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How did small-town Iowa boy Norman Zierold become a Hollywood biographer, recording the stories of movie moguls, child stars, and famous actors?

Even more exciting than his tales about the many celebrities he's encountered is Norman's own story. Lucky us! Norman's recorded his journey from shelling peas beside cooks in his family's Amana colonies restaurant to rubbing knees with Barbara Walters on TV.

This week on The Studio with Cheryl, Norman discusses the mentors and experiences that inspired his life choices.

Learn about his life and about THAT REMINDS ME, his stream-of-consciousness memoir (and what a consciousness it is!), by tuning in to The Studio with Cheryl and Norman this week.

Sam BushThese are the days of traditional musical styles morphing into new and exciting blends.  Such is the case with Electroswing and New Grass genres.  Both are based on the combination of musical elements that make some purest squirm.  But, for those open to new experience, you will enjoy the first-hour set of New Grass music centered around talents of Sam Bush (photo left) who as a 12 year old was a national bluegrass fiddle champion. Now, he is also known for excellence in mandolin playing.  On this night, he collaborates with David Grisman, Jamie Hartford, and James Allen Shelton.  With new grass, the music moves into free-wheeling jazz-likeLouie Austen improvisations and influences from the blues.

With Electroswing music, elements of swing jazz recordings from the 1940s are combined with modern beats and electronic music flavors.  Sometimes, exotic female vocals provide a charming touch.  On this program, you will hear one of the world's best composers of this genre, Austria's Parov Stelar.  Joining the set are Louie Austen (photo right), Camels on Duty, and Random Heroes.  Put on your dancing shoes!!  

Click here for playlist.   Invite friends to the live stream at Discover again the special mix offered by DJ Andy B.


Speaking Freely continues its series on Survivors of the Holocaust, being done in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Estelle Laughlin discusses the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when German forces, intending to liquidate the ghetto on April 19, 1943, were stunned by an armed uprising from Jewish fighters.

Andrew HollingerDirector of Communications at the United States Holocaust Museum, discusses the museum's founding and its mission.


Tommy Ramone, aka Thomas Erdelyi, the last surviving member of the original Ramones died at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 62 (several sources say 65) and had been in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct. Claudia Tienan, his partner of 40 years, asked Andy Schwartz, former editor of NY Rocker (among many other things) to make the announcement of his passing.

Tommy and guitarist John Cummings (Johnny Ramone) first got together in a high school garage band called the Tangerine Puppets. When the Ramones formed, he was supposed to be their manager, but ended up becoming the drummer from 1974 to 1978 and producing several of their albums. Tommy was always considered the most “normal” Ramone. --Dangerous Minds

  • Tue
    Jul 15
    5:00 pm -
    6:00 pm
  • Wed
    Jul 16
    11:00 pm -
    12:00 am

Math Rock & Indie Rock


In the first half of this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive, we'll be listening to some great post-rock and math rock featuring Chicago-based quartet The Earth Is A Man. We'll hear from their 2011 eponymous debut LP, as well as the EP they released last week: Pargon. On top of that we've got An Aesthetic Anaesthetic and Waking Aida.

In the second half of the show I've got some great indie rock featuring Kingston, a group from Ireland, and their 2013 eponymous debut EP. We'll also hear from whysowhite and Mike Dillon's Band

Stream it live July 15th, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Mon
    Jul 14
    10:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Wed
    Jul 16
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

Summer Breeze

With summer in full swing, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with the music of summer, 4 weeks of it, more or less.  Of course we’ll hear from the usual suspects, but we’ll also have a few surprises tucked away as well.  So be sure to tune in. 

And who knows, it may just make you feel fine, as if it was blowing through the jasmine in your mind.

Summer Breeze

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

  • Sun
    Jul 13
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

best new music

coldplaygreat new music from coldplay (pictured), and also jack white, natalie merchant, the black keys, broken bells, a stunning new song from robert plant (yes, him!) and a new song by a wonderful band you should hear: radio moscow.

get up sunday morning and turn on your radio to turn on the best music from this year.

here's the playlist

  • Sun
    Jul 13
    2:00 pm -
    3:00 pm
  • Tue
    Jul 15
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Roxy's Rice Bowl Episode 40: Chinese Culture

For the episode 40 anniversary Lee Goldmann from China will join me again to do some myth busting on Chinese culture. 

We'll be talking about food apart from the famous Peking duck, traffic and the one-child policy and play some East Asian summer tunes.

RRThe first of five shows in which I focus mainly on 2013 releases. I do include a 2012 compilation and some 80's alternative cuts that I am playing for the first time, thanks to the miracle of digitally recording vinyl records. So this show is full of quirky instrumentals and inpenetrable lyrics. I'm just sayin'... I have three songs by krackatoa, and two long songs by a band name I cannot type and Lucas Perny. Plus Albert Hammond Jr., The Spectacular Fantastic, and The Rovers. Join the fun at 2... Cool Breeze

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