Archive of Writers' Voices

- 20110411 - Writers' Voices - Anne Lamott

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Anne LamottTune in for a very special Writers' Voices this week as we welcome one of our favorite authors, Anne Lamott. Lamott's most recent novel, "Imperfect Birds", tells of seventeen-year old Rosie Ferguson, who's seemingly perfect life is proven false as her web of lies is exposed and her parents are forced to deal with the consequences.

Lamott, a New York TImes best-selling author, is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her other books include "Grace (Eventually)", "Plan B", "Bird by Bird", "Traveling Mercies", "Rosie" and many more.

Anne Lamott spoke at the Hoyt Sherman in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 13.

- Writers' Voices - 20110408 - Stephen Hopson

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Stephen Hopson is the guest this week on Writers' Voices. Stephen, living currently in Fairfield, was born deaf, but had the dream at a young age to become a pilot. As an adult, he made aviation history by becoming the world's first deaf instrument-rated pilot. He also had a very successful 15-year career on Wall Street. In 1996 he had an epiphany that inspired him to leave Wall Street behind to pursue a career as a motivational speaker and author. "Obstacle Illusions; Transforming Adversity into Success" is his first book. The book tells stories from Stephen's life, from childhood to adulthood, and shares lessons he has learned along the way.

Don't miss this inspirational show!

- 20110401 - Writers' Voices - Kathy Brodsky

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Children's book author, Kathy Brodsky, makes a visit to Writers' Voices this weThe Winner ISek. Her most recent book, "The Winner Is...", tells the humorous story of a dog who tries to be someone else in order to win a contest. Her other books include, "My Bent Tree", "The Inside Story", "Just Sniffing Around" and "Purrsnikitty". Having worked as a psychotherapist for almost 40 years, Kathy has a wealth of material to draw upon for her work.

Joseph Tiefenthaler will also be a guest on this Writers' Voices. He will be discussing the many literary events that were part of the 2011 Mission Creek Festival.

- Writers' Voices - 20110325 - Anola Pickett

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Cheryl Fusco Johnson takes hosting duties on Writers' Voices this week with guest Anola Pickett. Anola is the author of "Wasatch Summer", a historical juvenile fiction novel, that will be released next month by Cedar Fort. The book follows eleven-year old Hannah Turner on a coming of age journey, as she faces unlikely dangers as she watches her family's sheep in the mountains. 

A former teacher and school librarian, Anola has co-authored a classroom activity book, as well as books, magazine stories, and articles. Anola and her husband, Peter Dolye, have a son, Gerry, who's a novelist and journalist currently living in Abu Dhabi.

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This week's Writers' Voices features an interview with Bob Saar. His most recent novel is titled "In Memory of David's Buick". The book follows Iowa songwriter Bucky Minnow, who's song David's Buick, was ripped off by booking agent, Buddy Payola, and Dusty Bodine, who is using Bucky's song and a magic guitar to return to fame. Bucky takes off on a road trip that leads him through incredible misadventures like no other and ultimately leads him to the meaning of life. Other characters in this book include Bucky's girlfriend, Lido Wan, disc jockey Roy Lukas, Shadow guitarist Dogus, an ancient medicine man, two ethereal spirits, and a host of FBI agents  The book gives a unique view of life, love, war, rock 'n' roll, Iowa, and sweater-clad Chihuahuas trapped inside hot automobiles.

- Writers' Voices - 20110311 - Susan Collins

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- Writers' Voices - 20110304 - Brent Marchan

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- 20110304 - Writers' Voices - Brent Marchant

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Conscious creation has been a hot topic for everyone from Oprah to Larry King and in movies like What The Bleep?! and The Secret. On this week's Writers' Voices will be discussing conscious creation and the movies. Monica Hadley and guest co-host Bruce Miller, of The Filmoshophers, will be talking with Brent Marchant, author of "Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies". Using a wide variety of films, such as Vertigo, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Sophie's Choice and more, as examples, Brent explains conscious creation, it's many concepts and the difficulties that arise in becoming conscious creators.

Brent Marchant, a student of metaphysics and a long-time movie lover, has a B.A. in magazine journalism and is a regular contributor to, Vivid Life Radio, Divine Revolution,Sethnet Journal and Reality Change magazines. He currently lives in Chicago.

