Archive of The Studio

- The Studio - 20170828 - Jack & Meghan Dowd

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Dowd Family Enjoying CadoFood brings families together. Preparing good food together also brings one Iowa family business successes. In 2014, Shaktea Kombucha owners Deb, Jack & Meghan Dowd--a mom, son & daughter trio--won a $250,000 Mission Main Street grant from J.P. Chase & Company. Since then they've expanded that businesses and launched, Cado, a frozen avocado dessert company. For a glimpse into this creative trio's approach to forging family bussiness successes together, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jack and Meghan Dowd.

- The Studio - 20170626 - Nynke Passi 2

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Nynke Passe, The Luminous Writer Literary CenterPoetry, drums, chimes & Tibetan bowls are tools that can help you revitalize your relationship with your muse. That's what poet and creative writing professor Nynke Passi and sound therapist Kenny Kolter have discovered while collaborating on events offered through The Luminous Writer Literary Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

- The Studio - 20170612 - Susan Spann

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Book Cover Betrayal at IgaSet in 16th century Japan, SUSAN SPANN'S HIRO HATTORI murder mystery series features a detective duo that pairs her Ninja protagonist Hiro with a Portuguese Jesuit, Father Mateo. BETRAYAL AT IGA, the fifth mystery in the series, will be published soon by Seventh Street Books. A practicing transactional att

- The Studio - 20170605 - Kelly Oliver

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Fracking, sex trafficking & genetic engineering are among the thorny contemporary issues DR. KELLY OLIVER explores in riveting murder mysteries.

Curiosity about the world we live in inspired Dr. Oliver's 20 scholarly books (Example: CARCERAL HUMANITARIANISM: LOGICS OF REFUGEE DETENTION) and also generated her mysteries, WOLF, COYOTE, and F.O.X.

All three feature JESSICA JAMES, a young philosophical cowgirl detective. To learn how Dr. Oliver garnered the courage to tackle challenging topics via noir millennial mysteries, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Kelly Oliver 1 PM Monday & 7AM Wednesday on KRUU.

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Kimberly & Frank Broz at KRUUHer hobby became their business: Husband and wife duo Frank and Kimberly Broz co-own The Tokyo Pen Shop, an online and brick-and-mortar store that sells high quality Japanese stationery. Former high tech Apple employees, the couple left California and returned to their rural Iowa roots to run a shop they never expected to open. Sparked during a high school trip to Japan, Kimberly's fondness for Japanese pens eventually caused Frank to appreciate them, too. The Tokyo Pen Shop supplies writers, artists, nurses, policemen, homeschoolers, and lots of other people with pens, journals, mechanical pencils, stickers, and a host of other fun products.

- The Studio - 20170424 - Jane A. Schmidt

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"Who's your Mama? I'm your Mama!"

Encouraging a rescued gosling to consider her its mama is all in a day's work for humor writer, animal lover, and fitness instructor Jane A. Schmidt. As a child Jane wore metal leg braces like Forrest Gump's, but she dreamed of an unfettered outdoor life raising animals.

Today Jane's living her dream. In rural Wisconsin, surrounded by ducks, geese, goats, cats, dogs, donkeys, and a pet pig, Jane writes books and leads clients on backpacking adventures. Her latest book is Not A Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World. To see how a determined woman crafted a life for herself that seemed out of reach, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jane A. Schmidt. 

- The Studio - 20170320 - Taylor Brorby

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Getting arrested is expensive, millennial Taylor Brorby learned Coming Alive Book Coverafter he engaged in civil disobedience in Boone, Iowa, last autumn to protest construction of the Bakken Oil Pipeline. Taking a stand on behalf of his old home, near the North Dakota Badlands, and his new home, Ames, where he's pursing MFA studies in creative writing and the environment, Taylor views Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the U.S. as an incursion he has to resist.

His motivation?

Love of landscape and concern for nephews who he fears may someday ask him why he didn't do more. His new book, Coming Alive: Action & Civil Disobedience, describes Taylor Brorby's reluctant journey from homebody to activist. A good read for people grappling with their own evolving activism. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl.

