Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. He is a University Fellow at USC's Annenberg's Center on Public Diplomacy and is an Adjunct Professor at USC's School of Religion. He is the author of Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
John Prendergast is a psychotherapist, retired professor of psychology, and spiritual teacher. His latest book, In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. His website: www.listeningfromsilence.com
Co-hosting the show this week, Mr. Phil Goldberg author of American Veda.
How does one go from working on a fish farm in rural Scotland to running a world-wide non-profit organization that feeds over a million children a day at a place of education, meeting the Pope, lunching with the Queen in Buckingham Palace and being named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015?
Magnus MacFarlane Barrow shares the story behind the founding and amazing growth of Mary's Meals in his memoir, "The Shed That Fed a Million Children." Many people want to make the world a better place, but not everyone is able to take the huge leap a faith and devote their entire life to that vision like Magnus and his wife, Julie, along with many other family members and friends. Even while talking about war-torn Bosnia, orphans with HIV, and hungry children, Magnus writes with warmth and humor.
All of the profits from the book will go to Mary's Meals, whose mission is that every child deserves an education and enough to eat. By working with local volunteers, purchasing food from local farmers, and providing meals at children's place of education, Mary's Meals has found a formula to fulfill that mission that is extremely replicable.
Magnus will be speaking in Iowa this weekend, at 6:30 Pm on Friday May 29 at St Mary's Church in Solon, Saturday May 30 at 8:30 - 10:30 am at Smith Chapel at Simpson College in Indianola, and at 5:30 at St. Francis Church in West Des Moines.
For more information about Mary's Meals, go to www.marysmealsusa.org/en/.
One of the most melodic and unique voices in country music today, Kenny Chesney is our featured artist this week.
Only at the Wildflowers Cafe.
Only on KRUU-FM.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
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Muddy Ruckus is an Americana-rock duo from Portland, Maine. The stripped down power duo features guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl. Muddy Ruckus blends haunting male/female vocals, rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit. Muddy Ruckus' music can be deceiving, in that only two people are producing such a large sound. Muddy Ruckus is stretching the limitations of how small a full-fledged band can actually be. Fans are always amazed by the huge sound coming from only two musicians.
Muddy Ruckus' music is a blend of gypsy-Americana, punk-folk and suitcase rock. Flaherty, originally from Rock Island, IL, met Stahl in 2013 in Portland Maine. They played on porches, street corners and campfires and became Muddy Ruckus. An explosive clash of American and European-inspired guitar, edgy percussion, obscure lyrics and growling vocal harmonies follow suit. Muddy Ruckus pulls inspiration from the music they love - old-timey folk music, dirty blues, circa 1940 hot swing (Django Reinhardt) and American rock - dressing it with Dylan-esque lyrics that poke fun at society and examine the state of the world.
Muddy Ruckus released their debut album in September, 2015. New York Daily call's it "Darkly inventive Americana." Maine Today says, "Muddy Ruckus's self-titled debut album touches on the sacred, hints at the profane and encapsulates everything in between, all to the sound of an infectiously toe-tapping backbeat." The duo is recording a brand new album for release in the fall. Muddy Ruckus was included in Daytrotter's "Best songs of 2014".
Thanks to James Moore and KRUU, I will be a musical part of FairFest this year. I'll be appearing saturday morning June 20 live on stage at the Sondheim Center. It's just the Martin guitar and me. I'll be playing a mess of my own songs, some Gin Palace Jesters gems and a tune or two off my latest recording "Showmen's Rest"(currently available as a cd or digital download on cdbaby or iTunes...as far as I know). I hope to see y'all there. Then we'll all go to Orscheln's and buy stiff blue jeans.
This weeks new releases include the disaster spectacle, San Andreas, with "a great cast and outstanding special effects" that "asks you to check your brain at the door, sit back, and enjoy CGI buildings toppling like Legos." Also, writer-director Cameron Crowe's Aloha, with a stellar cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski. We're big fans of Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Say Anything) and hoped this would be a sparkling film experience. But alas, the critics consensus is Aloha finds Crowe "at his most sentimental and least compelling."
We'll talk about that, other new releases, give our reviews of the big Disney release Tomorrowland, a small film titled Lourdes and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30.
Crowe displays a willingness to reach for ambitious ideas and big-hearted, emotionally naked moments that other name-brand filmmakers are too terrified to explore. Aloha is a big mess, but it's also at war with American cynicism, and wars get messy. - NPR
Here are some highlights contained within the next show: We will hear Courtney Barnett from her new album with Boxing Day Blues. I used to have a t-shirt back in the 80's that said "Blurt- In Berlin". Live track is My Mother Was A Friend Of An Enemy of The People. Mark Knopfler from his 2015 release Tracker. An older track from The Electric Toilet- Within Your State of Mind. Oh, and two more new cd's fresh out of the plastic-wrapper-that-I-love-to-hate: Robin Trower and Leo Welch. Take a whiff of whats cookin' Saturday morning at 2... Cool Breeze
THIS WEEK'S SHOW
James Beard Award Winner Mindy Segal
Ms. American Pie Beth Howard
2012 James Beard Pastry Award Winner, Molly Segal, owner of Hot Chocolate in Chicago, kicks off the show. We're going to talk about her new book. You can see it to the left, and it has a recipe for my absolute favorite store-bought-cookie-of-my-youth, Pepperidge Farm's Milanos. Can't wait to try it. Make Hot Chocolate a destination if you are going to Chicago.
>Next up one of my favorite individuals in the entire universe, Beth Howard. Beth, the author of Making Piece and Ms. American Pie, is dropping by before starting out on her WORLD PIECE tour, where she will be making pie around the world to highlight goodness, community-building, and promote cultural tolerance.
During a 12-week tour she'll visit and make American-style pies in 10 different countries, and learn what "pie" is like in those countries from her hosts. Check out this article about Beth and other culinary folks working to make the world a brighter spot.
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