This week on Writers' Voices we are bringing back one of the most influential writers for young adults today. Laurie Halse Anderson's first young adult novel, "Speak" is the story of a young vicitm of sexual assault and is used in classrooms across the nation. Never one to avoid the tough subjects, her 2014 book, "The Impossible Knife of Memory" is inspired by Anderson's own childhood, growing up with a father suffering from war-induced PTSD.
Anderson began her career as a journalist. In this interview we learn why she began writing children's books, and how she made a successful transition to young adult fiction. In addition to contemporary novels, she also has published a number of historical novels for young adults including the "Seeds of America" trilogy. The first book of that series, "Chains" takes the unusual perspective of a run-away slave during the American Revolution, and shines light on the little-known truth that at the time of the Declaration of Independence, even the Northern states were slave states.
If you missed it the first time (January 2014), you won't want to miss this rebroadcast of our conversation on writing for young adults.
"Duane's Smooth Jazz"
Premiering LIVE from the Broadcast Room This Week!
Bass player and computer programmer DJ Duane Jones fine tuned his ear for jazz playing in jazz bands around the "Windy City" Chicago.
Duane graduated from NorthEastern University with his computer programming degree. While DJing for WZRD and other stations, Duane expanded his mental library of music and really acquired a knack for creating effective set lists.
Enjoy two hours of superior jazz programming from "Duane's Smooth Jazz" twice a week Mondays 2-4pm and Thursdays 1-3am on KRUUfm.com and 100.1 FM in Fairfield IA.
GOH 「SPRING BEAST」WORLD TOUR / NEW ALBUM "BLUE QUIET SOUND"
Goh Kurosawa - 'Blue Quiet Sound' is a compilation that captures the moment.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
>>Droning On and On ... and On
Is U.S. Ignoring Obama’s Promise to Avoid Civilians Killings by Drones? / allgov
Not once, but twice... mistaken killings reveal deep flaws in US drone programme / telegraph
The FBI convicted this man using hair analysis. It was a dog’s hair. / fusion
Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos / scientific american
For lniks to all the headlines discussed, click "Read more" below.
Right at the top of the show we will hear, in it's entirety, an album called New Equations For The Simple Mind by The Spectacular Fantastic. It is one of those lo-fi, made at home, self-produced, carefully thought out and painstakingly detailed affairs that everybody loves. Then the second half of the show has some goodies like Paul Winter Consort doing Ode To A Fillmore Dressing Room, McDonald and Giles with the full version of Suite In C, and Panda Bear from their brand new release "Meets The Grim Reaper". One more note: Radio Moscow is playing Deep Down Below from Leslie Magnafuzz. All in all a pretty wide ranging set of songs, guaranteed to please. Cool Breeze
FAIRfest '15 spearheaded by KRUU 100.1 FM Community Radio, in partnership with KMCD - Classic 96 Radio and the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will host the Chamber's Business After Hours April installment for all Chamber members, spouses and guests on Friday, April 24 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Patricia Wells, James Beard award-winning author, spoke with me this week from Provence, where spring came early this year. Our first local asparagus poked its way through the now thawed ground only this week, but she has been enjoying that amazingly tasty flowering perennial since January. Don't miss her tip on the simplest way to prepare this spring treat. You'll have to listen to the show for the recipe.
Ms. Wells' completely revised 5th edition of The Food Lover's Guide to Paris is available in bookstores and online, and the app for IOS is on the iTunes Store as a free download to try out, or for $4.99 you can get the complete app with over 350 recommendations for enjoying the culinary delights in the City of Light.
You can learn more about Patricia, her cooking classes and books at-http://patriciawells.com/.
Thursdays show at 2 PM is phase one of a two-phase show about the music that I listen to at home. I play all manner and sorts of music on my shows. The next two weeks you will hear the songs I play when I am hanging around relaxing. I invite you to check the playlist out that magically appears at midnight, and tune in for a bunch of quality rock and roll tomorrow afternoon. The G Man
Ms. Rekha Basu has been a columnist for The Des Moines Register since 1991. She comments on a range of local, national, and international issues with a focus on human rights, racial justice and gender equality. Ms. Basu was awarded an honary doctorate from Grinnell College and was named one of Des Moines Business Record's Women of Influence.
Mr. Matt Dalio is the Founder, CEO, and Chief of Product for the company Endless. His company plans on bringing a low-cost computer to emerging nations. Mr. Dalio was recently featured in a an article published in USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/04/14/endless-computer-is-169-answer-for-44-billion-offline/25742941/
(Link to playlist below). Nearly 100% new music on this program with featured artists FLUNK (photo left), Norwegian electronic band with magical cut "Blue Monday" and more new music from UK's Laura Marling (photo right), 25 year young lass who exudes flavors of Joni Mitchell. Fresh off the Davenport, IA concert of the Shook Twins, DJ Andy reveals new tracks never played before on Fringe Toast. Listen closely for Shook Twins' super rare Tribal Spectrum remix of "Time to Swim."
More sublime music from Mohan veena virtuoso Harry Manx from his new CD 20 Strings and the Truth. UK's electronica duo Zero 7 checks in with two tracks off their recently released EP3. Cedar Rapids electronic violinist Natalie Brown brings her talents along with The Pines who will grace the stage during Fairfest in mid-June.