- The Studio - 20170220 - Beth Corning

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Beth Corning of Corning Works Dance Company"Ski behind skiers that are better than you are." That advice from her father inspired dancer BETH CORNING to craft a dance career that features interdisciplinary collaboration and celebrates the strengths of mature performers. A dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Corning Works, Beth's studied with outstanding teachers. Now recognized as a Master Teacher herself, she's served on faculty and as guest artist in dance programs in the U.S., France, England, and Scandinavia. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Corning! [Photo Credit Frank Walsh]

- The Studio - 20170123 - Marc Nieson

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Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love and Landscape

 

During Iowa woods walks, urbanite MARC NIESON learned to connect with nature, his most creative self, and other people. Marc's memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: LESSONS ON LOVE AND LANDSCAPE, describes the pivotal year he spent living in an old one-room schoolhouse while attending The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Distraught over a failed 10-year relationship, Marc came to Iowa seeking apartness. Instead he found a tribe of supportive fellow writers, a landscape that seduced him, and the realization that writing and life are all about connecting. Today Marc serves on Chatham University's faculty and is fiction editor of The Fourth River. To hear Marc's description of his evolving creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Marc Nieson.

- The Studio - 20161114 - Martha Watson

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Martha Watson, Aurora SalonEvery curly head is different! So says Iowa salon owner Martha Watson, a small town cosmetologist whose specialty--Curly Hair Artistry--draws clients to her Aurora Salon from across the street and across the state. Voted #1 Favorite Stylist for two years running in the Hawk Eye Readers Choice competition, Martha has valuable tips for entrepreneurs and for people stymied by their own or a loved one's curly tresses.

- The Studio - 20161031 - Kenny Pearl

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Kenny Pearl, Author of  Dance GodsIf you want to create work, dive into other worlds: they give you enthusiasm and hope. So says professional dancer and dance teacher Kenny Pearl, author of The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir. Kenny lived in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. He danced for and with Martha Graham and later circled the globe dancing for the boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now on dance faculty at Canada's Ryerson University, Kenny works with emerging dancers and preserves the memories of legends.

- The Studio - 20161024 - Casey Hynes

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Casey Hynes, JournalistExpat turned Iowan Casey Hynes is a contributing writer for Forbes Asia, a freelance journalist, and a content marketing writer with extensive experience covering tech, entrepreneurship, and human rights issues in Asia. Committed to building community wherever she lands, Casey's a member of the Fairfield CoLab and serves on its Board of Directors. She also founded the Iowa Chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

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Rachel Hyde & Grace Gillespie CarterTackling the writing and publishing process together proved productive for novelists Rachel Hyde and Grace Gillespie Carter. Though they live far apart, they've been friends for nearly 50 years and writing support pals for 22. For tips on how to craft relationships that foster creativity, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Rachel and Grace.

- The Studio - 20161010 - Michelle Edwards

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Absolutely, positively believe in the power of story. So says Michelle Edwards, award-winning author, illustrator and big time knitter. Her book, Chicken Man, was re-released this year for its 25th anniversary. Schwartz & Wade just released Michelle's newest book A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story of Knitting & Love. For tips on building your own inventory of story ideas to develop, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

- The Studio - 20160926 - Troy & Amy Van Beek

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Ideal Energy co-owners Troy & Amy Van BeekIowa husband-and-wife duo Troy and  Amy Van Beek pooled their resources and talents--he's an ex-Navy Seal with a degree in Sustainability; she's an Eco-Architectural Designer and Builder with a degree in Fine Arts--to create Iowa's pioneering solar company, Ideal Energy Inc. Idealism motivates this dynamic couple, who believe creating energy abundance through sustainable practices will help eliminate scarcity, a primary motivation for war.

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Stuff Etc Truck"Talk less, listen more," Iowa entrepreneur Mary Sundblad advises. She grew a small craft and used kids' clothing shop into the largest consignment service department store in the Midwest. Her business now boasts three corporate-owned stores and three franchise stores, each ranging in size from 23,000 to 45,000 square feet. Find out how being receptive to others' suggestions led to Mary's success: tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Stuff Etc founder Mary Sundblad. Her daughter-in-law Sara Sundblad, Stuff Etc's Corporate Director of Operations, tunes in, as well.