- 20110225 - Writers' Voices - Leigh Michaels

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Leigh MichaelsIt might help to get into a romantic mood for this Writers' Voices because our The Mistresses Houseguest this week will be Ottumwa-native Leigh Michaels. Leigh is the author of over 80 romance novels with over 35 million copies of her novels published. Her work has been translated in over 25 languages and published in more than 120 countries. "The Mistress' House," the first in a new series, is her most recent novel. The book tells three interconnected stories that take place around a London townhouse owned by the Earl of Hawthorne.

Leigh Michaels has also written several non-fiction books on writing romance stories.

Don't miss this fascinating interview.

- 20110218 - Writers' Voices - Mary Helen Stefaniak

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The Cailiffs of Baghdad GeorgiaTune into this week's Writer's Voices for an interview with Mary Helen Stefaniak. Stefaniak's most recent book is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel." Her book, which takes place during Depression-era Georgia, tells of what happens when a new, unconventional and well-traveled school teacher comes to town, choosing to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad Mary Helen StefaniakBazaar. The story is told from the perspective of eleven year old, Gladys Cailiff. The book takes readers from the American South to the banks of the Tigris River and back again.

- 20110211 - Writers' Voices - Wendy Delsol

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Wendy DelsolOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with author Wendy Delsol.

Wendy started writing novels at age forty. After studying at UCLA Writers' Extension Program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Stork she sold a young adult novel, "Stork", to Candlewick Press. That book was released last October. "Stork" tells the story of Kat Leblanc, a fashion conscious 16-year-old who moves from L.A. to a small town in Minnesota. In her new surroundings, she becomes a member of an ancient order of bird women who have the extraordinary task of soul delivery.

The sequel to "Stork", "Frost", will be published in 2012. Wendy's also sold an adult novel, "The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls", which is slated for publication August 2011.

- 20110204 - Writers' Voices - Jacqeline Briggs Martin

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The Chiru of High TibetThis week's Writers' Voices features Cheryl Fusco Johnson talking with children's book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jacqueline's most recent book is "The Chiru of High Tibet". Her book tells the true story of how a scientist and four mountain men set out to save the antelope-like creature called the chiru. Chirus are sought after for their soft wool, however they cannot survive being sheared. Taking their wool means taking their life. This practice has caused the chirus to be on the brink of extinction.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written many children's books, including the Caldecott Award-winning "Snowflake Bentley", "Good Times on Grandfather Mountain", "Banjo Granny" and many more. She currently lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

- 20110128 - Writers' Voices - Bruce Miller

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Filmosopher Bruce Miller joins Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn to discuss the movies and more. Bruce is the host of the KRUU show, The Filmosophers, co-hosted with Chris Busch. Bruce and Chris give their filmosophy on the movies and have filmosophical discussions. Bruce discusses current films from a spiritual perspective and much more.

Join in for this delightful conversation about movies, books and much more.

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Two guests make a visit to Writers' Voices this week.

Sherry EllisFirst, Sherry Ellis returns to the show to discuss her newest book, "Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers". The book, like previous installments in this series, offers the aspiring screenwriter many exercises and much advice from working movie and television writers and other experts in the business. The book features tips from screenwriters of such films as Raging Bull, Terminator 2, Groundhog Day, "Lost", and many more.Carolyn Moncel

- 20110114 - Writers' Voices - Shann Vander Leek

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This week Writers' Voices welcomes Shann Vander Leek, author of "Life On YourShann Vander Leek Terms." The book compiles interviews Shann conducted with over 40 successful entrepreneurs from around the world, who have discovered how to live their lives their way. The book shares their secrets, advice and encouragement for  finding your own entrepreneurial freedom.

Shann Vander Leek is an author, motivational speaker, yoga instructor and life coach with a background in broadcast television advertising sales, marketing and client development. She is the co-author of the bestselling "Wake Up Women: BE Happy, Health & Wealthy" and the creator of "Getting Your Groove Back - A Luscious Living Guide".


