Archive of Planet Erstwild

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- Planet Erstwild - 20090508 - David Patterson

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- Planet Erstwild - 20090501B - Laura Cohen

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Planet Esrtwild host James Moore speaks with program administrator Tammy Wedjen-Kesterson and Mary Ann Williams of the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children about April Childhood Abuse Prevention Month.

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Sky Factory


Bill Witherspoon talks about his company Sky Factory at a Fairfield Chamber of Commerce hosted event held at the Pizza Ranch on Burlington.

This Business Before Breakfast monthly event was sponsored by Terry Baker.

[Click on the picture to link to the Sky Factory website.]

- Planet Erstwild - 20090227 - Clyde Cleveland

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- Planet Erstwild - 20090206 - Bob Dorr

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Bob Dorr

Planet Erstwild host James Moore speaks with Bob Dorr of the Blue Band & Iowa Public Radio fame about music, radio, Fairfield, and even a little politics.

The Blue Band will be perform at Fairfield's Second Annual Valentine's Day event at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to benefit the Jefferson County Health Center Foundation mammography division. That's Saturday February 14 at 8:30pm. For more info:

- Planet Erstwild - 20090130 - Lane Wyrick

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- Planet Erstwild - 20090123- Ed Hipp Toastmasters

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- Planet Erstwild - 20090116A - Tim Karr

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- Planet Erstwild - 20090109 - Composer Charles Bloom

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Planet Erstwild host James Moore interviews composer and lyricist CharlesCharles Bloom Bloom about his collaborative efforts with director Randy West and musical director Justin Hill, starring Phantom of the Opera Broadway star Brad Little, for the upcoming Way Off Broadway production of In Full: Bloom. Performances run for two weeks at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa January 15-25.

Bloom discusses growing up in Los Angeles with a father in the business
(screenwriter), his stint as a televison actor, relocating to the Big
Apple, where Broadway lies at his doorstep, his affinity with musical
theater, and some of his compositions, including "To See You Happy,"
that will be featured in the upcoming performances.

[To visit Charles' website, click on his pic.]

- Planet Erstwild - 20090111 - Anna Baltzer

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James Moore speaks with Sharon Lock of the International Solidarity Movement in Jabaliya, Gaza. On August 23, 2008, along with 44 activists who had gathered in Cyprus, she landed in Gaza in one of the first boats to make it through Israel's sea blockade in 41 years, she told James.

She spent the previous night riding in ambulances helping collect the wounded in and around Jabaliya, a city in the north of Gaza, where heavy fighting has been reported. We spoke with Sharon the day after Israel's Air Force launched its surprise air assault 10 days ago that has now killed over 500 Palestinians and wounded 2500. 5 Israelis have died, 3 civilians and 2 soldiers since Israel launched its offensive.

A post from Sharon's blog:

People have asked me if I am frightened. What I am frightened by is the enormity of these events, at how few international eyes there are here to witness them, and that it is hard to imagine how it will end.

- Planet Erstwild - 20090102 - Osamah Khalil

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by Nidal El-Khairy
Featured on Planet Erstwild this week is a live phone-in interview with Osamah Khalil, a doctoral candidate in US & Middle East History at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on the origins of US foreign policy in the Middle East. He is also a regular contributor to the Electronic Intifada website. We will be discussing his recent piece, "The Dogs of War." Its conclusion:

Caught between this collection of madmen, criminals and fools are the people of Gaza, who have suffered for far too long and have paid an unbelievable price for simply being Palestinian. After more then 30 months of sanctions and siege, many have become desperately poor, living a daily reality of constant terror and deprivation that few can imagine. Yet, in the face of overwhelming cruelty and a conspiracy of silence and indifference they persevere. That they must do so is an
indictment of us all.

Join host James Moore as he attempts to break down this complex subject. Israel is not allowing international journalists into the Gaza Strip.

- Planet Erstwild - 20090101- Dr. Eyud Sarraj in Gaza

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James Moore speaks with Dr. Eyad Sarraj from his home in Gaza City.Dr. Eyad Sarraj

Dr. Sarraj is the founder and president of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program and a commissioner of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights.

Read his recent editorial for the Los Angeles Times titled: Catastrophe in Gaza: An Israeli blockade curtails food, fuel, medicine and travel.

Here's a link to an incredible 1996 NY Times piece on Dr. Sarraj by Anthony Lewis: Darkness in Gaza. His criticism of Yassar Arafat and the Palestinian Authority would land him in jail.

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Sharon Lock talks about her arrival in Gaza on a boat from Frankfurt, Germany with 44 activists in the first such landing through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip in 41 years. She reports on the the massive suprise assault by the Israel Air Force which killed over 200 Palestinians and was launched at 11am local time when children we're getting out of school.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is running for the office of prime minister in next month's Israeli national election along with Defense Minister Ehud Barack, said Israel had "no choice" but to mount the assault in response to rocket fire from Hamas into southern Israel, though no Israelis had been killed in the previous six months.

From 2000, when the first rocket was fired from Gaza, to 2008, rocket and mortar fire from Gaza have killed 20 Israelis. [Statistics from the Israel Project (TIP) website, an international non-profit organization, providing journalists and leaders accurate information about the Middle East.]

- Planet Erstwild - 20081024 - Greg Palast

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Joe Sugarman


At 2:15pm, James talks with direct marketing guru Joe Sugarman
from Las Vegas. A top advertising and marketing entrepeneur, Joe will
be in Fairfield Saturday October 4th & 5th at 9am for the launch of
Maui Joe Coffee. He is working in conjunction with local businessman Cliff Rose. James is joined by infomercial indutry pioneer Tim Hawthorne, Chairman and Executive Creative Director of Hawthorne DIrect.

