On the Observation Car book coverIowa Writers Workshop alumnus Wayne Johnson credits his ability to create award-winning fiction to story angels singing in his ears. Creativity tricks Wayne gleaned from UI's master writers just might play a part in his ability to elicit his muses' support. While discussing his latest story collection, On the Observation Car, Wayne reveals techniques he gleaned from Wallace Stegner ("pin setting"), John Updike (forward lean), and Jane Smiley ("that delicious question of outcome--the need to know 'what happens . . .'"). Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week for Wayne's insightful, often comic musings on the source of his fiction and the origins of creativity.


Holy shmoley! I am stunned. I am flabbergasted. I am outright floored.

Even though he told me he was going to do it, I am shocked that it actually happened.

My friend Mark from Chicago (who was my producer for many years on "The Otherside With Ken Mottet" on Chicago cable) took his wife and kids to Fairfield. He's been listening to The Feed Store since day one.

This summer he decided to drive the family out west. And on the way there they stopped in the greatest city on earth just to see the source of all the stories he's heard on the radio.

This is a very large honor.

Thank you, MetalHead.

Obvious World ~ Sunday Nights ~ 9e/8c/7m/6p ♥

Can't believe we didn't bomb Iran--The boy who cried 'wolfowitz!'Another week, another three tiers on the docket. Join us for another forray into the week's top stories with historian/journalist Newsvandal JP Sottile with James Moore  as we go INSIDE THE HEADLINES to dissect and reflect upon the latest in world haps barrel down the news pike.

This week's tiers: heal thyself, daktari; the perennial economy doesn't suck, it just sucks for us; and linguini doubts, if you catch my capiche. Stay tuned cuz nobody like an out of town guitar. To link to all the articles discussed, click "Read more" below & thanks for being hep to the news jive.

  • Fri
    Aug 08
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 10
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We've championed the fact that we're in a golden age of documentaries. There's Finding Vivian Maier posteran intriguing example opening at the Orpheum Theatre Friday: Finding Vivian Maier. "Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her." - IFC. This is getting great reviews: "A penetrating exploration of the link between art and obsession, and a major discovery of a 20th-century master." - Boston Herald "This may be the most pleasurable 83 minutes you will spend in a theater this year." - Minn. Star Tribune. "An exciting electric current of discovery runs through "Finding Vivian Maier," a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work." - N.Y. Times.

As for the new releases, our interest in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not in the karate-trained amphibian's battles, but the battle to see if the film's opening will do more business than Guardians Of The Galaxy's second weekend, which made the most money ever for an August debut. The "tracking" is very close. For us, that's the real battle... :) We'll discuss that, what we've seen 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. "It all starts so innocently for John Maloof when he bids on a random selection of photographs, which turn out to yield a fabulous collection from a photographer he had never heard of before... Vivian Maier."

  • Thu
    Aug 07
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Wed
    Aug 13
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am

Existential Angst

G ManFirst of all, do not listen to this show Thursday at 2 PM if you are depressed or inclined to be in any way. The songs will only tend to exacerbate the issue. Secondly, this is fair warning that for the next few shows only the playlist will be available the day of the show. I will not be blatting about how great the music is while I am taking a small vacation to a part of the planet I have never seen. Please continue to enjoy the music, and as you listen ponder the marvel of low power stations that allow playlists like the ones you will see from me. All killer, no filler.... The G Man.

Luluc(100% new LIVE program). The spotlight shines on Australia's down-tempo folk balladeers Luluc (Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, photo left) whose new CD Passerby on SubPop Records sparkles with warmth and vocal beauty.  After the opening set, DJ Andy Bargerstock replays his 2013 interview with tracks from their first CD and then follows with three tracks from Luluc's new CD.  Learn more about this up-and-coming duo, their inspirations and lean acoustic musical approach.  Former Zero 7 lead singer, Sia Furler (photo below), provides the invocation siainto the chill zone.

In the second-hour Chill Session you can expect high-quality electro-acoustic beats and ambient music from various Buddha Chill compilation albums that will include artists such as God's Blue Chest, Deep-Dive-Corp., Vargo, Sleeping At Last, and Ludovico Einaudi.

Click here for playlist.  Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com.   Discover again why there are so many devotees of Fringe Toast, the best source of new music!

- Great Tase - 20101103 - Dianne Hales

60:00 minutes (54.93 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

La Bella Lingua book cover shotpasta with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, rosemary & basilWhat a perfect combination-discussing the Italian language with noted author, Dianne Hales, and preparing Italian food in the studio.  Dianne's book, La Bella Lingua, published in 2009,  is a great read full of history about how the language developed, populated with insights into colorful characters like Petrarch, Julius Caesar, Boccaccio, St. Francis of Assisi, Lorenzo de Medici, and Brunelleschi and, the author's own  journey as she navigated the complexities of the language and culture. 

Since our show is Great Taste, we'll focus on the language as it relates to different styles of cooking, work our way through some typical food terminology found on Italian menus, and share a simple recipe for pasta with marinara sauce as it was made every Sunday by Kathy's Grandma Gulla. 

Cheryl Fusco Johnson & Linda Eve DiamondWhere does creativity come from? Linda Eve Diamond, who's authored a dozen books ranging from poetry and self-help to business and educational, provides clues in her newest book, The Beauty of Listening.

This compendium of poems explores inner listening, communication, the impact of listening on love, and other intriguing topics.

During this hour, Linda explains how Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Book Project, Anastasia Clark's Hobo Code Event, and a life-changing trip to a Publix sushi counter sparked her creativity. For a lively discussion that just might spark yours, too, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Linda this week. Linda's husband, Jeff Novick, chimes in a bit, as well.

  • Sat
    Aug 02
    10:00 pm -
    12:00 am
  • Wed
    Aug 06
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Big Band Jazz, Funk & Electro-Swing of 2014


On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours I've got another great playlist of fresh music--all from albums released this year. We'll start off with some big band jazz courtesy of Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big BandGordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Doc Stewart's Big Band Resuscitation. After that we've got a little funk with King Bee and Rippin Chicken. Then in the last hour we've got some electro-swing and trip-hop featuring Blockboy, ProleteR and Jamie Berry. Stream it live August 2nd, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

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