- The Studio - 20160613 - John Norcross

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Changeology book coverWhy do some people's efforts to improve their behavior succeed, while others' fail? Dr. John C. Norcross, the leading authority on the science of personal change, and his associates have spent over three decades and millions of research dollars answering that question. The result? CHANGEOLOGY: FIVE STEPS TO REALIZING YOUR GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS (plus 22 professional books and 300+ other publications). Backed by 30 years of scientific research, the five-step process outlined in Changeology tilts the odds of success in the self-changer's favor. Key to succeeding is knowing which actions to take during each step of the process.

- The Studio - 20160606 - Jeanne Marie Laskas

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Concussion book coverUnsung heroes populating tiny worlds intrigue award-winning writer Jeanne Marie Laskas. Thus, the obscurity of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian medical examiner who discovered a brain disorder destroying professional football players' lives, inspired her to seek him out.

The result? "Game Brain," a 2009 magazine article that appeared in GQ; Concussion, a Penguin Random House book published in 2015; Concussion, the Golden-Globe nominated movie starring Will Smith; and the Bennet Omalu Foundation.

Laskas, who's authored six other books, directs the University of Pittsburgh's Writing Program and is founding director of The Center for Creativity. For a glimpse into an award-winning nonfiction writer's creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jean Marie Laskas.

- The Studio - 20160411 - Lynda Cohen Loigman

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Book Cover of the Two Family HouseHer deceased mom's messy recipe box is one of author Lynda Cohen Loigman's most prized possessions, and it appears in the hands of Rose, a viewpoint character in Loigman's debut novel, The Two-Family House. "This book is for the women in my mother's family," Loigman's acknowledgment reads, but both men and women play pivotal roles in this richly-textured multi-generational story that explores the impact of sustained family lying.

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The Pharos Gate by Nick BantockBored with his mail, Nick Bantock grew jealous when he visited his local post office and spotted people clutching personal letters. He fantasized about receiving such letters himself. The result? Two fan-cult favorite, best-seling trilogies that are about to reach closure with the upcoming grand finale, The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence. Twenty-five years ago, Nick redefined the art of storytelling by combining fine art, fiction, and three-dimensional interactive books in his Griffin & Sabine trilogies. Multi-million best sellers, his books spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and received wide critical acclaim.

- The Studio - 20151214 - George Foster

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George FosterGeorge Foster has designed covers for over 1200 books, including 83 bestsellers and 16 #1-bestsellers. Dubbed the best book cover designer in the country and a master at creating covers that sell, George has earned over 300 awards for his work. To discover the attitudes and techniques that contributed to the success of this small businessman and arts entrepreneur, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and George Foster.

- The Studio - 20150608 - Nynke Passi

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FAIRFEST 2015 POSTER

 

Unleash your creativity at Nynke Passi's free "The Healing Power of Words" workshop 1:30-3PM Sunday, June 21st at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Enjoy the benefit of Nynke's 16 years co-directing, teaching, and designing courses for an Undergraduate Creative Writing Program. Her workshop will start with expressive writing, but also introduce elements of craft.

Nynke's award-winning poems, short stories, and essays have been published in many literary magazines. Nynke earned her graduate degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and recently co-founded The Luminous Writer Literary Center.

For insight into Nynke's thoughts on the creative process and on how writers inject authenticity and depth into their work, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Nynke Passi on KRUU.

- The Studio - 20150601 - Nick Jaina

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Say YES and deal with the fear later. Nick Jaina's adherence to that philosophy underscores his ability to successfully pursue a vast array of creative ventures. His latest success is an intriguing, poetic, music-centric memoir, GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, released in January 2015 by Perfect Day Publishing. Nick's other accomplishments include co-founding the Satellite Ballet and Collective and composing music for ballet, modern dance, feature films, and plays. His most recent album, Primary Perception, was released in 2013.

For a glimpse into how a creative whirlwind embarks on and sustains a plethora of artistic endeavors, tune in this episode of The Studio with Cheryl and Nick Jaina.

