Archive of The Studio

- The Studio - 20150302 - Pat Zietlow Miller

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Sophie's Squash Book CoverA full-time day job, 126 rejections, and a family to care for didn't keep PAT ZIETLOW MILLER from realizing her goal to become a successful children's picture book writer. Plucked from Schwartz & Wade Books' slush pile, Pat's first picture book SOPHIE'S SQUASH received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal. It also captured seven major honors for picture book writing, including the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Award, the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book Award, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. Contracts for eight other picture books from a total of five different publishers quickly followed.

During this wide-ranging discussion, Pat reveals the strategies she used to reach her goals and help her stories take flight. For a detailed report on all the steps one would-be writer took to make her wildest publishing dreams come true, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Pat Zietlow Miller.

- The Studio - 20150225 - Lois Brandt

57:51 minutes (52.97 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Maddi's FridgeHow can kids combat food insecurity in children? As a little girl, author Lois Brandt didn't know how to help when she discovered her best friend's family had no food to eat. As a grownup Lois researched strategies; then she penned MADDI'S FRIDGE so today's kids wouldn't feel as helpless as she did. Publisher Flashlight Press donates 10% of the book's profits to help fight childhood hunger, and Lois waives her author visit fees to schools that organize food drives. To learn how to empower yourself and the kids in your life to combat food insecurity in children (and also a little about how to write a great picture book), tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Lois Brandt!

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Michaela Making Quiche

 

"Music feeds us energetically." So say husband and wife singing duo Steve & Mlchaela Terrien McLain, who will serenade couples at 8:30 PM on Valentine's Day in Fairfield at The Burning Oak's basement bar. Whether she's stirring up quiche filling, painting pictures, or writing songs, Michaela says, "It's fun to create!"

During this wide-ranging interview, she and Steve reflect on the origins of their musical journeys, express gratitude toward mentors, and reveal the conditions they find most helpful when writing songs. For tips that just might help your creativity flow more freely, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Steve & Michaela Terrien McLain! 

- The Studio - 20150202 - Joseph Weber

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Transcendental Meditation in AmericaHow has the Transcendental Meditation Movement affected Fairfield, Iowa? Award-winning journalist Joe Weber answers this question in his new book, Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa.

Currently an associate professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Joe explored different areas of life in Fairfield by interviewing past and present residents of this small Iowa town. His conclusions haven't pleased everyone, and perhaps they won't dovetail with yours.

For a glimpse into how a former financial reporter perceives Fairfield's future, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Joe Weber, a former Chief of Correspondents for Business Week and the current Jerry and Karla Huse Professor of News-Editorial at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

- The Studio - 20150126 - Kate McGuinness

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Kate McGuinness, Life CoachCultivate strategies for handling career and other (sometimes unexpected) life changes, Executive Life Coach Kate McGuinness advises. During this hour, Kate shares tools she's acquired for successfully weathering transitions. She honed these tools while facing her own career challenges and while earning life coaching certification at the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California. The linear path of career change versus the cycle of renewal model of change is one topic Kate explores. Others include identifying core values, reframing, experimentation, cocooning, and the role emotion plays during decisionmaking. Kate also shares titles of many books she and her clients consult during times of transition.

- The Studio - 20150119 - Elaine Duncan

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 "Turning down my muse is not an option!" So says artist and art instructor Elaine Duncan, past winner of the Eisner Award for Outstanding Creativity. Whatever form you like your creativity to take, if neglect has caused your muse to go on strike, Elaine's advice will help you gently coax it back. Elaine earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkelely and pursued postgraduate studies in art at Colorado State University. In 2007, she served as a panelist during a UC Berkeley symposium on "Making Art in Times of Change." In 2008 Mulberry Knoll Books released Feathered Space, a 120-page story revealed through Elaine's drawings, designs, and poetic word play. Elaine has won many art awards and has exhibited her artwork at The Presidio in San Franscisco and at galleries in Iowa, Arizona, and Illinois.