- 20110107 - Writers' Voices - Elise Ballard

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EpiphanyEpiphanies. They are the sudden realizations that can change lives.Elise Ballard

This week on Writers' Voices, we will be speaking with Elise Ballard about her book, "Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage, and Transform". Elise Ballard had an epiphany and set out to find out if others have also experienced such a moment. They have. Her book is a collection of over fifty stories from people from all walks of life. From Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz, Ali MacGraw, and Barry Manilow to teachers, missionaries, homemakers, and more, they all share about how one sudden moment of insight has the power to change lives.

Elise Ballard has worked as an actress, independent filmmaker, and film producer. She lives in Los Angeles and is working on the film and website for the Epiphany project.

- 20101231 - Writers' Voices - Robert & Connie Boyer

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Improving relationships and expanding love is at the heart of this week's Writers' Robert & Connie BoyerVoices.

Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with husband and wife writing team, Robert and Connie Boyer, about their new book, "Heart & Mind: A Perfect Union." Their book focuses on the uniting of the heart's pull of love and the mind's push of duty. According to the Boyers, this uniting is the only way to fully experience life's perfect love and bliss. Using classic movies, from Casablanca to It's A Wonderful Life to Groundhog Day, for examples, they explore ways people can untangle conflicts and enjoy the perfect union of heart and mind.

Robert Boyer is a retired clinical psychologist, teacher, and has written three previous books. Connie is a banker, former city councilwoman, mother, and grandmother. They own and operate a Fairfield bed and breakfast, Seven Roses Inn.

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BethlehemTune in for a very special Christmas program on the next's Writers' Voices. 

Caroline Kilbourn's long-time friend and radio man Dennis Ostrander will be sharing stories, thoughts, and memories of the season. Caroline's knack for collecting favorite quotes and stories is on full display for this show.

Dennis Ostrander began his radio career in Fairfield at KMCD in the 1970's. After retiring from the military, he became station manager in Burlington, Iowa, where he recruited Caroline to do a weekly interview show. He has since retired from that position.

Please join in for this heartwarming Christmas Eve program.

- 20101217 - Writers' Voices - Susan Klauber

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This week Writers' Voices explores spirituality and other cultures.

Susan Klauber

Poet and author Susan Klauber discusses her newest book "Sound of the Sacred Beads: A Poet’s Journey into India". The book follows Susan's journeys through India and its holiest places. She explores the people, culture, ancient wisdom, and mystery that she finds there. Since 1983, Susan has been based in Fairfield where she writes and pursues her interest in creating a better world through spiritual development.

Join hosts Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn for another enlightening conversation.

- 20101210 - Writers' Voices - Rebecca Janni

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Every Cowgirl Needs A HorseOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with children's book author, Rebecca Janni. Despite having four young children at home, Rebecca recently sold four books.  Dutton Children’s Books released her first picture book, "Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse", in 2010 and has purchased two sequels, including "Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots", slated for publication in June 2011.  Also slated for publication is Rebecca’s book "Jammy Dance", which was purchased by Farrar Straus & Giroux.  Rebecca currently lives in Des Moines.

Make sure to tune in for this delightful interview!

- 20101203 - Writers' Voices - Dean Klinkenberg

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The Mississippi River is one of this country's most iconic features. It has played an The Driftless Areaimportant role in our nation's history, business, and culture. Listen into this week's Writers' Voices as Cheryl Fusco-Johnson talks with travel writer, Dean Klinkenberg. Dean has travelled 75,000 miles since 1997 along the Mississippi, researching the history and culture, talking to locals, to learn more about river towns and the people who inhabit them. 

- 20101119 - Writers' Voices - Ronald Ringsrud

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Emeralds:A Passionate GuideTune in to this Writers' Voices for a fascinating journey into the world of emeralds. Ronald Ringsrud is the owner of a wholesale emerald importing business based out of Saratoga, California and Bogotá, Columbia. He has written the book Ronald Ringsrud"Emeralds: A Passionate Guide". The book takes a look into the history and allure of the emerald, as well as the people, miners, and adventurers whose lives revolve around this precious stone. Ronald will be calling in from Bogotá, Columbia for this incredible interview.

- 20101112 - Writers' Voices - Markos Moulitsas

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Markos MoulitsasTune in to this Writers' Voices to hear an interview with Markos Moulitsas. Markos is the author of "American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right." The book is a no holds barred treatise on the similarities between the radical conservatives in our own country and Islamic terrorists. Citing examples of fear of change, heavy use of militaristic solutions, disdain for non-traditional lifestyles, and their ultimate goals of imposing their own worldview on the rest of society.

