Ready for some delicious pie? You're in luck! For one-day-only, author Beth Howard is reprising her famous Pitchfork Pie Stand--this time with a popup at Sip Coffeeshop in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on Saturday, August 27th from noon to 4PM. Beth previously baked and sold pies in the historic American Gothic House made famous by artist Grant Wood. To celebrate Beth's return from her World Piece Pie Tour, we're sharing an interview first aired on The Studio in 2015 to celebrate her cookbook, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House. Welcome back, Beth!

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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Stephen Bannon, Trump’s New C.E.O., Hints at His Master Plan

Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Clinton is elected

Private Prison Companies, Punched in the Gut, Will Keep Most Federal Business

U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Delayed as Prisoner ‘Leverage’

US Moves Nuclear Weapons From Turkey to Romania

More U.S. Weapons for the Saudis’ Atrocious War on Yemen

What we can say about the Louisiana floods and climate change

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  • Fri
    Aug 19
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Mon
    Aug 22
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

The Game's Afoot with Sherlockian Novelist Bonnie MacBird

Art in the BloodSherlock Holmes seems to be having a resurgence, and no one is happier about that than me, unless it is Bonnie MacBird, an avowed Sherlockian enthusiast.  "Art in the Blood" is the first in a series of Sherlock Holmes adventures that Bonnie is writing for Harper Collins.Bonnie MacBird

Bonnie has a successful career in the entertainment industry, as a screenwriter, film story editor, and actor.  Her first screenplay became the Disney movie "Tron."  She teaches screenwriting at UCLA, has won three Emmy awards for documentary filmmaking, and has produced and acted in numerous plays, musicals and films.

"Art in the Blood" is written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, set in Victorian times, but with a somewhat more vulnerable hero than the original.  Join us on Writers' Voices to learn more about creating new adventures for an old hero.


  • Sun
    Aug 21
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

We're thrilled to report that Kubo And The Two Strings is opening regionally, including Ottumwa and especially at the Main Street Cinema Theatre in Mt. Pleasant. It's the only theater regionally where you can see it in 3D. Many critics have said 3D enhances the stop-motion action, including your's truely. It's a unique animated audio/visual expression of the Ancient Hero's Journey, an epic story and must-see for any film fan. We highly encourage seeing Kubo in 3D and the Main Street venue is one of the nicest renovated retro theaters in the area, with more eclectic food choices than most.Kubo And The Two Strings poster 

Kubo And The Two Strings: Arguably one of the most creative and visionary films of its kind, dating back perhaps to Disney in the late 30s and Pixar in the mid-90s. - New York Observer. It's a classic hero's journey full of action and adventure, but it's also an intimate fable about love and loss, magic and memory. - Christy Lemire, The first and last things to be said in this limited space about Kubo and the Two Strings are that it's a showcase for some of the most startlingly beautiful animation in recent and not so recent memory. - Wall Street Journal.

Despite a traditional-seeming quest for a suit of armor and a sword, the film's intrinsic message is all about the transformative powers of music and love. It's a movie the whole family can rock out to. - New York Post. I cannot stress enough how truly stunning the brilliant visuals are in this movie. - Chicago Sun Times. An eye-popping delight that deftly blends colorful folklore with gorgeous, origami-informed visuals to immersive effect. - Hollywood Reporter. Be prepared to cry: it's rare that animation can stir up such deep emotion, but it'll happen, sometimes more than once. - New York Daily News. Staggeringly beautiful and immensely true, this is the best animated film of 2016. - IndieWire.

We'll talk about this, other new releases and more, on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. -Do you ever say anything encouraging? -I encourage you not to die. - Kubo and The Two Strings

  • Thu
    Aug 18
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 21
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

donovan - open road

donovan's best album: 1970's "open road." donovan open road

check a track of cosmic inspiration here: donovan.

and catch most of that inspired spirituality, and a tight little band, on my show thursday night at 8, and sunday morning at 8.

Buffy St MarieDJ Andy Bargerstock takes us on a journey to the early 1970s (when he was doing college radio in Pennsylvania).  You will hear what Fringe Toast Music program might have sounded like in 1971 with reflections on tracks from '67-'71. You will hear exotic, rarely heard and sometimes forgotten tracks from way, way off the beaten path.  The spotlight shines on the entire playlist (click here) but with special kudos to Native American singer Buffy St. Marie (left) and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band (album cover rigWest Coast Pop Art Exp Bandht). Buffy sings the haunting "Codine" telling the evils of drug addiction. WCPAEB drifts in with beautifully crafted "The Smell of Incense".

Imagine the list of bands in the Underground Music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the era that some say was the most creative period in Western music history. In the second-hour CHill Session, your ears will delight with beautiful and surreal tracks from artists like Rodriguez, Paul Siebel, Sweetwater, Quill, Harvey Mandel, Blodwyn Pig, HP Lovecraft, and Tonto's Expanding Head Band.

Tune in early to get the front row seat and spread the word to friends to join the live stream. You do not want to miss this treat!

Stuff Etc Truck"Talk less, listen more," Iowa entrepreneur Mary Sundblad advises. She grew a small craft and used kids' clothing shop into the largest consignment service department store in the Midwest. Her business now boasts three corporate-owned stores and three franchise stores, each ranging in size from 23,000 to 45,000 square feet. Find out how being receptive to others' suggestions led to Mary's success: tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Stuff Etc founder Mary Sundblad. Her daughter-in-law Sara Sundblad, Stuff Etc's Corporate Director of Operations, tunes in, as well.

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On August 14, 2009 my wife and I(along with my entire family) were in Fairfield. We had made a hasty drive into town the night before arriving sometime after midnight. We gathered at the Parkview Care Facility where my father was literally on his deathbed. Dad appeared to be asleep at the time. But we like to think that he knew we were all there for him. We all crowded into his small room. We held his hand. We talked to him. We thanked him for his work as a father, a husband and a farmer. Most of us went home. A handful stayed with him. And that next morning at 10:15, 92 year old Francis John Mottet(born in Riverside) passed away. I hope that my family can be together again next summer in Fairfield to mark what would have been his 100th birthday.

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