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First Lady Mari Culver


Iowa First Lady Mari Culver talks about her upcoming visit to Fairfield with Around Town host Melinda Arndt. The wife of Governor Chet Culver will keynote a SEVA-sponsored luncheon fundraiser for the Ottumwa Crisis Center and Women's Shelter at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center on Thursday October 2nd.

For reservations, visit SEVA's website at, or call Coralie at 472-7148.

Donations to the Ottumwa Crisis Center may be sent c/o SEVA, P.O. Box 1564, Fairfield, IA or online at

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The Shef

Dave Sheffield


Dave "The Shef" Sheffield speaks with James Moore about his upcoming visit to Fairfield where he will speak at the International Toastmasters 2008 Fall Evaluation & Humorous Contest. "The Shef" cooks up exciting management and motivational recipes for audiences of all sizes. He is the co-author of three books and travels extensively giving motivational speeches and seminars.

[Click on Dave's pic to go to his website.] 

- Planet Erstwild - 20080919 - Dr. Vernon Katz

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Dr. Vernon Katz


Holocaust memoirist, Dr. Vernon Katz, discusses his recently-released book, The Blue Salon and Other Follies, about growing up in the 1930s in rural Lippe in the shadow of Nazi Germany.

- Planet Erstwild - 20080919 Terry Allen

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Terry Allen, senior health editor for In These Times, discusses the upcoming Supreme Court case of Vermont musician Diana Levine, wDiana Levineho lost her arm in a drug-related mishap and won a $6.8 million settlement from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. If the Supreme Court overturns the verdict and accepts a new "preemption" doctrine for FDA-approved pharmaceuticals (slipped into the preamble of a bill in 2006), her case may "immunize Big Pharma" from liability, a trend that has been pushed by pro-corporate tort reform Republican lawmakers.

[Click pic for link to NY Times' feature.]

- Planet Erstwild - 20080919 Bill Simpich

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Civil rights attorney Bill Simpich


Civil rights attorney Bill Simpich, who writes for, discusses with Planet Erstwild host James Moore the anthrax investigations in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, finally underway this week, seven years later.

- Planet Erstwild - 20080912 Thomas Frank

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Thomas FrankBest-selling author Thmas Frank


Planet Erstwild host James Moore interviews Thomas Frank on Fri Sept 12th at 2:30pm. Frank is author of The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, and best-sellers What’s the Matter with Kansas? and One Market Under God. A weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank has done recent interviews with Bill Moyers, Terry Gross, and Amy Goodman, among others. He's at Prairie Lights in Iowa City Sunday at 2pm.

- Classical Hour - 20080912 Angela Ahn

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- Planet Erstwild - 20080919 - Professor John Solow

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Professor John Solow

University of Iowa economics Professor John Solow talks with Planet Erstwild host James Moore about his research using the Iowa Creativity Index which correlates creativity and economic growth, and places Jefferson County 6th out of 99 counties, one of the leading rural counties in the state.
[Click John's pic for article.]

John L. Solow is Associate Professor and Assistant Departmental Executive Officer and a Justice International Business Fellow

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James speaks with Ms. Yoshiko Kajimoto, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, who was working 2.3 km from the epicenter of the blast. She is sharing her experiences on a Midwest tour sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation.. Foundation chairman Steve Leepers also speaks with James.

- Planet Erstwild - 20080905 - Yashar Vasef

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James Moore interviews Yashar Vasef on Planet Erstwild.

Yashar was Tehran indoorsborn in Tehran after the Islamic revolution. During the infamous 1988 'war of the cities' (Baghdad/Tehran) in which Tehran was bombarded by Russian and American missiles supplied to Iraq, his parents fled Iran in hopes of a brighter future for their children. So they ended up in Istanbul, Turkey as refugees of war and about two years later received asylum in the United States of America.

They moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles, most recently settling in Iowa City, where Yashar attended high school and the university. He studied Political Science and International Studies (w/ emphasis on Islamic studies) at the University of Iowa. He's been holding events with the Persian Student Organization on campus to break down cultural barriers between Iran and the United States. He recently embarked on a trip to Iran by himself, his first trip back 'home' since leaving as a child. James speaks with him at length about his impressions and experiences.

[Click on pictues to go to link of Yashar's photos and comments of his Tehran trip]

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James Moore and guest co-host Janet Attwood, New York Times best-selling author of The Passion Test, interview New Thought Minister Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape International, a trans-denominational community of 10,000 likeminds located in California.

He teaches widely and meets regularly with the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi, and others promoting what he calls the emerging paradigm of a spiritual peace. Michael was one of the stars of the breakthrough movie The Secret and has appeared on many programs like Oprah, Larry King, and others.

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KRUU-FM's Planet Erstwild host James Moore speaks with American original J.W. French.J. W. French & John Proctor

J.W. French
gets around — with a rudder stick between his legs and bugs in his teeth.

The Fort Myers, Fla., man landed his Acro Sport II biplane at the Roseburg Municipal Airport Saturday. Oregon was the 38th state the 72-year-old has visited by biplane since he began an aviation tour of the Lower 48 on June 15.

Next he’s visiting Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, duplicating the route of his late friend, Sam Burgess, whom French claims is the only person ever to have flown all 48 states in a homemade plane.

[Click on pic for complete story.]


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