Markos, the founder and publisher of the progressive community blog Daily Kos, was named "the single most successful entreprenuer of the progressive movement" by the New York Times magazine writer Matt Bai. He served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992. He is also the author of two previous books.

- Writer's Voices - 20101015 - Ari Berman

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Arianna Huffington & Ari Berman

Writers' Voices host Monica Hadley, along with special guest host Cheryl Fusco-Johnson, interview Ari Berman.

- 20101105 - Writers' Voices - Michael Fischman

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Tune in to the next Writers' Voices for an interview with Michael Fischman. MichaelMichael Fischman is the author of "Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment."  The book is a spiritual memoir recounting Michael's journey, from a challenging childhood to a successful Madison Avenue advertising career, through a mysterious turn of events that leads him into a relationship with a great humanitarian and one of India's most revered spiritual leaders, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Michael recounts inner traumas, glimpses of wisdom, a fight at an Indian ashram, and a blossoming of love and devotion.

Michael, a former advertising executive with Ogilvy & Mather, is a founding member and current president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization. He is also the CEO of APEX (Achieving Personal Excellence), the corporate training division of the International Association for Human Values.  

- 20101029 - Writers' Voices - Michael Cuddehe

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Chronicle of CatastropheTune in to this week's Writers' Voices for a thought-provoking conversation with Michael Cuddehe. Michael is a 30-year veteran analyst, trader and fund manager who has seen many fluctuations in the global financial markets over the years. With the election of George W. Bush, Michael noticed the economic shift he saw happening and felt that it would lead to disaster.

His book "Chronicle of Catastrophe: A Contemporaneous History of the Bush Years" presents Michael's real-time reflections of the markets, political issues, economy and global developments during the George W. Bush administration in order to put America's current economic troubles in context.

- 20101022 - Writers' Voices - Francis Thicke

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Today Monica Hadley interviews the Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Francis Thicke. They will discuss his campaign & book.

The message in A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture, is clear: plan for the end of cheap oil in agriculture. It is an engaging and quick read, grounded in Thicke's experiences as an organic dairy farmer in his Fairfield, Iowa community. One has to agree, Iowans are not doing enough to become aware of the end of cheap oil, much less plan for the inevitability of it and its impact on our lives...

During the last hundred years, Iowa agriculture has been transformed into an industrial behemoth when the rest of industrial society was converting to information based operations. In an information age, agriculture has been slow to adopt new technologies, especially those related to energy production on the farm. This despite emergence of new information about organic farming, renewable energy sourcing and sustainability.

- Writers' Voices - 20101015 - Ari Berman

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Arianna Huffington & Ari BermanWriters' Voices host Monica Hadley, along with special guest host Cheryl Fusco-Johnson, interview Ari Berman.

J. Harley McIlrath discusses "Possum Trot"

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Possum TrotWriters' Voices welcomes Iowa author, J. Harley McIlrath, on this week's show. J. Harley McIlrath is the author of "Possum Trot", a new collection of short stories published by Ice Cube Press. J. Harley grew up on his family's farm near Newburg, Iowa and memories of that time surely helped inspire stories in this collection. Reflections and lament on a way of life that has almost disapeared form a theme that runs through this collection. A way of life that required most farm work to be done by hand and pest control done without chemicals. It is a book of laughter, sorrow, and hope.

J. Harley McIlrath is the assistant manager and book buyer for the Grinnell College Bookstore and the Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell, Iowa. For ten years, he ran his own bookstore in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Martin Zucker discusses "Earthing"

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EarthingThe healing power of the earth is discussed on this week's Writers' Voices. Martin Zucker will share recent discoveries of the electric signal that the earth sends out that helps maintain health and governs our bodies intricate mechanisms. Topics that are the subject of Martin's book "Martin ZuckerEarthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?". The book tells of how inflammation, stress, pain, fatigue, and poor sleep have been cured by, literally, staying in touch with the earth.

Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, has written a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles about health, nutrition, and fitness.

Don't miss this enlightening down to earth interview!

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