- The Studio - 20141222 - Ally Condie

59:59 minutes (54.92 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Atlantia Book CoverHer young, autistic son's quiet and brave approach to life inspired Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched Trilogy, to pen Atlantia, her latest New York Times bestseller. In this stand-alone, dystopian, young adult novel, Ally thoroughly explores the power of voice. Trapped in a disintegrating underwater world, her protagonist, Rio, must harness latent powers to save herself and those she loves. Rio's challenges include assessing the sincerity of others' voices, unscrambling mysterious voices from the past, and honing the power of her own voice. The complexities of female relationships are explored in this book, too. Rio struggles to understand her relationships with her sister, mother, and aunt. Why has Rio's beloved sister betrayed her?

- The Studio - 20141208 - Ruth Backstrom

58:25 minutes (53.49 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ruth BackstromRuth Backstrom, Executive Director and co-founder of a nonprofit called Solution Generators Network, has explored techniques communities can use to identify and address issues, such as economic disparity, food insecurity, and lack of affordable housing. In Durham, North Carolina Ruth's nonprofit partners with other organizations to support film and lecture series, facilitated community discussions, wisdom circles, and local sourcing of jobs. Ruth also has tips regarding grantwriting and how to improve the odds of success in securing funds for community projects. For ideas on how individuals can help their communities forge the future they want for themselves, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Ruth. 

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Anna-Maria PetricelliAt the age of 10, Anna-Maria Petricelli, who was born and raised in Croatia, visited New York City with her mom and vowed to someday return to the U.S. Nine years later, Anna-Maria made her way to a small college in Iowa, where she earned a B.A. in Literature and graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of her class. How did a young woman, from a single-parent family with modest funds, manage to fulfill her dream? Now studying linguistics in a graduate program at the University of Iowa, Anna-Maria plans to teach English as a Second Language. She's also crafted a successful writing career for herself. Under the pen name Erin Aislinn, she's had three novels and three novellas published. Her latest book, BLOODLINE: THE LEGACY, is a vampire erotic romance.

- The Studio - 20141110 - Lori Belilove

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Lori Belilove Dancing

Rarely seen dances that explore the legacy of Isadora Duncan will be performed by Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company in Fairfield, Iowa's Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM Saturday, Nov. 15th and 3 PM Sunday, Nov. 16th.

Through her own dancing and through the dance company and the nonprofit foundation she established 33 years ago, Lori's dedicated her life to extending the dream, dance legacy, and indomitable spirit of Isadora Duncan.

Why? Where did Lori's passion for Isadora's dances originate? Is Isadora still relevant today? To learn more about the mother of modern dance and about the woman considered by many as the living embodiment of Isadora's grace, power, and mastery of weight, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Lori.

- The Studio - 20141020 - Susie Hathaway

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Susie HathawayCertified personal trainer Susie Hathaway gleaned crucial fitness tips from astronauts, waterpolo players, and a nonagenarian track star, and she wants to share these tips with you! Susie teaches strength training to individuals and in classes. She blogs, writes newsletters, and produces DVD's to help all of us stay strong and healthy as long as we possibly can. To hear Susie's fitness tips and her recommendations for great books on health and wellness, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Susie this week. 

- The Studio - 20140929 - June Melby

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Can you write funny things about people without make them hate you? Standup comic and internationally known performance poet, June Melby can. Her hilarious memoir My Family and Other Hazards reveals universal truths and individual quirks she discovered about herself and others while helping her family run an unprofitable, hand-crafted minature golf course.

June's the voice of "Bang" in the Warner Brother's film Space Jam, which also featured Michael Jordan. Don't pass up this chance to hear June's other secrets! Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and June!

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I Knead My Mommy Turning grief into a wildly popular, hilarious series of pet poetry books is one of Francesco Marciuliano's many accomplishments. His latest book, I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens was just released by Chronicle Books. It follows two other volumes, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs and I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, which made it onto many best-seller lists. Francesco dedicated his first pet poetry book, I Could Pee on This, to his cats, Natasha and Boris. After they died, he coped with losing them by writing humorous poetry from their point-of-view.  

