) took power in 1989 and since lived as a refugee in the US. He returned to the United Nations to serve in Somalia between 1992-1994.

Tonight on Abundant Planet: a special interview with Illinois food, farms, and jobs coordinator Jim Braun and filmmaker Sarah Carlson.

James Moore
spoke with the two as they were in town to film Jim Ikerd, Lonnie Gamble and others. Sarah's film GROW is nearing completion. Jim, who was oruiginally an Iowa farmer, has been instrumental in creating legislation and a jobs plan for the whole state of Illinois.

Jim and the Illinois State Legislature are doing amazing things in terms of food, farming, and jobs on a statewide level that should be a model for the wonderful work Fairfield has been doing on a city-wide level. If you care about food, progressive food policy and getting things done, tune in to see what's happening right next door in the Land of Lincoln.

wishbone ashSee below for playlist link! The Golden Era Set early in the first hour features UK's Wishbone Ash (photo left), one of the major innovators in the 1970s with twin-harmony lead guitars. On this night you will hear some of their finest from the 1971 Pilgrimage LP. After the GE Set, DJ Andy Bargerstock will take us on a trip to France with new tracks from three very cool bands: Air, Maya de Luna, and Lonah, dripping with that exotic blend of female vocals, acoustic and electronic elements.... perfectly suited to the Fringe Toast scene. Last track of the zerotimeevening comes from Tonto's Expanding Head Band's "Zero Time" LP from 1971 with "Riversong" track. See circular photo of the duo, Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil from their Zero Time album cover. This innovative Indian influence cosmically-flavored lyrical electronic piece demonstrated to musicians of the day the possibilities for synthesized music. Tama Star sings through a Moog synthesizer sounding like an instrument herself. Stevie Wonder labeled Zero Time as one of the most important LPs of all-time.

Kris Delmhorst

This Tuesday, December 8, Gravel Road Radio is honored to speak to Kris Delmhorst, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and recording engineer.  Kris is a regular on both Gravel Road Radio and Crooked Sisters Radio Hour and will be performing this Friday, December 11 up in Iowa City at The Mill.  We'll talk to her about song writing; touring with her husband, songwriter Jeffery Foucault; the process of taking a song from inception to a fully produced recording; and much more.  Join me, your host Lauryn Shapter, on Gravel Road Radio Tuesday afternoon from 2 - 4 p.m.  What better way to spend a snowy afternoon than curled up next to the radio? 
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