- The Studio - 20150525 - Afton Hallauer

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The Magic Thief by Sarah PrineasFantasy Author Sarah Prineas, who penned the wildly popular Magic Thief and Winterling book series, will talk to kids & teens at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Sarah's talk covers how the heroes in her award-winning books make mistakes, take risks, and find their way toward heroism. Her visit is part of the library's 2015 Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's theme? "Every Hero Has a Story." 

Anna-Maria Petricelli and Nynke Passi will both present creativity/writing workshops for adults and older teens at the library as part of FAIRfest also. All three programs are free and open to the public. Check FAIRfest's Writing & the Arts Track site for dates and details.

Uncover details on all the free library programs for kids during Summer Reading Kickoff Day by dropping in to the library any time from 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Many groups will be on hand to explain and demonstrate other activities available for area kids this summer.

Youth Services Librarian Afton Hallauer packed the library's summer calendar with tons of free activities for kids. For a glimpse into FAIRfest and Summer Reading Program events being held at the library this summer, tune in to KRUU this week for The Studio with Cheryl and Afton!

- The Studio - 20150518 - Chad Elliott

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Singer Songwriter Chad ElliottAward-winning singer-songwriter Chad Elliott's channeled his creative energy into 19 albums, two movie sound tracks, a kids' book line (that he writes, illustrates, and enlivens with original music), photography, ceramics, fine art paintings, and more. How does he do it?

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Grace Gillespie Carter, AuthorFriendship helped Grace Gillespie Carter access the fortitude to plan, write, revise & self-publish City of Three Rivers, her award-winning epic novel set in Dayton, Ohio. As school girls, she and lifelong friend Rachel Hyde bonded over their shared love of writing. Eventually, they vowed to support each other's efforts to get their books written and published. Now both have succeeded: in December Rachel released her novel, More than We Know.

Grace's book, City of Three Riverscontains an intriguing mix of colorful fictional and actual historic figures (like the Wright brothers and quirky entrepreneur John Patterson). This novel's setting in flood-prone Dayton heightens suspense. With deftly drawn characters and a multigenerational approach, Grace's novel has won accolades from Dayton's current mayor and a number of authors. It also captured second place in the inaugural Inkfingerz writing competition. 

For a glimpse of how two friends urged each other on to self-publishing success, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Grace Gillespie Carter.

- The Studio - 20150420 - Jill Burnett

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Jill Burnett

 

 

It's Money Smart Week! Celebrate by learning how Jill Burnett, CEO of Libertyville Savings Bank and winner of the 2014 Extraordinary Banker Award, honed her money management skills by raising and selling calves on the family farm.

Like her dad, whose career path included being a bank janitor, a bank president, and a bank owner, Jill believes, "Life is a good teacher."  

For tips on developing "Money Smart" skills, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jill Burnett. 

- The Studio - 20150413 - Stacey Hurlin

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Stacey Hurlin"Everyone has that creative impulse: it's what we have in common." So says arts advocate, Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk founder, and visual artist Anastasia Kirtakis Hurlin (a.k.a. Stacey Hurlin). How did this dynamic Fairfielder thrust the impulse to showcase art every month on the Fairfield town square into a reality that will soon celebrate 13 years of existence? That's over 150 diverse & delightful art-focused social gatherings in a town with less than 10,000 people!

- The Studio - 20150406 - Tim Britton

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Tim BrittonBest known for his virtuosity on the Uillean (Irish) bagpipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle, Tim Britton is also famous for making Uillean bagpipes and for engineering and producing all types of music. In 1989 Tim was designated as a "master" by the Iowa Arts Council and nominated for a "Best of Philadelphia Music Award." He's performed in concerts all over the world, and his music has been included in over 30 recordings, including one that's been archived at the Smithsonian Institution. He's composed and performed music for National Public Radio, stage plays, modern dance, and TV shows and commercials. Tim authored a book and a video on reed making, and he's taught at workshops, schools, and community programs. 

For a glimpse into how a highly respected musician has channeled his creativity into so many different arenas, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Tim Britton.

- The Studio - 20150323 - Michael Kutcher

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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.

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