Where does the creativity to spin sadness into joy come from? Francesco (who's also a cartoonist and playwright) employs several tactics to avoid writers block and facilitate creative expression. For insights into the creative process of a very talented guy, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Francesco Marciuliano.

20140915 - Esther Ehrlich

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Esther Ehrlich, Author of NestWhy do people's stories matter? Because they help us discover what it means to be human. They help us explore how to make good choices about how to live, too. So says oral historian and author Esther Ehrlich. Her recently released historical novel NEST is receiving well-deserved and widespread critical acclaim. Nest explores serious issues (family dysfunction, physical disability, depression, grief, and loss). Still, joy leaps off its pages, and the healing power of nature, friendship and art is stressed. For a glimpse into the creative journey of a gifted writer, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Esther Ehrlich this week.

 

- The Studio - 20140901 - Loren Long

59:50 minutes (54.78 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Where do writers find the inspiration to craft NYT best-selling books? Author and illustrator Loren Long's children's picture book Otis spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. During this visit to The Studio, Loren reveals he found inspiration for a pivotal page in his new book Otis and the Scarecrow from the final "O Captain, My Captain" scene in the award-winning film, Dead Poets Society, which featured Robin Williams. For a peek into the creative process of one gifted writer/illustrator and clues about how to unleash your own inner genius, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Loren.

59:14 minutes (54.24 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Book Cover: Lost ClerihewsWith authors and book titles swirling incessantly inside his head, legendary literary tastemaker Paul Ingram of Iowa City's Prairie Lights Bookstore fell victim to clerihew mania. The result? A new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, published recently by Ice Cube Press and illustrated with Julia Anderson-Miller's witty and thoughtful pen-and-ink drawings. As award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken reports in the foreword, this book is "everything that Paul Ingram himself is: hilarious, ribald, tender, erudite, naughty." Watch out!

- The Studio - 20140811 - Wayne Johnson

58:47 minutes (53.83 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

 

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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.

20140721 - The Studio - David Thebodo

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Dave ThebodoProviding life-size, actual train cars for "The Lone Ranger," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," and other Hollywood movies may not be a snap for Fairfield entrepreneur David Thebodo but, like Radar from the TV show M*A*S*H, he somehow always manages to find and secure what's needed. How did a guy with an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amhearst, 4-1/2 years of service doing search & rescue missions for the U.S. Coast Guard, and a stint as Assistant Director of Fiscal Affairs during the earliest days of Maharishi University of Management end up in such a weird profession? David shares this and more--including timely news about The Fairfield Cultural Alliance's grant program--this week on The Studio with Cheryl. Tune in for a glimpse into the life of a creative, community-minded, unique Iowan entrepreneur.

- The Studio - 20140715-Norman Zierold

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Norman Zierold cover photo

 

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.

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Write with a poet who studied with Gary Snyder.

Plan your blog-to-book strategy with the NYT best-selling author who bakes pies in the American Gothic house.

Let the kids in  your life waltz, sing, juggle, and learn how books are made from an award-winning author/teacher/story-time leader.

Begin or continue writing a book or work on an art project (quietly) at Fairfield's most beautiful tea shop

- The Studio - 20140609 - Jill Esbaum

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Always rollicking, often rhyming, and sometimes historical, Jill Esbaum's 17 kids' books have snagged tons of awards. Released by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2014, her two newest children's picture books, I Hatched! and I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, were inspired by Iowa farm life. Jill and her husband raise corn, soybeans, and hundreds of pigs on a farm near Dixon, Iowa.

The five new kids' books Jill has out this year also include National Geographic Kids' Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest. To find out how Jill's fondness for farmland and familiarity with hard work fuel her successful writing and publishing career, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Jill this week!

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Beth HowardTurn your blog posts into best-selling books! Learn to do that and more at FAIRfest 2014's writing events! Yes! Like Mission Creek in Iowa City, FAIRfest 2014 will offer programs (all free!) for people of all ages who love writing and books! Five creative, wonderful past guests of The Studio created these events.

