- 20111116 - Great Taste - Thanksgiving

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Baking MessThanksgiving comes once a year.  Too bad there is always such a mess that's created during the furious preparation for that quintessential "eating" holiday.  All that cooking and baking takes plenty of measuring cups, bowls, the Cuisinart and other items. The good news is all the deliciousness that comes out of that mess.  

Truth is cooking always means cleaning. Good cooks clean as much as possible as they move from one step of preparing a meal to the next.  The results are the cooking area is less cluttered, prep goes quicker, and the final cleanup is less grueling.  Or if you are lucky to live in a multi-person household, perhaps "kitchen rules" work in your favor?  If you cook, you don't have to clean.  I love that one.  Unfortunately, it doesn't always hold up.

28:08 minutes (25.76 MB) Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

 Carol Christ


Dr. Carol Christ is the president of Smith College. Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is a liberal arts college and one of the Seven Sisters colleges.


Dr. Christ has her B.A. from Douglas College and her Ph.D from Yale University.

- Writers' Voices - 20110513 - Jan Blazanin

59:43 minutes (54.67 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Cheryl Fusco Johnson once again takes the hosting reigns for another Writers' Voices. Cheryl will be speaking with author Jan Blazanin of Des Moines. Jan's newest book "A & L Do Summer" was just released this week. The book follows the adventures of two teenage girls in rural Iowa during the summer before their senior year.Jan, a former middle school teacher, currently lives on eleven acres, presents writers workshops, teaches writing to all ages, and spends her free time "planting wildflowers, moving large rocks, and pulling acres of weeds".

- Great Taste - 20110511 - Creme Brule

60:01 minutes (54.95 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Crème brûlée is one dessert I can never pass up when it appears on a menu at a great spot.  The velvety feel of the custard provides a sensual treat for my mouth while the crunch of a perfectly caramelized sugar top adds that fun extra textural dimension.  I think a simple infused vanilla bean flavor is my favorite.  That's, of course, if all the elements come together properly.  There's a lot that can turn the dish into something not quite special, which is why it's always fun to continue the search for the perfect rendition.  Little did I think that journey might add a new chapter in the GREAT TASTE kitchen in our KRUU studio.

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James talks with education director Megan Buckingham of Seed Savers Exchange, an amazing organization, offering a free gathering tonight at 7pm at the Jefferson County County Ag Grounds Extension office, as part of the 2011 Backyard Conservation Series.

- lyrical venus - 20110201-lv-dianauptonhill

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Diana Upton-HillLiving in a plastic world
with a plastic dream
Where nothing is as it seems
~ Plastic, Diana Upton-Hill

If you live in Southeast Iowa, you're a fan of musical theatre, and you've been to a few shows in the past couple years, chances are you're already familiar with the talents of Diana Upton-Hill. Her newest album, Sparkle, is a chance to introduce the world to another of her skills - songwriting.

Like a multi-faceted gem, Sparkle showcases several sides of a dynamic and passionate performer.  Flowing from high-energy pop to moody, gothic rock, the album evokes powerhouse voices such as Evanescence, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne by turn. Read more at Lyrical Venus.

- Speaking Freely - Tom Newmark

29:48 minutes (27.29 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Tom Newmark is the author of books on herbal and natural medicine, and is the co-founder of the Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica . His company, New Chapter, is working with the Missouri Botanical Garden and leading botanists, to create a network of living medicinal plant gardens around the world. There are now Sacred Seeds Sanctuaries in Costa Rica, the United States, Peru, Madagascar, and Vietnam, and it is Tom’s goal to have thousands of Sacred Seed gardens in life zones from the tundra to tropics.

- Practically Worthless Sports -

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Ben Stallings Car Free Life

This week's show features hosts Kelley Custer and Brian Robbins with guest Ben Stallings.  Ben spent a year riding 7000 miles on a recumbent bike, visiting ecovillages and other green projects on the way.   After his journey, he settled in Fairfield, where he continues to live a car-free life.  Ben discusses  his trip and the benefits and challenges of life without a car. 

- Abundant Planet - Feb 20, 2007

60:44 minutes (55.61 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)