First up, Gene Luedtke, president of Fairfield's Carnegie Historical Museum board, talks with James about Fairfield's colorful, cultural history, impressive museum, and the 1915 "Fairfield Chatauqua" gathering, billed as 'Iowa's Most Successful Summer Assembly.' An exhibit by the Museum and other historical sights like the Maasdam Barns will be a featured dpart of FAIRfest '15.

Showcase of the line up announcement from this week's FAIRfest '15 press conference--and it's one sweet doozy that has musicians and music lovers across the country talking about, with acts like Cyril Neville & Royal Southern Brotherhood, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival and much more.

Cyril NevilleGrammy winner Cyril Neville, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival, BoDeans' Sam Llanas, Pieta Brown, The Pines, Ian Moore, Shook Twins, Muddy Ruckus, Giving Tree, Gipsy Moon, Chad Elliott perform at free 3-day festival June 19-21

An eclectic mix of over 35 national, regional and local bands will be presented this year at FAIRfest '15, three days of free music in and around the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, June 19-21.

With a musical arc that extends from bluegrass to new grass to singer/songwriter to rock, blues, folk and more, and a strong mix of established artists and rising stars, old favorites and new, this signature Fairfield event, as the mayor has called it, Elephant Revivalpromises to be another stellar year. Full roster will be posted soon at

This is the third year of the grassroots-organized festival spearheaded by Fairfield's solar-powered comGreg Brownmunity radio station, funded by community donors and staffed by community volunteers. The weekend also includes food, sustainability, and literature workshops, a beverage garden, food and exhibit vendors, a children's corner and more. Last year's attendance came in around 15,000 with over $250,000 generated, according to a local net economic impact survey.

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  • Fri
    Mar 27
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 29
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Among the new releases this week is While We're Young written & directed by Noah While We're Young posterBaumbach. "With two films, Baumbach established himself as a disciple of the Whit Stillman School of Well-Heeled Post-Modern Post-Collegiate Anxiety" The brilliant "While We're Young" contains the same self-lacerating humor as his "Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale. - N.Y. Daily News. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. - L.A. Times

We appear to be in a time when more well-reviewed horror films are being made. The latest is It Follows "Thought-provoking, clever, and properly terrifying, one of the best horror flicks to emerge in the past few years." - RT

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "Life Never Gets Old"

Michael Kutcher, Inspirational SpeakerFor nearly 30 years Michael Kutcher (superstar Ashton's twin) divulged to very few people that he's struggled since birth from a mild form of cerebral palsy. Then he met Bella, a little girl afflicted with a severe form of CP. Bella can't speak so today Michael speaks for her. He advocates for people with disabilities by lobbying government officials and by accepting motivational speaking engagements. He also supports philanthropic groups, such as Reaching for the Stars (a foundation of hope for children with cerebral palsy), Organize (which encourages organ donation), and the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Michael embraces his philanthropic activities gracefully despite the demands of single parenting his young son and holding down a full-time job in the financial services industry. And he manages to do all this despite a plethora of lifelong health challenges, including a successful heart transplant at age 13. For Michael, the consequences of a mild form of CP encompass hearing loss, poor eyesight, weakness on the right side of his body, and a slight speech impediment. To learn how Ashton and the twins' parents helped Michael develop the 'I can do it' attitude that's enabled him to achieve incredible successes despite multiple health hurdles, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and her very inspiring guest Michael Kutcher.

  • Mon
    Mar 23
    10:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Wed
    Mar 25
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

Here's to the Ladies Who Lunch!

This week and next we will feature the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Steohen Sondheim

Only at the Wildflowers Cafe.

Only on KRUU-FM.

  • Fri
    Mar 20
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Mon
    Mar 23
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

"What the Dog Knows" is Alot!

What the Dog KnowsIf you love animals, or science, or mystery, or memoir, or....then you will want to tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn more aboCat Warrenut the world of working dogs, particularly cadaver dogs.  Never heard of a cadaver dog?  It's a fairly recent specialty of dogs that are trained to find dead bodies.  Turns out they're pretty darn good at it.  Usually, but not always, dogs are trained solely for this task instead of the more commonly known dog jobs of tracking people, detecting bombs, or sniffing out drugs, although some dogs do double duty.

Author Cat Warren is  a professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism and creative nonfiction. Learn how she became a cadaver-dog handler, what breeds are best, and how they are trained.  We'll also discuss why she decided to write this fascinating book about the history of this dog specialty, and the stories of her own dogs and many others.

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

  • Thu
    Mar 19
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 22
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

heavy deep tracks

this week we go deep into some heavy tracks.fuse

i'll play a brand new song by umphrey's mcgee--their brilliant cover of the beatles' "i want you (she's so heavey)--a heavy song to begin with, but only made heavier by these heavyweight musicians. it was all recorded just before their des moines concert last summer, in abbey road studios. that and their song "puppet strings" will knock your socks off (with lyrics that go deep into the issue of how to live your life):

It's not like there's a book for this or something you could read;
'Cause I’ve looked around.
And I tried to fill these holes with other roles I never learned to play.
It seems like they always falter,
But how the hell should I know?

and then i'll play 3 heavies from the 1969 album featuring amazing musicians, fuse. they were trailblazers in heavy, virtuosic music, as were the amboy dukes, before ted nugent went off his rails and became an insane redneck.

but then i'll change styles while keeping the heaviness coming with "laughing gas" by germany's juno reactor.  

the highlight however will be the 23:00 vanilla fudge live masterpiece "break song," featuring--at least in my mind--bass player, tim bogert.

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