- The Studio - 20140526 - Afton Hallauer

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Fizz, Boom Fun! Extending beyond storytime, free Fairfield Public Library activities this summer include insect and animal zoos, science movies, Lego days, and much, much more. Youth Services Director Afton Hallauer has tons of science-related programs planned to keep your kids happy and their reading and science skills fresh.

Learn all about the library's free summer kids' programs and about other organizations' children's activites 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 7th at the library. Even FAIRfest has something special for kids this year: author Jeanette Hopkins will lead a story hour replete with singing, dancing, and juggling at the library 2:00-3:00PM Saturday, June 21st. For a detailed description of the many ways you can head off your kids' summer complaints about boredom, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Afton this week.

- The Studio - 20140519 - Beth Howard

60:00 minutes (54.94 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ms American Pie Book Cover

 

Beth Howard's new book busts pie-baking myths and boasts 80 diverse and tasty recipes. Released by Race Point Publishing, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House instantly sold out. (You can still buy it; the publisher put out a second printing.) What accounts for this book's wild popularity? Beth deeply reveres pie's community-building aspects while eschewing contemporary stipulations that frighten modern bakers.

Take it from the baker who made Steven Speilberg coconut cream pie, Dick Van Dyke strawberry rhubarb, and Barbra Steisand lemon meringue: baking pie can be simple and fun. Becoming a confident pie baker could lead you to greater adventures. Find out how on The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Howard this week.

- The Studio - 201405012 - April Henry

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Body in the Woods book cover



New York Times best-selling author April Henry has two new thrillers coming out this spring. Aimed at young adults, The Body in the Woods focuses on a teen trio newly inducted into a Portland, Oregan search-and-rescue team. Penned with national TV legal analyst Lise Wiehl, A Deadly Business (for adult readers) features single-mom Mia Quinn, who prosecutes Violent Crimes in Seattle courtrooms. April's had 17 books published.

- The Studio - 20140428 - Julie Ham

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- The Studio - 20140421 - Troy Dunn

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Troy Dunn created two hit TV series, The Locator and APB with Troy Dunn, to reunite separated friends and families. To strengthen your family relationships, he wrote Family: the Good F-Word, The Life-Changing Action Plan for Building Your Best Family. Packed with quizzes, worksheets, and thought-provoking statistics, Troy's new book provides common sense tools people can use to foster happier and more stable relationships. To hear Troy debunk popular myths about marriage, discuss relationship roadblocks, and reveal the right way to fight with your spouse or partner, tune in to The Studio with Chery and Troy this week. 

- The Studio - 20140414 - Jim Belilove

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Jim Belilove

Twenty-five years ago business strategist Jim Belilove and artist Harri Aalto recognized undeveloped possibilities inherent in emerging waterjet technology.

Headquartered in Fairfield, Iowa, the company they founded, Creative Edge Master Shop, Inc., is the largest and most experienced independent waterjet fabrication and design company in the U.S.

What exactly does Creative Edge do to marble, granite, and a host of other flooring materials to make their products so coveted and unique? And how did Jim and Harri translate their appreciation for new technology into global leadership in the waterjet fabrication and design arena?

During this episode of The Studio with Cheryl, Jim answers these questions and shares details about Creative Edge's Gigantic Premium Floor Products Remnant Sale taking place 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 19th at 601 S. 23rd Street in Fairfield.

- The Studio - 20140407 - Dr. Travis Stork

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Dr. Travis Stork's emergency room work inspired his latest New York Times best-seller, The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Health. Based on the latest scientific research, this book's 10 food prescriptions, eight weight-loss payoffs, and three eating plans are easy to grasp and highly motivating.

Dr. Travis, who co-hosts the Emmy Award-winning TV show The Doctors, is dedicated to sharing useful and accurate health information. If achieving and maintaining a proper weight is important to you, don't miss The Studio with Cheryl and Dr. Travis this week!

The second half of the hour features a recap of the best bits of picture book author and illustrator Loren Long's visit to The Studio. Loren reveals the secrets behind the creation of his acclaimed and wildly popular picture books featuring Otis, a friendly, helpful, and humble farm tractor.

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